Archive | February, 2013

Position Vacant – PADI Regional Manager (Region 29)

28 Feb

Job Title: Regional Manager (Indonesia & East Timor)

We are seeking a Regional Manager (Indonesia & East Timor) to join our PADI Asia Pacific team. In this role you will be responsible for providing localised support to PADI Members. You must possess a thorough understanding of PADI’s products and services whilst meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

Further information and the job description can be found on the PADI Pros’ Site under the ‘Employment’ section.

Applications closing date: Friday, 8th March 2013

To apply:
Please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Manager, Human Resources
PADI Asia Pacific
Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Project AWARE: #CITES4SHARKS: Questions Answered

20 Feb

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

The buzz is building. The meeting of the member countries to CITES this CITES21.2.133-14 March is just days away. As we sprint toward the main event, where officials will consider 70 proposals to protect species, including commercially valuable oceanic whitetip sharks, hammerheads, porbeagles sharks, manta rays and freshwater sawfish – we know we’re up for some tough battles ahead.

This week, we asked Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy and Project AWARE staffer on the front lines of our program work, to answer some top CITES-related questions.

Q: Why should we be concerned about international trade in plant and animal products?

A: We live in a world where we buy and sell virtually everything from everywhere. Wild plants and animals are no exception and their trade is valued at billions a year. We ship exotic woods from the Amazon to Hamburg, Germany, where I live. Porbeagle shark fins and meat make their way to tables in Europe, China and elsewhere. When international trade threatens a species’ survival, as it is in the case of CITES listed species, it must be monitored and controlled.

Q: How will protections under CITES make a difference for sharks and rays?

A: Most shark and ray fishing and trade is either insufficiently controlled or completely unregulated. Healthy shark and ray populations support tourism, which in some coastal communities, territories and states around the world, underpins entire economies and its benefits are yet to be fully realized.  So CITES action is key, not only to keeping shark populations healthy, but also to long-term economic benefits that can be drawn from these populations.

Q: Why do the voices of divers matter in difficult, political battles like this one?

A: We’re an important stakeholder group whose consolidated voice has not been heard at this level of decision-making before. As a global, economically significant group, scuba divers are in a unique position to highlight the value of keeping sharks and rays populations healthy. I am privileged to be able to represent the scuba diver voice and I’m very hopeful that the upcoming meeting will bring about much needed protections for some of the most vulnerable sharks and rays.

How can you help? Sign the shark petition. Already signed? Send a letter direct to CITES leaders asking them to vote “Yes” for sharks and rays this March. We won’t have another chance at this for few years. And sharks can’t afford to wait.

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. 

Download the 2013 PADI Instructor Manual

19 Feb

The 2013 PADI Instructor manual is now available as a free download for renewed PADI Professionals.

After logging in to the PADI Pro’s Site, click on Training Essentials from the main menu then choose Digital Instructor Manual.

2013 PADI Instructor Manual 2

On the next screen you’ll see several language options. Click the language you wish to download and save the PDF to your computer or other device. Below the language list is an (English only) option to download a summary of the changes from the 2012 to 2013 PADI Instructor Manual.

2013 PADI Instructor Manual

Teaching an IDC? Be sure candidates download a copy of the new manual and continue to update it with subsequent training bulletins. The Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam at the IE are updated regularly to reflect the most current standards. This is also an excellent way of instilling the good habit of referencing the latest materials before teaching any PADI programs.

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

18 Feb

PADI Asia Pacific’s Instructor Development team would like to inform you of EFR Instructor Trainer programs to be conducted in the Asia Pacific region in 2013.

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

Demand continues to grow for EFR Instructors, particularly with the OWSI exit requirement. This program is conducted using a mix of online study and practical sessions. Upon registration you will receive information on how to access the online portion of the program which must be completed prior to attending the practical skills training and assessment portion of the program.

To attend the standard EFR Instructor Trainer Course you must:

  • Be a current EFR Primary & Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 EFR Course Completion Authorisations or taught at least 5 separate EFR courses.
  • Have no verified quality assurance issues on file within the past 12 months.

To attend one of these programs, please select a registration button below to be taken to our online registration page. Once the course pre-requisites have been checked and met, we will send you a link to EFR IT Online.

Any members considering applying for the 2013 Punta Cana CDTC should consider the programs below as they all fall before the application cut-off (25 March).

