Archive | January, 2014

Regional Social Networks Connect PADI Members

30 Jan

b2b-social-jan14PADI Members have a place to connect and stay informed. PADI has region-specific social media platforms including Blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages – to provide you with the latest news, announcements and updates taking place in your region.

Connect with your PADI Member social network and stay up-to-date on the latest activities in your area, including upcoming events like PADI Member forums, dive shows and PADI Business Academy workshops. You can also celebrate member milestones and other achievements with your PADI colleagues. Plus, you’ll get effective marketing tips, learn about upcoming product and course releases, find the latest on PADI promotions, and much more.

With multiple language options within each regional social network, it’s easy to engage and share with fellow PADI Members. Select your local network and start clicking, liking, following, tweeting and sharing today!
  Oceania

Facebook www.facebook.com/PADIProsOceania
Twitter www.twitter.com/PADIProsOCE
Blog www.padiprosoceania.com
South East Asia

Facebook

www.facebook.com/PADIProsSouthEastAsia
Twitter www.twitter.com/PADIProsSEA
Blog www.padiprossoutheastasia.com
East Asia

Facebook

www.facebook.com/PADIProsEastAsia
Twitter www.twitter.com/PADIProsEA
Blog www.padiproseastasia.com
Weibo www.weibo.com/PADIProsEastAsia
South Korea
Facebook
www.facebook.com/PADIProsSouthKorea
Twitter www.twitter.com/PADIProsKR
Blog www.padiprossouthkorea.com

Project AWARE: 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet

30 Jan

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE 

project-aware-10-tips-jan-14When you become immersed in an outdoor lifestyle sport like diving, most likely, you have an affinity or a deep love, even, for the underwater world. If you’re like me, you want to know how to be a “good” diver and then eventually, how to use your skills to help protect the dive sites you love most.

Just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE first launched an ethic more than two decades ago. Today, it’s no secret that the world – including the underwater world – is changing rapidly. This includes the ever-increasing and shifting threats to our ocean planet. But also the way we live, travel and even the way we learn to dive is evolving. When thinking about overhauling the Project AWARE philosophy for divers, we wanted to focus on top ocean issues globally – specifically where individual scuba divers can make a difference when they travel, dive, photograph and more.

Download and share the full version of the new 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet at projectaware.org. Thank you for doing your part to protect the ocean and take these tips to heart each time you dive.      

10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet

Divers share a deep connection with the ocean. You can make a difference for ocean protection every time you dive, travel and more.

  1. Be a Buoyancy Expert
  2. Be a Role Model
  3. Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles
  4. Protect Underwater Life
  5. Become a Debris Activist
  6. Make Responsible Seafood Choices
  7.  Take Action
  8. Be an Eco-tourist
  9. Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
  10. Give Back

For the full version visit www.projectaware.org  

2014 Instructor Development Updates

28 Jan

The dates and locations for the 2014 Instructor Development Updates in the Asia Pacific region have been announced and are listed below.

These informative and important live seminars are open to all PADI Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors. Further programme details and registration information will be sent out over the next 2 weeks and will also be posted on the PADI Pro’s website.

In the meantime, please pencil these dates in:

  • Koh Tao, Thailand- 25 April, 2014
  • Phuket, Thailand – 28 April, 2014
  • Bali, Indonesia – 19 May, 2014
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 04 June, 2014
  • Makati City, Philippines – 14 June, 2014

For more information please contact your PADI Regional Manager.

ScubaEarth Premium offers users added features

20 Jan

ScubaEarth Premium is an exciting option for users wanting to expand their ScubaEarth experience. ScubaEarth Premium users will be some of the most active, engaged users on the site. They’ll be looking for new dive opportunities, dive travel packages and new gear, making them more inclined to visit the profiles of active ScubaEarth dive shops. If you’re logging dives at a particular dive site every weekend, for example, ScubaEarth users watching that dives site may be more like to join your ScubaEarth Dive Crew and even join you for a real dive. PADI Dive Centers and Resorts receive complimentary access to the Premium section and users can access these benefits for $19.99 US:

  • PADI eCard Access – Premium users have access to all their PADI eCards. This is a great benefit for users wanting to display their certifications via the PADI App. This feature will be extremely popular for users with multiple PADI certifications.
  • Personalized Dive Dashboard – This single hub displays interactive slates so users can manage their favorite ScubaEarth components like favorite dive sites, dive buddies, marine species and featured destinations.

