My Top 3 EMEA Dives – Part 3: The Zenobia, Cyprus (Guest blog by Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler)

In this article, guest blogger Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler concludes her list of top 3 dives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Missed the previous articles? Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2.


Dive Site: Zenobia Wreck

Location: Larnaca, Cyprus
Description: Wreck
Length: 174 meters
Depth: 18 – 42 meters

The Zenobia wreck is one of the top wreck dives on the planet, originally a roll on-roll off (RO-RO) ferry, not unlike the ferries that service the Dover-Calais route between the UK and France.

She sank in 42 meters of water in Larnaca, Cyprus on her maiden voyage in June, 1980 after departing from Malmo, Sweden. Her final destination was Tartous, Syria but she never made it; after just a short while at sea her captain noticed severe steering problems. Investigations showed that the ballast tanks on the port side were filling with water, and there was nothing they could do to stop it.

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Plan the Dive – Dive the Plan with the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate

We all know the saying plan the dive, dive the plan. But what does this mean in reality and how can the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate help you introduce this vital habit to your student?

Planning the dive includes having the proper training, experience and equipment.

The training starts with the PADI Open Water Diver course. Using the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate enables you to assess not only if the student can perform the skill but also if they feel comfortable with it. It also teaches the student self-evaluation and makes them aware of the diving skills and activities they are about to engage in.

During the open water sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course, real-life dive planning is introduced. The Dive Team Check List on the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate is a great tool to assist you and your students in this process.

Start with the dive plan and make sure everyone in the group agrees to it, and is prepared for the planned dive. Evaluate the conditions, and check the dive is within your students training and experience. Research the dive site and what can be expected underwater – what potential risk and hazards might there be, as well as entry and exit points. Before the dive, complete safety checks: what to do in case of separation, hand signals, emergency procedures, buddy check (BWRAF), and make a depth, time and pressure plan.

Your students do this under your supervision, but they might find it helpful to have a checklist for themselves, and this will promote self-evaluation on future training and recreational dives they complete.

Students are not required to own a PADI Skill Practice and Planning slate, but make sure you’re ready to sell the product to those who’d like to have one. Not only will this mean extra sales for your business, but it will help them develop and maintain a vital habit. The better prepared they are, the more enjoyable a dive will be. Plan the dive – dive the plan!

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  • Single slate – 60258 – £5.50/€6.53
  • Pack of 4 – 60261 – £21.00/€24.95
  • Pack of 8 – 60262 – £42.00/€49.90

The price is the same for all member levels.

Place your orders for branded merchandise 24/7, 365 days a year by using the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pros’ Site, or contact your local Sales Consultant at [email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours.

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 1: Why teach Adventure Dives?

Have you always wanted to teach a wider variety of diving activities, rather than just DSDs and PADI Open Water Diver courses? If you have a favourite underwater hobby such as digital underwater photography, fish identification or wreck diving, there’s a long list of scuba adventures you can take part in by teaching this program. Not only does this mean you’ll get to do even more of what you love, but you’ll get to share your passion with your students, too.

Don’t forget that if your student completes three Adventure Dives they can earn the Adventure Diver certification (a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course). Each Adventure Dive may also be credited towards the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course and vice versa.

Teaching Adventure Dives is therefore not just a way to progress students’ training opportunities, but is also a great opportunity to encourage your students to try new things, build on their existing scuba skills and gain more confidence overall. Your enthusiasm will help them enjoy scuba diving more than ever.

* Do remember to check your PADI Instructor Manual key standards. PADI (Junior) divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

ReActivate Affiliation Link Now Available

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PADI Dive Shops and Resorts can now add a link to their website that automatically affiliates ReActivate™ students with their store.

How to add the link:

Copy the link below, add your store number, and use it to create a link on your website or in your email newsletter.

apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber=YOURSTORENUMBERHERE

For example, if your PADI store number was 123456, the final code would look like this:

apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber=123456

Below is an example of what the page looks like on PADI.com. In the bottom left you can see the store information.

