Career Opportunity: Instructor Development Coordinator

We are have a career opportunity for an Instructor Development Coordinator to join PADI Asia Pacific’s Instructor Development team based in Sydney, Australia.

Seeking suitably qualified PADI Instructors, your role will involve providing the efficient organisation, coordination and support of all Instructor Development programs and activities. Key duties include maintaining event details, logistics and annual schedule of events and function as the primary contact person for inquiries from PADI Members and staff.

Further information: Visit My PADI Pros Site ‘Employment’ section or <click here> for the job description.

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

Applications close: 28th June 2019

You must have appropriate citizenship, residency or visa with the right to work in Australia.

PADI Business Management Program Sydney, Australia

PADI Business Management Program

Join us on 30th July 2019 for our first ever PADI Business Management Program in Sydney.

This new program will encourage you to think critically and creatively about management practice. You will gain an all-round understanding of how dive businesses and managers should function in a domestic environment while also developing analytical, problem solving and strategic planning skills that are attractive within the dive industry. The PADI Business Management Program will equip PADI professionals with the core knowledge and skills necessary to operate a cutting edge PADI dive business.

Led by industry experts, and with interactive presentations ranging from pricing strategy to store layout and staff management, this is an essential program for PADI Dive Store stakeholders aiming to raise the bar and increase turnover and profit in 2019.

The PADI Business Management Program in Asia Pacific will include the below presentations in 2019.

Attracting loyal customers

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media and Video

Closing a profitable sale

  • Staff Training
  • Selling at a Profit
  • Great Customer Service

Bonus – Early Bird Offer & 4th Attendee Free

Register before 18th June to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Register Now

If you have further questions please contact alison.hush@padi.com.au or your PADI Regional Manager.

View dates and locations for additional PADI Business Management Programs in 2019 on the PADI Pros blog.

The PADI Business Management Program

PADI Business Management Program

The PADI Business Management Program (PBMP) encourages you to think critically and creatively about management practice. You will gain an all-round understanding of how dive businesses and managers should function in a domestic environment while also developing analytical, problem solving and strategic planning skills that are attractive within the dive industry. The PADI Business Management Program will equip PADI professionals with the core knowledge and skills necessary to operate a cutting edge PADI dive business.

Led by industry experts, and with interactive presentations ranging from pricing strategy to store layout and staff management, this is an essential program for PADI Dive Store stakeholders aiming to raise the bar and increase turnover and profit in 2019.

The PADI Business Management Program in Asia Pacific will include the below presentations in 2019.

Attracting loyal customers

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media and Video

Closing a profitable sale

  • Staff Training
  • Selling at a Profit
  • Great Customer Service

 2019 PADI Business Management Program Schedule

Day Month Location Language
30 July Sydney, Australia English
28 August Auckland, New Zealand English
10 September Perth, Australia English

Bonus – Early Bird Offer & 4th Attendee Free

Register 6 weeks before the PBMP date for a special early bird discounted rate. Plus, receive the 4th ticket free with 3 paying attendees.

Dates and locations are subject to change, refer to the PADI Pros’ Site or contact your Regional Manager for the latest information.

If you have further questions please contact alison.hush@padi.com.auor your PADI Regional Manager.

PADI Asia Pacific Career Opportunity: Quality Management Consultant

We are excited to announce that we have a new career opportunity for a Quality Management Consultant to join PADI Asia Pacific in Sydney, Australia.

The Quality Management Consultantwill provide quality and risk management consultation and support for PADI Members within the Asia Pacific region.

We are seeking a PADI IDC Staff Instructor as a minimum (PADI Course Director is preferred) with at least 4 years of experience as an active Instructor member. 

Further information: Visit My PADI Pros Site ‘Employment’ section or padi.com

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

Applications close: Friday 8th March 2019

You must have appropriate citizenship, residency or visa with the right to work in Australia.

Last Chance to Register- PADI Business Academy Sydney

This is your last chance to register for the upcoming PADI Business Academy in Sydney on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June, 2018.

PADI-Business-Academy

Do you want to enhance your multi-channel marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives? Learn how by attending our two day PADI Business Academy in Sydney.

This two day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Customer Service
  • Sales & Pricing
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Tourism & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

Click Here To Register.

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email  Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

PADI Business Academy- Sydney

Join us on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June 2018 in Sydney,  for our two day PADI Business Academy!

PADI-Business-Academy

This two day PADI Business Academy will aim to highlight the importance of understanding and evolving your business model to meet the needs of today’s consumers.

