PADI Instructor Examinations for November, 2017

01 November | Gili Islands, Indonesia

01 November | Khao Lak, Thailand

04 November | Shenzhen, China

04 November | Bali, Indonesia

04 November | Auckland, New Zealand

06 November | Tauranga, New Zealand

07 November | Christchurch, New Zealand

08 November | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

10 November | Dunedin, New Zealand

13 November | Northland, New Zealand

15 November | Pattaya, Thailand

17 November | Bohol, Philippines

18 November | Phuket, Thailand

20 November | Cebu, Philippines

21 November | Koh Tao, Thailand

23 November | Moalboal, Philippines

24 November | Koh Samui, Thailand

25 November | Adelaide, Australia

25 November | Sydney, Australia

26 November | Puerto Galera, Philippines

28 November | Bangkok, Thailand

30 November | Auckland, New Zealand

PADI Business Academy 2018 Schedule

PADI Business Academies have proven to be a success over the years, with hundreds of PADI Dive Shops and Instructors having participated to develop their knowledge in a range of business and marketing strategies.

At the PADI Business Academy (PBA) you will explore a range of digital marketing strategies for your website, email marketing and social media channels as well as sales and customer service strategies for your business. Throughout some presentations you will participate in workshops to help put into practice the knowledge you have gained.

Sheridan Hatcher, Marketing Executive, maintains that a key feature of the Asia Pacific Business Academies will be the strong focus on the ongoing PADI staff follow-ups and close working relationships with attendees.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the below Business Academies.

2018 PADI Business Academy Lite (One Day) Schedule

Day Month Location Language
19 February Jeju, South Korea Korean
21 February Seoul, South Korea Korean
12 March Fiji English
31 May Chennai, India English
12 September Brisbane, Australia English

2018 PADI Business Academy (Two Day) Schedule

Day Month Location Language
5-6 February Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia English
15-16 May Bangkok, Thailand English
23-24 May Bali, Indonesia English
27-28 June Sydney, Australia English
16-17 October Cebu, Philippines English

2018 PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism (One Day) Schedule

Day Month Location                               Language
28 May Cebu, Philippines English

2018 PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism (One Day) Schedule

Day Month Location                               Language
25 April Bali, Indonesia English
8 December Koh Tao, Thailand English
12 December Tawau, Malaysia English

Contact or contact your PADI Regional Manager to register and ignite growth in all operational aspects for 2018 and beyond.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Material Update

Following the recent revision to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the article at the beginning of the year on implementing the Updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course – we have started rolling out additional student and professional material in the following languages:

Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified* versions.*New*); French; German; Japanese; Korean and Spanish.

Below is a reminder of the product codes of the PADI Advanced Open Water course material:

  • Basic Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & Online PIC (P70139L was P70014L). For Paper PIC use Code 70139L.
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – English only (70832)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – English, French & Spanish Audio (70832E/F/S) *New*
  • Advanced Open Water Diver DVD – Dutch, German & Italian Audio (70832 DU/G/I) *New*
  • Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor Cue Cards (60296 was 60196)

The revised AOW answer keys are available & posted to the PADI Pros Site under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Revised AOW Course Information Page and under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Exams and Assessments/AID.

To order, contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or for information and pricing.

Be a Better Person

Written by John Kinsella

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty program really just makes a good thing better. It builds on the foundational traits of inclusiveness and adaptability, common to all PADI Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Divemasters. It has detailed insights into considerations and techniques that apply specifically when training and guiding divers with disabilities and generally when working with any diver.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty helps PADI Pros become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving. It covers adaptive techniques that apply while supervising and training divers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs. It teaches how to properly counsel and direct student divers, based on their abilities, toward certification, experience programs, or toward a disabilities-dedicated diving organisation for limited certification options.

I believe this course will get PADI Members thinking outside the box when it comes to skills and get them looking at different ways to teach skills” says Fraser Bathgate, Advisor Adaptive Techniques PADI Worldwide. “Teaching divers with disabilities is a very enabling and rewarding experience and it will help open up a new client base to divemasters, instructors, dive centres and resorts. It kick starts a new way for PADI Members to fulfill more people’s dreams.”

