Archive | November, 2013

Project AWARE: Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean You Love

26 Nov

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday – an international day to celebrate giving. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $10,000.

And everyone who donates $150 or more also receives a Project AWARE long sleeve eco ethical T-shirt (please note all T-shirts delivered in January)

PADI’s commitment to #GivingTuesday is an industry first and we encourage all dive centres and PADI divers to give back to the ocean and make #GivingTuesday a day for our ocean planet.

The time to protect the ocean is now. www.projectaware.org/give

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How to Give Back on #GivingTuesday?

  1. Give – all donations, large or small, are critical to our next ocean victory
  2. Check out our brand NEW video “Ocean Protection Starts with You” and find out why your donation is a great investment for our ocean future
  3. Show your support of #GivingTuesday by taking a picture, tagging it#unselfie, #GivingTuesday and #projectaware, and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram until December 4!
  4. Give your time and Dive Against Debris this December

Read More: http://www.projectaware.org/update/give-back-ocean-givingtuesday

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. 

Malapascua Island Update

22 Nov

Malpascua message b2cPADI Regional Manager, Jimmy Christrup, visited Malapascua Island this week in support of PADI Members and the local population following the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda. The PADI Dive Centres and Resorts are currently focused on assisting their local staff and extended families with urgent needs including food, water, housing and other essentials. The damage done on Malapascua was severe but the recovery process is proceeding well although there’s still a long way to go.

Most PADI Dive Shops from Malapascua are posting updates with photos on their Facebook pages and some have online donation opportunities if you wish to make a contribution to the recovery. A few PADI Dive Shops have already completed reconnaissance dives taking photos of the renowned Thresher Sharks. You can visit the PADI Dive Shop Locator for a list of the PADI Dive Shops on the island. Many of these PADI Dive Shops are expecting to provide some diving services to their customers by 30th November with the majority of services being available by 20th December in time for the busy Christmas period.

PADI Public Safety Diver Basic Essentials Workshops: Hong Kong 12th – 19th January 2014

22 Nov

PSD 22.11PADI is pleased to announce the upcoming PADI Public Safety Diver Basic Essentials Workshops to be held in Hong Kong from the 12th – 19th January 2014.

The workshops are designed for divers new to Public Safety Diving as well as those wishing to refresh or update their basic public safety skills. The workshops can also provide instructors a template they can effectively use to conduct public safety dive training. PADI Master Instructor Mike Berry from Underwater Criminal Investigators (UCI) will teach the courses.

PADI Public Safety Diver Basic Essentials Workshop – Hong Kong

Course Hong Kong Dates Price
PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty Course 12 – 14 Jan US$760
PADI Distinctive Specialty – Underwater Criminal Investigator Course 15-18 Jan US$955
PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty Instructor Course 19 Jan US$325

These workshops are limited in the number of participants so register now to avoid disappointment.   

Find out more about the workshops; PADI Public Safety Diver Basic Essentials Workshops Information.

Register for the workshops; Register – PADI Public Safety Diver Basic Essentials Workshop.

ScubaEarth – How to utilise your Media Gallery

20 Nov

With ScubaEarth’s birthday promotion currently under way, asking divers to share their ScubaEarth content on social media sites, what better opportunity to ensure that your media gallery is up to scratch and content rich.

Whether its videos or images, keep consumers engaged with your Dive Shop profile by uploading media from your latest dives, upcoming dive trips, or store promotions. You can create multiple galleries, tag your dive buddies as well as categorising your images and identifying the marine species showcased.

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Once your images and videos are live, share these out to your social network by clicking on the share buttons underneath your media gallery. You can share your whole gallery or share individual images.

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Remember to tag your Divemasters, staff and other buddies in your images to expand your potential consumer base.

Keep active on ScubaEarth so you can connect with your existing and potential customers by logging in today.

First ever PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar held in India

15 Nov

Rob-presenting-uploadPADI Asia Pacific hosted the very first PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar for PADI Members in India on the 27th October, 2013 which took place at the Accord Hotel in Pondicherry, on India’s eastern coast.

The event was conducted by PADI Instructor Examiner Rob Scammell with 20 PADI Members attending.  Many had travelled great distances from locations such as Mumbai, Chennai, the Andaman Islands and also Delhi, which is a journey of 33 hours by bus.

The PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar – a face to face Training and Education Update for PADI Members – is based on the quarterly PADI Training Bulletin.

Pondicherry-small-upload In Pondicherry, the focus was on the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin for 2013, in particular the upcoming PADI Open Water Course Revision.

Following the meeting, Rob Scammell reported, “As this was the first PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar to be held in India, it was great to see the support and enthusiasm from the local members and their commitment to PADI”.

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific)

14 Nov

Congratulations Felix Daun – winner for October 2013!                  

Felix Daun DM 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.  Now with less than 2 months to enter – encourage you divers to tell us what they enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and they will gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

The winner for the month of October is Felix Daun from Singapore who completed his PADI Divemaster course with The Dive Company, a PADI Dive Centre in Singapore. Felix’s entry in the Live The Diving Dream contest expressed the positive attitude of a PADI Divemaster.

“The best part of being a PADI Divemaster is that weeks after a dive trip, or after assisting in a course, the students and other divers come back to see me and keep in touch.

felixMeeting new people who are interested in the same activity as you and to see how they get fascinated by the same things as yourself – is the greatest feeling about being a PADI Divemaster.

I regularly enjoyed meeting up with divers and seeing them return to the dive shop – or on dive trips. I have made many new friends during my PADI Divemaster course.”

November marks the fifth month of Live The Diving Dream contest.  To date, four new PADI Divemasters have won an Apple iPad.

Previous monthly winners were Phil Voss from Singapore in July, Ellie Davidson from Exmouth, W.A. in August and Oliver Furlow from Thailand in September.

There’s still time for your divers to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  They simply need to complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what they enjoyed about it – for their 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.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – PADI Asia Pacific

12 Nov

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines and surrounding region. 

PADI Asia Pacific has been contacted by many PADI Members asking about the effect of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) especially in regards to PADI Members located in the Philippines. At this stage we’ve not received any reports of PADI Member or PADI Dive Shop employee fatalities or serious injuries however our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected, including Malapascua Island region which took full impact of the storm.

There are many PADI Members and PADI Dive Shop employees assisting on the ground already. Thresher Shark Divers are personally assisting and have also set up an online opportunity to donate and assist in the recovery of the local people from Malapascua Island. Funds are currently being used to provide food and water to the local communities. For more information visit: http://www.youcaring.com/other/typhoon-haiyan-yolanda-fundraiser/104505. Malapascua-Exotic Island Dive Resort have also raised funds to assist the local people with the devastating shortage of food and water. We will provide updates as other efforts are identified and there are also opportunities to support recovery efforts by donating through www.unicef.org,www.redcross.org and other organisations.

As always, if you have concerns about family or friends please contact the official organizations in your country.

PADI will continue to contact affected PADI members.

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