4 Tips for Hosting AWARE Week Activities

Written by Tara Bradley

In celebration of AWARE Week, a co-branded PADI® and Project AWARE® initiative aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, PADI dive operators and shops around the world will join together in a global movement for ocean protection by running conservation-minded events and activities from 15-23 September.

Whether it’s becoming a debris activist, saying no to single-use plastics or making responsible seafood choices, no action is too small to protect and preserve our ocean planet. AWARE Week provides you with the tools and inspiration to encourage positive actions for the health of fragile underwater environments, fins on and fins off.

Interested in planning an AWARE Week event in your area? Here are some ways to get ready and bring together your student divers, friends and family to act for change in your local community.

  1. Get ready to teach Project AWARE specialty courses: If you’re not a Dive Against Debris® or AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty Instructor, apply for your rating today. One hundred percent (that’s right, 100%!) of your application fee is donated to Project AWARE. Not a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor yet? No worries, PADI Divemasters can apply to teach the newly revised Project AWARE Specialty course after taking a Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Training course from a PADI Course Director.
  2. Mark your calendar and start promoting your AWARE Week activities:
    Download AWARE Week social banners to spread the word. Create a Facebook event and use the #AWAREWeek hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to encourage participation and join the online conversation.
  3. Make your dives count and help clean the ocean: If you want to make your dives count for ocean protection during AWARE Week, conduct Dive Against Debris surveys. Download your Dive Against Debris survey toolkit, which includes the must-have materials you need to successfully plan and conduct a survey dive including tips to choose your survey site.
  4. Display the AWARE Week video in your local shop and gather interest for the Project AWARE specialty courses: Dive Against Debris Specialty, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty, and the newly revised Project AWARE Specialty. Ask people visiting your dive shop to leave their contact details if they’re interested in taking part in AWARE Week. Closer to the date, send them an invitation to sign up for a Project AWARE specialty course during AWARE Week or to any other event you may organize, a club night, a fundraising challenge – you decide.

Whatever you do during AWARE Week, make it fun and make it count for ocean conservation. If your students complete a course during AWARE Week, make sure they receive the PADI limited edition card supporting Project AWARE’s conservation work, and use this opportunity to celebrate the beauty and wonders of the ocean!

From kids to seniors, non-divers to pros, we can all make a difference in our global community. Join the AWARE Week celebrations!

For more info or to download the AWARE Week Toolkit for help hosting an event in your area, visit the newly launched AWARE Week website.

How to update your PADI eLearning preferences on the PADI Pros’ Site

More and more languages and products are being added to the PADI eLearning experience now and in the future. It is important to let your customers know what you offer. Customers who affiliate with your PADI Dive Shop via PADI eLearning will only see the courses and products you have selected.

As a PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can easily update this via this direct PADI Pros’ Site Link that takes you straight to the below page.

Alternatively you can also update this by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site with your PADI Dive Center or Resort login, clicking on the ‘My Account’ tab, navigating down to the ‘My Store Applications’ title and clicking the ‘My eLearning Preferences’ link.

If you have any questions please contact PADI Tech Support techsupport@padi.com.au who are available 7 days a week.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

 

 

PADI Digital Core Courses Expand Reach

With more languages added to Open Water Diver and Freediver™ courses, and the PADI eLearning® experience becoming even more fluid, PADI® strengthens its claim as the leader in diver training.

Scuba diving is a sport/hobby/obsession that bridges borders and cultures, bringing people around the world together to enjoy the underwater environment. But people around the world have different needs and, more importantly, speak different languages. PADI accounts for this when creating its eLearning products.

The PADI organization is making it easier for PADI Divers to access learning materials, with a digital suite of core courses that are easy to purchase, download and use. Now, these materials are offered in more languages than ever before too – further demonstrating that PADI truly is the way the world learns to dive.

Now, additional languages will be available for Open Water Diver and the popular Freediver courses (with more languages in more courses to come).

  • PADI Open Water Diver – Open Water Diver now available in seven new languages: Czech, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Russian and Turkish.
  • PADI Freediver – Along with the existing English, the popular Freediver program is now available in 10 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, with Korean, Thai, and Russian soon to follow.

The PADI Library app will reflect these changes. If divers have automatic updates turned on in their device settings, the app will update automatically.  If not, they will need to make sure they update their app.

PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, be sure to update your eLearning preferences in your account to reflect the courses and languages you support.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

PADI Asia Pacific Regional Training Consultant (Chinese speaking)

PADI Asia Pacific has a new career opportunity available for a Regional Training Consultant to provide training and sales consultation for PADI Members predominantly in support of outbound Chinese tourists within the Asia Pacific region.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the direct contact for PADI Members for training and product support
  • Support the sales of PADI products and services by providing customer consultation, order processing and resolve order related customer issues
  • Educate PADI Members about the features and benefits of PADI products and services and assist Members in the interpretation of PADI standards and procedures
  • Work closely with Regional Managers in meeting or exceeding sales goals

Required Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor with minimum 2 years’ experience as an active Instructor member
  • Current PADI Membership and insurance coverage
  • Business communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin essential, Cantonese desirable)
  • A thorough understanding of PADI products and services, including digital products, to be able to answer inquiries from PADI Members and students
  • Strong commitment to serve the goals and direction of PADI

To Apply:

Please send your CV to Alison Vasek, Manager, Human Resources at alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Applications Close:

Friday 31st August 2018.

