PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa 2016 Business Academy Schedule

PADI Business Academy (PBA) continues to be the diving industry’s most innovative and powerful business development tool yet, and is only accessible to PADI Members.

If you’re ready to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you cannot afford to miss this highly interactive, two day programme. Presented by expert senior PADI management, you will leave the Academy with a business development Action Plan and a post Academy support plan.

But don’t take our word for it, take a look at this testimonial from a Business Academy Graduate.

Below is the 2016 PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Academy Schedule*. If you would like to attend an Academy, please download the PADI Business Academy Brochure, complete the PBA Registration Form and email it to [email protected]

PADI Business Academy Schedule 2016

Date Country City Language
03-04 April Italy Padova Italian
29-30 April UAE Dubai English
11-12 May South Africa English
19-20 May Kuwait English
04-05 August Saudi Arabia Jeddah Arabic
15-16 October Germany Berlin German
27-28 November UK Southeast English

*Please note that PBAs shown in this Schedule may be subject to change or cancellation. If you plan to attend a 2016 Business Academy, please check this schedule regularly. Additional PBAs may be added during the year.

New Online Processing Center Coming Soon – Old PIC Online Being Retired

Based on PADI Member feedback, the Online Processing Center is currently being enhanced to improve usability and digital product management. The improvements affect both design and organization of the site, making standard PIC processing and processing student divers with digital codes easier and more intuitive.

Once the new Online Processing Center goes live, the old PIC Online application will be retired, and all online certifications will need to be processed via the revamped Online Processing Center. You will want to start using the current Online Processing Center since the old PIC Online application will be deleted soon, which will be a much easier transition for you once the revised version launches.


The enhancements provide a better user experience with a more structured platform and simplified navigation, and the revised Online Processing Center will be available in multiple languages.

The platform is also mobile optimized, which means you can process certifications using your mobile device from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Some of the exciting enhancements to the Online Processing Center are:

  • Reorganization and simplified navigation (all digital codes are managed under one section).
  • Mobile optimization of all screens.
  • Simplified language and wording throughout the portal.
  • Digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes.
  • Integrated tooltips to provide descriptions of each section or application.
  • Improved filtering and sorting options of digital code data.
  • Drop-down menu of languages.

If you haven’t already, start using the current Online Processing Center and becoming familiar with processing both your standard PICs and students with digital codes through this portal, so you will be ready for the launch of the revised site.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Customer Services ([email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234.

Register now for the PADI Digital Product Suite Webinar (2/6/15)

0415 Digital Product Offer Email HeaderPADI Europe, Middle East and Africa would like to invite you to attend a special webinar on How To Use PADI Digital Products, taking place on Tuesday, 2nd June at 19:00 BST.

The webinar will explain the fundamental steps in how to use and promote the PADI Digital Product Suite, including how to purchase and deliver the product to your students, how your students can use the materials, and how you can process the associated PIC certification for them. There will also be a questions and answers session to help you get the most out of your Digital Products.

After attending this webinar, you will receive a special sales offer and access to the PADI Digital Product Suite marketing toolbox to assist your business in the future.

The event will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to the recording, even if you are not able to attend live.

Click here to register for the webinar

PADI training webinars are free of charge to PADI members, and remember that you are eligible to receive one seminar credit for every three webinars you attend.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please email [email protected]

New Email Requirement for PIC Online in Effect

All certifications submitted via PIC Online or DSD Registration Online now require a student email address.

Email addresses are required for quality management purposes and to help enhance diver safety by ensuring that the PADI courses and programs are conducted in accordance with PADI standards. History shows that customers taking PADI Programs are more likely to respond, and respond accurately, to Course Evaluation Questionnaires when the survey is received as quickly as possible following training, via email.

Your student has the ability to opt in or out of receiving promotional emails from PADI and its partners (Project AWARE, for example) at any time, including when the PIC Online is submitted. The screengrab below shows where you may indicate an email preference.

PADI email requirement PIC online

If your student is a minor, the email address of a parent or guardian may be provided if the parent or guardian chooses not to provide the minor’s email address. If the student does not have an email address, perhaps because they are a senior, please submit their information using a paper PIC or paper DSD registration form (as appropriate). This should only be done in limited circumstances where the customer does not have an email address.

As of 1 May 2013, you will not be able to submit a student via the online PIC form without a student email address. An error box will appear (see below) and the student will not be processed. If the student does not have, or chooses not to provide an email, please submit their certification or DSD registration using a paper form.


If your students question the need for an email address, please explain their address is only required for quality management purposes. The Course Evaluation Questionnaire they will receive via email helps us effectively and efficiently maintain PADI’s high standards for diving safety. The student may easily opt out of any PADI promotional mailings at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link which appears at the bottom of all our messages.