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PADI exhibits at TecFestNZ 2016

18 May

Tecfest NZ ran its 4th annual event over the weekend of May 6th-8th in Taupo, New Zealand. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions for the event with beautiful calm, warm and sunny conditions topside and great visibility and a balmy 17 degree water temperature.

Stunning conditions for the 4th annual TecFestNZ

Stunning conditions for the 4th annual TecFestNZ

The Beach set-up & dive site

The Beach set-up & dive site

For the first time this year PADI got involved in the annual TecFest NZ in Taupo to promote PADI TecRec programmes. A unique event in which the main objective of the event is actually go diving, rather than talk about it. 120 interested divers from all around the country attended this year’s event with many saying it was the best one yet.

Another big draw card was the high caliber of guest speakers:

Dr Simon Mitchell is a passionate diver and recognised as a leading international authority on diving and hyperbaric medicine. Simon conducted 2 presentations, the first on “Decompression Planning: how it works and current controversies” and the second on “Breathing Underwater: the respiratory challenges of deep compressed gas dives.” If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to Simon present you will know these were extremely interesting and very well attended.

Dr Simon Mitchel presenting

Pete Mesley inspired us all with his presentations on “Are Rebreathers Really the way to go in Technical Diving?” and ”So you have just done your initial Tech course – What next? Opportunities for Today’s Technical Diver” After a recent trip to the Great Lakes and photos from both there and Truk Lagoon included in his presentation Pete ignited everyone’s ‘Lust for Rust‘!

Matt Carter – marine archaeologist and  presenter from Coast NZ gave 2 great talks on the “Exploration of the final frontier: maritime archaeology, tech diving and the deep shipwreck resource” along with “Maritime archaeology in New Zealand, an untapped historical treasure.”

Matt Carter

Tom Crisp has a passion for cave diving like no other! His ‘The Push For More’ presentation all about his cave exploration in New Zealand was fascinating – who knew we had so many untapped cave systems to discover and explore.

Andrew from Global Dive introducing 2 divers to diving on twins

Andrew from Global Dive introducing 2 divers to diving on twins

2 excited divers headed to the water on twins for the first time.

2 excited divers headed to the water on twins for the first time.

With attendees ranging in experience from newly certified  Open Water divers right the way through to experts in their field and highly regarded technical divers and Instructors it was great to be surrounded by like-minded individuals all there for the same reason…Technical Diving.

Try dives were available in Full Face Mask, Twin Sets, Scooters and Sidemount. Divers were also out boat diving around the lake, drift diving the river and just generally having a good time!

Paul Ferguson - Snr Constable with the Police National Dive Squad talking through recent statistics and reiterating the 'safe diving practices' message

Paul Ferguson – Snr Constable with the Police National Dive Squad talking through recent statistics and reiterating the ‘safe diving practices’ message

It was fantastic to have Senior Constable Paul Ferguson give a talk about life as a Police Diver, the equipment they use and areas they dive and on a more serious note, some statistics around incidents here in NZ, whats going wrong and what dive practices (or lack of) are contributing to this high incident rate – something no matter what level diver you are we all need know.

PADI Regional Training Consultant Junya Kato and PADI TecRec Instructor Andrew Simpson presenting on Rebreather Courses and training.

PADI Regional Training Consultant Junya Kato and PADI TecRec Instructor Andrew Simpson presenting on Rebreather Courses and training.

Regional Manager Jen Clent was joined at TecFest NZ by PADI Regional Training Consultant and passionate tehcnical diver Junya Kato who took everyone through the PADI TecRec Courses available including both Open Circuit and Rebreather Courses for both diver level and Instructor level.

Thanks also to Andrew Simpson from Global Dive who assisted with explaining what all is involved in the training inlcuding how he runs the PADI Tec 40 CCR programme.

NZRIDG Update at TecFestNZ

New Zealand Recreational Dive Industry Group (NZRIDG ) Chair Richard Taylor gave industry an update on the newly formed New Representative Peak Body for the Recreational Diving Industry in New Zealand  along with an overview of the new Health & Safety regulations, Adventure Activities System and Certificate of Competence.

