The New Australasian Rolex Scholar for 2013

Jayne Jenkins VP, Australasian Operations Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society ® has forwarded the following press release announcing..

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The New Australasian Rolex Scholar for 2013

The 2013 Our World-Underwater Australasian Rolex Scholar was announced last week, with this year’s prestigious award going to Stefan Andrews.

“Competition is always tough; these candidates are the best of the best. It is a very difficult decision for the selection panel to make. Sadly we only have one scholarship to award, but for the winner, it will be the most amazing, experiential growth year of their lives,” explained Jayne Jenkins, Australasian Vice President, Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS).

Essentially the OWUSS mission is to identify and develop the next generation of dive leaders and underwater researchers. For more than 35 years, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® and Rolex have fostered the development of future leaders of the underwater environment. There are three Rolex Scholarships: North America, Europe, and Australasia. During their scholarship year, three deserving recipients have the opportunity to travel internationally and learn from the world’s leading experts in conservation, underwater photography, maritime archaeology, marine engineering and other related fields.

Stefan Andrews  Photo courtesy of Jayne JenkinsStefan, our 2013 Australasian OWUSS Rolex scholar will now meet the global OWUSS team in New York in April and from there is plugged into one of the most prestigious global networks in the world; scientists, explorers, film makers, photographers, doctors.. You name it, someone will do it and they’ll be right at the very pinnacle of their career.

The mission for Stefan is to choose well and wisely those projects he would like to get involved with to help him advance his own career. It is one of the most rewarding short term and long term scholarships around.

“The OWUSS is a massive family with everyone looking to give back, to help deserving candidates find their true paths and excel. It can be very daunting at the beginning for new scholars but they are not cast out alone. We guide new scholars and help them become aware of the possibilities and make the right choices for them – each scholar is unique with unique requirements,” says Jenkins.

Stefan is 24 years old with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree majoring in Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management, Marine and Coastal Planning and Management plus Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences from the University of Western Australia, Perth.

His specific interest is in ecological activism. Stefan is also a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with over 2,000 dives to his credit.

The Selection Panel feel that Stefan has the strength of character and determination to excel in his role representing the Scholarship Society and, as with all our Scholars, past and present to continue with a career in or around our oceans and marine environment.

We feel he is a very worthy recipient who will be a shining ambassador as the Australasian Rolex scholar for the Scholarship Society, our Corporate Sponsor Rolex and not least of all, himself and his family.

“Take a look at what our previous scholars have achieved and you’ll be amazed and impressed – we are every year!”

For more information about the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, visit their website, http://www.owuscholarship.org/

 

Plug into the Digital Age with EVE

EveLogoMake delving into the digital age your resolution for the New Year by accessing the ideal digital interface for your business: EVE (Electronic Virtual Employee.) EVE’s many attributes and options include:

  • EVE 5.8: Specifically developed for PADI Dive Centres and Resorts, EVE can streamline nearly every aspect of your dive business by helping you automate and manage point-of-sale processes, equipment rental, course scheduling, dive/boat planning and inventory control.
  • EVE Online: Implement your own online store. EVE Online provides the infrastructure you need, including shopping cart technology and site hosting.
  • EVE Website Templates: EVE can help you set up an appealing website that integrates your class calendar and dive travel schedule.
  • EVE Cloud Hosting: Let EVE host and protect the digital assets of your business, including your customer database, online store and website.
  • EVE Data Backup: Reduce the possibility of catastrophic data loss with EVE’s automated backup systems.

Ready to make 2013 the year you master your digital universe? Email Mark Spiers at mark.spiers@padi.com.au to get started or visit issys.co.uk to download your free trial.

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

An interview with James Boulton

PADI Divemaster
Bali Scuba
PADI 5 Star Dive Instructor Development Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

What is your current job?
Having spent a number of years in the design and advertising industry, with a more recent focus on luxury travel, I decided it was time to stop looking at incredible dive destinations and rather – go work at one. Having recently completed a Divemaster internship with Bali Scuba, I’m on the hunt for my first job as a PADI pro.

Describe a typical day in your working life.
Most days as a Divemaster intern start bright and early at 07:15. I have a good idea of what to expect since the days’ schedule is always put up the afternoon before – especially when course work is planned and I’ve needed to prep beforehand. If it’s a “non-course” day, I help the other Divemasters with equipment and am close at hand to answer questions guests may have about paperwork and the exciting day ahead.

