Action on the Ground: World Oceans Day

It was so great to see so many communities coming together all over the world for World Oceans Day last month. With so much action on the ground and readily accessible education available, the future is bright and through these actions I believe it is possible to make a difference and help our ocean planet!

Chiara collecting trash underwater

The dive community in particular is in a unique position to lead this change as essentially, the ocean is our office and if the office lights are out where would we go to work?

Only when we show the world the beauty and wonder (along with the human impact) of our oceans will people learn to care and advocate for our oceans going forward.

Through education and initiatives by the dive community we can encourage everyone all over the world to start making life choices which will positively impact our planet.

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The small island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia did exactly that last month for World Oceans Day 2018.  Coming together as a community, raising awareness, educating locals and tourists about ongoing action we can all take, the weekend was a huge success and something which can and should be emulated in the future.

In conjunction with the Gili Eco Trust – an NGO based on Gili Trawangan, many of the small islands dive businesses came together, promoting and running conservation events across the weekend of June 8th/9th. Both the local community (including many of the children), divers, instructors in training, and tourists got involved.

Hosting marine conservation presentations and encouraging divers to complete their PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course, many divers learned techniques to safely collect the debris and used both the Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® App and the data card to record and submit the data which is then added to a global map which is available to see here.

Reporting the data

Not only did the weekend create many new Dive Against Debris Specialty divers but one of the local Course Director’s who was in the middle of an Instructor Development Course also encouraged the candidates to complete their Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor rating over the weekend.

All this action on the ground contributes to a global picture enabling us to see what specific items are found in specific locations. This helps identify areas around the world where waste prevention efforts are needed most.

Below is a global snapshot of what is currently being removed and reported to Project AWARE:Ten Branches Chart Slide Template 1

When we zoom in on the data provided by members in Indonesia, we find that the top 10 items found underwater in Indonesia based on past surveys are;

  • Food Wrappers (plastic),
  • Plastic Fragments,
  • Bags – Grocery/Retail (plastic),
  • Beverage Bottles: less than 2 litres (plastic),
  • Bags: Trash (plastic),
  • Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons (plastic),
  • Containers: Fast Food, Lunch Boxes & Similar,
  • Clothing,
  • Cloth Fragments, and
  • Paper, Cardboard Fragments.

Happy divers getting involved!

Of course to encourage participation in events like this (and ensuring they are successful) making learning and participation fun is key! Games are a fantastic way of doing this when you have children involved such as having kids pick which trash goes in which rubbish bin.

Identifying which trash goes in which bin

Another idea is to show how easy it is to reuse trash – these kids and volunteers were making underwater critters out of recycled plastics and debris – jellyfish and sea turtles were just some of the marine creatures made.

Getting the children involved in key!

With a global movement underway it is fantastic to see this kind of passion from our valued members out there not only teaching the world to dive but including a message of conservation every step of the way!

A huge shout out to all our members who got involved, not only on World Oceans Day, but who do their bit every single day out there in all corners of the world!

For more information on how to get involved visit the Project AWARE Website or sign up for a conservation focused specialty instructor rating at your local dive centre or resort. Visit the conservation area on PADI.com to learn more about adopting a dive site in your local area.

PADI Specialty of the Quarter- Underwater Navigation & Equipment Specialist

PADI Specialty Diver courses offer the perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge of your students, to better understand their interests as divers and to make sure they come back to complete more courses in the future!

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The PADI Specialty of the Quarter campaign was launched in 2018, to focus on the promotion of various PADI Specialty Diver courses each quarter. Not only does this campaign help to grow the interest of continuing your students education, but it also aims to increase the sales of your PADI Specialty Diver courses and student materials. This quarter we are focusing on promoting the PADI Underwater Navigator and PADI Equipment Specialist specialty courses!

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

Many divers rely on more experienced divers to help them navigate under the water. However, what if these divers knew that they could complete the PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course and learn not only how to navigate underwater with a compass, but how to estimate distance underwater, how to mark or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface or how to create an underwater map? These divers would then not only feel more confident under the water, but they could also one day become the underwater guide that they used to rely on.

PADI Equipment Specialist Specialty Course

How many times have your students asked you about their missing o-ring or broken fin strap before getting in the water? Scuba Diving is an equipment intensive sport, so it is important that each diver understands not only how to use their equipment, but how it can also be repaired or adjusted. By completing the PADI Equipment Specialist specialty course, students will learn routine care, maintenance procedures, equipment storage recommendations, how to overcome equipment problems along with equipment configuration suggestions. Not only will this specialty better prepare divers to take care of their dive gear, but it will also improve their performance in the water as they become more comfortable with their own equipment.

