Egypt at Dive2016 – Birmingham

The Birmingham Dive Show has taken place every year since 1991. DIVE attracts hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest diving holidays, training courses, and dive gear – on display and to buy – and is visited by thousands of experienced and aspiring divers from the UK, Europe and beyond. This year it was held from Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 23rd October.

For the 2016 edition, PADI’s management has decided to have some extra support from Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla (responsible for Egypt)!

bThe idea was not only to offer support to those PADI stores  – based in Egypt – exhibiting, but also to promote Egypt and help certified divers and future divers with practical tips on how to travel to Egypt, how to move around, answer generic questions  and overcome concerns about security in the country.

There were 5 – Egyptian based – PADI stores (both Resorts and Boat operators) exhibiting at Dive 2016 and they were all ‘equipped’ with the “PADI Show support pack”: a marketing kit, which included PADI sunglasses, bracelets, Course Promotional Vouchers, Posters, PADI Bunting and a PADI beach flag!

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aCamel Dive Club

dDivers United (Elite Diving)

eEmperor Divers and Scuba Schools

emperorPharaoh Dive Club

c…here during a special visit: DEPTHERAPY’s friends …and Egypt’s supporters!

[For the past few years, Pharaoh Dive Club have been a very active supporter of the amazing work of the charity by hosting Deptherapy’s training]

During the show, Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla took also the opportunity to award two diving icons who highly contributed to the growth of the diving industry in Egypt:

awardSteve Rattle and Guy Haywood received a special awards for their 25yrs as PADI Members!


Overall, DIVE 2016 was a well-attended and largely successful show …and even more important, the general feedback from participating Egyptian based Members was positive for the whole region!

PADI Pool Party Event at Gold’s Gym – Cairo!


Great success at the PADI Pool Party Event at Gold’s Gym Katameya Club in Cairo!


photo1…With the intent to expand the diving industry within the Egyptian market, PADI Regional Manager Teo Brambilla, PADI Course Director Mohammed Adel and PADI Instructor but also, Gold’s Gym Manager Ahmed Saleh decided to organize a customized event specifically designated for Cairo Gold’s Gym Members.

photo5During the weekend 23/24 September, PADI Dive Resorts Big Blue (Dahab) and Eurodivers Egypt (with branches in Hurghada, El Gouna and El Quseir) partnered up – with the support of PADI – to introduce gym’s members to the wonderful world of Scuba Diving.

photo2The great set up of Gold’s Gym, with an ‘ad hoc’ swimming pool on the roof, allowed members to try scuba diving either before or after their workouts …. Icing on the cake was the presence in the water (among other instructors) of the Gym’s Manager himself who, as passionate PADI Instructor, didn’t hesitate to change hats, put his wetsuit on and guide members through their PADI Discover Scuba Diving!

photo3Over these two days, more than 40 people did their PADI Discover scuba diving!

…Those who showed interest (the majority!) received a digital voucher, which will allow them to complete their PADI Open Water Course at a special rate in one of the Diving Centres mentioned above.

photo4If you are a PADI Diving Center owner and/or manager with connections with corporates, sports clubs, universities, etc. and you wish to organize a similar event – addressed to the local market in Egypt – please get in contact with PADI RM Teo Brambilla.

PADI Miniseminars at DEMA Show 2016

DEMA16_SocialbannerDive professionals know it makes good sense to plan ahead; now’s the time to do just that for the 2016 DEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Start by securing early bird pricing of $106 US per night (plus tax, and subject to change) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The PADI Course Director Update, EFR Instructor Trainer, and the not-to-be-missed PADI Social will take place downstairs in the hotel convention center, so you’ll be staying in the center of the action. Contact the PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2539 to reserve your room today.

WMiniseminar2016_PADIProductsith that taken care of, take a look at the extensive menu of PADI Miniseminars at the Las Vegas Convention Center. You probably want to start with PADI Products, Programs and Standards, and Risk Management 2016: Protect Your Divers and Yourself. These two perennial favorites are required (along with two other presentations) to regain Teaching status after a lapse of one to three years.

Pick and choose from the others as best fits your personal or business strategy, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to expand your reach with the cutting-edge and cost-effective marketing insights you’ll find in Modern Marketing Solutions, Dive it Forward With Course Linking, Extending the Customer Life Cycle Beyond Open Water Diver Certification, and Niche Market Mastery. Don’t forget to Engage with China for advice and tactics on how to serve the fastest growing tourism market in the world.

Miniseminar2016_ChinaOther PADI Miniseminars include 21st Century Customer Service, Integrating Digital Products, and the CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director (it’s never to early to plan for this ultimate goal). For those with the majority of a career under their belts, Retirement Planning 101 could be considered mandatory.

Grab your calendar, book your room and make your choices – plan now for a successful 2016 DEMA Show.


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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:

7th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort – KM97 Quseir Marsa Alam Road

15th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort – El Corniche Road

18th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Ras Mohamed National Park’s Conference Room – Bank Street – Hadaba

22th of April 2016 at 19:00hrs
Hotel ibis Styles Dahab Lagoon (previously Coralia)

** 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


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.

