Archive | November, 2014

Kids Scuba Camp – Borneo Reef World, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

28 Nov

Kids Scuba, a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has great pleasure in announcing that their annual Kids Scuba Camp will take place at Borneo Reef World, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 5-8 December, 2014.

Situated between Sapi Island and Gaya Island and 20 minutes (by boat) from the Sabah Park Jetty,Borneo Reef World Pontoon is the largest pontoon in South East Asia.

Together with the cooperation of Tourism Malaysia, Sabah Tourism Board, Borneo Reef World, Sport Diving Magazine Australia, PADI Asia Pacific, Emirates Diving Association (EDA) and A & L Adventure & Leisure Sdn Bhd – the Kids, Teens and their families will experience scuba diving around the Mamutik, Sapi and Manukan Islands at Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu.

With a fabulous line-up of marine educational activities for both divers and non-divers, the 4 day/3 night fun-filled program will offer many exciting prizes – including fantastic dive equipment.

For bookings and inquiries for Kids Scuba Camp, Kota Kinabalu – please contact Ms Nadia at +60 19 217 6705 or email to kidsscuba@gmail.com

Join in the experience – to Dive, Learn, Explore and make new friends during Kids Scuba Camp at Borneo Reef World, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 

Kids Scuba

Part of the team at Kids Scuba in Malaysia.

Danny Dwyer Promoted To Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific

20 Nov

Danny DwyerPADI Worldwide is pleased to announce the promotion of Danny Dwyer to the position of Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific.  Danny was promoted to his new role as Vice President, on 1 November 2014 and will report directly to Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide.

Danny began his diving career in the cooler waters of the south east coast of Australia and then moved to the Whitsundays area of Queensland in the early 1990s to work as a PADI Instructor on day boats and overnight vessels.  During this time he was appointed as Dive Manager for one of the largest PADI Dive Centres in the Asia Pacific Region. Managing both large and small dive operations and honing his skills on day boats, overnight vessels, resorts and sea planes, Danny gained valuable experience in the busy Queensland Dive Industry of the 1990’s. He was appointed as PADI Regional Manager for North-East Australia and Papua New Guinea in 1999 and was based in beautiful Cairns, Queensland.

During his 7 years as a Regional Manager, Danny enjoyed meeting and working with PADI Members, many of whom were among the largest certifying Dive Centres in the world. Danny assumed the position of Manager, Sales and Field Services in 2005 and that of Manager, Marketing and Business Development in 2008, a position from which he was promoted to Director in 2012 and subsequently in 2013 to Senior Director, Marketing, Sales & Field Services and Business Development. During his tenure with PADI Asia Pacific, Danny has enjoyed working with strong, focused and results oriented teams in Marketing and Sales and a dedicated team of PADI Regional Managers. He has worked closely with his colleagues throughout PADI Asia Pacific and PADI’s international Regional Headquarters to create a unified approach to assisting PADI Members.

Danny will be joining Henrik Nimb, Vice President, Training, Customer Service and Business Development, and Jeremy Coleman, Vice President, Finance and Operations on the PADI Asia Pacific top executive team.

In promoting Danny to the position of vice president in the PADI group Drew Richardson said,

“We are both proud and delighted to have Danny join our top global executive team of vice presidents. The talent he brings to the PADI team will be of great value to our members and industry alike. With his expanded influence, Danny will add additional fuel to the number one diver certification brand with the most powerful business support and marketing muscle in the industry.”

Good Luck to All the Finalists and Thanks for Supporting Sharks!

17 Nov

Blue Season Bali - Best Dive Job

Blue Season Bali’s Best Dive Job in the World.

Eight finalists will soon be selected from the final 16 candidates to win a 6 week GoPRO internship at Blue Season Bali.

Project AWARE is amazed at the awesome way the finalists have leapt into their final challenge. As part of the Project AWARE Finathon they’ve been busy raising funds and taking dares to reach the top spot on the Finathon leaderboard.

At the top of the leaderboard is Alysia Lynn who raised over $2000 in a super short space of time.  “My long term goal is to work in countries that are problematic for shark finning, and work to motivate locals to protect the sharks that drive their tourism.   I also would like to continue working with government to push for changes to laws and policies in the interest of protecting these fragile ecosystems.  I really believe teaching scuba diving in these parts of the world would allow me to make even more of an impact,” said Alysia.Finathon Group Runners

Lisa Bauer celebrated her birthday during the challenge and said “Let’s think about all the sharks born today! My biggest birthday wish: the sharks getting born per day will outnumber sharks getting killed each day.”

