Career Opportunity: Quality Management Consultant  

PADI Asia Pacific has a career opportunity available for a Quality Management Consultant to provide quality and risk management consultation and support for PADI Members.

You will be interacting with members and non-members regarding all quality management issues including incident reporting, delivering quality and risk management programmes, as well as maintaining PADI’s Member recognition programmes.

This position requires a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and 3 years’ experience as an Instructor as a minimum and Chinese language skills are desirable but not essential.

Applications closing date: Friday, 10th August 2018

To apply: Please send your CV to: alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Contact details:

Alison Vasek

Manager, Human Resources

PADI Asia Pacific

Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place

FRENCHS FOREST NSW 2086 AUSTRALIA

alison.vasek@padi.com.au

AWARE Week – Save the Date

From 15-23 September 2018, the PADI® family will join forces with Project AWARE® to celebrate the -environment and education. The focus of AWARE Week for PADI Pros is teaching the three AWARE specialty courses – Project AWARE, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver and Dive Against Debris® – and inspiring divers to act on what they learn to protect the aquatic environment. Based on the successful 2017 AWARE Week project in the United Kingdom, this year’s AWARE Week has gone global.

WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE PART

Perfect Timing – As the dive season slows in northern climates and ramps up in the southern latitudes, divers are ready for events that get them in the water. The bonus is they get to learn more about things that matter to them and are able to contribute by diving against debris or observing sharks. It also helps them step up the continuing education ladder. Participating in AWARE Week allows you to really connect with customers while boosting your September certifications.

Build Advocates – The more divers know about the state of the ocean and the threats to aquatic resources, the more likely they’ll be to make better personal environmental choices and become advocates for change. Education is the key to supporting PADI’s Ocean Health and Marine Life Protection Pillars and furthering Project AWARE’s efforts. Training Dive Against Debris divers not only expands your participant list for your monthly Dive Against Debris dives, but it also creates more people who will say no to single-use plastics. Showing divers the continued pressure being put on the shark populations will create more people to defend sharks on both the local and global level.

Personal Improvement – If you already can offer all of the AWARE specialties, then teaching them during AWARE Week will help you build certifications toward your next professional level. If you aren’t authorized to teach Dive Against Debris or AWARE Shark Conservation Diver yet, then this is a great time for you to add to your professional qualifications. Get the training you need and/or send in your application soon so that you’re ready to teach in September. Also note that your instructor application fee is donated to Project AWARE.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO

Fill the Week – Connect courses with events to fill the week. Offering a big Dive Against Debris survey at your local dive site is obvious, but also plan to offer other activities. Invite local environmental experts to speak to your divers about sharks, rays or any other endangered or threatened species in your area. Show environmental videos that explain the extent of plastic pollution or highlight how to make better choices to protect the environment. Try to focus on what’s occurring locally because that’s where your divers can make the biggest change.

Download Tools – Go to projectaware.org to get all the tools you need to teach AWARE Specialties along with supporting promotional graphics from the AWARE Week host page.

One more important thing: The Project AWARE Specialty is being updated to guide divers through the “10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet,” including discussions about how to take personal action. Watch for announcements about the release of the new instructor guide as you prepare for AWARE Week.

For more information visit the AWARE Week host page for PADI Pros. 

PADI Instructor Examinations for July, 2018

2 July | Lembongan, Indonesia

2 July | Bangkok, Thailand

4 July | Tauranga, New Zealand

5 July | Amed, Indonesia

6 July | Nanjing, China

7 July | Papeete, French Polynesia

7 July | Kunming, China

7 July | Perth, Australia

8 July | Puerto Galera, Philippines

11 July | Pattaya, Thailand

11 July | Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

13 July | Nanjing, China

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14 July | Phuket, Thailand

14 July | Dumaguete, Philippines

14 July | Geelong, Australia

14 July | Sydney, Australia

17 July | Koh Tao, Thailand

18 July | Cebu, Philippines

20 July | Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

20 July | Kenting, Taiwan

21 July | Anilao, Philippines

21 July | Bali, Indonesia

23 July | Subic Bay, Philippines

24 July | Gili Islands, Indonesia

28 July | Beijing, China

28 July | Jakarta, Indonesia

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 – Events to Remember

On Saturday, 21 July, PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professional Members hosted more than a 1000 events in 104 countries across the globe for the Fourth Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. With record-breaking participation, the day brought together thousands of divers of all genders, ages and experience levels.

