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PADI Instructor Examinations for September, 2017

6 Oct

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in September.

01 September | Taipei, Taiwan

02 September | Sydney, Australia

05 September | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

07 September | Bangkok, Thailand

09 September | Kunming, China

10 September | Goa, India

11 September | Cebu, Philippines

11 September | Hoi An, Vietnam

13 September | Pondicherry, India

14 September | Nha Trang, Vietnam

15 September | Bohol, Philippines

16 September | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

16 September | Phuket, Thailand

16 September | Qingdao, China

18 September | Puerto Galera, Philippines

19 September | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 September | Semporna, Malaysia

21 September | Bohol, Philippines

23 September | Shanghai, China

30 September | Bali, Indonesia

5 Tips for PADI Divemasters Looking to Become Instructors

27 Sep

Written by Guy Corsellis, PADI Regional Training Consultant for East Thailand

I recently received recognition for 20 years as a PADI Professional – a proud moment for me. Now, as a PADI Regional Training Consultant, I look back at two decades in the industry and am grateful for the journey I have been on. It has been a passion that becomes a wonderful career.

Prior to this role, as a Course Director, most of my career has been focused on instructor level training, which brings me to my question – have you thought about becoming a PADI Instructor?

Getting this ticket truly allows you to travel the world and meet some incredible industry colleagues. It is still the dream job for young and/or innovative people. If you feel comfortable helping others, if you love the ocean as much as I do and if you’re ready to be a student for life, you will have a bright future as a PADI Instructor.

Once you have decided to take this step, please allow me to share of few tips on how to become successful.

  1. Remain humble and stay positive. Being positive and optimistic and smiling by default, will motivate and inspire others around you. You will touch the lives of so many as a PADI Instructor, so make sure it’s a positive memory you leave them with. Be more than a role model – be a mentor. Remember, that the PADI system of diver education is student-centered. So display proper attitude at all times and leave your ego at the door.
  2. Persevere and expand your knowledge. Stay updated on new diving techniques, advancements in technology and equipment changes. Continue your own education and be a student yourself. That will help you understand how your students may feel under your tuition. Consider enrolling in programs that make you a stronger ambassador to the underwater environment. Divers today want to learn from those who care about something bigger than themselves.
  3. Be punctual, organized and adaptable. People depend on your choices. You are there to show our future divers proper attitude. Arrive early for classroom or confined sessions. Make sure everything is set up and ready to go when your divers arrive. Accept that logistics in your PADI Dive Centre do change and are dependent on many factors. Dive Center owners need flexible instructors that know how to adapt to unexpected situations or when under pressure.
  4. Be sociable and available. It is important to spend time with your diver students. Not just in a classroom or in the water, but during surface intervals and breaks. Remember that sociable and professional often go hand in hand (more on professionalism later). Take and make the time to have lunch with your divers. Your body and brain need food to perform at an optimum. Lunch with your students is the perfect moment in time to share experiences with your divers and become friends. At the end of the day don’t run home when the clock strikes 5:00pm, take the time to debrief and listen to your student’s needs.
  5. Be professional. You will be judged against expectations and standards. Your image and competence is important. Respect your students and pay attention to how you communicate with them. Be committed, courteous and supportive. We all learn differently, so listen to their needs.

I strongly believe that these few tips will help you to have a long and successful career. If you’re currently a part-time Divemaster, it may be a challenge for you to leave behind another career that you’re attached too. I made the choice to become a full time Instructor some time ago and never regretted it. Change is positive.

With the right attitude becoming a PADI Instructor will be a life changing event. Get out there and visit a PADI IDC or CDC near you and earn the most sought-after credential in the diving industry.

Best of success!

PADI Rescue Diver Workshop in Bangkok

12 Sep

In August 2017, PADI Members gathered in Bangkok to attend the PADI Rescue Diver Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to refresh and further develop the skills required to teach the Rescue Diver course. It also gave attendees the opportunity to raise any queries they had and speak with PADI Staff directly.

