Archive | October, 2013

PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Just two months to go!

28 Oct

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Spread the word!
 There’s still time to advise your students and staff to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  If they are thinking about becoming a PADI Divemaster, now is the time!

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 31stDecember 2013.

They simply need to enter,** tell us what they enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Oliver Furlow  Previous monthly winners in the Live the Diving Dream Contest have been PADI Divemasters, Phil Vossfrom Singapore who entered in July, Ellie Davidsonfrom Exmouth, Western Australia – winner for the month of August and Oliver Furlow from Thailand was the September winner.  Phil, Ellie and Oliver are all now proud owners of Apple iPads.

Do you know a diver who has what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster?  Let them know there’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  They simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what they enjoyed about it – to gain a chance to win an Apple iPad!

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

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at PADI LIVE THE DIVING DREAM CONTEST

Visit PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.

** No later than 7 days after the last day of the month in which the Entrant completed the Divemaster course.

Bali Scuba Sponsor PADI Professional Training in Bali

25 Oct

Bali ScubaPADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre/Career Development Centre, Bali Scuba recently initiated a 1 year sponsorship program to provide diver training – commencing with the PADI Open Water Diver course through to PADI Divemaster – for one Indonesian National.  Dive Sport Bali have also come on board to provide a full set of diving equipment for the successful candidate.

Always keen advocators of responsible tourism, Bali Scuba, who are based in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, decided to initiate the program in an attempt to support local economies and provide employment for local residents.

Simon Gilbert, one of the owners at Bali Scuba reports, “We wanted to give back to the local community in Bali who have given so much to us. We employ 90% local staff in all roles throughout the business and all of our local PADI Instructors have been trained at our Dive Centre. However, not everyone has the financial means, so we decided to sponsor the training of a keen individual who showed an amazing positive attitude and a desire to achieve.”

Selected for the program and the lucky recipient of this life changing opportunity is 23 year-old, Putu Adri Wisanta (aka ‘Santa’).

Santa_uploadSanta was chosen by Bali Scuba – firstly because he is from Bali – his absolute commitment to the program and to becoming a dive professional. He is also a member of Diana University in Denpasar, Bali and the college outdoor activities club called Mapala. The club focuses on activities that will be useful for the local environment and skills that can be used in programs such as search and recovery, environmental conservation and building artificial reefs.

The Bali Scuba sponsored program began in early October and will run to the end of September 2014.  Santa has already completed his PADI Open Water Course and is now enjoying daily fun dives before commencing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

Visit Bali Scuba at Jalan Danau Poso 46 Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Telephone:  +62 (0) 361 288610   Mobile (call or text): +62 (0) 857 3929 2642
Email: letsdive@baliscuba.com  or visit their Website: http://www.baliscuba.com/

 

Product Announcement – PADI Digital Underwater Photography Speciality

25 Oct

“I wish I’d had a camera”

PADI Digital Underwater Photography SpecialityHeard that from your divers and snorkelers recently? Sharing personal adventures through photographs is a post-dive social media ‘must do’ for the majority of divers now.

With digital cameras reducing in price every day, underwater photography is becoming more and more popular.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course gives you options for bringing digital photography, along with its related benefits, into several of your PADI programs – as a specialty certification course for divers and snorkelers.

Digital Underwater Photographer Couse materials are available for shipping from PADI Asia Pacific in the following languages: English, Chinese Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

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.

Project AWARE: Calling all Ocean Heroes. The Search is On!

18 Oct

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Applications now open for the Ocean Action Project 2013. Apply by 31st Oct.

project awareThe Oxford English definition of Hero: a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Every day at Project AWARE we continue to be inspired and energised by the actions of our growing movement. From the newly certified diver with a passion to use his skills underwater to the veteran community leader tackling a worthy local cause, our ocean heroes are on the frontlines, heading in to battle to protect and honor our ocean. And we couldn’t be prouder to stand beside you.

That is why we established the Ocean Action Project – an opportunity for ocean heroes with the courage, tenacity and leadership skills to make ocean protection a top priority in your community. We know there are hundreds of worthy projects that need a boost to get off the ground – the Ocean Action Project could be the support needed to put these actions in motion.

“In 2012 we launched our first wave of grassroots support to help protect sharks and rays and reduce and prevent marine debris,” said Joanne Marston, Associate Director, Project AWARE Foundation.

“Thanks to our supporters in 2012 we already have five incredible ocean actions fighting for shark and ray protection and battling the growing tide of marine debris. Now we’re on the search for our next wave of ocean action projects.”

The Ocean Action Project focuses on supporting work that is action-oriented and strategically addresses root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues. If you are an Ocean Hero with a project that can bring us a step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet then we want to hear from you.

The search is on. Find out more and download the application form and guidelines at www.projectaware.org/OceanActionProject.

  • Deadline for applications is 31st Oct.
  • Winning projects will be chosen by the Project AWARE community through a voting system via Facebook.

