Archive | April, 2013

PADI diving with Captain Cook in Fiji

29 Apr
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji flagship MV Reef Endeavour

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji flagship MV Reef Endeavour

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has announced the appointment of Viti Water Sports, a PADI Five Star Dive Centre, to look after passenger’s diving and snorkelling activities on board the MV Reef Endeavour and also on Captain Cook’s Tivua Island day cruise.

“Dive opportunities are at an additional cost and are available for both certified and ‘first time’ divers with Viti Water Sports experienced divers, accompanying passengers on every dive, to amazing dive locations, where divers swim through caves, coral bommies and see breathtaking coral gardens and sea creatures,”  the company’s Fiji executive director, Jackie Haworth-Charlton said.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji operate three, four and seven night cruises on-board the MV Reef Endeavour and all cruise prices include on-board accommodation, all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions, snorkelling, wifi, on board entertainment and use of the ship’s facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.

Source: ETRAVEL BLACKBOARD

Photo courtesy CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES FIJI

New ScubaEarth how-to videos!

28 Apr

ScubaEarth now boasts more than 30,000 users and adding more every day. Visit PADI Pro TV to find out how to establish or enhance your presence on ScubaEarth and start engaging with the community.

Short how-to videos show step by step how to:

  • Set up your profile
  • Promote staff and equipment
  • Link to social media sites such as Facebook
  • Submit feedback
  • Add or Edit a dive site
  • Leverage featured destinations to promote travel

You can also find videos to embed on your website that show customers how to sign up, log a dive, or join your crew. Your dive crew is a collection of ScubaEarth users following your account. They’ll see all your updates include new gear, photos or logged dives.

ScubaEarth was designed with the PADI Member in mind. New features such as buddy search by activity and critter watch will expand the opportunities for divers to engage with your business. Have questions or feedback about ScubaEarth? Click the feedback link at the bottom of any page on scubaearth.com .

Escape, Explore and Experience with ScubaEarth™

20 Apr

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ScubaEarth™, your one-stop resource for everything scuba, is now open. Escape, explore and experience everything this all-inclusive site has to offer.

Share diving experiences on ScubaEarth and explore the interactive community for scuba divers and water enthusiasts alike.  ScubaEarth offers more than 50,000 dive sites and 60 dive destinations to help you research your next vacation—and that’s just the beginning. You can also:

  • Log your dives
  • Show off your latest photos and videos
  • Join the dive crew of your favorite PADI dive shops
  • Find current weather and recent dive conditions
  • Use your gear locker to track when your gear is due to be serviced
  • Keep up with dive buddies and meet new dive buddies

Dive in and join today:

  • Go to www.ScubaEarth.com
  • Select your experience level and click Register
  • Enter your details and click Register

Log on at www.ScubaEarth.com to set up your profile today.

Linking your Facebook account with Twitter

15 Apr

Have you ever considered auto feeding your Facebook posts to Twitter? This means that whenever you post on Facebook, that message will automatically display on you Twitter page as well. The benefits are that you increase you audience and save time posting across both mediums.

To have your Facebook posts fed to Twitter, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your Facebook account
  2. Open a second browser
  3. Login to you Twitter account
  4. Click on this link https://www.facebook.com/twitter/ and be sure to check that Facebook is going to link to the Twitter account that you desire.
  5. You now have the option of selecting what type of Facebook posts display on Twitter (e.g. status updates, photos, video links, notes and events).
  6. Last, click on the button ‘Link to Twitter’.

Your Facebook page will now be linked to Twitter.

For more information on this process click on the Big Fin article here: http://www.bigfin.com/blog/post-facebook-to-twitter/

Narc Dive Club – North Fremantle, Swan River Underwater and Shore Clean Up

15 Apr

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April, 2013

A-group-of-2012--Volunteers-at-Hillarys-Boat-HarbourThe Narc Dive Club, operating in conjunction with PADI Dive Centre, Diving Frontiers in Balcatta, W.A. have organised their annual underwater and shore clean-up this year in North Fremantle and surrounding areas.

Chris Dodd, President of Narc Dive Club advises that on Saturday 20th April, cleaning will be from the North Fremantle Water police jetty – through all of Pier 21 and the surrounding shore line past the North Fremantle football club oval – to the Stirling Highway Bridge.

On Sunday 21st April, the volunteers will be working from the East Side Angling Club (Jetty No.10), past the Red Herring to the 3 Town of East Fremantle jetties in front of the Left Bank and the surrounding shore line down to the Stirling Highway Bridge.

In 2011 and 2012, Narc Dive Club and associates carried out underwater and shore cleaning of Hillarys Marina. Over 180 volunteers attended each year when over 6.8 tonnes of debris was removed from boat moorings, jetties, board walks around the shopping/restaurant precinct, North and South rock walls and the Northern and Southern beaches of Hillarys.

