Getting divers involved can be easily achieved with a little imagination…

Getting your divers involved and in the water can be easily achieved with a little imagination…

Members in New Zealand this month have a few activities that are capturing the fun and diversity of activities you can offer to keep your divers diving.

Project AWARE – Dive for Debris

Performance Diver completed a clean up at Murray’s Bay earlier this month: On a sunny day, nearly 30 people joined in as they managed to remove approximately 400 items weighing around 15kgs. PADI Course Director Andy Stewart said, “It was disappointing to see so many used fireworks in the ocean, and all of the cans and bottles they continue to find each year. It was great to see a few families helping, and receive lots of encouragement and thanks from members of the local community. Thanks again for everybody who came along today and made the day such a success.”

You can view more information and photos on the Project AWARE website.

Great turn out for Project Aware Dive for Debris organised by Performance Diver
Great turn out for Project Aware Dive for Debris organised by Performance Diver

Dive Otago are completing their annual Dive for Debris day this weekend in Sunny Dunedin and are offering the new Project AWARE Dive for Debris specialty as part of the event. With both beach and underwater cleanups happening it’s great to see divers and non divers of all ages participating in the event which will clean up areas on the peninsula home to penguins and sea lions. Learn more on the Dive Otago Facebook Page.

Dive HQ 24 Hr Dive ChallengeDive HQ Wellington – The 24 Hour Dive Challenge has run for 2 years now and in that time have raised over $6500 for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard, as well as highlighting their need for support as a volunteer organisation.

The goal of the 24 Hour Dive is to have teams of divers underwater from 3pm on Saturday to 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Divers sign up for one or more 45 minute dives throughout the event and collect sponsorship for each dive. Refresher and training dives for certified divers and introductory dives and snorkel tours for non-divers will also be on offer to encourage participation. Last year they had over 50 divers participating and logged over 50 dives during the event including a staggering 9 hour dive by Pete and 9 dives logged by a single buddy team. There are spot prizes for divers, raffles and prizes for those who raise the most money from their sponsors. This year a beach dig for the children on Sunday alongside Coastguard’s sausage sizzle are on offer and more challenges for our divers to keep them entertained underwater!

For further information check out the Dive HQ website.

Whitianga Dive FestivalDive Zone Whitianga are delighted to be hosting the eleventh annual Dive Festival this weekend on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  It’s a great weekend of gathering divers together from far and wide, entering into fun competitions with awesome prizes and a bit of social fun as well.  This year’s guest speaker on Friday night is Shark Man Riley Elliot. With underwater photography competitions, treasure hunts, Scuba Olympics, spearfishing and cray hunting competitions there really is something for everyone during this action packed dive festival! Check out the Dive Festival website for further information.

So as you can see with a little imagination you can encourage divers into the water – all the above activities are great for meeting new dive buddies, experience in a new environment and of course having lots of FUN!

Danny Dwyer Promoted To Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific

Danny DwyerPADI Worldwide is pleased to announce the promotion of Danny Dwyer to the position of Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific.  Danny was promoted to his new role as Vice President, on 1 November 2014 and will report directly to Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide.

Danny began his diving career in the cooler waters of the south east coast of Australia and then moved to the Whitsundays area of Queensland in the early 1990s to work as a PADI Instructor on day boats and overnight vessels.  During this time he was appointed as Dive Manager for one of the largest PADI Dive Centres in the Asia Pacific Region. Managing both large and small dive operations and honing his skills on day boats, overnight vessels, resorts and sea planes, Danny gained valuable experience in the busy Queensland Dive Industry of the 1990’s. He was appointed as PADI Regional Manager for North-East Australia and Papua New Guinea in 1999 and was based in beautiful Cairns, Queensland.

During his 7 years as a Regional Manager, Danny enjoyed meeting and working with PADI Members, many of whom were among the largest certifying Dive Centres in the world. Danny assumed the position of Manager, Sales and Field Services in 2005 and that of Manager, Marketing and Business Development in 2008, a position from which he was promoted to Director in 2012 and subsequently in 2013 to Senior Director, Marketing, Sales & Field Services and Business Development. During his tenure with PADI Asia Pacific, Danny has enjoyed working with strong, focused and results oriented teams in Marketing and Sales and a dedicated team of PADI Regional Managers. He has worked closely with his colleagues throughout PADI Asia Pacific and PADI’s international Regional Headquarters to create a unified approach to assisting PADI Members.

Danny will be joining Henrik Nimb, Vice President, Training, Customer Service and Business Development, and Jeremy Coleman, Vice President, Finance and Operations on the PADI Asia Pacific top executive team.

In promoting Danny to the position of vice president in the PADI group Drew Richardson said,

“We are both proud and delighted to have Danny join our top global executive team of vice presidents. The talent he brings to the PADI team will be of great value to our members and industry alike. With his expanded influence, Danny will add additional fuel to the number one diver certification brand with the most powerful business support and marketing muscle in the industry.”

PADI Catches Adobe’s Eye with PADI Open Water Diver Touch

Newest Technological Endeavor Changes the Way Underwater Enthusiasts Obtain Open Water Diver Certification

Continuing to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry, PADI recently worked with Adobe for the development of its revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ that utilizes Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) technology.