EFR Instructor Trainer – Pattaya – 28 February, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Bali – 04 March, 2013.
EFR First Aid At Work (FAW) Instructor Trainer Program – Sydney – 11 March, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Kota Kinabalu – 15 March, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Cebu – 24 March, 2013.

 Any members considering applying for the 2014 Kota Kinabalu CDTC should consider these programs as they all fall before the application cut-off (01 December).

EFR Instructor Trainer – Phuket – 05 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Kota Kinabalu 2 – 14 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Puerto Galera – 30 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Auckland – 07 October, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Bali 2 – 07 October, 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at an EFR IT program soon.

ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’

13 Feb

ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’ are now available on the PADI Pros youtube channel.

These short 1-2 minute videos show step by step how to set up your profile, promote staff, add manufacturers to your gear locker and more.

Stayed tuned for more videos coming soon.

PADI Business Academy – Dates for 2013

11 Feb

PADI Retailers and Resorts around the world have the opportunity to power up at PADI Business Academies again in 2013. Through six hands-on workshops, the PADI Business Academy curriculum delivers proven tactics and techniques you can immediately implement in your business. During the two-day PADI Business Academy, you’ll receive targeted, contemporary business training custom-tailored to your specific needs that will help increase your bottom line. More than 450 PADI Retailers and Resorts attended the programs in 2012 that included information, tools and workshops on how to improve websites, Social Media Strategies, customer relationship management, Sales Training, Pricing Strategies and PADI eLearning® Strategies. Six two-day Business Academy programs are scheduled for 2013 and space is strictly limited.

Below are the dates and locations for the PADI Business Academies in Asia Pacific.

The full brochure and registration forms are available on the PADI Pros’ Site.

BA 2013

For further assistance contact your PADI Regional Manager or PADI Customer Service Team. Please note that dates and venues are subject to change.

 

Project AWARE Foundation: Program and Outreach Coordinator

8 Feb

Want to be part of a team driving ocean protection? A position is available with Project AWARE Foundation for a Program and Outreach Coordinator based in Sydney. Deadline for applications 15th Feb 2013.

Project AWARE

Project AWARE Foundation
Program and Outreach Coordinator 

Project AWARE is a global movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. Project AWARE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization.

The Program and Outreach Coordinator maintains and develops Project AWARE’s marine conservation programs and engages the dive community in strategic conservation actions while supporting future program development.

Maintains AWARE’s Marine Conservation Programs by:

  • Managing AWARE’s conservation databases and data collection activities.
  • Evaluating, reporting, analyzing and using data collected to achieve program goals.
  • Developing resources that help drive involvement in AWARE’s marine conservation activities.
  • Assisting the development and implementation of programs and monitoring and reporting on progress.
  • Reviewing, editing and commenting on reports, communications and policies.
  • Tracking, analysing and recommending action on conservation issues.
  • Participating in various conferences, public and government meetings, as required.
  • Assisting in other areas of AWARE activity, such as fundraising and communications, as required.

Engages the Dive Community in AWARE Conservation Activities by:

  • Building and growing AWARE’s base of support within the dive community.
  • Building and cultivating relationships with local AWARE leaders.
  • Increasing engagement in regional actions and activities through targeted campaigns.
  • Effectively utilize AWARE’s website and social media to highlight the efforts of the dive community.
  • Identifying opportunities to maximise outreach and community support for existing and future programs.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of online and offline campaign tools, training, actions, etc.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree in Marine Biology/Marine Resource Management/Political Science or similar.
  • At least 2 years experience in the conservation field and/or marine campaigns, education or outreach
  • PADI Instructor preferred and/or dive industry experience.

KEY SKILLS:

  • Strong commitment to serve the mission and goals of Project AWARE.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and coordinate several projects with globally distributed virtual teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, influential and presentation skills.
  • Ability to represent the organisation to all levels of the community.
  • Political sensitivity with ability to remain diplomatic within all interactions, internal and external.
  • Understanding of environmental legislation and policy.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:

  • Strong computer skills: Working knowledge of MS Office, familiarity with databases, internet and intranets.
  • Team player with a global perspective.
  • Dedication to customer service and satisfaction.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • English fluency required and any additional Asia Pacific regional languages preferred.

We offer a challenging and rewarding career, competitive salary and an excellent work environment.

To apply:

Please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Manager, Human Resources
PADI Asia Pacific

Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au
Visit: projectaware.org

Applications closing date:   Friday, 15th February 2013