Over the course of the two days, attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • Website
  • Customer Service
  • Sales & Pricing
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Tourism & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time at the conclusion of the day, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

BONUS – EARLY BIRD OFFER
Register your place before Wednesday 16th of May 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming PADI Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

 

 

Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’

Abyss Scuba Award
L-R: Drew Richardson – President and CEO of PADI Worldwide, Peter Letts – owner of Abyss Scuba Diving and Danny Dwyer – Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development (PADI Asia Pacific) at the DEMA Show in Orlando, USA.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is delighted to announce that Abyss Scuba Diving from Ramsgate NSW, has received an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’.

Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide presented the award to Peter Letts, owner of Abyss Scuba Diving at the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show in Orlando, USA on 6th November, 2015.

Following the presentation Drew Richardson commented, “I would personally like to commend Abyss Scuba Diving on the outstanding training they provide in the dive industry and through the years for having always placed high emphasis on the educational development of their staff. Congratulations to Peter and the team.”

In June this year, Abyss commemorated their fifteen years in business and fifteen year milestone as a PADI Member.

They became a PADI Dive Centre in May 2000 and after only two years had passed, Peter Letts and his team had achieved PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre status. In 2010 they accomplished their long term goal of becoming a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC).

PADI 5 Star CDC’s are businesses which offer professional development beyond regular instructor training.

Abyss are currently the only PADI CDC in the state of NSW and one of only 7 PADI CDC’s in Australia. Staff qualification levels of their professional dive team are among the highest of dive centres worldwide, with 3 PADI Course Directors, 2 PADI Master Instructors, 3 PADI Staff Instructors and 3 PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers on staff. In August this year, 4 professional staff members at Abyss became the first female PADI Explorer Rebreather Instructors in Australia.

On receiving the award, Peter remarked, “At Abyss Scuba Diving we have built our business on providing the best possible service to our divers and to achieve this – we need to have a well-trained, customer focused team. I deem the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’ as a reflection of the importance we place on training and developing our staff”.

In the past 12 months, Abyss has sent 3 of their staff members to the USA for further training and a fourth staff member to Malaysia for training as a PADI Course Director.

PADI Course Directors achieve the highest level of training of all dive professionals and represent the top 1% of dive instructors throughout the world.

Abyss have achieved significant success over the years to become one of Australia’s leading dive operators. Winners of multiple PADI awards and dive industry accolades, Abyss are also avid supporters of their local community.

Congratulations to Abyss Scuba Diving on receiving this prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’.

First Female PADI Explorer Rebreather Instructors in Australia

abyss-scuba-rebreather
Leah, Rachael, Sam and Andrea are geared up and ready to go for their in-water PADI Rebreather Explorer Instructor assessment at Little Bay.

Congratulations to 4 thrill-seeking ladies, Samantha Patterson-Ross, Rachael Fallon, Andrea Payne and Leah Hurley who have recently become the first female PADI Explorer Rebreather Instructors in Australia!

Under the expert instruction of PADI Course Directors, Peter Letts and Jamie Miller and using the Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather, (a hybrid semi-closed rebreather) the girls – all PADI Professionals from Abyss Scuba Diving in Ramsgate NSW – took to Little Bay dive site next to Botany Bay in Sydney for their PADI Rebreather Hollis Explorer Instructor assessments.

Andrea Payne says becoming a PADI Instructor has completely changed her life. “I learnt to dive and immediately fell in love with the sport and from then have always looked for ways to further develop myself as a diver.” Extending her times, with the added benefits of silence, no bubbles and warm air, was what initially sparked her interest in taking a rebreather course.

Having never heard of a rebreather – Leah Hurley who comes from the USA – recently completed an internship with Abyss.  “Before I came to Australia I could see that Abyss offered Explorer Rebreather training so I decided that I had to take advantage of learning the “new and improved” way to dive. The idea of being able to get up to two hours of bottom time was also a major aspect for me to choose the course with Abyss.”

When it came to the most challenging part of the course, the girls all agreed that getting used to the rebreather equipment itself and mastering buoyancy control – although enjoyable – was testing. “After 7 years of working on my open circuit buoyancy, the total change was definitely challenging for me”, said Samantha Patterson-Ross.

But Rachael Fallon was quick to point out, “Marine life comes right up to you once you sort out the buoyancy thing and stop flapping around!  Little Bay is a beautiful location, always clear and full of turtle eggs. Being able to get right out and explore the dive site at a bit more depth is great and having 2 hours to dive is excellent!”

Samantha agreed, “I enjoyed the diving a great deal more and my photos are better. The quietness!  You definitely get that super serene, ‘floating in space’ feeling”.

