Archive | December, 2012

It’s a great time to be a PADI Pro – set yourself a goal in 2013!

19 Dec

There are many benefits when you become a PADI Instructor.  Luke Saunders 20.12.12

One of the most exciting is travel. It’s reassuring to know that – as PADI Instructor you not only have a fabulous career – the world is your oyster. You are one of the most sought-after dive professionals on the planet, you have the opportunity to travel and work in some of the most fascinating places on earth – and with more than 6,000 PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in 183 countries worldwide – the world is also your office and playground!

PADI recently interviewed Luke Saunders – 21years -from Victoria who is currently working as a PADI Open Water Instructor at Quicksilver Group in Port Douglas. 

As a student of PADI Course Director, Damian Jones in late 2011 Luke graduated from the William Anglis Institute in Melbourne earning the prestigious Diploma of Resort Management – DIVE. Luke recalls, “As soon as I passed my PADI Instructor Exam I got this rush to start teaching friends and family and show them my office”.

About a month later, Luke relocated to Vanuatu where he certified his first PADI Open Water student, “to begin withI was very nervous but once we got into it, I found it rewarding.  My student had no qualms – given it was my first course and we both had an awesome time”.

A major highlight in his relatively new career was when Luke was selected to take the 2012 Melbourne Cup for a dive. He spent a couple of hours underwater holding the iconic Cup which had been protected in a waterproof case as part of a marketing campaign.

And his ‘memorable moment’ so far as an instructor?  “That was with an open water student on their first ocean dive. We met with a playful Dugong who stayed with us for about 15 minutes.  I can’t repeat his words of excitement when we got out the water, but we were both ecstatic! 

Currently, his ideal day is spent taking novice divers out on the GBR and seeing their initial reactions on surfacing from the dive.  “The students do have an awesome time which makes me realise I’ve done a good job- sharing what the underwater world has to offer – it’s extremely satisfying”.

Being a young man of the world, Luke imparts his words of advice to future PADI Professionals…  

“Becoming a professional diver has many advantages and if you’re given the opportunity – take it!   Within a year of becoming an instructor, I’ve worked in places I’d never dreamt of visiting – experiencing unique underwater environments and aquatic life.  During my travels, I’ve made great friends – many being students.  In the professional diving industry, I’ve never had a dull moment and every day brings a new experience.

And where to from here?  “I hope to work with Quicksilver for another few years and then travel as a dive professional to new destinations.  As I gather more experience, I’m keen to try Technical Diving and see where that takes me.”

PADI Members in Asia Pacific certified more divers in 2012 than any year in PADI’s history, so what are you waiting for?  2013 is a great time to be a PADI Pro!

PADI Professionals have access to the PADI Pro’s Employment Board – it’s easy to check out great employment opportunities worldwide.

Contact your nearest PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre or visit padi.com

ScubaEarth™ Spotlight: Setting Up and Editing Dive Sites

18 Dec

ScubaEarth

By now you’ve visited ScubaEarth™, established your profile and are exploring the site. If you haven’t, log in at the PADI Pros’ Site and click on the SE icon to enter ScubaEarth.

So, what’s next? First of all, you’ll want to set up dive sites or edit existing sites you know. When you establish a dive site, your name appears next to it with a link back to your profile. This helps you establish credibility and leadership within the community. Plus, every time you establish a dive site, your name will appear with a link back to your profile.

Setting up a dive site is simple. Enter the latitude and longitude for the location and that dive site will show up on the community map. Because the dive sites you set up link back to your profile, you can maximize your exposure by quickly setting up as many accurate dive sites as possible. But, you don’t want to duplicate dive sites. You can edit any inaccurate information, but please avoid creating another one in the same location.

ScubaEarth is poised to become a trusted, valuable online dive resource. So, set up your profile, log dives, share content and get ready to engage more divers with ScubaEarth.

Stay tuned for more updates on ScubaEarth.

Project AWARE: Progress on Global Marine Litter Commitments Reported

13 Dec

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.  Please also read the full article here.

In Miami, the world’s leading plastics associations launched a Project AWARE Litter image 14.12.12Progress Report on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter originally announced in March 2011 at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference.

The Progress Report identifies more than 140 projects to prevent marine litter that are completed, underway or planned – a substantial and significant increase from the 100 projects announced in Dubai in November 2011. In addition, the Progress Report provides case studies and detailed insights into preventing marine litter that can be expanded in other regions.

In March 2011, leaders from plastics associations across the globe announced the Global Declaration, a public commitment by a global industry to work with partners to tackle a global problem: plastics in the marine environment. 58 associations representing 34 countries have signed the Declaration as of December 2012.

“The plastics industry is firmly committed to the principle that plastics do not belong in the world’s oceans and should not be littered — plastics should be responsibly used, reused, recycled and finally recovered for their energy value. I’m pleased that actions taken in 2012 and planned for 2013 greatly exceed our commitments from November 2011”, said Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope. “This report reflects the determination of our industry to shape solutions in partnerships with others,” added Steve Russell, Vice President Plastics at the American Chemistry Council.

Additional associations subsequently signed the Declaration, and today there are more than 140 projects completed, underway or planned. The projects vary widely, from education to global research and eco-efficient waste management and litter prevention.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved. 

ScubaEarth™ Spotlight: Announcement Board

13 Dec

ScubaEarth

By now you’ve visited ScubaEarth™, established your profile and are exploring the site.

