PADI Course Director Tony Fontes completed 25 consecutive years as a PADI Member at the end of 2004. Tony, who is known throughout the world for his success in PADI Instructor Development training, has successfully trained more than 1300 PADI Instructors since receiving his Course Director certification in 1981. Tony is a well-known figure in the Australian dive industry as his involvement goes well beyond instructor training. For 15 years he was owner/director of a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre on the Great Barrier Reef. He has also been involved in setting up numerous dive operations in the South Pacific. Tony is also very active in the area of marine conservation. For nine years he was a member of the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee, which oversees the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Currently, Tony is chairman of the Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee. But his most rewarding conservation activity is with the OUCH Volunteers (Order of Underwater Coral Heroes) of which he is a co-founder.
Tony was recently awarded a plaque by PADI Regional Manager Dan Dwyer to commemorate his 25 years as a PADI Member. PADI Asia Pacific would like to congratulate Tony Fontes on this fantastic achievement and looks forward to his continued success in the future. For more information on Tony Fontes diving career visit