Want to train more PADI Dive Professionals in 2015?

GetALife-GoPRO_CMYK_ReverseIf attracting more divers to sign up for PADI professional level courses is in your business plan for 2015 then why not run a PADI ‘Go Pro’ event with your Regional Manager?

Many people decide even before they learn to dive that this is the path for them however some divers may need some further information to know what their options are and also what opportunities await them as PADI Professionals.

Conducting a Go Pro event enables you to invite potentially interested parties along for a relaxed and informative evening. Your Regional Manager can assist with the presentation and provide information about the PADI benefits for members.

Involving previous students currently working in the industry both part-time and full-time by inviting them to come along to be interviewed live or via Skype is also a fantastic way to encourage divers to sign up, and gives more opportunity for questions to be answered

These events can be for divers of any level and you can promote anything from the PADI Divemaster programme up to and including the PADI Instructor Specialties and IDC Staff Instructor if your facility can offer these programmes.

For more information on conducting one of these events contact your PADI Regional Manager.

PADI MEMBERS OBLITERATE DIVER CERTIFICATION RECORD AGAIN IN ASIA PACIFIC IN 2013

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PADI Asia Pacific is pleased to congratulate the PADI Membership who in 2013, certified more PADI Divers in the Asia Pacific Region than any year in PADI’s 48 year history.

PADI Individual and Retail & Resort Memberships also surpassed all previous records. The great result in 2013 builds on previous record years set in 2010, 2011 & 2012 and shows that PADI Members are going from strength to strength in today’s Dive Industry.

By offering divers the best training materials, as well as the highest quality service and instruction available, PADI Members lead the diving industry and deserve to give themselves a big pat on the back for their achievements in 2013. PADI Instructors, Dive Centres and Resorts help transform lives through education, experience, equipment and environmental conservation.

Henrik Nimb, PADI Asia Pacific’s Vice President of Marketing, Education & Business Development declared,

“Truly a fantastic and unprecedented achievement by PADI’s Members in Asia Pacific. Congratulations to all PADI Members who once again – through hard work and commitment – have proven that opportunities are abundant and that “business as appropriate” is the way to go. PADI Members will continue to set new benchmarks in 2014 and beyond! Diving is fun and alive!”

As PADI continues its growth and progression within the industry, we look forward to working alongside our Members in 2014 and into the future – to further strengthen and sustain ‘The Way the World Learns to Dive’.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PADI MEMBERS!

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Now in the final month!

Tyson_uploadCongratulations Tyson White – Winner for November 2013!

You still have time to encourage your divers to  enter the PADI Live the Diving Dream contest.  Entries close 7th January 2014.

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to 31st December 2013. You simply need to encourage your divers to enter*, have them tell us what they enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads! `

The winner for the month of November is 23-year-old Tyson White from Merewether Heights in New South Wales. Tyson completed his PADI Divemaster course with Lets Go Adventures, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Nelson Bay.

Words can’t explain how well the PADI Divemaster course was run at Lets Go Adventures”, says Tyson.  “I have come out of the course a better and far more experienced diver than I could ever imagine!!   I knew this course would improve my diving knowledge, but I must say I didn’t think I would be at the level I am now. Going further, my new goal is to complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course soon, something I didn’t think I could do before.”

December marks the sixth month of the Live The Diving Dream contest. To date, five new PADI Divemasters are all proud owners of Apple iPads.

There’s still time to encourage your divers to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Visit padi.com/livethedivingdream for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at padi.com/livethedivingdream.

* No later than 7 days after the last day of the month in which the Entrant completed the PADI Divemaster course.

Philippines Update

A positive news story from Malapascua Island in the Philippines after the typhoon last month. A great picture from PADI Instructor Daniel Holmstedt of two thresher sharks spotted off Malapascua. All of the PADI Dive Shops have now reopened and are running trips to many dive sites where these beautiful creatures are regularly spotted.

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Geo Divers Takes Top Awards for Retail Excellence and Excellence in Sustainability

Judith-and-Craig-Awards-2013_uploadGeo Divers – a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Parramatta, NSW and one of Sydney’s foremost scuba retail outlets, has been recognized at the recent Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence 2013 (WSABE), taking two of the top awards for Retail Excellence and Excellence in Sustainability.

