4 Tips for Hosting AWARE Week Activities

Written by Tara Bradley

In celebration of AWARE Week, a co-branded PADI® and Project AWARE® initiative aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, PADI dive operators and shops around the world will join together in a global movement for ocean protection by running conservation-minded events and activities from 15-23 September.

Whether it’s becoming a debris activist, saying no to single-use plastics or making responsible seafood choices, no action is too small to protect and preserve our ocean planet. AWARE Week provides you with the tools and inspiration to encourage positive actions for the health of fragile underwater environments, fins on and fins off.

Interested in planning an AWARE Week event in your area? Here are some ways to get ready and bring together your student divers, friends and family to act for change in your local community.

  1. Get ready to teach Project AWARE specialty courses: If you’re not a Dive Against Debris® or AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty Instructor, apply for your rating today. One hundred percent (that’s right, 100%!) of your application fee is donated to Project AWARE. Not a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor yet? No worries, PADI Divemasters can apply to teach the newly revised Project AWARE Specialty course after taking a Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Training course from a PADI Course Director.
  2. Mark your calendar and start promoting your AWARE Week activities:
    Download AWARE Week social banners to spread the word. Create a Facebook event and use the #AWAREWeek hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to encourage participation and join the online conversation.
  3. Make your dives count and help clean the ocean: If you want to make your dives count for ocean protection during AWARE Week, conduct Dive Against Debris surveys. Download your Dive Against Debris survey toolkit, which includes the must-have materials you need to successfully plan and conduct a survey dive including tips to choose your survey site.
  4. Display the AWARE Week video in your local shop and gather interest for the Project AWARE specialty courses: Dive Against Debris Specialty, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty, and the newly revised Project AWARE Specialty. Ask people visiting your dive shop to leave their contact details if they’re interested in taking part in AWARE Week. Closer to the date, send them an invitation to sign up for a Project AWARE specialty course during AWARE Week or to any other event you may organize, a club night, a fundraising challenge – you decide.

Whatever you do during AWARE Week, make it fun and make it count for ocean conservation. If your students complete a course during AWARE Week, make sure they receive the PADI limited edition card supporting Project AWARE’s conservation work, and use this opportunity to celebrate the beauty and wonders of the ocean!

From kids to seniors, non-divers to pros, we can all make a difference in our global community. Join the AWARE Week celebrations!

For more info or to download the AWARE Week Toolkit for help hosting an event in your area, visit the newly launched AWARE Week website.

How to update your PADI eLearning preferences on the PADI Pros’ Site

More and more languages and products are being added to the PADI eLearning experience now and in the future. It is important to let your customers know what you offer. Customers who affiliate with your PADI Dive Shop via PADI eLearning will only see the courses and products you have selected.

As a PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can easily update this via this direct PADI Pros’ Site Link that takes you straight to the below page.

Alternatively you can also update this by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site with your PADI Dive Center or Resort login, clicking on the ‘My Account’ tab, navigating down to the ‘My Store Applications’ title and clicking the ‘My eLearning Preferences’ link.

If you have any questions please contact PADI Tech Support techsupport@padi.com.au who are available 7 days a week.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

Introducing Neil Davidson – Regional Manager, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

As the new PADI Regional Manager of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei which is known as Region 12 I would like to give an introduction to myself for the members across Asia Pacific.

I recently took over from Johnny Chew who had been doing an excellent job over the past 15 years in the region and is now taking a well-earned rest before moving onto new things.

I have now been in the role since the beginning of March and have enjoyed a great start travelling to many areas and meeting many of the members around my region, I am excited to work alongside you and to help grow the market together.

