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Applications Closing Soon: PADI x Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships

26 Oct

At PADI we’re big supporters of Women in Diving – the trailblazers, explorers, and fearless females that have made and continue to make incredible contributions to the sport. As an organisation, we aim to encourage, empower and educate women who either want to start diving or who want to be part of a community passionate about the underwater world.

This year, we’ve partnered with the Women Divers Hall of Fame to offer PADI Training Grants. The PADI training scholarships are open to women worldwide, and applicants have until October 31, 2017 midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time to submit their applications. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2018.  Only online submissions will be accepted and no exceptions will be made for late submissions.

There are two training grants available:

PADI 4 Change

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI scuba leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change.  Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in any of the following PADI Four Pillars will be considered: Ocean Health, Marine Animal Protection, People and Community, and Healing and Wellness. $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and PADI will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved PADI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. The PADI training facility will contact PADI for subject materials. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

PADI Young Explorer Dive Training Grant for Young Women. 

A$1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-17, who wishes to begin or continue her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Applicants with a passion for ocean exploration or conservation will be considered. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training/equipment facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training/equipment facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

Interested? Here’s how to apply. 

  • Applicants can apply online by completing the online application form.
  • Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions very carefully, and refer to the specific requirements as you complete your application. Full descriptions and requirements of the grants are detailed here.
  • All applications require two letters of recommendation that must be submitted directly by the recommender, and not by the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year, however, if you are not selected for the scholarship or training grant for which you applied, and you are qualified for another scholarship/training grant, you may be considered for another award.
  • Incomplete and/or late applications (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email:

For a complete list of training grants and scholarships available through the Women Divers Hall of Fame, please visit here.

About the Women Divers Hall of Fame

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs. They do not support living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient. Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (but only after dive training has been completed). For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee. For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training.

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

21 Sep

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

15 Sep

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.

Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals 2017

12 Sep

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

8 Sep

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

Quality Management Consultant Position Available with PADI Asia Pacific

7 Sep
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

First Ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Asia Pacific

18 Jun

Most people that will try freediving for the first time will be immediately hooked.

Freediving not only allows you to discover the underwater world without much equipment and only on a single breath, but it will deepen your understanding of physics and physiology that will eventually allow you to extend your personal limits in a gentle manner.

To help train future instructors that can teach the sport of freediving to a rapidly growing market, PADI Asia Pacific conducted its first ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Cebu, Philippines. This international program brought together 14 candidates from 7 different countries and was translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Due to consistent PADI training standards worldwide that differ only in style, technique and application, the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course is a fantastic networking opportunity to gain insight into how standards are adapted and applied internationally. One primary benefit of a multi-national program is the opportunity it creates for the candidates and staff to establish business relationships and exchange ideas. The participants, experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors, were selected from a number of applicants. The Freediver Instructor Trainer Course focused on PADI philosophy, instructor candidate counselling, instructor-level presentations and evaluation as well as marketing for instructor development programs.

Interested in becoming the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer?

This was the first, but it certainly won’t be the last – PADI Asia Pacific will run these PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer courses from time to time. To apply, candidates will need to be renewed and in teaching status as a PADI Master Freediver Instructor, certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and have experience teaching all PADI Freediver program levels beyond those required for the PADI Master Freediver Instructor level.

In addition, applicants will need to have experience staffing PADI Freediver Instructor training courses and not have had any verified Quality Management complaints in the last 12 month prior to the course date.

For further information about the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, its prerequisites, requirements and future programs, please contact your Regional Headquarters.