Archive | October, 2013

PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Just two months to go!

28 Oct

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Spread the word! There’s still time to advise your students and staff to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  If they are thinking about becoming a PADI Divemaster, now is the time!

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 31st December 2013.

They simply need to enter,** tell us what they enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Oliver Furlow  Previous monthly winners in the Live the Diving Dream Contest have been PADI Divemasters, Phil Voss from Singapore who entered in July, Ellie Davidson from Exmouth, Western Australia – winner for the month of August and Oliver Furlow from Thailand was the September winner.  Phil, Ellie and Oliver are all now proud owners of Apple iPads.

Do you know a diver who has what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster?  Let them know there’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  They simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what they enjoyed about it – to gain a chance to win an Apple iPad!

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

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at PADI LIVE THE DIVING DREAM CONTEST

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

** No later than 7 days after the last day of the month in which the Entrant completed the Divemaster course.

Product Announcement – PADI Digital Underwater Photography Speciality

24 Oct

“I wish I’d had a camera”

DUP sales image 25.10.13Heard that from your divers and snorkelers recently? Sharing personal adventures through photographs is a post-dive social media ‘must do’ for the majority of divers now.

With digital cameras reducing in price every day, underwater photography is becoming more and more popular.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course gives you options for bringing digital photography, along with its related benefits, into several of your PADI programs – as a specialty certification course for divers and snorkelers.

Digital Underwater Photographer Couse materials are available for shipping from PADI Asia Pacific in the following languages: English, Chinese Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

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

Project AWARE: Calling all Ocean Heroes. The Search is On!

17 Oct

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Applications now open for the Ocean Action Project 2013. Apply by 31st Oct.

project awareThe Oxford English definition of Hero: a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Every day at Project AWARE we continue to be inspired and energised by the actions of our growing movement. From the newly certified diver with a passion to use his skills underwater to the veteran community leader tackling a worthy local cause, our ocean heroes are on the frontlines, heading in to battle to protect and honor our ocean. And we couldn’t be prouder to stand beside you.

That is why we established the Ocean Action Project – an opportunity for ocean heroes with the courage, tenacity and leadership skills to make ocean protection a top priority in your community. We know there are hundreds of worthy projects that need a boost to get off the ground – the Ocean Action Project could be the support needed to put these actions in motion.

“In 2012 we launched our first wave of grassroots support to help protect sharks and rays and reduce and prevent marine debris,” said Joanne Marston, Associate Director, Project AWARE Foundation.

“Thanks to our supporters in 2012 we already have five incredible ocean actions fighting for shark and ray protection and battling the growing tide of marine debris. Now we’re on the search for our next wave of ocean action projects.”

The Ocean Action Project focuses on supporting work that is action-oriented and strategically addresses root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues. If you are an Ocean Hero with a project that can bring us a step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet then we want to hear from you.

The search is on. Find out more and download the application form and guidelines at www.projectaware.org/OceanActionProject.

  • Deadline for applications is 31st Oct.
  • Winning projects will be chosen by the Project AWARE community through a voting system via Facebook.

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. 

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Congratulations Oliver Furlow – Winner for September 2013!

15 Oct

Oliver-Furlow-_UPLOADThe 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. You simply enter and tell us what you enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Oliver Furlow from Thailand is the latest monthly winner in the PADI ‘Live The Diving Dream’ Contest. Oliver completed his PADI Divemaster training in September with PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, The Dive Academy in Koh Samui.

Now a PADI Divemaster and the proud owner of an Apple iPad, Oliver’s winning entry in the Live the Diving Dream contest illustrates the spirit of a PADI Divemaster.

When I was given the opportunity to change my career and my life, I gladly took the plunge and moved to Thailand, where the first step for me was to get qualified as a PADI Divemaster. The staff at The Dive Academy were very helpful before I even arrived, and during the course everyone was on hand to help. I experienced a wide range of dive sites – from the exhilarating and technical, to the beautiful and tranquil.

 The course has equipped me well, with lots of very real scenarios and training to prepare me for anything as a professional diver”.

Previous monthly winners in the Live the Diving Dream Contest were Phil Voss from Singapore who entered in July and Ellie Davidson from Exmouth in Western Australia, who was the winner for the month of August.

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.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at padi.com/livethedivingdream.

