Archive | August, 2016

PADI 50th Anniversary Contest Winners

31 Aug

This year marks PADI’s 50th anniversary. We’ve loved our time in the diving community and are proud to continue to serve PADI Members and divers as best we can. So to celebrate this milestone, we held a contest asking PADI Pros and divers alike to submit photos, videos, and stories to share their favourite moments in diving over the past 50 years. We were delighted to receive nearly 6,000 entries from all over the world and loved seeing the ocean through so many of your eyes.

After going through all the entries, we were finally able to make the difficult decision of picking our top three winners in each category. We’ll start with our first place winners.

Photo Category – ‘The Pit,’ by Tom St. George

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This photo, captured inside the famous Mexican cenote, is absolutely breathtaking. We love the silhouette of the diver against the unique backdrop of this freshwater pool. Tom’s photo has won him a GoPro HERO4 package!

Video Cetogory – ‘Perhentian Islands,’ by Alex Cheok

 

A50th Storylex’s video showcases the Perhentian Islands so well that it convinced a few of us to add this to our future dive vacation bucket list – and we can’t get enough of that clown fish! Congratulations to Alex who has won an Aqua Lung CORE regulator.

Story Category – Leda Monsma

Leda’s determination and courage shown in becoming a PADI diver inspired us and brought smiles to our faces. We’re proud to be associated with such strong divers, and are excited to share this story with our community, which has won Leda a Suunto D4i Novo dive computer.

 

Congratulations to all our first place winners, and thank you for sharing your favourite diving moments with us. We also congratulate our second and third place finalists, whose  submissions we loved too.

Photo Category 

Second Place – ‘Photographing a Shark,’ by Brian Burnett

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Sharks are always a favourite – and this one wins Brian an awesome PADI swag bag.

Third Place – ‘Two Humpback Whales,’ by Sergio Nogueira Jr. 

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We can’t help but smile whenever we look at Sergio’s photo and as our third place recipient, he takes home Vivid-Pix photo editing software.

Video Finalists 

Second Place – ‘Turks and Caicos,’ by K Ian Wells 


We can’t get enough of these videos that showcase an area so well. Congratulations Ian who has won a fantastic PADI swag bag.

Third Place – ‘Lembongan,’ by Kai Barlow


Winning Kai a copy of Vivid-Pix photo editing software, is his video showing off the spot where he did his Divemaster program.

Story Finalists

Second Place – Amy Kendall 

“My first night dive, at Redang Island, Malaysia, my dive instructor had forgotten to mention before the dive about the bioluminescence in the water. We went on quite an adventure, I spotted my first octopus crawling across the ocean floor and experienced how different the sea feels without sunlight. It had come to the end of the dive, we kneeled in a circle on the sandy surface and my dive instructor was waving her hand back and forth in front of her face, trying to ask us to do the same so that we could see the blue glowing light. It took us a little while to work out what she was doing, but when we did it was magical. I love that about diving – you don’t have to speak the same language and you can still communicate with a complete stranger. It might take a little while and you can look a little sill at times, but that’s all part of the fun. It really is a wonderful community to be part of, and I feel blessed every day to have had the opportunities I have had.”  – Amy Kendall

We can all relate to the feeling of being connected to other divers, regardless of the languages we speak. Amy has won a PADI swag bag for sharing her story.

Third Place – Danielle Downe

“Finding my mom’s diving gear and old dive log from the 1980’s. She died in 2007 at age 44 from breast cancer, several years before I got into diving. We didn’t talk about her dives before she dies, but she was an adventurer with a crazy spirit and I can only imagine her her stories. It’s neat to see her old notes, marvel at the change in scuba gear and also know that I get to enjoy the same sport my mom did many years prior!”

Danielle’s story of connecting with her mother through diving is so touching. She has won Vivid-Pix photo editing software.

Once again, huge congratulations to all of our prize winners and thank you to everyone that got involved by sharing their favourite diving memory.

Position Vacant: Quality Management Consultant at PADI Europe, Middle East & Africa.

29 Aug

We have an opening for a Quality Management Consultant to join our expert Quality Management team located at PADI EMEA in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The Quality Management consultant will be the primary contact for quality management issues for PADI members, ensuring that PADI Members understand the importance of using PADI’s educational system and are aware of their responsibility to adhere to PADI standards.

