RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world's largest diver training organization, today launched its "Kids Sea Camp" contest, a campaign that enables the ultimate parent-child bonding adventure of exploring the underwater world together through scuba diving. PADI welcomes parents of families who obtain their PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certifications during the contest promotion to nominate themselves and one child at www.PADI.com/FamilyDiveContest for a chance to win an amazing scuba diving trip. The lucky duo will have the opportunity to dive at the Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventure in Palau, among spectacular coral reefs, blue holes, hidden caves and tunnels, and an astonishing array of coral, fish and rare sea creatures, including giant clams and a lake teeming with millions of beautiful, stingless jellyfish.
"Scuba diving is an activity that individuals can enjoy for a lifetime, and offers a truly unique and memorable vacation experience for families," said Kristin Valette, vice president of marketing and communications for PADI Americas. "The 'Kids Sea Camp' contest will offer families the opportunity to discover how diving can affect the life of a child in many interesting and unexpected ways. It has been known to strengthen reasoning skills, self-reliance, character and self-confidence."
Interested parents may submit nominations now through November 20 by sharing a photo that creatively depicts their recent PADI Open Water Diver class, certification card, PADI eCard™ or any other applicable photo showing their recent certifications on PADI's website, www.PADI.com/FamilyDiveContest. The most creative photo submission will win an eight-day, seven-night world class vacation for one adult and one child to Kids Sea Camp in Palau from June 28 – July 6, 2013. Winners will receive food, lodging, on-site diving and other activities, such as special PADI courses, snorkeling and learning programs, courtesy of PADI and Kids Sea Camp, and will be announced on November 28, 2012. The cost of airfare is not included in the contest prize package and will be the responsibility of the winning family.
The winning duo will have an opportunity to dive in the breathtaking waters of Palau. This island is the perfect destination for families because it caters to all levels of divers, as well as non-divers, and boasts ship wrecks and sunken airplanes in as little as eight feet of water. Visitors can experience the history and culture of this destination, which is the home to more than 1,300 species of fish and over 700 types of coral.
Obtaining a PADI certification is an achievement that can be enjoyed year-round and appreciated forever, as the certification never expires and PADI is recognized worldwide. To learn more and begin the certification process, please visit www.PADI.com.
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 www.PADI.com.
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