Archive | September, 2012

Sharks rule at IUCN World Conservation Congress!

26 Sep

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, held from 6 to 15 September in Jeju, Korea drew more than 10,600 participants from 1,100 government and non-government groups, making it the largest Congress ever.  Project AWARE joined leaders from over 180 countries who gathered to set the world’s conservation agenda.

The global conservation world heard Project AWARE’s call for more shark protection. They voted in favour of critical shark conservation measures for threatened shark species including Mako sharks … Our collective voice is being heard.

For more information please visit http://bit.ly/Pl6ZxQ

Thanks for your support! 

ScubaEarth™ site is now live for PADI Dive Shops

25 Sep

ScubaEarth – the new PADI scuba resource and social community is a robust, one-stop site for divers to research, plan and share dive experiences. ScubaEarth hosts everything scuba, from current weather and dive conditions to photos, videos and comments about dive locations, while placing PADI Dive Shops at the hub of this online activity.

The ScubaEarth BETA site is now live for PADI Dive Shops and will be available for all individual PADI Pros and consumers in the coming weeks.

How can PADI Dive Shops login to the BETA site to get started? Simply login to the PADI Pros’ Site using your PADI Dive Shop username and password. Once logged into the PADI Pros’ Site, you can click over to ScubaEarth by following the ScubaEarth link. You can then ensure your PADI Dive Shop Profile is set up with the correct information and familiarise yourself with ScubaEarth.

The How to Set Up Your ScubaEarth Profile guide is also available in the PADI Pros’ Site to assist PADI Dive Shops with the initial set up.

To get started, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click the ScubaEarth link!

If you have any questions regarding ScubaEarth please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific office.

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

24 Sep

The latest A Day in the Life of a Divemaster features Feby N. Rotty who gives interesting insights from a Divemaster’s perspective.

An interview with Feby N. Rotty
PADI Divemaster
Joe’s Gone Diving
PADI 5 Star Dive Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

What is your current job at Joe’s Gone Diving?

I’ve worked there as a Divemaster since February 2012.

Describe a typical day in your working life.

A typical day begins at the dive centre at 7 o’clock in the morning to prepare the trip for the day, pack equipment and greet the guests. Some guests arrive in the morning at the dive centre, others I pick up on the way to the dive site. The dive area is usually different every day.  I organise all the guests with their equipment on the dive site, give dive briefings and decide which dive site is best depending on the conditions. During the dive I try to show as much interesting marine life as possible and make sure they have a great time and dive safely. When we return to the shop we fill in logbooks and chat about all the things we saw.

When did you start diving?

I started diving in 2007 with Poli Teknik College in Manado, North Sulawesi. They offer a special programme called Underwater Eco Tourism. I got my Open Water certificate in 2008. My instructor there was Frans Rattu.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I studied for divemaster at the Poli Teknik College and did my divemaster internship at Kawanua Dive Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi in September 2011.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?

After finishing my internship I felt very fortunate to have made the first step of my dive career, something I never thought was possible before.

 What highlights do you recall from your DM course?

Once I had to demonstrate clearing a fully flooded mask in open water. Because I was nervous I needed two attempts to get all the water out. The student did not notice but my instructor briefly held his hand in front of his face to let me know what he saw. We had a good laugh afterwards and it was a nice learning experience.

 Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?

I started working as a Divemaster at Bastianos Dive Resort in Bunaken, North Sulawesi. After 9 months I moved to Bali where I have been working for Joe’s Gone Diving since my arrival.

 What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?

Around Bali there are some dive sites with widely varying conditions. One famous dive site is Gili Mimpang just off the coast of Candidasa. My first few dives there were in calm conditions but one day changing currents made it difficult to keep the group together. In the end I managed and with the currents attracting lots of beautiful marine life such as white-tip reef sharks, trevallies and tuna – it was one of my best dives ever.

 What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?

Apart from technical skills I believe social interaction with customers is key to being a successful dive professional. Whenever friends and others talk about becoming a Divemaster I tell them about these basics so they know what to expect.

Get ready for ScubaEarth™

20 Sep

The ScubaEarth launch for PADI Dive Centres & Resorts is getting closer! To ensure you are in the prime position to benefit from ScubaEarth make sure you visit the PADI Pros’ Site www.padi.com/mypadi and update your logo, social media links and about us section. It will only take a few minutes and will ensure you are ready for the initial launch!

Your business will have a distinct profile in ScubaEarth™ where you can link to your other popular social media site profiles — like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. To take advantage of this feature, enter your information now at the PADI Pros’ Site and you’ll be ready when ScubaEarth launches. Here’s how:

  1. Login to the PADI Pros’ Site
  2. Click on My Account
  3. Click on Social Media Settings tab
  4. Upload your store logo (140 by 140 pixels)
  5. Enter links to your profiles at other social media sites. You can also enter the RSS feed link for your blog so your most recent posts will show up in your ScubaEarth profile. If you have a blog, these are the steps to determine what the link is for your blog RSS feed:
  • Go to the home page of the desired blog.
  • Find the RSS symbol or a link that indicates an RSS feed on the page.
  • Click on either the symbol or the link.
  • A browser page should appear with information on an RSS feed.
  • Highlight and copy the URL listed in the address bar.
  • That URL should be your RSS feed URL.
  • Enter a short description about your store (750 characters or less)

Go to the PADI Pros’ Site now to get started with entering your information. For more questions, contact Mark Cummins (Manager, PADI Retail & Resort Association).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific; padi@padi.com.au or +61 2 9454 2888

Sydney Dive Academy – achieving new depths as a PADI Dive Centre

18 Sep

It was a big day in January 2011 when Sydney Dive Academy (SDA)  decided to convert its Matraville Dive Centre to PADI, and since doing so, they have never looked back.

It was apparent that there was a change in the market, with the majority of recreational divers and professionals flowing to the PADI world wide community and in late 2010 SDA began discussions with PADI about the benefits of aligning themselves with PADI.

Since the PADI Logo appeared above the SDA shop front in 2011, Sydney Dive Academy’s certification levels have increased by 400%. Organising and executing club dives and events is no longer a struggle. The club has grown substantially and dives take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as a team with Open Water to Instructors buddy-checking and descending side-by-side .

In less than 18 months Sydney Dive Academy has successfully converted their entire staff to PADI and proudly has instructors for each and every diving specialty. 

Congratulations to Sydney Dive Academy for its continued success!

It’s Debris Month of Action!

13 Sep

During September’s Debris Month of Action, we’re calling on PADI Pros to: 

  1. Conduct Dive Against Debris surveys or organize a Debris Month of Action event. http://www.projectaware.org/project/debris-month-action.
  2. Encourage your divers to enter the Debris Month of Action Photo Contest. They can submit an image of the weirdest piece of trash they’ve found underwater.  http://bit.ly/SfnD6K  
  3. Encourage your divers to help fund community action and solutions to marine debris problems by pledging support at www.projectaware.org/donate.

For more information please visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/debris-month-action or contact your regional manager.

 

Training Videos Help Accelerate Your EVE Implementation

11 Sep

A series of short videos, designed to remove the sometimes daunting “IT” aspects of EVEinstallation are now available at the PADI Pro YouTube channel.

Each video is takes just a few minutes and addresses a specific aspect of registering, downloading, installing and using EVE. Here is the full series now available in the recommended viewing order:

Watch the video, follow up by putting those steps into action throughout your store and return to view the next video.

For more questions about your EVE implementation, contact your Regional Manager.