With a growing trend of consumers moving more and more towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to create a tablet-based version of the PADI Open Water Diver program—the world’s most popular scuba diving certification course. The new training program truly catapults PADI Open Water Diver training into the digital age, and caught Adobe’s eye for its innovative use of DPS technology. By leveraging this technology, PADI was able to combine sophisticated text treatments with video, audio, animation, and other highly interactive elements to create a content-centric app experience that helped to bring PADI and Open Water Diver training to life in a new and compelling way.

“Throughout the development stages of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, we knew we were creating a first-of-its kind technology for the industry, and ultimately changing the way people learn to dive. Leveraging Adobe’s DPS technology enabled PADI to achieve this goal with an amazing platform that pushes our content out across mobile channels,” said Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide. “What we didn’t expect was to gain Adobe’s interest in learning more about our development of the program, and using it as a case study for DPS. We’re grateful to have developed a relationship with Adobe through this and look forward to leveraging its technology for future endeavors.”

Adobe recently visited the PADI Americas Regional Headquarters in California, where they filmed one-on-one interviews with key players in the development of PADI Open Water Diver Touch which will be used in a case study distributed by Adobe.

To learn more about PADI Touch programs, including the newest release — PADI ReActivate™ — contact your PADI Regional Manager or Sales Consultant.


PADI eRDP™ML Touch Now Available

Tsi_erdphe eRDPML Touch is a version of the eRDPML that divers can use to plan single and multilevel no stop dives on smartphones and tablets. It includes versions optimized for both smartphones and tablets on iOS and Android devices. All versions also include an electronic recreational dive planner with detailed step-by-step instructions as well as practice exercises.

You can purchase eRDPML Touch a la carte from your PADI Sales Consultant or through the online shopping cart. Similar to other Touch products, transactions generate a unique code for each unit purchased, which you then provide to divers. To do this:

  1. Log in to the PADI Pros’ Site
  2. Select the Online Services tab
  3. Select the Online Processing Center link
  4. Find your code under the eRDPML section under “Available Codes”
  5. Assign an email address and click send (note that associated code will move to Pending until the diver redeems it)

For more information please contact your PADI Sales Consultant on

Recent PADI Instructor Exams

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



16-17 September – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


CEBU Philippines 25-26 Sep_v2t25-26 September – Cebu, Philippines


Gili Islands  INDO Sept 30_Oct 1

30 Sept -1 October – Gili Islands, Indonesia



30 Sept – 2 October – Whitianga, New Zealand




3-4 October – Bali, Indonesia


BORACAY Philippines 4_5 Oct_v24-5 October – Boracay, Philippines


Malapascua Philippines 7_8 OCT

7-8 October – Malapascua, Philippines



11-12 October – Phuket, Thailand


KOH TAO  14-15 OCT

14-15 October – Koh Tao, Thailand



17-19 October – Brunei


Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors!

News from Project AWARE

Bali Funathon Raises $14k to Help Protect Sharks

Dive centres in Bali unite to support Project AWARE’s Shark and Ray Campaign.

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Funathon Bali 2014

Project AWARE’s Shark Campaign Heats Up at #CMSCoP11 in Ecuador this Month

This month Project AWARE are on the ground at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species. They’re delivering your voice and encouraging delegates to support 21 proposals for sharks and rays.

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manta ray

Upgrading from PADI Divemaster to PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader

si_dm_dslOne of the most nerve-wracking experiences as a parent teaching your teenager how to drive a car is when you have them drive out of a safe parking lot area out into real “live” traffic. No matter how stressful this transition is, it is one that has to be made, in order for the driver student to learn how to adapt to everyday traffic situations.

This is very similar when upgrading a PADI Divemaster to a PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Leader. During the PADI Divemaster course many, if not most exercises, can be conducted in role-playing simulations. However, for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship the PADI DSD Leader candidate must conduct four separate real (not simulated) PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs in confined water under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. PADI DSD Leader interns must show their ability to conduct effective briefings, in-water supervision and debriefings with non-certified divers.

Sometimes the performance requirements for the PADI DSD Leader rating get overlooked as they are not located within the PADI Divemaster Course Instructor Guide itself; instead the instructor has to locate them in the PADI Professional Ratings section of the Professional Membership Guide in the Instructor Manual. There is also a separate Discover Scuba Diving Internship Completion Form #10151, available on the PADI Pros Site. This form also doubles up as the application form, once the four PADI DSD program requirements have been met along with successful completion of the PADI DSD Leader assessment.

The knowledge assessment for this internship, called the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader Assessment, can be found on the PADI Pros Site along with the answer key.

As a PADI Instructor conducting PADI Divemaster courses, it is very important to offer your candidates the PADI DSD Leader Internship option, as many of them will be interested in being able to take non-divers for their first breath underwater, which we all know is a life-changing experience. In resort environments, the PADI DSD Leader rating is a prerequisite for some positions at busy dive centres and can significantly boost a dive pro’s income. Prospective PADI DSD Leaders are often so enthusiastic about their job, it has to be very clearly explained to them about the maximum ratios of 4:1 in the pool and 2:1 in confined water and that their PADI DSD participants are NOT qualified to undertake a subsequent open water dive, as their initial skills introduction was not with a PADI Instructor.