What Went Down at the Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2018

If you’ve ever been curious about competitive freediving and what it takes to participate in a national competition, keep reading – we think you might be surprised. 


People say that freediving is about inward power, discipline and control – and this was acutely evident at Lake Taupo during the 2018 Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals.

Competitive and recreational grade freedivers came together to take part in the three day competition. Many of the competitors hoped to walk away with a strong international ranking that they will take with them into future competitions.

Others, like New Zealander Ryan Hansen, are newer to competitive freediving and while they compete in the same disciplines (Constant Weight, Constant Weight No Fins and Free Immersion) the rules are more relaxed and they are here more for the experience of competition diving without so much of the pressure.

Ryan said “Having never been to a freediving competition before, going to the depth nationals was quite daunting. However as soon as I arrived I was welcomed and put at ease by the officials and other more experienced competitors. The atmosphere was supportive throughout the competition and I learned heaps. I will definitely be back next year”.

Each day of competition allows competitors to choose to do a different discipline each day or focus on one and submit the best for their final results. Competitors are required to announce the discipline of their dive and nominate the depth they will be attempting to reach.

Ryan finished in second place amongst the recreational male divers with dives of 21 metres for Constant Weight No Fins, and 30 metres in both Constant Weight and Free immersion.

Day one saw almost all competitors perform faultless dives including a National Record for Zimbabwe claimed by Matthew Woods in the Constant Weight No Fins discipline.

Day Two provided slightly more challenging conditions however judges saw several strong performances again.

Competition organiser Nick Rhodes believes that while it is incredible to see the performance of the competitors, the truly amazing part about competitions such as this is the sense of community.

“We have freedivers from different parts of the world, and completely different backgrounds, all here with a shared passion for the sport,” he said.

“For a sport that requires you to turn inward for strength while diving, there’s a real community vibe at competitions like this.”

PADI Regional Manager, Jen Clent, who was there over the three days of competition agreed.

“In freediving, rather than competitors feeling like they’re competing against one another, there’s a sense that they are competing against themselves. It is so great to see everyone sharing one another’s successes and just as strongly, the disappointment of an early turn or a red card.”

With successful dives ranging from 6 metres to 55 metres across both competition and recreational grades it really does go to show that these competitions welcome all level of divers and with the rapid growth of freediving, it’s only natural that more athletes will join this community of passionate athletes. Both Freediving New Zealand and sponsor PADI Asia Pacific are exciting to see just what that community grows into.

For the full list of results, visit the Freediving New Zealand Facebook Page.

Interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Centre? Talk to your Regional Manager to find out more.

Supercharge Your Dive Operation in 2018!

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Want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending one of the PADI Business Academy programs below;

2018 SCHEDULE

PADI Business Academy (2 Days)

  • PBA Bangkok, Thailand – 15th & 16th May
  • PBA Bali, Indonesia – 23rd & 24th May
  • PBA Sydney, Australia – 27th & 28th June
  • PBA Cebu, Philippines – 16th & 17th October

PADI Business Lite (1 Day)

  • PBA Lite Fiji – 12th March
  • PBA Lite Shanghai – 9th April
  • PBA Lite Taipei – 25th June
  • PBA Lite Chennai, India – Date TBC
  • PBA Lite Beijing – 11th September
  • PBA Lite Brisbane, Australia – 12th September

PADI Business Academy OCT (1 Day)

  • PBA OCT Bali, Indonesia – 25th April
  • PBA OCT Koh Tao, Thailand – 8th December
  • PBA OCT Tawau, Malaysia – 12th December

PADI Business Academy OKT (1 Day)

  • PBA OKT Cebu, Philippines – 28th May

*Dates and locations subject to change, refer to the PADI Pros’ Site

or contact your Regional Manager for the latest information.

2018 PRICING*

2 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$339 (or $299 EB) $439 (or $399 EB) $539 (or $499 EB)

1 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$169 (or $149 EB) $219 (or $199) $269 (or $249 EB)

*Early bird (EB) discounts for bookings 6 weeks before date.

