PADI 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.
PADI 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.