Archive | December, 2014

Exciting Changes to the PADI eLearning Courses for 2015

24 Dec

As of 1st January 2015, PADI Members will be able to purchase PADI eLearning through the Online Shopping Cart on the PADI Pros’ Site or PADI Sales Consultant at Member-Level pricing.

PADI eLearning programs and eLearning Gift Passes will, from the beginning of next year, include the certification processing fee (aka PIC), for all PADI courses aside from PADI Dive Theory, Divemaster and Instructor Development courses. This will mean you will no longer need to purchase an additional PADI eLearning Enhancement Pak for the inclusive courses, as the PIC comes with the program or gift pass.

Student eLearning purchases will continue to include a revenue share for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts however the certification processing fee will be excluded from this.

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When a student affiliates with a Dive Center or Resort the Certifying Credit (PIC) will automatically appear on your New Online Processing Centre on the PADI Pros’ Site. This is where you can certify the student once they have completed the course.

PADI Open Water Diver Online (eLearning) and the PADI Open Water Diver Gift Pass will be offered as part of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online. This will provide students with extra components, including the eTraining Dive Logbook and online eBook.

The initial launch of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online will include English, with others to follow in the first quarter of 2015.

Until this launch on 1st January 2015, the current versions of the PADI eLearning courses will remain available at 2014 pricing.

If you should have any questions, or would like to find out more please visit the PADI Pros Site, or contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department.

It’s Time to Celebrate and We’re Celebrating YOU!

22 Dec

Project AWARE : Year in Review 2014e

As we approach the end of 2014, it’s a special time of year for many people across the globe to celebrate. And here at Project AWARE, we’re celebrating YOU!

Every day we receive messages, emails and images of the actions you’re taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community.

Whether you’re involved in Dive Against Debris, teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or urging increased protection for sharks and rays, your actions and passion inspire all of our staff, each and every day. Thank you.

Together we’ve accomplished some amazing things in 2014. We’ve:

  • Mobilized 5,804 ocean advocates to send 28,804 letters urging support for sharks and rays.
  • Removed and reported 87,668 items from 58 countries.
  • Influenced listing of 21 sharks and rays at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species #CMSCoP11.
  • Encouraged CMS Member Nations to make a commitment and advance international cooperation to tackle the marine debris crisis.
  • Inspired 25 teams of swimmers to raise $52,495 and help fight, insist and negotiate for threatened sharks and rays.

That’s why, as we close the books on 2014 and look towards the challenges ahead, we know that together we can achieve remarkable things. Together we’re an unprecedented movement – a movement fuelled by our love for the ocean and our strong will to protect and fight for it.

2014 has been one amazing year and we truly couldn’t have achieved such success without you. You can help us hit the ground running with an aggressive action plan in 2015 by making a donation before 31st Dec.  Your donation will be matched – dollar for dollar up to total $25k – by PADI plus donations over $150 will receive a Fourth Element t-shirt as a token of our thanks. www.projectaware.org.give

We know that change doesn’t come easy. Winning increased protection for our ocean takes coordinated action, negotiation and diplomacy. But thanks to you, we’re winning the battle on many levels. Our movement for ocean protection is getting stronger and we’re getting louder. We can’t wait for our successes in 2015 – thank you for all YOU do and happy holidays!

Check out the 2014 Year in Review Infographic to see what your support has made possible or take a look at the animated infographic video above.

Happy Galungan

17 Dec

Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they return. The date is calculated according to the 210-day Balinese calendar.1506838_10152665247099473_2434914894133699752_n

Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end. These are installed by the side of roads. A number of days around the Kuningan day have special names, and are marked by the organization of particular activities

This makes it a great time to visit Bali. 10849997_10152665247209473_1734617119767176910_n 10429226_10152665247294473_602002553019615369_n

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort wins “World Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel” Award

12 Dec

KOH PHI PHI, THAILAND Zeavola Resort, located on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand has scooped the global prize for the World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel at the World Boutique Hotels Awards ceremony in London recently.

The exclusive black tie event was held at Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch and represented resorts globally who have won country specific awards in various categories, to see if they won a wider regional or global award, a decision that was made at the gala ceremony.

 

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APF Group Chairman Mr Mitsuji Konoshita (right) celebrates with Zeavola General Manager Mr Florian Hallermann at the ceremony in London after receiving the global award.

“It was Zeavola’s night,” said General Manager Florian Hallermann. “

All the team have worked tremendously hard and I am very proud of them all. This is for them,” he said. “We operate on an island and we need to live sustainably, close to nature and to the environment. For us it is not an option to operate otherwise. But, it is important we work smartly and cherish our natural resources and at the same time deliver a five-star barefoot luxury experience to guests.”

