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PADI Picks a New PIC

FOR RELEASE Friday, 23 July 2004

Santa Margarita, CA

The dive industry benchmark for rapid certification processing is help by PADI, which processes and mails standard certifications in one business. Within a few weeks, however, PADI will better its own unrivaled processing speed.

Working with Scantron, a leading provider of data management software, PADI redesigned its certification processing envelope for improved speed and accuracy.

"The form changes allow us to scan the envelopes with a Panasonic 905C scanner,” explains Denise Warner, PADI America's manager of certification, “This lets us simultaneously read both sides of up to 5000 documents per hour.”

Warner goes on to explain that this customer service enhancement not only reduces certification processing time, but does so without raising costs and prices. PADI has issued more than 12 million certifications since it introduced the Positive Identification Card in 1968. For more information, visit

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About PADI: PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational diving membership organization. The membership includes dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers and other watersports enthusiasts. Professional PADI Members (dive centers, resorts, educational facilities, instructors, assistant instructors and divemasters) teach the vast majority of the world’s recreational divers, issuing over 900,000 certifications each year. PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service. For more information visit us at 

For more information, reporters may contact:

Malene Thompson
949 858 7234 ext. 2393 (office)

Deborah Sutton
PADI International Limited
44 117 300 7234(office)

Shahram Saber
PADI Asia Pacific
61 2 9 451 2300 (office)

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