Thank you to all the PADI Pros who took part in this year’s celebration to inspire new divers and build a stronger, more active dive community.

Here’s a look at some locations that helped make this year extra special.

Cairns, Australia: Sunlover Reef Cruises joined together with Straw No More, a conservation effort to stop the use of plastic straws, to get PADI Women’s Dive Day rolling on the Great Barrier Reef. Festivities on the day included a live band and other entertainment with donations going to the Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital (COUCH).

Bali, Indonesia: AquaMarine Diving hosted a month-long celebration. Two of their main goals have been to get people passionate about the ocean through diving and snorkeling, thereby motivating them to care about marine conservation, and (as they are under-represented in the ‘sport’ of scuba diving) to bring more women to scuba diving and snorkeling.

Koh Tao, Thailand: Crystal Dive Koh Tao celebrated with a range of initiatives for PADI Women’s Dive Day. Activities included a Women in Diving focused pub quiz with proceeds going to Eco Koh Tao which is a non-profit organization focused on the preservation and conservation of marine environments.

Dauin, Philippines: PADI Pros from Salaya Beach Houses came together to teach a group of young women from the local orphanage how to dive. The girls learned everything from dive theory to equipment maintenance before completing their pool work and open water dives. The event was so inspiring some of the girls are considering becoming PADI Pros in the future.

Khuvsgul, Mongolia: Great Sea Resort Mongolia, Mongolia’s first PADI Dive Center, celebrated Women’s Dive Day with festivities at Khuvsgul, the area’s largest freshwater lake known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia.” Events included eco dives and PADI Discover Scuba Dives for nondivers.

Jakarta, Indonesia: To encourage more females to become divers, Ody Dive Centre organized a series of activities including presentations from female professional photographer, Dewi Wilaisono, and a female member of the Ministry of Tourism, also an avid diver. Their activities culminated in a dive trip to Genten Kecil Island.

There were many other incredible events all around the region and world. You can see more event photos on the PADI Facebook page or search for #PADIWomen on social media.

If you held an event this year, remember to follow up with all your event participants. A simple “thanks for diving with us” message keeps divers engaged and encourages them to continue diving with you. Don’t forget to include a call to action.

Mark your calendars – Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day is scheduled for Saturday, 20 July 2019.

Engaging Youth to Make A Difference

Article by PADI Regional Training Consultant Guy Corsellis

Over the last few decades, with customer demographics changing, the face of scuba diving has changed as well.

Luckily the misconception that scuba diving needs to be a macho male activity has largely faded and more and more families are getting involved in diving activities with programs specially designed for youth.

Children as young as eight years old can enrol in the PADI Bubblemaker program and they can continue their diving experience with more fun activities through the PADI Seal Team program.

Once they turn ten, kids can take the PADI Junior Open Water Divercourse and even progress and complete the PADI Junior Adventure Diver course.

Offering these PADI youth programs and courses is an ideal way to get young children immersed in diving. This in turn, will make them care more about their island, their coastline and their oceans – and they’ll want to get others invovled too!

In Thailand, we have started approaching local public schools to get young Thai children involved in diving. We visit them at their schools, spend a couple of hours with them going through a fun presentation about marine animals to stimulate or create environmental awareness amongst the community.

Our goal is to empower these children, and in turn their communities, with the knowledge to preserve their environment and create a healthy local ocean. All the while having fun and linking it to PADI youth diving programs or courses.

PADI is committed to supporting global efforts for change through its ‘Four Pillars of Change,’ and we believe that global change can start with these youngsters. As PADI President and CEO Drew Richardson stated, “If we can engage divers more effectively and local level globally, global change is inevitable.”

How can you get involved?