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Zeavola Dive Team

Zeavola Resort’s commitment to the environment and sustainability has been the cornerstone of their operations and philosophy ever since they launched. For high res image please click here.
Located on the shores of Laem Ton beach, Zeavola is built around a sustainability ethos, with features such as a water reserve system which includes four deep wells and a reverse osmosis plant to minimise unnecessary water consumption at the resort – efforts which have earned the resort a membership in the international ‘green’ hotels group Green Pearls. The resort was also recently awarded the PADI Green Star Award, for outstanding contribution to the environment through the resort’s project Coral Freedom. This is a project focussed on reversing the devastating effects of coral bleaching, a consequence of high carbon footprints and increasing global warming, and have so far seen over 10,000 coral fragments replanted around Phi Phi that were regenerated in Zeavola’s coral nursery. Zeavola is also part of the Green Fins project, which is coordinated by the United Nations Environmental Programme as part of a global effort to increase public awareness, and resort management practices that will benefit the conservation of coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices.

We wish to Congratulate the Management and the Team of Zeavola for this big achievement!

Sea Explorers Alona Vida Beach, Philippines

11 Dec

Sea Explorers Philippines Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia – particularly the Philippines – in early November 2013.

PADI Five Star Dive Resort, Sea Explorers from Alona Beach, Malapascua, Philippines wrote to PADI recently with extremely good news of the redevelopment that has since taken place in their local area and the official opening of the Sea Vida Village. The village has been built from the donations of friends and guests of Malapascua.

Sea Vida Village – 1 year later.

Dear PADI Team,

Following our request for help in November 2013, you and many more responded immediately. You placed your full trust in us with your generous support.

November 8, 2014, exactly one year later, we are a big step further.

34 families have received a new home in the new Village ‘Sea Vida’ as named by its residents. The village became a reality and fully alive with its grateful and appreciating residents. Each house is equipped with its own small veranda and toilet connected to a general septic tank.

Children are happily playing in the shade of the roofs of their new homes. Laughter coming out of houses is filling the air accompanied by music here and there. Also some roosters have found a new home and are competing in ‘who’s crowing the most impressive’ every morning. Small colorful gardens are being set up around the houses and make the village a truly charming place.

One year ago it was an empty piece of land which has been transferred through your support into a place of life and happiness.

It is the wish of the families living in the village to have a Fiesta “celebration” every year on November 8 to remember the story of this place you all have created.

We had the honor of having the Swiss Ambassador, Ivo Sieber present, who travelled solely from Manila to Malapascua for this occasion, which made everyone very proud.

We hereby want to express how grateful we all are and how much we appreciate what you have done to help the victims of this devastating catastrophe. With combined efforts this amazing project was made possible and all residents of Sea Vida as well as all the Ocean Vida and Sea Explorers Staff say: ‘THANK YOU DEAR FRIENDS’

We all wish that one day you will visit us in Malapascua and in Sea Vida. You will always be very welcome!

For more information about Sea Explorers, visit their website at: www.sea-explorers.com

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Photo 1: The children of Sea Vida Village, Malapascua.
Photo 2: Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber travelled from Manila to Malapascua and back to be part of the official opening of the Sea Vida Village.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean you Love

10 Dec

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday – an international day to bring people together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give thanks. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $25,000 before 31st December.

And everyone who donates $150 or more also receives a limited edition Fourth Element t-shirt.

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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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Recent PADI Instructor Examinations

8 Dec

View some of the recent PADI Instructor Examinations pictures from around Asia Pacific.

OCTOBER

MANADO-Indo--6-7-OCT

06-07 October – Manado, Indonesia

KOH-SAMUI-Thailand--11-12-OCT

11-12 October – Koh Samui, Thailand

SYDNEY-Aust--25-26-OCT

25-26 October – Sydney, Australia

PONDICHERRY,-INDIA--25-26-OCT

25-26 October – Pondicherry, India

SHANGHAI,-China--25-27-OCT

25-27 October – Shanghai, China

NOVEMBER

AUCKLAND-NZ--1-2-NOV

01-02 November – Auckland, New Zealand

Hong-Kong-IE-1-2-NOV

01-02 November – Hong Kong

PATTAYA,-Thailand-04-05-NOV

04-05 November – Pattaya, Thailand

GILI-ISLANDS--Indo--4-5-NOV

04-05 November – Gili Islands, Indonesia

BALI-Indo-7-8-NOV

07-08 November – Bali, Indonesia

KOH-LANTA,-Thailand-08-09-NOV

08-09 November – Koh Lanta, Thailand

KOH-TAO,-Thailand-11-12-NOV

11-12 November – Koh Tao, Thailand

DUNEDIN-NZ--14-16-NOV

14-16 November – Dunedin, New Zealand

SANYA,-China--14-16-NOV

14-16 November – Sanya, China

HIKKADUWA,-Sri-Lanka-15-16-NOV

15-16 November – Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

NANNING,-China--18-19-NOV

18-19 November – Nanning, China

TAURANGA,-NZ--18-20-NOV

18-20 November – Tauranga, New Zealand

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29-30 November – Kenting, Taiwan

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors! Welcome to the PADI Family!