This is the second year in a row Geo Divers has taken a top WSABE gong in a major category, last year being awarded for Excellence in Sport and Recreation.

Over 400 people attended the awards at the prestigious Waterview Centre in Sydney’s Olympic Park.

In accepting the award, Managing Director Judith McDonald commented:

“It is truly an honor to receive these two awards. In our retail customer service every day we strive to better understand our client’s needs and expectations, always aiming to deliver a premium service and the best retail experience available anywhere.

We were delighted to be recognized for our education programs and activities with our divers in the environmental protection and sustainability areas.

Our success is the product of having great partners in PADI and National Geographic, product suppliers that work with us to deliver great products, a dedicated staff who do their best to inspire and support, and of course, our clients, many whom have been with us for over 20 years.”

Starting as a local awards program run by the Parramatta Chamber Of Commerce 22years ago, the WSABE Awards now encompass the entire Western Sydney Region and attract over 300 entries.

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell MP said:

“The NSW Government recognizes the importance of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence. These awards pay tribute to leading businesses whose contribution is vital to the economic prosperity of Western Sydney, a region bursting with talent, opportunity and potential.”

To contact Geo Divers in Sydney – Telephone:  02 9689 1389 or visit their website at: www.geodivers.com.au

PADI Asia Pacific Risk Management Seminars in Australia

Risk Mngm Cairns Richard smlDuring the month of September, PADI Asia Pacific conducted a series of Risk Management Seminars in Australian capital cities presented by Richard Evans – Manager, Quality & Risk Management and Alex Boulton – Educational Consultant.

Seminars were held in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Brisbane with a Melbourne seminar to follow at a later date.

PADI conducts Risk Management Seminars to assist dive professionals in identifying the risks associated with diving activities and to provide suggestions on how to alleviate those risks.

Prior to the attending this year, PADI Members were provided with an actual diving incident for their review. At the meetings the diving incident was dissected and lengthy interaction followed between the presenters and PADI Members to identify what went wrong and what could and should have been done to prevent the incident from occurring.

Risk Mngmt Sydney Alex sml“We asked the audience to discuss the case among themselves”, explains Richard Evans. “They considered the standards violations involved in the incident and the injuries that occurred due to our member’s conduct – then what corrective actions PADI should take with the members involved in the incident to resolve our concerns.  In essence, we replaced the Quality Management committee with the audience and asked them to determine what action should be taken against the members.”

Richard continued, “This created quite a bit of discussion and a number of very interesting questions were raised in respect to the Quality Management process and how it works, including the gravity of the decisions that must be made. Let’s face the facts, we are talking about decisions that are a determining factor regarding life and death.”

Following are some interesting comments from PADI Members who attended Risk Management Seminars.

Risk M-Sydney Rob sml3After the Sydney seminar, held at North Sydney Leagues Club in Cammeray, PADI Course Director Richard Nicholls, owner of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre – Dive Centre Manly, expressed:

“Just thought I should write to thank you for your excellent presentation the other night. Both myself and my team got a lot of very useful, relevant, practical and important information from the night.

It’s a shame that when many Instructors see a Risk Management Seminar, they treat the subject as a bit, “Ho hum, it will never happen to me, I am a great Instructor”.

It is a subject that is critical to the way others see us, as well as our business and professional future, the importance of which should never be understated. This is why we need seminars such as yours.  Thanks again and I look forward to your next seminar.”

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Jason Bettinger from Kogarah, NSW, stated at the Sydney seminar, “PADI Risk Management Seminars provide relevant and well-timed updates that are key to reducing risk”.

Bruce Beavis, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer who also attended the Sydney seminar, found the dive accident scenario particularly helpful, “This topic always makes me think of how I can do things better”, he said.

Also presenting at the Risk Management Seminars was Rob Veale of VInsurance – part of the Willis Insurance group and PADI Asia Pacific’s brokers – to introduce the 2013-2014 PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy.  PADI Members attending had the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from Rob in relation to the various features and benefits of the policy.

For questions in regards to the PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy, or any other enquiry regarding insurance, please contact Sarah Whitehall directly at:  61 2 9285 4196, or at whitehalls@willis.com.

For enquiries on PADI’s Risk Management topics, please contact Richard Evans at: 61 2 9454 2841 or Richard.evans@padi.com.au

New PADI Go Dive Video

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Dive video. This gives a quick insight into what to expect when you become a certified PADI Diver. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

A massive thank you to the PADI Professionals involved in shooting this video!

