Win a trip to the GBR

Date: 1/9/2011

Win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef aboard the MV Spirit of Freedom … earn PADI’s 20 millionth diver certification

The PADI organisation, consisting of dive professionals and divers
around the globe, expects to reach a major milestone before the end of
third quarter 2011 –  its 20 millionth diver certification.  To
celebrate this occasion, PADI Regional Headquarters around the world are
sponsoring the ‘Countdown to 20 Million’ campaign, which will award the
diver who earns the 20 millionth certification with a trip to dive
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef aboard the MV Spirit of Freedom.  The
PADI Instructor issuing the

20 millionth certification

, as well as the affiliated dive center or resort, will each also receive a trip to this natural wonder of the world.

Countdown to 20 million diver
certifications is celebrated with a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier
Reef aboard the MV Spirit of Freedom.

5 August 2011 – The PADI organisation, consisting of dive professionals
and divers around the globe, expects to reach a major milestone before
the end of third quarter 2011 –  its 20 millionth diver certification. 
To celebrate this occasion, PADI Regional Headquarters around the world
are sponsoring the




Countdown to 20 Million


campaign, which will award the diver who earns the 20 millionth
certification with a trip to dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef aboard
the MV Spirit of Freedom.  The PADI Instructor issuing the 20 millionth
certification, as well as the affiliated dive center or resort, will
each also receive a trip to this natural wonder of the world.

‘In 1966, Ralph Erickson and John Cronin had an idea about a better way
for people to learn to dive. That the PADI organisation has grown from
the two of them to more than 20 million testifies to the power and
wisdom of their vision’ says PADI Worldwide Chief Executive Officer
Brian Cronin. ‘It also shows how a mutual passion for diving unites the
PADI family around the world. Twenty million certifications only happens
because PADI professionals lead diving. I salute their achievement.’

The Countdown to 20 Million campaign includes a comprehensive public
relations effort coupled with promotion in PADI digital media outlets
and a daily, updated countdown counter at

padi.com

.


Tourism Queensland

has graciously provided the land and air portion of the prize packages
to the Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest reef system and one of
the natural wonders of the world – including roundtrip airfare to
Cairns, Queensland, Australia, four nights accommodations and excursions
to explore the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, a Cuddle a
Koala Experience and an Aboriginal Cultural Experience. The

MV Spirit of Freedom

is generously sponsoring the dive portion of the prize package, which
includes a three-day, three-night liveaboard adventure to iconic dive
sites like Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reefs, plus a low-level reef flight
between Lizard Island and Cairns. The diver receiving the

20 millionth certification

will receive a prize package for two, and the certifying instructor and
affiliated dive center or resort will each win a trip for one.

‘Each of the 135,000 PADI Members around the world not only share a
passion for diving and the underwater world, but influence and lead
diving in the local community,’ says PADI President and Chief Operating
Officer, Dr. Drew Richardson. ‘It’s this leadership, backed by passions,
interests and convictions, that magnified John and Ralph’s concepts
into a global movement of literally millions of people who identify with
PADI. As PADI Divers travel locally and internationally, they look for
PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals because they are reassured
by the common connection that unifies us as a family or tribe.’

Visit

padi.com

for details regarding the Countdown to 20 Million Diver Certifications contest.  For additional information,

email Sheridan Hatcher

at PADI Asia Pacific Marketing Department.

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