Congratulations Temple Adventures Pondicherry India

PADI 5 Star IDC Center Temple Adventures in India Pondicherry has always worked well and close with the local community with the aim to bring Scuba Diving and PADI Courses closer to local governmental and non-governmental organization.


As so it happened last month again over 2 weekends when PADI Instructor Aravint Tharunsri and his team from Temple Adventures participated actively on the National Coastal Security day conducting and demonstrating various exercises like a Tsunami rescue response Scenario.


This Participation also had the effect that for the first time the in History the Tamil Nadu Marine Police and Coast Security team got certified as PADI Open Water Divers. Not only they had great training and a lot of fun while doing there PADI Open Water courses. they also helped on an underwater clean up where a significant amount of ghost and reef suffocation fishing nets where removed.


Well done PADI IDC Centre Temple Adventures! Keep up the good work …


PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership awarded to Sairee Cottage Diving, Koh Tao

50022_5Star_DiveResortPADI Asia Pacific is thrilled to welcome our latest 5 Star Dive Resort Sairee Cottage Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand.

Located on the stunning Sairee Beach, Sairee Cottage Diving facilities include modern classrooms purposely built with multi-language teaching aids and flat screen TVs, and a dedicated swimming pool for scuba diving training.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Resorts that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness

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Sairee Cottage Diving offer courses from beginners to advanced levels including a comprehensive choice of PADI specialties and professional levels such as the PADI Divemaster rating. 

Business owner Trevor, when opening Sairee Cottage Diving back in 2007, had 2 goals: provide excellent scuba diving training and emphasize quality rather than quantity.

About the recent PADI 5 Star award Trevor says “I’m very excited to be part of the PADI family and to represent the leading diving organisation in the world”.

Congratulations to Trevor for achieving this important rating. Well done!

Awards for Trawangan Dive and Simon Liddiard

Trawangan Dive Team CDC Award 26.8.13PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Hans Ullrich recently paid a visit to Trawangan Dive on the island of Gili Trawangan off Lombok in Indonesia to award co-founder and owner, Simon Liddiard and his team with the prestigious PADI Career Development Center (CDC) Award.

Trawangan Dive joined PADI in 2005 as a PADI Dive Resort, became a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort one year later, then in 2010 – a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort. Last year Trawangan Dive were the first dive centre in the Lombok region to achieve the PADI Green Star status for their commitment to protecting and conserving the environment.

Simon Liddiard also discovered the famous Japanese wreck; after hearing the story from a local fisherman when he arrived on Gili Trawangan 25 years ago, he spent a month searching for it. Trawangan Dive is one of only two dive centers to have the GPS co-ordinates for the wreck and as such there are relatively few people who have dived it.

Over the years Simon and his colleagues have become some of the most knowledgeable dive professionals in the industry, particularly when it comes to Indonesia and the Gili Islands.The PADI Career Development Center Award is the highest PADI award for Members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations . The award is presented to PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centers who’ve met extra requirements including the provision of a 6 week Career Development programme, two PADI Course Directors on staff and a graduate job placement service.

Hans and Simon Liddiard Trawangan Dive 26.8.13PADI 5 Star Career Development Centers are businesses which offer professional development beyond regular instructor training. These businesses offer vocational based continuing education training to prepare individuals for dive industry careers and provide job placement services within the dive industry.  PADI Members and the dive industry at large benefit from the PADI 5 Star Career Development Centers’ commitment to professional development and excellence through their unique ability to provide qualified candidates to fill industry employment needs.

Completion of the 6 week Career Development program at a CDC allows candidates to complete their PADI Instructor Examination earlier than may normally be possible.

“As the only PADI CDC Center in Lombok, the staff of Trawangan Dive are very proud of their achievements and are committed to providing an on-going, high level of education in both professional and non-professional dive education,” explains Simon.

Another reason for the visit to Lombok was also to award Simon with a PADI 20 Year Membership Certificate for his high level of commitment to PADI over the past 20+ years.

Simon has been living and diving the waters around the Gili Islands and other parts of Indonesia since 1990. He is a PADI Course Director and has been an Instructor since 1986.

Simon also discovered the famous Japanese wreck; after hearing the story from a local fisherman when he arrived on Gili Trawangan 25 years ago, he spent a month searching for it. Trawangan Dive is one of only two dive centers to have the GPS co-ordinates for the wreck and as such, there are relatively few people who have dived it.

Congratulations to Simon Liddiard on achieving 20 Years of PADI Membership and to all the team at Trawangan Dive for their commitment and diligence in achieving the PADI Career Development Center award.

Terry Cummins Awarded OAM

Terry Cummins TERRY CUMMINS who retired from PADI recently to pursue other interests after 30 plus years of service, was this week awarded one of Australia’s highest honours – The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Awarded for his contribution to sport, especially scuba diving, Terry has spent an eventful week providing several interviews for local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations following the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.

Although the OAM award was recognised immediately, Terry advises that the official award presentation will be conducted by the Governor General of Australia in Canberra (Australia’s capital) sometime in September/October, later this year.

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Recipients of honours in the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life with nominations in the General Division of the Order coming directly from the community.

A highly regarded industry leader and a steadfast icon in the Australian dive market, Terry represented PADI in many capacities, making countless contributions to the development of the dive industry and PADI Internationally.

Terry joined PADI in 1972 as a PADI Member.  He retired late last year as International Vice President – Marketing Metrics and Performance, PADI Worldwide and, Director – Market Development for the Technical Diving Division.

In the early 1970’s, along with other dive professionals, Terry established PADI’s presence in Australia and in 1982, formed PADI Australia Pty Ltd.  He was later appointed to Director of Operations and eventually Chief Executive Officer, successfully leading PADI Australia as CEO until 1999.  That year he was instrumental in transitioning PADI Australia into PADI Asia Pacific and served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

Along with many PADI accreditations and awards presented to him in the past, Terry has also been recognised for his work on many dive clubs and committees over the years, e.g. Australian Scuba Council, Standards Australia, Dive Australia, Dive Queensland, DEMA Asia Pacific and Project AWARE. Other significant industry awards he has received or played a part in are; Intervarsity Marine Knowledge and Spearfishing Champion way back in the early ‘70s, Dive Australia Scuba Excellence, Oceanic Legend, and at OZTeK in 2007, was recognised for “The Support and Development of Technical Diving in Australia”.

Terry remarked, “I would like to thank everyone at PADI for being part of my life and the obvious role they played in me being honoured with this most prestigious of all awards.”

Please join PADI as we congratulate Terry Cummins on receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), which is indeed a momentous honour.