Archive | August, 2016

PADI 50th Anniversary Contest Winners

31 Aug

This year marks PADI’s 50th anniversary. We’ve loved our time in the diving community and are proud to continue to serve PADI Members and divers as best we can. So to celebrate this milestone, we held a contest asking PADI Pros and divers alike to submit photos, videos, and stories to share their favourite moments in diving over the past 50 years. We were delighted to receive nearly 6,000 entries from all over the world and loved seeing the ocean through so many of your eyes.

After going through all the entries, we were finally able to make the difficult decision of picking our top three winners in each category. We’ll start with our first place winners.

Photo Category – ‘The Pit,’ by Tom St. George

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This photo, captured inside the famous Mexican cenote, is absolutely breathtaking. We love the silhouette of the diver against the unique backdrop of this freshwater pool. Tom’s photo has won him a GoPro HERO4 package!

Video Cetogory – ‘Perhentian Islands,’ by Alex Cheok

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Alex’s video showcases the Perhentian Islands so well that it convinced a few of us to add this to our future dive vacation bucket list – and we can’t get enough of that clown fish! Congratulations to Alex who has won an Aqua Lung CORE regulator.

Story Category – Leda Monsma

Leda’s determination and courage shown in becoming a PADI diver inspired us and brought smiles to our faces. We’re proud to be associated with such strong divers, and are excited to share this story with our community, which has won Leda a Suunto D4i Novo dive computer.

Congratulations to all our first place winners, and thank you for sharing your favourite diving moments with us. We also congratulate our second and third place finalists, whose  submissions we loved too.

Photo Category 

Second Place – ‘Photographing a Shark,’ by Brian Burnett

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Sharks are always a favourite – and this one wins Brian an awesome PADI swag bag.

Third Place – ‘Two Humpback Whales,’ by Sergio Nogueira Jr. 

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We can’t help but smile whenever we look at Sergio’s photo and as our third place recipient, he takes home Vivid-Pix photo editing software.

Video Finalists 

Second Place – ‘Turks and Caicos,’ by K Ian Wells

We can’t get enough of these videos that showcase an area so well. Congratulations Ian who has won a fantastic PADI swag bag.

Third Place – ‘Lembongan,’ by Kai Barlow

Winning Kai a copy of Vivid-Pix photo editing software, is his video showing off the spot where he did his Divemaster program.

Story Finalists

Second Place – Amy Kendall 

“My first night dive, at Redang Island, Malaysia, my dive instructor had forgotten to mention before the dive about the bioluminescence in the water. We went on quite an adventure, I spotted my first octopus crawling across the ocean floor and experienced how different the sea feels without sunlight. It had come to the end of the dive, we kneeled in a circle on the sandy surface and my dive instructor was waving her hand back and forth in front of her face, trying to ask us to do the same so that we could see the blue glowing light. It took us a little while to work out what she was doing, but when we did it was magical. I love that about diving – you don’t have to speak the same language and you can still communicate with a complete stranger. It might take a little while and you can look a little sill at times, but that’s all part of the fun. It really is a wonderful community to be part of, and I feel blessed every day to have had the opportunities I have had.”  – Amy Kendall

We can all relate to the feeling of being connected to other divers, regardless of the languages we speak. Amy has won a PADI swag bag for sharing her story.

Third Place – Danielle Downe

“Finding my mom’s diving gear and old dive log from the 1980’s. She died in 2007 at age 44 from breast cancer, several years before I got into diving. We didn’t talk about her dives before she dies, but she was an adventurer with a crazy spirit and I can only imagine her her stories. It’s neat to see her old notes, marvel at the change in scuba gear and also know that I get to enjoy the same sport my mom did many years prior!”

Danielle’s story of connecting with her mother through diving is so touching. She has won Vivid-Pix photo editing software.

Once again, huge congratulations to all of our prize winners and thank you to everyone that got involved by sharing their favourite diving memory.

Position Vacant: Quality Management Consultant at PADI Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 Aug

We have an opening for a Quality Management Consultant to join our expert Quality Management team located at PADI EMEA in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The Quality Management consultant will be the 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.

