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. 

PADI Specialty of the Quarter- Underwater Navigation & Equipment Specialist

PADI Specialty Diver courses offer the perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge of your students, to better understand their interests as divers and to make sure they come back to complete more courses in the future!

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The PADI Specialty of the Quarter campaign was launched in 2018, to focus on the promotion of various PADI Specialty Diver courses each quarter. Not only does this campaign help to grow the interest of continuing your students education, but it also aims to increase the sales of your PADI Specialty Diver courses and student materials. This quarter we are focusing on promoting the PADI Underwater Navigator and PADI Equipment Specialist specialty courses!

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

Many divers rely on more experienced divers to help them navigate under the water. However, what if these divers knew that they could complete the PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course and learn not only how to navigate underwater with a compass, but how to estimate distance underwater, how to mark or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface or how to create an underwater map? These divers would then not only feel more confident under the water, but they could also one day become the underwater guide that they used to rely on.

PADI Equipment Specialist Specialty Course

How many times have your students asked you about their missing o-ring or broken fin strap before getting in the water? Scuba Diving is an equipment intensive sport, so it is important that each diver understands not only how to use their equipment, but how it can also be repaired or adjusted. By completing the PADI Equipment Specialist specialty course, students will learn routine care, maintenance procedures, equipment storage recommendations, how to overcome equipment problems along with equipment configuration suggestions. Not only will this specialty better prepare divers to take care of their dive gear, but it will also improve their performance in the water as they become more comfortable with their own equipment.

Resources and Tools

To help you promote the PADI ‘Specialty of the Quarter campaign’ you can download our free digital marketing materials including web banners, headers, and more. Our marketing materials are available in English, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

To download our free marketing materials Click Here.

Further information

For further information please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific marketing team on marketing@padi.com.au.

To see the full PADI Specialty of the Quarter 2018 schedule please Click Here.


First Ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Asia Pacific

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 Master Scuba Diver Application Fee Waived in 2017


Help your divers join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver in 2017. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating places them in an elite group of respected divers who have both significant experience and extensive scuba training.

To earn this rating they must log 50 dives and have their PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver certifications, as well as five PADI Specialty course certifications.

In 2017, when they complete their training at a PADI Dive Shop in the Asia Pacific region, the usual Master Scuba Diver application fees will be waived.

So encourage them to take the plunge in 2017, earn their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and become part of an elite group of highly skilled and trained divers.

Download the 2017 PADI Master Scuba Diver Voucher (Asia Pacific).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific for more information.

* Offer only valid in the PADI Asia Pacific region.

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course Becomes Standardised


With the release of the updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, the PADI Self-Reliant Diver distinctive specialty course is now a standardized PADI Specialty Diver course.

If you are a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Distinctive Specialty Instructor or Trainer, you may qualify to change your rating so that you can teach this new standardised course and allow your divers to credit Dive One as an Adventure Dive.

To change your rating, download the Specialty Change Request Form from the Pros’ Site and submit it to your PADI Regional Headquarters.

You are no longer required to have 25 divers certification to apply for the self-reliant diver specialty instructor rating if you use method 1. (Complete a specialty Instructor course with the PADI Course Director).

You are still required to be at least 18 years old however, and be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation and have 20 logged dives if using method 1 or 2.

The distinctive self-reliant diver specialty instructor guide is now removed from the Pro Site. If you wish to get the newly updated standardised self-reliant diver Instructor guide, it is now available on the online shopping cart; Product code: 70248.

You are also welcome to order it by emailing us on training-sales@padi.com.au.

Feeling Special?

An quick interview with Roal Van Der Zee.


PT – Hi Roel van der Zee

PT – When did you start Diving?

RZ – October 2013

PT Why did you start Diving?

RZ – In December 2012 I went to Perth, Australia. I googled “things to do in Perth”. One of the things to do was taking a scuba diving course. I was really interested and booked the PADI open water course. A few days before the course started, there was a shark attack, and all of the students cancelled the course. I was the only participant so the course was cancelled.

I decided to go  snorkeling at Rottnest Island, and encountered a massive short tail stingray.


I enjoyed that so much, I was even more excited about taking my PADI scuba dive course. Since I really liked Australia, I decided to come back in 2013 for a 3 month holiday. Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney.


I thought: what better place to learn to scuba dive than in Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef. So I enrolled for the PADI open water course with Pro Dive Cairns. And I loved every minute of it, and realized immediately this was my passion. And many thanks to my ever patient open water instructor: Jason Brown.


PT – What do you like most about Diving?

RZ – Seeing nice corals and big aquatic life: sharks, turtles, manta’s, octopus

PT – What do you hate about Diving?

RZ – In some places, the water is quite cold and the viz is bad.


PT -How many PADI specialty classes have you taken?

RZ – 23 on student level


PT – Why did you take so many?

