Supercharge Your Dive Operation in 2018!

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Want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending one of the PADI Business Academy programs below;

2018 SCHEDULE

PADI Business Academy (2 Days)

  • PBA Bangkok, Thailand – 15th & 16th May
  • PBA Bali, Indonesia – 23rd & 24th May
  • PBA Sydney, Australia – 27th & 28th June
  • PBA Cebu, Philippines – 16th & 17th October

PADI Business Lite (1 Day)

  • PBA Lite Fiji – 12th March
  • PBA Lite Shanghai – 9th April
  • PBA Lite Taipei – 25th June
  • PBA Lite Chennai, India – Date TBC
  • PBA Lite Beijing – 11th September
  • PBA Lite Brisbane, Australia – 12th September

PADI Business Academy OCT (1 Day)

  • PBA OCT Bali, Indonesia – 25th April
  • PBA OCT Koh Tao, Thailand – 8th December
  • PBA OCT Tawau, Malaysia – 12th December

PADI Business Academy OKT (1 Day)

  • PBA OKT Cebu, Philippines – 28th May

*Dates and locations subject to change, refer to the PADI Pros’ Site

or contact your Regional Manager for the latest information.

2018 PRICING*

2 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$339 (or $299 EB) $439 (or $399 EB) $539 (or $499 EB)

1 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$169 (or $149 EB) $219 (or $199) $269 (or $249 EB)

*Early bird (EB) discounts for bookings 6 weeks before date.

*4th attendee free with 3 paying attendees.

*Prices exclude GST – Applicable for Sydney & Brisbane.

PADI Business Academy; a two-day seminar that focuses on the current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Sales & Pricing, Email Marketing, PADI’s Digital Space, Business Management, Social Media & Video, and Tourism & Niche Markets.

PADI Business Academy Lite; a one-day seminar that focuses on selected current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Social Media and Sales.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Chinese tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Chinese Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, Pro Opportunities, and E-commerce.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Korean tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Korean Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, and Sales.

Below are two recent testimonials from PADI Professionals:

“The PADI Business Academy is always a great opportunity to stay up to date with changes. I always learn something new that I can use to help improve my business.” Elaine Brett, Master Divers

“As a PADI Member it’s a must attend event to enhance your knowledge and stay updated.” – Lucia Palupi, Ody Dive Center

2018 CREDIT

Attendance at a PADI Business Academies will result in PADI Member Seminar credit for:

  • PADI Master Instructor applications
  • PADI Course Director Training Course applications

For more information and to register visit; 2018pba.eventbrite.com

 

Super Charge Your Dive Operation in 2018 and Beyond!

PADI-Business-Academy

Want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending one of the PADI Business Academy programs below;

2018 SCHEDULE

PADI Business Academy (2 Days)

  • PBA Bangkok, Thailand – 15th & 16th May
  • PBA Bali, Indonesia – 23rd & 24th May
  • PBA Sydney, Australia – 27th & 28th June
  • PBA Cebu, Philippines – 16th & 17th October

PADI Business Lite (1 Day)

  • PBA Lite Fiji – 12th March
  • PBA Lite Chennai, India – Date TBC
  • PBA Lite Brisbane, Australia – 12th September

PADI Business Academy OCT (1 Day)

  • PBA OCT Bali, Indonesia – 25th April
  • PBA OCT Koh Tao, Thailand – 8th December
  • PBA OCT Tawau, Malaysia – 12th December

PADI Business Academy OKT (1 Day)

  • PBA OKT Cebu, Philippines – 28th May

*Dates and locations subject to change, refer to the PADI Pros’ Site

or contact your Regional Manager for the latest information.

2018 PRICING*

2 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$339 (or $299 EB) $439 (or $399 EB) $539 (or $499 EB)

1 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$169 (or $149 EB) $219 (or $199) $269 (or $249 EB)

*Early bird (EB) discounts for bookings 6 weeks before date.

*4th attendee free with 3 paying attendees.

*Prices exclude GST – Applicable for Sydney & Brisbane.

PADI Business Academy; a two-day seminar that focuses on the current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Sales & Pricing, Email Marketing, PADI’s Digital Space, Business Management, Social Media & Video, and Tourism & Niche Markets.

PADI Business Academy Lite; a one-day seminar that focuses on selected current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Social Media and Sales.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Chinese tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Chinese Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, Pro Opportunities, and E-commerce.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Korean tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Korean Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, and Sales.

Below are two recent testimonials from PADI Professionals:

“The PADI Business Academy is always a great opportunity to stay up to date with changes. I always learn something new that I can use to help improve my business.” Elaine Brett, Master Divers

“As a PADI Member it’s a must attend event to enhance your knowledge and stay updated.” – Lucia Palupi, Ody Dive Center

2018 CREDIT

Attendance at a PADI Business Academies will result in PADI Member Seminar credit for:

  • PADI Master Instructor applications
  • PADI Course Director Training Course applications

For more information and to register visit; 2018pba.eventbrite.com

 

PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award Again for 2018

For the 20th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation. The TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Dive Industry’ and each year the highly popular German diving magazine, which focuses on dive travel, equipment and industry news, invites its readers to vote for their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the coveted bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members around the world and the quality training they deliver every day.

