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]

Deptherapy diaries

“PADI is committed to making scuba diving accessible to people with disabilities who can meet the standards required for each level of training.  We have been a long time supporter of Deptherapy and Deptherapy that seeks to rehabilitate UK and US Armed Service personnel who have suffered life changing mental and or physical challenges. The next 10 days we will be running a BLOG about four seriously injured British troops who we are supporting as they start their scuba diving adventure.

20th March 2015

Arriving with Monarch airlines Deptherapy arrived to start with their course. All the filming was done by Jeff Godman from Scubaverse, so an excited team was ready to go diving the next day.

21st March 2015

A terrific day and the team bonded right away.  Some “rabbit in headlights” looks when first under water but some amazing efforts throughout the day and massive smiles at the end of the day.
We`ve also had 6 instructors for the pros course who have had busy day under Richard Cullens tuition and tomorrow will get in the water with the guys to help with open water dives and get some ” hands on ” experience. The staff continue to be amazing hosts.

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22nd March 2015

Second and final day of pros course and confined water dives for lads. The veterans just cracked on and completed their confined water skills ready for open water as seas to rough for afternoon of diving .
The pros course finished off their classroom work and then got hands on with the injured guys and also working in their groups as blind divers.

23rd March 2015

So first day in open water it was a fun but hard day. We got out
though a very tough start with current and waves but the lads got though it and
loved their first open water dives . When they got their attention off the new
and wonderful, they aced their skills, so first three dives done and then tomorrow
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24th March 2015

So Luke Simpson and Warren Richardson are newly qualified Open Water Divers and was a real pleasure to take them though course and see change in them all because of diving . Scott Brown was unable to dive today due to issues with his ears. We then cracked on with Advance course and guys are having a great time diving and gaining experience lots of wildlife to be seen on Roots house reef .

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25th March 2015

So today Luke and Warren completed their AOW course with three great dives in perfect conditions . The first was a deep dive with the guys first Clown fish experience on a perfect pinnacle covered in life. Then they each had a different dive with Fish I.D and SMB all completed flawlessly just showing they had mastered their buoyancy skills. The final one was Navigation where they proved their former military skills and made it look simple . I think that’s why the guys picked up all the skills so easily as our time in the Army is all about Skills and drills.

Scott was well enough today to get back in water to complete final OW dive and start with AOW which he did with ease and made a great start with AOW.

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26th March 2015

So for Luke and Warren today it was in to the water as a newly qualified AOW divers and solid buddy pair they went exploring and loved it on Roots Camp House reef, Their air consumption getting better every dive to the point that Luke finished with an hour long dive. This of course no easy task when having to use your hands for propulsion . Scott got into the water for his final 3 AOW dives and he nailed them even with showing his young enthusiasm by being caught up in all the wildlife to had . It was a great week for the Pros course and the guys on course too but also myself as this is all why i wanted to be come an instructor and teach other veterans like myself as the transformation in guys just from meeting at Airport to end of week was amazing and i said to Luke just before we descended on first OW dive your about to have a new world open to you .

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