*4th attendee free with 3 paying attendees.

*Prices exclude GST – Applicable for Sydney & Brisbane.

PADI Business Academy; a two-day seminar that focuses on the current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Sales & Pricing, Email Marketing, PADI’s Digital Space, Business Management, Social Media & Video, and Tourism & Niche Markets.

PADI Business Academy Lite; a one-day seminar that focuses on selected current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Social Media and Sales.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Chinese tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Chinese Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, Pro Opportunities, and E-commerce.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Korean tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Korean Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, and Sales.

Below are two recent testimonials from PADI Professionals:

“The PADI Business Academy is always a great opportunity to stay up to date with changes. I always learn something new that I can use to help improve my business.” Elaine Brett, Master Divers

“As a PADI Member it’s a must attend event to enhance your knowledge and stay updated.” – Lucia Palupi, Ody Dive Center

2018 CREDIT

Attendance at a PADI Business Academies will result in PADI Member Seminar credit for:

  • PADI Master Instructor applications
  • PADI Course Director Training Course applications

For more information and to register visit; 2018pba.eventbrite.com

 

Super Charge Your Dive Operation in 2018 and Beyond!

PADI-Business-Academy

Want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending one of the PADI Business Academy programs below;

2018 SCHEDULE

PADI Business Academy (2 Days)

  • PBA Bangkok, Thailand – 15th & 16th May
  • PBA Bali, Indonesia – 23rd & 24th May
  • PBA Sydney, Australia – 27th & 28th June
  • PBA Cebu, Philippines – 16th & 17th October

PADI Business Lite (1 Day)

  • PBA Lite Fiji – 12th March
  • PBA Lite Chennai, India – Date TBC
  • PBA Lite Brisbane, Australia – 12th September

PADI Business Academy OCT (1 Day)

  • PBA OCT Bali, Indonesia – 25th April
  • PBA OCT Koh Tao, Thailand – 8th December
  • PBA OCT Tawau, Malaysia – 12th December

PADI Business Academy OKT (1 Day)

  • PBA OKT Cebu, Philippines – 28th May

*Dates and locations subject to change, refer to the PADI Pros’ Site

or contact your Regional Manager for the latest information.

2018 PRICING*

2 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$339 (or $299 EB) $439 (or $399 EB) $539 (or $499 EB)

1 Day Programs including Early Bird (EB);

PADI 5 Star Dive Shop PADI Dive Shop Individual Member
$169 (or $149 EB) $219 (or $199) $269 (or $249 EB)

*Early bird (EB) discounts for bookings 6 weeks before date.

*4th attendee free with 3 paying attendees.

*Prices exclude GST – Applicable for Sydney & Brisbane.

PADI Business Academy; a two-day seminar that focuses on the current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Sales & Pricing, Email Marketing, PADI’s Digital Space, Business Management, Social Media & Video, and Tourism & Niche Markets.

PADI Business Academy Lite; a one-day seminar that focuses on selected current and potential business opportunities. Presentations and workshops include; Website, Customer Service, Social Media and Sales.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Chinese tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Chinese Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, Pro Opportunities, and E-commerce.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism; a one-day seminar that focuses on the outbound Korean tourist market. Focused presentations and workshops include; Korean Consumers, Website, Social Media, Content, Merchandising, and Sales.

Below are two recent testimonials from PADI Professionals:

“The PADI Business Academy is always a great opportunity to stay up to date with changes. I always learn something new that I can use to help improve my business.” Elaine Brett, Master Divers

“As a PADI Member it’s a must attend event to enhance your knowledge and stay updated.” – Lucia Palupi, Ody Dive Center

2018 CREDIT

Attendance at a PADI Business Academies will result in PADI Member Seminar credit for:

  • PADI Master Instructor applications
  • PADI Course Director Training Course applications

For more information and to register visit; 2018pba.eventbrite.com

 

PADI Sponsors the Ocean Film Festival Australia & New Zealand for 2018

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March sees the return of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour return to Australia. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour will screen over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent film makers both international and Australian. It includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.