This year the awards were presented on 25th January, 2018, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members throughout the globe and thank them for their continued support of, and loyalty to, the PADI organisation. Thank you also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach to the diving community. Together we are the way the world learns to dive.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

New Zealand’s First PADI Freediver Depth Camp

Freediving is an extremely fast growing sport. More and more people are now choosing to enter the water using breath-hold techniques. That said we need to ensure divers are diving safely and following safe dive practices to avoid unnecessary incidents. This is where PADI Freediver training comes in.

Promotion to customers and students of professional training will benefit both the industry and your business. A great example of this in New Zealand is Bryan Bailey and the marketing strategy he has chosen to increase this area of the Dive Centre.

Bryan is a PADI Master Instructor at Blenheim Dive Centre and recently hosted New Zealand’s first Freediver Depth Camp in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. This camp was a huge success and reading the feedback from attendees the first of many to come.

Situated in the beautiful calm and deep waters of the Queen Charlotte Sounds, students from around the country assembled for 8 days of freediving. Their main focus was to work on advanced equalising techniques, relaxation at depth and the glide phase of the dive.

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Students worked towards gaining their PADI Advanced and Master Freediver certifications with the goal to progress further in the future to become PADI Freediver Instructors.

Bryan stated that “It was amazing to watch each individual diver develop and overcome challenges that they faced, it showed us that by diving over several consecutive days in a safe and controlled environment divers are able to build a solid foundation to become safe and knowledgeable Freedivers to pass on their passion”.

Camp attendees had this to say:

Ryan Hansen | PADI Master Freediver & Freediver Instructor:

“The experience I had at the depth camp in the Marlborough sounds was exactly what I needed to take my freediving to the next level. With a relaxed atmosphere and a good crew, it was easy to find the head space I needed to get the most from the course. Bryan’s instruction was tailored to each individual diver, their own abilities and goals. His experience and knowledge base was evident. The dive sites were located in idyllic bays with calm conditions, even when a storm passed over us we were able to find good diving conditions. We were visited by a pod of dolphins, explored a wreck and met some very friendly blue cod. I left the course with a new confidence, having comfortably completed several personal best dives and eager to use the skills that I learned to continue to improve”. 

Ryan and Rene

Gina Watts | PADI Advanced Freediver:

While flying up to the depth camp there were many things going through my head:  20m seems insanely deep, 10m seemed deep in basic… Will my body even allow me to do this? After leaving the depth camp with a new personal best of 29m my thinking has changed… a  lot.  

A pleasant 24 degrees on the surface; the Marlborough sounds made for the perfect training location.  Made even better with a few dozen bottlenose dolphins coming to show us how it was done after our first open water session.  Not only did we just have a deep site for training we were surrounded by native bush with a constant cicada hum, we dived down to explore wrecks and the water offered up an array of non venomous moon jellyfish to gaze upon during our relaxation breath ups.  

The week started with the voice inside my head telling me it’s time to breathe along with my body giving involuntary contractions, all normal things for freedivers.  Learning to relax through them and listen to what my body was saying; feeling different urges to breathe, relaxing every muscle are all things that allowed me to glide down to new depths.  

In the first few days of open water training the personal best depths were jumping in rather large increments, 4 meters for example; it was going past my personal best depths that the concentration of gliding, equalizing and relaxing through the contractions really came into play. During these phases depths became constant and comfortable but the depth jumps were smaller only a metre or so at a time.  

Diving to depth is the most relaxing part of my dive it is ascending to the surface when I have to concentrate differently, it is during this phase where you can really feel the contractions.  Once you are in the zone of relaxation, the ascent became just as enjoyable as the dive down.  There is no better feeling than finishing recovery breathing and knowing that it was a great dive, it’s a feeling that is hard to forget.

The last thing I can say is that after 8 consecutive days in the water training, I wanted to stay and do more training.  One spectacular week of self discovery and development.  Cheers to you Bryan!  

PB's all round!

For further information on PADI’s Freediver training visit PADI.com.

New Year Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

As PADI Members we all want diver training and certified diver activities to be comfortable and safe.

Part of the joy of teaching people to dive and leading certified divers is knowing that we have helped our customer to be more confident and competent in the water. In 2018 we will be bringing you tips from the field from PADI Members on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. We will also share some insights from the QM team about common incidents and lessons to learn as well as common QM issues that we see in our work.

This month tips from the QM team: Run PADI courses as they are intended and described in the PADI Instructor manual and Guide to Teaching.

Vanessa – Quality Management Coordinator.

“Use a line on your CESA. Sounds like common sense but we do see cases of instructors deciding to run the CESA skill in their own way without a line

Don’t shift skills, remove skills or modify skills.

Doing this can increase the risk for both your student and yourself.

