RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.
Nov. 15, 2012
, the world's largest diver training organization, launched the Dive & Win contest, a campaign that encourages people to jumpstart their 2013 adventures by obtaining a PADI Open Water Diver or Scuba Diver certification. Consumers that register for the contest and share what inspired them to become a PADI Diver at
will be entered for a chance to win a week-long dive trip on an
live-aboard in the
Turks and Caicos Islands
"There is nothing like taking your first breath underwater, seeing new creatures and experiencing a whole new world," said
, vice president of marketing and communications for PADI Americas. "You can earn your PADI certification at your own pace so it can easily fit into any busy schedule. The Dive & Win contest offers a trip-of-a-lifetime on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard dive yacht, giving interested water enthusiasts the extra incentive they need to take the next step and complete their certifications."
People eager for a new year full of adventure can start their certifications today, either online with
or by contacting a local PADI Dive Center or Resort. Once new divers have completed their course, they can submit their stories online at
to enter the contest. Each eligible entrant receives a complimentary PADI hat, as well as the chance to win weekly and monthly prize giveaways, including
GoPro® HERO3 Silver Edition Cameras
and Apple® iPad 2s. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to spend one week on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard dive yacht at Turtle Cove Marina in the
Turks and Caicos Islands
. The winner and their guest will receive round-trip economy class airfare, ground transportation to-and-from the airport, a week of diving (including equipment and air), meals while aboard the vessel and an invitation to the sunset cocktail party.
The Dive & Win contest is also open to current PADI certified divers who will have the chance to win the GoPro® Hero3 Silver Edition cameras, Apple® iPad 2s and the trip on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard. In order to participate in the contest and become eligible to win, current divers must
and share why they became divers and refer friends or family members to complete their certification.
Earning a PADI certification – which is recognized worldwide – is an achievement that can be enjoyed year-round and appreciated through the years, as the certification never expires. To learn more and get started, please visit
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world's largest recreational diver training organization, with more than 138,000 trained PADI Professionals dedicated to introducing new divers to the thrill of scuba diving and enhancing the skills of experienced divers through its 6,100 dive centers and resorts worldwide. PADI Members issue nearly 1,000,000 certifications worldwide each year, advancing and encouraging the exploration of the ocean, while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service. For more information, visit