The vehicles are loaded and there’s a buzz in the air as each departs for its destination, either Tulamben, Padang Bai or Sanur Beach for the boat trip to Nusa Penida. The rest of the day I assist the Divemasters and Instructors as much as possible and they give me more responsibility each day to build experience and grow my confidence.

It goes without saying that the rest of the day is my favourite part; as we sink beneath the waves the real fun begins.

When did you start diving?
I learnt to dive in the icy waters of Cape Town in early 2008. Having only been diving a relatively short time, I’ve been fortunate to dive in South Africa, Thailand, Egypt and Indonesia.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I recently completed a two-month Divemaster internship with Bali Scuba in Sanur, Bali. The Bali Scuba team love what they do and their passion for diving is infectious. If only everybody loved their jobs as much as these guys do!

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
I was thrilled by the prospect of being able to find a job doing something I love, a lot of people aren’t that lucky. I’ve also gained the confidence to lead others and make sure they have just as much fun as I do – and feel safe while doing it.

What highlights do you recall from your DM course?
I found it extremely rewarding assisting student divers; the hard work pays off when you can help someone overcome a challenge. Meeting people from all over the world has also meant hearing some amazing stories, and making new dive buddies. Another highlight was the equipment exchange with my far more petite buddy – fitting into gear three times smaller than your own makes for a fun skills test.

Where have you worked as PADI Pro?
Nowhere yet, but I hope to find work somewhere with loads of sunshine and tropical water.

What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?
Without a doubt catching my first glimpse of mantas in Bali while doing my DM course – was a priceless memory for me.

What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?
You can’t buy experience, so take every opportunity to learn

Project AWARE: Get the business edge by becoming 100% AWARE

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Join dive centres worldwide in this unique partnership program.

ProjectAWAREwebMore than 150 PADI Members and Dive Centres worldwide are putting ocean protection at the heart of their businesses. You can join them and become 100% AWAREProject AWARE’s Partnership Giving Program exclusively for PADI Members.

For your business 100% AWARE means you can:

  • Streamline PIC Online Process – give all of your students the AWARE certification card, in one easy step.
  • Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification.
  • Create loyal customers who appreciate and value your commitment to conservation.
  • Partner with Project AWARE to protect the underwater world your business relies on.
  • Gain positive exposure to a movement of more than 1.5 million scuba divers worldwide.

Many dive professionals support ocean protection, but 100% AWARE dive centres and instructors have a special commitment. They partner directly with Project AWARE to support a clean, healthy ocean planet by making a donation for each certification on behalf of their dive students.

You can be part of Project AWARE’s 20 years of successful marine conservation programs by joining 100% AWARE, the only environmental partnership program of its kind.  Email info@projectaware.org.au or download the agreement form today.

What are the benefits?

You can promote your commitment to conservation with AWARE’s fantastic marketing tools:

  • Posters, flyers, decal, certificate, web banners and social media tools to promote your support.
  • Listed as a 100% AWARE Partner and featured on the global map  www.projectaware.org
  • Broad reach – Project AWARE has a reach of approx 1.5 million globally.
  • My Ocean Online Badge and a shout out on Facebook – Project AWARE has over 90,000 followers and growing.
  • Your partnership contributes 10 points towards the PADI Green Star award and waives the usual fee.
  • Connect directly to customers who want to dive with centres who are environmentally responsible

Position Vacant – PADI Regional Manager (Region 29)

Job Title: Regional Manager (Indonesia & East Timor)

We are seeking a Regional Manager (Indonesia & East Timor) to join our PADI Asia Pacific team. In this role you will be responsible for providing localised support to PADI Members. You must possess a thorough understanding of PADI’s products and services whilst meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

Further information and the job description can be found on the PADI Pros’ Site under the ‘Employment’ section.

Applications closing date: Friday, 8th March 2013

To apply:
Please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Manager, Human Resources
PADI Asia Pacific
Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Project AWARE: #CITES4SHARKS: Questions Answered

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

The buzz is building. The meeting of the member countries to CITES this CITES21.2.133-14 March is just days away. As we sprint toward the main event, where officials will consider 70 proposals to protect species, including commercially valuable oceanic whitetip sharks, hammerheads, porbeagles sharks, manta rays and freshwater sawfish – we know we’re up for some tough battles ahead.