It’s Finathon round two for Esther Stuck who swam for sharks earlier this year with Dive Otago New Zealand.  And Lorena Derežanin took on a 5.3km NIKE run in her hometown in the name of sharks.

All the finalists are busy blogging about their passion for sharks at finathon.org and on the edge of their seats waiting to find out who has made it to Bali. A big huge thank you to everyone who has supported the finalists and of course good luck to the final 16!

Precision 5 Marketing (P5M) the most popular PADI service according to members in the Philippines.

17 Nov

Precision 5 Marketing (P5M) the most popular PADI service according to members in the Philippines.

With this headline, there might be a few questions coming to mind. What is P5M actually? How can my dive center get this service and how does it work?

Hopefully the following article will help answering these questions.

What is P5M actually?

PADI started this service some years ago as a follow up service for the participants on the PADI Business Academy. It’s unique in the dive industry and no other training agency offers this service. Marketing Executive Sheridan Hatcher is the main driver on this service.

P5M is a series of eMarketing services that spreads widely and you can see the list below. Roughly PADI is covering 5 main areas.

  • Website assistance
    • Google Analytics
    • Website review
    • Website & Blog Advice
  • Social Media assistance
    • Set up a Blog, Facebook, Twitter account & YouTube Channel
    • Facebook Insights
    • Social Media training
  • Store wrap
    • Graphical design for your store. See examples further down.
  • eLearning
    • Setting up your virtual classroom
  • Database & EVE – Marketing/Auto Agent
    • Email and eNewsletter templates
Exterior artwork

Storewrap – Exterior artwork

How can my dive center get this service and how does it work?

It’s a service PADI offers to 5 star dive shops. The first step is for the shop to either attend the PADI Business Academy or to contact your Regional Manager directly and express interest.

At the moment Sheridan Hatcher is visiting the Philippines twice a year and she will accompany the Regional Manager to your shop for a P5M session, which lasts around three hours.P5M Exotic FB

There is some follow up work entitled for both PADI and for the dive shop, to ensure the P5M session is successful. On average the dive shops that have participated in these P5M sessions, have increased their certification 13+%. So there is a reward to get.

Very recently all the 5 star shops in Malapascua and Moalboal enjoyed this service and the next P5M visit will be right after the PADI Business Academy in May 2015 in Cebu City.

PADI Catches Adobe’s Eye with PADI Open Water Diver Touch

12 Nov

Newest Technological Endeavor Changes the Way Underwater Enthusiasts Obtain Open Water Diver Certification

Continuing to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry, PADI recently worked with Adobe for the development of its revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ that utilizes Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) technology.

With a growing trend of consumers moving more and more towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to create a tablet-based version of the PADI Open Water Diver program—the world’s most popular scuba diving certification course. The new training program truly catapults PADI Open Water Diver training into the digital age, and caught Adobe’s eye for its innovative use of DPS technology. By leveraging this technology, PADI was able to combine sophisticated text treatments with video, audio, animation, and other highly interactive elements to create a content-centric app experience that helped to bring PADI and Open Water Diver training to life in a new and compelling way.

“Throughout the development stages of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, we knew we were creating a first-of-its kind technology for the industry, and ultimately changing the way people learn to dive. Leveraging Adobe’s DPS technology enabled PADI to achieve this goal with an amazing platform that pushes our content out across mobile channels,” said Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide. “What we didn’t expect was to gain Adobe’s interest in learning more about our development of the program, and using it as a case study for DPS. We’re grateful to have developed a relationship with Adobe through this and look forward to leveraging its technology for future endeavors.”

Adobe recently visited the PADI Americas Regional Headquarters in California, where they filmed one-on-one interviews with key players in the development of PADI Open Water Diver Touch which will be used in a case study distributed by Adobe.

To learn more about PADI Touch programs, including the newest release — PADI ReActivate™ — contact your PADI Regional Manager or Sales Consultant.

 

What is it like for a woman to become a PADI Pro in India?

10 Nov

Neela, who recently became a PADI OWSI in Pondicherry, India with PADI 5 Star IDC Facility Temple Adventures and Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka, recalls her experience, and reveals what it was like from a woman’s perspective.

