Instructor Development Course in Malapascua, Philippines

Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens is currently conducting a PADI Instructor Development Course in Malapascua, Philippines.

The IDC which commenced on 18th November is taking place at PADI 5 Star IDC Resort, Sea Explorers and Camille reports that the 8 candidates who come from Europe, Turkey, Tahiti and Brazil, are enjoying themselves during their extensive 12 days of training to become PADI Instructors.  The course will take the students to local dive sites, “The Cemetery” and “The Lighthouse” during their Confined and Open Water presentations. Assisting Camille on the program is PADI Master Instructor, Johan Blixt. 

Immediately following the Malapascua IDC, the group will present for the PADI Instructor Exam, commencing 29th November, 2012.

Please join PADI in wishing these 8 enthusiastic students every success as they work towards becoming PADI Instructors.

Escape, Explore and Experience with ScubaEarth™

ScubaEarth™, your one-stop resource for everything scuba, is now open. Escape, explore and experience everything this all-inclusive site has to offer.

Share diving experiences on ScubaEarth and explore the interactive community for scuba divers and water enthusiasts alike. ScubaEarth offers more than 50,000 dive sites and 60 dive destinations to help you research your next vacation—and that’s just the beginning. You can also:

  • Log your dives
  • Show off your latest photos and videos
  • Join the dive crew of your favorite PADI dive shops
  • Find current weather and recent dive conditions
  • Use your gear locker to track when your gear is due to be serviced
  • Keep up with dive buddies and meet new dive buddies

Dive in and join today:

  • Go to
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Log on at to set up your profile today.

Project AWARE: Stronger Shark Finning Ban Endorsed by European Parliament

This article is courtesy of the Project AWARE Foundation. You can also see the full article here.

Conservation groups are celebrating last week’s European Parliament vote to close loopholes in the European Union ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea), the culmination of six years of campaigning and debate.

Members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the European Commission’s proposal to impose the best practice for finning ban enforcement: a prohibition on removing shark fins at sea. The measure faced formidable opposition from representatives of Spain and Portugal, Europe’s leaders in catch of oceanic sharks.

The EU banned finning in 2003, but the associated regulation includes loopholes that allow shark fins to be removed on board and landed separately from shark bodies, which hampers enforcement.

“We owe so much of our success to the tens of thousands of divers across Europe and beyond who voiced their concern for sharks,” said Suzanne Pleydell, Director for Project AWARE Foundation in Europe. “By demonstrating the economic benefits of sound shark stewardship, divers brought new EU Member States to the debate to support a stronger finning policy that reflects the values of the entire European Union, not just its shark fishing powers.”

Parliament’s final report now goes to the EU Council of Ministers and Commission as part of the process to finalize the regulation. Conservation groups stressed that finning bans alone are insufficient to save sharks.

The groups are turning their sights to the next big battleground for sharks: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) whose Parties meet in March to consider proposals to list commercially valuable, threatened shark species, including porbeagles, hammerheads, and oceanic whitetips.  Proponents for listing include the EU and U.S.

Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, and Project AWARE are working as part of a new coalition with Wildlife Conservation Society, Humane Society International, and the German Elasmobranch Society to secure CITES protections for sharks and rays.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved.

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

An interview with Denéa Buckingham
PADI Divemaster
Sydney Dive Academy
PADI 5 Star Dive Centres
Matraville NSW Australia

What is your current job at Sydney Dive Academy?
I completed my Divemaster certification in Boracay and I’ll be completely honest – I’m a chilly water wuss, so in the cooler months I handle the digital strategy and marketing for Sydney Dive Academy.

Describe a typical day in your working life
In the off season at Sydney Dive Academy I’ll be working on a number of projects involving social media, events coordination and marketing. Multitasking on the days I’m physically in the dive shop, I’ll fill tanks, assist Peter Cross and Jamie Illistom with courses, help fit our divers with rental gear and make sure everyone feels welcome when they come to our club.

A standard day in the water could mean guiding a dive club trip around Bare Island (Botany Bay) and pointing out the beautiful amount of marine life in the waters of Kamay National Park. I might be coordinating a group to meet for a dive trip to the HMAS Adelaide or down to dive with the seals at Wollongong. Other times I’ll be bringing up the Open Water pack – looking after a new diver who isn’t particularly confident.

My role is varied and there’s always something exciting to work on!

When did you start diving?
In 2009, for a holiday with an ex-boyfriend! He was already qualified so he made me complete my Open Water Diver course in the middle of winter in Sydney in order to go, the weather was hideous and I froze my tail off.  But 29 degree water in Sipadan and a subsequent adoration of diving were more than worth it.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I did my Divemaster training from January to April 2012 with Calypso Diving on Boracay Island in the Philippines.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
I was absolutely thrilled because I’d grown and changed as a person as well as a diver.

What highlights do you recall from your DM course?
Calypso are working on an exciting new resort on one of the islands neighboring Boracay. I was lucky enough to go with Rene Buob (our Course Director) and Andy Barrett (my Instructor) to explore new dive sites around the island.

