PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Applauds its 2015 Frequent Trainers

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PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.

Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career.  Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC).  While many PADI Pros aspire to taking part in the CDTC and becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected.  The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business.  Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in the water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.

This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest calibre of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Speciality Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors.  The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.

To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP).  Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa proudly announces its list of 2015 Frequent Trainers.  This select group of Course Directors, from all over the EMEA territory, have been busy creating future PADI Instructors – who will in turn create new PADI divers in 2016.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.

New Course Director in Egypt – Detlef England

detlef<<I started diving in 1986 with a ‘try dive’ in the swimming pool, during a holiday in Mombasa – Kenya: after the first breath underwater, I immediately understood diving was going to be my addiction for the rest of my life. The diving center where I started was a CMAS diving center therefore after completing the 1* CMAS, I continued all the way until I become a 3* Instructor. In 1996, I crossed over to the PADI system, as I knew I wanted to ‘go Pro’ with PADI and in 2011, I enrolled in my IDC with Course Director Nikolay Baumann at the Dive Connection in El Gouna.

My mission as a Course Director will be to encourage IDC candidates, from all over the world, to become PADI ambassadors and embrace the PADI philosophy. For this reason, I will focus as well on promoting Instructor level continuing education!

My ambition is to aim for Platinum Course Director within the next few years and maintain that status.

Another important goal for me is to share Project AWARE’ s motto SAVE OUR WORLD / OUR WATER with future professionals …so that they can deliver it to all their future students, their friends and family!

By the end of 2016 I can celebrate 3 mile stones: diving for 30 years, 20 years PADI Membership and my first year as a Course Director. What a Fantastic year!

I need to say thank you to all my friends, family and PADI staff for their support.>>

Congratulations to Detlef for successfully completing his CDTC !

PADI 50th Anniversary Promotions

PADI_50_lightbackgroundThe PADI 50th Anniversary campaign celebrates PADI as yesterday’s trailblazer, today’s leader and tomorrow’s future in the dive industry. This global campaign draws on industry icons and legends to share PADI’s story throughout the evolution of the dive industry over the past 50 years, clearly reinforcing PADI’s position as the authority in recreational diver training now.

The PADI organization will celebrate its golden anniversary throughout 2016 with the following plans currently in place:

  • Additional video testimonials featuring dive industry luminaries – past and present – will be produced and shared via PADI channels.
  • The PADI logo received a special, 50th anniversary treatment and will mark PADI communications throughout 2016.
  • Hosting contests and giveaways focused on the 50th Anniversary across PADI social networks and in certification card mailings.
  • Limited-edition 50th Anniversary certification cards will be issued to all divers earning certifications throughout 2016. Several styles will also be available as replacement cards.
  • PADI’s 25 millionth diver certification, expected to be issued during 2016, will be celebrated via an extensive media push.

All PADI Members are invited to join the celebration. The PADI 50th Anniversary logo and related marketing collateral is available on the PADI Pros’ Site.

2016 MEMBER FORUM – EGYPT

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We are pleased to invite you to join us at the 2016 Member Forums in Egypt.

PADI Member Forum 2016 promises to be an exciting and informative journey through the new, cutting-edge educational tools that have been added to PADI’s digital library.
The seminar will feature a risk management presentation along with an interactive Q&A session about PADI Standards.

You’ll also get a glimpse into the new PADI marketing campaigns, including: My PADI, AmbassaDiver™, Discover Scuba® Diving Days, and changes within Emergency First Response® and Project AWARE® programs. Registration is free and recommended.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet up with other PADI Professionals and Members in your area and discuss issues you may need assistance on… or just enjoy the get-together with other key players in the industry.

The events details are as follows:

MARSA ALAM:
7th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort – KM97 Quseir Marsa Alam Road
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HURGHADA:
15th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort – El Corniche Road
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SHARM EL SHEIKH:
18th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Ras Mohamed National Park’s Conference Room – Bank Street – Hadaba
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DAHAB:
22th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hotel ibis Styles Dahab Lagoon (previously Coralia)
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** Please register online using the links provided above **

There is no charge for attendance at the Forum. Attendance at this member forum will count as one seminar credit.

The Forum will be conducted by:
Teo Brambilla, Regional Manager Egypt.
Teo can be contacted on +20 122 3658961 or [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Member Forums!

Your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Team

 

What is a PADI AmbassaDiver?

AmbassaDiver_Hor_Logo_RedBlk - CopyLast week we launched our search for our PADI AmbassaDiver! We are looking for Pro divers and divers who really make a difference and have a story to tell. But what does it all mean?

As a PADI AmbassaDiver, you will be representing what PADI stands for. A passion for the ocean, safe diving and a constant desire for new adventures. You will be introduced as an AmbassaDiver on the official PADI blog where we will highlight your projects and your story. We will keep up with your adventures and the way you influence the diving community all year. You will also receive exclusive PADI AmbassaDiver merchandise.

You will be a part of all the new product releases, engage with the PADI news, and be invited to talk at events such as PADI member updates or PADI Go pro night. You will be a brand advocate of PADI through social platforms, events and relevant engagements and will be expected to use said social platforms to bring brand awareness as AmbassaDivers are passionate about diving, exploration and adventure, and sharing their love of the sport and the ocean planet is one of their greatest joys.

PADI AmbassaDivers are leaders in the dive industry or local communities and will be elected based on their abilities to influence, engage and inspire others to start and keep diving.

Through passion and dedication, PADI Brand Ambassadors are changing the world of diving or changing the world through diving.

Application Procedures:

Applicants for the PADI AmbassaDiver program should be certified by PADI and able to show a strong social media following and/or significant contributions to scuba diving or related areas.

Download the application here and send an email to [email protected] telling us why we should choose you!

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Aquatica Wassersport meets with PADI at Boot Show

Aquatica Wassersport is one of the first PADI Freediver Centers established across the world. Thomas Jurkschat met with PADI Territory Director Suzanne Smith and PADI Regional Manager Thomas Sobotta at the Boot Show, Dusseldorf this year.

Ines Jurkshat (not pictured) was also recognised for her role on the advisory panel for the development of the PADI Freediver program.

Congratulations to PADI’s Top Certifying Instructors in 2015

Go_Pro_CAY07_1136_TS_KingWorld_LGTop certifying PADI Instructors will soon be receiving their Elite Instructor Award. This award celebrates the achievements of PADI Instructors who issued 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300+ certifications during 2015.

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives them the means to promote their elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others. Elite Instructor Award recipients receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (both signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor cards, and an e-badge they may use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages. Elite award instructors may authorize PADI Dive Centres or Resorts with which they associate to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’ digital site as well.

Check out the 2015 Global Elite Instructor Recipient List to see who earned an award for their 2015 certifications. Listed PADI Instructors can go to the “My Account” tab on this site to download their 2015 Elite Instructor e-badge, and should also be able to see their e-badge on their PADI Pro Chek results page.

Visit the PADI Elite Instructor information page to read about the program.

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