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Many questions regarding your existing membership can be answered simply and quickly by Emailing us at pds@padi.co.uk however full contact information is as follows:

For information regarding your Sport Diver subscription, PADI Diving Society membership card, billing, renewal or other Society membership details:
Call: +44 117-300-7371
Email us 
Write: PADI Diving Society, Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England (no stamp required in the UK – write to us at PADI Diving Society, FREEPOST (SWB625), Bristol, BS2 0ZZ)

For information regarding lost, stolen or delayed PADI certification cards:
Call: +44 117 300 7330 or +44 117 300 7336
Email the Research Department
Write: Research Department, PADI International Ltd., Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England

Who do I contact regarding my PADI Professional Membership status, including lost, stolen or delayed PADI Professional certification cards?
Call: +44 117 300 7307 or the general number +44 117 300 7234
Email the Membership Department
Write: Membership Department, PADI International Ltd., Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England

How do I contact the editor or submit press releases for consideration in Sport Diver magazine?
Call Sport Diver on ++44-1799-544200
Email directly to Sport Diver
Write: The Editor, Sport Diver Magazine, Archant Specialist plc, The Mill, Bearwalden Business Park, Wendens Ambo, Essex CB1 4GB, England

For Sport Diver Advertising Sales & Business Offices
Email Sport Diver Advertising directly
Call; +44 1799 544224
Write: Tina McCallum, Sport Diver, Archant Specialist plc, The Mill, Bearwalden Business Park, Wendens Ambo, Essex CB1 4GB, England

FAQs

  1. How do I join the PADI Diving Society?
    Easy! Just complete our online membership application, e-mail us, or call +44 117-300-7317.
  2. How much does Society membership cost?
    Bronze level; £20 sterling annually
    Silver level; £42.50 sterling annually*
    Gold Level; £55 sterling annually*
    Family Gold; £75 sterling annually**

    *All Silver & Gold Memberships include a 12-month subscription to Sport Diver magazine, the official publication of the PADI Diving Society (12 issues at cover price would cost £40.80 sterling!). Please note that Sport Diver will make an additional charge for carriage outside the UK (£8 for Ireland , £15 Rest-of-World) which is payable with Silver or Gold member applications.

    ** Includes two Gold membership cards and one subscription to Sport Diver magazine (see above). Gold membership cards for additional family members are available at £5 sterling each; please e-mail us with additional family member details, including name, sex and date of birth please. Additional Sport Diver subscriptions are available, if required, to the same address at £30 sterling each – ask us for details!
  3. What’s the difference between being PADI certified and being a PADI Diving Society member?
    Being PADI certified means you have successfully completed the training necessary to become a safe and competent diver. Your PADI diver certification is good for life and never needs to be renewed (however, it is highly recommended that you take a refresher course whenever you have not been diving for an extended period of time.

    The PADI Diving Society is a diver affinity group that you may join at any time. Society membership is optional, complementing your diver training by providing a variety of members-only benefits including savings on dive-related purchases, additional lifestyle benefits, member events and a member publication. 
  4. I have a PADI card, but I’m not sure if it’s a Society card or my certification card. How can I tell?
    The easiest way to tell if you’re a PADI Diving Society member or just PADI certified is to check out some details on the card itself. Your certification card, for example, will include (among other information) your name and photo, along with your certification level. Your PADI Diving Society member card will clearly state “PADI Diving Society”, have an expiry date, and does not include your photo.
  5. Does my certification card make me a Society member? Yes, for a limited period if certified through the UK office. To give as many divers as possible an opportunity to enjoy the new benefits of UK Society membership, we are currently offering free three-month memberships to all new and upgrading divers with UK addresses; from a practical perspective, and to minimize the production of environmental waste, we are currently only mailing cards within the UK, however any diver certified through this office during the period can apply to receive their free card by mailing us with their request including their latest certification details.
  6. Does Membership in the PADI Diving Society mean I’m qualified to dive?
    Society membership is open to all water enthusiasts, whether they are divers or not. However, membership in the PADI Diving Society does not mean you are qualified to dive and should not be confused with professional PADI training and education. Your PADI Diving Society card will allow you to take advantage of a variety of member benefits and savings, but proof of training must be provided to participate in any dive-related activities.
  7. Can I join the PADI Diving Society even if I’m not PADI certified?
    Absolutely! The PADI Diving Society is open to everyone, particularly all water enthusiasts.
  8. I’m a PADI Professional (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor, Course Director). Is my enrollment in the PADI Diving Society complimentary?
    Not currently, however you can earn free Gold membership by becoming a Chapter leader. For more information contact the UK Society office.
  9. I own/operate a PADI Dive Center or Resort. How can I communicate a member benefit or member event to the Society membership?
    Society events are publicized elsewhere in this site (click here to view the Events log), and also from time to time through the pages of Sport Diver magazine. Log into the Pro section of padi.com for complete Society participation information, including how to start your own local Society chapter, or contact the UK Society office.
  10. How long does it take to receive my personalized Society membership card and Sport Diver magazine?
    Because data file transfers sometimes fall just after a production run closes at the publishing house, new members should allow six to eight weeks for their first issue of Sport Diver, however we usually aim to ship the issue with a cover month immediately following that which is on sale when we receive the application. Membership cards should be delivered within three to five weeks.
  11. Who do I contact regarding questions about my Sport Diver subscription, PADI Diving Society membership card, Society billing, renewal or other Society membership details?
    Call us on +44 117-300-7371, Email us, or write to us at “PADI Diving Society, Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England”. If writing from within the UK, no stamp is required, as you can use our FREEPOST address to save the cost of postage – write to us at “PADI Diving Society, FREEPOST (SWB625), Bristol, BS2 0ZZ”)
  12. Who do I contact regarding lost, stolen or delayed PADI certification cards?
    Call: +44 117 300 7330 or +44 117 300 7336
    Email the Research Department
    Write: Research Department, PADI International Ltd., Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England
  13. Who do I contact regarding my PADI Professional Membership status, including lost, stolen or delayed PADI Professional certification cards?
    Call: +44 117 300 7307 or the general number +44 117 300 7234
    Email the Membership Department
    Write: Membership Department, PADI International Ltd., Unit 7 St. Philips Central, Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0PD, England

    Please note that the FREEPOST address should not be used for professional PADI membership applications or renewals, and onward delivery from the Society to PADI Member Services cannot be guaranteed. Professional membership forms may be returned if sent to the FREEPOST address.
  14. How do I contact the editor or submit press releases for consideration in Sport Diver magazine?
    Call Sport Diver on ++44-1799-544200
    Email directly to Sport Diver
    Write: The Editor, Sport Diver Magazine, Archant Specialist plc, The Mill, Bearwalden Business Park, Wendens Ambo, Essex CB1 4GB, England

    Have other questions about your PADI Diving Society membership that we haven’t included here? Email pds@padi.co.uk

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