A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

PADI recently interviewed Cameron Schwaiger from Kew in Victoria who took up his dream job as a PADI Divemaster at Academy of Scuba, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Glen Iris and Rye.
Read what he has to say.

Cam Schwaiger DM underwaterDescribe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster.
For me diving is an activity I love to do outside my full time work. It normally involves getting up early on the weekends and making my way down the Mornington Peninsula. I discuss with the staff in the dive shop about who will be diving that day, to understand what their experience is.

For a guided dive, I provide the divers with the briefing and find out what they most want to get out of it and if anyone has concerns.  After the dive, we usually discuss what we saw and any other relevant points about the experience. Many of the divers often become friends and sometimes I think the dive is just an excuse to catch-up with others!

When I’m assisting on a course and haven’t worked with a particular Instructor before, we will begin with a discussion on how the course is to be run and what their expectations are.  I help with the gear, answer any questions and make the students feel comfortable. Then the fun part begins – the dives!   My main role here is to help keep a watch on the students and assist them if needed. After the dive, we return the gear, discuss the diving and complete the paperwork.  Finally its congratulations to those who have completed their course, with grins all round!

When and where did you start diving?
Growing up, I had always spent a lot of time in the water. For example, when I was a kid I used to think it was funny to hide from Mum by staying down at the bottom of the pool for as long as I could. Scuba diving started when I did a PADI Open Water Course at University, a long time ago!

I was then mainly tropical diving on holidays until I had more time in Melbourne, where I became addicted to the waters here.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I became a PADI Divemaster in 2011 with a great bunch of students.  Kat Vcelka was our fantastic PADI Instructor from Academy of Scuba in Victoria.

What made you choose to become a PADI Professional?
Diving is so much fun, so who wouldn’t want to spend more time in the water! Seriously, I wanted to learn more and also be involved with showing others how fantastic it is.  I didn’t realise until I started to work with different Instructors how everyone has their own approach to teaching and it’s a great way to learn. It is also a stepping stone towards being a PADI Instructor, one day!

What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster course?
The in-depth learning was very interesting – I absorbed so much more about diving.  The skills were a challenge, but lots of fun to do and also hearing about all the terrific diving stories from our PADI Instructor.   And then finally getting to assist as an intern on the courses.

What dive locations are on your bucket list and why?
So many, but Galapagos Islands for the diversity of animal life both on land and in the water, Truk Lagoon for the wrecks and anywhere at all to see Whale Sharks!

What has been the most memorable dive of your life?
Sipadan Island in Malaysia, where in one dive, due to the steep drop offs, we saw the ultimate combination of masses of tropical fish along with the pelagics in the deeper water.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to divers thinking of becoming a PADI Divemaster?
If you love diving, want to learn more and find helping others rewarding, have a chat to your local dive store – or other Divemasters and Instructors to understand more about what is involved.

Product Announcement – PADI Sidemount & Tec Sidemount Diver Manual is now available and shipping

side mount and tec sidemountThe PADI Sidemount and Tec Sidemount Student Manual is NOW AVAILABLE for PADI Asia Pacific Members (product #70491).

For the Instructor:

PADI Sidemount Specialty Course Instructor Guide (Product #70490)

Tec Sidemount Instructor Guide with Binder (Product #71055)

For the Diver:

PADI Sidemount & Tec Sidemount Diver Pak contains the student manual and Paper or Online PIC, (70491SP/P70491SP)

Follow these links for more information on the PADI Recreational Sidemount Course and for the Tec Course.

If you would like to place an order please contact the PADI Sales Department (tel + 61 2 9454 2888).

Remember you can order anytime from the Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Siteand click Shop Online.

PADI Materials Promotion

Sales promo

PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department is pleased to announce a limited time promotion on several PADI Materials. This promotion includes various PADI Materials in English, Chinese, German, Danish, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Spanish. If you are placing an order in May, or offer PADI courses in any of these languages, now is a great time to take advantage of this promotion.

To find out more simply contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department on +61 2 9454 2888 or email padisales@padi.com.au for all the PADI Materials available as part of this promotion.

Be The Next Finathon® Champ!

Join divers worldwide who are FINatical about sharks. Visit www.finathon.org to find out how you can bring your local community together to raise awareness for sharks or donate to one of our FINtastic teams.

The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. You can join the race to protect them. If you’re FINatical about sharks, fundraise today.

What is the Finathon?
Like a swimathon – the Finathon is a great way to bring the community together, raise awareness and funds to support this unique cause.

You can help Project AWARE:

  • Fight to stop shark finning
  • Insist on full protections for critically endangered sharks
  • Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

After great success and support during Master Divers 23km relay Finathon around Koh Tao in 2013, this year they’ve upped the ante and Gene Girardeau will complete a 43km open water solo swim! Gene is training every day and all donations will boost her motivation and help protect sharks.

Gene said, “I love a challenge and I love open water swimming, my dream was to swim the English Channel but I don’t swim well in cold water so have chosen to swim between Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. It’s very important to save sharks because they are the apex predators, sharks maintain fish populations and keep the ocean healthy.”

Whether it’s a 1km pool challenge, an island relay or a pool party the Finathon is fun for all and a great way to raise much needed funds.

Will you get swimming to end finning in 2014?  We’re looking for 100 Finathon Champions visit www.finathon.org to get started.

Operating In Sync with EVE

EveLogoImagine jumping into the water on your next dive with a first stage in your BCD pocket, a second stage in a goody bag, your SPG hanging from your weight belt and your alternate air source tucked into the neck of your exposure suit. Ridiculous, right? A regulator only functions correctly when all the parts are properly integrated and working together.

