PADI EMEA Ltd. receives the Tauchen Award for the 16th time in a row as the best training organisation.
Every year divers and subscribers of the Tauchen magazine nominate their favourite candidates out of the 17 categories within the diving industry. PADI is the only organisation, since the initiation of the Tauchen Award, that has won the first prize 16 times in a row. On the 22.01.2015, at the exclusive location in Düsseldorf, Nachtresidenz, the Tauchen Award gala evening was held. Alexandra Jahr, General Manager of Jahr Top Special Verlags and Maike Grützediek, Chief Editor moderated the individual presentation of the nominees and winners.
Mark Spiers, Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development, PADI EMEA Ltd.:
“We are very proud to receive this award and truly appreciate the continued recognition that the readers of Tauchen magazine give to us. To win any award is always great, but to win it sixteen times is amazing ! Tauchen readers, together with the more than one Million Facebook fans that PADI has, know that PADI is the way the world learns to dive. This award is recognition not just of PADI’s achievements but also for the quality of training and customer service given by PADI Members and over 6,200 PADI Dive Shops around the globe. Many thanks to Tauchen magazine and its readers for this award.”
The Tauchen Honorary Award goes to Jack W. Lavanchy, one of the earliest pioneers in the European Diving Industry.
A true Legend, Jack W. Lavanchy received the Honorary Award for his life’s work in the diving industry.
After the war in 1947, he was in Cannes and saw for the first time people snorkeling in the sea opposite his house. This was the start of his long career in the diving industry. Lavanchy was active in Glaukos, the oldest diving club in Switzerland, serving throughout the years as Vice President, President, Secretary and Head of the technical committee. He was the Club’s delegate in the Swiss Diving Federation, worked in the Technical Commission and attended most of the CMAS General Assemblies. Lavanchy was a fervent supporter of simplicity and safety in teaching methods, and supported the development of the CMAS Scientific Commission. Through various business ventures that promoted diving throughout Europe, Lavanchy launched in 1983, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ (PADI) European & Maldives licensee, PADI Europe, and the PADI European (instructor) College. Lavanchy believed in conserving and protecting the underwater environment and in 1996, he launched Project A.W.A.R.E. (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) Foundation Europe, forming one of Europe’s most active and influential marine environmental organizations. Werner Thomaier, General Manager of Aqua Lung Germany and a close friend of Lavanchy held the very emotional and moving Laudatio.