Contact Details:

Alison Vasek

Manager, Human Resources

PADI Asia Pacific

Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest, Australia

Last Chance to Register- PADI Business Academy Lite Brisbane

This is your last chance to register for the upcoming PADI Business Academy Lite (one-day) in Brisbane on Wednesday 12th September 2018.

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Do you want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending our one day PADI Business Academy Lite in Brisbane.

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Pricing & Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Social Media & Video

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

Click here to register

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming PADI Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

Action on the Ground: World Oceans Day

Written by PADI Regional Manager Jen Clent 

It was so great to see so many communities coming together all over the world for World Oceans Day last month. With so much action on the ground and readily accessible education available, the future is bright and through these actions I believe it is possible to make a difference and help our ocean planet!

Chiara collecting trash underwater

The dive community in particular is in a unique position to lead this change as essentially, the ocean is our office and if the office lights are out where would we go to work?

Only when we show the world the beauty and wonder (along with the human impact) of our oceans will people learn to care and advocate for our oceans going forward.

Through education and initiatives by the dive community we can encourage everyone all over the world to start making life choices which will positively impact our planet.

Happy Dive Against Debris Divers

The small island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia did exactly that last month for World Oceans Day 2018.  Coming together as a community, raising awareness, educating locals and tourists about ongoing action we can all take, the weekend was a huge success and something which can and should be emulated in the future.

In conjunction with the Gili Eco Trust – an NGO based on Gili Trawangan, many of the small islands dive businesses came together, promoting and running conservation events across the weekend of June 8th/9th. Both the local community (including many of the children), divers, instructors in training, and tourists got involved.

Hosting marine conservation presentations and encouraging divers to complete their PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course, many divers learned techniques to safely collect the debris and used both the Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® App and the data card to record and submit the data which is then added to a global map which is available to see here.

Reporting the data

Not only did the weekend create many new Dive Against Debris Specialty divers but one of the local Course Director’s who was in the middle of an Instructor Development Course also encouraged the candidates to complete their Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor rating over the weekend.

All this action on the ground contributes to a global picture enabling us to see what specific items are found in specific locations. This helps identify areas around the world where waste prevention efforts are needed most.

Below is a global snapshot of what is currently being removed and reported to Project AWARE:Ten Branches Chart Slide Template 1

When we zoom in on the data provided by members in Indonesia, we find that the top 10 items found underwater in Indonesia based on past surveys are;

  • Food Wrappers (plastic),
  • Plastic Fragments,
  • Bags – Grocery/Retail (plastic),
  • Beverage Bottles: less than 2 litres (plastic),
  • Bags: Trash (plastic),
  • Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons (plastic),
  • Containers: Fast Food, Lunch Boxes & Similar,
  • Clothing,
  • Cloth Fragments, and
  • Paper, Cardboard Fragments.

Happy divers getting involved!

Of course to encourage participation in events like this (and ensuring they are successful) making learning and participation fun is key! Games are a fantastic way of doing this when you have children involved such as having kids pick which trash goes in which rubbish bin.

Identifying which trash goes in which bin

Another idea is to show how easy it is to reuse trash – these kids and volunteers were making underwater critters out of recycled plastics and debris – jellyfish and sea turtles were just some of the marine creatures made.

Getting the children involved in key!

With a global movement underway it is fantastic to see this kind of passion from our valued members out there not only teaching the world to dive but including a message of conservation every step of the way!

A huge shout out to all our members who got involved, not only on World Oceans Day, but who do their bit every single day out there in all corners of the world!

For more information on how to get involved visit the Project AWARE Website or sign up for a conservation focused specialty instructor rating at your local dive centre or resort. Visit the conservation area on PADI.com to learn more about adopting a dive site in your local area.

Don’t forget to also get involved with AWARE Week this 15-23 September 2018.

Upcoming EFR Instructor Trainer Courses in Asia Pacific

We are excited to announce a range of EFR Instructor Trainer Courses across the Asia Pacific region in the coming months.

This year courses will be taking place in Sydney, Australia, as well as Koh Tao, Phuket and Pattaya, Thailand; Taipei, Taiwan; Cebu, Philippines; Semporna, Malaysia; and Hong Kong.

As an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer you’ll have the opportunity to expand your passion of teaching and increase your income by training others to become Emergency First Response Instructors.

To be eligible to participate in the Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Practical Session, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Teaching Status Emergency First Response Primary Care/Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 Course Completion Authorization cards OR taught at least 5 separate Emergency First Response courses.
  • Have no verified Quality Assurance cases on file within the past 12 months.

To find out more or to register visit the EFR Instructor Trainer Course Eventbrite page.

If you have further questions please email instdev@padi.com.au or call +61 2 9454 2853.