Resources and Tools

To help you promote the PADI ‘Specialty of the Quarter campaign’ you can download our free digital marketing materials including web banners, headers, and more. Our marketing materials are available in English, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

To download our free marketing materials Click Here.

Further information

For further information please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific marketing team on marketing@padi.com.au.

To see the full PADI Specialty of the Quarter 2018 schedule please Click Here.

 

Never Stop Learning

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robin Bylund.

It’s important that you never stop your own personal professional development. Learning something new helps you stay sharp and the more you learn, the more you can share with your students, friends and guests.

Have you ever looked at a technical diver gearing up for a dive and started pondering if you could do it? I’m sure most of you have seen this at some point while preparing for your own dive or course. What was going through your mind at that point? Maybe it looked very complicated or that there was so much equipment.

I’m sure you have thought to yourself, could I manage technical diving or what’s my next step to further my professional dive skills and course offerings?

It is true technical diving is not for everybody. There is however other options which will give you an insight of some of the procedures and build your confidence to one day take on technical diving through the PADI TecRec program if it appeals to you.

If you’re not ready to take the full step into the PADI TecRec program right now but are curious about giving it a try one day, the courses below are for you. These courses will get you started with some of the equipment and procedures similar to those used technical diving that are still within the recreational scope of PADI programs. Completing these courses will give you an idea of more complex equipment and procedures which will build your overall confidence as a dive professional.

The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course can be completed and taught in conjunction with the PADI Open Water Diver Course or at any stage after entry level certification.

What do you learn and how does this relate to technical diving and building your confidence? In sidemount you start using equipment that is more closely related to technical diving such as dual tanks with standalone first stages, regulators and long hoses for gas sharing. The gas management also becomes more important as you will be switching your air consumption between two tanks throughout the entire dive. Furthermore some of the ‘out of air’ situations are primarily managed by you as you have two air supplies. You also learn how to setup and adjust a proper sidemount rig, ‘dual tanks’ or ‘monkey style’.

All these new procedures and equipment configurations take you one step closer to technical diving. Even though you may consider yourself an experienced and confident diver, learning something new will keep sharp as a PADI Professional.

Initially sidemount diving came from cave diving where you need to streamline your equipment and yourself for maximum efficiency. Today it is also a recreational course and a style of diving that suits many type of divers.

The next course which would take you another step closer to technical diving would be PADI Self-Reliant Diver course.

What is this course all about? This Distinctive Specialty course is a great way to build confidence for PADI Professionals. During the course you will be looking at the mindset of a person who is diving alone or is put in a situation where they find themselves alone and how to adjust procedures and equipment needed to be prepared for this.

And this is what is covered and practiced during the course. Skills such as calculating gas consumption and basing dives on this. Other important aspects are redundancy and having back up gas, back up computer, back up knife, back up DSMBs ,etc., so in case the primary equipment fails during a dive, there is a back up to rely on. Last but not least, dive planning which is an essential part of the course is covered to limit risk.

Why is this course important for dive professionals? How many times have you say found yourself taking photos on a fun dive and found yourself a bit away from your buddy and thought to yourself “If something went wrong now who would come to my assistance?” This is why knowing how to look after yourself and be ‘self-reliant’ can be important.

Both of the courses mentioned will boost your confidence and help you stay sharp as a PADI Professional. So take the next step and never stop learning.

If you have any questions please contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant at training-sales@padi.com.au.

PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robin Bylund

PADI Instructor Examinations for June, 2018

01 June | Pondicherry, India

02 June | Sydney, Australia

05 June | Malapascua, Philippines

05 June | Port Blair, India

08 June | Bohol, Philippines

09 June | Sanya, China

09 June | Singapore

09 June | Tioman Island, Malaysia

12 June | Gili Islands, Indonesia

12 June | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

16 June | Cairns, Australia

16 June | Phuket, Thailand

16 June | Bali, Indonesia

19 June | Gold Coast, Australia

19 June | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 June | Semporna, Malaysia

22 June | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

23 June | Jeju Island, South Korea

23 June | Shenzhen, China

26 June | Nha Trang, Vietnam

27 June | El Nido, Philippines

29 June | Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

PADI Specialty of the Quarter – Quarter 3 (July-September 2018)

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Make sure you are leveraging this popular continuing education campaign for Quarter 3, 2018.

