I Love My PADI Pro Contest 2018

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As PADI Professionals, you not only introduce new divers to the underwater world, but you inspire new passions, encourage exploration, and mobilize future conservationists. We recognize the difference you are making in your communities, and we would like to give your students the opportunity to show their appreciation by nominating you in the I Love My PADI Pro contest.

We’ve asked our divers to tell us about the impact their PADI Pro has made in their lives and, if they nominate you, you’ll automatically go in the running to win a PADI x Seiko watch (and they’ll have the chance to win PADI swag). PADI divers can visit the official I Love My PADI Pro contest page to submit their entry.


Want to help spread the word? Below are a few sample text options to share on your social media accounts, in email, or on your website to encourage your students to participate. Remember, you know yourself and your students the best. If these samples don’t exactly match your tone and voice, feel free to adjust them accordingly. Don’t forget the official hashtag for the contest: #Love4PADIPros

Sample Text:

Option 1: Have you heard about @PADI’s #Love4PADIPros contest? If you thought I was a great PADI <insert level of membership>, you can nominate me by using this link: http://padi.co/NBiJYd.

Option 2: We have a lot of love for our PADI Pros here and we know you do too. If you think your instructor went above and beyond – or one of our Divemasters always has a smile at the ready, let them know by nominating them for @PADI’s #Love4PADIPros contest here: http://padi.co/NBiJYd.

Option 3: @PADI has just launched their #Love4PADIPros contest! If you think one of our PADI Pros deserves a shoutout (and a Seiko watch!) nominate them in the contest today here: http://padi.co/NBiJYd.

PADI Social Channels:


Twitter @padi

Instagram @paditv

Seiko Social Channels:


Instagram @seikowatchusa

To download other social images and sample posts, please visit the PADI Pros’ Site.

We appreciate all that you do and look forward to hearing from your students!

Announcing the 2017 Retail and Resort Master Scuba Diver Challenge Winners

In 2017, we challenged our Retail and Resorts to a friendly competition to see who could show the most percentage growth in Master Scuba Diver™ certifications. The following dive centers came out on top, certifying more divers the past six months than they did during the same six-month period the previous year!  Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all that participated in the challenge. Your amazing achievements and dedication in certifying Master Scuba Divers continues to create loyal customers, confident and competent divers, and more stewards for the underwater world.

In no particular order, here are your 2017 first place Retail and Resort Master Scuba Diver Challenge Winners:

Gene's Aqua Pro

Gene’s Aqua Pro

Gore, OK

“Gene’s Aqua Pro has been proud to serve Oklahoma since 1971.  The Master Scuba Diver Challenge gave our divers a fun mission to accomplish this summer at beautiful Lake Tenkiller.”-Gene’s Aqua Pro

Chattahoochee Scuba

Chattahoochee Scuba

Columbus, GA

“We challenge our customers to become Master Scuba Divers to help hone their skills, gain new experience, and stay engaged as divers and students.” –Chattahoochee Scuba



Alpharetta, GA

“We enjoy offering the Master Scuba Diver Challenge at SeaVentures because it gets our divers even more excited about different kinds of diving.” –SeaVentures

Florida Underwater Sports

Florida Underwater Sports

Sarasota, FL

“Creating divers, that is the MSD challenge for our instructors and staff. The students are challenged to become better divers but also to be outstanding representatives of the diving community.” –Florida Underwater Sports

The Scuba Shop

The Scuba Shop

Ontario, Canada

“Northern Ontario’s only PADI Dive Center, the Scuba Shop is proud to congratulate our new PADI Master Scuba Divers and their commitment to safe diving and training.” –The Scuba Shop

Ready to ramp up your Master Scuba Diver Program? Check out tips on how to put your master scuba diver program to work here.

Announcing the 2016 Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge Winners


Congratulations to the instructors who won the second annual Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge! These 15 PADI Professionals certified more people the past four months than they did during the same four-month period last year. Thank you all for your amazing achievements and dedication in teaching the world to dive, and for creating more ambassadors for the ocean.

To read about the Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge and incentives, visit padi.com/elite.

2016 Winners 

300 Level*:
PADI Master Instructor, Michael Berry

200 Level: 
PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Cathy Sytsma
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Sophie Gaze

150 Level: 
PADI Master Instructor, Paul Flower
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Madison Heffernan
PADI Master Instructor, Joshua Sprinkle

100 Level: 
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Akira Koizumi
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, James Vincent
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Richard Clough
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Nicolas Laatsch

50 Level: 
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Mark Dugger|
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Ron Willis
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Rodrigo Masmela
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Serena Stean
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, James Peebles

*Minimum number of certifications achieved in 2015.

Nominate Your Fellow PADI Pro to Win Prizes


Over the past 50 years, PADI has been The Way the World Learns to Dive – and we couldn’t do this without our PADI Pros.

PADI Pros change countless lives each year by inspiring divers and teaching the skills required to explore the underwater world.

We want YOU to nominate a fellow PADI Instructor, Divemaster or Assistant Instructor who has had a significant impact on your path to becoming a PADI Pro. We want to hear how they inspired you, mentored you and developed your skills – and what makes them such a special part of your professional journey. Enter today and you could be in with a chance of winning top prizes from Suunto, Zeagle, BARE and Atomic Aquatics.