Andy Barrett and I orchestrated the release of two little Bamboo Reef sharks from a neighbouring Chinese restaurant. We also negotiated with the restaurant to remove all shark dishes and shark meat from the menu. A very decent crowd assembled to watch us release the sharks (who we’d nicknamed ‘Ni’ and ‘Hao’) off the beach near the dive shop. You can read my full article about it on Project AWARE’s website

I could go on and on – there were so many highlights. I recommend the PADI Divemaster training course to anyone who wants to discover a new depth in themselves; it is an experience that means so much more than just a certification card.

Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?
With Sydney Dive Academy here in Australia but who knows where it will take me!

What is one of your favorite memories in your diving career?
In March 2012, the Boracay Association of Scuba Schools (BASS) sunk a Yakolev Yak 40 aeroplane as a new dive site. I was well into my Divemaster training at that time so I jumped on board for all the activities surrounding the sinking. I took video of the 70-odd people that physically pushed the jet across the tarmac and into the water to be towed to the dive site. Then I helped video the actual sinking and I was the first one to create a dive site map of the wreck.

My last dive in Boracay was guiding my friend and PADI Course Director, Sue Gibbins around the wreck, the ownership and pride I felt in being qualified to lead her around something I’d had so much to do with was fantastic.

What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?
‘You get out what you put in.’ If you’re not prepared to bring the best you have to every dive you won’t have as much fun or feel as rewarded as you can if you give 150% every time you get the chance.

We’re incredibly lucky to have earned our way into the world of Professional Diving, now the fun is in continuing to deserve it!

EFR® Materials Update

The full range of the bright and shiny newly revised EFR materials are now available in Asia Pacific! All products have been updated to reflect the latest changes resulting from the 2010 ILCOR Guidelines and include new techniques for helping your participants learn the current emergency protocols.

Revised Primary Care and Secondary Care course Instructor and Participant materials* are now available in English, Japanese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Further translations to follow.




Revised CPR&AED course Instructor and Participant materials* are now available in English and Japanese.

Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian expected to become available early 2013.

Further translations to follow.



Revised Care for Children course Instructor and Participant materials* are now available in English and Japanese.

Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish expected to become available early 2013.

Further translations to follow.




NEW! – Digital EFR Instructor Manual (72010) is now available in English. It contains the PDF version Instructor Guides for all three EFR courses: Primary and Secondary Care, CPR & AED and Care for Children.

The paper version EFR Instructor Manual (70149) is also available in English – it comes in a binder with of all three individual EFR Instructor Guides.


Revised EFR Instructor Trainer materials* are now available in English and Japanese.

Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish to follow early 2013. Further translations to follow.

70988 is the digital version disc with EFR Instructor Course Lesson Guides, EFR Instructor Trainer Guide and all three individual EFR Instructor Guides.

70093 is the binder with paper version EFR Instructor Trainer Guide only.

71850 is the EFR Instructor Course Exam.

* Please refer to your EFR Instructor or Trainer Manual for materials required for participants, instructors and Trainers.

Contact your regional Sales Consultant to order any revised materials you may be missing as it’s important you now have and use the full range of newly revised materials during all EFR courses you teach (see next article).

To keep up-to-date on new EFR/PADI course materials as they roll out, log onto to your local PADI Blog: OceaniaSouth East AsiaEast AsiaSouth Korea and enter your email address.

Don’t forget – you can order anytime from the online shopping cart  – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click shop online.

Required Implementation Date: 1 January 2013

Required implementation date for all revised EFR materials (English) is no later than 1 January 2013. For other languages – implement as soon as materials become available.

PADI Business Academy follow up 2013

PADI business Academy

Earlier this year PADI members in Thailand attended the PADI Business Academy which was held in Bangkok. East and West coast members came together for the first time, sharing new and old business ideas, and of course making new friends. On 16.11.2012 Tim Hunt and Tony Andrews conducted a PADI Business Academy follow up to see what ideas had been implemented, and which ones had worked. This time however we thought we’d add a twist on the Academy 🙂 by holding the event in

the famous Similan Islands of Thailand, and implement some world class diving. During these three days, East and West coast PADI members once more shared business ideas and tactics which has helped increase there business for 2012, along with getting the chance to dive on Rebreather’s and Sidemount equipment. This event was such a success, Thailand members already wish to attend the Business Academy in 2013. PADI The Way The World Learns to Dive……..

Project AWARE: Celebrate Australia’s New Marine Reserves

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.  Please also read the full article here

Time to celebrate! On the 16th of November 2012 in Australia, the largest network of marine parks in the world was officially declared and is now legally in place.

Over the last few years your submissions made the Australian Government aware of the broad support for ocean protection amongst the global dive community – well done!

Join us in thanking the Australian Government for this landmark decision to protect our unique marine wildlife and places.

The new reserves protect some of Australia’s marine treasures including the Coral Sea, the jewel in Australia’s marine crown. With pristine corals and swarming sharks, the Coral Sea is a dream destination for divers everywhere. Also protected are unique environments in SW Australia, where blue whales come to feed and 90% of marine life is found no where else on earth.

Covering an area almost one-third the size of Australia the new reserves are a big step forward for ocean protection, but we have an opportunity to make them even better. Very soon we will tell you more about this opportunity and how you can help make the reserves the best they can be.

But for now let’s celebrate the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves! Highly protected marine reserves enable threatened species like sharks, rays and turtles to recover. Read more about Marine Parks and Sharks.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved.