Archive | December, 2014

Exciting Changes to the PADI eLearning Courses for 2015

24 Dec

As of 1st January 2015, PADI Members will be able to purchase PADI eLearning through the Online Shopping Cart on the PADI Pros’ Site or PADI Sales Consultant at Member-Level pricing.

PADI eLearning programs and eLearning Gift Passes will, from the beginning of next year, include the certification processing fee (aka PIC), for all PADI courses aside from PADI Dive Theory, Divemaster and Instructor Development courses. This will mean you will no longer need to purchase an additional PADI eLearning Enhancement Pak for the inclusive courses, as the PIC comes with the program or gift pass.

Student eLearning purchases will continue to include a revenue share for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts however the certification processing fee will be excluded from this.

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When a student affiliates with a Dive Center or Resort the Certifying Credit (PIC) will automatically appear on your New Online Processing Centre on the PADI Pros’ Site. This is where you can certify the student once they have completed the course.

PADI Open Water Diver Online (eLearning) and the PADI Open Water Diver Gift Pass will be offered as part of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online. This will provide students with extra components, including the eTraining Dive Logbook and online eBook.

The initial launch of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online will include English, with others to follow in the first quarter of 2015.

Until this launch on 1st January 2015, the current versions of the PADI eLearning courses will remain available at 2014 pricing.

If you should have any questions, or would like to find out more please visit the PADI Pros Site, or contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department.

Kicking off the busy season in New Zealand

22 Dec

At the end of November a number of PADI Resort and Retail Association Members kicked off summer with a few fun activities.

Dive Zone Whitianga – Dive Festival

The annual Whitianga Dive Festival is put on by Darrell and Linda Bird of Dive Zone Whitianga each year and is growing steadily. With amazing prizes, activities for all ages and set on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula it attracts a great crowd of both divers and non divers alike and people travel from far and wide to attend. Photography and Spearfishing competitions, treasure hunts and scuba olympics means there really is something for everyone. The themed fancy dress dinner saw people putting in an amazing effort (winners pictured here) to get into the spirit of the evening with a well received cooked breakfast the following morning.

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As part of the festivities Dive Zone staff member Paul (Squid) Anderson and a few of Dive Zone’s enthusiastic students completed a Project AWARE Finathon to raise awareness and funds around shark finning.

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Dive Otago Ltd – Project AWARE Dive for Debris

Dive Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand had a great turn out the last weekend in November for their annual Project AWARE Dive for Debris. 20 divers collected 26.5kg of rubbish from Wellers Rock, with the most unusual items being a microwave, a plastic wardrobe, along with the usual broken bottles, cans, straws, plastic wrapping, fishing lures, foam insulation, pipes, clothing and fireworks. A few divers also completed their Dive Against Debris Specialty so well done to Emma, Gina and Tom. 13 beach cleaners also removed rubbish from Pilots Beach and along the way saw a great variety of wildlife from, sealions, fur seals, shags, red beaked seagulls and blue penguin chicks and when the wind came up the albatross were in flight. A great effort by all to keep these guys safe by removing the debris from their home and keeping their dive site clean for the local dive community

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Dive HQ Wellington – 24 Hour Dive 

Dive HQ Wellington organised a 24 hour dive to raise funds for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard. Over the 24 hours over 100 volunteer divers completed 48 dives. Friends and family of the divers and the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard came along to socialise and watch what was happening. One of the Coastguard Volunteers completed her first ever sea dive and loved it. The logistical support that was offered was greatly appreciated by all the divers. The food & drinks, hot tub and shelter were especially welcome at 3am after the dives. A superb effort to raise money for the wonderful job our Coastguard do!

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Conducting fun and unique activities is a great way to encourage divers into the water to have fun and this in turn will assist with keeping divers diving and getting divers into the water to see why we all do what we do!

If you have any ideas or you or your divers have any events you would like shared please contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Happy Holiday season from the team at PADI

It’s Time to Celebrate and We’re Celebrating YOU!

19 Dec

Project AWARE : Year in Review 2014e

As we approach the end of 2014, it’s a special time of year for many people across the globe to celebrate. And here at Project AWARE, we’re celebrating YOU!

