PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Cebu

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PADI is pleased to announce a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, scheduled from 13 – 18 May 2019, in Cebu, Philippines.

The course will help current PADI Master Freediver Instructors transition to PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers, which involves broadening instructional and mentoring skills, plus expanding communication abilities. 

If you are interested in this course, please start the procedure by downloading the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Fact Sheet. This will give you an idea of the requirements and procedures involved and will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

To apply for the course, download the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Application Form. The application form should be submitted electronically to instdev@padi.com.au. The deadline for submitting your application is 5 April 2019.

If you would also like to attend the EFR Instructor Trainer Course (scheduled for 12 May 2019), please register here.

Note that even though these programs are hosted by PADI Asia Pacific, they are open to members from any PADI Regional Headquarters. 

Free PADI Master Scuba Diver Application in 2019

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Help your students join the elite group of divers who have earned their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, through both significant experience and scuba training. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating signifies an experienced diver who has spent a lot of time training underwater in a variety of environments. Any diver who has logged 50 dives or more, has their PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver certifications, as well as five PADI Specialty Course certifications, can apply for this prestigious rating.

Encourage your divers to set themselves a part from the rest and aim for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – something fewer than two percent of divers will ever receive!

In 2019, when your students apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating through a PADI Dive Shop in Asia Pacific, their application fees will be waived.  

Download the 2019 PADI Master Scuba Diver Voucher (Asia Pacific).

Inspire your divers to earn the black belt of scuba diving and earn their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating today. Contact PADI Asia Pacific on customerservice.ap@padi.com for more information.

* Offer only valid in the PADI Asia Pacific region.

How Winning a PADI Divemaster Package Changed My Life

Written by Christina Albiger

To celebrate PADI 5 Star IDC Sairee Cottage Diving’s 10 year anniversary they put together the ‘Change a Life’ contest. One lucky winner would win an all-inclusive (zero to hero) PADI Divemaster package. Not only did this package include all PADI courses from Open Water Diver up to Divemaster, but it also included flights, accommodation, learning material, insurance, unlimited fun diving, gear rental and more.

I finally decided to enter the competition and began writing a blog post and filming a video to submit. A few weeks and one video interview later, Sairee Cottage Diving’s PADI Platinum Course Director, Marcel van den Berg, messaged me to let me know I had actually won the contest! After totally freaking out, I immediately started looking for flights. With my flights booked for the 22nd July, I couldn’t wait to go on my biggest adventure yet.

Living in Paradise 

Being the lucky winner of the Sairee Cottage Diving ‘Change a Life’ competition, I won an all-inclusive PADI Divemaster package. Although I originally never imagined myself as a PADI Divemaster, I was excited to get started. I travelled to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, where I visited Sairee Cottage Diving. It was here that I was lucky enough to start a new chapter of my life as a PADI Divemaster, while living in paradise. My life was quickly filled with beautiful beaches, warm weather, amazing people and a lot of unforgettable diving!

Starting My PADI Divemaster Journey

Since travelling to Koh Tao and meeting the team at Sairee Cottage Diving, a lot has happened. I completed my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Emergency First Response and PADI Rescue Diver courses and I am currently on the journey to becoming a PADI Divemaster.

Most people I talk to ask me if I can teach students how to dive after completing the PADI Divemaster course, but the answer is simply no. To teach students how to dive you must first complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program. Instead, as a PADI Divemaster you can take already certified divers on guided tours (fun dives) despite their certification level (Open Water Diver and above). A Divemaster is simply an underwater tour guide that can show divers local dive sites, local marine life and basically anything interesting underwater.

Learning great buoyancy skills in my PADI Divemaster Course.

To become a PADI Divemaster you must first learn various demonstrating skills, theory about your equipment, human physiology, physics, and decompression and recreational diving. You must be able to prove your swimming, floating, snorkelling and towing abilities. To deepen your rescue, navigation, buoyancy and mapping skills, you must also attend workshops. Finally, you will also need to assist instructors on various courses. Besides all that, a huge part of the course is fun diving so you can perfect your confidence underwater and of course, your diving skills. Here at Sairee Cottage Diving, they emphasise that your Divemaster course is about having fun – and it absolutely is!