PADI is a great supporter of the Ocean Film Festival and is proud to be a 2018 sponsor. PADI Members will be present at the following screenings taking place across Australia this March. Come along to a screening and chat to a PADI Professional about PADI certification, scuba diving and protecting our oceans.

Screenings

Location Date Venue
Cairns 1-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cairns 2-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cairns 3-Mar Centre of Contemporary Arts
Canberra 2-Mar NFSA
Canberra 3-Mar NFSA
Sydney 5-Mar Randwick Ritz
Sydney 6-Mar Randwick Ritz
Sydney 9-Mar Seymour Centre
Sydney 10-Mar Seymour Centre
Sydney 13-Mar Orpheum
Sydney 14-Mar Orpheum
Sydney 15-Mar Orpheum
Byron Bay 6-Mar Byron Theatre
Byron Bay 7-Mar Byron Theatre
Townsville 7-Mar Riverway Arts Centre
Townsville 8-Mar Riverway Arts Centre
Gold Coast 8-Mar The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Noosa 9-Mar The J
Geraldton 10-Mar Queenspark Theatre
Margaret River 12-Mar Cultural Centre
Perth 13-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 14-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 15-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Perth 16-Mar The State Theatre Centre of WA
Wollongong 16-Mar University Hall, UOW
Launceston 16-Mar Tramsheds
Hobart 17-Mar Farrall Centre, The Friends School
Adelaide 17-Mar The Capri Cinema
Broome 17-Mar Sun Pictures
Melbourne 20-Mar Crown Melbourne
Melbourne 20-Mar Crown Melbourne
Melbourne Astor 21-Mar The Astor Theatre
Forster 21-Mar Great Lakes Cinemas
Warrnambool 22-Mar Lighthouse Theatre
Newcastle 22-Mar Tower Cinemas
Avoca Beach 23-Mar Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Geelong 23-Mar Village Cinemas
Rosebud 24-Mar Peninsula Cinema
Proserpine 24-Mar Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Brisbane 10-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane 11-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane 12-Apr Brisbane Powerhouse
Darwin 10-Jul Deckchair Cinema
Alice Springs 13-Jul Araluen Arts Centre

Project Aware is the Ocean Film Festivals proud Conservation Partner. Project AWARE® is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers.

Want to get involved with Marine Conservation?

If you’re a certified diver, you can collect and report important data. Through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris, remove marine debris on your dive and report the results. Together we make the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, information you report helps inform policy change. With your help, Project AWARE can use the information you report through Dive Against Debris to convince individuals, governments and businesses to act against marine debris.

Protect what you love and join citizens scientists everywhere. Join or lead a Dive Against Debris survey today.

There are a limited number of tickets available for each screening so be sure to get your tickets for the Ocean Film Festival before they sell out.

http://oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au/tickets/

Eary Bird Offer Extended for PADI Business Academy Lite, Fiji

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Good news! The Early Bird Offer for the PADI Business Academy Lite in Fiji on the 12th of March 2018 has been extended!

You can now avail of AUD $20.00 off your tickets until Monday, 26th of February 2018. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today.

This is your last chance to take advantage of our early bird offer for the PADI Business Lite in Fiji. The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

Register Now

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as: website, customer service, sales & pricing and social media. There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you to work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

We look forward to seeing you at the Business Academy!

PADI Master Scuba Diver Application Fee Waived in 2018

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Help your divers join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver in 2018. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating places them in an elite group of respected divers who have both significant experience and extensive scuba training.

To earn this rating they must log 50 dives and have their PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver certifications, as well as five PADI Specialty course certifications.

In 2018, when they complete their training at a PADI Dive Shop in the Asia Pacific region, the usual Master Scuba Diver application fees will be waived.

So encourage them to take the plunge in 2018, earn their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and become part of an elite group of highly skilled and trained divers.

Download the 2018 PADI Master Scuba Diver Voucher (Asia Pacific).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific for more information.