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. 

PADI Rescue Workshops

14 Oct

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Learn the latest techniques for demonstrating rescue diver skills to your students

The key to conducting successful PADI Rescue Diver training is the ability to confidently demonstrate the proper skills, but this is often easier said than done – even by many PADI Pros. This is especially true when it comes to demonstrating how to rescue an unconscious diver at the surface. And, if you’re teaching other PADI Professionals how to demonstrate rescue skills when they teach, proper technique is even more important.

Now you have the opportunity to practice your teaching techniques in a PADI Rescue Workshop. In this workshop, you’ll learn to demonstrate rescue skills to Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Open Water Scuba Instructor candidates, including:

  • Techniques for teaching rescue of an unconscious diver at the surface
  • The latest techniques for removing weights and adding buoyancy to an injured diver
  • The best way to check for breathing, use a pocket mask effectively and give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

You’ll also get a preview of the changes to the PADI Rescue Diver evaluation as it pertains to establishing buoyancy, coming in 2014.

Stay on the cutting edge of your profession. REGISTER NOW by clicking on one of the Rescue Workshop links below.

 2013

Rescue Workshop – Phuket – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Koh Tao – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Sydney – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Lembongan – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Gili Islands – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Bali – November 2013

Rescue Workshop – Semporna – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Cairns – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Puerto Galera – December 2013

Rescue Workshop – Auckland – November

Rescue Workshop – Rarotonga – November 2013

2014

Rescue Workshop – Phi Phi – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Koh Tao – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Boracay – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Gili Islands – January 2014

Rescue Workshop – Malapascua – February 2014

Fee: 

AU$99.00 (Including GST for Australia)
AU$90.00 (Excludes GST – for all other members)

Workshop Requirements -Please bring your own dive gear (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator and exposure suit) and a pocket mask.

We look forward to seeing you at the PADI Rescue Workshop soon.

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Congratulations Oliver Furlow – Winner for September 2013!

11 Oct

Oliver-Furlow-_UPLOADThe 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. You simply enter and tell us what you enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Oliver Furlow from Thailand is the latest monthly winner in the PADI ‘Live The Diving Dream’ Contest. Oliver completed his PADI Divemaster training in September with PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, The Dive Academy in Koh Samui.

Now a PADI Divemaster and the proud owner of an Apple iPad, Oliver’s winning entry in the Live the Diving Dream contest illustrates the spirit of a PADI Divemaster.

When I was given the opportunity to change my career and my life, I gladly took the plunge and moved to Thailand, where the first step for me was to get qualified as a PADI Divemaster. The staff at The Dive Academy were very helpful before I even arrived, and during the course everyone was on hand to help. I experienced a wide range of dive sites – from the exhilarating and technical, to the beautiful and tranquil.

 The course has equipped me well, with lots of very real scenarios and training to prepare me for anything as a professional diver”.

Previous monthly winners in the Live the Diving Dream Contest were Phil Voss from Singapore who entered in July and Ellie Davidson from Exmouth in Western Australia, who was the winner for the month of August.

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.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at padi.com/livethedivingdream.

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

Engage Your Divers with ScubaEarth Featured Destinations

11 Oct

ScubaEarthSquare300x300Tap into the travel industry and engage your divers in a whole new way with ScubaEarth Featured Destinations.

Each week ScubaEarth features one destination from around the globe to showcase the incredible diving on offer across the planet. Do you have a dive trip planned to one of these areas or is your dive shop based in one of October’s Featured Destinations? Make the most of this great exposure and utilise ScubaEarth as a platform to promote your upcoming trips and travel offers.

Where to start?

  1. Your Announcement Board
    Post you upcoming trips – overseas or day trips – on your Dive Shops Announcement Board. Keeping your dive crew up to date with your latest dive travel information means more opportunity to increase your travel bookings as well as the opportunity to spread the word about your next underwater escape. Don’t forget that any diver who has chosen your shop as their primary dive centre will automatically see your last three announcements on every page on ScubaEarth.
  2. Share ScubaEarth’s Featured Destinations with your network
    People get excited about travel. Divers get even more excited about dive travel.  Each ScubaEarth Featured Destination provides an overview of what to expect above and below the surface as well as information about marine life found in the area, must see dive sites and basic travel information. Why not share snippets of this on your other social media platforms to help engage your divers and get them excited for their next dive adventure with you?
  3. Log your dives whilst away on your trip
    Every dive you log on ScubaEarth can be directly linked to your dive shop profile and will have your dive shop logo displayed next to the logged entry. What does this mean when you log a dive from one of your overseas trips? When a diver comes to view this dive site on ScubaEarth and looks at the ‘logged dives’ section, they will see your dive shop name next to a list of logged dives, leading them back to your shop profile. This ultimately will attract new divers to your store from a range of different locations.

Head to ScubaEarth and spread the word about your next dive trip!