Archive | June, 2013

More Emergency First Responders Certified in Vanuatu

27 Jun

Transperancy-EFR-28.6.13Transparency Vanuatu, through its Duke of Edinburgh Award programme has launched a first aid initiative for Vanuatu youth.

With the assistance of PADI Asia Pacific and Nautilus Watersports, they can now offer internationally recognised Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary First Aid training courses to local youth, providing vital skills to communities in the event of an emergency.

Since its launch in March 2013, 22 Ni Vanuatu youth have received their certification as Emergency First Responders, including 5 visiting community based provincial facilitators,  Johnny Avock, Ps Jean Paul Polycap, Horman Gigina, Shina Timothy and Tom Kohua.  The group were in Port Vila this month for a training series to assist them in delivering EFR workshops throughout Vanuatu’s most remote communities.

Nautilus Watersports in Vanuatu generously offered to facilitate this initiative by providing volunteer EFR Instructors to conduct this course. All participants to date have been most impressed with the level of professionalism which these young instructors bring, and they have made the learning environment enjoyable and easy to pick up, ensuring these young Ni-Vanuatu not only learn, but maintain these vital skills to the benefit of their communities. The course itself is designed to create a fun and relaxed learning experience, allowing students of all levels and backgrounds to easily grasp the material.

Rebecca Solomon, Youth Coordinator for Transparency Vanuatu says; “This course is fun and to our level, which means we not only learn these skills in the classroom, but we keep them in our communities.”

First Aid skills are enormously lacking amongst Vanuatu communities, and it is hoped that these youngsters will now be in a position to provide potentially lifesaving assistance to someone in need in their communities.

The board of Transparency Vanuatu approved the inclusion of this initiative to extend the benefits to all youth within Vanuatu and as it is being incorporated into the facilitators’ training presently being undertaken.  This will ensure that they take these skills into the provinces, making this a Vanuatu wide initiative.

Not only does this training cover essential skills such as CPR, it also promotes an overall healthy lifestyle message, which these youths will hopefully spread throughout their communities. With the growing prevalence of illnesses such as diabetes, it is timely for this message to be given priority throughout Vanuatu.

In the words of one Transparency Vanuatu staff member “The Youth are the future of our country. I believe healthy youth will become healthy leaders, in mind, body and soul.”

Lyndsey Wilson-Akers from Transparency Vanuatu adds,

“On behalf of all 22 now certified EFR participants, Transparency Vanuatu are eternally grateful to PADI and Nautilus Watersports for your commitment to this initiative and hope that this partnership can continue long into the future. Nautilus instructors Colin Bartkowiak and Sean Chung deserve special commendation for this effort, as in spite of the difficulties which arise in the case of language barriers, they delivered this course at a level which all visiting facilitators could understand.”

As this is an ongoing initiative of Transparency Vanuatu, anyone interested in completing this course is encouraged to contact the office on telephone: (+678) 25715, Email: transparency@vanuatu.com.vu or visit the office located in the centre of Port Vila, 1st  Floor, (at rear) C&K Real Estate. All are welcome.

New PADI Go Dive Video

27 Jun

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Dive video. This gives a quick insight into what to expect when you become a certified PADI Diver. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

A massive thank you to the PADI Professionals involved in shooting this video!

Request for Your “Best Teaching Tips Ever” Feature

20 Jun

The Undersea Journal  is currently accepting contributions for a “Best Teaching Tips from the Field” feature that will publish in the fourth quarter issue. This article will detail the best tips, tricks, strategies, pointers, words-to-the-wise and any other expert advice you can offer to fellow pros based on your experience as a passionate diver and professional.

Here’s a list of basic topics: Travel, Equipment, Skills, Training, Photography, Marine Life and Lifestyle. Any aspect of the dive life is open. Here are a few examples:

  • Travel: When planning a group trip to a new destination, partner with a PADI Dive Centre or Resort in that destination to help co-host your event.
  • Equipment: Always know the latest scuba gear, so if your student divers have questions about their new BCDs, you can easily help them.
  • Lifestyle: To get divers interacting on your next dive boat adventure, bring along a bag of candy to pass around during surface intervals.

