PADI 5 Star Dive Centre – KIDS SCUBA, MALAYSIA – shown on TV at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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If you happened to be passing through Kuala Lumpur International Airport over the past month, chances are you would have seen TV footage of four PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver students from Kids Scuba, Malaysia, filmed during Mabul World Turtle Day 2013.

The kids are shown scuba diving and receiving their PADI Junior Open Water certificates presented by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, YB Datuk Pang Yuk Ming during the official launch of Mabul World Turtle Day 2013.

The short film was aired on all KLIA TV screens throughout the airport during April and May.

The Mabul World Turtle Day program held in Mabul Island was in collaboration with Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in conjunction with the World Turtle Day 2013 from May 22-24.

The four PADI Junior Open Water Divers – Danial Hafiz, Nur Qamarina, Nur Ainah and Najwa Amni were specially trained in Mabul Island by Syed Abd Rahman, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Kids Scuba and his team – three days prior to the program for the kids to witness the underwater turtle catching and tagging process for scientific research.

You can see the short film from Mabul World Turtle Day featuring Kids Scuba that was screened recently at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, via this YouTube video

Regional Social Networks Connect PADI Members

b2b-social-jan14PADI Members have a place to connect and stay informed. PADI has region-specific social media platforms including Blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages – to provide you with the latest news, announcements and updates taking place in your region.

Connect with your PADI Member social network and stay up-to-date on the latest activities in your area, including upcoming events like PADI Member forums, dive shows and PADI Business Academy workshops. You can also celebrate member milestones and other achievements with your PADI colleagues. Plus, you’ll get effective marketing tips, learn about upcoming product and course releases, find the latest on PADI promotions, and much more.

With multiple language options within each regional social network, it’s easy to engage and share with fellow PADI Members. Select your local network and start clicking, liking, following, tweeting and sharing today!

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First ever PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar held in India

Rob-presenting-uploadPADI Asia Pacific hosted the very first PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar for PADI Members in India on the 27th October, 2013 which took place at the Accord Hotel in Pondicherry, on India’s eastern coast.

The event was conducted by PADI Instructor Examiner Rob Scammell with 20 PADI Members attending.  Many had travelled great distances from locations such as Mumbai, Chennai, the Andaman Islands and also Delhi, which is a journey of 33 hours by bus.

The PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar – a face to face Training and Education Update for PADI Members – is based on the quarterly PADI Training Bulletin.

Pondicherry-small-upload In Pondicherry, the focus was on the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin for 2013, in particular the upcoming PADI Open Water Course Revision.

Following the meeting, Rob Scammell reported, “As this was the first PADI Training Bulletin LIVE seminar to be held in India, it was great to see the support and enthusiasm from the local members and their commitment to PADI”.

PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) – Just two months to go!

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Spread the word!
 There’s still time to advise your students and staff to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  If they are thinking about becoming a PADI Divemaster, now is the time!

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to 31stDecember 2013.

They simply need to enter,** tell us what they enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!

Oliver Furlow  Previous monthly winners in the Live the Diving Dream Contest have been PADI Divemasters, Phil Vossfrom Singapore who entered in July, Ellie Davidsonfrom Exmouth, Western Australia – winner for the month of August and Oliver Furlow from Thailand was the September winner.  Phil, Ellie and Oliver are all now proud owners of Apple iPads.

Do you know a diver who has what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster?  Let them know there’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest.  They simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what they enjoyed about it – to gain a chance to win an Apple iPad!

Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at PADI LIVE THE DIVING DREAM CONTEST

Visit PADI Live the Diving Dream Contest for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.

** No later than 7 days after the last day of the month in which the Entrant completed the Divemaster course.

Bali Scuba Sponsor PADI Professional Training in Bali

Bali ScubaPADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre/Career Development Centre, Bali Scuba recently initiated a 1 year sponsorship program to provide diver training – commencing with the PADI Open Water Diver course through to PADI Divemaster – for one Indonesian National.  Dive Sport Bali have also come on board to provide a full set of diving equipment for the successful candidate.

Always keen advocators of responsible tourism, Bali Scuba, who are based in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, decided to initiate the program in an attempt to support local economies and provide employment for local residents.

