2018 Course Director Preparatory Seminar conducted in Chinese

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PADI Asia Pacific and PADI China are pleased to announce a 2018 Course Director Preparatory Seminar that will be held in Chinese. The CD Prep Seminar will take place over 5 days between mid-June to early July in Sanya, China – dates to be announced.

If you or a PADI Instructor you know are considering the next step in your career development path as a PADI Instructor, this seminar is highly recommended for any aspiring Chinese-speaking Course Director wanting to reap maximum benefits from their PADI Course Director Training Course. Many of today’s most successful Chinese Course Directors attended a Course Director Preparatory Seminar and credit it with making the transition from IDC Staff Instructor to Course Director much smoother and simpler.


Argos Diving – Kaka, PADI Course Director

What do you get from Course Director Preparatory Seminar?

PADI Course Directors, Instructor Examiners and CDTC staff members will be present to show you career pathways with a particular focus on becoming a PADI Course Director. The CD Prep Seminar includes:

  • Evaluation workshops
  • IDC and Instructor Continuing Education lesson preparation workshops
  • CDTC application mentoring
  • Rescue and teaching skills development

Participation in the upcoming CD Prep Seminar ensures your readiness for the CDTC and help you graduate with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective Course Director. At the CD Prep Seminar you will have the option of taking the Emergency First Response Instructor Course and PADI CDTC pre-requisite exams.

PADI Course Directors are the most elite, highly trained and respected instructor trainers and opinion leaders in diving. Don’t miss the Course Director Prep Seminar and find out what it takes to become a Member of the world’s most highly respected group of diving educators.

CD Prep Seminar pre-requisites;

  • Renewed PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher.
  • Renewed EFR Instructor

What to bring;

  • Your personal diving equipment, appropriate exposure protection, PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Course Director Manual, PADI Guide to Teaching, Confined Water and Open Water Evaluation slates, Instructor Cue Cards for all course levels.

2018 Course Director Prep Seminar Venue, Location and Cost to be announced soon.

Click here to read this article in Chinese.

For more information, contact your Regional Manager today.

 

PADI Instructor Examinations for March, 2018

02 Mar | Khao Lak, Thailand

03 Mar | Bali, Indonesia

06 Mar | Gili Islands, Indonesia

09 Mar | Kenting, Taiwan

09 Mar | Lembongan, Indonesia

10 Mar | Koh Chang, Thailand

10 Mar | Sydney, Australia

14 Mar | Pattaya, Thailand

14 Mar | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

15 Mar | El Nido, Philippines

17 Mar | Northland, New Zealand

17 Mar | Phuket, Thailand

18 Mar | Dumaguete, Philippines

18 Mar | Nadi, Fiji

20 Mar | Koh Tao, Thailand

21 Mar | Cebu, Philippines

24 Mar | Boracay, Philippines

27 Mar | Nha Trang, Vietnam

27 Mar | Puerto Galera, Philippines

31 Mar | Goa, India

31 Mar | Santander, Philippines

Your Air, Your Safety: A DAN Asia Pacific Safety and Awareness Campaign

If it wasn’t for scuba cylinders and surface-supply breathing apparatus that give us the possibility to breathe underwater, we wouldn’t be able to explore the underwater world. However, we also need to be vigilant that the gas we breathe is safe as there are various kinds of contaminations that can turn your underwater life support into poison.

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was over 450 times the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had, allegedly, not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels.

This has prompted DAN Asia Pacific (AP) to launch a long-contemplated safety and awareness campaign in an effort to prevent a repeat of this incident.

Many divers only think about air problems from the perspective of running low or managing an out of air emergency, so DAN AP will work to create awareness for this very real issue. Contaminated gas can lead to perception changes and subsequent poor decisions, headaches, dizziness, nausea and, in extreme cases; it may cause unconsciousness and even death.

Unconsciousness from CO poisoning often occurs during or shortly after the ascent and can often lead to drowning unless the diver is rescued very quickly.

Over the coming months, DAN AP will be sharing information that is focussed on prevention and aimed at equipping recreational and professional divers with:

  • An understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide and other contaminants
  • The ability to identify the symptoms associated with CO poisoning
  • First Aid and Treatment; and
  • Knowledge on how to reduce the risk of poisoning.

