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PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team Changes

5 Nov

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.

Ming Chan

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

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: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

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.

Regional Training Consultant Position Available with PADI Asia Pacific

17 Oct

PADI Asia Pacific are currently recruiting for a Regional Training Consultant based in Sydney Australia.

We are seeking a new Regional Training Consultant to join PADI Asia Pacific based in Sydney, Australia. The Regional Training Consultant is responsible for educating PADI members about the various features and benefits of PADI products and services and to support the sales of those products and services.

Regional Training Consultant Job Description

For further information and to apply, please visit padi.com or contact Alison Vasek, Manager, Human Resources at alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Register Now for PADI Training Bulletin Live Webinars

12 Oct

Please join us for one of these live, interactive presentations of the PADI Training Bulletin, Fourth Quarter 2017 Edition. During these FREE presentations you will have explained the latest standard changes, plus you can test your knowledge with a series of fun and interactive poll questions.

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 English

18 October 2017, 6pm AEST (UTC+11)

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 Korean

19 October 2017, 2pm KST (UTC+9)

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 Chinese

24 October 2017, 5pm CST (UTC+8)

 

What do you need to do before the event?

First of all make sure you are registered by clicking the relevant link above. The above listed starting times are in the presenters’ local time zones – to ensure you don’t miss out, please verify the equivalent in your own time zone. On the day all you will need is a computer/tablet or notebook connected to the internet and a set of speakers or headphones to listen in. Login early to ensure your system is functioning properly.

For more information about using the GoToMeeting software reference the GoToMeeting Attendee Quick Reference Guide (PDF). You can download the latest PADI Training Bulletin by logging into the PADI Pros’ Site and then clicking on ‘Training Essentials’ and ‘Training Bulletins’. It is useful to have a copy for your immediate reference when you are listening to webinar. Under this heading you will also find recordings on previous webinars and registration links to future events.

Seminar Credits 

If you sign up and attend this webinar plus another two PADI Asia Pacific LIVE webinars within a 12-month period, you will receive one seminar credit, which can count towards a future PADI Master Instructor or Course Director Application. To receive a seminar credit for having attended three live webinars, or for having watched three recordings of webinars, please submit either the webinar confirmation email or write a brief synopsis about what was presented during the webinar then submit these documents together with your Master Instructor or Course Director Training Course application.

Put the Master Scuba Diver Program to Work

5 Oct

The PADI Master Scuba Diver™ rating is often described as “the black belt of scuba.” While most people know what a karate black belt is, entry-level divers may not understand the prestige of the Master Scuba Diver rating. You need to inspire all your customers to join the elite group of divers who reach this level.

Why? Because it’s not only the ultimate rating that signifies an accomplished and experienced diver, but also because you gain a customer who takes eight courses, commits to more than 50 dives, and will likely purchased a full set of gear. There are at least three reasons why you should implement or bolster your Master Scuba Diver program today:

  1. Offer and fill more courses. The Master Scuba Diver program sets goals for your customers and they enrol in the courses needed to reach their goals.
  2. Support active divers. The more training your divers receive, the more dives they make, the more gear they purchase, and then they dive even more.
  3. Create loyal customers. Your diver retention rates will increase as your divers become more competent and comfortable in the water.

Ideas for raising awareness and interest in your Master Scuba Diver program:

  • Create a wall of fame in your store to recognise customers who have achieved the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Publicly chart the progress of current Advanced Open Water and Rescue Divers to encourage friendly competition among students.
  • Invite Master Scuba Divers to be guest speakers at your next course orientation.
  • Give special recognition to your Master Scuba Divers at a dive club meeting or store BBQ.
  • Develop a five specialty program for your area that showcase local diving, or perhaps focuses on the environment – Cold Water Master Scuba Diver or Eco-Master Scuba Diver.
  • Offer an exclusive dive trip only for Master Scuba Divers.

5 Tips for PADI Divemasters Looking to Become Instructors

5 Oct

Written by Guy Corsellis, PADI Regional Training Consultant for East Thailand

I recently received recognition for 20 years as a PADI Professional – a proud moment for me. Now, as a PADI Regional Training Consultant, I look back at two decades in the industry and am grateful for the journey I have been on. It has been a passion that becomes a wonderful career.

Prior to this role, as a Course Director, most of my career has been focused on instructor level training, which brings me to my question – have you thought about becoming a PADI Instructor?

Getting this ticket truly allows you to travel the world and meet some incredible industry colleagues. It is still the dream job for young and/or innovative people. If you feel comfortable helping others, if you love the ocean as much as I do and if you’re ready to be a student for life, you will have a bright future as a PADI Instructor.

Once you have decided to take this step, please allow me to share of few tips on how to become successful.

  1. Remain humble and stay positive. Being positive and optimistic and smiling by default, will motivate and inspire others around you. You will touch the lives of so many as a PADI Instructor, so make sure it’s a positive memory you leave them with. Be more than a role model – be a mentor. Remember, that the PADI system of diver education is student-centered. So display proper attitude at all times and leave your ego at the door.
  2. Persevere and expand your knowledge. Stay updated on new diving techniques, advancements in technology and equipment changes. Continue your own education and be a student yourself. That will help you understand how your students may feel under your tuition. Consider enrolling in programs that make you a stronger ambassador to the underwater environment. Divers today want to learn from those who care about something bigger than themselves.
  3. Be punctual, organized and adaptable. People depend on your choices. You are there to show our future divers proper attitude. Arrive early for classroom or confined sessions. Make sure everything is set up and ready to go when your divers arrive. Accept that logistics in your PADI Dive Centre do change and are dependent on many factors. Dive Center owners need flexible instructors that know how to adapt to unexpected situations or when under pressure.
  4. Be sociable and available. It is important to spend time with your diver students. Not just in a classroom or in the water, but during surface intervals and breaks. Remember that sociable and professional often go hand in hand (more on professionalism later). Take and make the time to have lunch with your divers. Your body and brain need food to perform at an optimum. Lunch with your students is the perfect moment in time to share experiences with your divers and become friends. At the end of the day don’t run home when the clock strikes 5:00pm, take the time to debrief and listen to your student’s needs.
  5. Be professional. You will be judged against expectations and standards. Your image and competence is important. Respect your students and pay attention to how you communicate with them. Be committed, courteous and supportive. We all learn differently, so listen to their needs.

I strongly believe that these few tips will help you to have a long and successful career. If you’re currently a part-time Divemaster, it may be a challenge for you to leave behind another career that you’re attached too. I made the choice to become a full time Instructor some time ago and never regretted it. Change is positive.

With the right attitude becoming a PADI Instructor will be a life changing event. Get out there and visit a PADI IDC or CDC near you and earn the most sought-after credential in the diving industry.

Best of success!

PADI Instructor Examinations for August, 2017

13 Sep

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