PADI Freediver eLearning Now Available in More Languages

Written by Junya Kato, Regional Training Consultant, PADI Asia Pacific

The PADI Freediver program continues to go from strength to strength with the recent release of new languages via PADI eLearning.

PADI Freediver eLearning (Product Code: 70770-1) is now available in the following languages; English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

After purchasing and sending this course for your students, PADI Freediver eLearning will become available for them to download through the PADI Library App. PADI Freediver eLearning will contain all three course levels; PADI Freediver, PADI Advanced Freediver and PADI Master Freediver. In addition to this, students can now also select their preferred language.  

Students learn by reading and viewing content that is supported by interactive imagery, graphics and videos. They can then complete the knowledge reviews and final exam, either offline or online. If internet connection is limited, the only time they need to be online is during the initial download as well as the uploading of their assessment scores from the above sections, once completed.

As PADI Freediver eLearning is a required material for all levels of PADI Freediver courses, Instructors must ensure that students have their own personal set of current PADI material (eLearning). Students must have this material available for study before the course, use throughout the course and reference afterwards, unless it is unavailable in a language understood by the student. If the course is not available in language that your student understands, please contact your Regional Training Consultant to discuss options.

With additional languages now available, the above requirements also apply to PADI Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver students. For example, if a student previously completed a PADI Freediver course without access to PADI Freediver eLearning due to language limitations and they would like to continue further courses with you, they will now need access to PADI Freediver eLearning, if available in a language they understand.

We hope these new languages help you with the PADI Freediver program in 2019. Please contact your Regional Training Consultant for any training and material enquiries.

My PADI Story: Aurovici Sercomanens, PADI Freediver Instructor and PADI Freediver Center Owner

PADI Freediver Instructor™, Aurovici Sercomanens, has had a fascinating journey from completing his first freediving course in 2017 to opening the first PADI Freediver™ Center, Epic Freediving, in India in 2018. We asked Aurovici about his passionate journey from his first freediving experience, to opening his own PADI Freediver Center and what we can expect from him in the future.

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What made you want to start freediving?

Like many, I was greatly touched after watching Luc Besson’s film, Grand Blue. The film was spectacular and actually introduced me into the world of freediving. Over the next few years, I started seeing freediving courses offered in India but at the time I was scared that I had to be an elite athlete with a special gift, so I was hesitant to sign up. Then in 2012, I decided that I wanted to give the course a go and learn the sport of freediving. I quickly learnt that I didn’t need to have a special gift and instead, I just needed to be patient and passionate. Unfortunately, there was nothing offered in India at that time and with travelling not being an option for me, I had to wait. In 2017 I was finally able to complete my first freediving course which was held in India. This is where I truly fell in love with the sport.

How did you start training to become a PADI Freediver Instructor?

I travelled to Bali to train at a large freediving camp, an event where freedivers from around the world spend seven days freediving and training, and this is where I met Sergey. Sergey was a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer and the PADI Freediver Center owner of Crystal Freediving in Koh Tao. It was here that I decided to also become a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer and open my own school for freediving in Auroville, India – my home town. In April 2018, I headed off to Koh Tao to Sergey’s PADI Freediver Center to undertake my PADI Master Freediver and PADI Freediving Instructor Training courses. It took a few months to train and develop my static, dynamic and depth skills, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Why did you decide to open the first PADI Freediver Center in Auroville, India?

After finishing my instructor course I returned to India to the city of Auroville, to open my own PADI Freediver Center, Epic Freediving. Auroville was founded by Mira Alfassa (known as ‘the Mother’) in 1968 on the principle of being a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose being to realize humanity. Auroville currently has a population of around 2,800 people from around the world. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity.

I knew that I wanted to develop freediving in India and work with PADI, so it made sense to take the next step and register Epic Freediving as the first PADI Freediver Center in India. India is very big and surely has many great places to freedive. Therefore, I consider myself fortunate to have access to fresh water bodies deeper than 30 meters. Although Auroville is my home town, there are simply no words that can describe it. Only by visiting will you be able to see and experience its beauty.

What’s next for you?

Well, freediving is still unknown in India so there is a lot more work that needs to be done. I would like to help develop the freediving culture and make the sport more known amongst the local community. Also, India doesn’t have any Freediving Instructor Trainers, so I plan on fixing this by becoming a PADI Instructor Trainer in two years’ time – if all goes according to plan!

What does ‘My PADI’ mean to you?

To me, My PADI means excellence, discovery, education and conservation.

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Want to become a PADI Freediver Instructor like Aurovici?

Learn more about the PADI Freediver Instructor course or find your local PADI Freediver Center and start exploring the fascinating world of freediving.

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There is something quite mesmerising about entering the underwater world on your own terms and only for as long as your breath will allow you. Not only does freediving allow you to extend your personal limits in a gentle manner, but it also encourages you to learn inward control, discipline and power.

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Freediving has become an increasingly popular and powerful way to explore the depths of the ocean floor. If  you have ever wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, without equipment and on a single breath, then freediving is for you! 

In May and for the second time ever, the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course was completed in Cebu, Philippines. The program was hosted by the PADI Asia Pacific team but also had global representation amongst both staff and candidates. This international program bought together 15 candidates from 6 different countries, with presentations being translated into 5 different languages.

During the course, candidates learned about instruction and learning theory, psychology of counselling and evaluation techniques, risk management and marketing. Furthermore, each candidate also completed several teaching assignments and assessments in the classroom, confined water and open water. The program was supported logistically by PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer, Do Yen Kim and staff from Poseidon Cebu. The course also featured a guest speaker presentation by PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Jean-Pol (JP) Francois from Freediving Planet Moalboal.

Speaking about the event, PADI Territory Director Thomas Knedlik said:

The PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer program brought together experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors from around the globe. It has been incredible to witness the transformation of several national and international Freediving champions, all of whom with extensive experience teaching the PADI Freediver program, leaving the program with the required skills and knowledge to teach the popular PADI Freediver Instructor Course. The tremendous growth in demand for the courses that were released by PADI in 2015 will ensure these new PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers will have plenty of work and the unmatched marketing and business support provided by PADI will help to support the growth of the Freediving industry in its entire.”

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Interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer?

Due to its tremendous success and the demand for additional programs, PADI will be running PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Courses at an ongoing basis, in various locations around the globe.

To apply, candidates will need to be renewed and in teaching status as a PADI Master Freediver Instructor, completed the Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course 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 months, prior to the course date.

For further information about the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, it’s prerequisites, requirements and future programs, please contact your Regional Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

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.