How to enter:

Complete the form on our contest entry page. We’ll need a few details about you and your chosen PADI Pro, and your written nomination (in 600 characters or less). You can also (optionally) upload a photo/video of you and your chosen PADI Pro. All entries must be received no later than 23:59 UTC on 11th December 2016 (visit the contest page for full terms and conditions).

The Prizes:

We’ll choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners, and both the entrant AND their chosen PADI Pro will receive top prizes:

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1st Place: The entrant wins a Suunto EON Steel Dive Computer and their Pro wins a Zeagle F8 Regulator!

2nd Place: The entrant wins a BARE Reactive Wetsuit and their Pro wins a set of Atomic X1 BladeFins!

3rd Place: The entrant and PADI Pro each win PADI Swag worth up to $100 each!


Stay up to date with your PADI Pro Benefits

Remember, being a PADI Pro is more than just a certification – it’s being part of a worldwide community with access to exclusive PADI Member benefits, including the PADI Pros’ Site, business and teaching support, and members-only promotions. If you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2017, visit this link to get started.

PADI 25 Millionth Certification Contest


It’s exciting times at PADI, with nearly 25 million certifications being issued over the last 50 years.

To celebrate 50 years as The Way the World Learns to Dive®, we’re giving away a dream dive trip to the diver who receives certification number 25,000,000!

This milestone is expected to happen sometime around December 2016 or January 2017. The lucky individual who is issued the 25 millionth certification (and his/her buddy) will win a dream dive vacation to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

PADI Instructors won’t be left out, either. The PADI Member who certifies the 25 millionth student will also win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef!

Watch for further news and the best way to make sure your hat is in the ring is to just keep on training confident and competent divers. That’s what brought us to this incredible milestone in the first place. Don’t forget to let divers know they’re part of something big and important, and take pride in issuing the next 25 million PADI certifications.


Last Chance to Participate in the Elite Instructor Challenge


Attention 2015 PADI Elite Instructors!

There is less than one month left to compete in the Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge! Don’t forget, you can win a 2017 PADI Membership Renewal, personalized PADI Gear and recognition at DEMA Show 2016. You’ll also be featured in the My PADI marketing campaign!

pg_jacket2Contest ends 31 October 2016 and winners will be announced mid-November. Be sure to check back and see if your name is announced.

If you missed out this year, there is still time to strive for the 2016 Elite Instructor Award.

Review the full details – including the official contest rules – at the Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge page.

Good luck!

PADI 50th Anniversary Contest Winners

2016 marks PADI’s 50th anniversary. We’ve loved our time in the diving community and are proud to continue to serve our divers as best we can. So to celebrate this milestone, we held a contest asking you all to submit photos, videos, and stories to share what you love most about diving. We were delighted to receive nearly 6,000 entries from divers all over the world and loved seeing the ocean through so many of your eyes.

After weeks of going through all the entries, we were finally able to make the difficult decision of picking our top three winners in each category. We’ll start with our first place winners:

First Place Photo: The Pit by Tom St. George
This photo of the famous Mexican cenote is absolutely breathtaking. We love the silhouette of the diver against the unique backdrop of this freshwater pool. Tom wins a GoPro HERO4 package!


First Place Video: Perhentian Islands by Alex Cheok
This video showcases the Perhentian Islands so well that it convinced a few of us to add this to our future dive vacation bucket list. And we can’t get enough of that clown fish! Congratulations to Alex who wins an Aqua Lung CORE regulator.

First Place Story: By Leda Monsma
Leda’s determination and courage shown in becoming a PADI diver inspired us and brought smiles to our faces. We’re proud to be associated with such strong divers, and are excited to share this story with our community, which wins Leda a Suunto D4i Novo dive computer.
Leda Monsma Story

Congratulations to our first place winners! Our second and third place finalists also had great submissions:

Photo Finalists

Second Place Photo:  Photographing a Shark by Brian Burnett
Sharks are always a crowd favorite – and this one wins Brian an awesome PADI swag bag.
Photographing a Shark

Third Place Photo: Two Humpback Whales by Sergio Nogueira Jr
We can’t help but smile whenever we look at this photo – everyone loves whales! Sergio wins Vivid-Pix photo editing software.


Video Finalists

Second Place Video: Turks and Caicos by K Ian Wells
We can’t get enough of these videos that showcase the area so well. Turks and Caicos is an amazing place, and Ian’s video captures it perfectly. Ian takes away a fantastic PADI swag bag.

Third Place Video: Lembongan by Kai Barlow.
Winning him a copy of Vivid-Pix photo editing software, Kai took this video to show off the spot where he did his Divemaster program. Sign us up!

Story Finalists

Second Place Story: by Amy Kendall
We can all relate to the feeling of being connected to other divers, regardless of the languages we speak. Amy wins some top PADI swag!


Third Place Story: by Danielle Downe
This story of reconnecting with her mother through diving is so touching. We’re glad Danielle has found a way to be close to a lost loved one and wins Vivid-Pix photo editing software.

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With thanks to our contest sponsors, Aqua Lung, GoPro, Suunto and Vivid-Pix:


Congratulations to all of our winners, and remember you can continue to celebrate PADI’s 50th Anniversary by purchasing your very own Limited Edition 50th Anniversary replacement certification card from here.