Scuba for Change Launch Event – Melbourne, Australia

For any PADI Members interested, the Scuba for Change (SFC) Launch Event will be held in Melbourne on Thursday, 30th October 2014.

If you wish to attend, tickets can be purchased through PADI Member discounts apply by simply entering your PADI membership number.

You can find out about the SFC journey and mingle with other socially conscious individuals and organisations. There will be a number of auction items on the evening. Part of the proceeds will go towards helping The Stairway Foundation (Philippines Not-for-Profit) replace damaged solar panels for their remote Children’s camp. Scuba for Change is a Social Enterprise that will reinvest 100% of its profits back into local communities in developing nations.


Setting Goals for Growth in 2015

It is about this time every year when we start looking ahead to the coming year and thinking about what we want to PADI logoachieve. Analyzing how we did each year and setting goals for growth is a key part of every successful business.

So, what should you be looking at? Analyzing your certification numbers is a good place to start. Check out your certification count year on year on your PADI Pro Account and see which areas have increased or decreased. Look at what marketing strategies worked this year and perhaps what didn’t have the desired impact.

Look at your Continuing Education statistics and associated retail sales – are your entry level divers signing up for another course? Are your recreational divers signing up to Go Pro and becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor? Are they purchasing equipment? If the answer is no there are several strategies you can put in place.

One thing you may choose to look at is sales training for your staff. This could cover selling techniques for both equipment sales and continuing education courses. You might look at conducting a Go Pro evening and invite students along for an informative evening to show them their options and of course the opportunities within the dive industry as a dive professional. PADI Regional Managers can assist in delivering these presentations.

Contact your PADI Regional Manager, they are here to assist and can help set up a Goals for Growth plan for your business for 2015.

PADI Member Renewals Season – Renew Your Support for the Ocean!

PADI Member Renewals Offer 2015 APThe PADI Member Renewal season is here! Our ocean needs your renewed support and you can help protect the ocean you love with a donation to Project AWARE.

When you make a donation of $25 or more with your PADI Member Renewal you’ll receive a limited edition Project AWARE eco mask strap as a special thank you. There’s 4 Easy Ways to Donate:

1)      Setting up Automatic Renewal for the first time? You can add your donation amount online on the PADI Auto Renewals page.

2)      If your Auto Renewal is already set up simply email your PADI Team to add the donation for you.

3)      Choose the donate option when you complete your renewal online.

4)      Complete the PADI Member Renewal 2015 Form which will be mailed directly to you.

Together, with each victory, we’re giving the ocean a voice and placing marine species on the global agenda. Your donation will help protect vulnerable sharks and rays from the biggest threat they face today – overexploitation.

With your support, Project AWARE can take every opportunity to ensure that sharks and rays will not disappear on our watch.

Ask your PADI Team to add the donation for you:

Project AWARE is an award winning non-profit that truly appreciates your support with a commitment to efficiently using your funds for maximum marine conservation impact with innovative global programs.


Cairns Underwater Film Festival 2014

Winners of the 8th Annual Cairns Underwater Film Festivalwere announcedat the Cairns Civic Theatre on the 23rd August 2014 with 680 people attending – the extremely successful event was a sellout.

Now in its 8th year, the Cairns Underwater Film Festival is a celebration of underwater photography and filmmaking combining The Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition with a film festival showcasing underwater imagery from around the world. Screening a combination of local and international talent, the festival gives filmmakers a chance to display their work in the only Australian event of its kind.

View the winning images from the 2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival.

A massive prize pool of over $70,000 was on offer this year, including dive expeditions, camera equipment and much more.

Each year The Cairns Underwater Film Festival puts its profits back into the marine environment through local projects and organisations. In 2014 the festival donated 3 giant cheques totalling $25,000 to local marine charities – The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, The Minke Whale Project and The Tangaroa Blue Foundation.  PADI was a proud sponsor of the very the popular event.

The highly credentialed judging panel for the underwater photography competition included Stuart Ireland, Christian Miller and lead judge Juergen Freund. Juergen is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed wildlife photographers and winner of many prestigious wildlife and underwater imagery awards.

The Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition will open again in May 2015.  For further information, contact: or go to

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In 2014 the Cairns Underwater Film Festival donated 3 giant cheques totalling $25,000 to local marine charities (L to R)  Alastair Birtles – Minke Whale Project; Heidi Taylor (Tangaroa Blue Project); Jennifer Gilbert (Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center); together with the team from Cairns Underwater Film Festival, Stuart Ireland, Lisa Buchanan, Mike Ball (President), Tracey Hale, Richard Johnston and Sam Roberts. 

Photo by Christian Miller.

Recent PADI Instructor Exams

View some of the photos from recent PADI Instructor Exams from around the Asia Pacific region.


11-13 July – Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, NZ 11-13 JULY


16-18 July – Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga, NZ 16-18 JULY


4-5 August – Tioman, Malaysia


8-10 August – Phuket, Thailand


12-14 August – Koh Tao, Thailand


15-17 August – Cairns, Australia


29-31 August – Uljin, South Korea


30-31 August – Singapore, Singapore



5-7 September – Phuket, Thailand

PHUKET 5_7 Sept

7-8 September – Dalian, China


9-11 September – Koh Tao, Thailand


12-14 September – Sydney, Australia


15-16 September – Port Vila, Vanuatu


20-21 September – Melbourne, Australia


22-23 September – Bohol, Philippines


22-24 September – Pattaya, Thailand


Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors!

New Benefits for your PADI Master Scuba Diver students

New-Benefits-MSD-DiversPADI Diving Society Members who hold the PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating now have exclusive access to additional benefits from participating PADI Dive Centres and Resorts.

As a PADI Member submit your offer today by visiting the PADI Diving Society Member Benefits Portal.

This additional benefit will assist you in promoting the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating to your students in 2014 and beyond. If you have any questions about the Master Scuba Diver offers or the PADI Diving Society please contact

PADI ReActivate is here

ReActivateYou’ve probably been asked – “I haven’t been diving in a few years, does my certification expire?” Your answer used to be – “No, but you should do a review.” Now, your answer will be – “No it doesn’t expire, but you can reactivate your certification and easily get back in the water.” It sounds much more exciting and rewarding.

PADI ReActivate™ is a new prescriptive program designed to help divers update basic dive knowledge and skills, and become enthused about scuba diving again. Because it’s prescriptive, divers move through it at their pace and receive what they personally need to regain comfort in the water.

The PADI Scuba Review program was one-size-fits-all, and although it worked, ReActivate is a modern approach to welcoming divers back to the underwater world and rewarding them for their efforts. Divers who complete both the knowledge review and water skills update receive a new PADI certification card with a ReActivate date on it.

For further details and materials, visit the ReActivate page at the PADI Pros’ Site.

To order please email or call +61 9454 2888.