Archive | August, 2015

PADI eTraining Log – A Digital Logbook for Training Dives

31 Aug

Since the launch of PADI’s range of Digital Certification Paks, Students have the opportunity to log their training dives online via ScubaEarth. No more signing wet logbooks!

Just as a paper logbook requires an Instructor’s signature, training dives that are logged online must be approved by the Instructor who conducted the dive. Use your digital signature to approve all the required dives to certify your Students.

Please note that the eTraining Log is an optional way to verify the completion of training dives. Divers and Instructors may continue to log dives in a paper logbook if they choose.

Once a Student has logged their training dive via ScubaEarth they will see ‘Pending Approval’ next to their dive, as shown below:

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When logging a training dive, the Student must include their Instructor’s PADI Pro number. After the dive is submitted for approval, an email is generated to the Instructor referenced. As the Instructor, you will then receive an email asking you to easily approve the dive.

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Click through to the PADI Pros Site and navigate to the Online Processing Centre, where you will be able to select the eTraining Log.

The eTraining Log Book is included in the following products:

  • Open Water Cert Pak – Lite 60490-1
  • Open Water Cert Pak – Offline 60460-1
  • Adventures in Diving Cert Pak – Lite 60395-1
  • Rescue Diver Cert Pak – Lite 60525-1

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888). Don`t forget you can order anytime from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

A Day in the Life of a PADI Divemaster – Lui Matavesi

14 Aug

Lui Matavesi Divemaster

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organisation in the world – PADI.

Lui Matavesi is a PADI Divemaster at Blue Starfish Dive Centre at Lalati Resort and Spa, a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, on Beqa Island in Fiji.

Read how Lui enjoys his working day…

Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster.

I rise early to arrive at the dive centre by 07:30 where I prepare the tanks, my equipment and guest’s equipment to load on to the boat. I wait for the guests to arrive at the jetty and seat them for the boat trip. I’m also a boat captain, so I get to drive the boat out to the dive sites, most of which are within a 15 to 20 minute boat ride from Lalati Resort. Our guests like that we have great diving so close, in and around the legendary Beqa Lagoon.

Once we arrive, I give a dive briefing and we jump in! We have an excellent variety of diving here off Beqa. Inside the lagoon we have great marine life, beautiful soft corals and large sea fans. On the outer reef we have very healthy hard coral gardens that reach a great distance. I hear many divers say that they’ve never seen hard corals so healthy. We have the famous Shark Dive too – up to eight different species of shark! My favourite dive sites here are “Best of the Best” or any of our drift dives on the outer reef. Our dive centre managers here at Blue Starfish even named one site after me: “Lui’s Leap.”

At Blue Starfish Dive Centre we do 2-tank boat dives every morning and get back by lunchtime. Upon our return, I help unload the boat, rinse gear and clean up.

When and where did you start diving?

I gained my PADI Open Water Diver certificate at Blue Starfish Dive Centre, Lalati Resort, Beqa in 2012, when I was 25.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I became a PADI Divemaster in early July 2015, again at Blue Starfish Dive Centre.

What made you choose to become a PADI Professional?

I love to dive!

What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster course?

I really enjoyed assisting the PADI Instructors with Discover Scuba Dives and courses.

What dive locations are on your bucket list and why?

I’d love to dive in the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef because I’ve always heard such great stories about both of those places.

What has been the most memorable dive of your life?

The first time I did the Shark Dive here at Beqa, known as one of the world’s best. The real name of the site is “The Bistro.” There were so many sharks and so many huge fish – Trevally, Giant Grouper, Snapper and many large eels also inhabit this site. I was lucky on this occasion because the big Tiger Shark (named “Lady Joyce”) showed up. At one point she was right above me and must have been shedding, as two of her teeth popped out and fell right in front of me, so I put my hand out and they landed right in my palm!

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to divers thinking of becoming a PADI Divemaster?

Always be a safe diver – follow dive procedures – it’s so important! Also, keep working towards a career in diving – it’s fun and interesting and you always see more under the water than on dry land.

Are you ready to become a PADI DivemasterTo get started, contact your local PADI Dive Shop for details about the course, or visit padi.com and sign up today for PADI eLearning.

Risk Management Symposium

9 Aug

PADI LogoVertColorPADI Asia Pacific is pleased to invite you to our Risk Management Symposium being held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel in the Kuranda Ballroom on 7 September, 2015. Coffee and tea will commence from 8:30am and the Symposium will run from 9am to 5pm.

The day’s events include presentations from our six guest speakers, and will conclude with a question and answer forum to allow you to address questions & concerns that you have in respect to safe diving practices.

The speakers and their subject topic include:

Dr. Simon Mitchell – Associate Professor, Auckland University
Recognising significant diving medical events, and problems and pitfalls of responding inappropriately.

Dr. Cathy Mehan – SPUMS member
The new approaches in dealing with diabetes and diving.

Christopher Coxon – QLD WorkCover, Diving Team
The challenges of dealing with the emerging Asian markets.

