Archive | May, 2016

Paul ‘Tosh’ Tanner’s Finathon is One Tough Challenge

31 May

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From climbing mountains to building sandcastles, Finathon is all about doing whatever inspires you to raise money for ocean protection. PADI Regional Manager, Paul ‘Tosh’ Tanner, has committed himself to doing just that.

“The challenge I have set myself hasn’t got anything to do with sharks, but I feel this may be the hardest physical thing I have ever done.”

Tosh is taking on the first ever Tough Mudder in Asia. For those who aren’t familiar with Tough Mudder, it’s a gruelling 16 – 20km obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces to test physical strength and mental grit. If that doesn’t paint enough of a picture, take a look at this video.

Not only has Tosh set out to complete the course, but he’s also set himself and ambitious fundraising target of $2,000 for Project AWARE. Every dollar raised will help Project AWARE fuel grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet for us today and for future generations.

Tough Mudder is taking place on October 1st and 2nd and Tosh is already more than halfway to his fundraising target. If you’re able to, you can make a donation to his fundraising efforts here – or perhaps you’d like to register your own Finathon fundraiser.

A huge congratulations to Tosh for this incredible effort and we wish him the very best of luck for tackling the course.

A Day in the Life of a PADI Divemaster: Hayley Mitchelmore

25 May

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Most days, you can find Hayley Mitchelmore either on board a 51 ft Catamaran, or diving amongst the longest fringing reef in the world. How does she do this? Hayley is a PADI Divemaster with Sail Ningaloo, in Western Australia. We asked her to share a bit more with us about her love for diving and what a typical day as a PADI Divemaster is like.

PADI: Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster. 

Hayley: I work for Sail Ningaloo who run snorkelling and diving liveaboard trips on board, ‘Shore Thing,‘ a 51ft catamaran. My days are always full of activity and excitement. Here’s a description of a typical day on board a dedicated diving trip:

  • I get up around 6am to prepare breakfast for the guests, clean the cabins and start preparing for lunch. Following this is usually a fresh morning dive.
  • We’ll head back to the boat for morning tea – usually this will include scrumptious cookies – and we’ll then move on to another spot for a second dive before lunch.
  • Lunch is buffet style, unsually consisting of fresh salads, BBQ meat, pies or slices, and home-made bread – all of which has been discreetly prepared in between dives.
  • Following lunch we’ll have a little siesta before we’re back in the water again later in the afternoon. We normally do a sunset dive, or maybe a night dive.
  • Guests will then shower and change into comfortable clothes while i prepare a gourmet sit down meal.
  • Finally, everyone goes to bed and I will set the breakfast table, prepare a few things for the next day and then head to bed myself, ready to do it all over again the next day.

PADI: When and where did you start diving? 

Hayley: I learnt to dive when I was 16, back in Kenya, East Africa, which is where I grew up.

PADI: What made you choose to become a PADI Professional?

Hayley: When I first qualified, I never really knew at that point that I would actually work in the industry. I saw it as a challenge that I really wanted to succeed at, all the while exploring an alien world.

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Hayley: I became a Divemaster right here in Coral Bay! It was the first time I came here in 2009 and it’s a great feeling to be back in the area and working again.

PADI: What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster course? 

Hayley: They thing that stands out most to me were my two awesome instructors. I was lucky enough to have all their attention as I was the only one completing the course. I love that I am still friends with them today!

PADI: What dive locations are on your bucket list, and why?

Hayley: I still haven’t been to Truk Lagoon in Micronesia and everyone I know has been! So this is a trip I need to get organised. I’d also really love to dive in Antarctica because I think it would be truly exhilarating – but I’m not such a fan of the cold, so this might never happen.

PADI: What has been the most memorable dive of your life?

Hayley: I don’t really know why this sticks out, but I divied ‘The Blue Hole,’ off Gozo Island in Malta some years ago. It was cold (about 13 degrees celsius) and I didn’t see anything particulaly special or out of this world, but it is basically a tubular vertical hole that you descend through and then a small arch at the bottom you get out through to see the rest of the reef. It was really surreal.

PADI: What words of advice and encouragement would you give to divers thinking of becoming a PADI Divemaster? 

Hayley: Wow, words of advice – that’s hard! I’d have to say ‘do it.’ It truly is a great experience and you learn a lot about yourself, especially if you have a hard core team training you – but it also gave me incredible confidence in my own diving skills.

MY PADI: Eko’s Journey to becoming a PADI Instructor

24 May

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‘My PADI,’ can open up a world of opportunities – if you need proof, just ask Eko, a PADI Instructor, from Blue Marlin Komodo in Bali.

Eko has been diving since 2010 and his diving journey has changed his life. The past year in particular has been packed full of milestones for Eko, including becoming a father and becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Growing up near Labuan Bajo, Eko moved to Bali to improve his English and upon returning home, was introduced to diving by his uncle.

“I started diving in 2010. My uncle is a divemaster, so I was inspired to be like him.”

Eko soon noticed that there were very few local divemasters, despite it being a good job, and he became determined to make the most of his new found skills to not only benefit himself, but his family, his community and the marine environment.