Position Requirements:

  • Experienced PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher (Course Director preferred)
  • Educated to A level standard or equivalent (degree level preferred)
  • Fluent English and at least one other central European language is essential. French would be especially desirable and any other additional European languages would be an advantage.
  • Highly analytical, with excellent communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex documents such as incident reports, legislative reports, subpoenas and legal pleadings.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.
  • Ability to understand, organize, and prepare statistical analysis of complex, sensitive and confidential information.

This role is based at the PADI EMEA office in Bristol, United Kingdom; therefore, the successful applicant must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to: Rachel Landregan, Human Resources, rachel.landregan@padi.com.

For an informal discussion or questions regarding this position, please contact Fiona Fishburne, Quality Management, fiona.fishburne@padi.com.

Application closing date: 12 September 2016

PADI Women’s Dive Day in Asia Pacific

24 Aug

Last month divers all over the globe celebrated the second ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. On July 16, over 700 PADI Women’s Dive Day events took place in 77 countries. Men, women, boys and girls donned their fins with one goal in mind; to celebrate the contributions that women have made to the sport that we all love.

In Asia Pacific alone, 286 PADI Women’s Dive Day events took place, from the Philippines to Fiji and Indonesia to India. Events ranged from DSD experiences and courses to BBQs and high teas.

Erin, PADI Asia Pacific, states “I hope that through events like PADI Women’s Dive Day we can influence more female’s to meet and fall in love with our underwater world. There is a discrepancy between the numbers of female and male divers globally. This day, hopefully, will help in a small way to close that gap. More divers means more interest, love and care for our oceans. That can never be a bad thing, especially at a time when our oceans desperately need our support”.

One event where the spirit of the day was clearly embodied was at Lumba Lumba Diving Centre in Indonesia, where all the dive centre’s admin staff and hotel housekeeping staff were invited to see what diving is all about by going on a Discover Scuba Dive. Tari, receptionist at Lumba Lumba Diving Centre felt that this day gave her the opportunity to see why tourists flock to Indonesia’s waters; “Seeing divers every day made me very curious about diving. I’m so happy I could see it for myself. So many fish, coral and colours! It was really nice for me and my colleagues to discover some of our country’s treasures. We also laughed a lot. One of my dreams is to become a dive guide.”

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Lumba Lumba Diving Centre, Indonesia 

This event was only 1 of 286 in Asia Pacific and 700 world-wide that were held to celebrate women in diving as well as encourage more women to become future divers. We hope all involved in PADI Women’s Dive Day had a fantastic day.

Interested in hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 15 2017? It’s easy! Send us an email and we will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Get in quick! To reserve a PADI Women’s Dive Day marketing pack for 2017 ensure you register your interest early!

Take a look at some of the amazing PADI Women’s Dive Day events that took place this year in Asia Pacific:

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Rainbow Divers, Vietnam

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Udive, Malaysia

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Davey Jones’ Locker, Thailand

Performance Diver - New Zealand 2

Performance Diver, New Zealand

Affiliation Links for Your Website Now Available in More Languages

23 Aug

Add links to your website and automatically affiliate Touch or eLearning students with your store so you generate revenue around the clock. Use the link below and plug in your store number along with the corresponding course ID.

Affiliation links are now available for Open Water Diver Touch in these additional languages: Spanish, Polish, Korean, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese.

For Touch, Certification Paks and eLearning use:
https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=StoreNumber&courseid=CourseID

For ReActivate use:
http://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber=StoreNumber

Here’s the full list of available affiliation links:

 

Fiji….Stronger Than Winston!

22 Aug

In February, 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji. The largest cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Incredibly the worst of the storm came during daylight hours which may have saved many lives.

As PADI Regional Manager for Fiji, I have been back to Fiji several times since Tropical Cyclone Winston came through and have now visited some of the worst hit areas for our PADI Members.

One thing that amazes me is how the Fijian people and the people who now call Fiji home have dealt with the aftermath of TC Winston. They really are an extremely resilient bunch of people, rebuilding homes and businesses with the most amazing attitude and a smile on their faces!

