It’s a Wrap! Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals

All photos supplied by Freediving New Zealand
PADI were proud to sponsor the Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals held in Auckland over the weekend. The event saw freedivers from across New Zealand and the world come together to compete across three disciplines – Static Apnea, Dynamic With Fins and Dynamic No Fins.

Kathryn Nevatt, 38, and Guy Brew, 54, retained their respective national titles with strong performances across the board.

Nevatt started the competition strong with a result of 6 minutes 45 seconds in the Static Apnea discipline along with Brew who reached a result of 7 minutes 25 seconds.

Men’s silver went to Chris Marshall and bronze to Ant Williams.

In the female events, Danish National champion Anette Ragen Ottzen took out the silver medal and Australian Lisa Borg took the bronze.

This year saw 27 entrants from a range of countries making it the largest ever, reflecting the huge growth of the sport in recent times.

PADI Regional Manager, Jen Clent, was poolside for the competition and had this to say;

“It was great to see the freediving community come together for this event. Freediving is one of the fastest growing in the world and competitions such as this are a great opportunity to highlight safe practices. PADI were thrilled to be involved and look forward to the continued growth of the sport around the world.”

For more information on the Splash Freediving Pool Nationals 2017, head to their website.

If you’re interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Centre, please speak with your Regional Manager.

Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

We’re thrilled to welcome Myoungho Noh to the PADI AmbassaDiver family!

Not only is he a PADI Course Director but he was also the first PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer from Korea. We got to know him a little better and learnt about some of his favourite freediving moments and what it means to him to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

When did you first start exploring the underwater world?

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved water activities – swimming, scuba diving – you name it, I tried it. It was scuba diving that first really increased my appreciation and enjoyment of the ocean. It allowed me to explore deeper and stay there for longer. In Korea, the ocean is not far from my home, so I’d visit every chance I got. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always able to scuba dive, but this opened freediving up to me and has since changed my life.

These days, I am teaching freediving and trying to promote freediving all over the world.

Tell us about some of your favourite freediving moments.

I love the feeling of freedom that comes with freediving. Particularly when I’m diving by way of free immersion. I can relax my whole body, and slowly enter the deep. While moving down the line, I close my eyes and feel the water against my dace. At that point, I feel like I’m one with the water!

I also love observing aquatic animals – I remember one moment when I was diving with a huge whale shark. I knew the whale shark wouldn’t attack me however the sheer size of it was mesmerizing. It was such a unique experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

What does being a PADI AmbassaDiver mean to you?

It was PADI that has led me to diving professionally and has opened up completely new worlds to me. I feel a sense of pride when I’m teaching PADI courses and even more so to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

Why do you want to introduce more people to Freediving?

I believe that freediving is easy for anyone to learn and that the experience is one-of-a-kind. The joy that can be experienced through it is endless. With that said, it’s important that people learn safe practices and by teaching the PADI Freediver course I can help make sure people learn the proper and safe techniques.

Learn more about the PADI Freediver program here or learn more about our other AmbassaDivers.

PADI Instructor Examinations for August, 2017

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in August.

01 August | Semporna, Malaysia

07 August | Brunei

11 August | Semporna, Malaysia

12 August | Cairns, Australia

12 August | Sanya, China

15 August | Gold Coast, Australia

15 August | Perhentian Island, Malaysia

19 August | Phuket, Thailand

19 August | Dalian, China

19 August | Tioman Island, Malaysia

22 August | Koh Tao, Thailand

23 August | Gili Islands, Indonesia

26 August | Shenzhen, China

26 August | Bali, Indonesia

26 August | Singapore

26 August | Uljin, South Korea

Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals 2017

Freediver demonstrates Static With Fins discipline.

This weekend, the Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals 2017 will be held in Auckland. PADI are proud to be a sponsor of the event and to support the growth of freediving not only in New Zealand but around the world.

The growth of the competition in recent years mirrors the growth of the sport, and this year will again see a high calibre of athletes competing.

Amongst the competitors will be the current New Zealand National Champion and Pan Pacific Champion Kathryn Nevatt and Danish National DYN Champion, Anette Rafen Otzen.

Freediving is one of the fastest growing water sports,” says Jen Clent, Regional Manager, PADI Asia Pacific.

As such, it is important to highlight safe diving practices. PADI are thrilled to have the chance to do so as a sponsor of the Freediving NZ Pool Nationals and look forward to educating competitors and the general public about the training and opportunities available through the PADI Freediver program.