Similarly, a business only functions effectively when all administrative and operational parts are integrated and working together. Think about how many stores (perhaps even yours) manage a POS (point of sale) system, a CRM (customer relationship management) system, a website, an online store and a scheduling system. These functions are tedious and time-consuming when the information has to be entered, updated, tracked, monitored and managed separately. Obviously, integrating these into one system makes strong business sense because it yields time savings, reduces labor cost, increases customer service, boosts efficiency and streamlines marketing efforts.

An EVE database can be at the heart of those advantages. For example, suppose you enter just one course schedule into EVE. Depending upon what you want the system to do, EVE can update your calendar, website or online store. EVE will even automatically email the right customer group (those customers for whom that course would be their next continuing education step).

Now, suppose those customers receiving that email click on the link to your website, select the date best for them, sign up and pay for the course. Instantly, the bookings appear in your EVE database, update your class roster, manage your inventory levels and update your sale records. You don’t have to do any of this — EVE does it for you. That’s just one example of how using EVE can streamline and reduce costs for your business. Perhaps more importantly, EVE frees your time so you can do what EVE cannot do: excite people, take them in the water and transform their lives with scuba. That’s your job — but EVE lets you do that more and update data less.

Try EVE for free for 60 days by contacting the EVE team at info@issys.co.uk and see how EVE, EVE Agent, EVE Websites and EVE OnLine can work for you.

The New PADI Open Water Diver Touch

OWD Touch Demo Cover
PADI is pleased launch the next evolution in the PADI Open Water Diver experience: the revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch which is available from the 2nd Quarter of 2014 in the Asia Pacific region.

An industry first, the Touch fuses state-of-the-art technology with proven PADI instructional design to deliver the excitement and experience of learning to scuba dive to consumers’ iOS and Android* tablets.

The OW Touch is a tablet-based version of the popular PADI Open Water Diver course, integrating the PADI Open Water Diver manual curriculum, learning objectives, video clips, quizzes and Knowledge Reviews into a rich, interactive learning environment. Since the Touch is a tablet-based application, no internet connectivity is required to
view course content once it’s been initially downloaded. So, student divers can conveniently access the knowledge development portion of the course at any time from any location. This increased accessibility makes the PADI Open Water Diver Touch extremely appealing to the ever-growing market of tablet users.

For more information, please contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department via email padisales@padi.com.au or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

 The PADI Family Continues to Grow in 2014

PADI_Logo_Horiz_Blk_WT_DotcomIt was a record-setting 2013 for PADI, which for the thirteenth straight year reported growth in its retailer and resort membership. Now, the world’s largest dive training organization, boasting a family of nearly 6200 dive center and resort members, is getting even bigger in 2014.

In just the first three months of 2014, 161 dive centers and resorts worldwide have joined or committed fully to the PADI family, many of which have crossed over from other training agencies. What makes PADI so appealing?

“The PADI family has value because we care,” says PADI President and CEO, Drew Richardson. “The offices that support PADI Members are made up of PADI Professionals and Divers who are passionate about diving and teaching diving. And, PADI continues to innovate, making dive training more accessible to more people.”

“Hard work and the support of PADI is the way forward in the dive industry,” says Sam Yuill, PADI Master Instructor and owner of Adventure Scuba Diving in Bali, Indonesia. “The PADI brand people know and see worldwide; we have had customers come off the street [and into the store] just from the logo alone.” Yuill credits PADI membership as the driving force for his store’s rise to prominence, and the various methods by which knowledge development can be delivered — print materials, online with eLearning, or with the new tablet version — as leading to even more success in the future.

Olga Krotova, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and general manager of Alternativa Dive Centre in Moscow, Russia, says, “Our choice of PADI as the training and certification organization is not accidental. The world-famous association with highly qualified instructors, time-proven training standards, excellent study materials and efforts aimed at environmental protection is what any beginning diver values. To be a PADI Dive Center is to meet these requirements, thereby ensuring the quality of training and dive safety for our students.”

Global brand recognition, business support, cutting-edge training materials offered a variety of ways — including the new tablet-based Open Water Touch — and innovative marketing programs are just a few of the reasons dive businesses join the PADI Retailer and Resort Association.

Contact your PADI Regional Headquarters to find out more about growing your business with PADI today.

Out of the full list of 161 dive centres and resorts that have joined or committed fully to PADI in first quarter 2014, we congratulate those from the Oceania region:

Boating Marlborough (New Zealand) GVI Fiji (Fiji) Safari Tours (Australia)
Splash Dive (New Zealand) Ocean Play (Fiji) Tongan Expeditions (Tonga)
Whitsunday Diving Academy – Hamilton (Australia)

ScubaEarth gets a revamp!

Great news for divers, it’s easier than ever to sign up for ScubaEarth, the one-stop shop for everything scuba related. The sign-up process is now not only more streamlined, but also compatible on your mobile phones and tablets.

The quick three step process is faster, allowing you to get onto the more important things like logging your dives, connecting with your dive buddies and finding your nearest or favorite dive shop to go diving with.

With over 75,000 divers already on ScubaEarth, you can connect with divers from all over the world, share your love of diving and all that you have seen or want to see.

As a PADI Professional on ScubaEarth, you can be closer than ever with divers in your area allowing them to ask questions about your diving experiences, local diving hot spots or information on continuing their diving education.

So head to www.scuabearth.com to sign-up on your mobile phone, your desktop computer or your tablet to view the changes for yourself!