EFR Instructor Trainer Programme – Koh Tao – September 14, 2012

EFR Instructor Trainer Course

Demand continues to grow for EFR Instructors, particularly with the OWSI exit requirement. This programme is conducted using a mix of online study and practical sessions. Upon registration you will receive information on how to access the online portion of the programme which must be completed prior to attending the practical skills training and assessment portion of the programme.

To attend the EFR Instructor Trainer Course you must:

  • Be a current EFR Primary & Secondary Care and Care for Children Instructor.
  • Have issued 25 EFR Course Completion Authorisations or taught at least 5 separate EFR courses.
  • Have no verified quality assurance issues on file within the past 12 months.

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Course fee includes the following products:

  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Guide & Lesson Guides CD-Rom
  • EFR Care at a Glance card
  • Online study components.
  • Application fee for Instructor Trainer.

 Please click on this link to be taken to the EFR IT Online registration page:

EFR IT – Koh Tao – September 14, 2012 or register via the PADI Pro’s site under Pro Development/EFR.

Contact Matt Cater via email to confirm you meet pre-requisites: padi@padi.com.au


Link your social media sites for ScubaEarth™

Your business will have a distinct profile in ScubaEarth™ where you can link to your other popular social media site profiles — like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. To take advantage of this feature, enter your information now at the PADI Pros’ Site and you’ll be ready when ScubaEarth launches. Here’s how:

  1. Login to the PADI Pros’ Site
  2. Click on My Account
  3. Click on Social Media Settings tab
  4. Upload your store logo (140 by 140 pixels)
  5. Enter links to your profiles at other social media sites. You can also enter the RSS feed link for your blog so your most recent posts will show up in your ScubaEarth profile. If you have a blog, these are the steps to determine what the link is for your blog RSS feed:
  • Go to the home page of the desired blog.
  • Find the RSS symbol or a link that indicates an RSS feed on the page.
  • Click on either the symbol or the link.
  • A browser page should appear with information on an RSS feed.
  • Highlight and copy the URL listed in the address bar.
  • That URL should be your RSS feed URL.
  • Enter a short description about your store (750 characters or less)

Go to the PADI Pros’ Site now to get started with entering your information. For more questions, contact Mark Cummins (Manager, PADI Retail & Resort Association).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific; padi@padi.com.au or +61 2 9454 2888

Ocean Action Project – Finalist 5

Over the last five days we have featured the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/224907/voteable_entries 

The fifth featured finalist from our region is the entry: Clean up Lembongan and Protect our Mantas, Indonesia.

Sarah Wormald, PADI Instructor at World Diving Lembongan


What’s the Ocean Action about? The community on the small island of Lembongan struggle with the amount of waste discarded by tourists and the local community, much of this rubbish ends up at the tip, on the beach or in the ocean. This project aims to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being used and encourage/facilitate better plastic waste disposal by setting up water refill stations and proper waste bins to separate plastic, glass and tin. The separate materials will be sent for recycling to help prevent it from being dropped on the beach or in the ocean. The project also aims to provide snorkeling and diving boats with signage in English and Indonesian about manta protection and marine debris. The combined effect of the two projects will reduce plastic in the water and protect the mantas from further propeller injuries, manta riders, manta chasing and plastic digestion


Ocean Action Project – Finalist 4

Over the last five days we are featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/224907/voteable_entries 

The fourth featured finalist from our region is the entry: Protect Sharks & rays in Surin National Park, Thailand.

Blue Guru, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort


What’s the Ocean Action about? Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock are renowned magnets for migrating whale sharks & manta rays. Yet the National Park’s no-fishing zone only extends 3 miles from land and excludes a channel between the parks where fishermen can catch anything, including sharks & rays! There has been a noticeable decline in sharks and rays. But robust data is needed to campaign for expansion and greater policing of the National Park no-fishing zone around whole Surin/ Richelieu area. This project will increase the number of monitoring activities to include monthly trips dedicated to surveying all shark/ ray sightings and fishing boats. It will also involve local Thai/ Moken divers in surveys helping to increase local acceptance of actions driving improved environmental protection of Surin’s valuable natural resources. Working with the Phuket and Bangkok University’s a convincing argument to call for greater expansion and policing of the park will be made.