Please submit your tips by 1 July and, if your tips are used, your name, location and dive centre (if applicable) will be included in the magazine.

 

 

Emergency First Response courses held at Transparency Vanuatu

19 Jun

Transparency Vanuatu _ EFR Instructors and participants 19.6Earlier this year Transparency Vanuatu, a chapter of the global organisation Transparency International, began to offer courses in First Aid with Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care programs to the nationals and citizens of Vanuatu.

With the help of Emergency First Response Instructors, Alexa Ballentine and Damien Manfre from Nautilus in Vanuatu, 5 new Emergency First Responders were certified  – Rebecca Solomon, Deffnie Thompson, Daniel William, Rebecca Crosby and Analyn Gilbert, who were also participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

Lyndsey Wilson-Akers from Transparency Vanuatu reports that they all thoroughly enjoyed the course and in spite of the language barrier, Instructors Alexa and Damien delivered the material flawlessly and in a manner which enabled all participants to not only thoroughly grasp the material and concepts, but also to retain the information and skills.

One participant who had previously completed a first aid course through a different organisation commented that she didn’t really learn anything before because the instructor was disinterested and the material too complex.  Through the Emergency First Response program and its delivery, she now feels confident that she can be of real assistance to somebody in need.

Lyndsey adds, “It was a job well done by all and we are extremely grateful for the assistance of Nautilus and their Instructors, who are enormously committed educators and who were also very excited to be given the opportunity to train local Ni Vanuatu”.

During April and May, 2013 Transparency Vanuatu ran additional Emergency First Response First Aid programs and will continue with extensive EFR training through the month of June.

Transparency Vanuatu

Transparency Vanuatu is a chapter of Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. Transparency International consists of more than 100 chapters – locally established, independent organisations – that fight corruption in their respective countries.  For more information, visit www.transparency.org

Terry Cummins Awarded OAM

14 Jun

Terry CumminsTERRY CUMMINS who retired from PADI recently to pursue other interests after 30 plus years of service, was this week awarded one of Australia’s highest honours – The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Awarded for his contribution to sport, especially scuba diving, Terry has spent an eventful week providing several interviews for local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations following the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.

Although the OAM award was recognised immediately, Terry advises that the official award presentation will be conducted by the Governor General of Australia in Canberra (Australia’s capital) sometime in September/October, later this year.

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Recipients of honours in the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life with nominations in the General Division of the Order coming directly from the community.

A highly regarded industry leader and a steadfast icon in the Australian dive market, Terry represented PADI in many capacities, making countless contributions to the development of the dive industry and PADI Internationally.

Terry joined PADI in 1972 as a PADI Member.  He retired late last year as International Vice President – Marketing Metrics and Performance, PADI Worldwide and, Director – Market Development for the Technical Diving Division.

In the early 1970’s, along with other dive professionals, Terry established PADI’s presence in Australia and in 1982, formed PADI Australia Pty Ltd.  He was later appointed to Director of Operations and eventually Chief Executive Officer, successfully leading PADI Australia as CEO until 1999.  That year he was instrumental in transitioning PADI Australia into PADI Asia Pacific and served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

Along with many PADI accreditations and awards presented to him in the past, Terry has also been recognised for his work on many dive clubs and committees over the years, e.g. Australian Scuba Council, Standards Australia, Dive Australia, Dive Queensland, DEMA Asia Pacific and Project AWARE. Other significant industry awards he has received or played a part in are; Intervarsity Marine Knowledge and Spearfishing Champion way back in the early ‘70s, Dive Australia Scuba Excellence, Oceanic Legend, and at OZTeK in 2007, was recognised for “The Support and Development of Technical Diving in Australia”.

Terry remarked, “I would like to thank everyone at PADI for being part of my life and the obvious role they played in me being honoured with this most prestigious of all awards.”