Every day we receive messages, emails and images of the actions you’re taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community.

Whether you’re involved in Dive Against Debris, teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or urging increased protection for sharks and rays, your actions and passion inspire all of our staff, each and every day. Thank you.

Together we’ve accomplished some amazing things in 2014. We’ve:

  • Mobilized 5,804 ocean advocates to send 28,804 letters urging support for sharks and rays.
  • Removed and reported 87,668 items from 58 countries.
  • Influenced listing of 21 sharks and rays at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species #CMSCoP11.
  • Encouraged CMS Member Nations to make a commitment and advance international cooperation to tackle the marine debris crisis.
  • Inspired 25 teams of swimmers to raise $52,495 and help fight, insist and negotiate for threatened sharks and rays.

That’s why, as we close the books on 2014 and look towards the challenges ahead, we know that together we can achieve remarkable things. Together we’re an unprecedented movement – a movement fuelled by our love for the ocean and our strong will to protect and fight for it.

2014 has been one amazing year and we truly couldn’t have achieved such success without you. You can help us hit the ground running with an aggressive action plan in 2015 by making a donation before 31st Dec.  Your donation will be matched – dollar for dollar up to total $25k – by PADI plus donations over $150 will receive a Fourth Element t-shirt as a token of our thanks. www.projectaware.org.give

We know that change doesn’t come easy. Winning increased protection for our ocean takes coordinated action, negotiation and diplomacy. But thanks to you, we’re winning the battle on many levels. Our movement for ocean protection is getting stronger and we’re getting louder. We can’t wait for our successes in 2015 – thank you for all YOU do and happy holidays!

Check out the 2014 Year in Review Infographic to see what your support has made possible or take a look at the animated infographic video above.

 

Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean you Love

10 Dec

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday – an international day to bring people together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give thanks. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $25,000 before 31st December.

And everyone who donates $150 or more also receives a limited edition Fourth Element t-shirt.

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PADI’s commitment to #GivingTuesday is an industry first and we encourage all dive centres and PADI divers to give back to the ocean and make #GivingTuesday a day for our ocean planet.

The time to protect the ocean is now – www.projectaware.org/give

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Opportunity for PADI Members & Divers in Turkey for the 2015 ANZAC commemorations

8 Dec

turkeyAn opportunity for PADI Members and divers that will be in Turkey before ANZAC Day commemorations has been received by PADI Member, Hülya Doğan, from Turkey.

In the lead up to the commemorations, an opportunity to take part in a commemoration dive with other PADI Members and divers from Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and other nationalities exists.

The dive will take place to commemorate this special occasion and the friendship that now exist between the countries.

For more information please contact; Hülya Doğan – hulya@anemonturizm.com

Recent PADI Instructor Examinations

8 Dec

View some of the recent PADI Instructor Examinations pictures from around Asia Pacific.

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MANADO-Indo--6-7-OCT

06-07 October – Manado, Indonesia

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11-12 October – Koh Samui, Thailand

SYDNEY-Aust--25-26-OCT

25-26 October – Sydney, Australia

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25-26 October – Pondicherry, India

SHANGHAI,-China--25-27-OCT

25-27 October – Shanghai, China

NOVEMBER

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01-02 November – Auckland, New Zealand

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01-02 November – Hong Kong

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04-05 November – Pattaya, Thailand

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04-05 November – Gili Islands, Indonesia

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07-08 November – Bali, Indonesia

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08-09 November – Koh Lanta, Thailand

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11-12 November – Koh Tao, Thailand

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14-16 November – Dunedin, New Zealand

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14-16 November – Sanya, China

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15-16 November – Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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18-19 November – Nanning, China

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18-20 November – Tauranga, New Zealand

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29-30 November – Kenting, Taiwan

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors! Welcome to the PADI Family!

Project AWARE News: Historic Win for Sharks and Rays

7 Dec

Did you see the news about the historical win for sharks and rays? All 21 shark and rays proposals have been adopted at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS CoP 11). The voice of the dive community has been heard!

Thanks to all the PADI Professionals who supported and promoted Project AWARE’s #SharksWithoutBorders

Visit projectaware.com for the full article.

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