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
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.
Stuart Gow – 20 years
Lance Millar – 20 years
Adam Hewitt – 20 years
Alex Hill – 20 years
David Perry – 15 years