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Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

15 Sep

We’re thrilled to welcome Myoungho Noh to the PADI AmbassaDiver family!

Not only is he a PADI Course Director but he was also the first PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer from Korea. We got to know him a little better and learnt about some of his favourite freediving moments and what it means to him to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

When did you first start exploring the underwater world?

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved water activities – swimming, scuba diving – you name it, I tried it. It was scuba diving that first really increased my appreciation and enjoyment of the ocean. It allowed me to explore deeper and stay there for longer. In Korea, the ocean is not far from my home, so I’d visit every chance I got. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always able to scuba dive, but this opened freediving up to me and has since changed my life.

These days, I am teaching freediving and trying to promote freediving all over the world.

Tell us about some of your favourite freediving moments.

I love the feeling of freedom that comes with freediving. Particularly when I’m diving by way of free immersion. I can relax my whole body, and slowly enter the deep. While moving down the line, I close my eyes and feel the water against my dace. At that point, I feel like I’m one with the water!

I also love observing aquatic animals – I remember one moment when I was diving with a huge whale shark. I knew the whale shark wouldn’t attack me however the sheer size of it was mesmerizing. It was such a unique experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

What does being a PADI AmbassaDiver mean to you?

It was PADI that has led me to diving professionally and has opened up completely new worlds to me. I feel a sense of pride when I’m teaching PADI courses and even more so to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

Why do you want to introduce more people to Freediving?

I believe that freediving is easy for anyone to learn and that the experience is one-of-a-kind. The joy that can be experienced through it is endless. With that said, it’s important that people learn safe practices and by teaching the PADI Freediver course I can help make sure people learn the proper and safe techniques.

Learn more about the PADI Freediver program here or learn more about our other AmbassaDivers.

PADI Rescue Diver Workshop in Bangkok

12 Sep

In August 2017, PADI Members gathered in Bangkok to attend the PADI Rescue Diver Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to refresh and further develop the skills required to teach the Rescue Diver course. It also gave attendees the opportunity to raise any queries they had and speak with PADI Staff directly.

As part of the workshop, PADI representatives gave updates on the revised Rescue Diver course materials, as well as a demonstration of relevant digital products and the online processing system.

This was followed by the group observing and practising skills required when teaching the Rescue Diver course. Attendees also took part in an introduction to freediving under the instruction of PADI Freediver Instructor Ploy Malaiwongs.

Speaking about the event, PADI Territory Director, Tim Hunt, said:

“Thanks to everyone involved in the PADI Rescue Diver workshop in Bangkok. We believe it’s important that PADI Members feel confident in the skills and materials required to deliver courses and this workshop provided us with an opportunity to support this. It was great to see so many enthusiastic members in Bangkok and we look forward to hosting similar workshops in the future.”

For information about future events, keep an eye on the PADI Blog or speak with your Regional Manager.

Position Vacant: Regional Training Consultant at PADI Asia Pacific

27 Jun

We are seeking a Regional Training Consultant to join PADI Asia Pacific based in Koh Tao, Thailand.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Educating PADI Members about the various features and benefits of PADI products and services and to support the sales of those products and services.
  • Serve as the direct contact to the public and Membership for training and product support.
  • Assist Members in the interpretation of PADI Standards and procedures
  • Front line person to assist the Membership in understanding PADI, Tec Rec, Public Safety and EFR training programs, standards, philosophy and associated products; thereby establishing these programs appropriately in the region.
  • Work closely with Regional Manager in meeting or exceeding sales goals, customer consultations, order processing and order related customer service problems.

Education and/or Experience:

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor (PADI Course Director preferred)
  • EFR Instructor Trainer preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as an active Instructor member
  • Current PADI membership and insurance coverage required
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and valid Passport
  • Strong commitment to serve the goals and direction of PADI
  • A thorough understanding of PADI digital products and services to be able to answer inquiries from PADI Members and students.

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

Applications closing date: Monday, 10th July 2017

To apply:   Please send your CV to: alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Contact details:

Alison Vasek

Manager, Human Resources

PADI Asia Pacific

Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place

FRENCHS FOREST NSW 2086 AUSTRALIA

alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Hj. Syed Abd Rahman appointed Advisor to the National Recreational Scuba Diving Council NDC of Malaysia

19 Jun

Hj Syed Abd Rahman is a much loved and well-respected member of the PADI Family whose accomplishments span the entirety of his career as a PADI Professional. So it comes as no surprise that his expertise has been further recognised with his appointment as Advisor to the National Recreational Scuba Diving Council NDC of Malaysia.

NDC is part of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia MOTAC which exists to drive industry growth and achieve significant contribution towards the tourism industry and dive tourism in Malaysia.

Hj Syed Abd Rahman is most well-known for his efforts in training the next generation through Kids Scuba, a dive school dedicated to training kids, teens, youth and, more recently, people with disabilities and underprivileged youth. However his dedication to the diving industry does not end there. Hj Syed is also Vice President for the Malaysia Scuba Diving Association, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, an active member of the PADI Youth Advisory Committee and recipient of many PADI awards over the years including Outstanding Contribution to the Youth Diving Education.

“I am actually very honoured that the Government via the Ministry of Tourism extend the opportunity for me to contribute to my country, Malaysia,” says Hj Syed.

On behalf of the entire PADI Community, our heartfelt congratulations go out to Syed for all that you have achieved over the years, including this latest, well-deserved appointment. We look forward to continuing to work with you to grow the scuba diving community in Malaysia in the future. 

First Ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Asia Pacific

19 Jun

Most people that will try freediving for the first time will be immediately hooked.

Freediving not only allows you to discover the underwater world without much equipment and only on a single breath, but it will deepen your understanding of physics and physiology that will eventually allow you to extend your personal limits in a gentle manner.

