Project AWARE: Thank you Coral Bay and Exmouth for hosting the first Manta Ray Black Tie Ball

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Manta Black Tie Ball 2 28.8.13Congratulations and countless thanks to Diana Belton and Alice Martino for organising the first Manta Ray Ball supporting Project AWARE.  Diana and Alice went above and beyond to create a truly memorable evening for everyone to enjoy. It’s the magic of swimming with manta rays that inspired Diana and Alice to organise the event which raised an amazing AUD $16,000.

Originally from Canada, Diana spends her days as a manta tour guide in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. She’s passionate about protecting manta rays.  Alice swapped the waters of Lake Como, Italy for the Ningaloo Reef and is mad about mantas!

“We swim with mantas almost everyday and get to see them enjoy their natural habitat. Mantas should be safe to swim ocean wide not only in dedicated marine parks. As divers we want the chance to see manta rays everywhere these animals choose to populate.

Manta Black Tie Ball 3 28.8.13“We hope one day everywhere can benefit from eco tourism just like Coral Bay. Here we’re fortunate to have a strong population of coastal manta rays and manta ray tourist experiences take place daily,” said Diana.

Scuba divers have a strong voice and we’re achieving major milestones together. With a passion for the ocean like no other, divers are naturally concerned about declines in marine species and your generous donations will help protect threatened species.

International trade in gill rakers – the tight-knit, feathery structures these filter feeders use to strain plankton – is driven by Asian markets for Chinese medicine and poses an immediate threat to their surv

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ival. Thanks to Migration Media, a local production company, produced a video specifically for the event and to raise awareness about the plight of manta rays: “Stop the Demand. Breaking the cycle of the manta ray trade.”
A big shout out and thank you to Diana, Alice and everyone involved from Coral Bay to Exmouth and those who hosting mini events and donated around the world.

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. 

Product Announcement – EFR® Materials Update

EFR Blog 27.8.13Emergency First Response® Materials are now available in the following languages:

English, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese

All products have been updated to reflect the latest changes following the 2010 ILCOR Guidelines and include new techniques for helping your participants learn the current emergency protocols.

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or you can order anytime from the online shopping cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

During the CPR portion of the class – try playing the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” Not only will participants enjoy it, but the song also has the perfect tempo for delivering chest compressions at the correct rate!

ScubaEarth hits 50,000 users!

ScubaEarth hits 50 000The evolution is really taking hold! This month the ScubaEarth community reached 50,000 users and continues to grow. Thank you to all the PADI Dive Shops and Instructors that are already a part of the ScubaEarth community. PADI Members are the hub of this online resource, and it’s only with your support and presence that we continue to keep divers engaged and excited about diving.

If you haven’t already joined the evolution then now is a great time to do so. With more users to interact with, more dives being logged, and more dive trips being planned there is now an even bigger opportunity to engage with your potential customers.

50,000 possible connections, 50,000 ways to connect! Here’s a couple.

Announcement board – Make the most of your announcement board and spread the word about your upcoming trips and courses. Every diver who has chosen your store as their primary dive shop will receive your announcements straight to their homepage. Friends of these divers will also see your shops announcements when viewing their buddy’s page, so news about that upcoming trip overseas dive trip spreads even faster!

Log Dives – Logging dives is another opportunity to promote your online presence. For each dive site you establish, your name appears with a link back to your profile. So when users search the community map for recently logged dives, they’ll see your entries, providing credibility and showing you’re an active, engage dive professional.

Link to your Blog – Add your blogs RRS Feed directly to your ScubaEarth profile and keep your customers informed and up to date on what’s happening each week at your Dive Shop. Links take divers directly to your blog, increasing traffic to your website. The best bit is that once set up the RSS feeds posts automatically to ScubaEarth when you add a new entry!

Head to and join the growing community today!

Position Vacant: Sales Representative PADI Asia Pacific


The PADI Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters provides service to PADI Members and students within the Asia Pacific regional territory.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic internal Sales Representative to join our dynamic Sales team based in our office in Frenchs Forest, Sydney, Australia.

Working closely with both our internal Sales team and our Regional Managers you will liaise with existing customers to facilitate the purchase PADI products and services while providing exceptional customer service.

