12 Days of Scuba: The Winners Are Announced!

12 Days of Scuba

Every day between 1st and 12th December 2015, we ran a contest which posed daily scuba challenges and asked YOU to enter your best efforts in order to win incredible prizes from Aqua Lung. The contest has now closed and we’re excited to reveal our 12 Days of Scuba Winners. Read on…

Day 1: Celebrate Our Birthday

The challenge: Send a photo of something that celebrates PADI’s 50th Birthday.

We received some incredible entries including costumes, birthday cards and balloons but our favourite entry had to be this wonderful scuba-themed birthday cake by Joanie Ayotte from Canada. We hope it tasted as good as it looked!

12 Days of Scuba Day 1 Winner

Joanie wins a very cool Aqua Lung Short Sleeved Rashguard worth $39. Congratulations!

PADI will be 50 years old in 2016 – learn the history of the world’s leader in diver education

Day 2: Log A Dive

The challenge: Send a photo of your favourite diving logbook entry.

We were so impressed with the detail captured in the entries, but we selected this logbook by Azyani Ajmain from Malaysia because we adored the leopard shark sketch, and the excitement in this entry really captures the magic of experiencing our favourite creatures for the first time.

12 Days of Scuba Day 2 Winner

Azyani wins a fantastic Aqua Lung Defense Dry Back Pack worth $90. Congratulations!

Click here to get some ideas on how to improve your logbook entries and record your memories.

Day 3: Take A Selfie

The challenge: Send a photo of yourself holding your PADI certification card.

We had some really fun selfies included in this challenge, but our favourite entry had to be from Erica Goldsmith from USA who managed to include not only her certification card, but a scuba themed costume AND a coordinated Christmas tree in the background. Nice job!

12 Days of Scuba Day 3 Winner

Erica wins a pair of amazing Aqua Lung Shot FX fins worth $160. Congratulations!

If you think your PADI certification card photo needs updating, click here to order a replacement.

Day 4: Dive Against Debris

The challenge: Send a photo or video showing your best clean-up efforts.

Thank you to everyone who entered – you all did an amazing job in cleaning up the ocean and beaches and helping to protect the underwater world. But our favourite entry comes from Rikki O’Sullivan from Egypt whose massive rubbish heap and fun pose won us over.

12 Days of Scuba Day 4 Winner

Rikki wins one of the brilliant Aqua Lung Squeeze Lock Knives worth $79.95. Congratulations!

Want to help the ocean? Get involved with Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris movement.

Day 5: Go Somewhere New

The challenge: Tell us where you’d like to dive in 2016 that you’ve never been before, and why.

Reading through the destinations we received, we’ve now expanded our #DiveGoals list tenfold! But our winner is Brad Petty from Canada, who had this to say about Truk Lagoon:

I have always had an interest in WW2 history. Over the last 13 years in the Air Force reserve (Cadet Instructor Cadre), my interest has focused on the Pacific Theatre. Many remember and think of the European theatre but often glaze over the Pacific.   I had the the opportunity to explore and dive on Orange Beach in peleliu and after that experience Truk has been on my mind. I have set it as a personal goal to explore the Japanese Fleet strong hold, and used this goal to advance my dive training into the TecRec world.

We love how Brad has been able to use scuba as a way to enrich existing interests and delve into a new perspective of history through wreck diving. It’s inspiring how this is driving him forward to develop his skills and adventures as a diver even further.

Brad wins a vacation must-have: an Aqua Lung Defense Dry Duffel worth $110. Congratulations!

Want to learn more about diving in Micronesia? Click here to read our vacation spotlight.

Day 6: Dive A Wreck

The challenge: Send us a photo of your favourite wreck dive.

We can’t deny – there were some pretty epic wreck diving photos sent to us for this challenge! But our favourite has to be this photo submitted by Christine Albanese from Thailand who took this photo of the Sattakut wreck in Thailand and which just made us say, “Wow!”

12 Days of Scuba Day 6 Winner

Christine wins a super-cool Aqua Lung Long Sleeved Rashguard worth $44. Congratulations!

Want to learn more about diving in Thailand? Click here to read our vacation spotlight.

 Day 7: Follow Our Philosophy

The challenge: Tell us what the Four Es of PADI’s Philosophy are, and how you follow them.

We loved reading these entries and hearing about the great things you’re doing on your dives, from inspiring and educating others to helping the ocean. But our favourite was from Jason S. from USA:

“Education: Constantly learning and expanding my and my family’s knowledge of diving and conservation as we dive so we have a future to dive in. Experience: We have been with The Scuba Shop in Mesa, AZ for many years and always book with them and any other PADI shops they recommend in other countries. Equipment: Love to see what’s new online at PADI and our shop. Since becoming a Divemaster, I try to always make sure students see the latest and safest options either on me, at the shop or online as well. Environmental Conservation: We are guests of the water we dive. I love how aware my children and I have become on our journey and continue to be. We volunteer every year now for our local shop cleanups and have taken Coral Reef and Project AWARE courses. Once I reach instructor, it will be the key class I recommend for my advancing divers. Thank you PADI and Project AWARE for giving us this opportunity and data to help educate others with!”