Dive the Whitsunday Islands with Whitsunday Dive Adventures

Whitsunday-DA-shop-13.9.13PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Whitsunday Dive Adventures – now under the new ownership of Verena and Ingo Vaid – recently relocated to 16 Commerce Close in Cannonvale, just 3 minutes drive from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia.

The new premises feature a purpose-built dive centre with 2 classrooms, a spacious retail shop, a wet area for equipment storage, a dedicated workshop, an apartment above the dive centre offering accommodation for 8 students and – last but not least – a 20m swimming pool with a depth of 3.5m!

Whitsunday Dive Adventures conducts PADI Courses from Bubblemaker through to PADI Instructor levels.

PADI Instructor training is conducted by Tony Fontes, a PADI Course Director for almost 40 years and one of the most experienced in the Southern Hemisphere.  Tony was delighted to join forces with Whitsunday Dive Adventures to continue his passion for teaching, conservation and ECO tourism.

Says Verena, “It is a privilege for us to have him on board!”

An avid supporter of marine conservation for many years, Tony also holds a position on the Project AWARE Foundation Honorary Board of Governors. Project AWARE Foundation is a global movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet.

Ingo and Verena travelled the world searching for their slice of paradise. Recognising the diving opportunities in Airlie Beach – one of the most picturesque spots they had ever experienced – they decided to settle.

Whitsunday-DA-entrance-13.9.13“Customer service, local knowledge, understanding of one’s responsibilities and a willingness to go the extra yards to satisfy our guests, will be the secrets to success of Whitsunday Dive Adventures,” say Ingo and Verena. “Customer service is essential to ongoing sustainability of our business, the region and the industry”.

The latest development of Whitsunday Dive Adventures is the completion of a brand-new 15 kilowatt solar power system that provides the whole building – including the swimming pool filtering and scuba compressors – with environment friendly electricity.

“In this industry we depend on the (marine) environment, so the least we can do is to give something back by switching to clean, green energy,” Verena said.

Call in and see the friendly team at Whitsunday Dive Adventures in Cannonvale, or telephone 61 (07) 4948 1239, email to:  info@whitsundaydivecentre.com  or visit their website at: www.whitsundaydivecentre.com/

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific)

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to December 2013. You simply enter, tell us what you enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

PADI The first monthly winner in the Live the Diving Dream Contest was Phil Voss from Singapore and now PADI are proud to announce that Ellie Davidson from Exmouth in Western Australia, is the winner in the competition for the month of August.

Ellie completed her PADI Divemaster training with PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Exmouth Diving Centre in Western Australia and entered the competition during August.

“Being able to help others enjoy diving was a real buzz”, explains Ellie. “In particular, it was amazing to assist on a PADI Discover Scuba Diving session with a 12 year old. He was a natural and looked so happy and excited under the water, as well as raving about it afterwards. That’s what diving is all about; fun and enthusiasm!  Being a PADI Divemaster means that I can assist others to experience something I love, and promote their love for diving too. Doing my course on Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth, WA) during humpback, manta and whale shark season was awesome too!”

Western Australia is fast becoming a world-renowned dive destination and for a very good reason. From the vibrant capital city of Perth, as well as the surrounding regions, you can easily explore the beautiful dive sites such as Rottnest Island and many other stunning local sites this region has to offer. Western Australia also boasts some spectacular wrecks such as the HMAS Swan Wreck, or the opportunity for a chance encounter with a mesmerising whale shark off Exmouth or Coral Bay near Ningaloo Reef. Read more about diving in Australia.

Phil-Voss-and-Hans-For-WebDo you have what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster? There’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what you enjoyed about it – for your chance to win an Apple iPad!

Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at padi.com/livethedivingdream.

Visit padi.com/livethedivingdream for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.

Product Announcement – PADI Tec CCR Material

sales tecThe full range of PADI Tec CCR Course Materials are now being shipped from PADI Asia Pacific.

This includes Student, Instructor and Instructor Trainer Materials for the Tec 40, 60 and 100 CCR Courses.

The Diver Manuals, Instructor Guides and Lesson Guides are on CD ROM, allowing convenient access on a laptop or tablet during training and after the course.

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or you can order anytime from the online shopping cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.