OZTeK 2013 Dive Conference & Exhibition

The OZTeK Dive Conference and Exhibition will be held on the 16-17th March 2013 in Sydney, Australia. This exhibition caters to every level of diving interest and promotes the excitement and adventure of diving.

The exhibition will feature everything that divers need; from cameras to compressors, regulators to rebreathers, snorkels and scooters, facemasks and fins. Information will also be provided about exotic overseas dive resorts and great live-aboard trips. The world’s leading equipment brands, accessories and travel destinations will be on show at OZTeK 2013.

With more than 60 presentations, seminars and workshops focused on the very best of diving ‘info-tainment’, the OZTeK 2013 Conference offers an inspirational voyage of discovery into all of diving’s future possibilities.

Important event information:

OZTeK Dive Conference & Exhibition
Saturday 16th March 2013: 09:00 – 18:00
Sunday 17th March 2013: 09:00 – 17:00

Australian Technology Park
Locomotive Street (off Garden St.)
Eveleigh, Sydney, Australia NSW 1430

Website: http://www.diveoztek.com.au/
E-mail: admin@diveoztek.com.au

ScubaEarth™ BETA site is live for all PADI Professionals

ScubaEarth™ – the new PADI online resource and social community for divers (and all water sport enthusiasts) is now available for all PADI Professionals!

ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos and videos. This is a great tool to stay connected with all of your students, divers and other PADI Pros. Now is the best time to register and set up your profile.

Log In Now!

  • Go to the PADI Pros’ Site and use your individual member username and password to log in.
  • From the PADI Pros’ Site home page, click on the SE icon to access ScubaEarth.

Update Your Profile Picture
After you log in to ScubaEarth the first thing to update is your profile picture. Change this by going to “Settings” and then selecting a photo to upload from your computer.

Add Personal Information
Right under your profile picture, you’ll see a list of tabs to access the main profile features. The first one is an information tab that directs you to your personal details.

Edit this area by selecting “Profile” under “Settings.” Spend a few minutes describing what’s unique about you as a PADI Professional along with some of your specialties and interests.

Explore More Features
A wide variety of features are available for PADI Members to begin using immediately, including:

  • Your “Wall” – shows people your ScubaEarth activity and allows people to leave short messages for you.
  • “My Certifications” – displays a list of PADI courses you have completed.
  • “My Logbook” – shows a digital version of your logbook. As you create dive sites and share logged dives you can keep a history of all your log details here. Others can browse your logbook to see your experiences.
  • Add Photos – associate photos and videos with dives by uploading them on the photo/video tab and tagging them to match the relevant dives. These showcase your dive experiences. Photos and videos are highly viewed content, so post often to make your profile exciting and engaging.
  • “Gear Locker” – displays the gear you dive with for others to see.

As this is a BETA site, if you require any support you can use the relevant ‘support link’ in the ScubaEarth footer.

If you have any problems logging in please email scubaearth@padi.com.au with your member details.

ScubaEarth is poised to become the ultimate online dive resource. So, set up your profile, log dives, share content, and use ScubaEarth to stay connected!

Project AWARE’s Feature Member of the Month – Blue Guru, Thailand

Congratulations to @Blue Guru, Thailand for becoming a @Project AWARE Foundation Feature Member this month.

My Ocean is a global movement for ocean protection and is people-powered. My Ocean community members seek to connect and scale up local actions for change.

Blue Guru Conservation is based on the remote tropical island of Koh Phra Thong, accessed by traditional long tail boat from Kuraburi on the Andaman Coast. 

Check out the Blue Guru My Ocean profile for their stories on ocean protection. http://bit.ly/SQlKqP

Thank you to everyone who has been active on My Ocean and thanks for supporting Project AWARE.

Risk Management Seminars and 2013 Insurance Information Night

The Risk Management Seminar and 2013 Insurance Information Night took place on the 3rd of October, 2012 at the North Sydney Leagues Club.

The main topics of the evening were the DAN Diving Statistics and Safe Work Australia Diving Regulations. Also discussed was the 2013 Insurance Policy and its relevance to the new SWA Regulations.

Over 60 people attended what was a very informative night.

Thank you to all those who attended.


