New Product Announcement – PADI Equipment Specialist Touch

PADI Asia Pacific is very pleased to announce the launch of the latest PADI Touch product – the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch.

This product is designed to give students more information on all aspects of scuba equipment; how to choose the best pieces to purchase, how to maintain their own gear and different options available, including rebreathers.

The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch provides PADI Instructors with a new, optional tool to assist in teaching the PADI Equipment Specialist course. The Equipment Specialist Touch is an interactive, multimedia, tablet-based program that goes over the features and functions of current dive equipment.

This new PADI Touch product does not include any knowledge reviews or exam, so it would also be a great optional tool to add to any professional development course, or to offer to any avid scuba diver.

In the Touch format this product is available on all iOS and Android tablets and has short video clips integrated, along with interactive images.

We are sure you are going to find this product a great addition to the PADI products and our growing suite of Touch products.

This product is now available for sale from the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department.

If you should need any further information, or would like to place an order please contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department.

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Participate in an exhibition and engage new divers

How do you engage with new or potential divers?

Aside from utilising your website, social media channels, store signage and most importantly word of mouth, expos are a great way to get exposure. Exhibitions related to your business may include dive festivals, boating shows or career expos. Participating in these can be highly beneficial to the growth and success of your business.

Career expos are an excellent way of letting people know at a young age that a career in diving is a realistic and exciting option while giving those who already know they want to ‘live the dream’ information on how they can make it happen. By engaging with these new or potential divers, you can utilise your industry knowledge and advise them on good subjects to take at school, what’s involved in becoming a PADI dive professional and the amazing career options available all over the world! For potential divers, you can even invite them to give diving a try using the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.

Organising your participation at an exhibition is easy however it is important to make your booth stand out from the crowd! A TV screen on your table with PADI’s Go Dive and Go Pro videos on a loop can capture the attention and interest of the crowds who may watch and remain at your booth for a few minutes. This opens up a great opportunity to engage and start a conversation.

At a careers expo, you can also make your booth more attractive with colourful PADI posters, banners and information brochures that can attract teachers, students and parents alike.

Dive HQ Albany recently participated in a School Careers Expo on New Zealand’s North Shore where over a 2 day period more than 5000 people had the opportunity to talk about learning to dive and careers in diving.

Dive HQ Albany recently participated in a Career's Expo on the North Shore in New Zealand where they gained exposure to over 5000 school students, careers advisors and parents.

For further information, advice or assistance with participating in an exhibition, please contact your local PADI Regional Manager who would be more than happy to help.

The Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS)

As passionate scuba divers and lovers of all that it entails, we commend those who give their all to make positive contributions to the underwater world.

Each year, the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) awards three Rolex Scholarships to young people who are considering a career in an underwater-related discipline. Each scholar recipient spends a year working alongside current leaders in underwater fields.

The selected recipients will work closely with leaders in marine-related fields partaking in endeavours ranging from:

  • Scientific expeditions
  • Underwater research
  • Field study
  • Laboratory assignments
  • Equipment testing and design
  • Photographic instruction
  • and/or other specialised assignments

The scholars will spend a year traveling extensively to gain exposure and get hands-on experiences in activities that will contribute to a well-rounded education.

You can follow each scholar’s journey via the OWUSS Facebook Page.

Watch 2013 OWUSS Rolex Scholar, Stefan Andrews, describe the significance of the scholarship program.

Debris Month of Action 2014

Global Scuba Divers Fight Back Against Ocean Trash

September is Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of scuba divers around the world rally together to take action against the trash from our everyday lives that makes its way to the ocean. Marine debris, or trash in the ocean, consists of litter like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles as well as enormous fishing nets, cars and industrial waste. It’s unsightly, costly for local communities and endangers some of our most vulnerable underwater species.

During Debris Month of Action, volunteers will come together in their favorite local dive sites to remove and report the trash we find underwater. Divers can find events located across the globe or download tools and tips to guide a Dive Against Debris anytime, anywhere at

“Marine debris kills countless marine species silently and needlessly each year. But divers are using their unique skills to fight back and contribute the underwater debris data needed to show the true extent of the marine debris problem and devise solutions,” says Alex Earl, Executive Director, Project AWARE.