This week, we asked Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy and Project AWARE staffer on the front lines of our program work, to answer some top CITES-related questions.

Q: Why should we be concerned about international trade in plant and animal products?

A: We live in a world where we buy and sell virtually everything from everywhere. Wild plants and animals are no exception and their trade is valued at billions a year. We ship exotic woods from the Amazon to Hamburg, Germany, where I live. Porbeagle shark fins and meat make their way to tables in Europe, China and elsewhere. When international trade threatens a species’ survival, as it is in the case of CITES listed species, it must be monitored and controlled.

Q: How will protections under CITES make a difference for sharks and rays?

A: Most shark and ray fishing and trade is either insufficiently controlled or completely unregulated. Healthy shark and ray populations support tourism, which in some coastal communities, territories and states around the world, underpins entire economies and its benefits are yet to be fully realized.  So CITES action is key, not only to keeping shark populations healthy, but also to long-term economic benefits that can be drawn from these populations.

Q: Why do the voices of divers matter in difficult, political battles like this one?

A: We’re an important stakeholder group whose consolidated voice has not been heard at this level of decision-making before. As a global, economically significant group, scuba divers are in a unique position to highlight the value of keeping sharks and rays populations healthy. I am privileged to be able to represent the scuba diver voice and I’m very hopeful that the upcoming meeting will bring about much needed protections for some of the most vulnerable sharks and rays.

How can you help? Sign the shark petition. Already signed? Send a letter direct to CITES leaders asking them to vote “Yes” for sharks and rays this March. We won’t have another chance at this for few years. And sharks can’t afford to wait.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved. 

Download the 2013 PADI Instructor Manual

The 2013 PADI Instructor manual is now available as a free download for renewed PADI Professionals.

After logging in to the PADI Pro’s Site, click on Training Essentials from the main menu then choose Digital Instructor Manual.

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On the next screen you’ll see several language options. Click the language you wish to download and save the PDF to your computer or other device. Below the language list is an (English only) option to download a summary of the changes from the 2012 to 2013 PADI Instructor Manual.

2013 PADI Instructor Manual

Teaching an IDC? Be sure candidates download a copy of the new manual and continue to update it with subsequent training bulletins. The Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam at the IE are updated regularly to reflect the most current standards. This is also an excellent way of instilling the good habit of referencing the latest materials before teaching any PADI programs.

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

PADI Asia Pacific’s Instructor Development team would like to inform you of EFR Instructor Trainer programs to be conducted in the Asia Pacific region in 2013.

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

Demand continues to grow for EFR Instructors, particularly with the OWSI exit requirement. This program is conducted using a mix of online study and practical sessions. Upon registration you will receive information on how to access the online portion of the program which must be completed prior to attending the practical skills training and assessment portion of the program.

To attend the standard EFR Instructor Trainer Course you must:

  • Be a current EFR Primary & Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 EFR Course Completion Authorisations or taught at least 5 separate EFR courses.
  • Have no verified quality assurance issues on file within the past 12 months.

To attend one of these programs, please select a registration button below to be taken to our online registration page. Once the course pre-requisites have been checked and met, we will send you a link to EFR IT Online.

Any members considering applying for the 2013 Punta Cana CDTC should consider the programs below as they all fall before the application cut-off (25 March).

EFR Instructor Trainer – Pattaya – 28 February, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Bali – 04 March, 2013.
EFR First Aid At Work (FAW) Instructor Trainer Program – Sydney – 11 March, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Kota Kinabalu – 15 March, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Cebu – 24 March, 2013.

 Any members considering applying for the 2014 Kota Kinabalu CDTC should consider these programs as they all fall before the application cut-off (01 December).

EFR Instructor Trainer – Phuket – 05 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Kota Kinabalu 2 – 14 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Puerto Galera – 30 September, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Auckland – 07 October, 2013.
EFR Instructor Trainer – Bali 2 – 07 October, 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at an EFR IT program soon.

ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’

ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’ are now available on the PADI Pros youtube channel.

These short 1-2 minute videos show step by step how to set up your profile, promote staff, add manufacturers to your gear locker and more.

Stayed tuned for more videos coming soon.