It’s getting close now. Really close. Anticipation is building all over the globe, as the latest news from the PADI® Certification Department is that the milestone will hit sometime this December. If you compared the situation to cooking some popcorn in an iron skillet, it would be wise to keep shaking things as a few kernels are just about to get scorched.
The excitement is sure to build even more following the announcement that as part of the celebration the lucky diver who receives the 25,000,000 certification, his/her buddy, and the certifying PADI Member will be invited on a dream dive vacation to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
You read that right. The celebratory trip includes: round-trip economy airfare and four nights’ accommodation in Cairns, Australia, a three-day/three-night live-aboard dive adventure on the Great Barrier Reef and, for the ultimate surface interval, a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Site. Made up of nearly 2900 individual reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest single structure comprised of living organisms. Divers around the world revere the reef for its biodiversity and beauty, and the region is home to an amazing array of marine life including turtles, rays and even dwarf minke whales.
That’s a seriously cool package for any diver and a great way to celebrate the fact that PADI has issued 25 million certifications over the last 50 years. Ready to pack your bags? Keep sending in those PICs, and if one of yours is the 25 millionth, you’ll be on your way…