Archive | June, 2016

Perth Scuba on a Mission to Protect Our Dive Sites

29 Jun

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On Sunday 19th June, Perth Scuba’s very own Manta Club embarked on a mission to protect one of their local Dive Sites, Ammuntion (Ammo) Jetty.

Inspired by Project AWARE’s Adopt a Dive Site campaign, the club have ‘adopted,’ Ammo Jetty to ensure it’s protection for future divers.

The campaign encourages dive centres around the world to conduct ongoing local monitoring to protect their favourite underwater playgrounds. Dive Centres or Dive Clubs that Adopt a Dive Site conduct regular surveys of marine debris and submit the data they collect so it can be used to increase debris removal efforts and shape policy changes.

Manta Club kicked off their dive with a hearty BBQ and hopes that the meteorologists who predicted 70% chance of rain would be wrong. Under the water they were surprised to find no fishing chairs, but still the usual suspects remained – bricks, old bait and fishing line and of course a few beer bottles.

Thanks everyone at Perth Scuba and all members of Manta Club, who’ve committed to protecting Ammo Jetty and good luck on your mission to Dive Against Debris.

If you’d like to Adopt a Dive Site, visit the Project AWARE website.

Join Us in Celebrating PADI’s 50th Anniversary

28 Jun

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This year marks PADI’s 50th Anniversary, and to help us celebrate this milestone, we’re calling on PADI Professionals to share their favourite diving moment from the past 50 years.

Enter your favourite diving moment by uploading a photo, video or story and you could win one of these incredible prizes: an Aqua Lung CORE Regulator, a GoPro HERO4 package, a Suunto D4i Novo Dive Computer, Vivid-Pix photo editing software or a PADI eLearning Gift Pass/Gift Bag.

You  could share…

  • An incredible marine life encounter
  • A memorable experience with your scuba students
  • How and why you became a PADI Pro

Be sure to get your customers and students divers involved too. They can also share their top underwater memories – even if they only happened today!

Upload your entry now!
OR enter your photos/video by including #PADI50Years on Instagram or Twitter.

The contest is open now and entries close on 10th July, 2016 (23:59 UTC).

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Pro Dive Cairns issues their 150,000th PADI Certification

24 Jun

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Leading dive operator and PADI Career Development Centre, Pro Dive Cairns, has achieved the historic milestone of issuing their 150,000th PADI certification on the 20th June 2016 in Cairns, Australia.

Drew Richardson, PADI President and Chief Executive Officer, Danny Dwyer, PADI Asia Pacific Vice President, Hans Ullrich, PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, and Paul Lim, Pro Dive Cairns General Manager, joined the lucky 150,000th student, Felix Tam, and his PADI Instructor, Simon Daxer, on the Pro Dive Cairns boat to celebrate. Also on board were the Pro Dive Cairns team as well as fellow divers from around the globe who had just returned from their diving trip on the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

Pro Dive Cairns is only the second ever operator to reach this prestigious milestone. To celebrate this accomplishment a gala event was held in Cairns on the 21st June and the Pro Dive Cairns team were presented with a commemorative award from Drew Richardson. During the event, Pro Dive Cairns were also recognised for their ongoing quality of diver training, initiatives and achievements. Felix Tam, the newly certified PADI Open Water Diver, was present at the event and received an award to mark the occasion on behalf of the PADI students that have been certified at Pro Dive Cairns.

Reflecting on their success, Paul Lim, General Manager of Pro Dive Cairns said, “Our longevity in business over the past 33 years, is an outstanding testament to our partnership with PADI and the dedication and professionalism of all our staff, as well the quality and reputation of our product.”

Pro Dive Cairns 2Quicksilver Group Managing Director Tony Baker added, “We are extremely proud of our achievements and the reputation Pro Dive Cairns has built over the years. The fact that so many people have chosen Pro Dive Cairns to teach them to dive is very satisfying and reflects our philosophy and commitment to providing the best possible dive education and trips over many years.”