Go Eco Phuket a huge success

Sunday saw the world’s largest Dive Against Debris underwater cleanup take place in Phuket, Thailand, in support of Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris month of action. Go Eco Phuket saw over 500 divers and 200 volunteers unite to help make a positive difference to the underwater environment. Supported by the Thai Government, PADI Dive Shops, PADI Professionals, PADI divers as well as a vast range of volunteers, Go Eco Phuket was officially launched by Raywat Areerob, a member of the Thai Parliament.

The day itself started off with 14 vessels, which were generously donated, setting off from Chalong Pier to kick off the clean up. What happened next highlighted the size and significance of the event. The 14 vessels were firstly joined by the Royal Thai Navy who supported the logistical efforts by supplying three war ships, Navy Seals, rescue divers and air support whilst divers safely removed the trash from our reefs! Before long even local finishing boats changed course to help out and remove debris.

At the end of the underwater cleanup, an incredible 15 TONS of debris was removed! An amazing effort by anyone’s standard! The media also covered the event to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment as well highlighting the great work divers undertake as part of underwater cleanups. After the event, all the divers and volunteers enjoyed the after party where the famous Thai band ‘Job To Do’, kept the masses entertained long into the night.

Tony Andrews, PADI Regional Manager, did an amazing job organizing and bringing together the dive community for this significant event. The day would not have been a success without the support of Miss Kerry Leach and Mr Tee, who’s support was recognized live on stage as they received a special Project AWARE awards.

A special thanks must also go to the following PADI Dive Shops; Kamala Dive Centre, Jolly Roger, Sea Fun Divers, Scuba Cat Diving, Dive Asia, Kon-Tiki, Joy Dive, South Siam Divers, Chalong Sea Sport, Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Divers, Scandinavian Divers as well as all the other PADI Dive Shops involved. A big thanks must also go to the following organizations and groups; BBAP, Hilton Hotels, Laguna Hotels, Skal, Ferang Food Paradise, Phuket Gazette, Phuket 91.5FM, Rumble Fish Adventures, Davinci, Reef Check, Molly Malone’s, Phuket Art, Phuket Beer, Chang, Kata Group, Ric “N” Roll Adventures, Legend of Sound, and Job To Do.

Without a doubt the biggest thanks must go to the 700+ divers and volunteers that took part in the Go Eco Phuket event! The underwater environment is now 15 TONS of debris better off, as well as the extra media attention which was raised form the event.

Everyone involved is now looking forward to future events!

ScubaEarth™ will give Dive Shops fantastic advantages

The ScubaEarth BETA site is now live for PADI Dive Shops and will be available for all individual PADI Pros and consumers in the coming weeks.

ScubaEarth gives PADI Dive Shops:

  • Exclusive access for PADI Dive Shops to the largest online community dedicated to scuba divers for free.
  • Dedicated platform to communicate and engage with your target market without the noise of other social media or online platforms.
  • Increase in leads and sales through multiple call to action opportunities including announcements, offers, updates and consumers activity feeds.   
  • Sense of belonging and association for divers to their selected Primary PADI Dive Shop.
  • Multiple branding opportunities including increased brand recognition and awareness for the selected Primary PADI Dive Shop.  
  • Exclusive targeted listings as a PADI Dive Shop on the world’s largest dive site database including featured travel destinations.
  • Instant acquisition of new and existing divers through PADI eLearning integration.

To get started, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click the ScubaEarth link!

How can PADI Dive Shops login to the BETA site to get started? Simply login to the PADI Pros’ Site using your PADI Dive Shop username and password. Once logged into the PADI Pros’ Site, you can click over to ScubaEarth by following the ScubaEarth link. You can then ensure your PADI Dive Shop Profile is set up with the correct information and familiarise yourself with ScubaEarth.

The How to Set Up Your ScubaEarth Profile guide is also available in the PADI Pros’ Site to assist PADI Dive Shops with the initial set up.

If you have any questions regarding ScubaEarth please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific office.


Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2013

The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) will enter its 19th year next year. Held at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 19 – 21 April 2013, visitors are expected to exceed predicted numbers again.

Following a successful show this year, PADI Asia Pacific will be taking an 18sqm booth on F01 and F02 at the front entrance of the show.