Your Key Duties include:

  • Primary point of contact with  PADI Members for sales orders, administer and process orders
  • Build and nurture positive business relationships with PADI Members
  • Support our Regional Managers in the field
  • Advise PADI Members on new products, compatible products or alternative products, identify and utilize upselling or cross-selling opportunities
  • Handle associated sales enquiries e.g.: returns, stock availability and backorders

Our Ideal candidate:

  • A PADI Instructor certification with at least one year of industry based work experience is essential
  • Strong working knowledge of PADI Educational program and products
  • Minimum 2 years previous experience in internal sales or customer service preferred
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Sales or Marketing desirable
  • MS Office computer skills with strong Excel skills

You should be results oriented, have excellent communication skills with a customer service focus and a team player.

We offer competitive salary, incentives and benefits as well as professional development opportunities. We have a great team culture and a friendly work environment.

You must have Australian citizenship or residency or hold an appropriate visa with the right to work in Australia.

To Apply: 

Please send your CV to:

Alison Vasek
Human Resources Manager
PADI Asia Pacific
Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place, FRENCHS FOREST NSW 2086, AUSTRALIA

Ph: + 61 2 94542951

Applications close:   23rd August 2013

First Monthly Winner Announced – PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest

Phil Voss from Singapore is our first monthly winner in the PADI ‘Live The Diving Dream’ Contest.

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to December 2013. They simply enter, tell us what they enjoyed about it and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Phil entered the competition in July on completing the PADI Divemaster course with PADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, Blue Corner Dive on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia.

Phil is now a PADI Divemaster and the proud owner of an Apple iPad!  Read what he has to say about his experience:

Phil Voss Phil’s Comments: I enjoyed learning to be a PADI Divemaster with Blue Corner Dive on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia because of the teamwork and camaraderie among the Divemaster Trainees along with the PADI Instructors’ enthusiastic approach to mentoring us. The diving here is amazing and the currents can be challenging, so I don’t think there is a better place in the world to gain dive experience while learning to guide a group of divers.”

Indonesia is at the epicentre of marine biodiversity and offers diving on all levels, from non-diver to advanced. The area has exhilarating drift diving, extensive reef diving, fantastic night diving, unique muck diving and breathtaking steep walls. Tec diving addicts can get their fix from the deep trenches while wreck fanatics will be satiated with the abundance of World War II relics. The country is also a paradise for underwater photographers as more than 600 coral species of coral and over 3000 fish species make their homes on Indonesian reefs. Read more about diving in Indonesia.

Do you have what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster? There’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what you enjoyed about it – for your chance to win an Apple iPad!

Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Visit for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.

Recent Changes to the Queensland Code of Practice

The Queensland Government recently revised the Code of Practice relating to diving activities and PADI members working in Queensland need to ensure that they are aware of those changes.

 The primary change in the COP that members should be aware of is the removal of the requirement for entry level divers to obtain a dive medical before taking part in the entry level course.  There are a number of conditions that are placed on the removal of this requirement, which can be reviewed by viewing the video below relating to these changes.

There are additional changes to the Code that members should review and become familiar with.  We have provided the link to the entire revised code below for your convenience.

 For more information please contact Richard Evans, Manager, Quality and Risk Management at

Log Dives on ScubaEarth in August to Show Your Support for Project AWARE

Looking for a new way for your business to show support for ocean protection?

This month ScubaEarth has teamed up with Project AWARE to bring you the Dollars for Dives promotion. For every logged dive on ScubaEarth in August, PADI will donate one dollar (US) per dive to Project AWARE to support ocean conservation – up to $100,000 US.

From grassroots Dive Against Debris projects to helping protect the world’s most threatened sharks and rays, Project AWARE’s conservations efforts are reliant upon PADI Members and Divers support. So this month take action and make your dives count for extra. Every dive you log via ScubaEarth contributes to the cause. You can log your favourite dives, or simply add all the dives that you complete during August.

Don’t forget to let your divers and students know what you are doing for ocean conservation, or better yet get them on board! Not only will they be a part of the movement of divers protecting our world’s ocean one dive at a time, but they will also have logged a range of dives that are directly affiliated with your dive shop. By encouraging your divers and students to tag all their logged dives with your shop it means that you also benefit from the word of mouth that this exciting new online community can offer.

If you haven’t signed up yet or logged on recently then there has never been a better reason to do so. Dollars for Dives will run for the month of August, so dive into ScubaEarth and start logging dives today!