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If you’re new to PADI ReActivate, find out more about how it benefits you and your customers. You can also watch a webinar to help you implement templates into EVE and MailChimp. Finally, search the PADI Pros Blog to get tips on marketing tools that are available to promote ReActivate, and how to use them to drive new business.

To purchase or learn more about PADI ReActivate, contact your PADI Sales Consultant at [email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours, or visit the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pro’s Site where you can access marketing tools and place orders 24/7, 365 days a year.

Project AWARE: Renew Your Support for the Ocean

ReMember to RenewThe diving community and PADI Professional Members in particular are playing a critical role in making significant strides forward in ocean protection.

Project AWARE, PADI’s environmental charity partner, is dedicated to providing PADI Pros with the tools and resources to join in campaigns and activities that contribute to advancing the health of the ocean for future generations.

Your gift* and renewed commitment to ocean protection with your PADI Member Renewal helps Project AWARE achieve conservation successes to secure a brighter future for shark and ray population and protect marine life from the onslaught of marine debris.

FACT: Your support enables Project AWARE to secure important policy advancements to keep shark and ray populations healthy.

FACT: Entanglement in marine debris threatens humpback whales and many other marine animals. More than 1,500 entangled sea creatures have been reported through Dive Against Debris since 2011.

AWARE Card InstructorWant the New Project AWARE card now? Renew your support for the ocean by choosing the new Project AWARE version of your PADI Membership card and donate* with your PADI renewal today!

Thank you for renewing your support for the ocean with your PADI Member Renewal.

Contact PADI EMEA for more information or visit www.projectaware.org

* Gifts of €15/£15/CHF20 or more receive a new limited edition Project AWARE Humpack Whale mask strap pad as a special thank you for your renewed support.

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2016 Shows Draw Closer – Partner PADI at a 2016 Show

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The 2016 EMEA Show Season draws closer and PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa will be exhibiting at several large international shows throughout its territory, as well as having a smaller presence at many regional EMEA shows. Below are the large international shows at which PADI EMEA will be formally exhibiting in early 2016:

  • Salon de la Plongée (Paris) – 8th – 11th January
  • Boot (Düsseldorf) – 23rd – 31st January (PADI Village)
  • Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Show (London) – 11th – 14th February
  • London International Dive Show (London) – 11th – 14th February (PADI Village)
  • Salon de la Inmersion (Barcelona) – 26th – 28th February (PADI Village)
  • Dive Middle East Expo (Dubai) – 1st – 5th March (PADI Village)
  • EUDI (Bologna) – 4th – 6th March (PADI Village)

If you would like to partner PADI in a PADI Village, please contact [email protected] stating which Show you are interested in.

If you will be exhibiting at a Show not listed above, and would like to apply for a 2016 Show Support Pack, please email [email protected]

My Top 3 EMEA Dives – Part 2: Ari Atoll, Maldives (Guest blog by Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler)

In this article, guest blogger Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler continues her run-down of her top 3 dives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Missed Part 1? Read it here.


Dive Site: Ari Atoll

Location: Maldives
Description: Trench
Depth: 0 – 30 meters

I was lucky enough to celebrate my 30th birthday on a liveaboard in the Maldives. Four dives a day, in a location that is all about diving, was a dream come true. If I had to choose one dive that has stuck with me however, it has to be the whale shark encounter that I had in the Gaafu Atolls.

Strong currents are something that I am not used to (I come from a Mediterranean environment which is notorious for its calm, clear waters) and this trip was my first use of a reef hook. The current was particularly strong on this dive; my brother and I made a quick, negative entry and headed straight down to 20 meters – as we had been briefed to do beforehand. The plankton-rich waters were teeming with life, the cleaning stations were prominent and the dive group was experienced. This meant that the conditions were perfect for a very close encounter indeed.

