Indonesia Earthquake update

Indonesia made headlines this week after several large earthquakes hit the area of West Nusa Tenggara. These earthquakes, some reaching 7.0 on the Richter scale, caused widespread damage across Lombok and the three Gili Islands. Sadly, many lives have been lost and many changed forever. Homes, and businesses sustained damage or have been destroyed and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected.

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Providing food to those in need

Dive Community Sticking Together

Since these events took place the dive community has rallied together to not only support each other but also look after the many tourists and locals who were left sleeping outdoors and trying to find news of their loved ones. Tourists were offered beds, food, water and comfort as everyone banded together as a community.

PADI Asia Pacific and the regional team here in Indonesia are very happy to report that we have been able to contact nearly every one of our members affected and so far, all are safe.

Updates from PADI Dive Shops and Instructors

Since the earthquakes, PADI Dive Shops and other dive operators have been contacted by many incoming travellers to the affected areas about whether they can continue with their travel plans. So, here is an insight provided by PADI Members on the ground in the affected areas of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno and Lombok.

Many of the businesses in Lombok and the Gili Islands are temporarily closed. Although many businesses only suffered minor damage and could potentially re-open already, the Islands have been without power, internet, running water and basic essentials to run.

The priority right now is to help the locals in the worst hit areas. Most of the local staff at the dive operations in this area come from the worst hit areas in Lombok. This will continue to be the core focus before businesses re-open and ask anyone to come back to work.

Trawangan Dive Centre Manager Sarah Best had this to say:

“The immediate effect of the earthquake was horrific. Buildings had completely collapsed, people were injured and there was widespread panic that a tsunami was going to hit. Everyone was running to get to the top of the hill. The tsunami warning was removed quickly, but tremors carried on throughout the night, which was terrifying. Most people slept up on the hill and outside.

The island was evacuated the next day and by the evening of the 7th, the island was completely deserted apart from the remaining few who wanted to stay to protect their businesses. With no power, very little communication and security concerns this was probably the worst night for those who stayed behind.

Five days on and we are making amazing progress into restoring the island. An incredible team have rallied together to protect businesses, clean up, feed the horses and cats and keep things moving forward. They hope to have mains power by tomorrow. Others who have evacuated to Bali are now teaming up to provide urgent food, water and medical supplies for the people in Lombok who have lost their homes. Many of the dive shops are now pooling resources and working together as a team to make sure that all areas of Lombok are covered since there are hundreds of villages requiring urgent supplies. Donations are desperately needed to help with the immediate relief for hundreds of homeless people around Lombok”.

Sander Buis, owner of Oceans 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air has begun the clean up and is one of the many people raising funds to assist local communities. Sander had this to say:

“Dive centers, from all organizations, are working together with other businesses to give aid to the local community and maintain stability on the 3 Islands. During these days of the disaster we became a real community; helping and supporting each other. We were communicating not only on Gili Air but also with the other 2 islands and of course Lombok. All kinds of businesses have set up fund raising programs for their staff in Lombok. We are working all together to give the support where people need it. For now it’s food and blankets.

I will never get use to the shock, or the earthquakes. The impact is massive. But because we are all together at night and seeing each other a lot during the day we know we are not alone”.

What Can You Do to Help?

Continue with your travel plans! Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands – 4 of these islands are not quite ready to accept tourism but the rest of them, including neighbouring Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are business as usual.

Bringing business to Indonesia is key to assist getting things back to normal and once businesses reopen they need customers to eat in the restaurants, people to sleep in the hotels and divers to go diving.

You can also donate to any number of the organisations and individuals raising money on the ground here to buy food, bedding, clothing and provide drinking water.

Many of the dive centre’s have set up Go Fund Me pages to raise much needed funds to buy supplies, clothing, bedding and building materials.

Alternatively some additional links below:

If you are looking for alternative areas to dive within Indonesia check out the PADI Dive Shop Locator for an up to date list.

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The Undersea Journal – Third Quarter 2018 – Now Available

Each quarter The Undersea Journal is filled with stories and articles that help you stay informed and inspired as a PADI Professional.

The Third Quarter 2018 edition includes articles on Productivity as a PADI Pro, Best Practices on creating MSDs, The Launch of AWARE Week, Dive Travel & Continuing Education, Family Additions, and much more.

In addition to the printed magazine there are several digital reading options for this useful publication:

If you’ve opted for the printed version, it will continue to be delivered to your mailing address.

Any questions please contact customerservice.ap@padi.com.

Welcome to our newest PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in Indonesia & Timor-Leste.

It has been a busy year so far in Indonesia and Timor-Leste and despite a few hiccups from mother nature, the industry here is moving forward in leaps and bounds! The high season has kicked in and the diving is sensational.

With consistent certification growth for more than 10 years in a row, the market continues to expand and many are investing into dive businesses across the country.

The great thing about this area of the world is that in some ways it is still an untapped market. For those with a passion for the ocean, a smart business sense and a love for the people and country, the opportunities are endless.

