Pharaoh Dive Club – Deptheraphy – Project AWARE: what a winning combination!

At the end of June 2016 a ‘very special team’ took part to a Dive Against Debris Specialty as part of their training; let’s read how did it go directly from Steve Rattle, owner at Pharaoh Dive Club in El Quseir:

For the past few years, Pharaoh Dive Club have been a very active supporter of the amazing work of the Deptherapy charity. The provision of PADI training programs to the injured troops has proven extremely beneficial in many ways to the recipients, however, due to the temperate waters in the UK it is not possible to complete the training for many amputees. There are physical complications in bodily functions in maintaining core temperatures which inhibit diving in cooler climates.

pharahos depthIt is here that Roots Red Sea and Pharaoh Dive Club stepped up and provided free diving and accommodation to the participants of the Deptherapy programme. The charity simply has to fund the transfers from the UK, something they work tirelessly to achieve and for every £500 raised they are able to send 1 more injured soldier on the programme.

AMission PossibleWith the programme now running on a regular basis, there are now returning participants completing continued PADI education training. On this trip we have 3 PADI Advanced Open Water candidates, 2 completing PADI Deep Diver specialty and 4 PADI Open Water candidates.

In addition we had PADI Rescue Diver Chris Middleton, a double amputee undergoing PADI Divemaster training and taking on very successfully [under direct supervision of the instructor], all the skill demonstrations for the full PADI Open Water training of Criag Wood a triple amputee!

It was also decided that it would be a fantastic opportunity for all the candidates to add the Project Aware – Dive Against Debris Specialty. It emphasizes the crucial dive skills of peak performance buoyancy, re-enforces safe diving practices and of course provides a full background of environmental awareness.

After dinner on the 4th evening with the PADI Open Water and Advance Open Water course complete, the new qualified candidates and the instructional team attended and evening presentation of the Project Aware Dive Against Debris programme. Local issues were highlighted to the group and there was intense interest in how they could help to get the message out to the wider world.

The following morning the group assembled and prepared the specialist equipment and formulated a plan on how to tackle the task of cleaning above and below the waves at Gasus Bay north of Roots. Buddy teams were resolved, specific tasks assigned and logistics finalised before 3 buses and 2 pick up trucks set off on the 30 minute drive north. The choice of location was directed by the obvious accessibility issues of the disadvantaged divers, Gasus being a very short walk to the waters edge.

DAD 41As the Deptherapy divers set out to do the DAD primarily with fishing line collection as a goal, but with the intent of not letting single piece of bottom dwelling debris to escape notice, the land support crew swept the beaches collecting all kinds of waste blow ashore over the past months.

DAD 42All divers were given a bag, some pieces of wood for wrapping fishing line around and line cutters. Buddy teams had been arranged to compensate for their injuries, allowing every team to make a contribution to the effort without compromising their safety.

Those left on shore watched slightly jealously as the divers entered the water, the temperature was already soaring despite it still being the morning. As they submerged below the water then the beach clean-up began in sweltering heat under the sun. The debris from the beach was kept separate from that retrieved from the dive site as to be reported correctly on the DAD website.

On return to Roots in the afternoon the team helped with the weighing, categorising and counting of the marine debris. A total of 72 items excluding fishing line, were found weighing in at approximately 7kg. There was also 91 metres of fishing line collected.

However the true success of the event was to be seen over the next days when the Deptherapy divers returned from their following recreational dives all bearing gifts of debris and fishing lines that they had not noticed prior to taking part in the Project Aware Dive Against Debris, great job by all!

On behalf of PADI and Project AWARE congratulations and special thanks to Steve, Clare, Pharaoh’ staff and Deptherapy: keep up the good work!

A very special PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

At the end of February, while performing my duties of PADI Examiner during an IE in Sharm el Sheikh, I had the pleasure to work with Bogdan Lawicki as candidate.

b…it was the first time for me, as an Examiner, to evaluate a candidate instructor with disabilities: I was so impressed by his positivism, his attitude, knowledge and skills …that I decided to do a small interview with him and his course Director, Massimo Casabianca!