As part of the workshop, PADI representatives gave updates on the revised Rescue Diver course materials, as well as a demonstration of relevant digital products and the online processing system.

This was followed by the group observing and practising skills required when teaching the Rescue Diver course. Attendees also took part in an introduction to freediving under the instruction of PADI Freediver Instructor Ploy Malaiwongs.

Speaking about the event, PADI Territory Director, Tim Hunt, said:

“Thanks to everyone involved in the PADI Rescue Diver workshop in Bangkok. We believe it’s important that PADI Members feel confident in the skills and materials required to deliver courses and this workshop provided us with an opportunity to support this. It was great to see so many enthusiastic members in Bangkok and we look forward to hosting similar workshops in the future.”

For information about future events, keep an eye on the PADI Blog or speak with your Regional Manager.


Video by Napaket (Apple) Limthanakit

PADI Instructor Examinations for July, 2017

9 Aug

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in July.

05 July | Tauranga, New Zealand

05 July | Puerto Galera, Philippines

08 July | Boracay, Philippines

09 July | Miri, Malaysia

11 July | Kunming, China

11 July | Dumaguete, Philippines

12 July | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

12 July | Pattaya, Thailand

14 July | Cebu, Philippines

14 July | Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

15 July | Amed, Indonesia

15 July | Phuket, Thailand

17 July | El Nido, Philippines

18 July | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 July | Gili Islands, Indonesia

22 July | Sydney, Australia

22 July | Bali, Indonesia

22 July | Jakarta, Indonesia

26 July | Bohol, Philippines

PADI Instructor Examinations for April, 2017

6 May

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in April, 2017.

1 – 3 | Moalboal, Philippines

3 – 5 | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

4 – 6 | Bohol, Philippines

5 – 7 | Whitianga, New Zealand

6 – 8 | Goa, India

6 – 8 | Koh Lanta, Thailand

7 – 9 | Cebu, Philippines

7 – 9 | Malapascua, Philippines

8 – 10 | Bali, Indonesia

12 – 14 | Mabul, Malaysia

12 – 14 | Miri, Malaysia

15 – 17 | Semporna, Malaysia

19 – 21 | Perhentian Island, Malaysia

22 – 24 | Phuket, Thailand

22 – 24 | Shenzhen, China

22 – 24 | Tioman Island, Malaysia

23 – 25 | El Nido, Philippines

25 – 27 | Koh Tao, Thailand

25 – 27 | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

26 – 28 | Dunedin, New Zealand

26 – 28 | Gold Coast, Australia

28 – 30 | Jeju Island, South Korea

PADI Instructor Examinations for March, 2017

10 Apr

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in March, 2017!

1 – 3 | Gili Islands, Indonesia

2 – 3 | Bangkok, Thailand

4 – 6 | Bali, Indonesia

7 – 9 | Havelock Island, Andamans India

10 – 12 | Kenting, Taiwan

12 – 14 | Koh Chang, Thailand

15 – 17 | Koh Lanta, Thailand

15 – 17 | Pattaya, Thailand

17 – 19 | Dumaguete, Philippines

18 – 20 | Phuket, Thailand

18 – 20 | Sydney, Australia

20 – 22 | Cebu, Philippines

21 – 23 | Koh Tao, Thailand

25 – 27 | Phu Quoc, Vietnam

31 – 2 April | Nha Trang, Vietnam

PADI Instructor Examinations for February, 2017

9 Mar

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in February, 2017.

4-5 – Sydney, Australia

4-5 – Cairns, Australia

6-7 – Koh Lanta, Thailand

7-8 – Gold Coast, Australia

10-11 – Perth, Australia

11-12 – Moalboal, Philippines

14-15 – Bohol, Philippines

15-16 – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

17-18 – Moalboal, Philippines

18-19 – Phuket, Thailand

18-19 – Semporna, Malaysia

18-19 – Jeju Island, South Korea

18-19 – Papeete, French Polynesia

20-21 – Malapascua, Philippines

21-22 – Koh Tao, Thailand

22-23 – Manado, Indonesia

28-01 – Lembongan, Indonesia