Fijian people are well known for their smile and friendly attitude – so much so that many people from all over the world who have witnessed the Fijian culture first hand on a holiday generously donated to the many fundraising efforts in Fiji which assisted providing much needed food, water and shelter in the days afterwards. Once basic needs were being met additional fundraising from many countries and its people provided building supplies in order to begin to rebuild resorts and dive centre’s.

Several Dive Resorts were forced to close while they assessed the damage and made plans to rebuild. While there were a few areas hit hard, a large part of the dive industry here in Fiji was not impacted and resorts were open for business as soon as the weather cleared up. Unfortunately with travel warnings and media coverage in the international news the tourist numbers declined, impacting those businesses reliant on the tourist dollar. This was frustrating to those in areas which were open for business as usual.

The good news is the diving in Fiji is still amazing! Local dive operators say the reef has had some damage in a small amount of dive sites, however the majority is still as healthy as ever – the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ status still rings true underneath the amazing crystal blue water!

One example of sheer determination to be ‘Stronger than Winston’ was Paradise Taveuni Resort – seen here are the before and after pictures. Rebuilt in just 3 months and now looking amazing this is just one example of a community working together. Owner Allan Gorton now believes the staff here have a new pride in the resort due to the fact they helped to rebuild it. Returning guests have also made comment about the amazing staff here.

After the Cyclone this is what was left of the Resort

After the Cyclone this is what was left of the Resort

A new look Paradise

A new look Paradise

New ramp for the divers

New ramp for the divers

A total of 40,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and approximately 350,000 people—roughly 40 percent of Fiji’s population—were significantly impacted by the storm. Many PADI Members jumped into action straight away and began fundraising and helping those that needed it. Of particular note, Julie Kelly was recently awarded a recognition award by PADI Asia Pacific Territory Director Thomas Knedlik and Regional Manager Jen Clent. Julie, her family and friends personally helped raise nearly FJD$200,000 which has assisted in helping the villages on Taveuni – an amazing effort!

Dive Operator Julie Kelly was recently recognized by PADI for her Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Dive Operator Julie Kelly was recently recognized by PADI for her Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

So, you may be thinking “how can I help?” Fiji is most certainly open for business, the diving is still amazing, whether you are interested in sharks, soft corals, manta rays, amazing coral reefs – it really is all here for the taking!

The best thing about Fiji – the people are still smiling! With so many island destinations to choose from the only real question you should be asking yourself is “When are we going?”

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Amazing Colours of Fiji

Talk to your PADI Dive Centre and organise your trip to the Soft Coral Capital of the world and say BULA to Fiji.

For more information about diving here, visit the PADI Fiji Vacation Spotlight.

PADI and Seiko to Release PADI Special Edition Diver’s Watches

18 Aug

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There’s something special about good solid diver’s watches. They’re functional, durable and good-looking. (They may also be one of diving’s greatest unsung marketing tools; who hasn’t had a diving conversation sparked by a comment about their watch?). And, in an increasingly digital world, quality analog diver’s watches have stood the test of time. For dive professionals, they remain essential symbols of a personal commitment to diving. They are de rigueur for PADI Members the world over.

PADI Members also demand quality and will be keenly interested in PADI’s new partnership with Seiko. Since the launch of their first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has become synonymous with quality diver’s watches and a tireless innovator responsible for new technologies and designs for professional and recreational divers alike. These innovations include the world’s first titanium diver’s watch, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case and the world’s first nitrox multi-level diving computer watch. These innovations, and the style and quality of their diver’s watches, has earned Seiko an enviable reputation in the dive industry.

At the core of this partnership is PADI’s and Seiko’s shared passion for diver safety and the marine environment. To launch it, PADI and Seiko will release two PADI Special Edition diver’s watches this autumn.

easingly digital world, quality analog diver’s watches have stood the test of time. For dive professionals, they remain essential symbols of a personal commitment to diving. They are de rigueur for PADI Members the world over.

PADI Members also demand quality and will be keenly interested in PADI’s new partnership with Seiko. Since the launch of their first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has become synonymous with quality diver’s watches and a tireless innovator responsible for new technologies and designs for professional and recreational divers alike. These innovations include the world’s first titanium diver’s watch, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case and the world’s first nitrox multi-level diving computer watch. These innovations, and the style and quality of their diver’s watches, has earned Seiko an enviable reputation in the dive industry.