You can stay up-to-date on the competition by following PADI on Facebook or Instagram. We will be going live to share with you exclusive interviews and highlights over the three days.

For more competition info, visit the website here.

You can also read more about the PADI Freediver Program here.


Your Invitation to the Chasing Coral Premiere

Friends of PADI, the Australian Marine Conservation Society have commenced their Great Barrier Reef Road Show around Australia. As part of this, they will be hosting free screenings the award-winning documentary Chasing Coral in both Sydney and Melbourne – and you’re invited.

Chasing Coral is a powerful and entertaining film that puts into perspective the global threat to coral reefs and tracks the effort to save them.

Following the film, a panel will discuss the implications of the global coral heatwave and how we can come together as a dive community to protect our precious Great Barrier Reef.

These are both free events and everyone is welcome, however registration is essential as places are limited. For more information and to register your attendance, please click the relevant link below.

Sydney Screening |  Melbourne Screening

Help Improve Our Oceans

Written by Megan Denny

National Geographic estimates 5.25 trillion pieces of trash end up in the ocean every year. That’s about 700 pieces of trash for every man, woman and child on the planet. And, a lot of that rubbish is plastic. The volume and types of trash in the ocean affects all marine creatures, from the smallest zooplankton to the largest whales.

As a dive professional, you’re uniquely qualified to help turn the tide toward a healthier ocean. There are many ways to make a difference including participating in year-round Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® surveys or organizing a special event on Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Here are a few suggestions and examples of what other PADI® Pros are doing for International Coastal Cleanup Day this September.

Saturday, 16 September

International Coastal Cleanup Day is an ideal way to do important work for the local community and raise awareness about your business. Here are some tips for running a successful cleanup event:

  • Get the word out – Send a short press release to local news organisations (templates and tools are available on the PADI Pros’ Site).
  • Stock up – Encourage divers to get equipped with mesh collection bags, knives and gloves. Invite topside participants to bring gardening gloves, but bring extra gloves for those who forget.
  • Buddy up – Invite local environmental organizations to participate and help get the word out.
  • Create incentives – Jack’s Diving Locker in Hawai’i offers a free rental tank and half off rental gear to divers participating in their shoreline and underwater cleanup. Their 2017 event takes place on International Coastal Cleanup Day at the Kailua-Kona Pier from 9am – noon.
  • Document your activities: create a recap video or slideshow to share on social media and with local news outlets.

Take Action Year Round

You don’t need to wait for International Coastal Cleanup Day to take action. Through Dive Against Debris surveys, divers can remove debris throughout the year at any dive location across the globe. If you dive at the same site frequently, why not adopt it? Project AWARE provides a suite of survey tools and a yearly report on the state of your local dive site. Simply conduct Dive Against Debris surveys once a month and report the marine debris you find. Receive special recognition for your efforts in addition to the feel-good benefits of helping the planet and local community. Learn more at:

Make Good Choices

While out of the water there are things you can do to support a clean and healthy ocean.

Say “no” to single-use plastics – Especially items like cups, straws and cutlery. Choose reusable snack bags over plastic ones, and switch to biodegradable trash bags. Plastic production has skyrocketed from 7 million tons in 1950 to almost 300 million tons today. What’s even scarier: most of that plastic is still around. By reducing plastic consumption we can reduce the plastic pollution in our ocean. Here’s a humorous video you can share online to encourage friends to avoid disposable plastics.

Donate to Project AWARE – Challenge friends, family and your student divers to do the same by creating a fundraising campaign. Get started at org/support. You can also peruse fundraising campaigns from fellow ocean-lovers at

Quality Management Consultant Position Available with PADI Asia Pacific

PADI Asia Pacific are currently recruiting for a Quality Management Consultant based in Sydney Australia.

Reporting to the Manager, Quality Management, the Quality Management Consultant will provide quality and risk management consultation and support for PADI Members in the Asia Pacific region.  You will be a primary contact for PADI Members and non-member enquiries regarding quality management issues including reporting and handling of diving incidents. Additional duties include developing and delivering quality and risk management programmes and maintaining PADI’s Member recognition programmes.

You will be a current PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher and have a minimum four years teaching experience as a PADI Instructor as well as a minimum four years administrative experience.

For further information and to apply, please visit or contact Alison Vasek, Manager, Human Resources at