Featured Headline

SCUBA EMPORIUM’s founder, Patrick Hammer, named PADI Platinum Course Director for 16th Consecutive Time

Well-known PADI professional and dive retail leader Patrick Hammer has been awarded the prestigious PADI Platinum Course Director rating for the 16th consecutive year. Hammer, who has been involved in the recreational scuba diving industry for more than 40 years, has played a major role in preparing the future of the dive industry having trained more than 3,000 qualified and enthusiastic dive professionals.

Currently the owner of Scuba Emporium near Chicago, Hammer is one of the most sought-after PADI professionals in the world. He conducts in-depth comprehensive PADI instructor training programs at a variety of locations in the United States and internationally. Dive professionals trained by Patrick Hammer are currently teaching in facilities around the world including the Caribbean, South Pacific, Europe, Australia and throughout the United States.

“It’s a privilege and honor to be able to work in an industry that I love so much,” Hammer explains. “Diving is something very close to my heart and I enjoy not only teaching new divers but also helping motivated advanced divers take the next steps to becoming dive professionals. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride each time one of my students successfully completes the PADI IDC course and enters the professional scuba diving world.”

Hammer, who was recently elected to the Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) Board of Directors, continues to work hard to keep the industry growing despite the ever-changing nature of the market. He is the longest tenured active PADI Course Director first certified AS A CD in 1975.

In conjunction with the popular PADI IDC program, Hammer also prepares candidates for real-world business applications including the well-known Resort Operations course, MSDT, EFR Instructor, retail operations and more.

To participate in an upcoming IDC program, contact Hammer directly at patrick@scubaemporium.com. Hammer also has limited availability to come to select retail and resort operations for custom programs. Contact him directly for more details.

Upcoming Programs include:

  • April 23 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 6 – Chicago, Illinois
  • May 21 – Orland Park, Illinois
  • August 20 – Sandal’s Resort St. Lucia
  • September 10 – Sandal’s Resort Jamaica