Archive | June, 2013

New PADI Go Dive Video

27 Jun

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Dive video. This gives a quick insight into what to expect when you become a certified PADI Diver. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

A massive thank you to the PADI Professionals involved in shooting this video!

Trawangan Dive Project AWARE Finathon

25 Jun

The Trawangan Dive Finathon sparked an explosion of energy, fun and festivity in the name of sharks.

The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok Indonesia, enjoyed a festival atmosphere as divers, locals and children joined together to protect sharks and raise funds for local projects. Trawangan Dive organised an island-wide triathlon challenge together with the Gili Eco Trust.

Throughout the race there were 200 people watching, cheering and placing bets as participants undertook an 800 metre ocean swim, 7.9km cycle ride and 5.6km run. Volunteers gave 50 local Indonesian children the opportunity to learn to swim followed by face painting and colourful hand printing to celebrate this special World Oceans Day event.

Thanks to everyone who took part, Trawangan Dive now tops the www.finathon.org team leaderboard donating a fintastic USD $3,764. Video kindly produced by Trawangan Dive Videographer Adrienne Gittus for Project AWARE Foundation.

NEW PADI INSTRUCTORS IN KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA

21 Jun

IE DownBelow KK June 21.06.13PADI Asia Pacific conducted an Instructor Examination in Kota Kinabalu from 3-4th  June, 2013 with a 100% success rate.

Pictured in front of PADI 5 Star IDC Centre, Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures beach house, is L to R: Charlie Durbin, Beth Trueman, PADI Instructor Examiner – Rob Scammell, Holly Naylor, Azmil Aminud, Michael Markscheffel, Frances Castle, Platinum PADI Course Director – Richard Swann, Chu Vui How, Kim Yong, Nordin Zakaria, Wendy Saes, PADI Course Director – Mark Hedger and PADI Master Instructor – Joanne Swann.

Congratulations, everyone!

Request for Your “Best Teaching Tips Ever” Feature

20 Jun

The Undersea Journal  is currently accepting contributions for a “Best Teaching Tips from the Field” feature that will publish in the fourth quarter issue. This article will detail the best tips, tricks, strategies, pointers, words-to-the-wise and any other expert advice you can offer to fellow pros based on your experience as a passionate diver and professional.

Here’s a list of basic topics: Travel, Equipment, Skills, Training, Photography, Marine Life and Lifestyle. Any aspect of the dive life is open. Here are a few examples:

  • Travel: When planning a group trip to a new destination, partner with a PADI Dive Centre or Resort in that destination to help co-host your event.
  • Equipment: Always know the latest scuba gear, so if your student divers have questions about their new BCDs, you can easily help them.
  • Lifestyle: To get divers interacting on your next dive boat adventure, bring along a bag of candy to pass around during surface intervals.

Please submit your tips by 1 July and, if your tips are used, your name, location and dive centre (if applicable) will be included in the magazine.

Terry Cummins Awarded OAM

14 Jun

Terry Cummins TERRY CUMMINS who retired from PADI recently to pursue other interests after 30 plus years of service, was this week awarded one of Australia’s highest honours – The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Awarded for his contribution to sport, especially scuba diving, Terry has spent an eventful week providing several interviews for local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations following the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.

Although the OAM award was recognised immediately, Terry advises that the official award presentation will be conducted by the Governor General of Australia in Canberra (Australia’s capital) sometime in September/October, later this year.

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Recipients of honours in the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life with nominations in the General Division of the Order coming directly from the community.

A highly regarded industry leader and a steadfast icon in the Australian dive market, Terry represented PADI in many capacities, making countless contributions to the development of the dive industry and PADI Internationally.

Terry joined PADI in 1972 as a PADI Member.  He retired late last year as International Vice President – Marketing Metrics and Performance, PADI Worldwide and, Director – Market Development for the Technical Diving Division.