RZ – I like learning as much as possible about diving and I am a specialty card collector.


PT – Can you list them of the top of your head?


RZ – AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty

AWARE Shark Conservation Diver





Emergency Oxygen Provider

Enriched Air Diver

Equipment Specialist


Multilevel Diver

Night Diver

PADI Advanced Rebreather Poseidon MkVI/Se7en Diver

PADI Rebreather Poseidon MkVI/Se7en Diver

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Project AWARE

Search & Recovery

Self-Reliant Diver


Tec Rec Trimix Blender

Underwater Navigator

Underwater Videographer



PT – Wow well done, I couldn’t name that many. What was your favourite specialty?


PT – Why is that you favourite specialty?

RZ – I just love diving with the Manta rays, I think they are the most beautiful and gracious animals on the planet

PT – When did you finish you IDC?

RZ – 8 November 2015 with Conny Jeppson @ Crystal Divers Bali


PT- How many Specialty Instructor ratings do you have?

RZ – 17 on instructor level. I plan to do more

PT – What was your best Specialty instructor training dive and best specialty?

RZ – Wreck Diver. I also did it on student level, and then I did not enter the wreck, because I was not comfortable with it. This time I did enter the wreck, and it was cool.

PT – What are you plans now?

RZ – Tec 40, and to return next year to Bali for the IDC staff instructor course. I first need to certify 25 divers somehow. I also want to do tec rebreather.

PT – Do you plan to take more specialties?

RZ – Absolutely: DPV, dry suit course,maybe cave diving, and of course distinctive specialties. I heard of a dive centre in Cyprus doing DSMB Deployment, Suunto Computer Assisted Diving, Hyperbaric Chamber. I plan to do these next year.


PT – Have you ever thought about writing your own specialty?

RZ – Of course:

clown fish specialty

nudibranch specialty

cuttlefish specialty

coral spawning specialty

crown-of-thorns sea star  removal specialty

underwater ruins specialty


PT – Thank you for your time and congratulations, I look forward to diving with you one day.

PADI to Launch the PADI Freediver Program in November


As PADI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in one of the fastest growing dive industry segments – freediving. Continuing the core business practice of delivering high quality instructional courses, the PADI Freediver program will debut in November including the worldwide launch at the DEMA Show in Florida, USA. PADI Freediver launch events and workshops will also be taking place across the Asia Pacific region from November.

“Many PADI Professionals in the Asia Pacific region are avid freedivers and already enjoy sharing their passion for freediving with others,” says Thomas Knedlik, PADI Asia Pacific Director of Training & Quality Management. “The number of self-authored PADI Distinctive Specialty courses involving freediving has grown over the past few years and the popularity of the PADI Free Diving Distinctive Specialty course released in 2014 is a further indication of this rapidly expanding market. As mainstream interest in freediving grows, this is a natural extension for dive education and the industry.”

The PADI Freediver program is complete with student materials and instructional tools that follow the PADI educational philosophy, which makes it easy for qualified PADI Professionals to quickly start teaching. Like all PADI courses, the program was bred from first-hand experience as industry experts and competitive freedivers played a critical role in its development. This key advisory group, including Jay Huang of Taiwan, Myoungho Noh of South Korea, Oli Christen of Indonesia, Liz Parkinson of the Bahamas and Alejandro Lemus of Mexico, worked closely with the PADI organization to establish a freediving training curriculum that addresses technique, form and safety for nearly any experience level.

“The PADI Freediver program will provide PADI Members with additional revenue generating opportunities by allowing them to expand their course offerings and reach a whole new demographic,” says Danny Dwyer, PADI Asia Pacific Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development. “PADI Freediver will also help PADI Retail and Resort Members increase their equipment sales, trip bookings, and other revenue streams.”

The PADI Freediver tiered course structure has participants build upon their skill sets and knowledge as they advance from PADI Freediver to PADI Advanced Freediver and, ultimately, PADI Master Freediver.  The program provides three corresponding instructor levels (Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor and Master Freediver Instructor), as well as a Freediver Instructor Trainer rating. There is also a subset program called Basic Freediver where students earn a certification in confined water.

PADI Freediver will feature quality, tablet-based training materials so students can access PADI Freediver Touch from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection.  As with other PADI Touch products, PADI has employed the latest training techniques and leveraged the latest technology to create a cutting-edge program.  Adobe, who produces the Digital Publishing Suite software upon which Touch products are built, recognized PADI for crafting a product that boasts the “entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book for a truly immersive, effective training experience.”

PADI will unveil the program in November at DEMA Show from 4-7 November as well as at a number of launch events and workshops in the Asia Pacific region from November. PADI Members will be able to learn more about the program, find out how they can incorporate it into their course offerings and explore Freediver Touch. For more information regarding the PADI Freediver program, contact the PADI Training Department or stay tuned for more information.