Archive | August, 2013

Product Announcement – EFR® Materials Update

27 Aug

EFR Blog 27.8.13Emergency First Response® Materials are now available in the following languages:

English, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese

All products have been updated to reflect the latest changes following the 2010 ILCOR Guidelines and include new techniques for helping your participants learn the current emergency protocols.

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or you can order anytime from the online shopping cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

During the CPR portion of the class – try playing the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” Not only will participants enjoy it, but the song also has the perfect tempo for delivering chest compressions at the correct rate!

Awards for Trawangan Dive and Simon Liddiard

26 Aug

Trawangan Dive Team CDC Award 26.8.13PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Hans Ullrich recently paid a visit to Trawangan Dive on the island of Gili Trawangan off Lombok in Indonesia to award co-founder and owner, Simon Liddiard and his team with the prestigious PADI Career Development Center (CDC) Award.

Trawangan Dive joined PADI in 2005 as a PADI Dive Resort, became a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort one year later, then in 2010 – a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort. Last year Trawangan Dive were the first dive centre in the Lombok region to achieve the PADI Green Star status for their commitment to protecting and conserving the environment.

Simon Liddiard also discovered the famous Japanese wreck; after hearing the story from a local fisherman when he arrived on Gili Trawangan 25 years ago, he spent a month searching for it. Trawangan Dive is one of only two dive centers to have the GPS co-ordinates for the wreck and as such there are relatively few people who have dived it.

Over the years Simon and his colleagues have become some of the most knowledgeable dive professionals in the industry, particularly when it comes to Indonesia and the Gili Islands.The PADI Career Development Center Award is the highest PADI award for Members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations . The award is presented to PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centers who’ve met extra requirements including the provision of a 6 week Career Development programme, two PADI Course Directors on staff and a graduate job placement service.

Hans and Simon Liddiard Trawangan Dive 26.8.13PADI 5 Star Career Development Centers are businesses which offer professional development beyond regular instructor training. These businesses offer vocational based continuing education training to prepare individuals for dive industry careers and provide job placement services within the dive industry.  PADI Members and the dive industry at large benefit from the PADI 5 Star Career Development Centers’ commitment to professional development and excellence through their unique ability to provide qualified candidates to fill industry employment needs.

Completion of the 6 week Career Development program at a CDC allows candidates to complete their PADI Instructor Examination earlier than may normally be possible.

“As the only PADI CDC Center in Lombok, the staff of Trawangan Dive are very proud of their achievements and are committed to providing an on-going, high level of education in both professional and non-professional dive education,” explains Simon.

Another reason for the visit to Lombok was also to award Simon with a PADI 20 Year Membership Certificate for his high level of commitment to PADI over the past 20+ years.

Simon has been living and diving the waters around the Gili Islands and other parts of Indonesia since 1990. He is a PADI Course Director and has been an Instructor since 1986.

Simon also discovered the famous Japanese wreck; after hearing the story from a local fisherman when he arrived on Gili Trawangan 25 years ago, he spent a month searching for it. Trawangan Dive is one of only two dive centers to have the GPS co-ordinates for the wreck and as such, there are relatively few people who have dived it.

Congratulations to Simon Liddiard on achieving 20 Years of PADI Membership and to all the team at Trawangan Dive for their commitment and diligence in achieving the PADI Career Development Center award.

ScubaEarth hits 50,000 users!

20 Aug

ScubaEarth hits 50 000The evolution is really taking hold! This month the ScubaEarth community reached 50,000 users and continues to grow. Thank you to all the PADI Dive Shops and Instructors that are already a part of the ScubaEarth community. PADI Members are the hub of this online resource, and it’s only with your support and presence that we continue to keep divers engaged and excited about diving.

If you haven’t already joined the evolution then now is a great time to do so. With more users to interact with, more dives being logged, and more dive trips being planned there is now an even bigger opportunity to engage with your potential customers.

50,000 possible connections, 50,000 ways to connect! Here’s a couple.

Announcement board – Make the most of your announcement board and spread the word about your upcoming trips and courses. Every diver who has chosen your store as their primary dive shop will receive your announcements straight to their homepage. Friends of these divers will also see your shops announcements when viewing their buddy’s page, so news about that upcoming trip overseas dive trip spreads even faster!