  • Critter Finder – Premium subscribers can find detailed marine species information, photos, top dive sites and external media associated with their favorite critters.

The Premium section of ScubaEarth will be launching soon, so now is a good time to set up your ScubaEarth profile and make sure you can connect with this engaged base of divers.

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – a great success for PADI Divemasters!

17 Jan

PADI’s Live the Diving Dream contest was held from July 2013 to 31st December 2013, awarding monthly prizes of an Apple iPad to six new PADI Divemasters in the Asia Pacific territory.

The six winners in the contest were Phil Voss from Singapore, Ellie Davidson from Exmouth, Western Australia, Oliver Furlow from Thailand, Felix Daun from Singapore, Tyson White from Merewether Heights, NSW and Soung Nam Cha from Republic of Korea.

On completion of their PADI Divemaster course during the competition period, contestants were required to tell us what they enjoyed about the course to gain a chance to win a prize.

Here’s what a few of the winners had to say on becoming a PADI Divemaster:

Meeting 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.” Felix Daun

“I knew this course would improve my diving knowledge, but I must say I didn’t think I would be at the level I am now. Going further, my new goal is to complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course soon, something I didn’t think I could do before.” Tyson White

“Being able to help others enjoy diving was a real buzz! That’s what diving is all about; fun and enthusiasm! Being a PADI Divemaster means that I can assist others to experience something I love, and promote their love for diving too.” Ellie Davidson

     

A Day in the Life of a PADI Divemaster

14 Jan

PADI DivemasterAn interview with JINKAI CHEN

PADI Divemaster

Sierra Madre Divers
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort

Bohol, The Philippines

Describe a typical day in your working life

Before I became a PADI Divemaster, I lived in China. I would drive every day for an hour to get to the office, check emails, arrange schedules, have meetings and get back home in the evening – a typical 9-5 life.

Here in Bohol at Sierra Madre Divers, I begin work in the morning and prepare for two beautiful dives with our guests and the jackfish storm at Balicasag Island. If we have students, I help the PADI Instructor with equipment logistics and assist the class in the pool or in the sea. In the evening we all sit together on the deck at the dive centre to relax and watch the sunset.

When did you start diving?

I’ve been diving since 2011.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I became a PADI Divemaster at Sierra Madre Divers in June 2013.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?

I felt so excited and proud!  A “PADI Divemaster” is such a cool title and it shows that I am a PADI Professional with more responsibility towards setting a good example in protecting the ocean.

What highlights do you recall from your Divemaster course?

During my PADI Divemaster course I learnt many things and made new friends from China and other countries all over the world – including Germany, Switzerland, America and Australia. It was also great to learn from the other PADI Instructors here at Sierra Madre Divers. Also diving, and diving every day!

Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?

So far, at Sierra Madre Divers.

Tell us one of your favorite memories in your diving career?

I still remember the first time I saw a whale shark in Coron. It’s one of the most unforgettable images and experiences of my life.

Any words of advice for new dive professionals?

If you really love the diving lifestyle, make sure you seriously consider joining us in this life of being like a fish!

 At the time of our interview, Jinkai Chen was taking the PADI Instructor Development Course at Sierra Madre Divers. His goal was to become a PADI Instructor.

Jinkai has since completed the PADI Instructor Exam – and we are happy to advise that he is now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  Congratulations, Jinkai Chen!  

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – announcing the final winner!

10 Jan

Congratulations to SOUNG NAM CHA – winner for December 2013  

Live the Diving Dream Contest Soung Nam ChaPADI’s Live the Diving Dream contest was held from the month of July to 31st December 2013, awarding monthly prizes of an Apple iPad to six new PADI Divemasters in the Asia Pacific territory.

The winner in the contest for December 2013 was SOUNG NAM CHA from Incheon, Republic of Korea who completed his PADI Divemaster course at Aqua Marine Dive Centre in Seoul, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and PADI Career Development Centre.  Soung Nam’s winning entry reads..

“It was a hard course, but at the same time I realised that scuba diving is very much a fun sport, especially when we share it with many people as a lifestyle.

I learnt during the PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver courses the importance of mastering skills to apply for my ownsafety. During the PADI Divemaster course, I learnt professionalism, responsibility and leadership and most of all – that it’s a lifestyle!  

 I would like to express my sincere appreciation to my PADI Instructor, Dong Pyo Lee and to all the staff at Aqua Marine Dive Centre for their excellent guidance and professionalism”.