The Adaptive Techniques Specialty course helps PADI Pros learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage not just divers with mental or physical challenges, but all divers. There’s also an associated subcourse, the PADI Adaptive Support Diver, which helps interested divers, from Open Water Diver on up, learn how to be better buddies to divers with physical or mental challenges.

The course looks at techniques that will help PADI Pros build confidence in their divers through a holistic approach that focuses on improving self image, building trust, setting goals, managing stress and having fun while solving problems. It emphasizes bringing the diver personally into the solution and looks at specific equipment adaptations and helpful confined and open water considerations.

Confined water workshops let dive pros demonstrate and practice skills to assist divers with disabilities, both in training and non-training situations. They build confidence before the open water workshops where dive pros apply the skills learned with an emphasis on assisting divers in/out of water, trim and comfort in the first workshop, and through scenario-based skills practice in the second.

But the real value of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty must be that, in some small way, it’s the distilled essence of the skill, experience and goodwill of an international advisory team who has collectively brought diving to thousands of people with disabilities and witnessed first hand the powerful and often life changing results. Now that experience and good will is ready to spread. Find out how you can help by contacting your PADI Regional Manager.

2017 PADI Elite Instructor Award Reminder

Where has the year gone? With only a couple of weeks left in 2017, the days remaining for you to achieve your 2017 PADI Elite Instructor Award are getting fewer.

What is the Elite Instructor Award?

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI Professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives a means to promote the elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others.

Top certifying PADI Instructors receive the Elite Instructor Award for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or more than 300 certifications in 2017. They’ll also receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor card, and an e-badge to use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages.

For more information, including qualifying certifications, visit the PADI Elite Instructor Award page on the PADI Pros Site.

To see your current certifications count, view your Students Count Report.

We will be announcing the award recipients in early 2018.

Happy teaching!

PADI Asia Pacific

PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge Has Begun

Win back the cost of your 2018 PADI Retail and Resort Association Membership, plus more!


Take part in the PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

  • Increase your PADI Master Scuba Diver ratings by growing your continued education certifications between 1st December 2017 and 31st May 2018.
  • PADI will track your MSD ratings vs the same calendar period in 2016/2017.
  • The PADI Dive Shops with the biggest % increase in each of the below levels will win.
  • Eligible PADI Dive Shops automatically entered.

Level 1: PADI Dive Centres with 0-4 MSD certifications during the Comparison Period
Level 2: PADI Dive Centres with 5+ MSD certifications during the Comparison Period


1st Place Winner in Level 1 & 2:
1 Free 2018 PADI Retailer & Resort Association Membership Renewal (Refunded)*. 5 PADI Gift Packs with backpack, polo shirt, t-shirt, cap and water bottle. 1 AU$300 PADI Gear Voucher. Total Retail Value: AU$900 plus 2018 Membership Renewal Fee* (AU$236.00 – AU$1513.00, excluding GST, depending on Membership Level).

2nd Place Winner in Level 1 & 2: 5 PADI Gift Packs with backpack, polo shirt, t-shirt, cap & water bottle. 1 AU$150 PADI Gear Voucher. Total Retail Value: AU$750.

Marketing tools to use

Download the PADI MSD Challenge Marketing Toolkit and begin your strategy.

Need more information?

Read the full contest rules, speak to your PADI Regional Manager or contact the PADI Marketing team on

PADI Asia Pacific 2018 Price List Now Available


The 2018 PADI price list and order form is now available on the home page of the PADI Pros’ site.

PADI materials pricing and PADI Member application and renewal fees are all detailed on the 2018 price list and these will become effective on January 1st 2018. All product orders received and settled prior to 29th December 2017 will be invoiced at the 2017 pricing.

You will notice that the prices on the Online Shopping Cart will automatically change on 1st January 2018. Prior to this they will continue to hold the 2017 pricing.

Please take a moment to review, and should you have any questions, please contact your Regional Training Consultant.

Thank you for all your support in 2017. We look forward to a positive and productive finish to the year and working with you again in 2018.