Simon Gilbert, one of the owners at Bali Scuba reports, “We wanted to give back to the local community in Bali who have given so much to us. We employ 90% local staff in all roles throughout the business and all of our local PADI Instructors have been trained at our Dive Centre. However, not everyone has the financial means, so we decided to sponsor the training of a keen individual who showed an amazing positive attitude and a desire to achieve.”

Selected for the program and the lucky recipient of this life changing opportunity is 23 year-old, Putu Adri Wisanta (aka ‘Santa’).

Santa_uploadSanta was chosen by Bali Scuba – firstly because he is from Bali – his absolute commitment to the program and to becoming a dive professional. He is also a member of Diana University in Denpasar, Bali and the college outdoor activities club called Mapala. The club focuses on activities that will be useful for the local environment and skills that can be used in programs such as search and recovery, environmental conservation and building artificial reefs.

The Bali Scuba sponsored program began in early October and will run to the end of September 2014.  Santa has already completed his PADI Open Water Course and is now enjoying daily fun dives before commencing his PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

Visit Bali Scuba at Jalan Danau Poso 46 Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Telephone:  +62 (0) 361 288610   Mobile (call or text): +62 (0) 857 3929 2642
Email:  or visit their Website:


Request for Your “Best Teaching Tips Ever” Feature

The Undersea Journal  is currently accepting contributions for a “Best Teaching Tips from the Field” feature that will publish in the fourth quarter issue. This article will detail the best tips, tricks, strategies, pointers, words-to-the-wise and any other expert advice you can offer to fellow pros based on your experience as a passionate diver and professional.

Here’s a list of basic topics: Travel, Equipment, Skills, Training, Photography, Marine Life and Lifestyle. Any aspect of the dive life is open. Here are a few examples:

  • Travel: When planning a group trip to a new destination, partner with a PADI Dive Centre or Resort in that destination to help co-host your event.
  • Equipment: Always know the latest scuba gear, so if your student divers have questions about their new BCDs, you can easily help them.
  • Lifestyle: To get divers interacting on your next dive boat adventure, bring along a bag of candy to pass around during surface intervals.

Please submit your tips by 1 July and, if your tips are used, your name, location and dive centre (if applicable) will be included in the magazine.

CONGRATULATIONS to PRO DIVE CAIRNS – issuing 130,000 PADI certifications!

Pro Dive Cairns 130,000 7.6.13Pro Dive Cairns made history in the diving industry this week when they issued their 130,000th PADI certification. A remarkable achievement to be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) as a significant landmark.

It was also an occasion new PADI Open Water Diver Thomas Morey will remember well, as Pro Dive Cairns 130,000th student.

Thomas first tried a few introductory dives when sailing the Whitsundays and loved it so much he just had to dive again.

On the first open water dive off Cairns Thomas admits he was a little apprehensive, but gradually became more familiar with the ocean and just enjoyed himself. “I had an absolutely awesome time both in the pool and the ocean, making for a thoroughly enjoyable course”.

Off to New Zealand next to try the diving there, Thomas adds, “I love the freedom diving brings, the extra dimension of movement makes it feel almost like you’re flying. It’s also a really great way of getting up close and personal with some of the world’s best wildlife. So far I’ve seen everything I’d hoped to, a personal highlight were the sharks and turtles”.

This year Pro Dive Cairns General Manager, Paul Lim and his staff celebrated 30 years of dedication and commitment to quality scuba diver training and dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef. Commenting on the company’s milestones, Paul declared,

“All the staff at Pro Dive Cairns are extremely proud of our achievement. We have worked hard to build our reputation over the years on an ongoing philosophy of ‘quality over quantity’ with a commitment and dedication to providing the best possible dive education and liveaboard dive trips. The fact that so many people have chosen Pro Dive Cairns to teach them to dive or take them diving on the Great Barrier Reef is very satisfying and further reinforces our philosophy.

Our longevity in business over the past 30 years, especially in challenging times like the present, is an outstanding testament to the dedication and professionalism of all our staff, past and present, as well as the quality and reputation of our product.”

Please join PADI Asia Pacific in congratulating the team at Pro Dive Cairns on reaching the remarkable milestone of 130,000 PADI certifications. Since 1983 the two companies have shared a strong and successful business partnership and are looking forward to sharing more success in the years ahead.

For further information about Pro Dive Cairns, visit