Introducing Neil Davidson – Regional Manager, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

As the new PADI Regional Manager of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei which is known as Region 12 I would like to give an introduction to myself for the members across Asia Pacific.

I recently took over from Johnny Chew who had been doing an excellent job over the past 15 years in the region and is now taking a well-earned rest before moving onto new things.

I have now been in the role since the beginning of March and have enjoyed a great start travelling to many areas and meeting many of the members around my region, I am excited to work alongside you and to help grow the market together.

I first learnt to dive on the West Coast of Australia whilst I was travelling around the country after having served six years in the British military. It was here that sparked my passion for scuba diving as I would regularly go for leisure dives at the weekends with a local dive club in Fremantle. After making friends with the PADI professionals at the dive centre I decided that I would look to become a PADI Divemaster myself. So I travelled to Koh Tao, Thailand with the plan to stay a year to complete my PADI Divemaster course and hopefully pick up some work before eventually returning to England. Seven years later I was still there at the same dive centre after being fortunate to join their team and then completing my IDC with them. After three years I decided to look for a change of scene to gather some more experience so moved to work in Semporna and Mabul for a while. Once I completed my time I returned to Koh Tao to manage the dive centre I had taken most of my PADI courses with, where I stayed for the last 4 years before accepting the role at PADI.

I have been very lucky to work alongside some brilliant PADI Professionals and have appreciated the help I have received from them and PADI. I am now looking forward to providing the support our members deserve and also hope to continue to learn from the PADI Members and dive centre managers as I travel around the region.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you need any help or assistance from PADI via : neil.davidson@padi.com.au .

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