PADI Instructor Examinations for November 2018

2-Nov-18 | Komodo, Indonesia


3-Nov-18 | Khao Lak, Thailand


3-Nov-18 | Shenzhen, China


3-Nov-18 | Uljin, South Korea


3-Nov-18 | Auckland, New Zealand


3-Nov-18 | Bali, Indonesia


6-Nov-18 | Gili Islands, Indonesia


7-Nov-18 | Tauranga, New Zealand


9-Nov-18 | Amed, Indonesia


10-Nov-18 | Nha Trang, Vietnam


11-Nov-18 | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka


14-Nov-18 | Ao Nang, Thailand


14-Nov-18 | Koh Chang, Thailand


14-Nov-18 | Wellington, New Zealand


14-Nov-18 | Dunedin, New Zealand


15-Nov-18 | Dumaguete, Philippines


17-Nov-18 | Christchurch, New Zealand


17-Nov-18 | Melbourne, Australia


17-Nov-18 | Sydney, Australia


17-Nov-18 | Papeete, French Polynesia


18-Nov-18 | Bohol, Philippines


20-Nov-18 | Koh Tao, Thailand


21-Nov-18 | Cebu, Philippines


23-Nov-18 | Kenting, Taiwan


24-Nov-18 | Puerto Galera, Philippines


24-Nov-18 | Jeju Island, South Korea


27-Nov-18 | Moalboal, Philippines


27-Nov-18 | Pondicherry, India

PADI Awards Medal of Valor to Thailand Cave Rescuers Who Represent Diving’s Finest Hour

Leadership and rescue divers instrumental in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand earlier this year were the first-ever recipients of PADI’s Medal of Valor. This high distinction was awarded to Rick Stanton, John Volanthen, Dr. Richard Harris, Dr. Craig Challen, Jason Mallinson, Chris Jewell and Jim Warny. The courage, strength, honor and dignity displayed during the rescue operation propelled the PADI organization to create the medal to formally recognize their contributions to one of diving’s greatest moments in history. Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson represented this distinguished group and accepted the PADI Medal of Valor at the PADI® Social on 13 November during DEMA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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In June and July 2018, the world watched as top cave divers and other experts from around the globe converged in Thailand to find and save the “Wild Boars” soccer team, which had become trapped deep inside the Tham Luang cave system. For 18 days, the international effort involved more than 1,000 men and women, who combined their collective talents for the extraordinary recovery of the team.

“It was an awe-inspiring example of humanity at its best, focused on a single noble purpose,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “This complex rescue operation demonstrated action and focus propelled by the unshakeable conviction that those boys would not die on diving’s watch. Rick Stanton, Jason Mallinson and everyone who was part of this effort faced and accepted the difficulties, dangers and risks inherent in the rescue. On behalf of the entire PADI family, it is an honor to recognize these heroes and extend our immense gratitude for representing diving’s finest hour.”

 

Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were a driving force in the Thai cave rescue operation. The pair was the first to discover the soccer team, which had been trapped in the flooded cave for nine days at the time they were found. Together, with Mallinson and Jewell, the divers led the dive rescue and carried the boys out of the cave to safety. Both Stanton and Volanthen are regarded as two of Britain’s foremost cave divers, with more than 35 years’ experience in extreme cave dives and rescues, having led a number of high-profile rescue attempts in the past.

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Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris played a critical role in the rescue, administering sedatives to the boys to facilitate their extraction under extreme and complex conditions. Working in anesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia, Harris has expertise in cave diving, wilderness medicine and remote area health. Dr. Craig Challen, an Australian cave explorer, early adopter of closed-circuit mixed-gas rebreathers and avid wreck diver, dived alongside Harris facilitating the successful execution of the rescue.

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Jason Mallinson and Chris Jewell were integral to the mission, taking food to the those trapped and working alongside Stanton and Volanthen to carry the boys out through the flooded sections of cave. Mallinson is an exploration and rescue cave diver with 30 years in the field. His achievements have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world. He has assisted in multiple rescues and is a member of the United Kingdom’s international cave-dive rescue team. Jewell is a UK-based exploratory cave diver with more than 12 years’ experience leading cave diving. Belgian cave diver Jim Warny, who currently resides in Ireland, was instrumental in the coach’s extraction.

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“Their daring mission is a wonderful opportunity to show the world what the diving community is made of, and what can be accomplished through a combination of proper training, trust, courage, passion and perseverance,” says Richardson.

The Early Days in Nusa Lembongan…and 20 years on!

Reaching a 20th birthday is worth celebrating! World Diving Lembongan recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of PADI Resort and Retail Association membership and owner John his 25th! Below is a bit about their journey.

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About 22 years ago, a young British couple made their way to a then unknown island, Nusa Lembongan, off the coast of Bali. There they found pristine beaches with crystal clear water, friendly people who welcomed them to their island and their homes, and an amazing underwater world full of stunning corals with spectacular fish.  This adventurous couple wanted to dive but there was no one on the island offering this facility.  This lack of provision however sowed the seed of an idea on that visit. That idea flourished, changing the face of tourism on Nusa Lembongan all those years ago.

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Mark and Shirley, that brave young couple, stayed on the island for nearly eight years, training and employing all local staff as divemasters and boat captains.  They developed World Diving Lembongan and it became a flourishing, successful dive centre.  John Chapman & Sue Beebe took over in 2005 and said that this was “when the hard work had already been done”!

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Since 2005, tourism has grown exponentially on Nusa Lembongan.  There are now dozens of guesthouses, one or two bijou boutique hotels, bars, spas, private villas, restaurants serving a variety of meals from a simple dish of freshly caught fish to a culinary experience of haute cuisine, and at the last count, over thirty dive centres!

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As more and more divers have discovered how spectacular the underwater world here is, more centres have opened to provide for this ever increasing number of visitors.  John and Sue count their blessings daily- “witnessing a world class underwater environment, working with fantastic local staff, enjoying the fascinating ceremonies, and experiencing being part of the World Diving and Pondok Baruna family, we know how truly fortunate we are.  Despite all the progress on the island, the underlying strength of the island’s culture is still there, maintaining it as a magical island where we can all, indeed, feel privileged to witness this wonderful paradise”.

Highlights from the 20th birthday party celebration can be seen here

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It’s loyal  PADI members like these that contribute to the success not only of PADI, but of the entire diving industry! Congratulations once again on the success of World Diving Lembongan and for reaching your 20th anniversary as a valued PADI Dive Centre and John for reaching your 25th! We look forward to seeing the business continue long into the future!

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To find out more about the benefits of becoming a PADI Dive Centre or Resort please visit PADI.com. To view more photos from the previous 20 years of World Diving Lembongan, click here.

Save On Your 2019 PADI Membership with Auto Renewal

We appreciate you choosing PADI as your diver training organisation throughout 2018 and the hard work you’ve done maintaining your PADI Professional Membership.

2019 PADI Professional Membership Renewal starts this month and below is an easy way to save the most on your PADI Membership.

The best option with the lowest renewal rate is to make sure you are signed up for Automatic Membership Renewal on the PADI Pros’ Site before the 15th November 2018.

You can find this feature on the My Account page or by clicking the button located on the homepage. If you are already enrolled, log on and make sure your credit card information including expiry date is still current. You should have received an email if you are currently not signed up or your credit card details have expired.

There will also be other options later this year for PADI Professional Membership Renewal including Online Membership Renewal as well as the traditional Paper Membership Renewal however to save time and money consider signing up for Automatic Membership Renewal today.

Visit the PADI Pros’ Site to sign up for Automatic Membership Renewal.