As shown on the interactive Dive Against Debris Map, plastics constitute nearly 70 percent of the trash removed and reported since June 2011. Globally, we produce and consume more than 230 million tons of plastics every year. That’s almost two hundred times as much as we did in 1950. Far too much of that plastic ends up in the ocean, killing marine life and destroying habitats.dive against debris month of action

“By visualizing the types and amounts of debris divers are reporting on the online map, Project AWARE is aiming to connect like-minded advocates, inspire year-round action to remove and report underwater trash, and show the extent of the problem from a unique, underwater perspective,” said Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy for Project AWARE. “But beyond that, in longer term, we hope to use the information divers report to implement waste management policies at various scales – national, regional and global – necessary to prevent debris from reaching the ocean.”

To aid the organization’s underwater efforts, Project AWARE has recently launched a PADI approved course – Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty – to help train and equip scuba divers as citizen scientists. Divers receive the necessary skills and become certified with PADI, a globally recognized dive training organization.

Volunteers can find out more about Debris Month of Action and volunteer opportunities to help protect the ocean on Project AWARE’s website, Want to find out more about the types of trash found in your local waters? Visit the Dive Against Debris Map at

Shark Week: Snow Falls in New Zealand for Coldest Finathon on Record!

Dive Otago Finathon 4The start of Shark Week saw snow fall in Dunedin, New Zealand and divers brave seven degree water. A little snow didn’t stop people heading to the Dive Otago pool for this years’ Finathon! They hit the warmer water indoors to fight against shark finning for the second year.

“It was a fierce challenge between ‘Team Dive Otago’ and my ‘Team Tomahawk’. Our team wanted to raise awareness against the cruel practice of shark finning. We held our breath free diving in the pool for one minute for every ten dollars raised,” said Instructor, Chris Zinsli who successfully reached his 30 minute goal.

A huge congratulations to sisters Jade (9, left) and Erika (10) Fairweather who raised $100 for the cause and swam through a hoop 100 times for every dollar they raised.

”While the snow kept some at home a hardy few came into Dive Otago to complete their challenges. Staff were rocking out dance moves under water and dive students buddy breathed for 100 minutes – quite a feat! Students completed tasks and played games under water with ping pong balls and spoons, blowing balloons up underwater and filling a bag attached to a weight,” said organiser Emma Young.

With music, food and a photo booth to keep everyone entertained, Dive Otago were featured on local TV and prove once again how much fun the Finathon is and that scuba divers are a sharks best friend.

All funds raised 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

You can view the Dive Otago Finathon video on the Dunedin Television websiteDive Otago Finathon

New Zealand Tourism Free Workshops

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Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand is running a series of free workshops aimed at helping adventure and outdoor operators comply with the auditing requirements under the new regulations. With 15 scheduled around the country from August 19th to September 25th there is bound to be one close to you.

They are offering personal coaching and advice on your safety system and documentation to help you prepare for audit or to fix areas where your auditor has said you don’t comply with the audit standard.

For more information and to register, please click here.

We urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity.

The New Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Course

Led by you, the PADI Instructor, now divers of all experience levels can be equiped with knowledge and skills to complete Dive Against Debris surveys.

Project AWARE’s army of dive cleaners and volunteers are always buzzing after their Dive Against Debris action. Now, with the  New Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty, divers of all experience levels can be equipped with better knowledge of debris issues and empowered with the skills to complete ongoing Dive Against Debris surveys.

From planning the dive to reporting the debris data, the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty course prepares students to participate and support regular Dive Against Debris surveys. The course:

  • Educates divers about the messy problem of marine debris – the damage done, what it is, where it comes from, and how divers are part of the solution.
  • Equips divers with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct a Dive Against Debris survey – considerations for creating a survey dive profile, use of photography, and decision making on what to remove and what to leave behind.
  • Highlights the five steps needed to record and report findings from a Dive Against Debris dive – weigh, sort, record, dispose, and report.
  • Explains how to join the global Project AWARE movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet.

If you’re looking to really make a difference and support a growing global army of volunteers combating ocean trash, then teaching this course is for you. Students will gain a PADI certification which counts towards their PADI Master Scuba Diver and they’ll be well on their way to leading and organizing their own surveys no matter where they live or dive.

Plus, your Instructor Rating counts towards your own PADI Master Scuba Diving Instructor rating. PADI Course Directors can also apply for the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructor Trainer rating.

PADI will generously donate the application fee to Project AWARE and all teaching materials are available free to download.

Join other leaders around the world and become a Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructor today.

If you’re a diver interested in taking the course, contact your nearest PADI Dive Center or Resort and ask them about the Dive Against Debris Specialty. Also check out the Action Zone map for events and volunteer opportunities near you.

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