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The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has recognized Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts for the volume and quality of the dive instruction offered at the company’s Caribbean properties.
The resorts, which combined have awarded more than 50,000 scuba diving certifications, were honored during the annual Aqua Center Awards ceremony at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa for the number of certifications as well as the quality of the diving service and education provided at the resorts.
“Whether experienced or trying the sport for the very first time, guests who choose to dive at Sandals or Beaches Resorts can do so with the utmost confidence,” said Michael Clarke, director of water sports for Sandals Resorts International. “We offer 510 different dive sites throughout the Caribbean, from wreck and wall diving to night and shark dives. Partnerships with recognized leaders such as PADI, world-class equipment and an unfailing commitment to safety make our program unique in the world."
The 18 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven Caribbean islands have a collective fleet of 270 motorized and non-motorized boats, customized deep-dive freshwater training pools and a marine division which maintains and services all of the company’s dive equipment and boats. The resorts also have the highest ratio of instructors to students in the Caribbean.
“If you asked someone what they think of when considering a Sandals or Beaches Resort, our first-class diving operation would probably not be top of mind,” noted Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “But we take our water sports very seriously and this award is testament to that. This isn’t a bolt-on division. It’s a stand-alone operation that is one of the best on the planet.”