Organisations that assist in the massive annual clean-ups are, Sea Shepherd, Kimberly Trust, WA Marine Conservation, Two Hands Project, Hillarys Rotary Club, Marmion Aquatic Angling Club, John Curtin University and Murdoch University.

A-skip-of-rubbish-removed-from-Hillarys-Boat-Harbour-in-2012“Our main outcome of most importance – apart from removing debris from our waterways – is to make the public aware of the sensitivity and the need to protect our ocean and our waterways and all that is natural to them. It’s imperative that our future generations can enjoy and respect the beauty and wonder that our marine environment provides us today, both under the water and above”, commented Chris Dodd.

The annual clean up promises to be a great event for the community of Fremantle and the waterways, backed by generous sponsors and with the support of the City Of Fremantle, the Town of East Fremantle, the Swan River Trust, the North Fremantle Marine Police and various volunteers from the numerous organisations.

Registration is required.  For further details on how to join the clean-up, contact Glenn Bailey at Diving Frontiers on phone: 08 9240 6662,  email: mailto:mail@divingfrontiers.com.au or visit the website at http://www.divingfrontiers.com.au

Employment Announcements

12 Apr

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We are pleased to announce that Emma Hewitt has been promoted to the position of Sales Manager for PADI Asia Pacific. Emma has worked in the diving industry, previously as a dive store manager, before joining PADI at the beginning of 2012. Emma will leave her present position of Regional Manager for Indonesia and East Timor later this month, and will be based in the Sydney office.

As a result, Assar Manuswin has been appointed as Emma’s replacement as Regional Manager. Assar has over 12 years experience in the diving industry, and has been a PADI Course Director since 2007. Assar brings with him a wealth of experience in dive resort management and marketing, particularly using social media.

Mark Spiers, Director, Sales & Field Services at PADI Asia Pacific said “Emma’s promotion to her new role, will be beneficial for PADI Members throughout Asia Pacific. While it is always difficult to replace a Regional Manager, especially someone as enthusiastic and successful as Emma, in Assar we have someone with a wealth of experience in the industry. This experience, as both an educator and manager, will be provide huge benefits for our Members in Region 29.”

Gurkha Soldiers become PADI Open Water Divers in Townsville

12 Apr

The-soldiers-were-visiting-as-part-of-an-exercise-with-the-Australian-Defence-Force-11A large group of PADI Instructors and staff from Remote Area Dive – a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Townsville, Queensland spent the first week in March training 60 Gurkha soldiers to complete their PADI Open Water Diver course.

The soldiers, who were visiting Australia as part of an exercise with the Australian Defence Force were able to participate in the learn to dive course as one of the options available for a week long adventure training session at the end of the exercise. Other adventure training options included rock climbing, river canoeing and ocean kayaking.

The Ghurkha soldiers whom are currently based in Brunei visit Australia every few years as part of an exercise rotation with the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces. Aged between 25-35 years old the Gurkha soldiers – who form an integral part of the British Army – were hosted by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment based at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, a major Australian Army base, currently home to the Army’s 3rd and 11th Brigade.

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It was a logistical operation indeed.  Remote Area Dive had 11 instructors standing by to teach the 60 students and within 4 days all Gurkha soldiers were certified PADI Open Water divers.

One of the students approached their PADI Instructor after the course, shook his hand and said, “This was one of the best experiences of my life”.

And another,  “I was really nervous going that deep into the water when my swimming isn’t the best – but now……thank you – it was wonderful!  When can we go again?”

PADI Instructor Frank Naughton explained, “The guys were awesome to teach, had a wonderful camaraderie amongst them and made us feel part of their crew. We were welcomed with a smile every time, can’t wait to see them again next time”.

“Had a great time on the island and the crew were awesome….. an awesome crew. I can tell you guys are a great team from the inside out which was wonderful to be a part of”, says Scott Duxbury, a PADI Instructor who joined Remote Area Dive for the duration.

Instructors-and-staff-from-Remote-Area-Dive-with-the-Gurkha-soldiers-11PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor, Tanya Taylor from Remote Area Dive advised that certifying the soldiers “was hands down one of the best courses I have ever taught and been a part of.”  She added, “At the end of the course (when the group photos were taken) many students expressed their gratitude to the instructors and crew saying that they had the best time of their lives and that they intended to continue diving in the future.”

The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. The brigade, which is 3,640 strong, draws its heritage from Gurkha units that originally served in the British Indian Army prior to Indian independence, and prior to that of the East India Company. The brigade includes infantry, engineer, signal, logistic and training and support units. They are famous for their ever-present kukris, a distinctive heavy knife with a curved blade, and for their reputation of being fierce fighters and brave soldiers.

 

To contact Remote Area Dive, Phone: 07 4721 4425  |  Fax: 07 4721 4424 / International: +61 7 4721 4425.  Email: info@remoteareadive.com  or visit their website at http://www.remoteareadive.com.au