In the early 1970’s, along with other dive professionals, Terry established PADI’s presence in Australia and in 1982, formed PADI Australia Pty Ltd.  He was later appointed to Director of Operations and eventually Chief Executive Officer, successfully leading PADI Australia as CEO until 1999.  That year he was instrumental in transitioning PADI Australia into PADI Asia Pacific and served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

Along with many PADI accreditations and awards presented to him in the past, Terry has also been recognised for his work on many dive clubs and committees over the years, e.g. Australian Scuba Council, Standards Australia, Dive Australia, Dive Queensland, DEMA Asia Pacific and Project AWARE. Other significant industry awards he has received or played a part in are; Intervarsity Marine Knowledge and Spearfishing Champion way back in the early ‘70s, Dive Australia Scuba Excellence, Oceanic Legend, and at OZTeK in 2007, was recognised for “The Support and Development of Technical Diving in Australia”.

Terry remarked, “I would like to thank everyone at PADI for being part of my life and the obvious role they played in me being honoured with this most prestigious of all awards.”

Please join PADI as we congratulate Terry Cummins on receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), which is indeed a momentous honour.

Diver Medical Responder – PADI Distinctive Specialty

11 Jun

PADI now recognizes and congratulates Emergency Medical Services International in Thailand for their efforts in creating a new PADI Distinctive Specialty – Diver Medical Responder (DMR). This 10-day programme provides the essential knowledge and skills to confidently provide immediate care to casualties, particularly in the event there is either delayed, unskilled or non-existent emergency ambulance service available. “As divers venture further and further off the beaten track, it is vital that they understand how to deal with all kinds of emergencies”.

The course covers the following topics:

island evac scenario

evacuation scenario

  • The physiology and physics of diving
  • Decompression illness and barotraumas
  • Hazardous marine life injuries and treatments
  • How to perform the neurological assessment
  • VHF radio communication procedures
  • Evacuation methods
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Scene safety and mechanism of injury
  • Airway management
  • CPR and defibrillation
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Breathing assessment and support
  • Needle thoracocentesis (chest decompression)
  • Bleeding and haemorrhage control
  • Management of burns
  • Extremity trauma management
  • Basic head injury management
  • Management of medical emergencies
  • Road traffic collision management

As all of us in the industry strive to maintain our high levels of diver safety and quality first response training, we applaud EMS International for their efforts in developing this one of a kind programme. The PADI DMR developed in conjunction with Exmed UK Limited, also provides candidates with the Edexcel BTEC/IHCD level 2 award. For more information visit www.emsinternational.org

Project AWARE: Thank You – Trawangan Dive Triathlon World Oceans Day

11 Jun

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Trawangan Dive Finathon 11.6.13A big thanks to the amazing Finathon swimmers at Trawangan Dive, Indonesia who completed a triathlon for World Oceans Day.

The Trawangan Dive and Gili Eco Trust ‘Finathon & Triathlon’ challenge saw 200 people cheering and placing bets as participants undertook an 800 metre ocean swim, 7.9km cycle ride and 5.6km run.  Volunteers gave 50 local Indonesian children the opportunity to learn to swim, with face painting and hand printing to celebrate this special World Oceans Day Finathon. There was also a mural construction of the trash collected along the beach.

“Most local dive centers and local businesses competed in the event and everyone did a fantastic job raising money for our favourite cause,” said Holly Macleod, PADI Couse Director.

Trawangan Dive  2 Finathon 11.6.13Live music by Jah on Holiday, S2B and Ray d’Sky kicked off the evening celebrations with a fire show and cocktail flaring. The auction was the main fundraiser, prizes included a full PADI IDC package, a full IDC Staff Instructor Course package and a PADI BioRock Distinctive Speciality Course.  The raffle prizes were also drawn and vouchers given to the lucky winners.

Thanks to all the participants, organisers and supporters of this FINtastic event.  Scuba divers are swimming to end finning from now through to July to raise awareness. From swimming pools to ocean relays, triathlons to wacky races it’s a real festival of Finathons!

Much needed funds will help Project AWARE:

  • Fight to stop shark finningTrawangan Dive Finathon 3 11.6.13
  • Insist on full protections for critically endangered sharks
  • Negotiate strong policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks.

If you’re FINatical about sharks organize a Finathon, solo swim or join an event near you to fundraise for shark protection.

 

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.