Let’s start with Boo:

kHi Boo, can you give us a short background about yourself?

I have always been a sportive and active person: table tennis, swimming and several martial arts!

In December 2008, I had a motorbike accident that brought to the amputation of my right leg, as you can imagine my life changed drastically and I had to adapt myself to this ‘new life’.


Despite the accident, my sportive nature did not change … I tried few different sports, but when I tried scuba diving – during a holiday – I felt in love with it and I decided to continue up to where I am today!

When did you start scuba diving?

I did my PADI Open Water Course in 2010, during a holiday in Marsa Alam – Egypt! That’s how I started.

fDo you currently practice other sports?

My main sport activity is scuba diving …however, I do a lot of swimming to keep myself fit!

What relationship exist between scuba diving and your disability?

Underwater I feel free!

…and this freedom make me forget all the mobility problems and issues I face on the surface.


When did you decide it was time to become a PADI OWSI?

Three years ago, when I became PADI Divemaster. This was an important milestone in my diving career.


What made you decide to start a professional career in diving?

Honestly – at the beginning – I was concerned about becoming a professional diver because of the responsibilities involved; but then, I understood that this was the best way for me to share my love and passion for scuba diving.


Which kind of social impact your new role of PADI Instructor will have on others?

I believe this will help integration of people with disabilities into society: the society is still struggling to see people with disabilities practicing certain activities. Scuba diving will help people not to feel marginalized.

I personally see you as a role model, what’s your opinion: do you believe your story can be an inspiration for other people with disabilities?

Definitely YES!

In addition, I am proud to be considered as role model; the message I want to deliver is that, after an accident, life goes on and there are plenty of activities a person with disabilities can do …and one of this is certainly scuba diving!

What scuba diving gives you?

zScuba diving gives me a lot!

When I am doing a fun dive, I switch off from my routine, I relax and I enjoy exploring the underwater world. On the other hand, while I am teaching, I love the feeling of being able to share my knowledge, skills and passion with my student divers!


…and now some questions for Massimo:

aHow was the experience of teaching Boo’s IDC?

Challenging and gratifying! The challenge was to adapt the logistic and see the all IDC in a different way: not with my parameters but with the eyes of a person with disabilities.

Did you have previous experiences in teaching scuba diving to a person with disabilities?

No, that was the first time …and I will do it immediately again!

Boo has changed my approach to teaching …forever.

According to you, which kind of social impact Boo will have on others as PADI OWSI?

I believe he will be not only a role model but also an ambassador, especially for those families with kids with disabilities. Scuba diving will allow them to escape from their daily routine and enhance their interactions with their playmates.c

Any special tip you want to share with other Instructors and Course Directors who are willing to teach divers with disabilities?

The only tip I feel like giving is to synergistically work with your students, listening for their needs and adapting your course day by day. Creativity and flexibility are key factors!

Limitations are mainly mental rather than physical: this is where Boo helped me to change my way of teaching, opening my mind and helping me understand that anything is possible … provided you want it!

New Course Director in Egypt – Amr Z. Ali

amr<<My Journey Started in 1998 doing DSD with my cousin Ahmed Hafez then few years after i become PADI Divemaster, so much fun seeing new type of marine life every day (I loved it) but in 2006 some say its good time to move on to the next step and become OWSI, OOOOK life saving on the edge, am I able to finish this step? 

With encouragement from many friends and all the Team Of INMO Divers where I use to work as Dive Guide, then I meet with my first Mentor Gabi Pointer and she is without doubt Amazing Educator and mentor, I still remember the day I ask her how did you become a Course Director? So her success become my goal of life.

I enjoyed teaching very much as I see divers struggling to do a skill but with practice they accomplish and they are happy to enjoy diving, and that is where my joy come from.

Some good years of saving and spending as I instructed SCUBA Diving with Big Blue Dahab since 2008, working there made me realize and believe that I can be Course Director due to many Divemaster courses I taught there but all of the sudden Egyptian Revolution started and every thing is withhold to the unknowing time, it comes with some benefits too as I noticed more of Egyptian divers coming from Cairo and Alexandria to our famous city of Dahab and I thought that is my Market, beside the Bedouin community in Dahab city.

To focus in this Arabic speaking market I had to find another mentor to provide me with the experience in this area so sending messages to other course director around the Red Sea area and here he is the best person and friend I ever worked with Mohamed Adel Platinum Course Director, the  year of 2015 was full with experience and fun working with him, Knowledgable-Ready-Helpful in all times I ask him there is always a logical fantastic answer, never loss his temper. Also I got to know Detlef England as he have same plan to become PADI Course Director so we educate each other in many ways during Mohamed Adel IDC`s.

23-03-2016 i become PADI Course Director, this day I will remember for ever as I see the pay back of all the hard work and the help I got from my family and friends and I am very much thankful for every one who stood beside me to reach my goal>>.

Congratulations to Amr for successfully completing his CDTC !

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 !


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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


PADI Open Water Diver Touch now available in Arabic

1112 Arabic Open Water Touch Blog GraphicWith the growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch Digital Certification Paks are now available in Arabic, Dutch, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Korean and English.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crewpak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite. To download the full PADI Digital Product Suite brochure click here.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline (Touch) includes:
– Open Water Diver Touch
– Open Water Diver eManual
– Open Water Video clips
– eRDPml Touch/Digital RDP Tables
– eTraining Dive Log
– Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

PADI Library App, and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?

PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the PADI eShop. Students can purchase it through

For more information about how to buy and sell PADI Touch products click here

Do I need an internet connection?

This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, Final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

For more information and/or to order copies of the Open Water Diver Certification Pak – Offline, contact [email protected], call your PADI Sales Consultant (+44 (0) 117 300 7234) or visit the PADI eShop.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #3: Business Training

In order to operate a thriving business within the scuba industry, diving professionals need to be more than just experts in the water – they’ll need to have specialist business knowledge, too.

As a renewed PADI Professional you have access to a wide selection of tools and training opportunities to help equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to manage and grow your diving business efficiently and successfully.

These tools include courses such as the PADI Business Academy, print and online publications and live or pre-recorded webinars, and cover a variety of topics including:

  • Selling and conducting PADI courses and training
  • Marketing, eMarketing, advertising and social media tips
  • Boosting sales opportunities for courses, merchandise and equipment
  • Customer and stock inventory management with EVE
  • Developing and expanding your business into the wider market

To find out what support is available, contact a consultant in your local PADI Office or speak to your local PADI Regional Manager.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Day Month Course City Country
23 Jan EFRIT Dusseldorf Germany
29 Feb EFRIT Bristol UK
24 April EFRIT Krakow Poland
29 May EFRIT Lanzarote Canary Islands
5 June EFRIT Mechelen Belgium
26 June EFRIT Limassol Cyprus
31 July EFRIT Moscow Russia
7 August EFRIT Jeddah Saudi Arabia
12 September EFRIT Bristol UK
9 October EFRIT St Raphael France

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students


  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!


For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email [email protected], quoting EFRIT15.

PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic: 27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

Russian:  3rd December 11:00-12:00 MSK (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact [email protected].

PADI Pro Member Benefit #2: Consultant Services


As a renewed PADI Professional, you have a full team of industry experts at your local PADI office who are ready to support you in your diving, teaching and career development activities.

You have access to consultants specialising in:

  • Training
  • Quality Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Product Integration
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • …and more

Our team will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have. Click here to view contact information and take advantage of the wide expertise that is available to help you maximise your opportunities as a renewed PADI Professional.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)