“Once given the opportunity to start diving, my eyes opened up to a whole new world, both under and over the water.”

For Eko, becoming a PADI Divemaster was an investment, but one he knew would be worth it.

“Diving became the tool for me to find a job that gave me both a better income than the average worker in Labuan Bajo and a higher connection and appreciation for the environment.”

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Whilst leading Discover Scuba Diving experiences, Eko found that he was passionate about teaching and decided to take the Instructor Development Course, no matter what difficulties stood in his way.

Unfortunately, PADI materials for Instructor level training are not yet available in Indonesian and the Instructor Development Course is conducted entirely in English – but Eko was determined. He used leading Discover Scuba Diving experiences as an opportunity to practice his English skills and build his scuba diving vocabulary.

With support from Blue Martin and PADI, Eko earned his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification earlier this year – a huge achievement for anyone completing it in their own language, and even more so in a second language.

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“Becoming one of the very few local divemasters in Labuan Bajo, I managed to financially support my marriage, the birth of my son, my younger sister’s professional education and my younger brother’s primary education. I am very proud that I can help my family be prepared for the world we live in. Through this new found platform I was able to build my own house and support the people I love”

If you want to change your life and become a PADI Professional, visit our website today.

Congratulations to all PADI Business Academy attendees in Bangkok!

20 May

PBA 2The PADI Business Academy Seminar held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bangkok on the 17th and 18th of May saw 32 PADI Retail & Resort Association Members travelling from all over Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bali to hear about marketing strategies and business management techniques specifically tailored to the scuba industry and their businesses.

With an average increase of 8% in diving certifications for 2015 attendees compared with 2014, attendance at the PADI Business Academy will provide the required foundations to see similar results for your own business.

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Throughout the two-day seminar Tim Hunt (Territory Director Asia), Brandon Scott (Marketing manager), Sheridan Hatcher (Marketing Executive), David Scanlan (Graphic Designer), Andy Auer (Regional Manager) and Gio Cacchione (Regional Manager) covered the following topics:

  • Website
  • Customer Service, Pricing & Sales
  • Database Mining/Email
  • Integrating Digital Products
  • Social Media
  • Business Management
  • Online Advertising
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities

There have been more than 600 PADI Retail & Resort Association Members attend PADI Business Academies since 2012, each leaving the workshops with powerful insights into how the above topics can help them reach out to new and existing divers.

What will you implement first to help your business?

PADI Asia Pacific is seeking 2 x Regional Managers

19 May

PADI LogoPosition Vacant: Regional Manager

We are excited to announce career opportunities available for 2 x Regional Managers to join our PADI Asia Pacific Territory teams providing local support to PADI Members.

  • Regional Manager – Australia
  • Regional Manager – Asia / Philippines

The Regional Manager will provide local support for PADI Members enquiries for training, memberships, sales and marketing.

You must have minimum PADI IDC Staff Instructor rating with PADI Course Director preferred.

The Regional Manager is required to live and operate within the region therefore appropriate citizenship, residency or ability to secure relevant visa or work permit is essential.

For further information please click here. 

To apply please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Human Resources Manager
PADI Asia Pacific
alison.vasek@padi.com.au

 Applications close: 27th May 2016.

Join PADI at MIDE, 29-31 July 2016

18 May

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The Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) will run from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st July 2016 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Now in its 11th year, MIDE is a must-visit exhibition with a purpose to expand the dive market inside and outside Malaysia. It is an important meeting place and networking hub for dive businesses, consumers and industry players.

MIDE 2016 will showcase 250 booths over a space of 8,500sqm. Approximately 15,000 visitors and 2,000 trade delegates from 50 different countries are expected to visit the show over the three days.

Together with the Asia Dive Conference (ADCON), MIDE is a one stop shop for those interested and involved in the dive industry to come together for business opportunities, dive education, diving technology innovation and to broaden the scope and popularity of recreational scuba diving.

Each year, PADI’s presence at MIDE grows. In 2015 there were over 55 PADI Dive Centres and Resorts exhibiting at MIDE and we expect 2016 to be bigger and better than ever! If you’d like to exhibit at MIDE 2016, contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Details
Malaysia International Dive Expo
29-31 July 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
www.mide.com.my

You can view the full list of Dive Shows & Events PADI is exhibiting at in 2016 here.

PADI Asia Pacific is seeking a Quality Management Consultant

18 May

PADI LogoWe have a great career opportunity for a Quality Management Consultant to join the PADI Asia Pacific team.

The Quality Management Consultant interacts with PADI Members with regard to quality and risk management issues and assists in the development and review of quality and risk management procedures for PADI programs and materials.

A PADI Instructor with minimum four years teaching experience is a must. Tertiary qualifications preferred with experience in administration, liaison with government bodies and experience in legal/legislative area a plus.

You must have appropriate citizenship, residency or visa with the right to work in Australia.

Further information please click here.

To apply please send your CV to:

Alison Vasek
Human Resources Manager
PADI Asia Pacific
Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Applications close: 27th May 2016