Beneath the Waves with Project AWARE

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In preparation for the Our Ocean 2015 international conference in Chile on October 5-6, US Secretary of State John Kerry has posed the question, “What will you do to protect the ocean?

Project AWARE’s answer? Taking action against trash through Dive Against Debris. Scuba divers everywhere are taking a stand against the onslaught of marine debris. With our underwater skill set, we’re uniquely positioned to shine light on what we see beneath the waves – the negative impacts of underwater debris on ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

Share your underwater marine debris photos on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BeneathTheWaves. Project AWARE will add them to their global “Beneath the Waves” photo collage to show decision-makers your underwater perspective and urge for long-term, global solutions to the marine debris issue.

We have just 30 days to show what lurks beneath the waves – share your photos of trash underwater today!

The Our Ocean 2015 conference aims to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the ocean. Over 400 political, academic and civil society figures as well as industry, philanthropy and nonprofit leaders will discuss solutions to topics such as illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, ocean acidification and climate change.

Through Dive Against Debris, Project AWARE divers remove and report marine debris found beneath the waves. The trash you remove during Dive Against Debris makes the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, the information you report helps inform policy change. Our Ocean 2015 offers divers the opportunity to use grassroots action to empower global change.

25 Years in Diving for Simon Liddiard & Blue Marlin Dive Centre

Simon Liddiard and Blue Marlin Dive Centre, Gili Trawangan receive PADI Awards as they celebrate 25 years in the Diving Industry

This year Blue Marlin Dive Centre on the island of Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, celebrated 25 years in the diving industry and to mark the occasion, recently hosted a party to commemorate their 25th Anniversary. Blue Marlin is the longest-established dive centre on the island – founded in the 1990’s by owner and avid diver, Simon Liddiard – a PADI Course Director and renowned technical diver

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Simon Liddiard, Director of Blue Marlin Dive and Pak Haji Abdul Malik with the PADI Awards for ‘25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training’ – Blue Marlin Dive  andOutstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry and Diver Training’ – Simon Liddiard.

PADI Asia Pacific’s Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Service & Business Development, Danny Dwyer was at Gili Trawangan for the landmark occasion along with Regional Manager, Paul Tanner to present Blue Marlin Dive Centre with the PADI Award for ‘25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training’Simon, who is their Director, also received a PADI Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry and Diver Training’.

Blue Marlin Dive on Gili Trawangan has developed over the years from a PADI Dive Centre to become an award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort with a reputation for pioneering diving in the Gili Islands. In 2011 Blue Marlin also became a PADI TecRec technical diving facility and in April 2014, were awarded PADI Green Star status for their commitment to protecting and conserving the environment.

In addition to their flagship operation on Gili Trawangan – Blue Marlin Dive also have PADI 5 Star Dive Shops on Gili Meno, Senggigi – Lombok and Blue Marlin Komodo at Labuan Bajo, Flores. The company now operates 12 boats and employs 175 local people, operating not only dive centres but also restaurants and accommodation on the Gili’s.

Every Blue Marlin Dive outlet is committed to a high standard of service and excellence in diving. Their dedication and commitment to quality scuba diver training is second to none.

They are proud of their name and reputation for quality, professionalism and value which has created the demand and allowed them to produce so many proficient divers.

The highly qualified and professional team at Blue Marlin provide all levels of PADI diver training from introductory dives to PADI Instructor Development courses and beyond. Diver courses are available in English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, German and Bahasa Indonesia. Blue Marlin are also a world class, award winning technical diving centre.

Their fully stocked retail shop offers a large range of major brand dive equipment at very competitive prices. In Blue Marlin’s signature restaurant and bar you can enjoy fantastic food and refreshing drinks.

Please join PADI Asia Pacific in congratulating Simon Liddiard and the team at Blue Marlin Dive on celebrating 25 years in the diving industry!

PADI to Launch the PADI Freediver Program in November


As PADI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in one of the fastest growing dive industry segments – freediving. Continuing the core business practice of delivering high quality instructional courses, the PADI Freediver program will debut in November including the worldwide launch at the DEMA Show in Florida, USA. PADI Freediver launch events and workshops will also be taking place across the Asia Pacific region from November.

“Many PADI Professionals in the Asia Pacific region are avid freedivers and already enjoy sharing their passion for freediving with others,” says Thomas Knedlik, PADI Asia Pacific Director of Training & Quality Management. “The number of self-authored PADI Distinctive Specialty courses involving freediving has grown over the past few years and the popularity of the PADI Free Diving Distinctive Specialty course released in 2014 is a further indication of this rapidly expanding market. As mainstream interest in freediving grows, this is a natural extension for dive education and the industry.”

The PADI Freediver program is complete with student materials and instructional tools that follow the PADI educational philosophy, which makes it easy for qualified PADI Professionals to quickly start teaching. Like all PADI courses, the program was bred from first-hand experience as industry experts and competitive freedivers played a critical role in its development. This key advisory group, including Jay Huang of Taiwan, Myoungho Noh of South Korea, Oli Christen of Indonesia, Liz Parkinson of the Bahamas and Alejandro Lemus of Mexico, worked closely with the PADI organization to establish a freediving training curriculum that addresses technique, form and safety for nearly any experience level.

“The PADI Freediver program will provide PADI Members with additional revenue generating opportunities by allowing them to expand their course offerings and reach a whole new demographic,” says Danny Dwyer, PADI Asia Pacific Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development. “PADI Freediver will also help PADI Retail and Resort Members increase their equipment sales, trip bookings, and other revenue streams.”

The PADI Freediver tiered course structure has participants build upon their skill sets and knowledge as they advance from PADI Freediver to PADI Advanced Freediver and, ultimately, PADI Master Freediver.  The program provides three corresponding instructor levels (Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor and Master Freediver Instructor), as well as a Freediver Instructor Trainer rating. There is also a subset program called Basic Freediver where students earn a certification in confined water.

PADI Freediver will feature quality, tablet-based training materials so students can access PADI Freediver Touch from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection.  As with other PADI Touch products, PADI has employed the latest training techniques and leveraged the latest technology to create a cutting-edge program.  Adobe, who produces the Digital Publishing Suite software upon which Touch products are built, recognized PADI for crafting a product that boasts the “entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book for a truly immersive, effective training experience.”

PADI will unveil the program in November at DEMA Show from 4-7 November as well as at a number of launch events and workshops in the Asia Pacific region from November. PADI Members will be able to learn more about the program, find out how they can incorporate it into their course offerings and explore Freediver Touch. For more information regarding the PADI Freediver program, contact the PADI Training Department or stay tuned for more information.

Instructor Examinations for August 2015

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors from around Asia Pacific! Here are some photos from the Instructor Examinations.


01-02 August – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


04-05 August – Perhentian Island, Malaysia


07-08 August – Tioman Island, Malaysia


08-09 August – Phuket, Thailand


10-11 August – Miri, Malaysia


11-12 August – Koh Tao, Thailand


13-14 August – Semporna, Malaysia


15-16 August – Cairns, Australia


26-27 August – Gili Islands, Indonesia