India is often known as a place of unpredictability, with perhaps the only constant the never-ending sense of change, which usually comes bereft of surprise and filled with commotion. The sheer magnitude of India’s population, the whirling chaos and the many layers of grime on her streets often allow little room to create a positive opinion, especially among those who believe in first impressions.  Once given a chance, however, India is ready to give you a home, keep you safe, and consider you one of her own. Unless, of course, you are most unfortunate, even cursed, to be born a woman here.

Neela

As a child, I grew up in Chennai, a sprawling city on the East Coast of the country. It never occurred to me then, that one day my most crucial choices in life would be determined by my gender. I was not brought up to think that way, but as soon as I was old enough to understand my own responsibilities, I realized that being a girl was a hindrance –  it became something to be “unproud”, almost ashamed of. My daily activities would be limited by virtue of my sex, and my identity soon began to take its shape around it, much to my alarm. In university, I was told on my very first day in class, that it was unbecoming of me to speak so loud and bold, not because it was impolite in general, but because as a young woman, it was shameful to attract attention to myself. When walking alone on the street, men would sneer, stare and whip out their cell-phones to take my picture, in an (often successful) attempt to provoke me. Several little incidents like these would soon add up in my mind to form one big question – when would this change?

That was when I decided that irrespective of what the notions in this country believed about my abilities, the change I desired was one that only I could bring about. In December 2013, with a devil-may-care sort of attitude (quite unbecoming of the Indian woman in me, I might add), I signed up for the PADI Open Water Course at Temple Adventures, a Dive School in the town of Pondicherry, three hours from home. The experience was so fulfilling that I kept coming back, until ten months later, I was sitting for my IDC, alongside three other candidates whose experience far exceeded mine.

Since then, it has only been a crazy uphill journey – crazy, not only because it has brought me to a sense of success and fulfilment in what I do, but also because of the added sense of accomplishment that I had achieved this as a woman and normally this is never easy or straightforward. Pondicherry, though relatively more open-minded than my hometown, was still unaccustomed to the idea of a woman diving professional. Several sceptical customers questioned my abilities, my integrity and sometimes assumed that I was unsuitable for this job as it requires so much physical strength and endurance. Such attitudes often made it that much harder, for I l second-guessed myself several times and I half believed their words.  A few, however, saw me as a role model – to them, I was the change that this country needed. Mothers have told me that their young daughters want to come back to dive because they were amazed at my boldness.

Several men who have struggled with skills in the small pool are astounded when they observe me perform them in the ocean with ease. These people far exceed those who discourage me, for they remind me that my identity stops not with my sex, but with the choices I make as an individual. My own colleagues and friends at the Dive Center have never ceased to encourage me. Some continue to marvel at why I choose to pull up anchors and deal with the whims and temperaments of my diving customers when I could be in the comfort of my own home, enjoying the one privilege that I possess as a reasonably well-off Indian woman – a lackadaisical attitude, which is accepted among society, as many women here are deemed nugatory from the beginning anyway. That I chose differently, not only because I was brought up so, but because I chose to do so, has earned respect and sometimes admiration.  I became part of the diving community in Pondicherry, finally immune to the assumptions of the outside world. I was finally given the benefit of doubt and the power to be my best, irrespective of my sex.

Today, I am grateful, proud and a little in disbelief of how much diving has meant to me. To be a female instructor here, finally sees its advantage – I am the change, and I hope I am the inspiration for further change.

Recent PADI Instructor Exams

5 Nov

View some of the photos from recent PADI Instructor Exams from around the Asia Pacific region.

SEPTEMBER

DCIM102GOPRO

16-17 September – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

CEBU Philippines 25-26 Sep_v2t

25-26 September – Cebu, Philippines

 

Gili Islands  INDO Sept 30_Oct 1

30 Sept -1 October – Gili Islands, Indonesia

 

WHITIANGA NZ 30 SEPT_2 OCT

30 Sept – 2 October – Whitianga, New Zealand

 

OCTOBER

BALI INDO 3-4 OCT

3-4 October – Bali, Indonesia

 

BORACAY Philippines 4_5 Oct_v2

4-5 October – Boracay, Philippines

 

Malapascua Philippines 7_8 OCT

7-8 October – Malapascua, Philippines

 

PHUKET  11-12 OCT

11-12 October – Phuket, Thailand

 

KOH TAO  14-15 OCT

14-15 October – Koh Tao, Thailand

 

BRUNEI 17-19 OCT

17-19 October – Brunei

 

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors!