The Midwest Great Instructor Challenge

In 2017, the inaugural PADI® Midwest Great Instructor Challenge had truly great participation throughout 10 US Midwest states. The top 10 challenge winners showed their dedication to diver education and the environment, and proved they are masters at keeping dives engaged. Like PADI Pros around the world, these individuals proudly share their joy of diving and eagerly invite others on underwater adventures, sometimes in water temperatures as low as 38°F/3°C.

This regional challenge was based on accumulating points for each PADI certification issued during the contest period. The top producing instructor crushed it by earning more than 300 points.

The top 10 instructors received PADI-branded merchandise along with great bragging rights. In addition, the top instructor won a dinner with the PADI Midwest Regional Staff.

Congratulations to these challenge winners

1 – Andy Silverman: 16-year member from Columbus Scuba in Ohio


2 – Melissa Silverman: 3-year member from Columbus Scuba in Ohio


3 – Jerry Otte: 21-year member from Aquatic Adventures Inc. in Wisconsin


4 – Elmer Egman: 45-year member and independent instructor from Minnesota


5 – John Holben: 9-year member from Scuba Emporium in Illinois


6 – Andrew Berg: 5-year member from TD Scuba in Missouri


7 – Martin Kelly: 3-year member from New Wave Snorkel and Columbus Scuba in Ohio


8 – Jenny Otte: 8-year member from Aquatic Adventures Inc. in Wisconsin


9 – Mark Poulos: 23-year member from Sentry Pool & Scuba in Illinois


10 – Jessy Thompson: 2-year member from American Dive Zone in Michigan


If you live in the midwest, watch for information about the next Midwest Instructor Challenge that’s launching in the spring of 2018.

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