World ShootOut 2015 Winners – Live Broadcast this Weekend!


The World ShootOut 2015 underwater photo competition, which hosted 448 photographers from 37 different countries around the world, concluded at the end of last year, and now it’s time to announce the winners!

Two winning ceremonies will be taking place this weekend at boot Dusseldorf 2016, on the central stage of the diving arena, hall 3. Both events will be broadcasted LIVE in HD via YouTube, allowing audiences across the globe to enjoy this exciting event.

Scroll down to view each event and watch the live stream from this page:


Friday, January 29th, 2 pm GMT+1

On January 29th, all World ShootOut 2015 winners will be announced and awarded with prizes, including a special award for 1st place: a dreamy diving vacation for two in Papua New Guinea including flights from Europe (worth $25,000!).


Saturday, January 30th, 2 pm GMT+1

Live judging and awards ceremony for the UW Photography Global Championship 2015 will be held on January 30th. The winning team will be awarded with a prize worth $9,000 courtesy of SEACAM and PADI.

Learn more about the World ShootOut and the UW Photo Global Championship at

Päijänne on the Rocks 2016 – Ice Diving in Finland

Antero Joki and EW-Dive will be hosting their traditional winter event for freedivers and scuba divers, Päijänne on the Rocks 2016. This fun ice diving event takes place on 19th March 2016 in Asikkala, Finland.

Lake Päijänne has drinkable water and offers beauty and silence across an incredible ice diving environment. Situated in Lehmonkärki, there are lakeside villas with saunas, fireplaces and cosy fireplaces for après-dive relaxation, and every participant has the chance to win some fantastic prizes from Suunto.

Freedivers can also take part in a challenge: form teams of three and, within safe practices, dive the furthest distance under the ice as possible in 15 minutes. There will be 25 meter distances between holes and only one diver can be under the water at any one time. Last year the record was 650 meters – can you do better?

Due to the nature of the event, spaces for participants will be limited. Bookings should be placed before 31 January 2016.


  • Participation fee 30 € (includes the chance to win Suunto prizes)
  • Accommodation for two nights 110 €
  • Evening meal 35 € (gourmet chef in Lehmonkärki)

For questions and to book your space please contact the organiser directly: [email protected]

Päijänne on the Rocks 2016

PADI Celebrates its 50th Anniversary during LIDS and TOATS Shows in 2016!

PADI will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary at Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show and London International Dive Show, at ExCel, London, UK, from 11th – 14th February.

Visit PADI stand OU815 and get interactive with the NEW PADI Freediver Touch as well as the full suite of PADI Digital Products and interactive tools.

Non divers will be encouraged to try a dive at LIDS and visitors who sign up for any PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre at LIDS, will receive a FREE PADI gift while stocks last.

Take a look at the schedule of Seminars and Events taking place:

Date Time Seminar/Event Location Audience
11.02.16 15:50 – 16:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
12.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
13.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
13.02.16 12:10 – 12:40 ReActivate with PADI Ocean Theatre Divers
13.02.16 15:30 – 17:30 Member Forum PADI Gallery Room Pros
14.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
14.02.16 12:10 – 12:40 ReActivate with PADI Ocean Theatre Divers

We look forward to welcoming you onto the PADI stand!

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.

Project AWARE Success at DEMA 2015

Dive Against Debris Workshops DEMA 2015The annual DEMA Show put on by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association is more than just a scuba diving trade show – it’s the dive industry’s event of the year.

With diving equipment manufacturers, training and certification organizations, apparel producers, travel companies and philanthropies from across the globe in attendance, it’s a chance for all members of the dive industry to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Project AWARE has been honored to attend the DEMA show alongside PADI with great success in past years, and this year was no exception.

As we’re just now catching our breath after a whirlwind week of travel, meetings and Dive Against Debris training workshops, we’d like to take a moment to say, THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our supporters – dive centers, scuba instructors, ocean enthusiasts and marine conservation advocates – you helped make our presence at the 2015 DEMA show an incredible success.

Not only did we enjoy meeting many new members of our dive community in the Project AWARE booth, we were absolutely blown away by the attendance at our first-ever Dive Against Debris training workshops. Close to 200 of you attended! You asked pertinent data-reporting questions and worked together to find solutions. You listened intently and learned techniques and best practices for reporting more frequent, more accurate Dive Against Debris data. We shared our Dive Against Debris action kits with you so that you now have not only the knowledge, but also the tools to get the work done. We’re grateful to have shared that experience with you, and cannot wait to see your Dive Against Debris efforts expand in the coming year. You are our newest Dive Against Debris ambassadors.

Our community of empowered citizen scientists is growing, and now more than ever, we’re positively impacting our ocean environments through Dive Against Debris. Thank you to our dedicated community that makes this possible.

Activate your inner citizen scientist! Participate in Dive Against Debris today and join the growing number of Dive Against Debris Instructors.