Project AWARE’s Feature Member of the Month – Two Fish Divers

Congratulations to Two Fish Divers who are recognized this month as a Project AWARE Foundation Feature Member. 3 locations, 9 Dive Against Debris events and a whole load of rubbish!

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.

Two Fish Divers is owned and run by Tina & Nigel, an English couple who are BSAC & PADI Instructors, and they have been living and diving in the area since 1999.

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

DEMA Show 2012

Are you going to DEMA next Month?

Take control of your business and your career at the world’s only international, trade-only event for the scuba diving industry. Mark your calendars for DEMA Show 2012, November 14-17 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Let us know if you are attending by emailing padi@padi.com.au

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Location:
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!