Simon Liddiard: Outstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry and Diver Training

During the Asia Dive Expo 2015 (ADEX) in Singapore, PADI Asia Pacific presented Simon Liddiard, Director of Blue Marlin Dive in Gili Trawangan, Lombok, with the PADI award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry and Diver Training’.

Simon established Blue Marlin Dive in the early nineties and today has PADI 5 Star Dive shops on Gili Meno, Senggigi-Lombok and Blue Marlin Komodo at Labuan Bajo, as well as their flagship dive centre on Gili Trawangan which is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort and PADI TecRec technical diving centre.

Over the years Simon and his colleagues have become some of the most experienced dive professionals in the industry, especially when it comes to Indonesia and the Gili Islands.

Simon not only initiated the growth of tourism on Gili Trawangan but he located many of the dive sites so popular today, for instance the Japanese World War II Wreck, Tunang Wall and Simon’s Reef.

Originally from England, Simon has been living and diving the waters around the Gili Islands and other parts of Indonesia since 1990. A diving instructor since 1986, he became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 1992, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 1994 and within 3 years had achieved the highest level of training in the PADI system as a PADI Course Director. He is also a TecRec Trimix Diver Instructor Trainer and in 2002 completed the first ever solo deep Trimix rebreather dive to a depth of 150m.

SIMON-Liddiard-award-Tosh-Simon-DannyIn recent years Simon has developed a passion and great interest in technical diving and teaching with closed circuit rebreathers and trimix. “I have the luxury of teaching deep trimix CCR courses for my personal enjoyment and not for income. My goal is to make each CCR diver the best they can be no matter how long it takes”.

Please join PADI Asia Pacific in congratulating Simon Liddiard on achieving the PADI award for – Outstanding Contribution to the Scuba Diving Industry and Diver Training.

Photo: Simon Liddiard (centre) – Director of Blue Marlin Dive, Danny Dwyer (right) – Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Service & Business Development, with Paul Tanner, PADI Regional Manager.


Blue Marlin Dive, Gili Trawangan: 25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training

Gili Trawangan is the largest of three small islands just off the north-west corner of Lombok – the island just east of Bali in Indonesia. All are part of the famed “Coral Triangle” and one of the world’s richest locations for scuba diving. There are no motorized vehicles on the Gili Islands and the main means of transportation are bicycles and cidomos (small horse-drawn carriages).

Blue Marlin Dive Centre on Gili Trawangan 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. This year Simon and their staff celebrate 25 years in the diving industry.

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 Gilis.

At the Asia Dive Expo 2015 (ADEX) held in Singapore from 10 – 12  April, Simon and the staff of Blue Marlin Dive were awarded for 25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training’, presented by Danny Dwyer (Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development, PADI Asia Pacific)

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.

Taking pride in adhering to international safety diving standards and small group sizes, Blue Marlin is also a founding member of the Gili Island Dive Association (GIDA).This non-profit organization was set up to promote environmentally aware business attitudes, a co-operative operational structure and a high standard of safety around Gili Trawangan.

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 the team at Blue Marlin Dive on celebrating 25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training!


Pictured in the Blue Marlin Dive booth at ADEX 2015, Director Simon Liddiard and the Blue Marlin staff team receive the PADI award for ‘25 Years of Outstanding Scuba Diver Training’.

From left – Back row: Jeff Anastas, Richard Kirby, Michael Ryan and Paul Tanner, PADI Regional Manager.

Front row: Jesse Krief, Anna Kloth, Simon Liddiard – Director of Blue Marlin Dive, Danny Dwyer – Vice President, Marketing Sales, Field Service & Business Development – PADI Asia Pacific and far right, Edwin Kuipers.

PADI Confined Water Workshops during Instructor Development Updates

The 2015 PADI Instructor Development Updates are just around the corner!

Register here for Hong Kong – May 11
Register here for Taipei – May 18
Register here for Bali – May 18
Register here for Koh Tao – May 22
Register here for Phuket – May 25
Register here for Manila – June 04
Register here for Kuala Lumpur – June 10

After the success of the 2014 Instructor Development Updates with a combination of dry and wet sessions, we have decided to do it again in 2015.

New Product focus will be on recently released digital products and PADIs Online Processing Centre thus equipping you better prepare your PADI Instructor candidates for their future as educators in a digital age.

Evaluation Workshops will feature Knowledge Development and Confined Water Presentations to ensure your evaluation skills are aligned with the PADI Examiners and your peers. Plus we will review critique and counselling techniques to share with your instructor candidates.

Instructor Development Marketing will refresh your view of key strategies essential to recruiting Divemaster, IDC and Specialty Instructor candidates.

Risk Management. This absorbing topic will address liability implications for Course Director and IDC Staff Instructors and review defensive instruction techniques.

Materials. Consistent with our move to a digital age, the materials package will include many of the new digital products recently launched.

  • Open Water Certification Pak Online
  • Open Water Certification Pack Offline
  • Equipment Specialist Touch
  • ReActivate Touch
  • eRDPML Touch

Value: Over AU$400.00

Participation Fee: Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors $395 (+GST in Australia)

NB: Course Director Frequent Trainer Programme Platinum, Gold and Silver discounts apply.

Registration cost includes: materials package as above, refreshments and lunch, SCUBA gear, tanks and weights for the Confined Water session.

Each participant must bring; appropriate exposure protection, mask, snorkel, fins and Confined Water Evaluation Slate & pencil.

Preregistration is essential. Register online for your preferred update location by selecting on of the options below.

The PADI Instructor Development Team looks forward to seeing you there.

PADI Asia Pacific would like to share some VERY exciting news with you…

Coming Soon is the PADI Open Water Touch Certification Pak in Korean!

open water touchAN INDUSTRY FIRST – Touch products offer a revolutionary, tablet based option for a rich, interactive learning environment for your Divers. Once purchased, Touch products are available for download through the PADI Library App.  The Touch Certification Pak also comes together with the Certifying Credit included.

With a growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the Dive Industry.  This Certification Pak in Korean brings the traditional Korean Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and is a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.

To support you in the launch of this product we are developing Help Documents and FAQ references in Korean. There will also be direct links created to take Members through to the Online Processing Centre on the Pros Site (in Korean).
Open Water Touch Certification Pak (Product Code 60460-1)


  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver eManual
  • Open Water Video clips
  • eRDPml Touch/RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?
PADI Library App and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?
PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the Online Shopping Cart.

  • Students can purchase it through

Do I need an internet connection?

  • This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.



For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

Don`t forget you can order anytime, 24/7, from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online. Alternatively Students can purchase this product directly through or

Happy Diving from PADI Asia Pacific!