This campaign and accompanying marketing tools will help you to grow the interest in continuing education. PADI Specialty courses offer the perfect opportunity to widen the knowledge of your students, better understand their interests as divers, and make sure they come back to do more courses. You can also tie this in with the free PADI MSD Application available in the Asia Pacific region.

Each quarter there will be two PADI Specialty courses. This will provide flexibility to promote both or select the one which best suits your dive shop while still being a focused campaign. PADI Asia Pacific will also be promoting these specialty courses throughout the quarter to consumers.

Quarter 3, 2018

  • PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course
  • PADI Equipment Specialist Specialty course

You can also start planning for Q4 which will feature the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course and the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course.

Q3 Resources & Tools:

To help you promote the PADI Specialty of the Quarter you can download free digital marketing materials in English, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese which includes web banners, headers, and more.

DOWNLOAD MARKETING TOOLS

Questions?

Contact your PADI Regional Manager, Regional Training Consultant or the PADI Asia Pacific marketing team on marketing@padi.com.au.

Celebrating PADI Women Around Indonesia

“Having recently relocated to Indonesia from New Zealand as the PADI Regional Manager I have been pleasantly surprised at many things as I learn about this new region, one being the number of amazing women I have met working in the dive industry here. Both locals and expats hold roles as divemasters, instructors, managers, owners, conservation advocates and so many more! It is great to see events like this being supported and women being celebrated in the sport.

With PADI Women’s Dive Day just around the corner Regional Manager Jen Clent caught up with a few local women involved in the dive industry in Indonesia for a chat about their journey so far.


Meet Yuyun (Sri Wahyuni) – Yuyun works in Pulau Weh and is leading the way in changing perceptions about local women entering the dive industry. Yuyun was the first local female instructor in Aceh where historically this has been a male dominated career path. A fantastic role model!

When and how did you get involved in diving? 

“In June 2012 after quitting my job (because I have no interest anymore), I came back home to Pulau Weh. I went to live in Iboih for my unlimited holiday 😁 and I saw a few divers coming back from the dive with their equipment and I asked one of them, how does it feel, hows life down the water and what they see. The answer was making me to start the PADI Open Water Course. As soon as I enter to the ocean, I fell in love of this new world. The local crew at that time said, there is no local female diver yet so you will be the first and that made me more exited.”

What is your current role in the dive industry? 

“I am a PADI OWSI and Diving Manager for a PADI Diving Centre”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?  

“Imagine doing what you love every day and get paid for it. Don’t even doubt in entering in this world, You will not regret it”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? 

“Helping people overcome their fear and showing them a new amazing different world”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to? 

“Galapogos, Raja Ampat, the Blue Hole, and Maldives”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving? 

“Being always positive and friendly and also be open to learn new things”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“Having my own PADI Resort”.

What has been your best moment in diving?

“When I let free a turtle that got entangled on a fishing net”


Meet Simone Gerritsen – Simone is a PADI Course Director and lives and works in Northern Sulawesi – Simone is truly making a difference in peoples lives every day and it is a pleasure to include Simone’s interview below:

When and how did you get involved in diving?

“I started diving in 1978 in one of the first commercial diving schools in Holland, after a spontaneous decision made while leaving a swimming pool after doing some long distance training to get rid of my stress from home. I loved it from my first breath underwater; although no briefings or information were custom at the time and the equipment just consisted of a tank with a backpack and a J-valve, a single regulator, fins and a mask. The training was hard and harsh, but I loved it and was 1 woman with 34 male buddies”.

What is your current role in the dive industry?

“Currently I own and manage 2 Dive Resorts in North Sulawesi in Indonesia and train local kids until they can have a job in the diving industry. I have built a school in my village and trained many local kids who are now working all over Indonesia. It makes me proud and happy and it makes me feel good”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

“As a tip I would say; follow your heart and not your wallet. Until now, diving is still not being looked at as a business where instructors are taking up a lot of responsibilities and liabilities. Until now, in many areas, it is still seen as a hobby if you work in this field. Your heart should be in it; your love for the sea, your love for teaching and you should enjoy the life style”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry?

