ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’

ScubaEarth ‘How To Videos’ are now available on the PADI Pros youtube channel.

The short 1-2 minute videos show step by step how to set up your profile, promote staff, add manufacturers to your gear locker and more.

Stayed tuned for more videos coming soon.

Hidden Depths Diving Achieve PADI 5 Star Rating

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On the small paradise island of Koh Lanta, South of Thailand, lies a small family-operated PADI Dive Centre “Hidden Depths Diving” http://www.hiddendepthsdiving.com/koh-lanta/

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Hidden Depths first became a PADI PRRA member in 2011, when their small business venture sparked into life thanks to the four main owners, who are all diving enthusiasts and wanted to open their own business concentrating on great customer service with value for money, Professional PADI courses http://www.hiddendepthsdiving.com/dive-courses/open-water-dive, but most importantly, offering that perfect family feeling, knowing that when the diving is over, the fun and friendship still continues.

Over the past 18 months Hidden Depths Diving have been working towards achieving one of their main goals, which was to become a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. This rating is only awarded to PADI centres who have met all of the PADI 5 Star  prerequisites and continue to show a great safety record.

This efficiently run PADI 5 Star centre, is now home to more than 5 PADI Instructors including two of the owners Rich and Gary

Michelle Morgan –  PADI Instructor
Cynthia Oulette – Instructor
Gary Eldridge – Owner Instructor
Rich Mean – Owner Instructor
Steffan Schlenk – Instructor

Along 4 well-trained Thai boat crew to help with the days adventure http://www.hiddendepthsdiving.com/about-us/speedboat/
Bao – Boat Captain (small chappie)
Did – Boat Engineer

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You are always warmly welcomed by Jo and Ali who mange the day-to-day business of this successful PADI 5 Star Centre. Without them, the daily routine of idyllic diving, and well organised boat trips with certainly fall short. You can contact them anytime of day info.hiddendepths@gmail.com

PADI and PADI Regional Manager Tony Andrews, would like to send a huge congratulations to Hidden Depths for achieving the rating of 5 Star Dive Centre.

If you would like to know more about diving in Thailand, please contact tony.andrews@padi.com.au

PADI Business Academy – Dates for 2013

PADI Retailers and Resorts around the world have the opportunity to power up at PADI Business Academies again in 2013. Through six hands-on workshops, the PADI Business Academy curriculum delivers proven tactics and techniques you can immediately implement in your business. During the two-day PADI Business Academy, you’ll receive targeted, contemporary business training custom-tailored to your specific needs that will help increase your bottom line. More than 450 PADI Retailers and Resorts attended the programs in 2012 that included information, tools and workshops on how to improve websites, Social Media Strategies, customer relationship management, Sales Training, Pricing Strategies and PADI eLearning® Strategies. Six two-day Business Academy programs are scheduled for 2013 and space is strictly limited.

Below are the dates and locations for the PADI Business Academies in Asia Pacific.

The full brochure and registration forms are available on the PADI Pros’ Site.

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Please note that dates and venues are subject to change.

For further assistance contact your PADI Regional Manager or PADI Customer Service Team.

Project AWARE Foundation: Program and Outreach Coordinator

Want to be part of a team driving ocean protection? A position is available with Project AWARE Foundation for a Program and Outreach Coordinator based in Sydney. Deadline for applications 15th Feb 2013.

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Project AWARE Foundation
Program and Outreach Coordinator 

Project AWARE is a global movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. Project AWARE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization.

The Program and Outreach Coordinator maintains and develops Project AWARE’s marine conservation programs and engages the dive community in strategic conservation actions while supporting future program development.

Maintains AWARE’s Marine Conservation Programs by:

  • Managing AWARE’s conservation databases and data collection activities.
  • Evaluating, reporting, analyzing and using data collected to achieve program goals.
  • Developing resources that help drive involvement in AWARE’s marine conservation activities.
  • Assisting the development and implementation of programs and monitoring and reporting on progress.
  • Reviewing, editing and commenting on reports, communications and policies.
  • Tracking, analysing and recommending action on conservation issues.
  • Participating in various conferences, public and government meetings, as required.
  • Assisting in other areas of AWARE activity, such as fundraising and communications, as required.

Engages the Dive Community in AWARE Conservation Activities by:

  • Building and growing AWARE’s base of support within the dive community.
  • Building and cultivating relationships with local AWARE leaders.
  • Increasing engagement in regional actions and activities through targeted campaigns.
  • Effectively utilize AWARE’s website and social media to highlight the efforts of the dive community.
  • Identifying opportunities to maximise outreach and community support for existing and future programs.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of online and offline campaign tools, training, actions, etc.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree in Marine Biology/Marine Resource Management/Political Science or similar.
  • At least 2 years experience in the conservation field and/or marine campaigns, education or outreach
  • PADI Instructor preferred and/or dive industry experience.