At the core of this partnership is PADI’s and Seiko’s shared passion for diver safety and the marine environment. To launch it, PADI and Seiko will release two PADI Special Edition diver’s watches this autumn.

The first of these, the Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Kinetic GMT Diver’s SUN065, uses Seiko’s Kinetic technology. The watch’s quartz movement uses a rotor, powered only by body movement, to charge the battery. This watch features a modern version of the legendary two-layer case first seen in 1975 and affectionately nicknamed for it’s superficial resemblance to a can of “Tuna.” The build quality is excellent with clear dial printing, a smooth bezel and a solid crown.

The second watch, the Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Automatic Diver’s SRPA21, pays homage to a true classic: the 1970’s Seiko 150m mechanical diver’s watch. Its unique case and dial design led divers to nickname this model the “Turtle.” The watch features Seiko’s trademark easy-to-read, wide, clear hands. It’s a clean and simple diver’s watch.

Both special edition models gracefully feature PADI’s characteristic red and blue color palette on the dials and the bezels, and the PADI logo on the dials. Either watch will make a functional and stylish accessory for PADI Pros.

For more information about these watches, please visit the Seiko Store Finder to contact a dealer.

Industry Icons Announced as PADI AmbassaDivers

10 Aug

PADI is honoured to announce two industry icons as PADI AmbassaDivers.

Clement Lee is a diving icon from Malaysia and Rachan Malaiwongs is a diving icon from Thailand. Both Rachan and Clement have been long established positive voices from their respective communities, strong advocates of PADI as well as championing many environmental initiatives in the region.

Rachan Malaiwongs
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Rachan Malaiwongs became a PADI Instructor in 1994 and in 1999 became the first Thai PADI Course Director. After graduating from college in Chiang Mai, Malaiwongs moved to Koh Samui where he had the honor of meeting the late Ceasare Benelli, credited with exploring and naming many dive sites in Koh Tao. Benelli became his mentor and teacher, and through their relationship, Malaiwongs earned his PADI Divemaster certification before moving on to take his PADI Instructor Development Course and work at various dive operations on Koh Samui and Koh Tao and helped shape the diving industry in Thailand.

Rachan is credited with training many of the Thai PADI Instructors and acting as a mentor to these new PADI Professionals. Malaiwongs continues to cultivate a strong community among the PADI Instructors he has trained including in the growing diving hub of Bangkok. He has been an unofficial PADI ambassador for many years including assisting with initiatives to help grow diving.

Rachan said “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved today, training hundreds and hundreds of Thai diving instructors who have helped make Thailand one of the biggest diving hubs in the world.”

Rachan has received numerous PADI awards over the years including for his outstanding contribution to the diving industry.

Clement Lee

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Clement Lee became a PADI Instructor in 1985 and in 1991 was one of the first of two Malaysians to become a PADI Course Director. Having extensive diving experience in Sabah’s waters, Clement was one of the pioneers to introduce professionalism in recreational diving, as well as dive resort management in Sipadan. As a Tourism Board Dive Committee member for Sabah, he has also worked tirelessly to promote the dive tourism industry there. Actively promoting conservation and environmental initiatives including Project AWARE, Clement has been the recipient of numerous PADI awards over the years.

In 2015, Clement was appointed to the prestigious role of Tourism Advisor of Malaysia to represent and help promote the diving.

Tourism Malaysia described Clement Lee as, “the embodiment of the entrepreneurial dive industry pioneer, a staunch conservationist with unrelenting views on the importance of protecting and conserving the region’s unique marine attractions. Clement has had a profound influence on the growth and development of recreational diving and dive tourism in this part of the world.”

The aim of the PADI AmbassaDiver program is to help inspire others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving. This program aims to help grow the pool of divers, ocean advocates and explorers in the region and across the globe. Rachan and Clement truly epitomize the meaning of being a PADI AmbassaDiver.

PADI is honoured to welcome Clement Lee & Rachan Malaiwongs as PADI AmbassaDivers.

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