For the third year consecutively our SCUBA staff instructor, Mark McGowan, has received the designation of PADI Elite Instructor!  Mark continues to received this Elite designation as he consistently continues to certify no fewer that 50 divers annually.  In fact, in 2013, 2014  & 2015 he respectively certified 68, 83 & 73 divers.DSC00972a

Mark’s leadership and guidance has been instrumental to Ocean Quest’s success as a PADI IDC and we are eager to share in his success as we kick off another season of welcoming new divers to the Ocean Quest family and certifying others to their next accomplishment.

“Magoo has gone well beyond being an instructor…he has taken on the role of training director to a new level for OQ…His leadership, passion for diving, excellent training  and having Fun has increased our sales in certifications by 25% over the past year. Mark you’re an inspiration to us all…Big Congrats my Friend…WELL DESERVED !”…..Rick Stanley, Ocean Quest Owner


Q: What is the Elite Instructor Award and how can I earn one?

A: This program recognizes PADI Instructors like you for reaching specific milestones based on the number of divers you certify annually. To be recognized as an Elite Instructor, you must be a renewed PADI Pro with a minimum rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor, with no verified Quality Management violations within 12 months of the date the award will be presented, and issue 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications in a calendar year. 

Q: What do I get if I win an award?

A: Bragging rights! And, a decal to affix to your PADI Instructor certification card and an “Elite Instructor” e-badge to use in your electronic communications. You also get to tout your “PADI Elite Instructor” status to student divers, potential customers and prospective employers – not to mention your fellow PADI Pros! If you own or purchase a PADI Member eCard, it will automatically be populated with your e-badge each year.

Q: Can I get this award every year?

A: Yes, as long as you reach the certification milestones and Quality Management requirements in a calendar year while the program is in effect, you will receive the award in the first quarter of the following year. All 2014 certifications must be submitted, approved and processed by 15 January 2015.

Q: What are “qualifying certifications”?

A: Qualifying certifications are certifications issued by you that will be included in your tally. Qualifying student diver certifications include Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and all student diver specialties including distinctive specialties. Junior diver certifications will be weighted on a one-to-one basis. Emergency First Response Participant programs, Discover Scuba Diving, Bubblemaker, Seal Team, Master Seal Team and Skin Diver will be weighed on a five-to-one basis. Qualifying Professional ratings include Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor and all Instructor Specialty and Distinctive Specialty courses.