PADI Asia Pacific Risk Management Seminars in Australia

Risk Mngm Cairns Richard smlDuring the month of September, PADI Asia Pacific conducted a series of Risk Management Seminars in Australian capital cities presented by Richard Evans – Manager, Quality & Risk Management and Alex Boulton – Educational Consultant.

Seminars were held in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Brisbane with a Melbourne seminar to follow at a later date.

PADI conducts Risk Management Seminars to assist dive professionals in identifying the risks associated with diving activities and to provide suggestions on how to alleviate those risks.

Prior to the attending this year, PADI Members were provided with an actual diving incident for their review. At the meetings the diving incident was dissected and lengthy interaction followed between the presenters and PADI Members to identify what went wrong and what could and should have been done to prevent the incident from occurring.

Risk Mngmt Sydney Alex sml“We asked the audience to discuss the case among themselves”, explains Richard Evans. “They considered the standards violations involved in the incident and the injuries that occurred due to our member’s conduct – then what corrective actions PADI should take with the members involved in the incident to resolve our concerns.  In essence, we replaced the Quality Management committee with the audience and asked them to determine what action should be taken against the members.”

Richard continued, “This created quite a bit of discussion and a number of very interesting questions were raised in respect to the Quality Management process and how it works, including the gravity of the decisions that must be made. Let’s face the facts, we are talking about decisions that are a determining factor regarding life and death.”

Following are some interesting comments from PADI Members who attended Risk Management Seminars.

Risk M-Sydney Rob sml3After the Sydney seminar, held at North Sydney Leagues Club in Cammeray, PADI Course Director Richard Nicholls, owner of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre – Dive Centre Manly, expressed:

“Just thought I should write to thank you for your excellent presentation the other night. Both myself and my team got a lot of very useful, relevant, practical and important information from the night.

It’s a shame that when many Instructors see a Risk Management Seminar, they treat the subject as a bit, “Ho hum, it will never happen to me, I am a great Instructor”.

It is a subject that is critical to the way others see us, as well as our business and professional future, the importance of which should never be understated. This is why we need seminars such as yours.  Thanks again and I look forward to your next seminar.”

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Jason Bettinger from Kogarah, NSW, stated at the Sydney seminar, “PADI Risk Management Seminars provide relevant and well-timed updates that are key to reducing risk”.

Bruce Beavis, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer who also attended the Sydney seminar, found the dive accident scenario particularly helpful, “This topic always makes me think of how I can do things better”, he said.

Also presenting at the Risk Management Seminars was Rob Veale of VInsurance – part of the Willis Insurance group and PADI Asia Pacific’s brokers – to introduce the 2013-2014 PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy.  PADI Members attending had the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from Rob in relation to the various features and benefits of the policy.

For questions in regards to the PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy, or any other enquiry regarding insurance, please contact Sarah Whitehall directly at:  61 2 9285 4196, or at

For enquiries on PADI’s Risk Management topics, please contact Richard Evans at: 61 2 9454 2841 or

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