Archive | May, 2015

Show your Dedication to Ocean Protection – Become a 100% AWARE Partner with Project AWARE

29 May

By Alexa Ward, Project AWARE Community Relations Specialist

Are you an instructor or dive centre that takes ocean protection to heart? We all want to keep our undersea world clean and healthy – not just for ourselves, but for the dive community, now and for future generations to come. If conservation is important to you and your business, consider becoming 100% AWARE.

Across the globe, PADI Instructors and Dive Centres are committing to ocean protection through 100% AWARE partnerships. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy and abundant ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify through PADI PIC Online.* 100% AWARE partners’ ongoing contributions make a difference by providing vital funds to support Project AWARE’s two core areas of focus: marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection.

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Best of all students certified through a 100% AWARE partner will receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card, so that they can proudly display their support and remember their posiive experience with you! Divers value practices that protect the ocean and want to dive with instructors and dive centres that share their values – show them that you care!

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Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps to become a 100% AWARE Partner:

  • Get started by submitting your 100% AWARE partner agreement. Individual instructors and dive centres may apply. You have the option to donate $10 per certification card, or a flat donation of $250 per month.
  • Log into POL using the PADI member number on your 100% AWARE agreement and select your choice of preferred certification card.
  • That’s it! All your certifications will be automatically issued as AWARE cards without making a donation to process.

It’s easy to get started! Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification – the benefits are endless! If you need any help along the way, Project AWARE is here to help. Simply contact Project AWARE’s Fundraising Specialist, Lauren Wiskerson at lauren.wiskerson@projectaware.org or click here to learn more.

*With the exception of EFR, Seal Team and Tec Rec.

Get Familiar with PADI’s Digital Product Line

28 May

The PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading digital products designed to modernise and enrich the learning experience of Students and PADI Professionals.

To get the most out of each product, whether it’s the PADI App or course materials, make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite Brochure.  This handy reference guide provides the key facts about each Digital Product, including:

  • Product components – what’s included
  • The languages available or coming soon
  • What PADI courses are supported
  • Whether it’s for use on computers, tablets or both
  • Which operating system it’s compatible with
  • Whether internet access is required
  • Who can purchase the product (consumers / PADI Pros) and how

PADI continues to focus on the translation of PADI’s Digital Product Line and is committed to adding many more languages. Many of our Digital Products are now available in a long list of languages including (but not limited to):

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English French German Japanese
Polish Dutch Italian Korean
Chinese Swedish Spanish Portuguese

The PADI Digital Product Suite Brochure also features a comparison between PADI Certification Paks in the form of a handy one-page summary. You’ll see at a glance what’s included in the online and offline versions for the PADI Open Water Diver course, ensuring that you can easily choose the right product for you and your students’ needs.

Click to download your PADI Digital Product Suite brochure today.

For more information – contact the PADI Sales Department  (Tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

AquaMarine Diving – Bali Earth Day Beach Clean-Up

26 May
Aqua Marine Diving Bali

AquaMarine Diving – Bali organized a Beach Clean-up for Earth Day with the students from Kerobokan Sekolah Dasar Elementary School.

On Saturday 25 April 2015 – in celebration of Earth Day – PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, AquaMarine Diving – Bali organized a Beach Clean-up at Batubelig Beach in south west Bali with the students from Kerobokan Sekolah Dasar (Elementary School).

With an early start, 40 enthusiastic pupils boarded two of AquaMarine’s buses, eager to get to the beach to start their marine education and fun day out.

The event was organized with the help of Adit from Bali Eco Recycling and Wayan from the Bali Sea Turtle Association who met up with the group on their arrival at the beach.

Bali Eco Recycling provided them with several colour-coded rubbish bags and briefed the children on what items to put into which coloured bags: Red bags for plastic, glass and metal; green for paper waste.

To make the event a little more interesting, the children were informed that there would be a prize for the group who collected the most rubbish. They were then split into 7 groups of five and off they went on their ‘treasure hunt’.

Approximately 45 minutes later, all groups reassembled and the team with the heaviest collection of litter were all awarded prizes of a Project AWARE mug.

The students were surprised and shocked by some of the rubbish found on their Bali beach, they never thought that baby diapers, sandals, underwear or even syringes would find their way to the beach.

With the actual clean-up completed, the children returned to the school grounds where AquaMarine staff delivered a Project AWARE presentation and further explained why it is important to look after the environment.

Bali Eco Recycling explained the effects on the life around us when we do not dispose of rubbish correctly and Wayan from Bali Sea Turtle Association described how rubbish floating in our oceans adversely affects the life of sea turtles.

The event reached its end with a quiz on what the children had learnt about recycling and caring for the environment – and more prizes!

Annabel Thomas, Director of AquaMarine Diving – Bali confirmed, “We hope that these students now have a better understanding of the importance of separating waste and the effect that it has on the environment. We also hope that when they return home, they will share this new found knowledge with friends and families.”