One area of ScubaEarth valuable to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts is the Announcement Board. Here, you can share information with divers who have chosen your store as their primary dive center. Each time these divers log in, they see your announcements on their home page. The friends of these divers also see your logo and announcement board when viewing the diver’s profile page. Clicking on the logo or announcement takes them to your store profile. Make the most out of what they see by linking your announcements to activities in your dive business, including:

  • boat trips
  • travel programs
  • upcoming classes
  • dive club meetings
  • specials on your website
  • other fun activities

The Announcement Board is an important communication vehicle you can use to attract customers. To add announcements, click the “Announcements” tab under your store logo, then select “edit”.

If you haven’t already set up your profile or started setting up dive sites, do so today. You can also download the How to Set Up Your ScubaEarth™ Profile brochure (1.4 Mb PDF) to help guide you through the process.

Stay tuned for more ScubaEarth updates.

Project AWARE: Victory for Vulnerable Whale Sharks at Pacific Meeting

8 Dec

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.  Please also read the full article here.

Asia and Pacific nations agreed at a meeting in the Philippines on Wednesday to take steps to protect whale sharks in a victory for the world’s largest fish, officials said.

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission nations agreed that tuna fishers must stop setting their nets around the vulnerable giants in order to catch smaller fish that gather underneath them, said Palau fishing official Nanette Malsol.

She said the deal binds tuna-fishing nations such as the United States, China, and Japan, and was a victory for a coalition of small Pacific nations, called the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, that has been campaigning for this measure.

“This rule follows negotiations by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement for three years to try and get the big fishing nations to adopt protections for whale sharks,” said Malsol, who also heads the coalition.

The small Pacific island nations said they already imposed such a rule on their own tuna fishers.

Smaller fish like tuna congregate under whale sharks, so fishermen often seek the giants and set their nets under them to catch the other fish, said Angelo Villagomez, a spokesman of the the US-based Pew Environment Group.

As a result, whale sharks, which are considered a vulnerable species, often get entangled in tuna nets and die, he said.

Fifty whale sharks were recorded having died from tuna nets in 2010 and 19 in 2011, said Villagomez, adding that there were likely many other cases which went unreported.

Parties to the agreement reached at the Manila meeting Wednesday must free any whale shark that gets caught in their nets and must also record and report any incidents involving the giant fish, Malsol said.

The Pew group, which is also attending the meeting, is pressing for other measures to protect 143 other threatened species of sharks that are affected by tuna fishers.

However Villagomez said he doubted they would pass as some fishing countries actively catch these sharks.

Whale sharks measure as much as 12 metres long but are harmless to humans and feed on tiny marine animals.

They have become popular tourist attractions in countries such as the Philippines, Mexico and Australia.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved. 

Recreational Rebreather Revolution – Dream Package Goes off at DEMA 2012

8 Dec

Worldwide Dive & Sail teamed up with PADI and Poseidon during the past 12 months presenting an Congratulations Barbara Allinson! From PADI, Worldwide Dive and Sail International and Poseidon  exciting competition, which offered a prize package of a Poseidon MK VI Rebreather, a 10 day luxury livaboard trip for 2 on one of the Siren Fleet boats, including learning to dive the MK VI with PADI’s new Recreational Rebreather course.

The competition invited contestants to sign up online or enter into a draw during the DEMA Show.  There was a total 1,213 entries and Barbara Allinson, the lucky winner, was drawn on 17th November at  the annual DEMA Show 2012 held  at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Reflections from a PADI Course Director

4 Dec

An enlightening insight of what it means to be a PADI Instructor, Trainer and mentor in the diving industry, through the eyes of Darius Moazzami, Platinum Course Director, Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao.

Reflections from a PADI Course Director

As another PADI Instructor Development Course winds down I find myself with time to reflect about the path that I’ve chosen and the amazing journey ahead for my newly certified PADI Instructors.

Having been a PADI Instructor for 13 years and a Course Director for the last 8, I still remember teaching my first courses and can almost still feel the nervous energy, anticipation and astonishing sense of responsibility that my new trainees are sure to face in the coming months. As much as my colleagues and I put into our Instructor programs, we realise that the real education of a new Instructor has only just begun.

For many, the challenge of creating their own path in this industry will result in a long-term career filled with an array of experiences that may be unmatched in the professional world. For some, becoming a PADI Instructor is a personal success that will always define them as people who embrace challenges. Others still, may find this new role as a temporary diversion from life’s greater adventures. But for all, the time that they have spent in achieving the rating and the work they do in the industry will enrich their lives and teach them skills that will forever be utilised.

At times, my journey as a PADI Instructor has been defined by each of these motivations. Eventually, I came to the realisation that there are few jobs which can bring a combination of the satisfaction, adventure and lifestyle that I enjoy in the dive industry.

Through diving, I have been introduced to some of the most interesting and entertaining people and places the world has to offer. Aside from my family, nearly all of the relationships that I value the most have been conceived along my path as a PADI Instructor. I feel fortunate and a little bewildered to consider the many ways in which I have become close to people of such hugely diverse backgrounds, from the farthest reaches of the planet. And I am grateful for the connections.

As most of us have come to realize, the underwater world is a spectacular place and the protection of it is a unifying force for the dive industry. Regardless of our motivations, we all have a shared sense of responsibility to safeguard its wonders. The threats to our seas are huge, and so must be our resolve to educate and awaken people to its beauty. The importance of PADI Instructors in this process is immeasurable. And only through our success can we continue in one of the most gratifying and fascinating jobs imaginable.