Get to Know Your PADI Regional Training Consultants

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Have you ever wanted to know more about your PADI Regional Training Consultants? Here’s your chance! We asked each of your PADI Regional Training Consultants to answer some questions, to help you get to know them a little better.

Junya Kato – Philippines

Junya Kato - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 25- Philippines.

OW Cert Location: Paihia, New Zealand.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 16 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas.

Highest PADI Rating: Course Director.

What do you love most about diving?: The people and the community.

Mark Wastall – West Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Mark Wastall - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 26 & 87 – Thailand West, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar & Laos

OW Cert Location: Phuket, Taught by an old friend who had emigrated to Thailand. It took all his patience to get me through it!!

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 6+ years.

Bucket List Dive Site:  Raja Ampat or Wakatobi.

Highest PADI Rating:  IDC Staff Instructor.

What do you love most about diving?:  The wide variety of people the sport attracts that you can meet all round the world. Everyone has a story to tell, with a different amazing experience they have had underwater.

Guy Corsellis – East Thailand

Guy Corsellis - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 86 – East Thailand

OW Cert Location: Koh Tao, Thailand.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 23 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Raja Ampat Indonesia and Cenotes Mexico.

Highest PADI Rating: PADI Course Director.

What do you love most about diving?: Meeting people from all over the world and different cultures. The lifestyle diving offers is unique. As an educator watching people have successful careers in the dive industry is very gratifying.

Jeremiah Foo – Malaysia & Singapore

Jeremiah Foo - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 12 – Malaysia & Singapore.

OW Cert Location: Singapore..

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 6 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: South Africa to see the Great Whites.

Highest PADI Rating: Master Instructor.

What do you love most about diving?: Teaching courses and convincing student divers that they are capable of the skills we demonstrate.

Robin Bylund – Indonesia & East Timor

Robin Bylund - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 29 – Indonesia & East Timor.

OW Cert Location: Koh Tao Thailand, 2006.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 10 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Raja Ampat, Cenotes Caves, Truk lagoon .

Highest PADI Rating: PADI Course Director & PADI Examiner .

What do you love most about diving?: The “Silence” blowing bubbles and strong currents .

Robert Scammell – India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka

Robert Scammell - PADI Regional Training Consultant

Region: 30 – India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

OW Cert Location: Started with the CMAS system in Tenerife 33 years ago.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 30 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: In 33 years of diving there are not many places I haven’t enjoyed diving at, so just the opportunity to keep traveling and enjoy new and old adventures with like-minded people.

Highest PADI Rating: Course Director/ Examiner, Tec Deep Tri-Mix Instructor Trainer.

What do you love most about diving?: Opportunities to visit an array of different places and enjoy different types of diving while having good social interaction with like-minded parties.

Why You Should Consider Sri Lanka For Your Next Group Dive Trip

Sri Lanka - White Sand - Beach - Tropical

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robert Scammell

Sri Lanka has probably been one of the best kept secrets for both tourism and for diving. As a country it has a complete diversity of attractions to offer visitors from temples and safaris through to historical monuments. It also offers fantastic reefs and wrecks along with whale and dolphin watching opportunities. Sri Lanka was recently voted by The Lonely Planet as the best country to visit in 2019

Sri Lanka has a lot to offer your divers on the topside. From its historic monuments with the ancient Sigirya city and fortress anchored into its rock. Here you will find the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which is a large temple featuring a sacred tooth relic, the canine tooth of Buddha. Adding to this are amazing national parks such as Udawaleme National Park with native wildlife including birds and elephants. Along with scenic towns such as Galle, famous for its fortress, offering incredible restaurants and markets.

However importantly Sri Lanka offers incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities for your dive group. It has a long established dive industry owned and managed mostly by locals.

Diving typically takes place, due to the monsoon season, on the West coast from late October through to mid to late April and then from late April until mid-October on the East coast, with most business changing locations between the two seasons.

The West coast begins as far south as Mirissa and Unawantuna, offering great boat diving on scenic reefs along with whale watching. Moving north is the historic Dutch Fort Town of Galle through to Hikkaduwa, where the majority of diving is shallow shore reef diving offering an abundance of marine life including turtles. There is also great offshore reefs and wreck diving to explore. Moving north along to the Colombo region you find another popular diving region. Colombo itself offers over 16 wrecks in its coastal waters. Further north and closer to the airport is the Negombo area offering boat diving to local reefs and wrecks.

Moving to the East Coast, diving is mainly based around the port city of Trincomalee and Nilaveli areas. This region offers an array of boat diving on local reefs and around the Pigeon Island area. You and your divers will have opportunities to enjoy the spinner dolphins and whale watching too. If you have technical divers in your group, you can venture further down the South-East coast to the Batticaloa area. This area is home to the famous wreck of HMS Hermes.

Sri Lanka offers something for everyone on your dive group. You and your divers can enjoy a day in the tea plantations, a train ride through the hillsides and a whole array of diving and snorkeling activities to suit all ages. Whether it is a whale watching trip, a relaxing fun dive or a more technical dive experience, Sri Lanka offers it all.

Find out more information on Sri Lanka or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Get to Know Your PADI Regional Manager

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Although most of you talk regularly with your PADI Regional Manager, have you ever wanted to know more about them? We asked each of your PADI Regional Managers to answer some questions to help you get to know them a little better!