Log Dives – Logging dives is another opportunity to promote your online presence. For each dive site you establish, your name appears with a link back to your profile. So when users search the community map for recently logged dives, they’ll see your entries, providing credibility and showing you’re an active, engage dive professional.

Link to your Blog – Add your blogs RRS Feed directly to your ScubaEarth profile and keep your customers informed and up to date on what’s happening each week at your Dive Shop. Links take divers directly to your blog, increasing traffic to your website. The best bit is that once set up the RSS feeds posts automatically to ScubaEarth when you add a new entry!

Head to www.scubaearth.com and join the growing community today!

Overcoming the Odds – Injured British Soldier Becomes a PADI Instructor

16 Aug

Diving can transform lives. It so happened to Peter Bowker, a British soldier and veteran of the Afghanistan conflict. Peter was injured by a road bomb in late 2008 – losing his right leg below the knee and badly fracturing his right femur.

Peter-Bowker-Afghanistan-2008-_-Cambodia-2013However, Peter’s injuries did not stop him from pursuing new activities and adventures – he first began diving in Malta in 2012.  The experience made him realise that diving was a career he wished to pursue.  He made contact with Scuba Nation in Cambodia, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and having the opportunity to dive there for nearly 2 months, completed the PADI Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver courses.  He then enrolled in the PADI Divemaster course.

Peter explained, “I’ve had routine X-rays every 6 months since I lost my leg and the doctors found that during this period the fracture to my femur heals about 20-30%. I had another X-ray when I returned from gaining my PADI Divemaster certification – after diving almost every day in Cambodia, the doctors found that my fracture site had healed over 200%.”

“Besides the good effects that diving has on my injury, I just love the lifestyle and I became even more determined to achieve my goal to become a PADI Instructor.”

Gerard-Leenen-CD-and-Peter-Bowker-OWSIIn early 2013 Peter completed a Disabled Divers instructor course in London and went on to help the injured soldiers diving charity, Deptherapy in Florida, USA.  Deptherapy help to rehabilitate injured UK service personnel and US marines suffering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress. The organisation has noticed that using scuba diving as a rehabilitation tool is very helpful and encourages many aspects of healing, both physically and mentally.

Peter organised to return to Scuba Nation, Cambodia and in July 2013 completed the PADI Instructor Development Course – followed by the PADI Instructor Exam held in Bali.

Gerard Leenen, PADI Course Director from Scuba Nation in Cambodia – who first met Peter in January and then tutored him on the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) recently, reports: “Peter is like a whirlwind of positive energy and charisma and is also mature for his years. Quite open about what happened to him in Afghanistan and his military career, he constantly surprises with his positive attitude.

From the first IDC presentation I gave, Peter was a strong candidate and sometimes very funny. He always stands at ease when you talk to him and we constantly had to remind him he was not in the army anymore!  Peter was a great student – and a pleasure to teach as he wanted to absorb all the information given. We are very proud to have been able to teach Peter to become a PADI Professional and to see first-hand that diving truly can transform people’s lives.

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Peter explains to PADI a little about his diving experience so far…

What highlights do you recall from the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)?

Highlights of my PADI IDC include teaching in open water for the first time as I found it both challenging and rewarding. I remember one dive in particular where visibility was less than half a meter with a current. I found this especially enjoyable due to the added challenge of controlling a group in a difficult environment, whilst conducting the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) exercise.

What do you most enjoy in your day as a PADI Instructor?

The most enjoyable aspect of my day is the sense of pride I have when telling people of my career. I enjoy taking people from their first tentative steps into diving to being confident divers.

What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career so far?

Whilst teaching an injured soldier in America who had lost his right arm, a large turtle swam right up to me which was an amazing moment.

What words of advice would you give to divers who are considering becoming professionals?

There are a million excuses not to, but you only need one ticket to open the door to amazing opportunities.

What are your goals from here? 

My goals are to become the first injured soldier to become a technical diving instructor, in addition to teaching other NATO injured soldiers how to dive to help them overcome the psychological and physical injuries of war. Another goal is to summit Everest in 2016 with Summit for Heroes and to be the first amputee to cross Greenland with Heroes Challenge UK.

Says Rob Scammell, the PADI Instructor Examiner who conducted Peter’s Instructor Exam in Bali, “Peter is an inspiration to us all. Throughout the IE he proved himself to be a great team player and motivator for his group. Peter is a shining example of how diving can change our lives and present us with new opportunities and challenges”.

