Project AWARE’s Feature Member of the Month – Blue Guru, Thailand

Congratulations to @Blue Guru, Thailand for becoming a @Project AWARE Foundation Feature Member this month.

My Ocean is a global movement for ocean protection and is people-powered. My Ocean community members seek to connect and scale up local actions for change.

Blue Guru Conservation is based on the remote tropical island of Koh Phra Thong, accessed by traditional long tail boat from Kuraburi on the Andaman Coast. 

Check out the Blue Guru My Ocean profile for their stories on ocean protection. http://bit.ly/SQlKqP

Thank you to everyone who has been active on My Ocean and thanks for supporting Project AWARE.

ScubaEarth™ will give Dive Shops fantastic advantages

The ScubaEarth BETA site is now live for PADI Dive Shops and will be available for all individual PADI Pros and consumers in the coming weeks.

ScubaEarth gives PADI Dive Shops:

  • Exclusive access for PADI Dive Shops to the largest online community dedicated to scuba divers for free.
  • Dedicated platform to communicate and engage with your target market without the noise of other social media or online platforms.
  • Increase in leads and sales through multiple call to action opportunities including announcements, offers, updates and consumers activity feeds.   
  • Sense of belonging and association for divers to their selected Primary PADI Dive Shop.
  • Multiple branding opportunities including increased brand recognition and awareness for the selected Primary PADI Dive Shop.  
  • Exclusive targeted listings as a PADI Dive Shop on the world’s largest dive site database including featured travel destinations.
  • Instant acquisition of new and existing divers through PADI eLearning integration.

To get started, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click the ScubaEarth link!

How can PADI Dive Shops login to the BETA site to get started? Simply login to the PADI Pros’ Site using your PADI Dive Shop username and password. Once logged into the PADI Pros’ Site, you can click over to ScubaEarth by following the ScubaEarth link. You can then ensure your PADI Dive Shop Profile is set up with the correct information and familiarise yourself with ScubaEarth.

The How to Set Up Your ScubaEarth Profile guide is also available in the PADI Pros’ Site to assist PADI Dive Shops with the initial set up.

If you have any questions regarding ScubaEarth please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific office.

Thailand, Phuket holds a world record for “Dive Against Debris”

Sunday saw the world’s largest underwater reef cleanup events take place in Phuket, Thailand, in support of Project AWARE’s “Dive Against Debris”. Go Eco Phuket saw over 500 divers and 200 volunteers unite to help make a positive difference to the underwater environment. Supported by the Thai Government, PADI Dive Shops, PADI Professionals, PADI divers as well as a vast range of volunteers, Go Eco Phuket was officially launched by Raywat Areerob, a member of the Thai Parliament.

The day itself started off with 14 vessels, which were generously donated, setting off from Chalong Pier to kick off the clean up. What happened next highlighted the size and significance of the event. The 14 vessels were firstly joined by the Royal Thai Navy who supported the logistical efforts by supplying three war ships, Navy Seals, rescue divers and air support whilst divers safely removed the trash from our reefs! Before long even local finishing boats changed course to help out and remove debris.

At the end of the underwater cleanup, an incredible 15 TONS of debris was removed! An amazing effort by anyone’s standard! The media also covered the event to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the environment as well highlighting the great work divers undertake as part of underwater cleanups. After the event, all the divers and volunteers enjoyed the after party where the famous Thai band ‘Job To Do’, kept the masses entertained long into the night.

Tony Andrews, PADI Regional Manager, did an amazing job organizing and bringing together the dive community for this significant event. The day would not have been a success without the support of Miss Kerry Leach and Mr Tee, who’s support was recognized live on stage as they received a special Project AWARE awards.

A special thanks must also go to the following PADI Dive Shops which can be found on the PADI Dive Centre locator http://www.padi.com/scuba/locate-a-padi-dive-shop/default.aspx; Kamala Dive Centre, Jolly Roger, Sea Fun Divers, Scuba Cat Diving, Dive Asia, Kon-Tiki, Joy Dive, South Siam Divers, Chalong Sea Sport, Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Divers, Scandinavian Divers as well as all the other PADI Dive Shops involved. A big thanks must also go to the following organizations and groups;

BBAP http://bbap.org/, Hilton Hotels http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/thailand/hilton-phuket-arcadia-resort-and-spa-HKTHIHI/index.html, Laguna Hotels http://www.lagunaphuket.com/, Skal http://www.skalphuket.org/ Ferang Food Paradise http://www.phuketfood.com/, Phuket Gazette http://www.phuketgazette.net/, Phuket 91.5FM http://www.phuketfmradio.com/, Rumble Fish Adventureshttp://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Rumblefish-Adventure-Inn/Phuket/41458, Davinci http://www.davinciphuket.com/, Reef Check http://www.reefcheck.org/ , Molly Malone’s http://www.mollymalonesphuket.com/, Phuket Art http://phuketart.net/, Phuket Beer http://www.phuketbeer.com/Welcome.html, Chang http://www.changbeer.com/, Kata Group http://www.katagroup.com/, Ric “N” Roll Adventures http://www.ricknrollmusiccafe.com/www.ricknrollmusiccafe.com/Home.html, Legend of Sound http://www.legendmusic.net/the-studio/studio-equipment, and Job To Do.

Without a doubt the biggest thanks must go to the 700+ divers and volunteers that took part in the Go Eco Phuket event http://www.facebook.com/GoEcoPhuket?fref=ts! The underwater environment is now 15 TONS of debris better off, as well as the extra media attention which was raised from the event.

Everyone involved is now looking forward to future events!

Want to know more about Phuket and Thailand? You can locate a PADI Dive Shop in Phuket or find out about diving in Thailand here.

Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2013

The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) will enter its 19th year next year. Held at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 19 – 21 April 2013, visitors are expected to exceed predicted numbers again.

Following a successful show this year, PADI Asia Pacific will be taking an 18sqm booth on F01 and F02 at the front entrance of the show.

For a full booth fittings list and prices, contact the ADEX organisers. Each 3m x 3m standard shell scheme booth will sell at SGD $4,200. Plus! Act fast for the 10% early bird discount which ends on 31 October 2012!

For more information on ADEX, please visit the website.