  Conny Jeppson – Philippines

Name:  Conny Jeppson.

Region: 25 – Philippines.

OW Cert Location: Sweden.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 11 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Galapagos.

Highest PADI Rating:  Platinum Course Director.

What do you love most about diving?: Sharks, large fish but also to spend time looking for the small critters.

Andy Auer – West Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Name: Andy Auer

Region: 26 – West Thailand , 87- Vietnam and Cambodia.

OW Cert Location: Playa del Carmen Mexico.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 21 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Isla Guadalupe Mexico – great white shark.

Highest PADI Rating: PADI Course Director.

What do you love most about diving?: That with each dive you are able to travel, meet amazing people and always learn something new!

Neil Richards – East Thailand 

Name: Neil Richards.

Region: 86 – East Thailand.

OW Cert Location: Egypt Sharm El Shiek.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 16 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Wolf and Darwin Islands Galapagos.

Highest PADI Rating: Course Director.

What do you love most about diving?: The feeling of being at one with nature, out of my natural element and the anticipation of true wild experiences.  

Neil Davidson – Malaysia & Singapore

Name: Neil Davidson.

Region: 12 – Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

OW Cert Location: Fremantle, West Australia.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 8 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Would love to dive the Galapagos Islands, the marine life looks amazing there!

Highest PADI Rating: PADI Master Instructor.

What do you love most about diving?: I love the peace and quiet of diving, as soon as you descend you’re in your own little world with only the marine life to focus on.

Jen Clent – Indonesia & East Timor

Name: Jen Clent.

Region: 29 – Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

OW Cert Location: Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand.

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 15 years.

Bucket List Dive Site: Too hard to choose one! Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico, Antarctica, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Highest PADI Rating: PADI Course Director and Examiner.

What do you love most about diving?: Getting away from technology and everyday noise to the peacefulness of the underwater world. Seeing amazing creatures in their own habitat going about their day and learning more about how we can protect our blue planet.

PADI First Responder in Action – Dilshan Nanayakkara

Being PADI Professionals, we are all aware of the importance of Emergency First Response (EFR) courses and first aid training in general. The EFR course provides comprehensive first aid training to not only help us prepare for a variety of situations but to also help us properly care for an injured or ill person.

While some of us may think (and hope) that we will never have to use our EFR training in an emergency situation, others have already had to use their EFR skills to save lives. One of these heroic individuals is Sun Diving Center owner, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor Dilshan Nanayakkara. Dilshan was able to use his EFR skills in full force to successfully resuscitate and save an unconscious civilian.

Dilshan Nanayakkara- Diver- Instructor- India

We asked Dilshan some questions about his courageous and brave efforts:

What were you doing before the incident?

I was taking a guest from my PADI Dive Center on a guided snorkelling tour at Jungle Beach, Sri Lanka. We arrived at the site on my dive center boat and snorkelled for around an hour. We then decided to go back to shore which is where I saw around 50 people, oddly gathering together on the beach.

What happened next?

I immediately knew something was wrong so I left my snorkelling gear on the beach and ran towards the crowd. When I reached the crowd I saw a man lying on the ground, lifeless, with his friends crying around him. I told everyone I was a trained Emergency First Responder and knew what to do. Instinctively, I first checked for his pulse – but there was not one. I suddenly started yelling “call for an ambulance!” and rolled the patient onto his side to open and check his airways. After this, I immediately gave him two rescue breaths and began CPR. The only thing running through my head at this point was “I need to save this guy’s life.” After the second round of CPR the patient started vomiting. Then finally after one deep breath, the patient miraculously started breathing again.

Did the ambulance then take over from you?

Unfortunately, Jungle Beach is a location that can’t be reached by ambulance. So I had to make a decision on the best (and fastest) way to get the patient to a hospital. I decided to drive him on my boat and meet the ambulance on the closest main road. From here, I was able to quickly tell the paramedics what I witnessed and what first aid I provided him. Overall, the whole experience ended in around 25 minutes but will remain a learning life experience for me, forever.

How is the patients’ health and recovery since the incident?

The patient’s family called me the night of the incident and told me that the doctors had successfully removed water from his lungs, which means he should get better. A week later the patient was able to be discharged from hospital.

Did your Emergency First Response (EFR) skills help you in this situation?

Yes and without these skills I might not have been able to save this man’s life. Therefore, I want to thank PADI for including the EFR course in the structure of the PADI Rescue Diver course. Without PADI, I wouldn’t have become an EFR Instructor or known how to help save this man’s life.

Why should everyone complete their Emergency First Response (EFR) course?

I think that the EFR course is one of the greatest courses that gives you the most important skills that you could ever learn as a human. I believe that this course is essential to both divers and non-divers as it will help them be prepared for any situation. We will never know when accidents are going to occur or when we might need to save another person’s life. Therefore, it’s imperative that we know how to help an injured or ill person and ultimately, how to save someone’s life, if ever needed.

Dilshan Nanayakkara- Diver- Instructor- India

Congratulations to Dilshan for not only putting your EFR skills to use under extreme circumstances, but for also effectively responding in a manner that was able to successfully save this man’s life.

Become an Emergency First Response Instructor to get the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), Care for Children, CPR & AED course