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

New PADI Instructors for Diving Adelaide

15 Oct

Diving AdelaideDuring the weekend of 11-13 October, PADI conducted an Instructor Crossover Program at PADI 5 Star Dive Centre – Diving Adelaide in Glandore, South Australia.

Mark Williams, Mary Devane, Grant Moyle and Kingsley Griffin became PADI Instructors under the watchful eye of PADI Instructor Examiner, Mark Cummins.

The course started on Friday evening and by Sunday afternoon, all PADI Instructors finished the exam with great results. While the weather was beautiful on Saturday, a grey and windy Sunday forced the group to head to Encounter Bay – on the south central coast, some 100 kilometres south of Adelaide – for the PADI Open Water segment of the exam.  The positive results were celebrated on Sunday night with a tasty dinner at the Bay.

Diving Adelaide is looking forward to running PADI courses with their new PADI Instructors.

“A big ‘Thank You’ to PADI and PADI Instructor Examiner, Mark Cummins for organising the Instructor Crossover and congratulations to all 4 brand new PADI Instructors ~ you all rock and we can’t wait to work with you guys!!”  Says Ron van der Marel, a PADI Instructor and one of the owners of Diving Adelaide.

Visit Diving Adelaide at 644-646 South Road, Glandore, South Australia

Telephone: +61 – (0)8-73 250 331,  Email: info@divingadelaide.com.au or visit their website at: http://www.divingadelaide.com.au

PADI Rescue Workshops

13 Oct

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Learn the latest techniques for demonstrating rescue diver skills to your students

The key to conducting successful PADI Rescue Diver training is the ability to confidently demonstrate the proper skills, but this is often easier said than done – even by many PADI Pros. This is especially true when it comes to demonstrating how to rescue an unconscious diver at the surface. And, if you’re teaching other PADI Professionals how to demonstrate rescue skills when they teach, proper technique is even more important.

Now you have the opportunity to practice your teaching techniques in a PADI Rescue Workshop. In this workshop, you’ll learn to demonstrate rescue skills to Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor candidates, including:

  • Techniques for teaching rescue of an unconscious diver at the surface
  • The latest techniques for removing weights and adding buoyancy to an injured diver
  • The best way to check for breathing, use a pocket mask effectively and give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

You’ll also get a preview of the changes to the PADI Rescue Diver evaluation as it pertains to establishing buoyancy, coming in 2014.

Stay on the cutting edge of your profession. REGISTER NOW by clicking on one of the Rescue Workshop links below.

 2013

Rescue Workshop – Phuket – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Koh Tao – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Sydney – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Lembongan – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Gili Islands – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Bali – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Semporna – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Cairns – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Puerto Galera – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Auckland – November

Rescue Workshop – Rarotonga – November 2013

2014

Rescue Workshop – Phi Phi – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Koh Tao – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Boracay – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Gili Islands – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Malapascua – February 2014

Fee:

AU$99.00 (Including GST for Australia)
AU$90.00 (Excludes GST – for all other members)

Workshop Requirements -Please bring your own dive gear (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator and exposure suit) and a pocket mask.

We look forward to seeing you at the PADI Rescue Workshop soon.

New PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors in Vanuatu

13 Oct

Vanuatu_IE_grou_UPLOADFrom 1-2 October, 2013 PADI conducted a very successful Instructor Exam in Port Vila, with all six candidates earning their PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

Five of the six new PADI Instructors are indigenous Ni Vanuatu – Rystommy Hake, Wilfred Tileya, Madison Chilia, Neidge Soalo and Lionel Jimmy.  Toby Sulis was born in Vanuatu to European parents.

PADI Course Director Sarah Kench did a great job of preparing the candidates and new PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor, Phil Smith was instrumental in providing valuable translation services for the General Standards & Procedures and Dive Theory exams.

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort, Big Blue in Port Vila hosted the event with candidates also coming from Hideaway Island Resort, Tranquillity Resort and Allan Power Diving.

PADI Instructor Examiner, Colin Melrose who conducted the IE, reported,

“The candidates worked very hard both individually and as a team during the PADI Instructor Development Course and fully deserve the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor ratings.

They will make a valuable contribution to the Vanuatu diving tourism industry through their employers, all of whom are local dive operators. The support of these employers as well as that of families and friends was a significant factor in their success.

PADI extends congratulations to all the candidates and many, many thanks to all PADI Members who made this program possible.”