Jason ticked all of the boxes for us, but we were especially impressed with how he’s inspiring his family and children to continue both diving and promoting positive ocean conservation values for the future. Bravo!

Jason wins a very handy Aqua Lung Defense Dry Bag worth $36. Congratulations!

Click here to read more about PADI’s Four E Philosophy.

 Day 8: Make Underwater Friends

The challenge: Send us a photo of your favourite underwater critter that you’ve encountered.

We always love seeing the amazing photos taken of the underwater world, and this photo submitted by Antonius Lie from Indonesia was our winner. Taken in Amen, Bali, this cute clownfish photo really caught our eye with the close-up detail and bright colours.

12 Days of Scuba Winner Day 8

Antonius wins a fantastic Aqua Lung Impression Mask worth $95. Congratulations!

Want to learn more about the critters you spot on your dive? Visit the ScubaEarth Critter Finder.

 Day 9: Love Your Buddy

The challenge: Send us a photo of you and your scuba buddy.

There was so many fantastic entries for this challenge but we could only pick one, and we chose Bor Braakhekke from the Netherlands who not only made us laugh with his fun titanic-style pose but also impressed us for demonstrating great buoyancy above the wreck.

12 Days of Scuba Winner Day 9

Bor wins an amazing Aqua Lung Alu Trio Dive Light worth $359. Congratulations!

Find out even more about why we love our buddies in this blog article.

Day 10: Make A Resolution

The challenge: Tell us – in three words – your scuba New Year’s Resolution for 2016.

We received hundreds of entries and they were so inspiring to read – from personal learning goals, to spreading passion about the underwater world and even a marriage proposal! But our favourite New Year’s Resolution was from Sandra Badenhorst from South Africa, who plans to:

“Sieze the Dive!”

We simply loved the scuba-themed take on the Carpe Diem classic motto and felt that this really sums up what every diver should aim to do in 2016. Make the most of every dive! Whether that’s learning a new skill, helping the ocean or just having fun, make every single dive count.

Sandra wins the incredible Aqua Lung ABC Travel Package containing an Impulse 3 Flex snorkel, HotShot Fins and Micro Mask, worth $284. Congratulations!

Contact your nearest PADI Dive Center or Resort to see how they can support your 2016 #DiveGoals.

 Day 11: Draw Your Dive

The challenge: Send us your drawing of your favourite dive, dive site or underwater encounter.

We were blown away by the talent shown in the entries we had and it was tough to pick our favourite. But we felt that Rolando M. Magpayo from the Philippines had a drawing which not only showed incredible skill but represented a tender, beautiful scene between a Whale and her calf.

12 Days of Scuba Winner Day 11

We asked Roland to tell us more:

“From 2002-2005, I volunteered for WWF’s Humpback Whale Research and Conservation Project in the Babuyan Islands, Philippines where I was assigned as videographer/ sound recorder and biopsy sample person. We were not allowed to go into the water because the project was still at its infancy and we have no idea how the whale will react to us in the water. So in the 4 years as a volunteer, we never went into the water to see the whales.

After 4 years, I discontinued volunteering for the project because of other duties, but I returned to the islands to bring my wife and daughter to see the dolphins and whales. This time I had the chance to see them underwater but I only observed from a distance. Only one time experience is enough to etch the beauty of the whales in my mind.”

Rolando wins a super cool Aqua Lung CORE Regulator worth $460. Congratulations!

Find out more about diving in the Philippines by reading our Vacation Spotlight feature.

Day 12: Show Scuba Pride

The challenge: Show us how you are completely addicted to scuba diving!

We had a lot of fun looking at these entries and it’s clear that you’re all highly addicted to scuba! But the winning entry we’ve chosen belongs to Stefan Hall from Switzerland who made us laugh the most with his bathtub scuba diver photo.

12 Days of Scuba Winner Day 12

Stefan wins an amazing Aqua Lung PRO HD BCD worth $495. Congratulations!

Contact your nearest PADI Dive Center or Resort to see how they can support your 2016 #DiveGoals.

If you’re totally addicted to scuba then why not keep sharing your stories? Tag your stories, videos and photos with #MyPADI and who knows, we might want to feature YOU in a future article.

That’s all 12 of our winners – congratulations to all of them and a huge thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Stay tuned in 2016 for details of future contests!