The PADI Scuba Diving Community

One thing that makes this humbling experience of discovering this whole new world, even more fun, is that I get to share it with so many other passionate divers. The PADI diving community is literally just as diverse as the Koh Tao marine life. You’ll meet people of all ages, from all over the world, with the most diverse backgrounds, yet they all have a shared love for diving. I have learnt so much from just talking to them about what we’ve seen underwater during previous diving experiences. Being surrounded by those inspiring people and hearing their experiences have helped (and still help) me a lot with progressing in my own diving career. For example, I have been able to overcome my small fear of night diving by realising that with the right training, a night dive can be a very special and meditative experience.

Recently a friend of mine asked me about my most memorable experience in diving and I thought back to my first week on Koh Tao. Together with some other divemaster candidates, I went on a fun dive at a dive site called South West Pinnacle. It was a nice, sunny day and the visibility underwater was great. We were just hovering around the pinnacle enjoying ourselves when a giant school of beautiful gold band fusiliers came in sight. Those small, agile fish were everywhere, surrounding us from every side, moving whenever we moved. Some of them even came very close which made the experience of being a part of this community and one with the environment, even more exciting. It absolutely made my day and it still puts a big smile on my face today. Another dive I will never forget was when we saw a whale shark. It was so unbelievably exciting to see the stunning whale shark swim gracefully in the distance.

Whale shark encounter during my PADI Divemaster Course on Koh Tao.

Sharing the Passion for Scuba

Putting a big smile on someone’s face and experiencing these amazing memories with them is why becoming a PADI Divemaster is so special. You are able to show them the marine life that they see on television, in front of their own eyes. Sometimes I catch myself taking all this for granted, as it has become a part of my everyday life. However, I keep reminding myself that the opportunity I was given comes as a once in a lifetime experience and I am incredibly thankful for that!

It’s hard to put my thoughts and feelings into the right words, as there is so much more to tell. However, that’s why I am sharing my experience of my PADI Divemaster journey and the amazing lifestyle that comes with it.

Are you interested in becoming a PADI Divemaster like Christina? Learn more about the PADI Divemaster course, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course and locate your local PADI Dive Store in Koh Tao today!

Engaging Youth to Make A Difference

Article by PADI Regional Training Consultant Guy Corsellis

Over the last few decades, with customer demographics changing, the face of scuba diving has changed as well.

Luckily the misconception that scuba diving needs to be a macho male activity has largely faded and more and more families are getting involved in diving activities with programs specially designed for youth.

Children as young as eight years old can enrol in the PADI Bubblemaker program and they can continue their diving experience with more fun activities through the PADI Seal Team program.

Once they turn ten, kids can take the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course and even progress and complete the PADI Junior Adventure Diver course.

Offering these PADI youth programs and courses is an ideal way to get young children immersed in diving. This in turn, will make them care more about their island, their coastline and their oceans – and they’ll want to get others involved too!

In Thailand, we have started approaching local public schools to get young Thai children involved in diving. We visit them at their schools, spend a couple of hours with them going through a fun presentation about marine animals to stimulate or create environmental awareness amongst the community.

Our goal is to empower these children, and in turn their communities, with the knowledge to preserve their environment and create a healthy local ocean. All the while having fun and linking it to PADI youth diving programs or courses.

PADI is committed to supporting global efforts for change through its ‘Four Pillars of Change,’ and we believe that global change can start with these youngsters. As PADI President and CEO Drew Richardson stated, “If we can engage divers more effectively and local level globally, global change is inevitable.”

How can you get involved?

Offering PADI youth diving programs is the first step to getting kids involved. Beyond this, consider offering the Project AWARE Specialty course. There is no minimum age for this course and no prerequisite diving certification requires which makes it a great activity for the entire family!

Keep young people involved in diving after their PADI Junior Open Water Diver course by offering specialties such as PADI Fish Identification, PADI Underwater Naturalist, Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty and Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course.

At PADI, we want to be best in and FOR the world. Join us in training the next generation of conservationists and together we can contribute to lasting change on a global scale.

For more information about PADI youth diving programs, speak with your Regional Manager.