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Milestones…are worth celebrating

18 Jul

When we sit and successfully pass our PADI Instructor Exam the first thing we usually do is celebrate!

As we then progress through various certifications and reach specific milestones our celebrations tend to come and go without much fuss.

At PADI we believe we should continue to celebrate and congratulate ourselves and each other as we progress through our careers in this amazing industry.

So to congratulate and celebrate a few milestones I wanted to highlight a few of our key PADI Course Directors in Region 22:

Darrell Bird

When did you become a Course Director? March 2016 in Malaysia.

Where do you currently work? Dive Zone Whitianga, New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? Love seeing the candidates progress through all aspects of the IDC especially the way their confidence in front of the class completing Academic presentations grows during this process.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? Be prepared to give it 110% and be open to learn from all those around you, for me it was being open to the digital world, and what it has to offer as a new and ever changing training tool! Amazing experience!    

Tracey Channon

 

When did you become a Course Director? March 2015 in Malaysia.

Where do you currently work? Dive Otago Ltd.  Dunedin, New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? We have most of our IDC candidates right from learning to dive at Open Water level through to IDC within the year and I love seeing how far they come with their skills, confidence and abilities.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? In regards to the application process think about this early.  I left my decision to apply quite late in the scheme of things and it was a bit of a rush to make sure I had everything in line.  Look ahead in your career and plan early so that you can have everything ready to roll when it comes time to apply.

Stephen Hemstalk

 

When did you become a Course Director? June 2015.

Where do you currently work? Dive! Tutukaka, Northland, New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? I love teaching the whole IDC. It is the process of development that I enjoy the most. Seeing the transformation from Divemaster to confident new instructors. 

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? If you are thinking about applying for CDTC. Then stop thinking and just go do it. 😊

Andrew Redfern

When did you become a Course Director? 1995.

Where do you currently work? Wyndham Resort, Fiji.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? The  new things I learn every time.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? Learn as much as you can from everybody and anybody.

Daniel Sharp

 

When did you become a PADI Course Director? 2013.

Where do you currently work? Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

What is your favourite part of teaching the PADI IDC? Seeing the development of students over the course and by the time they finish seeing them not just getting the marks but actually teaching.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? Give it your all, load your bags up with teaching aids and PADI materials and enjoy.

David Drane

When did you become a Course Director? 2005.

Where do you currently work? Dive Wellington, New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? When candidates begin to believe in themselves and treat their IDC presentations as if they are teaching real courses.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? The course itself is fun. If it is something you really want to do, then why not do it.

Nicholas Wyatt

When did you become a Course Director? March 2016.

Where do you currently work? Auckland Scuba, New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? I enjoy seeing Instructor candidates develop their skills and abilities to a level that they can in turn pass it onto new divers.

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? Formulate a good business plan that you will be able to implement once you become a CD.

Kelly Weeds

When did you become a Course Director? 2010.

Where do you currently work? With an amazing crew at Dive Zone Bay of Islands , in the Far North of New Zealand.

What is your favorite part of teaching the PADI IDC? Seeing candidates “get the hang of it” and their obvious rise in confidence when things start to fall into place and get smoother and more natural. That’s when I can see the finished produce start to emerge – awesome!

What words of advice would you give anyone thinking of applying to the PADI CDTC? Make sure you really love “teaching people how to teach” – it can be challenging and like any level of training you need empathy and passion. Have an open mind and be ready to learn some cool stuff!

 


A big thanks to every one of our PADI members who continue to contribute to our industry with each with every person you train! With Asia Pacific certifications increasing year on year the need for more PADI Dive Instructors increases too – if you would like to be able to train the next generation of new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors why not aim to apply for the PADI Course Director Training Course?

For further information check out the CDTC area on the PADI Pro site or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

 

 

PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation

23 Feb

For the 19th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation. The popular German-language magazine, which focuses on topics of interest to European divers including dive travel, equipment and industry news, asks readers to annually select their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the enduring favourite, taking home the coveted bronze statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year since its inception.

This award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members around the world and the quality training they deliver every day.

PADI Members have plenty to celebrate, because the TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Dive Industry.’ This year, the awards were presented on 27 January, 2017 at the Düsseldorf Night Residency in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members everywhere and thank them for their continued support of the PADI organisation. Thanks also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach. Together, we are the way the world learns to dive.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

Congratulations Dive Centre Ltd – 30 years as a PADI Dive Shop.

13 Feb

Only one dive centre can say that they are New Zealand’s longest standing dive shop, and it is Dive Centre Ltd, run by the Kidd Family since 1972.  Recently, they also celebrated 30 years as a PADI Dive Centre.

It was Guy’s background as an ex-operational dive team member of the Royal NZ Navy that prompted him and his wife Margaret to open Dive Centre Ltd to offer dive equipment to the public.

Since their humble beginnings, Dive Centre Ltd has grown to be a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre, a TecRec Centre, IANZ Testing Station and an Aqualung Partner Centre.

In September 2000, Guy took a step back and moved into retirement, while his son Malcolm stepped in to continue running the business with Margaret. Malcolm, always destined to be a diver, has vivid memories of his early days in the water, “My very first memory is of my first snorkel at the Poor Knights Island at age 5 – I squealed the entire time through my snorkel!”

img_0176(R-L) PADI Territory Director Thomas Knedlick, Margaret, Malcom & Guy Kidd, and PADI Regional Manager Jen Clent

Of course, in the diving industry no two days are the same and Malcolm shared with us some of his favourite moments,

“We were diving at Goat Island Marine reserve – I was teaching an Open Water course, and an orca came up very close to us. Another memory is salvaging a sunken boat on the Coromandel and using a helicopter to tow it back to shore – but more than anything, it’s the people that I’ve introduced to diving that I remember. Over the years, some great customer relationships have formed and grown into great friendships.”

So what’s his advice for running a successful dive shop like Dive Centre Ltd?

“You have to have a passion for the sport, a head for business and a strong work ethic. And most of all, love people! That’s what it’s all about.”

Congratulations to Malcom, Margaret and Guy, and of course the entire team at Dive Centre Ltd for the huge achievement that is 30 years as a PADI Dive shop and 45 years in the diving industry.

35 Years of PADI Membership for Industry Icon

22 Dec

Congratulations to Henrik Nimb, representative on the Project AWARE Foundation Board of Directors, for his 35 years of PADI Membership achievement award.

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Henrik was presented the award by PADI Asia Pacific Vice Presidents Danny Dwyer (Left) and Matthew Hill (Right) on a recent visit to the PADI Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters.

We thank Henrik for his long serving dedication and hard work in flying the PADI and Project AWARE flags.