To help train future instructors that can teach the sport of freediving to a rapidly growing market, PADI Asia Pacific conducted its first ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Cebu, Philippines. This international program brought together 14 candidates from 7 different countries and was translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Due to consistent PADI training standards worldwide that differ only in style, technique and application, the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course is a fantastic networking opportunity to gain insight into how standards are adapted and applied internationally. One primary benefit of a multi-national program is the opportunity it creates for the candidates and staff to establish business relationships and exchange ideas. The participants, experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors, were selected from a number of applicants. The Freediver Instructor Trainer Course focused on PADI philosophy, instructor candidate counselling, instructor-level presentations and evaluation as well as marketing for instructor development programs.

Interested in becoming the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer?

This was the first, but it certainly won’t be the last – PADI Asia Pacific will run these PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer courses from time to time. To apply, candidates will need to be renewed and in teaching status as a PADI Master Freediver Instructor, certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and have experience teaching all PADI Freediver program levels beyond those required for the PADI Master Freediver Instructor level.

In addition, applicants will need to have experience staffing PADI Freediver Instructor training courses and not have had any verified Quality Management complaints in the last 12 month prior to the course date.

For further information about the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, its prerequisites, requirements and future programs, please contact your Regional Headquarters.

PADI Joins Forces with Mission Blue to Help Protect the World’s Ocean

15 Jun

PADI® and Mission Blue™ have forged a formal partnership to help increase the level of protection of our world’s ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. At the heart of this effort is a global campaign to build public support for the protection of Hope Spots — special places that are vital to the health of the ocean.

Hope Spots are about recognizing, empowering and supporting individuals and communities around the world in their efforts to protect the ocean. By activating its global network of divers and dive professionals, the PADI family will further bring attention to marine areas in a worldwide network targeted for enhanced protection.

“Mission Blue is thrilled to partner with PADI to bring awareness to divers around the world about the value of Hope Spots,” says Laura Cassiani, Executive Director of Mission Blue. “Divers are an important voice in the global coalition for greater marine conservation because they know first-hand the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems. We believe deeply that this exciting new collaboration between PADI and Mission Blue will ignite broad support for further ocean conservation around the world. Onward and downward!”

In November 2016, PADI announced our Four Pillars of Change social and environmental responsibility program. Devised to elevate the PADI mission to be best in and for the world, the Four Pillars will help connect the PADI community to the ocean causes they care about. Program efforts will be focused on building awareness of important issues affecting ocean health, strengthening dive communities and dive infrastructure, and forming global alliances that will engage and mobilize PADI Dive Centres, Resorts, dive professionals, and divers to be a global force for good.

“Connecting PADI Divers and Members with the Hope Spots program provides them with actionable opportunities to have a lasting impact on the future of our blue planet,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “Through our partnership, PADI and Mission Blue hope to educate divers and ignite support for Hope Spots with the long-term goal of formally protecting more areas of our world’s ocean.”

PADI will showcase a different Hope Spot each month, such as the Coral Triangle and the Saanich Inlet, to give divers a deeper insight into these vital ecosystems and the need to safeguard them as protected areas. In the coming months, PADI Divers will learn more about some of the best Hope Spots for diving and have an opportunity to nominate new Hope Spots.

If governments, civilian organisations and communities work together to formally protect Hope Spots, these special marine environments can form the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean. Currently, only 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. By joining forces, the goal set forth by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to protect 30 percent of our world’s oceans by 2030 is reachable.

PADI Asia Pacific’s Newest AmbassaDiver: Dada Li

13 Jun

For many young girls, being a mermaid is a dream. For PADI’s newest AmbassaDiver, Dada Li, it is a reality. We spoke with her about what attracted her to the sport of freediving, being named a PADI AmbassaDiver and why she wants to introduce more people to freediving.

When did you first start exploring the underwater world?

I’ve loved being in the water since I was very young. I would always swim to the bottom of the pool and watch the water surface. I loved the unique sensation and the way things looked underwater. This inner closeness to the water made me have a strong connection the first time I entered the ocean. It was on Phi Phi Island, Thailand in 2012 that my freediving journey started.

After that first dive into the ocean, I was totally fascinated by the natural underwater world. It was a life changing experience – the moment I was taught how to equalize and was able to dive down to explore the depth with a single breath. It felt like I got a mysterious key that enabled me to unlock another world which I never imagined I could be part of it.

At the time, I didn’t even know that what I was doing was freediving. It was only when I searched the internet and found it was actually a sport that people can learn and achieve different levels. Unfortunately I couldn’t find and Freediving schools or instructors in China at the time. Freediving was only a minority sport. So I had to travel to Southeast Asia to take my freediving courses. The philosophy of freediving makes me brave enough to leap out of my comfort zone, face my own weakness, fear and imperfection and it transforms into a stronger and better person. It inspires me to see the world differently, feel differently and think differently. All my friends were amazed when they saw my freediving pictures and many of them wanted to learn from me and I deeply hope they have an amazing underwater experience like me.

Being a PADI Freediver instructor is not just a career, it is a lifestyle and a life mission.

Photo by Pepe Arcos

Tell us about why you love to freedive?

The quietness allows me to have better encounters with shy marine animals. The agility I feel allows me to descend and ascend freely whenever I want. The sense of freedom and happiness I feel can’t be easily described but it’s something close to the path to my inner paradise.

The only cost is just not to breath for a while.

What does being a PADI AmbassaDiver mean to you?

Being a PADI AmbassaDiver is a very high recognition for me. It enlarges my sense of mission and reminds me to behave well and do better as a role model for others. It allows me to share my passion and experience of freediving with good support behind me, and I’m also very proud to be the first PADI AmbassaDiver from my country.

To read about PADI AmbassaDivers to apply or to nominate someone, visit the website.