For the 19th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organization. A popular German-language magazine that focuses on topics of interest to European divers including dive travel, dive equipment and dive industry news and information, TAUCHEN (“dive” in English) asks readers to annually select their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the enduring favorite, surpassing the competition and taking home the coveted bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organization every year since the award’s inception.
PADI recognizes this award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members. “We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of PADI Members for the 19th consecutive year – it is a testament to the quality training that PADI Members deliver every day,” says Mark Spiers, PADI Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.
PADI Members have plenty to celebrate, because the TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the “Oscars of the Dive Industry.” This year, the awards were presented on January 27, 2017 at the Düsseldorf Night Residency in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany. “The awards ceremony is probably the most glamorous event of the European diving community,” said a representative from TAUCHEN. “This year’s event was an evening full of emotions, great feelings and joyous tears.”
“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members everywhere and thank them for their continued support of the PADI organization,” says Spiers. “Thanks also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach. Together, we are the way the world learns to dive.”