Archive | September, 2013

New Go Pro Video

29 Sep

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Pro video. This gives an insight into what is involved in becoming a PADI Professional. 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.

 

New PADI Go Dive Video

27 Sep

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!

Project AWARE: Nearly 800km for sharks!

26 Sep

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Finathon Sept 2013PADI and Project AWARE Asia Pacific staff, friends and family took to the chilly ocean waters in Manly, Sydney Australia on Sunday 22nd September to Get Swimming to End Finning. Eighteen swimmers enjoyed picture perfect conditions for their 1km ocean challenge, clocking another 18km in the water the event takes the global collective distance scuba divers have swum in the name of sharks to an amazing 800km.

Congratulations to PADI Vice President, Jeremy Coleman and his daughter Georgia, 11 who finished in the top five.

“PADI Asia Pacific was proud to support the Manly Finathon. Everyone should be very proud of their achievement; it was an exhilarating ocean swim. It was also a wonderful welcome to Sydney for the PADI Regional Managers from across Asia Pacific who arrived this weekend for a conference and donated to support the swimmers,” said Jeremy.

Manly to Shelly beach is a popular swim on the northern beaches but it was a first-time experience for many participants, who enjoyed spotting an array of marine life thanks to Cabbage Tree Bay being a dedicated marine reserve.

Inspired by such amazing Finathon events organised by PADI divers and instructors around the world, the Project AWARE team were excited to finally jump in the water and get swimming.

Prizes generously donated by Scubapro and Deck Bar were presented to top fundraisers who helped raise $3,840 for shark protection taking the global total over $60,000.

Thanks to all the sponsors, swimmers and supporters. All donations help:

  • Fight to stop finning
  • Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
  • Negotiate strong policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

Visit www.finathon.org and be inspired!

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. 

PADI Courses Credit Towards The Australian Certificate of Education

26 Sep

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PADI courses credit towards the Australian Certificate of Education for school students in Year 10, 11 and 12 in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia

PADI Instructors teaching in QLD, TAS and W.A. have the opportunity to promote to any Year 10, 11 and 12 school students that their PADI course receives credit towards their Certificate of Education. Reporting these students is simple – follow instructions provided for your State:

 

Queensland

In 2009 PADI successfully achieved recognition for the PADI Open Water Diver course as an endorsed training program by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to PADI Asia Pacific Training Department before end October. Details include; full student name, date of birth, postal address, Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) code, sex, enrolment and completion dates, confirmation of achievement (PADI Open Water Diver), incl. a written consent from the learner to have their certification recognised on their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and their details recorded by the QSA.

 

Tasmania

In 2008 PADI successfully achieved recognition for the PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver course as an endorsed training program by the Tasmanian Qualification Authority (TQA). We are delighted to announce that this recognition has just been granted for an extension till end 2018.

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to PADI Asia Pacific Training Department before end October. Details include; full student name, date of birth, postal address, TQA identification number, and confirmation of achievement (PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver), incl. a written consent from the learner to have their certification recognised on their Tasmania Certificate of Education (TCE) and their details recorded by the TQA.

 

Western Australia

PADI successfully achieved recognition from the WA Curriculum Council (WACC) for the PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver course, and since 2010 also for the Adventures in Diving and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver programs to earn credits towards the Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE).

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to the school in which the student is enrolled: full student name, date of birth, postal address, and confirmation of achievement (e.g. PADI Open Water Diver).

 

Remember, as you are working with young people under the age of 18 years, you are required to hold current clearance for working with children in the State(s) in which you teach.

For any questions, please contact an Educational Consultant at traindep@padi.com.au.

Position Vacant: Sales Representative – PADI Asia Pacific

23 Sep


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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
  • Applicants must be Australian Residents or have the appropriate visa to work in Australia

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
Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au
Ph: + 61 2 94542951

Applications close:   30th September 2013

PADI Instructor Training at Whitsunday Dive Adventures

22 Sep

H-_My-Documents_Regional-News-Uploads_23.9The Whitsunday region of Queensland has always been a popular diving and sailing destination, attracting visitors from around Australia and the world.  In fact the area is often referred to as the “Heart of the Great Barrier Reef”.  The first dive shop in the Whitsundays opened its doors back in 1976 and conducted its first PADI Instructor Training Program in 1981, led by PADI Course Director, Tony Fontes.  That was 32 years ago and many things have changed since then, including instructor training.  Back in 1981, the dive shop was simply a thatched hut on a dirt road.

Today, Whitsunday Dive Adventures have a state-of-the-art PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre at Cannonvale – just 3 minutes drive from Airlie Beach – providing PADI Instructor Training.  On the 10th of August this year, Whitsunday Dive Adventures ran their first PADI Instructor Training Program – and believe it or not, the program was run by PADI Course Director Tony Fontes.