For further information, visit: www.AquaMarineDiving.com

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Bali Eco Recycling provided the children with colour-coded rubbish bags and briefed them how to sort items for recycling.

Congratulations to New PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, Ceningan Resort

24 May

ceningan resort logoCongratulations to Ceningan Resort who become a new PADI 5 Star Dive Resort May 2015.

“Our award-winning team of international dive instructors follow the highest safety standards and will take care of you. Our PADI 5 Star Dive Resort offers daily fun dives and PADI courses at nearby world-class dive sites. Ceningan Divers is the first dive operation to open on Nusa Ceningan.” – Ceningan Resort

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Centers that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness.

Find out more about Ceningan Resort:

Website: www.ceninganresort.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CeninganResort
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CeninganResort

For information about upgrading your PADI Dive Centre, contact PADI Retail and Resort Association Manager, Mark Cummins – mark.cummins@padi.com.au

Kids Scuba ‘A Day for Sharing’ program provides scuba training for adolescents

21 May
Kids Scuba Students

Left to Right: Kamal Bistari, Daniel Rafique, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and owner of Kids Scuba – Syed Abd Rahman, Muhammad Fadhel and Shakir Ashraff.

Kids Scuba in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently hosted the successful “A Day for Sharing” program, where they organised aquatic experiences for kids, teenagers and youths from two local orphanages.

Following on from this successful event, four orphan boys aged 18 – 21 years old, were individually selected for a ‘Zero to Hero’ program to educate and train them from PADI Open Water Scuba divers through to PADI Divemaster level.

The four selected were Kamal Bistari, Daniel Rafique, Muhammad Fadhel and Shakir Ashraff who were trained for their confined water training by the Kids Scuba dive team during weekly pool sessions – under the direct supervision of Hj. Syed Abd Rahman – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

The boys sat and completed their PADI knowledge reviews, quizzes and exams before their trip to Tioman Island for their open water dives at the end of March 2015.

Together with The Kids Scuba team, the youths dived with B & J Diving Center, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center in Kg Salang, Tioman. The boys participated in shore and jetty dives at the Salang Jetty, followed by boat dives to Soyak and Renggis Island in the Tioman Island Marine Park, assisted by PADI Divemaster, Mr. Khairul Azizi.

After a 3 day/2 night dive trip, the final night saw the four boys graduate for successfully completing their PADI Open Water Diver course.

“Our congratulations to the boys on their achievements, declared Syed Abd Rahman”.

“Their next trip will be Tenggol Island in Terengganu to complete their PADI Advanced Open Water Course”.

“Huge thanks to everyone included in the “A Day for Sharing” program as well as the PADI Open Water Diver course training for the four boys. The success of these events was made possible with the support and assistance of close and caring friends together with students of Kids Scuba, our dedicated PADI Instructors and Divemasters, Fastrack, Salang Pusaka Resort with B & J Diving Center, and PADI Asia Pacific.”

The PADI Business Academy in Cebu!

20 May

The PADI Business Academy Program has well and truly kicked off for 2015, and is already proving to be a great success. With the conclusion of the PADI Business Academy held in Cebu, 23 PADI Retail and Resort Association Members have been equipped with the knowledge of the latest business techniques and the tools to implement these.

This two day program is tailored specifically to the attendees businesses and is designed to help with diver acquisition and retention. Covering topics such as Email and Database Marketing, Online Advertising, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, ScubaEarth, Managing Social Media Pages, The PADI Online Processing Centre, Pricing and Sales, Visual Merchandising, Website and Blogging, the PADI Business Academy ensures attendees receive the most useful information to help implement new marketing strategies and business plans. After the PADI Business Academy attendees receive a follow up marketing consultation to ensure all the knowledge learnt over these two days has been implemented in the most effective way.

The 2014 PADI Business Academy saw a 13.6% increase in the certifications of the PADI Retail and Resort Association Members who were in attendance. We are confident that the 2015 PADI Business Academy will produce these same positive results. The next PADI Business Academy will be held in Bali on the 2nd – 3rd of June at the Sanur Plaza and is fully booked! We look forward to seeing all those who will be attending!

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Want to Plan a Dive on Your Mobile Device? Well here’s how…

20 May

By using PADI’s eRDPml Touch you have the ability to plan a single or multilevel dive through interactive Dive Tables.

Accessible on mobile devices and tablets, the eRDPml makes Dive planning more convenient than ever. Whether you are teaching a course or wanting your students to plan their Dive, this is for YOU!

erdpmlFor use on: Tablets and mobile devices

Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android based devices

Where to Find: PADI Library App

Internet: Necessary only for downloading to the PADI Library App.

Course – All courses

Components: Electronic, interactive dive planner that includes instructions and practice exercises.

Sold To: PADI Members a la carte and as part of the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Paks – Offline (via PADI Sales Consultants and the Online Shopping Cart). It is also sold to divers a la carte (via padi.com and the PADI App.)

For more information – contact your PADI Sales Department  (Tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

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