* Offer only valid in the PADI Asia Pacific region.

PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team Changes

The Quality Management team has undergone some changes in the last few years. Richard Evans retired from PADI in June this year after 27 years of service. Richard’s eminent career with PADI included establishing the PADI Middle East office, managing the PADI Bristol office and being Manager of Risk Management at PADI Asia Pacific. Richard received an award at OzTek in 2017 recognising his Exceptional Contributions to the Growth & Development of Recreational Diving and an award from DAN Asia Pacific for his Contribution to Diver Safety.

Richard Evans

In December this year the current Manager of Quality and Risk Management, Mike Holme, will retire after 17 years of distinguished service to PADI Members. Mike became a PADI Instructor in 1984 and worked as an instructor in Queensland, Australia where he ran several successful dive businesses. He later managed the Aqua Trek group of Dive Centres in Fiji and was formally recognised by PADI for his contribution to PADI Instructor Training in the region.

Mike Holme

Mike became the Manager of Training & Quality Management department for PADI Asia Pacific in May 2000. Initially, supervising the Educational Consultants, Risk Management and Instructor Development staff, in 2005 he was appointed as Director of Training & Quality Management. In 2015, Mike become responsible for managing the highly specialised Quality Management team delivering exceptional Quality and Risk Management for PADI Members.

Mike and Richard’s expertise in the industry and particularly in the area of training, quality and risk management are unsurpassed. While Richard and Mike will be sorely missed, the new Quality Management team is fresh and exciting and brings extensive experience from the field.

Donny McFadden joins the team in November 2017 as a Quality Management Consultant and brings significant field experience and an impressive technical diving CV. Donny joined PADI in January 2017 as a Regional Training Consultant, a role in which he has provided outstanding service to PADI Members.  Donny also acts as a PADI Technical Diving Consultant. He is a PADI MSDT and EFR instructor with many technical diving qualifications including Tec Deep Instructor, Tec Sidemount Instructor and Tec Trimix Instructor.

Don Mcfadden

Rebecca Wastall joined the team in mid 2017 direct from Koh Tao, Thailand and is a PADI Staff Instructor with extensive experience in the resort diving industry and IDC training. Rebecca is a PADI Staff Instructor with a legal background, having been called to the Bar in 2002, she has worked as a Criminal/Civil Barrister in the UK for 14 years. Rebecca’s extensive legal background coupled with her diving experience is a great addition to the Quality Management team.

Rebecca Wastall

Ming Chan has 10 years’ experience as a PADI Professional Member and successfully completed his Course Director qualification in Kota Kinabalu in September. Ming is based in Beijing and provides Quality and Risk Management services for members in the area speaking both Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Herman Wong is based in Hong Kong with 13 years’ experience as a PADI Member in Hong Kong, the Maldives, Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia. Herman splits his efforts between Instructor Development, PADI Examiner work and Quality Management. Herman is an accomplished cave and technical diver who is a TecRec Trimix Instructor Trainer and was awarded the Silver Course Director rating in 2013 and 2014.

Herman Wong

Vanessa Henderson has been with PADI in various administrative roles for 7 years and continues to provide administrative support in the Quality Management department.

Vanessa Henderson

Michelle Brunton will become manager of Quality Management in 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience in the Diving Industry. Michelle holds a Master of Science and she is a PADI Course Director, Examiner and EFR Instructor Trainer.  Her recent experience includes Diving Safety Officer for Otago University for 4 years, Board Member and Internal Auditor for Academy of Diving Trust, and 10 years as General Manager and Course Director at Dive Otago where she won the PADI Instructor Development award. Michelle has been a safety supervisor and diver in the Antarctic and on active Volcanos for international research parties.

Michelle Brunton

The Quality Management team will follow in the footsteps of Mike and Richard in providing excellent services to the members in the area and look forward to working with PADI Members throughout Asia Pacific.

For Quality Management contact qa@padi.com.au and for incidents incident@padi.com.au