For your student it is about physical risk. The way the CESA is described in both the PADI Instructor manual and the PADI Guide to Teaching has been developed and tested and undergone industry scrutiny. Many thousands of CESA’s are conducted this way every year without incident. Why would you modify what has proven to be successful and safe?

For yourself it is about both your physical risk and legal risk. If you can’t stop someone when you need to on a CESA and something goes wrong such as a fast ascent or a rescue situation then you yourself may face physical risk.

Secondly it is about your legal risk. Ask yourself this question “If an accident happened during this course how would I defend myself in court when I have changed the course?”

Donny – Quality Management consultant

“Waterskills assessments are crucial steps in the Open Water Diver training process. Skipping these assessments is like allowing someone to jump out of a plane without checking they know how to deploy the parachute.

 PADI Open Water Diver students must be able to complete the 200m swim with no swim aids or 300m snorkel with mask fins and snorkel comfortably. They also need to complete a 10 minute swim/ tread. These are non-negotiable – they must be conducted and the instructor needs to feel a confidence that their student has a level of water comfort to enable them to manage themselves on the surface comfortably.

The PADI system of diver training is a well-established internationally recognised programme of diver education. The components and sequencing has been carefully considered and tested by the best educators in the industry. The system of training mitigates the inherent risks of diving as much as reasonably possible. The standards themselves become part of your defence if things go wrong. If you have not followed those standards then that part of your defence is reduced or lost.

From the Quality Management team at PADI Asia Pacific have a successful and safe year in diving for 2018.

Michelle Brunton, PADI Course Director and Manager of PADI Asia Pacific Quality and Risk Management.

PADI Sponsors the Ocean Film Festival Australia & New Zealand for 2018

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March sees the return of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour return to Australia. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour will screen over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent film makers both international and Australian. It includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.

PADI is a great supporter of the Ocean Film Festival and is proud to be a 2018 sponsor. PADI Members will be present at the following screenings taking place across Australia this March. Come along to a screening and chat to a PADI Professional about PADI certification, scuba diving and protecting our oceans.

Screenings

Location Date Venue
Cairns 1-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cairns 2-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cairns 3-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Canberra 2-Mar NFSA
Canberra 3-Mar NFSA
Sydney 5-Mar Randwick Ritz
Sydney 6-Mar Randwick Ritz
Sydney 9-Mar Seymour Centre
Sydney 10-Mar Seymour Centre
Sydney 13-Mar Orpheum
Sydney 14-Mar Orpheum
Sydney 15-Mar Orpheum
Byron Bay 6-Mar Byron Theatre
Byron Bay 7-Mar Byron Theatre
Townsville 7-Mar Riverway Arts Centre
Townsville 8-Mar Riverway Arts Centre
Gold Coast 8-Mar The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Noosa 9-Mar The J
Geraldton 10-Mar Queenspark Theatre
Margaret River 12-Mar Cultural Centre
Perth 13-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 14-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 15-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 16-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Wollongong 16-Mar University Hall, UOW
Launceston 16-Mar Tramsheds
Hobart 17-Mar Farrall Centre, The Friends School
Adelaide 17-Mar The Capri Cinema
Broome 17-Mar Sun Pictures
Melbourne 20-Mar Crown Melbourne
Melbourne 20-Mar Crown Melbourne
Melbourne Astor 21-Mar The Astor Theatre
Forster 21-Mar Great Lakes Cinemas
Warrnambool 22-Mar Lighthouse Theatre
Newcastle 22-Mar Tower Cinemas
Avoca Beach 23-Mar Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Geelong 23-Mar Village Cinemas
Rosebud 24-Mar Peninsula Cinema
Proserpine 24-Mar Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Brisbane 10-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane 11-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane 12-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Darwin 10-Jul Deckchair Cinema
Alice Springs 13-Jul Araluen Arts Centre

Project Aware is the Ocean Film Festivals proud Conservation Partner. Project AWARE® is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers.

Want to get involved with Marine Conservation?

If you’re a certified diver, you can collect and report important data. Through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris, remove marine debris on your dive and report the results. Together we make the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, information you report helps inform policy change. With your help, Project AWARE can use the information you report through Dive Against Debris to convince individuals, governments and businesses to act against marine debris.

Protect what you love and join citizens scientists everywhere. Join or lead a Dive Against Debris survey today.

There are a limited number of tickets available for each screening so be sure to get your tickets for the Ocean Film Festival before they sell out.

http://oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au/tickets/

PADI Instructor Examinations for January, 2018

17 January | Ao Nang, Thailand

17 January | Cebu, Philippines

20 January | Boracay, Philippines

20 January | El Nido, Philippines

20 January | Phuket, Thailand

23 January | Anilao, Philippines

23 January | Dumaguete, Philippines


23 January | Gili Islands, Indonesia

23 January | Koh Tao, Thailand

26 January | Koh Phangan, Thailand

26 January | Komodo, Indonesia

26 January | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

26 January | Puerto Galera, Philippines

27 January | Bali, Indonesia

27 January | Koh Lanta, Thailand

27 January | Sydney, Australia

30 January | Lembongan, Indonesia

30 January | Pattaya, Thailand