PADI Instructor Examinations for March, 2018

02 Mar | Khao Lak, Thailand

03 Mar | Bali, Indonesia

06 Mar | Gili Islands, Indonesia

09 Mar | Kenting, Taiwan

09 Mar | Lembongan, Indonesia

10 Mar | Koh Chang, Thailand

10 Mar | Sydney, Australia

14 Mar | Pattaya, Thailand

14 Mar | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

15 Mar | El Nido, Philippines

17 Mar | Northland, New Zealand

17 Mar | Phuket, Thailand

18 Mar | Dumaguete, Philippines

18 Mar | Nadi, Fiji

20 Mar | Koh Tao, Thailand

21 Mar | Cebu, Philippines

24 Mar | Boracay, Philippines

27 Mar | Nha Trang, Vietnam

27 Mar | Puerto Galera, Philippines

31 Mar | Goa, India

31 Mar | Santander, Philippines

Your Air, Your Safety: A DAN Asia Pacific Safety and Awareness Campaign

If it wasn’t for scuba cylinders and surface-supply breathing apparatus that give us the possibility to breathe underwater, we wouldn’t be able to explore the underwater world. However, we also need to be vigilant that the gas we breathe is safe as there are various kinds of contaminations that can turn your underwater life support into poison.

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was over 450 times the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had, allegedly, not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels.

This has prompted DAN Asia Pacific (AP) to launch a long-contemplated safety and awareness campaign in an effort to prevent a repeat of this incident.

Many divers only think about air problems from the perspective of running low or managing an out of air emergency, so DAN AP will work to create awareness for this very real issue. Contaminated gas can lead to perception changes and subsequent poor decisions, headaches, dizziness, nausea and, in extreme cases; it may cause unconsciousness and even death.

Unconsciousness from CO poisoning often occurs during or shortly after the ascent and can often lead to drowning unless the diver is rescued very quickly.

Over the coming months, DAN AP will be sharing information that is focussed on prevention and aimed at equipping recreational and professional divers with:

  • An understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide and other contaminants
  • The ability to identify the symptoms associated with CO poisoning
  • First Aid and Treatment; and
  • Knowledge on how to reduce the risk of poisoning.

The main goal of the campaign is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place. We encourage you to share the information so we reach as many divers as possible.

Join the campaign via DAN AP’s Facebook Page, Twitter , Blog , and access resources via the Diving Safety section of the DAN AP website.

Let’s work together to ensure the air we all breathe when diving is safe.
Note: Safety campaigns are financed by DAN membership dues. Thank you to our members for their invaluable support.

Safe Diving.
The DAN Asia-Pacific Team

Originally posted by dan.org.

April Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from Territory Director Thomas Knedlik.

 “As dive professionals working in an industry that is extremely fun and rewarding we easily gain self-esteem and confidence. With this self-satisfaction in mind, we need to ensure that we don’t fall into the trap of complacency, we must focus on the process instead of just the outcome; training divers to become comfortable and confident, not just meeting minimum requirements. By continuously evaluating, developing and adapting our own skills and knowledge we can ensure that diving remains fun, rewarding and enjoyable for generations to come.”

Thomas Knedlik

Teaching is one of the most rewarding things we can do. There is nothing better than seeing the look on a newly qualified PADI Diver radiating with pride and achievement. Sometimes however, this moment gets lost when we have to deal with pressure. This pressure could be to get the job done quickly or to skip certain skills because “they don’t really matter”, for example. This “one off” breach of standards could quickly build and occur time and time again.

Complacency builds on complacency, you see someone cut a corner, get lazy about how a skill is performed and before you know it others do it too. They copy you and we quickly go from a culture of safety to a culture of concern. We all want to be at the top of our game as instructors and stay there. We want our students to tell others how well the course went, how much fun they had, how they mastered their buoyancy and how much cool stuff they saw. All this comes through your dedication and commitment to your job. It should never be about getting someone through something but building an experience they will never forget.

On occasion we need to check ourselves. Remember why we chose this career. What is it we love doing and why? If you are getting bored with the same thing day in day out only you can make positive changes. Take a new course yourself, venture into a new challenge in diving. With PADI Freediver growing in popularity maybe this is something to expand into? Have you always wanted to try technical diving? Maybe now is a good time to give PADI TecRec a go. Regenerate your love for diving in a new and exciting way.

Review your own knowledge and keep up to date with Training Bulletins and read The Undersea Journal. Attend PADI webinars and seminars that are being held all across Asia Pacific. Ultimately don’t let complacency get the better of you. You want to keep it the fun and rewarding career you signed up for.

Until next time, we wish happy and safe diving for all.

Rebecca Wastall
Quality Management Consultant
PADI Quality Management

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blue or a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.

 

What Went Down at the Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2018

If you’ve ever been curious about competitive freediving and what it takes to participate in a national competition, keep reading – we think you might be surprised. 