I first learnt to dive on the West Coast of Australia whilst I was travelling around the country after having served six years in the British military. It was here that sparked my passion for scuba diving as I would regularly go for leisure dives at the weekends with a local dive club in Fremantle. After making friends with the PADI professionals at the dive centre I decided that I would look to become a PADI Divemaster myself. So I travelled to Koh Tao, Thailand with the plan to stay a year to complete my PADI Divemaster course and hopefully pick up some work before eventually returning to England. Seven years later I was still there at the same dive centre after being fortunate to join their team and then completing my IDC with them. After three years I decided to look for a change of scene to gather some more experience so moved to work in Semporna and Mabul for a while. Once I completed my time I returned to Koh Tao to manage the dive centre I had taken most of my PADI courses with, where I stayed for the last 4 years before accepting the role at PADI.

I have been very lucky to work alongside some brilliant PADI Professionals and have appreciated the help I have received from them and PADI. I am now looking forward to providing the support our members deserve and also hope to continue to learn from the PADI Members and dive centre managers as I travel around the region.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you need any help or assistance from PADI via : neil.davidson@padi.com.au .

PADI Digital Core Courses Expand Reach

With more languages added to Open Water Diver and Freediver™ courses, and the PADI eLearning® experience becoming even more fluid, PADI® strengthens its claim as the leader in diver training.

Scuba diving is a sport/hobby/obsession that bridges borders and cultures, bringing people around the world together to enjoy the underwater environment. But people around the world have different needs and, more importantly, speak different languages. PADI accounts for this when creating its eLearning products.

The PADI organization is making it easier for PADI Divers to access learning materials, with a digital suite of core courses that are easy to purchase, download and use. Now, these materials are offered in more languages than ever before too – further demonstrating that PADI truly is the way the world learns to dive.

Now, additional languages will be available for Open Water Diver and the popular Freediver courses (with more languages in more courses to come).

  • PADI Open Water Diver – Open Water Diver now available in seven new languages: Czech, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Russian and Turkish.
  • PADI Freediver – Along with the existing English, the popular Freediver program is now available in 10 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, with Korean, Thai, and Russian soon to follow.

The PADI Library app will reflect these changes. If divers have automatic updates turned on in their device settings, the app will update automatically.  If not, they will need to make sure they update their app.

PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, be sure to update your eLearning preferences in your account to reflect the courses and languages you support.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

PADI Asia Pacific Regional Training Consultant (Chinese speaking)

PADI Asia Pacific has a new career opportunity available for a Regional Training Consultant to provide training and sales consultation for PADI Members predominantly in support of outbound Chinese tourists within the Asia Pacific region.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the direct contact for PADI Members for training and product support
  • Support the sales of PADI products and services by providing customer consultation, order processing and resolve order related customer issues
  • Educate PADI Members about the features and benefits of PADI products and services and assist Members in the interpretation of PADI standards and procedures
  • Work closely with Regional Managers in meeting or exceeding sales goals

Required Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor with minimum 2 years’ experience as an active Instructor member
  • Current PADI Membership and insurance coverage
  • Business communication skills in English and Chinese (Mandarin essential, Cantonese desirable)
  • A thorough understanding of PADI products and services, including digital products, to be able to answer inquiries from PADI Members and students
  • Strong commitment to serve the goals and direction of PADI

To Apply:

Please send your CV to Alison Vasek, Manager, Human Resources at alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Applications Close:

Friday 31st August 2018.

Contact Details:

Alison Vasek

Manager, Human Resources

PADI Asia Pacific

Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest, Australia

Indonesia Earthquake update

Indonesia made headlines this week after several large earthquakes hit the area of West Nusa Tenggara. These earthquakes, some reaching 7.0 on the Richter scale, caused widespread damage across Lombok and the three Gili Islands. Sadly, many lives have been lost and many changed forever. Homes, and businesses sustained damage or have been destroyed and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected.

Providing food to the community
Providing food to those in need

Dive Community Sticking Together

Since these events took place the dive community has rallied together to not only support each other but also look after the many tourists and locals who were left sleeping outdoors and trying to find news of their loved ones. Tourists were offered beds, food, water and comfort as everyone banded together as a community.

PADI Asia Pacific and the regional team here in Indonesia are very happy to report that we have been able to contact nearly every one of our members affected and so far, all are safe.

