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PADI wins TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organization for 21st year



PADI® has been recognized by TAUCHEN Magazine and its readers as the best diver training organization for the 21st consecutive year. Each year, for more than two decades, readers of the popular German diving magazine, TAUCHEN, are invited to vote for their favorites in 17 different industry categories. With the magazine focusing on dive travel, equipment and industry news, categories include equipment, dive shops and diver training agencies.

This year, the TAUCHEN Awards were presented on 24 January 2019 in conjunction with the BOOT Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“We’re extremely proud and honored to have been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organization again,” says Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This would not have been possible without the continued hard work, professionalism and dedication of the PADI Members and the continued loyalty of PADI Divers.”

The bronze dolphins awarded for each category winner are highly coveted in the diving industry. PADI has been the unwavering favorite diver training organization, taking home the bronze dolphin statuette for the category every year since the award’s inception.

“Thank you to TAUCHEN Magazine and their readers for recognizing PADI as the world’s Best Training Organization for the 21st year,” says Spiers. “I would like dedicate this award to PADI Members across the planet, whose expert diver training and professionalism keep PADI as The Way the World Learns to Dive. Together, we are PADI, and a global force for good.”

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!



As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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