Archive | August, 2012

EFR Instructor Trainer Programme – Koh Tao – September 14, 2012

30 Aug

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

Demand continues to grow for EFR Instructors, particularly with the OWSI exit requirement. This programme is conducted using a mix of online study and practical sessions. Upon registration you will receive information on how to access the online portion of the programme which must be completed prior to attending the practical skills training and assessment portion of the programme.

To attend the EFR Instructor Trainer Course you must:

  • Be a current EFR Primary & Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 EFR Course Completion Authorisations or taught at least 5 separate EFR courses.
  • Have no verified quality assurance issues on file within the past 12 months.

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Course fee includes the following products:

  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Guide & Lesson Guides CD-Rom
  • EFR Care at a Glance card
  • Online study components.
  • Application fee for Instructor Trainer.

 Please click on this link to be taken to the EFR IT Online registration page:

EFR IT – Koh Tao – September 14, 2012 or register via the PADI Pro’s site under Pro Development/EFR.

Contact Matt Cater via email to confirm you meet pre-requisites:


Link your social media sites for ScubaEarth™

29 Aug

Your business will have a distinct profile in ScubaEarth™ where you can link to your other popular social media site profiles — like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. To take advantage of this feature, enter your information now at the PADI Pros’ Site and you’ll be ready when ScubaEarth launches. Here’s how:

  1. Login to the PADI Pros’ Site
  2. Click on My Account
  3. Click on Social Media Settings tab
  4. Upload your store logo (140 by 140 pixels)
  5. Enter links to your profiles at other social media sites. You can also enter the RSS feed link for your blog so your most recent posts will show up in your ScubaEarth profile. If you have a blog, these are the steps to determine what the link is for your blog RSS feed:
  • Go to the home page of the desired blog.
  • Find the RSS symbol or a link that indicates an RSS feed on the page.
  • Click on either the symbol or the link.
  • A browser page should appear with information on an RSS feed.
  • Highlight and copy the URL listed in the address bar.
  • That URL should be your RSS feed URL.
  • Enter a short description about your store (750 characters or less)

Go to the PADI Pros’ Site now to get started with entering your information. For more questions, contact Mark Cummins (Manager, PADI Retail & Resort Association).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific; or +61 2 9454 2888

Ocean Action Project – Finalist 5

26 Aug

Over the last five days we have featured the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: 

The fifth featured finalist from our region is the entry: Clean up Lembongan and Protect our Mantas, Indonesia.

Sarah Wormald, PADI Instructor at World Diving Lembongan

What’s the Ocean Action about? The community on the small island of Lembongan struggle with the amount of waste discarded by tourists and the local community, much of this rubbish ends up at the tip, on the beach or in the ocean. This project aims to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being used and encourage/facilitate better plastic waste disposal by setting up water refill stations and proper waste bins to separate plastic, glass and tin. The separate materials will be sent for recycling to help prevent it from being dropped on the beach or in the ocean. The project also aims to provide snorkeling and diving boats with signage in English and Indonesian about manta protection and marine debris. The combined effect of the two projects will reduce plastic in the water and protect the mantas from further propeller injuries, manta riders, manta chasing and plastic digestion


Ocean Action Project – Finalist 4

25 Aug

Over the last five days we are featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: 

The fourth featured finalist from our region is the entry: Protect Sharks & rays in Surin National Park, Thailand.

Blue Guru, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

What’s the Ocean Action about? Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock are renowned magnets for migrating whale sharks & manta rays. Yet the National Park’s no-fishing zone only extends 3 miles from land and excludes a channel between the parks where fishermen can catch anything, including sharks & rays! There has been a noticeable decline in sharks and rays. But robust data is needed to campaign for expansion and greater policing of the National Park no-fishing zone around whole Surin/ Richelieu area. This project will increase the number of monitoring activities to include monthly trips dedicated to surveying all shark/ ray sightings and fishing boats. It will also involve local Thai/ Moken divers in surveys helping to increase local acceptance of actions driving improved environmental protection of Surin’s valuable natural resources. Working with the Phuket and Bangkok University’s a convincing argument to call for greater expansion and policing of the park will be made.

Ocean Action Project – Finalist 3

24 Aug

Over the next five days we will be featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: 

The third featured finalist from our region is the entry: Project Momentum: Protecting Mantas, Tiger & Bull Sharks, Indonesia

Gili Eco Trust, Indonesia

What’s the Ocean Action about? Sharks and manta rays continue to be fished as the demand for shark fins and manta ray gills is rapidly escalating. Focusing on one of the primary shark/manta fish markets in Indonesia: Tanjung Luar, Lombok, data will be collected on the number of catches of all species of sharks and rays caught, but specifically bull and tiger sharks and giant and reef manta rays (all unprotected keystone species). An assessment of fishermen’s earnings, where they fish, and their methods along with the economic network that extends from catch to consumer will be conducted. Through community presentations and workshops, locals and fishing villages will shift their focus away from shark/manta fishing towards more sustainable practices to benefit the entire community. Finally a comprehensive report will be delivered to Indonesian and regional governments.

Ocean Action Project – Finalist 2

23 Aug

Over the next five days we will be featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: 

The second featured finalist from our region is the entry: The Semporna Shark Sanctuary, Malaysia.

Scuba Junkie, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, Malaysia

What’s the Ocean Action about? Shark populations are decreasing worldwide due to demand for fins and other products and as bycatch to the commercial fishing trade. Sabah and Semporna are still home to many species of shark and ray from the now globally endangered scalloped hammerhead to eagle rays, devil and manta rays and whale sharks. However, with increased human populations, little protection and the rising price of their much sort after fins for the delicacy, sharks fin soup, these populations are under threat. The Semporna Shark Sanctuary (SSS) aims to protect around 8000km2 of reef, open ocean and vital mangrove areas. The project will gain community awareness and understanding from presentations and workshops. Leading up to each community workshop, school presentations will be delivered on the importance of sharks, shark conservation in Sabah and the SSS.

Ocean Action Project – Finalist 1

22 Aug

Over the next five days we will be featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting; 

The first featured finalist from our region is the entry: Koh Tao Marine Debris Master Plan, Thailand.

Save Koh Tao Group

What’s the Ocean Action about?   Litter and improper disposal of rubbish is a major problem throughout Asia, and one that the residents on Koh Tao have been trying to tackle over the years. The Thai community has worked hard to re-manage the way waste is dealt. But these methods only treat the symptoms; we must also attack the source of the problem.
As a way to protect the island they love, and give back to the local community, this project will kick-start a series of collection programs to attack the marine debris issue from all sides. The Koh Tao Debris Master Plan will focus on four areas: (1) Beach and Road Bin Installation (2) Daily/weekly island clean-up crew (3) Anti-plastic and foam box Campaign (4) Signage on beaches and roads. The results will see a reduction in litter and debris on the reefs and beaches plus empower the community and local businesses to be part of the solution.