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PADI now owns Scuba Diver & Sport Diver magazines

Discussion in 'Scuba Industry News' started by Doctor Rig, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    From Undercurrent newsletter received today....... “Just last month, PADI purchased Scuba Diving and Sport Diver magazines from Bonnier Corporation” and that they have “gained wider and wider control, and now dominates the diving market.”

    Disappointing..... is this just further dilution of the impartiality of these valuable diver resources? What’s your view of this change? Would you expect any upside benefits for the sport diver?
  2. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    Gotta wonder, why would anyone in 2019 buy a “magazine”?

    (It’s for the mailing list, you silly billy.)

    Gosh, when ever did that happen? Thanks for pointing that out :wink:

    Like diluting from 2 parts per million down to 1PPM?

    Anybody selling any publication is selling something. Anybody and everybody, including the one you just plucked out of your mailbox.

    Stick with ScubaBoard.
    Doctor Rig and Damselfish like this.

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
    They were junk publications anyways. Looked more like gear pamphlets and resort advertising brochures than a magazine. Nothing lost here. Scubaboard is more entertaining.
    aviator8, Bob DBF and JHumbert15 like this.
  4. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

    I liked to pick them up every once in a while. However it's been awhile since I saw either one while out and about in stores. I always like to check them out, some damn good pics in both of those, that's for sure.
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!

    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...

    Moved to Industry News
  6. maj2

    maj2 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Windsor, Ontario Canada
    Not sure they were ever even slightly impartial in the first place... I stopped reading them early on when it became obvious that they were highly partial to whoever was paying for ads, etc. Haven't even picked one up in almost 20 years.
    Damselfish likes this.
  7. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    From the comments I’ve read, PADI’s ownership could possibly have an upside if PADI adds valuable diver educational information. Is that to much of a stretch to expect?

    Anything improvement above negligible value to some value would be an improvement......?
  8. Industry Outsider

    Industry Outsider Garibaldi

    PADI is owned by VC. They are trying to offload there investment. This purchase is about trying to offload this on to the next idiot! BTW no one reads this rubbish!

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