“I am a person that likes challenges and I could say that I am a ‘builder’. Not only of resorts (and schools) , but also of people. I love teaching and trying out new ideas and projects. I also like to try out new activities and go ‘off the beaten path’ regularly”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“I just came back from South Africa, which was on the top of my bucket list. I would like to try the Galapagos next. Living , working and diving in the tropics is amazing, but the roughness of cold water diving is also something that attracts me. I would do it from a liveaboard though”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving?

“I am in the industry for a long time already and was the first female Course Director in Europe. This chance was given to me to help increase the number of female divers in the industry. It works until now; especially with me teaching in the local school. The number of girls joining my class is growing. There are many female divers and instructors now and really good ones too. Women are usually very good at ‘multi-tasking’ and I think that being multi talented is giving novice instructors the best chances to become successful. There are many good instructors in the world, but finding one that has other useful skills, like languages, IT, mechanics etc is certainly something that in my opinion increases the chance to get a great job”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“I am, presently running my resorts, which in Indonesia is a daily challenge, nevertheless I have taken up a feasibility study for one of my ‘brain babies’ to see if so called ‘dive college resorts’ could be realised in Raja Ampat”.

What has been your best moment in diving?

“There are many great moments in my 40 years of diving. If I have to mention just one, it was being present at an enormous bait ball with tuna, jacks, dolphins, orca’s and sharks; just in front of my dive center”.


Meet Indah Tasyana – at only 19 years old Indah recently successfully passed the PADI Instructor Exam and is enthusiastic about her future in this amazing industry:

When and how did you get involved in diving?

“I grew up in a diving family. My father and grandfather were both diving instructors and I got my Junior Open Water when I was 10. I guess you could say that diving is in my blood”!

What is your current role in the dive industry?

“Currently, I’m working as a diving instructor in our family business in Bali”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

“Do it”!!!

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry?

“I really enjoy teaching beginners and I think it’s a great way to travel the world, meet people and get paid to do something you love”!

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“French Polynesia for sure! But also other parts of Indonesia like Komodo and Raja Ampat”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving?

“I had a lot of problems in the beginning learning to dive myself, especially equalizing my ears and clearing my mask! I think this helps me to understand the problems that new students can have with certain skills and it makes me a more patient teacher”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

After working a couple of years as a diving instructor, I would like to manage my own dive center.

What has been your best moment in diving?

Some of my best moments underwater are when I am exploring myself and doing crazy things, like handstands and flips! Also, it is hard to describe but when I am diving it feels like the ocean and its creatures have become my second home.


Meet Cortex Lo. Cortex is originally from Macau but is falling in love with Amed and is excited to make a difference:

When and how did you get involved in diving? 

“When I was 13 years old, coincidentally after my family had experienced a dive in Australia, I discovered that I was deeply in love with the underwater world. Slowly, after I started to get more knowledge about diving, I was very interested in everything about diving, such as Technical diving, Recreational diving, and Free diving”.

What is your current role in the dive industry? 

“I am a diving instructor in the diving industry, and more is to assist IDC course. At the same time I am also a underwater marco photographer”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving? 

“Because more and more people begin to dive, I hope diving professionals do not bulk certify student, need to provide quality teaching, and following all the standards”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? 

“When I was teaching, I liked to see the student’s continuous improvement, which made me feel happy as a instructor. When I took macro shots underwater, I like to keep looking for the super small animals and record their joys and sorrows”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“I want to go to Mexico to study cave diving techniques”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving? 

“Successful diving is the first thing that must be following standards. The next step is to enjoying. Whether it’s teaching or fun diving, enjoying your character will make me successful”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“Next, I will work hard to become a Course Director”. 

What has been your best moment in diving?

“Every dive are my best my favorite moment, when I bite my regulator to breathe, when I equalize, when I can feel like a state of no weight as in space, when I suddenly encountered my favorite animals underwater without expectation . That’s why every dive are my best moment”.

Want to get involved in Women’s Dive Dive? Find out more information on local events here.

If you wish to host your own PADI Women’s Dive Day event you can register your event here.

You’re Invited to the PADI TecRec Instructor & Instructor Trainer Update Webinar

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Stay up to date with the latest material and standard changes by attending the PADI TecRec Instructor and Instructor Trainer Update this coming Monday 16th July, 2018.

Hosted by Technical Diving Consultants Junya Kato and Don McFadden, the webinar will cover not only the latest updates, but new option for link Tec 40, 45 and 50 Diver courses.

Date: Monday 16th July, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please register your attendance here.