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 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.

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!

Elite Instructor Sofie Oernstedt Found Her Personal Paradise – in Honduras

In this series, the 2015 Elite Instructor My PADI Challenge winners share the secrets to their success. Read on to see how PADI IDC Staff Instructor Sofie Oernstedt turned a trip to Utila, Honduras, into a lifetime pursuing a new passion – teaching diving!

  1. Describe your inspiration to become a diver.

I would say my true inspiration came from reading online about marine life and then wanting to experience a whole new world – their world.Sofie Oernstedt1

  1. Tell me about your decision to become a PADI Professional. What or who inspired you?

When I completed the PADI Open Water Diver course on a small island in the Caribbean called Utila (Honduras), there was no doubt in my mind, I was in love with diving! I went straight on to complete the Advanced Open Water course. The vibe on the island and the people I met there led me to feel as though I was in the right environment, so I decided to stay and continue my diving adventure. That was the beginning on my new life!

  1. How do you think you’ve changed personally and professionally as you’ve moved up the ranks from Open Water Diver to Elite Instructor?

I’ve grown as a person as I’ve learned from working with people of different nationalities. I’ve also learned a great deal about dive theory, fish behavior, the reef and the ocean environment and enjoy passing on my knowledge to the individuals I work with and teach.

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement in your diving career?

My biggest achievement is working at my current job at PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center Underwater Vision in Utila, where I’ve had the opportunity to grow as a PADI professional by teaching everything from Discover Scuba Diving experiences through PADI Rescue Diver courses. I also teach various PADI specialty courses and serve as a mentor to PADI Divemasters.

  1. What is your next goal related to scuba diving?

My goal for 2016 is to become a PADI Master Instructor.

  1. Everyone has a certain style of teaching. When you’re teaching someone to dive, what do you put the most emphasis on?Sofie Oernstedt2

I emphasize the need to create good dive habits from the beginning. It is also very important that my students feel safe in the water and that they come out of a course a better diver and more knowledgeable than when they went in – and that they have fun too!

  1. Did you have to overcome any fears, challenges or obstacles to get where you are now with your diving career?

My biggest challenge was the first time I had to take off my mask, but thanks to my very passionate PADI Instructor, I did it!

  1. Tell me what you enjoy most about teaching people to dive.

Every single course gives me something different, but seeing student divers emerge from their first dive smiling about the world they have just discovered is absolutely amazing. I also love sharing my knowledge of marine life and my passion for the reef.

  1. Describe some of the encounters you have had along the way that inspire you to keep teaching.

I recently met two Danish girls who were thinking of taking PADI Open Water Diver course, but had some reservation due to the language barrier. I told them “in Danish” I would be their instructor. They decided to give it a try. At the end of the first day, one of the girls told me she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue, but we sat down and talked it through and she decided to continue. Both of them completed the course. That same evening, they came to me give me a little homemade present and a big hug and thanked me for encouraging them complete with the course — because they ended up having the time of their lives!

That is what makes teaching worth doing and makes me love every minute of every day in the water.

  1. What does diving give you that nothing else does?

Diving gives me a peace nothing else does. No matter what time of day it is or how my day has been, diving always puts a smile on my face!

  1. How has diving changed your life?

It changed my life in so many ways. Before I came to Utila, I had an apartment and a job I enjoyed, and I was trying to figure out where to go to university. My plan was to travel to see the world and then come back start my “adult” life, but diving opened my eyes to a different way of life. It made me realize that there are so many options, including many away from “home”. I decided to stay on Utila and follow my dreams — and haven’t regretted once! The combination of diving and living on this island surrounded by amazing people puts a smile on my face every time I go to work. Seeing the world and doing what you love – what could be better than that?

  1. Do you believe that you change others’ lives through diving?

Yes, people travel here at different ages and for different reasons, yet they all seem to enjoy hearing my story about how I ended up as a dive instructor living on Utila. I think it makes them entertain possibilities they may never have thought about before.

  1. Describe in a few sentences how you would convince a non-diver about why they should learn to dive?

I ask them if they have ever been snorkeling before, if so, did they like it? Then I talk about the option of experiencing the reef and the marine life on a closer encounter, and explain the different options they’ll find in diving and discuss options for getting them into a course.

  1. Walk me though your most memorable dive experience.

On one dive in Mozambique off the east coat of Africa, we went down to about 20 M and suddenly there were 8 Manta Rays around us! They followed us the entire dive. Then, we got back to the boat and saw two Humpback whales!

  1. What does ‘My PADI’ mean to you?

My PADI offers me the means to track my personal goals for growth. It provides the tools that I need to conduct classes and to stay current.

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.

Join Us in Celebrating PADI’s 50th Anniversary


This year marks PADI’s 50th Anniversary, and to help us celebrate this milestone, we’re calling on PADI Professionals to share their favorite diving moment from the past 50 years.

Enter your favorite diving moment by uploading a photo, video or story and you could win one of these incredible prizes: an Aqua Lung CORE Regulator, a GoPro HERO4 package, a Suunto D4i Novo Dive Computer, Vivid-Pix photo editing software or a PADI eLearning Gift Pass/Gift Bag.



You  could share…

  • An incredible marine life encounter
  • A memorable experience with your students
  • How and why you became a PADI Pro

Make sure you get your customers and student divers involved, too! They can share their top underwater memories or simply tell us what being a PADI diver means to them.

Click here to enter via the Contest Page
Tag your entries on Twitter or Instagram using #PADI50Years


Enter Now!

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