Offering PADI youth diving programs is the first step to getting kids involved. Beyond this, consider offering the Project AWARE Specialty course. There is no minimum age for this course and no prerequisite diving certification requires which makes it a great activity for the entire family!

Keep young people involved in diving after their PADI Junior Open Water Diver course by offering specialties such as PADI Fish Identification, PADI Underwater Naturalist, Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty and Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course.

At PADI, we want to be best in and FOR the world. Join us in training the next generation of conservationists and together we can contribute to lasting change on a global scale.

For more information about PADI youth diving programs, speak with your Regional Manager.

The Undersea Journal – Third Quarter 2018 – Now Available

Each quarter The Undersea Journal is filled with stories and articles that help you stay informed and inspired as a PADI Professional.

The Third Quarter 2018 edition includes articles on Productivity as a PADI Pro, Best Practices on creating MSDs, The Launch of AWARE Week, Dive Travel & Continuing Education, Family Additions, and much more.

In addition to the printed magazine there are several digital reading options for this useful publication:

If you’ve opted for the printed version, it will continue to be delivered to your mailing address.

Any questions please contact customerservice.ap@padi.com

August Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from Michelle Brunton, Manager Quality and Risk Management – PADI Asia Pacific.

The link between Mastery and Risk Management

How many times should a person practice a skill before you sign the training record to say they have mastered it? The level of performance they need to attain is called Mastery and is defined on Page 24 of the PADI Instructor Manual:

….mastery is defined as performing the skill so it meets the stated performance requirements in a reasonably comfortable, fluid, repeatable manner as would be expected of a diver at that certification level”.

For some students it may take little practice, for others it may take a lot more – learning is an individual journey. Most people do not learn a new motor skill on the first go.

Managing to do a skill once is not mastery and does not necessarily indicate the skill has been acquired. Is the student comfortable enough with skills such as the emergency weightdrop skill that they would do it automatically at the surface in an emergency situation? Would they inflate their BCD on the surface as well?

One aspect of learning a motorskill is described in the ‘Commitment to Excellence’ section of the PADI Instructor manual “When teaching, repetition is important for mastery and long term skill retention”.

Repetition is built into the PADI programme for good reason. To ensure divers are competent and comfortable once certified to conduct their own dives in an environment similar to the one they were trained in.

If we certify a person as having achieved mastery and in a couple of days they are unable to repeat those skills in a reasonable fluid and comfortable fashion – did they really achieve mastery? If they then have an accident, questions could be asked about the judgement the instructor used to determine they had mastered the skill.

When a diver walks in to a dive store with an Open Water certification it is reasonable for the store to expect that they have achieved a certain level of skill. Sure – they are not likely to be as skilled as a diver with 50 dives, but they should be able to complete the basic skills from the Open Water course to comfortably dive in similar conditions to those in which they were trained. Problems arise when divers book in for dives and then it becomes clear that they have not mastered the expected skills. This can expose the diver and the dive store to an unreasonable level of risk.

1. Practice makes perfect

So what can we do when a student does not master a skill at the same time as the others in their course. Keep practising if the student has time, or provide a referral if the student has to continue their travels.

2. Session breaks

Rests between sessions are important for learning and for the retention of learning. While skills are acquired during in session activity they are consolidated during rest periods.

3. Learning agreements

Have a clear learning agreement in place so that everyone understands what will happen if a student does not achieve mastery and cannot be certified within the agreed timeframe. You can access an example learning agreement on the PADI Pros’ Site under Forms and Applications – Sample learning agreement.

The agreement clearly states the responsibilities of both the student and the dive centre and the policy if additional sessions are required. Clearly communicated training agreements can prevent customer complaints in the future when a student does not get certified within the original timeframe.

To sum up

Our ultimate goal as dive instructors is to teach people how to safely and comfortably enjoy this phenomenal water planet we live on. By ensuring student divers have mastered the skills of whichever training level we are teaching at the time we have met our basic responsibilities as teachers.

Michelle Brunton, Manager Quality and Risk Management – PADI Asia Pacific.

E: qa@padi.com.au