“Now getting into the water is a piece of cake and mastering the skills comes second nature to me”, explained Leah. The quietness is what I love most about the rebreather and being inconspicuous to marine life – due to the lack of bubbles – allows me to take some great photos. Once trained on this unit, there is no going back.  Diving on the rebreather starts to feel a lot more comfortable than open circuit.”

Rachael Fallon, PADI Course Director Peter Letts, Samantha Patterson-Ross, Andrea Payne, PADI Course Director Jamie Miller and Leah Hurley.
Rachael Fallon, PADI Course Director Peter Letts, Samantha Patterson-Ross, Andrea Payne, PADI Course Director Jamie Miller and Leah Hurley.

PADI asked the new rebreather instructors about their next step forward – maybe it’s trying a fully closed rebreather such as the Hollis Prism – or onward with the PADI Tec40 CCR course?

“After successfully completing the Hollis Explorer course, I am more than happy to continue using this unit for the immediate future,” says Leah.  “Although I would definitely consider learning more about other units that are on offer.  I am extremely impressed with the new technology available.”

Rachael explains that she is already a Hollis Prism diver and on the way to becoming a Prism instructor. “I have actually done more Prism dives than Explorer dives.  Generally my dives are around the 20m mark so the Explorer is more suitable to this kind of diving. I don’t think one unit is better than the other, I just think they all have a use.”

“I would be interested in trying out the Prism”, said Samantha, “but to be honest I’m super happy with the Explorer and what it can do for my diving, so my plan is to just stick with that for a while”.

And finally from Andrea, “Being that I am an avid Tec diver and really enjoy the added benefits of the rebreather, I probably will end up learning on the Prism and doing some CCR Tec Diving!”

Interesting in trying diving with a rebreather?  Visit Abyss Scuba Diving or give them a call at ++(02) 9583 9662. For further information on PADITecRec courses, visit padi.com

Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney Celebrates 15 Years

Abyss Scuba Diving, a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre at Ramsgate, NSW, commemorated their fifteen years in business and fifteen year milestone as a Member of the PADI International Resort and Retailer Associations at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on Saturday 13th June, 2015. The venue provided a stunning backdrop for 85 attendees, including the Abyss team together with their invited customers and friends who celebrated well into the night.

PADI Asia Pacific was represented at the event by Danny Dwyer, (Vice President – Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development) and Ian Cumming (Regional Manager) who presented the PADI International Resort and Retailer Associations’ Fifteen Year Membership Award in recognition of the symbolic milestone.

Abyss Scuba Diving became a PADI Dive Centre in May 2000 and before two years had passed, owner Peter Letts and his team had achieved PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre status.

Abyss accomplished their long term goal of becoming a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (PADI CDC) in April 2010 and are currently the only PADI CDC in Sydney and in the state of NSW. PADI 5 Star Career Development Centres are businesses which offer professional development beyond regular instructor training.

Always enthusiastically embracing the PADI system of diver education, the team effectively adopted the concept of PADI eLearning when it was introduced in 2007 allowing PADI divers to complete the knowledge development sections of selected PADI courses online.

This week, Danny Dwyer (Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development – PADI Asia Pacific) commended Peter and his staff, “I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and Ian and I felt privileged to join the original Abyss staff members and long-term customers to celebrate the occasion. You have a great team at Abyss and everyone at PADI looks forward to working with you for the next fifteen years. Congratulations to you all and well done!”

Abyss has achieved significant success over the years to become one of Australia’s leading dive operators.

“Fifteen years ago, I had a mid-life crisis and opened up Abyss; it was one of the best decisions of my life,” Peter Letts reflects

“Abyss is about divers having fun and enjoying diving and it was so rewarding to see so many people celebrating our fifteen-year birthday.”

Winners of multiple PADI awards and dive industry accolades throughout the years, Abyss also support their local community in many ways by donating dive courses and dive experiences. They have raised funds for charities such as Canteen and recently worked with local Lions Clubs providing a diving program and fund raising effort to benefit paraplegic and blind associations. Abyss are also actively involved in annual underwater clean-up days in and around the Sutherland Shire.

PADI Asia Pacific congratulates Peter Letts and the Abyss Scuba Diving team for their commitment and hard work and for providing great customer service over the past fifteen years.

For more information visit the Abyss website at www.abyss.com.au.

Abyss 15 Year celebrations

Danny Dwyer, Peter Letts, Ian Cumming and Peter Brackenrig celebrate at Abyss Scuba Diving’s Fifteen Year Anniversary dinner at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.