People say that freediving is about inward power, discipline and control – and this was acutely evident at Lake Taupo during the 2018 Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals.

Competitive and recreational grade freedivers came together to take part in the three day competition. Many of the competitors hoped to walk away with a strong international ranking that they will take with them into future competitions.

Others, like New Zealander Ryan Hansen, are newer to competitive freediving and while they compete in the same disciplines (Constant Weight, Constant Weight No Fins and Free Immersion) the rules are more relaxed and they are here more for the experience of competition diving without so much of the pressure.

Ryan said “Having never been to a freediving competition before, going to the depth nationals was quite daunting. However as soon as I arrived I was welcomed and put at ease by the officials and other more experienced competitors. The atmosphere was supportive throughout the competition and I learned heaps. I will definitely be back next year”.

Each day of competition allows competitors to choose to do a different discipline each day or focus on one and submit the best for their final results. Competitors are required to announce the discipline of their dive and nominate the depth they will be attempting to reach.

Ryan finished in second place amongst the recreational male divers with dives of 21 metres for Constant Weight No Fins, and 30 metres in both Constant Weight and Free immersion.

Day one saw almost all competitors perform faultless dives including a National Record for Zimbabwe claimed by Matthew Woods in the Constant Weight No Fins discipline.

Day Two provided slightly more challenging conditions however judges saw several strong performances again.

Competition organiser Nick Rhodes believes that while it is incredible to see the performance of the competitors, the truly amazing part about competitions such as this is the sense of community.

“We have freedivers from different parts of the world, and completely different backgrounds, all here with a shared passion for the sport,” he said.

“For a sport that requires you to turn inward for strength while diving, there’s a real community vibe at competitions like this.”

PADI Regional Manager, Jen Clent, who was there over the three days of competition agreed.

“In freediving, rather than competitors feeling like they’re competing against one another, there’s a sense that they are competing against themselves. It is so great to see everyone sharing one another’s successes and just as strongly, the disappointment of an early turn or a red card.”

With successful dives ranging from 6 metres to 55 metres across both competition and recreational grades it really does go to show that these competitions welcome all level of divers and with the rapid growth of freediving, it’s only natural that more athletes will join this community of passionate athletes. Both Freediving New Zealand and sponsor PADI Asia Pacific are exciting to see just what that community grows into.

For the full list of results, visit the Freediving New Zealand Facebook Page.

Interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Centre? Talk to your Regional Manager to find out more.

Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2018

The stage is set for the Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals being held this Thursday 15th March to Saturday 18th March.

The competition, which will be held over three days, will include all AIDA depth competition disciplines – Constant Weight (CWT), Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) and Free Immersion (FIM).

Each day will be made of three sessions, where competitors will nominate their discipline and make their dive. Disciplines may be repeated however only their best result in each discipline will go towards their final ranking.

Lake Taupo, where the competition will be held, is a 186m deep caldera in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. Visibility is generally around 15 metres and the water temperature is usually around 19 degrees – but thermoclines do come into play.

PADI are thrilled to be a teaming up with Freediving New Zealand as a sponsor of the Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2018.

Speaking of the partnership, competition organiser Nick Rhodes said:

“Freediving is an exhilarating sport but there are inherent risks involved. As such, training and technique play such an important role.

Freediving New Zealand is thrilled to be working with PADI to highlight these crucial aspects of the sport and to further expand the freediving community in New Zealand and beyond”

Stay up to date with the latest by visiting the Freediving New Zealand Facebook Page and check out the PADI Instagram channel over the course of the weekend for updates from Lake Taupo.

Want to become a PADI Freediver Centre? Speak to your Regional Manager Today.

 

Dive for Cancer Raises Record Funds

It’s a devastating fact that 1 in 2 people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer before their 85th birthday (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). So it’s only natural to want to raise much needed funds for research into this widespread disease.

In 2013, PADI Divemaster and Cancer Council Ambassador Mark Tozer created Dive for Cancer, a unique scuba diving fund raising event. Since then, Dive for Cancer has grown into a non-profit organisation that brings together divers all over Australia and beyond to raise much needed funds for cancer research.

This year, there have been three Dive for Cancer events hosted in Queensland, South Australia and, for the first time, New Zealand.

Speaking about the event in South Australia, Mark Tozer said:

“This year the weather favoured our sell-out event, enabling 150 divers to dig deep in our underwater passion and joint goal in the fight toward a future without cancer.

Year on year we have seen our event grow and the generosity and donations increase. We are overwhelmed to say that together we’ve raised $29,388.86 at this year’s event.”

Despite the weather in New Zealand trying to keep divers away (roads were closed following a cyclone) it was a great day there too with 14 dedicated divers raising an awesome $1,315NZD.

It’s always incredible to see the diving community come together to support a cause and Dive for Cancer is no exception.

Congratulations to Mark, the Dive for Cancer team and everyone who got involved in this year’s events.