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

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.