Still at the top of his game as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most experienced PADI Course Directors, Tony explains,

“It’s great to be working with Whitsunday Dive Adventures at their new facility.  Over the years, I have run programs up and down the Great Barrier Reef coast as well as overseas and this facility is one of the best – perfectly designed for diver training at all levels. It almost spoils the instructor candidates with the 20m pool, classrooms and equipment room all at your fingertips.  There is even an espresso coffee machine in the classroom!”

PADIThere were five candidates on the program and like most PADI Instructor Development Courses in the Whitsundays they came from far and wide, including England, France and Australia.  The program was spread over 14 days starting with some serious theory and skills review.  “Although it is common for newly qualified Divemasters to move straight onto the PADI IDC, I find that everybody benefits from a fairly formal review of the diving theory topics, particularly physics and decompression which we push up a notch at instructor level,” noted Tony.

With the theory review completed, the candidates moved into the Instructor Development phase of their training.  It is this part of the program where they develop and hone their communication skills.  This is done with actual teaching assignments with each candidate delivering a variety of presentations in the classroom, pool and open water.  “This is the part of the program that I enjoy most – as we see the candidates develop their teaching skills,” said Tony.  “It is amazing to watch an extremely nervous candidate stumble through their initial presentation and within a week become a confident, fluid presenter.  These are skills that are useful in all aspects of life.”

Of course, it is the open water diving that everybody most enjoys, particularly in the Whitsundays.  The region is best known for the 74 islands that lie just off the coast, each surrounded by fringing coral reefs.  “Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on the dives as the incredible marine life presents never ending distractions,” commented Tony. “On our PADI Discover Scuba Diving workshop, we encountered a green sea turtle that was not the least bit shy.  At this point, we called a ‘time out’ to enjoy the moment.”

PADIWith the PADI Instructor Development Course completed, the five instructor candidates were well-prepared for the PADI Instructor Examination – the final step on the road to becoming a PADI Instructor.  Needless to say, all were successful and now Airlie Beach has five new PADI Instructors.

“We were really stressing just before the PADI Instructor Exam started,” said Jackson Henry, one of the instructor candidates.  “But once the evaluation started, we found that our preparation came through and we all scored at least as well as we did on the IDC.  In fact, I think that we even had a bit of fun.”

Another of the new instructors, James Fluker, had this to say, “I have been working towards this goal for well over a year, and now that I have earned my PADI Instructor qualification I am really keen to start travelling and teaching.”

Congratulations to Steve Cosstick, Julien Gerardin, Lucas Frazier, Jackson Henry and James Fluker – we wish you all long and successful careers as PADI Instructors, demonstrating “The Way the World Learns to Dive”!

To find out more about PADI Instructor Development, contact Whitsunday Dive Adventures, telephone 61 (07) 4948 1239, email to:  info@whitsundaydivecentre.com  or visit their website at: www.whitsundaydivecentre.com/

Project AWARE and PADI Teams Fin Off to Keep Fins On

19 Sep

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Shelly Beach Finathon, Swimming to End Finning Manly Australia

Project AWARE Jo article 19.9.13Scuba divers have clocked up a jawesome 700km swimming to end finning as part of Project AWARE’s global Finathon. This weekend PADI Asia Pacific is supporting the Manly Finathon to boost the global fundraising total over $60,000 for shark protection.

PADI Vice President Jeremy Coleman will join 12 swimmers at Shelly Beach, Manly for a 1km ocean swim. Swimmers include the Project AWARE team Hannah, Debbie and Joanna. Tom, Alison and Clare will represent PADI braving 17 degrees ocean temperature to swim for sharks. Prizes generously donated by Scubapro and Deck Bar, Dee Why for swimmers who raise the most.

“Over the last 3 months we’ve watched 154 Finathon Champions, 40 teams and 50 children under the age of 10 swimming to end finning and we’re looking forward to finally jumping in the water to swim,” said Joanna McNamara, Project AWARE.

The Shelly Beach event starts at 11am and includes a sausage sizzle fundraiser. Thirty people are expected to attend including PADI Regional Managers from Asia Pacific in Sydney for a conference. The challenge is on for the PADI Regional Managers typically used to warmer water to brave the cold Sydney surf and swim on the day!

PADI Instructor Examiner George Wegmann and his son Walther enjoyed a dive at Shelly Beach just last week. “Cabbage Tree Bay Marine Reserve off Shelly Beach is simply amazing. There aren’t many capital cities in the world where you can see Port Jackson sharks, wobbegongs, blue gropers, trevallies, giant catfish and squid just off the beach,” said George.

Finathon champs swimming with masks and snorkels this weekend may be lucky enough to spot a shark themselves. Good Luck to the Project AWARE team, PADI staff and family and friends swimming this Sunday and thank to all the PADI staff who have generously donated. You can choose a swimmer to sponsor here: http://www.finathon.org/team/manly

Thanks to Finathon swimmers around the world, all donations help:

  • Fight to stop finning
  • Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
  • Negotiate strong policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

Photo Credit George Wegmann: Port Jackson Shark Resident at Shelly Beach!

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.