With the strength of the PADI brand behind them, the benefits of membership and the local support on the ground, the below members have chosen PADI as their preferred training organisation so far in 2018:

PADI Dive operations who have joined in 2018:

Our loyal PADI Dive Operations below also deserve a big congratulations for achieving the next level of PADI Membership and have recently upgraded to 5 Star or IDC status Dive Operations:

If you would like to stand out from the crowd and add more to your business there are many additional Dive Centre and Resort awards and ratings available such as becoming a PADI Freediver  or TecRec Centre along with applying for the Green Star Award and becoming 100% AWARE

Once again congratulations to all of the above stores and thank you, to not only them but to all our valued PADI Members who continually support PADI to ensure a healthy and growing industry.

For more information on various business levels of PADI Membership, it’s benefits and how to get started please visit PADI.com or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

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Grow Your Business with the New PADI Travel Affiliate Program for PADI Dive Centres

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The PADI Travel™ Affiliate Program – a benefit for all PADI Dive Centres – is now available.

Divers want to swim with beautiful fish, see colourful reefs and explore unique underwater environments. Travel is a proven way to keep them engaged, active and, ultimately, have them continue their education and invest in dive equipment.

In January, PADI Travel™ launched with the goals of growing the dive industry and keeping divers more engaged and active. Today marks the launch of the new PADI Travel Affiliate Program as a powerful new service for you to grow your business.

The Travel Affiliate Program enables you to earn generous commissions by referring divers to PADI Travel. It increases your in-store sales by driving more divers to your store and helps you become even more successful with group trips.

Learn more about the program and activate your account today on affiliates.padi.com.

2018 PADI Elite Instructor Award Reminder

With more than half the year now behind us, it’s a great time to check your current certifications count to see how you’re tracking. You may be on track to receive a 2018 PADI Elite Instructor Award and you can make plans on how to reach your desired milestone by the end of the year.

What is the Elite Instructor Award? The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI Professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives a means to promote the elite status to student divers, potential students and prospective employers.

Top certifying PADI Instructors will receive the Elite Instructor Award for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or more than 300 certifications in 2018.

They will also receive an e-badge to include on emails, websites, blogs, and social media pages. Winners will be notified during the first quarter of next year.

For more information, including qualifying certifications, visit the PADI Elite Instructor Award page on the PADI Pros’ Site.

To see your current certifications count, view your Students Count Report.

If you have any questions please contact customerservice.ap@padi.com.

Action on the Ground: World Oceans Day

It was so great to see so many communities coming together all over the world for World Oceans Day last month. With so much action on the ground and readily accessible education available, the future is bright and through these actions I believe it is possible to make a difference and help our ocean planet!

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The dive community in particular is in a unique position to lead this change as essentially, the ocean is our office and if the office lights are out where would we go to work?

Only when we show the world the beauty and wonder (along with the human impact) of our oceans will people learn to care and advocate for our oceans going forward.

Through education and initiatives by the dive community we can encourage everyone all over the world to start making life choices which will positively impact our planet.

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The small island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia did exactly that last month for World Oceans Day 2018.  Coming together as a community, raising awareness, educating locals and tourists about ongoing action we can all take, the weekend was a huge success and something which can and should be emulated in the future.

In conjunction with the Gili Eco Trust – an NGO based on Gili Trawangan, many of the small islands dive businesses came together, promoting and running conservation events across the weekend of June 8th/9th. Both the local community (including many of the children), divers, instructors in training, and tourists got involved.

Hosting marine conservation presentations and encouraging divers to complete their PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course, many divers learned techniques to safely collect the debris and used both the Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® App and the data card to record and submit the data which is then added to a global map which is available to see here.

Reporting the data

Not only did the weekend create many new Dive Against Debris Specialty divers but one of the local Course Director’s who was in the middle of an Instructor Development Course also encouraged the candidates to complete their Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor rating over the weekend.

All this action on the ground contributes to a global picture enabling us to see what specific items are found in specific locations. This helps identify areas around the world where waste prevention efforts are needed most.

Below is a global snapshot of what is currently being removed and reported to Project AWARE:Ten Branches Chart Slide Template 1

When we zoom in on the data provided by members in Indonesia, we find that the top 10 items found underwater in Indonesia based on past surveys are;

  • Food Wrappers (plastic),
  • Plastic Fragments,
  • Bags – Grocery/Retail (plastic),
  • Beverage Bottles: less than 2 litres (plastic),
  • Bags: Trash (plastic),
  • Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons (plastic),
  • Containers: Fast Food, Lunch Boxes & Similar,
  • Clothing,
  • Cloth Fragments, and
  • Paper, Cardboard Fragments.

Happy divers getting involved!

Of course to encourage participation in events like this (and ensuring they are successful) making learning and participation fun is key! Games are a fantastic way of doing this when you have children involved such as having kids pick which trash goes in which rubbish bin.

Identifying which trash goes in which bin

Another idea is to show how easy it is to reuse trash – these kids and volunteers were making underwater critters out of recycled plastics and debris – jellyfish and sea turtles were just some of the marine creatures made.

Getting the children involved in key!

With a global movement underway it is fantastic to see this kind of passion from our valued members out there not only teaching the world to dive but including a message of conservation every step of the way!

A huge shout out to all our members who got involved, not only on World Oceans Day, but who do their bit every single day out there in all corners of the world!

For more information on how to get involved visit the Project AWARE Website or sign up for a conservation focused specialty instructor rating at your local dive centre or resort. Visit the conservation area on PADI.com to learn more about adopting a dive site in your local area.

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.