The maldives are world-renowned for crystal clear waters and stunning marine life

Our dive guide must have been psychic. No sooner than the 10 of us making the dive had tucked ourselves away, a whale shark with an adolescent pup came into view. She was enormous. She was gentle and glorious. She was here for a cleaning and my brother and I were just meters away. I could have reached out and touched her if I had wanted to (I didn’t of course).

After 10 minutes the other divers started getting fidgety, but I didn’t want to move. I looked at my brother and could see that he had no intention of moving either. I signaled to the dive guide that we would stay, and that we would end the dive when either of us became lower on air with the safety of my DSMB, and that they should continue their dive. They signaled “OK”, released their hooks, and were a distant spec within minutes.

We stayed there for almost an hour. The whale shark was cleaned and we watched every second of it.

Whale sharks are regular visitors to the Maldivian atolls

This dive stays with me forever. I felt like I was on a conveyor belt of wonder, that my brother and I were the last two humans on earth and we had front row seats to all the action. I have seen whale sharks before, but this was the dive of a lifetime…. and that’s why it has made my top 3!

If you’ve enjoyed this article, watch this space for Part 3!


Alexandra DimitriouAlexandra Dimitriou-Engeler is a PADI Dive Center owner in Agia Napa, Cyprus. She became a diver in 1992 and received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography at Plymouth University in 2003. Her love of the ocean has always been her driving force, and this has led to the natural progression of becoming a diving instructor in 2005. She is currently a PADI staff instructor and owner of Scuba Monkey Ltd and is writing a series of guest blogs for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Training Insights… EFR: What is an Emergency First Response Distinctive?

warehouse-injuryIf you have identified a particular need in your local market and have the expertise to write a course to address those needs, you can develop an EFR Distinctive specialty course.

Perhaps you want to teach first aid to people who regularly take part in another activity (such as another sport or hobby, or a specific occupation) and think they need additional focus on some skills. Alternatively, you might have some customers asking you to teach a particular course or skill.

EFR_72010_lWhatever your reason for wanting to create a bespoke EFR course for your customers, simply let us know about your idea and we can help you develop this further. You don’t have to be a medical professional and courses are often based upon EFR core courses supported by additional scenarios or modules that you’ve contributed.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses or for advice on writing your own EFR Distinctive specialty course, please contact [email protected].

New and Upgraded PADI Businesses – September 2015

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This August, PADI has welcomed 11 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 6 membership upgrades for businesses achieving new awards or committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

New PADI Businesses

  • Buceonaturas, S-25003, Spain
  • 4 Divers, S-25035, Netherlands
  • Piraeuscuba Diving, S-25028, Greece
  • Euro-Divers Utopia Beach, S-25041, Maldives
  • Shop4Divers, S-24994, Poland
  • S/Y Amazing Grace, S-25062, Seychelles
  • Diving Dragonera, S-25042, Spain
  • Dorset Diving Services, S-25061, England
  • Bateel Diver, S-25036, Saudi Arabia
  • Atmosphere Aqua Club Helengeli, S-25045, Maldives
  • Learn to Dive Today, S-25060, South Africa

Upgraded Businesses

  • Gran Canaria Divers, S-22677, Canary Islands
  • Diving Academy By Mandel Diving Center, S-23609, Italy
  • Adventure Diving Malta, S-24264, Malta
  • Dive&Drive, S-22134, Russia
  • Arab Diver, S-22719, Saudi Arabia

Awards Received

  • Island Divers, S-23318, Maldives – Green Star Award

Welcome and congratulations to all of the above PADI businesses! For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

5 for 4 on all PADI Digital Products (20% saving!)

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Just use RENDIG2016 when placing your order via email to [email protected] or telephone your PADI Sales Consultant during business hours to claim this offer.

Digital Products Available Now:

  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak Lite
  • Adventures in Diving Digital Certification Pak Lite
  • Equipment Specialist Touch
  • RDPML Touch
  • Rescue Digital Certification Pak Lite
  • ReActivate Touch

Coming Soon!

  • Rescue Diver Touch
  • Freediver Touch

*Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.