Thursday, 12 January 2012

New appointment of Matteo Brambilla as PADI Regional Manager for Sinai and the Middle East.

Matteo (Teo) will be replacing Terry Johnson and Peter Driessel as Regional Manager for these areas. These changes form part of EMEA’s future development in this region. Terry and Peter congratulated Teo on his appointment but expressed their sadness at leaving so many friends and colleagues, and had absolute confidence in Teo’s ability to strengthen PADI support to these regions still further.

A warm welcome to Teo!!!!!!!!

Terry's new responsibilities will cover Poland and Greece.

15 Year Award for Aqua Sport Taba, Egypt

Matteo Bramilla, PADI Regional Manager was very pleased to award Aqua Sport Dive Centre, S-3231, in Taba, Egypt with their 15 year member award. Huw Watson  manager was on hand to receive the ward. Teo congratulated Huw on the tremendous support and professionalism shown by Aqua Sport Taba over the past 15 years. Well done Aqua Sport!!!!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Shark Conservation Update

Two important steps for sharks have been taken in the past 48 hours as a result of all our hard work, lobbying, shouting and petition signing!

European fishing fleets play a major role in shark fishing worldwide with a number of loopholes in legislation which have long threatened sharks not just in European waters but globally too. We’ve been battling this issue for the past few years and you’ve signed petitions to help us get there! Thank you.

On Monday, the European Commission announced two measures:
• Announcement of the long awaited proposal for closing the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning; and
• The European Union has become a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sharks
These are some significant and important steps in Project AWARE’s work to protect threatened and vulnerable shark species.

For those interested you can see the full stories at:

You can also find translated versions on the conservation tab on buddy blog.
In 2012 we’ll be pushing harder than ever before for our goal to secure threatened shark species on the Appendix II of the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) before the next CITES meeting in Thailand in 2013.
And we’ll be pushing EU Member States to agree to the proposal for a strong, loophole free EU finning ban.

For now – thank you to everyone who has supported Project AWARE’s goals so far.

PADI Announce the soon to be launched eCard

As a 2012 membership renewal benefit all PADI Members will receive a free PADI eCard for their highest core level (including Course Director and IDC Staff). The PADI eCard is an electronic version of the PADI certification card.

The eCard will be available for diver replacement cards in fourth quarter 2011. Initially, the eCard will be available through Replacement Card Online only. Divers obtaining a replacement card will have the choice of an eCard, a plastic card or both. In addition, PADI Members can use PIC Online credits to sell eCards to existing PADI Divers through the Online Processing Center on the PADI Pros’ Site. PADI Members can then utilize the power of smartphone technology when certifying divers.

PADI eCard is hosted, managed and displayed using the PADI App, initially accessible on Apple, Android and Blackberry smartphones, but development for other operating systems will follow. Security of the eCard is a primary concern, so PADI has integrated features such as QR coding (a specific, two-dimensional code) to make authentication straightforward and easy.

PADI CCR Event Eilat

Please click on this link below to view the rebreather events that took place in Eilat.


Oonas Dive Club 20 Year PADI Member Award

Terry Johnson, PADI Regional Manager was very pleased to award Oonas Dive Club S-2392, of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt with their 20 year member award. Corri Clarke manager was on hand to receive the ward. Terry congratulated Corri on the tremendous support and professionalism shown by Oonas Dive Club over the past 20 years. Well done Oonas!!!!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

New AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty

Many shark species are in danger of becoming extinct but you can give sharks a fighting chance by teaching AWARE Shark Conservation to your students. Teach divers and non-divers through Independent Learning or Classroom Presentations, and certify even if sharks are not seen on Training Dives.
Help our friends the sharks by turning your students into informed and passionate shark defenders who take action to protect sharks.

We have some great resources to teach this course:
·         AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty Course Instructor Guide
·         AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Course Lesson Guides
·         AWARE Shark Conservation Study Guide

All resources are available to download at: You can apply via Method 2 direct to the PADI Memberships Department. PADI will donate the Instructor Rating fee directly back to Project AWARE which is great news!

Coming up from Oct 15-23 the Big Shark Shout Out will hit dive centres everywhere. There’s no better time to start educating divers about threatened sharks. Make a difference during the Big Shark Shout Out:

1. Collect Shark Petitions

2. Teach the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty

3. Create a Local Shark Shout Out
Shout for sharks in your local facility or classroom. Better yet, make it a fundraiser for shark protection and create a wall of local support. Print out these shark templates and create a donation box. Each supporter donating $1 to $5 in support of sharks will display their name and shout out in your facility. Take pictures of your local efforts, send them to us we’ll share it them on our virtual Shark Wall to influence more action for sharks!

All your tools for the Big Shark Shout Out and the Shark Specialty can be found in our Organizer Kit.

In the meantime if you have any questions about the new AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or the Big Shark Shout Out please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for all your support
Take Action during The Big Shark Shout Out Oct 15-23. Learn more