Please join PADI as we congratulate Terry Cummins on receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), which is indeed a momentous honour.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to PRO DIVE CAIRNS – issuing 130,000 PADI certifications!

6 Jun

Pro Dive Cairns 130,000 7.6.13Pro Dive Cairns made history in the diving industry this week when they issued their 130,000th PADI certification. A remarkable achievement to be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) as a significant landmark.

It was also an occasion new PADI Open Water Diver Thomas Morey will remember well, as Pro Dive Cairns 130,000th student.

Thomas first tried a few introductory dives when sailing the Whitsundays and loved it so much he just had to dive again.

On the first open water dive off Cairns Thomas admits he was a little apprehensive, but gradually became more familiar with the ocean and just enjoyed himself. “I had an absolutely awesome time both in the pool and the ocean, making for a thoroughly enjoyable course”.

Off to New Zealand next to try the diving there, Thomas adds, “I love the freedom diving brings, the extra dimension of movement makes it feel almost like you’re flying. It’s also a really great way of getting up close and personal with some of the world’s best wildlife. So far I’ve seen everything I’d hoped to, a personal highlight were the sharks and turtles”.

This year Pro Dive Cairns General Manager, Paul Lim and his staff celebrated 30 years of dedication and commitment to quality scuba diver training and dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef. Commenting on the company’s milestones, Paul declared,

“All the staff at Pro Dive Cairns are extremely proud of our achievement.  We have worked hard to build our reputation over the years on an ongoing philosophy of ‘quality over quantity’ with a commitment and dedication to providing the best possible dive education and liveaboard dive trips. The fact that so many people have chosen Pro Dive Cairns to teach them to dive or take them diving on the Great Barrier Reef is very satisfying and further reinforces our philosophy.

Our longevity in business over the past 30 years, especially in challenging times like the present, is an outstanding testament to the dedication and professionalism of all our staff, past and present, as well as the quality and reputation of our product.”

Please join PADI Asia Pacific in congratulating the team at Pro Dive Cairns on reaching the remarkable milestone of 130,000 PADI certifications. Since 1983 the two companies have shared a strong and successful business partnership and are looking forward to sharing more success in the years ahead.

For further information about Pro Dive Cairns, visit www.prodivecairns.com

Get Involved With ScubaEarth™

6 Jun

ScubaEarthSquare300x300Use ScubaEarth to help increase entry-level diver certifications.

PADI Members are the hub of ScubaEarth, the new PADI online scuba resource and social community for divers and other water lovers. As a PADI Member, there are numerous opportunities to promote your ScubaEarth presence and use it to help grow your business.

Here are three ways to do so:

Target PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participants

PADI Discover Scuba Diving participants are an ideal group to introduce to ScubaEarth, since they are looking to learn what scuba diving is all about before taking the full certification course. Use the customizable materials available on the PADI Pros’ site, such as the flyer template, to outline directions on how to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth. Pass these flyers out before or after your Discover Scuba Diving classes, and let participants know how they’ll benefit from joining your crew, such as being the first to know about gear specials, upcoming dive trips or other store promotions.

Hold an Open Day

Open days are an excellent occasion to showcase your dive operation and market ScubaEarth. Consider a call-out on your invitation for attendees to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth, or download signage—such as ScubaEarth posters from the Pros’ Site—to hang or display during your event. Another way to encourage visitors to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth is to have a computer or laptop available for people to sign up at the open house. You can even offer an incentive for those who do, such as a free air fill or small incentive on a future gear purchase.

Local High Schools and Colleges

This is the perfect market to reach out to help you grow your business through ScubaEarth. Students are highly active on social websites and ScubaEarth is a perfect for those interested in diving or those who are already divers. For example, let students know how they can join your Dive Crew to get more information about activities you offer, such as group specials or promotions.

Get creative! Regardless of how you choose to market ScubaEarth to new and potential divers, identify the opportunities and use the resources you have available to communicate your ScubaEarth presence every chance you get to keep your customers engaged and excited about diving. Visit www.scubaearth.com today.