Danny Dwyer of PADI stated, “Our entire team at PADI would like to congratulate the team at Pro Dive Cairns on reaching the remarkable milestone of 150,000 PADI students. Our two companies have shared a strong and successful business partnership over 33 years and we look forward to many more.”

Established in 1983, Pro Dive Cairns has built an enviable international reputation as one of the world’s premier dive schools and liveaboard dive trip operators. Today, with a team of 67 local staff, Pro Dive owns and operates a purpose built 5 Star PADI Career Development Centre as well as three premier 25 metre liveaboard vessels that conduct trips to the Great Barrier Reef. For more information visit prodivecairns.com.

PADI congratulates Pro Dive Cairns for achieving a landmark 150,000 PADI certifications – a truly significant occasion in the dive industry.

Quality Management Consultant Position Available at PADI EMEA

9 Jun

PADI LogoThe PADI EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) office has a vacancy for a Quality Management Consultant, who will be a primary contact for quality management issues for PADI members, ensuring that PADI Members understand the importance of using PADI’s educational system and are aware of their responsibility to adhere to PADI standards.

The role will involve interacting with members and non-members with regard to quality management issues and reporting incidents, developing and delivering risk and quality management programmes, and maintaining PADI’s member recognition programmes.

We are looking for an experienced PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher (Course Director preferred) who is multilingual with fluent English and Spanish; French language skills would also be highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and analytical individual with excellent communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail.

If you are interested and would like to apply or ask for more details please contact either:

Rachel Landregan, Human Resources, rachel.landregan@padi.com,
Fiona Fishburne, Quality Management, fiona.fishburne@padi.com.

Please Note: This role is based at the PADI EMEA office in Bristol, United Kingdom; As such, all aplicants must have the right to live and work in the European Union.

Deadline for applications is 13th June 2016

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor Application

2 Jun

self-reliant-diverThe purpose of the Self-Reliant Diver distinctive specialty course is to recognize and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving. We strive to process all Specialty Instructor applications promptly, however they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

Since its release the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty has become very popular with our members. To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible we want to take this opportunity to remind you of some administrative requirements.

All Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor applications, regardless of whether you have completed an Instructor course with a PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer or you are applying directly to PADI, require you to have certified at least 25 PADI divers and have proof of having logged 20 self-reliant dives (e.g. dives using redundant equipment and following techniques of self-reliance). In addition you must be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organization. If submitting prerequisite certifications from other organizations, make sure that copies of these are attached to the application. Acceptable documentation includes a copy of both sides of the certifying organization’s certification card or wall certificate or a letter on the certifying organization’s letterhead verifying the certification.

This requirement is different to other Specialties, in most other cases if you complete a Specialty Instructor course with an IT you do not need the 25 certified diver and only 10 logged dives. These additional requirements were put in place to ensure the applicants for the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor rating have ample experience before teaching this program.

As always if you have any questions in regards to your Specialty Instructor application and the prerequisites please contact a Regional Training Consultant via email at training-sales@padi.com.au.

PADI Instructor Examinations for May, 2016

1 Jun

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors from May 2016.

Below are some photos from the PADI Instructor Examinations held throughout Asia Pacific.

03-04 – Dunedin, New Zealand
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07-08 – Hong Kong
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07-08 – Havelock, Andaman Islands
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07-08 – Sanya, China
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11-12 – Pattaya, Thailand
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11-12 – Lembongan, Indonesia
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11-12 – Gili Islands, Indonesia
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14-15 – Phuket, Thailand
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14-15 – Bali, Indonesia
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14-15 – Exmouth, Australia
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17-18 – Koh Tao, Thailand
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17-18 – Port Vila, Vanuatu
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18-19 – Dumaguete, Philippines
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21-22 – Shanghai, China
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21-22 – Malapascua, Philippines
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21-22 – Wellington, New Zealand
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21-22 – Singapore
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24-25 – Boracay, Philippines
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27-28 – Puerto Galera, Philippines
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27-29 – Taipei, Taiwan
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