Archive | September, 2014

Learn to Dive in Australia Video for Australian Members

30 Sep

Have you been utilising our recent Learn to Dive in Australia video?

As one of our first Australia specific videos, we hope that you’ll find this a useful piece of content which showcases typical classroom, pool and open water experiences with some great Australian marine life encounters.

We recommend embedding this on your website, blog or post on your various social media platforms.

For more information or assistance with utilising PADI video content for your marketing efforts, please contact your local PADI Regional Manager.

Advice for New Scuba Instructors

26 Sep

We’ve asked a few members of the PADI team to share their best piece of advice for a new scuba instructor… Below are their responses.

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Brigit Jager – PADI Asia Pacific Training and Quality Management Educational Consultant
When applying for a job, if at all feasible, make the effort to visit your potential employer in person – look and be the enthusiastic dive professional they would like to employ, and don’t forget to highlight any additional skills or experiences you bring, e.g. in boating / engineering / technician / IT / sales / multiple languages, etc. Choose only an employer you would go dive with or learn to dive with yourself.

Alan Jan – PADI Americas Supervisor, Instructor Development
Start your teaching career by working with an experienced instructor for the first few courses. This will cut your learning curve in half.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

David Scanlan – PADI Asia Pacific Graphic Designer
It is the students that don’t master everything the first time that are the most rewarding to teach – a good balance between patience and persuasive encouragement will be the key to success in these cases.

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Observe different instructor’s classes and take-away great ideas that will work for you.  And ‘practice teach’ before your first real class so sessions flow smoothly, especially confined and open water skills.

Mary Kaye Hester – PADI Americas Training
Never forget what it was like to breathe underwater for the very first time. It’s astounding!

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Work with experienced colleagues to get your feet wet for your first few classes.

 

We’re currently seeking your answers for our next Undersea Journal infographic – help by completing this 5 question survey.

Help us create the next PADI Infographic for Undersea Journal

24 Sep

Help us create the next PADI Pro infographic for The Undersea Journal. Below is an example from a previous issue. Give us your input by completing the five-question, multiple-choice survey. Results will be published in the 1st quarter 2015 Undersea Journal.

We’d like to get as many responses as possible. Please feel free to share the survey link below with other PADI Professionals: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PPY9GGQ

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Recognition of 150 years of PADI membership and loyalty in Fiji

24 Sep

As the new Regional Manager I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Fiji for the handover from Ian Cumming. Whilst there I felt very secure in the fact that across the country there are some very experienced people helping guide the industry in such a positive direction.

With a total of 150 years of PADI professional membership between just 7 PADI Instructors, Fiji is lucky to have the wealth of dive industry knowledge these guys bring to Fiji!

It was our pleasure to acknowledge the following members with their recognition awards on our recent trip:

Carl Fox – 35 years

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Carl started diving when he was just 12 years old at an army base in Colorado. Carl became a PADI Advanced Open Water diver a few years later then went onto buy into Divers Reef in Colorado Springs in 1972. He continued his education up through the PADI system to Divemaster in 1978, completing his IDC straight afterwards. Carl then took over Divers Reef in 1979 and owned it until 2004. In the meantime Carl started Taveuni Dive on the beautiful island of Taveuni, Fiji in 2002 and moved permanently to Fiji in 2003. Carl’s diving has taken him many places around the world including the Caribbean, Red Sea, South and North Pacific, Australia and of course he and Muriel (who he taught to dive) now live happily in their Garden Island paradise in Fiji where Carl became a citizen in 2012. In Carl’s 35 years as a PADI Instructor he has completed over 2600 certifications, including nearly 1000 Open Water Diver certifications, 134 Ice Diving Specialties and he wrote River Run Dive for a Snorkelling Distinctive Specialty. Carl’s passion has not left him after all these years and he is currently project managing a new resort on Taveuni Island which is being built and is especially passionate about the Salty Fox Bar and Grill that’ll be the place to be at the resort. Carl and Muriel continue to invest in the dive industry in Fiji and we want to congratulate Carl and thank him very much for his outstanding contribution to the dive industry and of course wish them all the very best of success for their new resort.

Fiji is an amazing place to visit with such great variety of diving and culture and it is members like these 7 PADI Instructors who help maintain the high standard of training we are known for and who keep divers coming back to Fiji for more unforgettable diving memories.

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 Stuart Gow – 20 years

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Lance Millar – 20 years

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Adam Hewitt – 20 years

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Alex Hill – 20 years

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David Perry – 15 years

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Sales Promotion on Dutch PADI Teaching Materials

24 Sep

Do you teach Dutch Students?  Need some more Dutch PADI Teaching Materials?

PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department is very pleased to announce a special promotion on Dutch Products.  So be sure to contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department on +61 2 9454 2888 or email padisales@padi.com.au for more information on this exciting, money saving opportunity!

Other languages are also available at promotional prices, ask your PADI Sales Representative for more information on these.

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PADI Asia Pacific Regional Managers swim for the sharks!

16 Sep

Finathon

In 2013 the PADI Regional Managers supported PADI employees Clare White, Tom Daley, Jeremy Coleman and the Project AWARE team for a 1km swim from Manly to Shelly Beach. The truth is though, the Regional Manager Team supported these brave souls from the beach. Well that’s not the case in 2014!

Now is your chance to get your Regional Manager wet and make him/her swim to protect the sharks! On October 6th, 2014 the Asia Pacific RM team will be swimming in Manly Australia along side the Project AWARE team.

Tim Hunt, Giovanni Cacchione and Jen Clent have previously set up private pages committing to this challenge but donating on this page shows support to Hans Ulrich, Ian Cumming, Johnny Chew, Andy Auer, Jimmy Christrup, Boo Kyung Kim, Jimmy Kim, Roger Sun, Tommy Pan.

If you don’t believe it can be done, rest assured photographic and video evidence will be supplied to you.

We thank you very much in advance for all your support.

Help the Regional Managers reach their goal!
Visit their Finathon donation page.

Fiji – Still got it!

15 Sep

Bula! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been conducting a handover of Fiji to Jen Clent, the new Regional Manager (RM) of the area, and it’s brought back plenty of great memories and experiences of my time as the PADI RM in this country. I took over not long after the coup in 2000 that saw the overthrow of the government of the day and then another coup in 2006, this month sees the first election since that year.

Over the last 13 years the landscape of dive tourists coming to Fiji has changed and we’ve seen an increase in ‘flash-packer’ numbers who have replaced the backpackers coming to explore Fiji. The flash-packer spends more money on upgraded accommodation preferring the two or three bed’s in a rooms over the many beds of the larger dormitories. The movement of boats around the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands has changed and tourists are spending the same time in the country but less time in each place, making completing an openwater course a bit of a challenge given the other activities that can be accomplished in a single day not to mention the partying going on in the evening that is a real competitor with all watersports at the resorts.

I’ve witnessed a steady growth in resorts applying for the PADI Dive Resort rating as more tourists come to the region looking for a dive experience. Whether it’s to do a Discover Scuba Dive or the PADI Openwater course, continue their diving education and experience all this and more with local Fijian Divemasters and Instructors who really know how to look after their guests. The Fijian PADI Pros are gifted divers and hosts and there is no better way to complement your Fiji experience than to go diving with the locals who know the reefs, tides, currents and fish life better than anyone!

The Fiji Dive Committee do a fantastic job along with the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association by promoting Fiji dive destinations to travel agents around the world through the weeklong Fiji Dive Fiesta which culminates in the Fiji Dive Expo. A week every year is set aside to showcase the different diving regions of the country and the many resorts host the travel agents offering them a taste of the local diving off their shores. The Dive Expo itself is run over one full day and allows the dive resorts and dive operators to speak with all the dive travel specialists who attend. Great for Fiji and even better for tourists coming to Fiji whose diving desires are matched to the dive resort they travel to, a definite win win.

The diving and the dive resorts here have so much to offer right across the full dive tourism spectrum, the diving industry in Fiji continues to combine scientific research, financial support for local villages, employment as well as education and awareness of the magnificent marine life that inhabit the waters of Fiji. The world renowned hard and soft corals and so much more her location. The remote untouched marine areas still exist here as does the never ending adventure that is Fiji.

I want to thank the dive operators of Fiji, the 65 PADI Resort members and the hundreds of PADI Divemasters and Instructors for their continued support. I’d also like to put out a special thanks to the members of the Fiji Dive Committee and Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association for their ongoing support, communication and inclusion of PADI Asia Pacific. Our ongoing goal is to ensure we are helping Fiji diving operators to grow and for PADI to provide the training tools they need to keep diver training readily accessible to all and at the forefront for non-divers looking to take the plunge.

I’ll keep coming back to Fiji for everything it has to offer and I’m sure Jen will really enjoy looking after all the PADI Members in the region as much as I have, no doubt she’ll love the diving and the Fiji experience that keeps so many of us coming back.