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Applications Closing Soon: PADI x Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships

26 Oct

At PADI we’re big supporters of Women in Diving – the trailblazers, explorers, and fearless females that have made and continue to make incredible contributions to the sport. As an organisation, we aim to encourage, empower and educate women who either want to start diving or who want to be part of a community passionate about the underwater world.

This year, we’ve partnered with the Women Divers Hall of Fame to offer PADI Training Grants. The PADI training scholarships are open to women worldwide, and applicants have until October 31, 2017 midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time to submit their applications. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2018.  Only online submissions will be accepted and no exceptions will be made for late submissions.

There are two training grants available:

PADI 4 Change

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI scuba leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change.  Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in any of the following PADI Four Pillars will be considered: Ocean Health, Marine Animal Protection, People and Community, and Healing and Wellness. $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and PADI will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved PADI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. The PADI training facility will contact PADI for subject materials. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

PADI Young Explorer Dive Training Grant for Young Women. 

A$1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-17, who wishes to begin or continue her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Applicants with a passion for ocean exploration or conservation will be considered. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training/equipment facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training/equipment facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

Interested? Here’s how to apply. 

  • Applicants can apply online by completing the online application form.
  • Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions very carefully, and refer to the specific requirements as you complete your application. Full descriptions and requirements of the grants are detailed here.
  • All applications require two letters of recommendation that must be submitted directly by the recommender, and not by the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year, however, if you are not selected for the scholarship or training grant for which you applied, and you are qualified for another scholarship/training grant, you may be considered for another award.
  • Incomplete and/or late applications (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

For a complete list of training grants and scholarships available through the Women Divers Hall of Fame, please visit here.

About the Women Divers Hall of Fame

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs. They do not support living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient. Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (but only after dive training has been completed). For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee. For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training.

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.


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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.