Julie Mastrodomenico – Psychologist
How to deal with critical incidents, both on the day and the days after.

Gavin Creighton – Partner CBP Lawyers

Diving incidents and the resulting litigation.

Rob Veale – Managing Director, V-Insurance Group

The importance of professional indemnity insurance with recent examples of diving incidents.

The Symposium is free of charge; morning tea and a buffet lunch are provided. Attendees will include dive center owners and managers and PADI Course Directors.

Attendance is limited to 100 places so please register your attendance as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you shortly, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us on:

Mike Holme, Risk Management & Industry Relations Executive
mike.holme@padi.com.au, 02 9454 2840

Richard Evans, Risk Management Manager
richard.evans@padi.com.au, 02 9454 2841

Alex Boulton, Quality Management Consultant
alex.boulton@padi.com.au, 02 9454 2845

Batavia Coast Dive & Watersports: Why I became a PADI Instructor

7 Aug

I was sent this article from Sigourney at Batavia Coast Dive & Watersports in Geraldton, Western Australia, I thought I would share this with you as she puts in writing what so many of us think and feel. Thanks for the well written story Sigourney!

Lifestyle

I live a dream. What I do as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor is more than just a job to me, it is my lifestyle. My life is teaching others how to become a PADI diver, showing them that they can breathe underwater and introducing them to a whole new world. Diving has whole-heartedly transformed my life. The instant your head is submerged, you’ve infiltrated a unique environment filled with unimaginable wildlife. In that moment, I chose to pursue a profession in diving. I didn’t care what I had to do to get there, but I knew I would and now here I am intoxicated by the aquatic habitat.

As an Instructor, I know how my students are feeling; anxious, fearful, enthusiastic, happy or all of the above. I was definitely perplexed at the beauty that existed by my doorstep. Nothing can compare to the first breaths you take underwater, enveloped by a wall of fish and coral. Today, I get to instruct, refine skills and certify people who adopt the idea that diving can provide them with a sense of content. To me, diving awakens your core; reposes you and sedates your mind.

Everybody has a story. Everyone has sacrificed something to get to where they are today. Every journey has potholes and speed bumps, roadblocks and curves. It’s what you choose to make of those obstacles that introduce themselves unexpectedly into your life and how you opt to overcome them. The anxiety of an obscured path will always be there. Diving inspired me to conquer timidity and morphed me into the person I am today. Presently I am living the life I once thought unachievable. Diving has led me to conclude that any dream, no matter how sizable is attainable.

Being a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor is not my job, it’s my life.
Sigourney Grandmann
Batavia Coast Dive & Watersports
Western Australia

New Documentary Highlights Debris Problem

4 Aug

The Voyage of the Labyrinth has just released its first episode. Made up of film makers, divers and sailors, Team Labyrinth is travelling through South East Asia to highlight some of the most pressing environmental issues facing our ocean planet.

Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist at Project AWARE, was lucky to get in on the action during the team’s first days of filming. The crew filmed a special report looking at the problem of marine debris off the east coast of Malaysia. Despite being in a marine park, discarded fishing nets smothering the fragile reef became an all too familiar site.

Working alongside B&J Diving Centre from Pulau Tioman, Hannah and the crew conducted a Dive Against Debris survey, removing 30 kg of rubbish underwater in just 45 minutes.

You can see the full report by viewing Episode 1: Coral Island Clean Up.

You can also run your own Dive Against Debris surveys. Visit www.projectaware.org/DiveAgainstDebris for more information.

Instructor Exams for July 2015

2 Aug

We extend our congratulations to all those who participated in the PADI Instructor Examinations throughout Asia Pacific in July 2015.

08-09 July – Pattaya, Thailand

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11-12 July – Phuket, Thailand

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14-15 July – Koh Tao, Thailand

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16-17 July – Tauranga, New Zealand

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17-18 July – Bohol, Philippines

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22-23 July – Gili Islands, Indonesia

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24-25 July – Boracay, Philippines

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25-26 July – Bali Indonesia

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25-26 July – Kenting, Taiwan

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25-26 July – Sydney, Australia

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27-28 July – Cebu, Philippines
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Divemaster Application Tips

2 Aug

Divemaster Applications and CPR – First Aid Training

Many Divemaster candidates have been working hard all year and the applications have been streaming in. We strive to process all applications promptly, however they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common issue is missing documentation when the applicant has completed a non-EFR first aid and CPR course. Non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application.

The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Departmentvia email traindep@padi.com.auto verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify that all certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organizations, including CPR/first aid coursecompletions, make sure that copies of these are attached to the application.
  5. Provide payment details is required.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organization’s certification card.
  • A copy of the certifying organization’s wall certificate.
  • A letter on the certifying organization’s letterhead verifying the certification

For current DM fees, please contact the PADI Asia Pacific Membership Department via email at memdep@padi.com.au.

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly list the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible to ensure that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (also if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a fit to dive medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A fit to dive medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

TIPS to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
    • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
    • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
    • Full name and contact details of the physician
    • Physician’s signature and date
  2. Keep a clear copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

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