KEY SKILLS:

  • Strong commitment to serve the mission and goals of Project AWARE.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and coordinate several projects with globally distributed virtual teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, influential and presentation skills.
  • Ability to represent the organisation to all levels of the community.
  • Political sensitivity with ability to remain diplomatic within all interactions, internal and external.
  • Understanding of environmental legislation and policy.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:

  • Strong computer skills: Working knowledge of MS Office, familiarity with databases, internet and intranets.
  • Team player with a global perspective.
  • Dedication to customer service and satisfaction.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • English fluency required and any additional Asia Pacific regional languages preferred.

We offer a challenging and rewarding career, competitive salary and an excellent work environment.

To apply:

Please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Manager, Human Resources
PADI Asia Pacific

Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au
Visit: projectaware.org

Applications closing date:   Friday, 15th February 2013

Outstanding Service 15 years and counting….

PADI CDC All 4 Diving http://www.all4diving.com/ have just received the PADI Outstanding Service Member Award of 15 years. The award was presented by PADI Regional Manager Tony Andrews to proud owner Claude Crissey, PADI Platinum Course Director Christophe Pace christophepace@hotmail.com  and General Manager Philippe philippe@all4diving.com.

Outstanding Member service Award of 15 years
Outstanding Member service Award of 15 years

Throughout 2012 All 4 Diving have been branching out even further, Early last year the diving community of Phuket saw the launch of there new day trip boat, along with the launch of there new retail store located in the Patong area of the islands.

This year will hope to see this long serving member, continue to strive forward and set new goals, in recreational and professional training.

for more information on this dive centre, the please visit http://www.padi.com/scuba/locate-a-padi-dive-shop/default.aspx and search for All 4 Diving CDC.

Great work once again, congratulations from PADI Asia Pacific.

Project AWARE: Extinction is NOT an Option, CITES Leaders Must Vote Yes

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

PADI Asia Pacific and Project AWARE staff urge CITES Leaders to Vote YES
PADI Asia Pacific and Project AWARE staff urge CITES Leaders to Vote YES

We’re just weeks away from CITES: March 2013! Project AWARE is working hard to get support from CITES authorities and governments worldwide to vote YES to protect shark and ray species on the brink.  Here’s 3 actions you can take to spread the word: Extinction is NOT an Option:

  1.  Add the #CITES4Sharks twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture
  2. You now have a direct line to the CITES leaders critical to the vote. Take 2 minutes to send a letter now. It could make all the difference to shark and ray species on the brink. You can also encourage your divers and customers to send a letter by adding the link to your enewsletter or social media sites.
  3. Download Extinction is NOT an Option  sign, grab your friends and take a pic. Share your picture on Project AWARE’s Facebook page. Project AWARE will highlight your photos over the coming weeks and share them with CITES leaders in March.

Thank you for all your support – stay in touch with the latest actions www.projectaware.org/CITES

PADI Asia Pacific – Position Vacant

PADI Asia Pacific is pleased to announce an exciting new career opportunity exists for a dynamic and proven Sales Manager to lead our Sales team.  Strong customer focus, a great work location in Sydney, Australia and an excellent work environment. Please see below for the job description.

JOB TITLE:   Sales Manager

DEPARTMENT:   Sales & Field Services

REPORTS TO:   Director, Sales & Field Services

We are seeking a Sales Manager to join our Sales & Field Services team located in Frenchs Forest, Sydney, Australia. In this role you will be responsible for overseeing the daily activities and operations of the Sales Department and leading a team of internal Sales Representatives.  You will work in conjunction with the Director, Sales & Field Services to facilitate the decision making process in the areas of strategic sales planning and product management.   In addition, you will operate as a member of the Management team and effectively collaborate with other departments and executives within the organization including PADI Worldwide and other Regional Headquarters.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with Director, Sales & Field Services to lead the Sales team in meeting or exceeding sales goals, order processing, providing order related customer service and resolving member enquiries and/or requests.
  • Manage and develop all internal sales activity.
  • Motivate, inspire and lead the Sales team.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen customer relationships.
  • Develop sales strategies, establish goals, monitor department performance and reporting.
  • Assist in the preparation and management of the annual sales budget and forecasting.
  • Represent PADI at Business Academies, dive shows and events as required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor Degree in Business or other relevant Sales qualifications preferred.
  • PADI Instructor, Course Director preferred.
  • 2 years experience within the Recreational Diving Industry.
  • Minimum 4 years experience in sales with a proven track record.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:

  • Strong commitment to serve the goals and direction of PADI Asia Pacific
  • Working knowledge of the PADI Educational System and its products
  • Excellent computer skills: working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and database programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships
  • Excellent organisational, multi-tasking and prioritising abilities.
  • Excellent management and leadership ability.
  • Strong team player.
  • Goal oriented.

The Manager, Sales is required to live and operate within Sydney, Australia therefore appropriate citizenship or visa is essential.

Applications closing date:   Friday, 8th February 2013

To apply:

Please send your CV to:
Alison Vasek
Manager, Human Resources
PADI Asia Pacific

Email: alison.vasek@padi.com.au