One Slate, Two Purposes…

Your Open Water Students will love being able to help plan their Dive with you and rate their own level of skill confidence. A Dive Planning and Skill Practice Evaluation slate combined into one handy Student friendly tool. Get yours today!

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The Open Water Student Planning Slate, required for use during OW training, is available as a 4-pack – product #60261, or as an 8-pack – product #60262.

These slates were introduced with the Revised Open Water Curriculum which was released mid-way through 2014, and although it’s not compulsory for Students to own their own copy they must have access to a slate during their Course. They can use the slate to mark how comfortable they feel with each confined water skill…

🙂 = I am comfortable with this skill  

🙁 = I want more practice with this skill

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Slates are of course waterproof and can be taken underwater during training dives then wiped clean and reused by the Instructor/Dive Centre for the next class of Students. TOO EASY!

To purchase yours contact your Sales Consultant in the PADI Sales Department  today (Tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or enter the PADI online shopping cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

Instructor Exams for February and March 2015

Congratulations to all who completed the PADI Instructor Examinations during February and March 2015!

Below are some photos from the occasion.

FEBRUARY

28 Feb – 1 March – Singapore

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28 Feb – 1 March – Whangarei, New Zealand

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MARCH

4-5 March – Tioman, Malaysia

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7-8 March – Nadi, Fiji Islands

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11-12 March – Nha Trang, Vietnam

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11-12 March – Bohol, Philippines

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14-15 March – Boracay, Philippines

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14-15 March – Kenting, Taiwan

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14-15 March – Sydney, Australia

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18-19 March – Pattaya, Thailand

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20-21 March – Moalboal, Philippines

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21-11 March – Phuket, Thailand

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23-24 March – Malapascua, Philippines

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24-25 March – Koh Tao, Thailand

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Crystal Dive Resort and Eco Koh Tao’s latest conservation efforts in Thailand

Crystal Dive _ Kailash Jeff  Nathan CookMatt Bolton, PADI Course Director at Crystal Dive Resort in Thailand, reports on their latest conservation efforts with Eco Koh Tao and the team from Ocean Mysteries.

Crystal Dive Resort, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort in Koh Tao and its partner conservation team, Eco Koh Tao have been at the forefront of marine conservation projects on Koh Tao for many years. Conducting Reef Check Ecological Surveys, developing artificial reefs and coral nurseries and fixing mooring buoys are just some of the integral conservation projects where our Eco team have been leaders.

When we were contacted in late 2014 by the team from Ocean Mysteries crew, we were delighted to be involved in showcasing some of our work. Two of our major projects at the moment involve active restoration of the near shore coral reefs; one involved growing and propagating corals and the other giant clams.

On March 11 the team from Ocean Mysteries, hosted by Jeff Corwin travelled from Koh Samui for a day in the water around Koh Tao.  Jeffrey Corwin is an American nature conservationist and host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest. Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin airs on the ABC network in the USA.

The first stop was at Twins where host Jeff and Eco Koh Tao’s Conservation Coordinator Nathan Cook and Kailash Cook took to the waters to collect some coral fragments. These were brought back to the boat and placed on coral nursery trays before being returned to the nursery to grow. This important reef restoration process helps to regenerate and restore compromised corals on some our near shore reefs which are subject to increased stresses from local and international pressures.

After lunch on board, our second stop was at our local in-house artificial reef, Junkyard where another important reef restoration process is underway, this time with giant clams. Giant Clams are an iconic reef species under pressure throughout the tropics as people remove them for food and souvenirs. For the last 2 years Eco Koh Tao has been looking after a batch of some 450 giant clams in protective cages underwater until they are big enough to survive on their own.

As part of this process, once the clams are big enough they are transplanted from their nursery cage out onto the natural reef. So far we have transplanted over 150 giant clams with a success rate above 80%. This is far better than previous efforts where success was virtually zero. These clams will provide important water filtration services helping to maintain and improve the water quality around Koh Tao.

It was a great day out and provided Eco Koh Tao and Crystal Dive a unique opportunity to showcase our amazing coral reef conservation work to the world. We are especially thankful to Jeff Corwin and his team for making the effort to come to Koh Tao and get involved in our conservation projects first hand.

Crystal Dive Resort is a 100% AWARE Partner and supports Project AWARE actions and campaigns.  For further information, visit www.crystaldive.com  or Email:info@crystaldive.com

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Setting up the coral nursery.  Photo by Alex Tyrrell 

Do you teach French or German speaking Students? Then this is for you!

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. Our Touch and Lite Digital Certification Paks are now available in both French and German and the exciting news is that there will be many more languages coming out soon.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline (Touch)

Includes:

  • 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 padi.com

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.

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Open Water Certification Pak – Lite (online/offline)

Includes:

  • Open Water Diver eManual (PDF and online eBook)
  • RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log

Where do I find it?
PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.

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

Do I need an internet connection?
This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to access the online eBook, to submit Knowledge Reviews 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 from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.