The role will involve interacting with members and non-members with regard to quality management issues and reporting incidents, developing and delivering risk and quality management programmes, and maintaining PADI’s member recognition programmes.

Position Requirements:

  • Experienced PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher (Course Director preferred)
  • Educated to A level standard or equivalent (degree level preferred)
  • Fluent English and at least one other central European language is essential. French would be especially desirable and any other additional European languages would be an advantage.
  • Highly analytical, with excellent communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex documents such as incident reports, legislative reports, subpoenas and legal pleadings.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.

Ability to understand, organize, and prepare statistical analysis of complex, sensitive and confidential information.

This role is based at the PADI EMEA office in Bristol, United Kingdom; therefore, the successful applicant must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to: Rachel Landregan, Human Resources, rachel.landregan@padi.com.

For an informal discussion or questions regarding this position, please contact Fiona Fishburne, Quality Management, fiona.fishburne@padi.com.

Application closing date: 12 September 2016

 

PADI Women’s Dive Day in Asia Pacific

24 Aug

Last month divers all over the globe celebrated the second ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. On July 16, over 700 PADI Women’s Dive Day events took place in 77 countries. Men, women, boys and girls donned their fins with one goal in mind; to celebrate the contributions that women have made to the sport that we all love.

In Asia Pacific alone, 286 PADI Women’s Dive Day events took place, from the Philippines to Fiji and Indonesia to India. Events ranged from DSD experiences and courses to BBQs and high teas.

Erin, PADI Asia Pacific, states “I hope that through events like PADI Women’s Dive Day we can influence more female’s to meet and fall in love with our underwater world. There is a discrepancy between the numbers of female and male divers globally. This day, hopefully, will help in a small way to close that gap. More divers means more interest, love and care for our oceans. That can never be a bad thing, especially at a time when our oceans desperately need our support”.

One event where the spirit of the day was clearly embodied was at Lumba Lumba Diving Centre in Indonesia, where all the dive centre’s admin staff and hotel housekeeping staff were invited to see what diving is all about by going on a Discover Scuba Dive. Tari, receptionist at Lumba Lumba Diving Centre felt that this day gave her the opportunity to see why tourists flock to Indonesia’s waters; “Seeing divers every day made me very curious about diving. I’m so happy I could see it for myself. So many fish, coral and colours! It was really nice for me and my colleagues to discover some of our country’s treasures. We also laughed a lot. One of my dreams is to become a dive guide.”

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Lumba Lumba Diving Centre, Indonesia

This event was only 1 of 286 in Asia Pacific and 700 world-wide that were held to celebrate women in diving as well as encourage more women to become future divers. We hope all involved in PADI Women’s Dive Day had a fantastic day.

Interested in hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 15 2017? It’s easy! Send us an email and we will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Get in quick! To reserve a PADI Women’s Dive Day marketing pack for 2017 ensure you register your interest early!

Take a look at some of the amazing PADI Women’s Dive Day events that took place this year in Asia Pacific:

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Rainbow Divers, Vietnam

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Udive, Malaysia

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Performance Diver, New Zealand

Affiliation Links for Your Website Now Available in More Languages

23 Aug

Add links to your website and automatically affiliate Touch or eLearning students with your store so you generate revenue around the clock. Use the link below and plug in your store number along with the corresponding course ID.

Affiliation links are now available for Open Water Diver Touch in these additional languages: Spanish, Polish, Korean, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese.

For Touch, Certification Paks and eLearning use:
https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=StoreNumber&courseid=CourseID

For ReActivate use:
http://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber=StoreNumber

Here’s the full list of available affiliation links:

 

PADI and Seiko to Release PADI Special Edition Diver’s Watches

18 Aug

There’s something special about good solid diver’s watches. They’re functional, durable and good-looking. (They may also be one of diving’s greatest unsung marketing tools; who hasn’t had a diving conversation sparked by a comment about their watch?). And, in an increasingly digital world, quality analog diver’s watches have stood the test of time. For dive professionals, they remain essential symbols of a personal commitment to diving. They are de rigueur for PADI Members the world over.