So, overall a fantastic weekend was had by all, many newly inspired divers with a new set of diving goals to achieve left Taupo happy after 3 great days. Divers now keen to dive a new wreck, head to a new destination or assist mapping marine archaeology sites all with the knowledge of how to get there. A big thanks to TecFest NZ organisers Chris Clarke and Brent McFadden.

If you would like any further information on PADI TecRec programmes or how you can achieve that next PADI rating please contact your PADI Regional Manager or Regional Training Consultant or visit padi.com.

The Importance of Continuing Education

25 Mar

It is proven that divers who complete training above and beyond the PADI Open Water Diver course will dive more often, invest in dive gear and most importantly – keep diving.padi_flowChart

As diving can be a seasonal activity for those in certain parts of the world, as we move season to season, summer to winter and between peaks and troughs in business, we need to look at ways of attracting new divers into the incredible world of scuba diving. One of the primary ways is to ensure that newly certified Open Water divers have the information and support to keep diving for fun, or to further their education.

Having information easily available for customers and students is imperative. Most Dive Centres and Resorts will have a database of customers which they can send information out to but it’s the Instructors and Certified Assistants that hold a great deal of face-to-face potential.

Are your staff trained in promoting continuing education? When asked about further education from divers, including specialty, professional and technical courses, are they prepared to give the diver the best information possible? If doubtful, then we highly recommended you run internal training courses.

Your PADI Regional Manager is here to assist and support your business so why not run an informal sales training evening for your staff? A simple course information night for your dive club would be a great start.

There are many possiPADI-TecRec-Flowchart-Horizontal-Online (1)ble presentations your Regional Manager can assist with so contact yours today for further information and make sure your divers keep diving, invest in quality dive equipment and share their ongoing passion of scuba with you!

TecRec Update Webinar

12 Feb

TecRec Update Webinar: Wednesday 19 February 2:00pm AEST

Please click here to register for the Webinar.

If you are teaching the variety of the TecRec programmes you will find attending the PADI TecRec Webinar very beneficial as we will discuss the latest developments. If you are thinking about joining the ranks of TecRec and Rebreather/CCR Instructors you will receive some in-depth information on how to reach your goal.

The webinar will be interactive, covering updates, errata and FAQs with plenty of opportunities for questions. Technical Diving Consultants from PADI’s Technical Diving Division will be hosting the webinar.

We look forward to you joining us.

First PADI Rebreather Diver Courses using the Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather in Australia

3 Jun

After months of anticipation and excitement, it has finally arrived on Australian shores.

OCE  2 Rebreather 3.6.13The Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather had a chance to be put through its paces in Sydney, Australia as four prominent Sydney dive store owners had the opportunity to complete their PADI Rebreather Diver and PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver Courses with PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer, Rubens Monaco on this new and exciting rebreather.

As most of the guys on this course had already dived other types of rebreathers, it was interesting to see their attitude to this unit. As it is a sports rebreather aimed at the recreational market, it might have been easily dismissed as a simple unit without too many features. However, as the guys discovered quickly, this little unit might look easy to use and is, but the features inside makes it one of the most technologically advanced rebreathers on the market!

The course itself, which took 4 days to complete, was run in Manly from 20th – 24th May. This gave us the opportunity to dive the units at Shelley Beach. It was plain to see from the very first dive some of the advantages of diving the unit in an area full of marine life. The comments from the students clearly indicated a more natural behaviour between diver and marine animals and the ability to get closer was awesome.

OCE Rebreather 3.6.13Of course the guys also had the opportunity to complete a few boat dives and get a bit more depth on the units. Again they were impressed with the Explorers’ ability to extend the time of the dive and enhance the experience with the marine environment.

Congratulations to Peter Letts – Abyss Scuba Diving, Peter Cross – Sydney Dive Academy,  Nic Rewitt – Newcastle Dive Centre  and Richard Nicholls – Dive Centre Manly, on completing their PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Courses on the Hollis Explorer.

Also a special thanks to Richard Nicholls and partner Janet for hosting Rubens and the courses at their impressive facility in Manly.

Rubens Monaco
IDC Scuba Pty Ltd
Portsea, VIC

KEY TECHNICAL DIVERS MEET IN SYDNEY PRE OZTeK 13

22 Mar

LEFT to RIGHT: Henry Iannitti, Thomas Knedlik, Matthew Hopkins, Richard Nicholls, Dan Macherel, Junya Kato,  Martin Robson, Rubens Monaco, Alex BoultonBefore attending the OZTeK’13 Dive Conference & Exhibition held from 16-17 March 2013 in Sydney, key technical instructors and trainers from around the world met to discuss their passion with the PADI Asia Pacific Technical Diving Team.

On Friday 15th March in Manly, Martin Robson, Rubens Monaco, Richard Nicholls, Henri Iannitti and Matt Hopkins talked Tec with staff of PADI’s Technical Diving Division – Thomas Knedlik, Junya Kato, Alex Boulton and Dan Macherel.

Martin Robson, Designated Instructor Trainer for PADI Rebreather and Tec CCR, runs launch programs on behalf of all of the PADI offices worldwide. Martin is impressed with the quality of the rebreather courses and the way in which they have been designed. Martin explains, “PADI came to the table with a completely blank sheet. This gave them the opportunity to construct course materials that are the best available for any rebreather course compared to their competitors”. As an Instructor Trainer, teaching tec diving has always been a passion for Martin. “One of the best things is to come back from a course and hear people say that the dive they just completed was the best they’ve ever done, or the deepest they’ve ever dived. All those things are big milestones in a diver’s career and to have the opportunity to take people to do that is quite a privilege”, Martin said.

Rubens Monaco, PADI TecRec/CCR/Rebreather Instructor Trainer from IDC Scuba in Victoria likes teaching PADI TecRec courses because he believes there are more and more divers looking for a different adventure. Says Rubens, “Tec diving provides the next level for recreational divers to continue to new and exciting forms of diving.  Plus there’s a commitment in adding infrastructure to the store when running tec diving courses as well as ensuring a culture of tec is built within your facility.”

The challenge for his clients and the change involved in diving more diverse areas is what attracts Richard Nicholls, PADI Course Director/TecRec Instructor Trainer from Dive Centre Manly to tec diving.  He also enjoys the educational path he can offer to experienced divers. Richard adds, “I’m interested in the development of new marketing materials and working with PADI’s Technical Diving Division in integrating these materials onto the web”.

Henry Iannitti, PADI TecRec/Trimix Instructor says the wrecks within 45-60m depths are attracting tec divers to the Australian East Coast. “There are lots of opportunities here for divers to gain tec experience and variation. For me, I’m enjoying the added discipline needed to plan and execute tec dives as opposed to conducting recreational diving courses.”

“PADI TecRec programs have the latest in materials and information from various experience levels within the industry”, says Matthew Hopkins PADI TecRec/Trimix Instructor from Scubamunkies in NSW. “I like teaching small groups with a personal approach that gives me, as an instructor, more time to pass on knowledge to various levels.  My plans for teaching PADI TecRec programs in 2013 and beyond will be to introduce Closed Circuit Rebreather programs growing from an already successful Tec/ Trimix centre.  I also plan to write distinctive specialties – I know I can count on the fantastic Technical Diving Division in PADI’s Sydney office that gives 24/7 support!”

The PADI TecRec program debuted in 2000. Although TecRec is not the first technical diving program, it repeatedly receives accolades for its merits.

  • TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes.
  • Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits.
  • The PADITec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three subcourses: Tec 40Tec 45 and Tec 50.  You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility.

For more information on PADI TecRec programs, visit padi.com or your nearest PADI TecRec Centre.  

Look for the PADI TecRec Centre icon  on PADI’s Dive Centre Locator at padi.com

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