Updates from PADI Dive Shops and Instructors

Since the earthquakes, PADI Dive Shops and other dive operators have been contacted by many incoming travellers to the affected areas about whether they can continue with their travel plans. So, here is an insight provided by PADI Members on the ground in the affected areas of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno and Lombok.

Many of the businesses in Lombok and the Gili Islands are temporarily closed. Although many businesses only suffered minor damage and could potentially re-open already, the Islands have been without power, internet, running water and basic essentials to run.

The priority right now is to help the locals in the worst hit areas. Most of the local staff at the dive operations in this area come from the worst hit areas in Lombok. This will continue to be the core focus before businesses re-open and ask anyone to come back to work.

Trawangan Dive Centre Manager Sarah Best had this to say:

“The immediate effect of the earthquake was horrific. Buildings had completely collapsed, people were injured and there was widespread panic that a tsunami was going to hit. Everyone was running to get to the top of the hill. The tsunami warning was removed quickly, but tremors carried on throughout the night, which was terrifying. Most people slept up on the hill and outside.

The island was evacuated the next day and by the evening of the 7th, the island was completely deserted apart from the remaining few who wanted to stay to protect their businesses. With no power, very little communication and security concerns this was probably the worst night for those who stayed behind.

Five days on and we are making amazing progress into restoring the island. An incredible team have rallied together to protect businesses, clean up, feed the horses and cats and keep things moving forward. They hope to have mains power by tomorrow. Others who have evacuated to Bali are now teaming up to provide urgent food, water and medical supplies for the people in Lombok who have lost their homes. Many of the dive shops are now pooling resources and working together as a team to make sure that all areas of Lombok are covered since there are hundreds of villages requiring urgent supplies. Donations are desperately needed to help with the immediate relief for hundreds of homeless people around Lombok”.

Sander Buis, owner of Oceans 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air has begun the clean up and is one of the many people raising funds to assist local communities. Sander had this to say:

“Dive centers, from all organizations, are working together with other businesses to give aid to the local community and maintain stability on the 3 Islands. During these days of the disaster we became a real community; helping and supporting each other. We were communicating not only on Gili Air but also with the other 2 islands and of course Lombok. All kinds of businesses have set up fund raising programs for their staff in Lombok. We are working all together to give the support where people need it. For now it’s food and blankets.

I will never get use to the shock, or the earthquakes. The impact is massive. But because we are all together at night and seeing each other a lot during the day we know we are not alone”.

What Can You Do to Help?

Continue with your travel plans! Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands – 4 of these islands are not quite ready to accept tourism but the rest of them, including neighbouring Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are business as usual.

Bringing business to Indonesia is key to assist getting things back to normal and once businesses reopen they need customers to eat in the restaurants, people to sleep in the hotels and divers to go diving.

You can also donate to any number of the organisations and individuals raising money on the ground here to buy food, bedding, clothing and provide drinking water.

Many of the dive centre’s have set up Go Fund Me pages to raise much needed funds to buy supplies, clothing, bedding and building materials.

Alternatively some additional links below:

If you are looking for alternative areas to dive within Indonesia check out the PADI Dive Shop Locator for an up to date list.

DSL Indo

Upcoming EFR Instructor Trainer Courses in Asia Pacific

We are excited to announce a range of EFR Instructor Trainer Courses across the Asia Pacific region in the coming months.

This year courses will be taking place in Koh Tao, Phuket and Pattaya, Thailand; Cebu, Philippines; Semporna, Malaysia; as well as Taipei, Taiwan; Sydney, Australia; and Hong Kong.

As an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer you’ll have the opportunity to expand your passion of teaching and increase your income by training others to become Emergency First Response Instructors.

To be eligible to participate in the Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Practical Session, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Teaching Status Emergency First Response Primary Care/Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 Course Completion Authorization cards OR taught at least 5 separate Emergency First Response courses.
  • Have no verified Quality Assurance cases on file within the past 12 months.

To find out more or to register visit the EFR Instructor Trainer Course Eventbrite page.

If you have further questions please email instdev@padi.com.au or call +61 2 9454 2853.