For a full booth fittings list and prices, contact the ADEX organisers. Each 3m x 3m standard shell scheme booth will sell at SGD $4,200. Plus! Act fast for the 10% early bird discount which ends on 31 October 2012!

For more information on ADEX, please visit the website.

Sharks rule at IUCN World Conservation Congress!

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, held from 6 to 15 September in Jeju, Korea drew more than 10,600 participants from 1,100 government and non-government groups, making it the largest Congress ever.  Project AWARE joined leaders from over 180 countries who gathered to set the world’s conservation agenda.

The global conservation world heard Project AWARE’s call for more shark protection. They voted in favour of critical shark conservation measures for threatened shark species including Mako sharks … Our collective voice is being heard.

For more information please visit http://bit.ly/Pl6ZxQ

Thanks for your support! 

ScubaEarth™ site is now live for PADI Dive Shops

ScubaEarth – the new PADI scuba resource and social community is a robust, one-stop site for divers to research, plan and share dive experiences. ScubaEarth hosts everything scuba, from current weather and dive conditions to photos, videos and comments about dive locations, while placing PADI Dive Shops at the hub of this online activity.

The ScubaEarth BETA site is now live for PADI Dive Shops and will be available for all individual PADI Pros and consumers in the coming weeks.

How can PADI Dive Shops login to the BETA site to get started? Simply login to the PADI Pros’ Site using your PADI Dive Shop username and password. Once logged into the PADI Pros’ Site, you can click over to ScubaEarth by following the ScubaEarth link. You can then ensure your PADI Dive Shop Profile is set up with the correct information and familiarise yourself with ScubaEarth.

The How to Set Up Your ScubaEarth Profile guide is also available in the PADI Pros’ Site to assist PADI Dive Shops with the initial set up.

To get started, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click the ScubaEarth link!

If you have any questions regarding ScubaEarth please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific office.

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

The latest A Day in the Life of a Divemaster features Feby N. Rotty who gives interesting insights from a Divemaster’s perspective.

An interview with Feby N. Rotty
PADI Divemaster
Joe’s Gone Diving
PADI 5 Star Dive Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

What is your current job at Joe’s Gone Diving?

I’ve worked there as a Divemaster since February 2012.

Describe a typical day in your working life.

A typical day begins at the dive centre at 7 o’clock in the morning to prepare the trip for the day, pack equipment and greet the guests. Some guests arrive in the morning at the dive centre, others I pick up on the way to the dive site. The dive area is usually different every day.  I organise all the guests with their equipment on the dive site, give dive briefings and decide which dive site is best depending on the conditions. During the dive I try to show as much interesting marine life as possible and make sure they have a great time and dive safely. When we return to the shop we fill in logbooks and chat about all the things we saw.

When did you start diving?

I started diving in 2007 with Poli Teknik College in Manado, North Sulawesi. They offer a special programme called Underwater Eco Tourism. I got my Open Water certificate in 2008. My instructor there was Frans Rattu.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I studied for divemaster at the Poli Teknik College and did my divemaster internship at Kawanua Dive Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi in September 2011.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?

After finishing my internship I felt very fortunate to have made the first step of my dive career, something I never thought was possible before.

 What highlights do you recall from your DM course?

Once I had to demonstrate clearing a fully flooded mask in open water. Because I was nervous I needed two attempts to get all the water out. The student did not notice but my instructor briefly held his hand in front of his face to let me know what he saw. We had a good laugh afterwards and it was a nice learning experience.

 Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?

I started working as a Divemaster at Bastianos Dive Resort in Bunaken, North Sulawesi. After 9 months I moved to Bali where I have been working for Joe’s Gone Diving since my arrival.

 What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?

Around Bali there are some dive sites with widely varying conditions. One famous dive site is Gili Mimpang just off the coast of Candidasa. My first few dives there were in calm conditions but one day changing currents made it difficult to keep the group together. In the end I managed and with the currents attracting lots of beautiful marine life such as white-tip reef sharks, trevallies and tuna – it was one of my best dives ever.

 What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?

Apart from technical skills I believe social interaction with customers is key to being a successful dive professional. Whenever friends and others talk about becoming a Divemaster I tell them about these basics so they know what to expect.