PADI Members also demand quality and will be keenly interested in PADI’s new partnership with Seiko. Since the launch of their first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has become synonymous with quality diver’s watches and a tireless innovator responsible for new technologies and designs for professional and recreational divers alike. These innovations include the world’s first titanium diver’s watch, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case and the world’s first nitrox multi-level diving computer watch. These innovations, and the style and quality of their diver’s watches, has earned Seiko an enviable reputation in the dive industry.

At the core of this partnership is PADI’s and Seiko’s shared passion for diver safety and the marine environment. To launch it, PADI and Seiko will release two PADI Special Edition diver’s watches this autumn.

The first of these, the Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Kinetic GMT Diver’s SUN065, uses Seiko’s Kinetic technology. The watch’s quartz movement uses a rotor, powered only by body movement, to charge the battery. This watch features a modern version of the legendary two-layer case first seen in 1975 and affectionately nicknamed for it’s superficial resemblance to a can of “Tuna.” The build quality is excellent with clear dial printing, a smooth bezel and a solid crown.

The second watch, the Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Automatic Diver’s SRPA21, pays homage to a true classic: the 1970’s Seiko 150m mechanical diver’s watch. Its unique case and dial design led divers to nickname this model the “Turtle.” The watch features Seiko’s trademark easy-to-read, wide, clear hands. It’s a clean and simple diver’s watch.

Both special edition models gracefully feature PADI’s characteristic red and blue color palette on the dials and the bezels, and the PADI logo on the dials. Either watch will make a functional and stylish accessory for PADI Pros.

For more information about these watches, please visit the Seiko Store Finder to contact a dealer.

The Phi Phi Island Coral Nursery

17 Aug

Coral NurseryTen years ago, the Adventure Club in the beautiful Phi Phi Islands installed a floating coral nursery to cultivate coral fragments – a way of preserving the coral reefs surround the islands.

The nursery is suspended above the substrate allowing the coral fragments to grow with reduced threats from corallivores – parrotfish, crown of thorns, drupella
snails etc.

For too long, the problems facing the world’s coral reefs have been ignored and the coral nursery aims to highlight the issue and educate people around the world.

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Each year, a special workshop on coral rehabilitation is held, during which university students visiting the coral nursery replant the corals grown the previous year. The group of students will then restock the nursery for another year of growth.

The workshop educates students about the delicate marine ecosystems – the important roles of organism within them and the impacts that can affect them.

Each month, volunteers come together to perform the required maintenance on the nursery. Armed with toothbrushes and scrapers, divers ensure corals are not smothered by algae during this critical growth period.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Phi Phi island coral nursery and there is much to celebrate – although the world’s corals were subjected to another global coral bleaching event, this year studies show that the impact was not as bad as originally expected and survival rates of corals in the nursery are at 85%!

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For more information, please visit the Phi Phi Island Coral Nursery Facebook Page or click here.

PADI ® Women’s Dive Day at Trawangan Dive

11 Aug

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On Saturday 16th July, male and female divers around the world gathered to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive Day, an international event celebrating female divers, as well as encouraging more women to explore our underwater world. Joining in the celebrations was Trawangan Dive who took the opportunity to also make a difference to the environment by hosting a Dive Against Debris.

Gili Trawangan reefs are some of the best in the world.  They are home to a growing shark population, as well as thousands of species of tropical fish.  However, due to poor waste management and lack of education in the surrounding islands about the importance of our marine environment, pollution and plastic are a big problem.

For this reason, Trawangan Dive regularly hosts Dives Against Debris, during which divers are equipped with protective gloves and mesh debris bags and collect as much non-organic waste as possible.

Trawangan Dive’s PADI Women’s Dive Day Dive Against Debris was a great success. Divers and non-divers alike united to celebrate female divers and help clear rubbish from the ocean. The celebrations then continued into the evening with a BBQ, food and drinks at the beach side restaurant.

Trawangan Dive would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful female divers, students, instructors and guests – not only those who joined us for PADI Women’s Dive Day, but those who dive with us and help protect the ocean planet every day of the year.

For more information about Trawangan Dive and the Reef Restoration Program, please visit their website.

For more photos from PADI Women’s Dive Day, visit the Photo Album on Facebook.