The main goal of the campaign is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place. We encourage you to share the information so we reach as many divers as possible.

Join the campaign via DAN AP’s Facebook Page, Twitter , Blog , and access resources via the Diving Safety section of the DAN AP website.

Let’s work together to ensure the air we all breathe when diving is safe.
Note: Safety campaigns are financed by DAN membership dues. Thank you to our members for their invaluable support.

Safe Diving.
The DAN Asia-Pacific Team

Originally posted by dan.org.

April Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from Territory Director Thomas Knedlik.

 “As dive professionals working in an industry that is extremely fun and rewarding we easily gain self-esteem and confidence. With this self-satisfaction in mind, we need to ensure that we don’t fall into the trap of complacency, we must focus on the process instead of just the outcome; training divers to become comfortable and confident, not just meeting minimum requirements. By continuously evaluating, developing and adapting our own skills and knowledge we can ensure that diving remains fun, rewarding and enjoyable for generations to come.”

Thomas Knedlik

Teaching is one of the most rewarding things we can do. There is nothing better than seeing the look on a newly qualified PADI Diver radiating with pride and achievement. Sometimes however, this moment gets lost when we have to deal with pressure. This pressure could be to get the job done quickly or to skip certain skills because “they don’t really matter”, for example. This “one off” breach of standards could quickly build and occur time and time again.

Complacency builds on complacency, you see someone cut a corner, get lazy about how a skill is performed and before you know it others do it too. They copy you and we quickly go from a culture of safety to a culture of concern. We all want to be at the top of our game as instructors and stay there. We want our students to tell others how well the course went, how much fun they had, how they mastered their buoyancy and how much cool stuff they saw. All this comes through your dedication and commitment to your job. It should never be about getting someone through something but building an experience they will never forget.

On occasion we need to check ourselves. Remember why we chose this career. What is it we love doing and why? If you are getting bored with the same thing day in day out only you can make positive changes. Take a new course yourself, venture into a new challenge in diving. With PADI Freediver growing in popularity maybe this is something to expand into? Have you always wanted to try technical diving? Maybe now is a good time to give PADI TecRec a go. Regenerate your love for diving in a new and exciting way.

Review your own knowledge and keep up to date with Training Bulletins and read The Undersea Journal. Attend PADI webinars and seminars that are being held all across Asia Pacific. Ultimately don’t let complacency get the better of you. You want to keep it the fun and rewarding career you signed up for.

Until next time, we wish happy and safe diving for all.

Rebecca Wastall
Quality Management Consultant
PADI Quality Management

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blueor a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.

PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism, Bali

PADI_Business_Academy_2Did you know that more than one in ten international tourists worldwide are from China? Last year alone there were over 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure.

With the rapid growth of Chinese travelling overseas, ‘PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism’ is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Chinese market and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

This Business Academy is taking place on April 25th in Bali.

The presentation and support materials will be in English.

This one day program will focus on:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is Worth to Your Business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media –WeChat, Weibo and Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and its direct impact on business
  • Effective visual merchandising
  • Chinese Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services Available to PADI Members

PADI Business Academy Includes:

  • USB Drive filled with Business Academy materials
  • PADI Business Academy Polo Shirt
  • Lunch, snacks, tea and coffee

Tickets are limited so secure your place and register now

If you would like more information on the PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism, please email marketing@padi.com.au or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

*Price does not include airfare, hotel or transportation costs. All other expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the participant. Dates and locations are subject to change, please refer to the PADI Pros’ Site for the latest information.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism

 

PADI_Business_Academy_2Want to enhance your marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives specific to the Outbound Korean Tourism (OKT) market? Learn how by attending the only PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism (one–day) program.

We are excited to announce that there will be a PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism Seminar in Cebu on the 28th of May, 2018.

There are over 26 million outbound tourists each year from South Korea. With the rapid growth of Koreans travelling into Philippines and Asia, this program is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Korean market and ignite growth.

This program is scheduled to be presented in Korean. If you are interested in attending but don’t understand Korean please contact your PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppson to discuss options.

BONUS – Early Bird Offer

Register your place before April 26th 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 early and register your spot today.

The  number of attendees is limited so get in early and reserve your seat!

Click here to register