PADI would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Peter on his significant diving achievements and we wish him every success in achieving his goals.

Project AWARE: Congratulations Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

13 Aug

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Exotic Divers Philippines July 2013 117 Exotic Swimmers raced from the House Reef to the beach 500m raising $500 for sharks. 15 of the swimmers were Filipinos including the winner Tito.  Exotic Divers Owner Dioscora Macabale who founded the Dive Centre in 1997 also swam on the day. With 15 of the swimmers Filipinos everyone enjoyed local dish Pancit Canton afterwards to celebrate.

“Here at Exotic we are passionate about sharks! Most of our divers visiting us here in Malapascua are here because of the Thresher sharks at Monad Shoal, and who can blame them? This is the only place on earth where we have nearly daily encounters of this beautiful shark at only 20 metres depth!  So of course we want to do our part for protecting our beautiful sharks!” said Exotic Island Manager Rebecca Johanson.

Exotic Divers Philippines July 2013 2Tommy Jenson who sponsored the Exotic Island team said “I had the most wonderful majestic experience diving with the thresher sharks of Malapascua. I’ll gladly make a donation to help protect this beautiful species and all shark species.” Thanks to everyone who has donated to support the cause. Read more about your donations in action: http://bit.ly/13xVabE

What a magnificent effort from the Philippines. So far five dive centres and one school have joined the Finathon swimming an amazing 134kms and raising $10,520! Thank You Atmosphere Resorts, Calypso Divers, Exotic Diving Malapascua, Frontier Scuba, Liquid Dumaguete and One International School.

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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. 

First Monthly Winner Announced – PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest

9 Aug

Phil Voss from Singapore is our first monthly winner in the PADI ‘Live The Diving Dream’ Contest.

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to December 2013. They simply enter, tell us what they enjoyed about it and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Phil entered the competition in July on completing the PADI Divemaster course with PADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Resort, Blue Corner Dive on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia.

Phil is now a PADI Divemaster and the proud owner of an Apple iPad!  Read what he has to say about his experience:

Phil Voss 8.8.13Phil’s Comments: I enjoyed learning to be a PADI Divemaster with Blue Corner Dive on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia because of the teamwork and camaraderie among the Divemaster Trainees along with the PADI Instructors’ enthusiastic approach to mentoring us. The diving here is amazing and the currents can be challenging, so I don’t think there is a better place in the world to gain dive experience while learning to guide a group of divers.”

Indonesia is at the epicentre of marine biodiversity and offers diving on all levels, from non-diver to advanced. The area has exhilarating drift diving, extensive reef diving, fantastic night diving, unique muck diving and breathtaking steep walls. Tec diving addicts can get their fix from the deep trenches while wreck fanatics will be satiated with the abundance of World War II relics. The country is also a paradise for underwater photographers as more than 600 coral species of coral and over 3000 fish species make their homes on Indonesian reefs. Read more about diving in Indonesia.

Do you have what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster? There’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what you enjoyed about it – for your chance to win an Apple iPad!

Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Visit padi.com/livethedivingdream for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.

Log Dives on ScubaEarth in August to Show Your Support for Project AWARE

7 Aug

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Looking for a new way for your business to show support for ocean protection?

This month ScubaEarth has teamed up with Project AWARE to bring you the Dollars for Dives promotion. For every logged dive on ScubaEarth in August, PADI will donate one dollar (US) per dive to Project AWARE to support ocean conservation – up to $100,000 US.

From grassroots Dive Against Debris projects to helping protect the world’s most threatened sharks and rays, Project AWARE’s conservations efforts are reliant upon PADI Members and Divers support. So this month take action and make your dives count for extra. Every dive you log via ScubaEarth contributes to the cause. You can log your favourite dives, or simply add all the dives that you complete during August.

Don’t forget to let your divers and students know what you are doing for ocean conservation, or better yet get them on board! Not only will they be a part of the movement of divers protecting our world’s ocean one dive at a time, but they will also have logged a range of dives that are directly affiliated with your dive shop. By encouraging your divers and students to tag all their logged dives with your shop it means that you also benefit from the word of mouth that this exciting new online community can offer.

If you haven’t signed up yet or logged on recently then there has never been a better reason to do so. Dollars for Dives will run for the month of August, so dive into ScubaEarth and start logging dives today!