ScubaEarth™ site is now live for PADI Dive Shops

ScubaEarth – the new PADI scuba resource and social community is a robust, one-stop site for divers to research, plan and share dive experiences. ScubaEarth hosts everything scuba, from current weather and dive conditions to photos, videos and comments about dive locations, while placing PADI Dive Shops at the hub of this online activity.

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.

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.

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

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

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

The latest A Day in the Life of a Divemaster features Feby N. Rotty who gives interesting insights from a Divemasters perspective.

An interview with Feby N. Rotty
PADI Divemaster
Joe’s Gone Diving
PADI 5 Star Dive Centre
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

What is your current job at Joe’s Gone Diving?

I’ve worked there as a Divemaster since February 2012.

Describe a typical day in your working life.

A typical day begins at the dive centre at 7 o’clock in the morning to prepare the trip for the day, pack equipment and greet the guests. Some guests arrive in the morning at the dive centre, others I pick up on the way to the dive site. The dive area is usually different every day.  I organise all the guests with their equipment on the dive site, give dive briefings and decide which dive site is best depending on the conditions. During the dive I try to show as much interesting marine life as possible and make sure they have a great time and dive safely. When we return to the shop we fill in logbooks and chat about all the things we saw.

 When did you start diving?

I started diving in 2007 with Poli Teknik College in Manado, North Sulawesi. They offer a special programme called Underwater Eco Tourism. I got my Open Water certificate in 2008. My instructor there was Frans Rattu.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?

I studied for divemaster at the Poli Teknik College and did my divemaster internship at Kawanua Dive Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi in September 2011.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?

After finishing my internship I felt very fortunate to have made the first step of my dive career, something I never thought was possible before.

What highlights do you recall from your DM course?

Once I had to demonstrate clearing a fully flooded mask in open water. Because I was nervous I needed two attempts to get all the water out. The student did not notice but my instructor briefly held his hand in front of his face to let me know what he saw. We had a good laugh afterwards and it was a nice learning experience.

Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?

I started working as a Divemaster at Bastianos Dive Resort in Bunaken, North Sulawesi. After 9 months I moved to Bali where I have been working for Joe’s Gone Diving since my arrival.

What is one of your favourite memories in your diving career?

Around Bali there are some dive sites with widely varying conditions. One famous dive site is Gili Mimpang just off the coast of Candidasa. My first few dives there were in calm conditions but one day changing currents made it difficult to keep the group together. In the end I managed and with the currents attracting lots of beautiful marine life such as white-tip reef sharks, trevallies and tuna – it was one of my best dives ever.

What words of advice would you give to new dive professionals?

Apart from technical skills I believe social interaction with customers is key to being a successful dive professional. Whenever friends and others talk about becoming a Divemaster I tell them about these basics so they know what to expect.

Get ready for ScubaEarth™

The ScubaEarth launch for PADI Dive Centres & Resorts is getting closer! To ensure you are in the prime position to benefit from ScubaEarth make sure you visit the PADI Pros’ Site and update your logo, social media links and about us section. It will only take a few minutes and will ensure you are ready for the initial launch!

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; or +61 2 9454 2888

Review of PADI Sidemount Diver Course with Bans Technical Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Ian Gardner recently completed the PADI Sidemount Diver course with Bans Technical Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand.  His positive and interesting review follows…

When I first heard of sidemount I can honestly say now, that I had some misconceptions. I thought the entire philosophy was purely for the serious cave enthusiast. Turns out I was wrong.

On the sunny tropical island of Koh Tao, I met with Craig Werger, PADI Sidemount Instructor from Ban’s Technical Diving, to undertake my course.  In literally the first sentence Craig dispelled my fears and took me on the first step of learning a great new way to dive.

I undertook the PADI Recreational Sidemount Diver course.  This course is aimed at people who want to have a longer dive, without the hassle of a twin set and of course with that all- important aspect of improved trim. Under Craig’s careful instruction I learnt initially the theoretical aspects and was, very soon after, adjusting and setting up my own razor side mount system to ensure correct fitting and the knowledge of how to don and doff, what can be a weird looking bit of gear.  And then into the water…

Underwater all I could think was – Wow! The cylinder placement, the trim and overall comfort of the sidemount system was unlike anything I have ever experienced.  Craig quickly had us undertaking our skills for our confined water session to ensure we had mastered all that he demonstrated. At times this can be a frustrating experience with such a different configuration, especially when your instructor can break down such skills so that it looks simple and effortless.  Of course I managed to look like a complete Gumby, but with Craig’s guidance and patience, I could feel myself improve with every move and my confidence grew.

The following days saw the completion of four training dives. With each dive I fell that little bit more in love with the sidemount system.  One of the things that really impressed me was that for all our training dives we ensured that we took our team diving ethos into the water. This was a fantastic experience for me, as I learnt the importance of working together to achieve our objective.  The result is a significant shift in the way I see myself diving with my buddy in the future.

As part of the sidemount diver course, Craig put a lot of emphasis on improving our buoyancy control. We were taught various different kicks such as the back kick, side kick and helicopter. This was used to control our buoyancy to “almost” perfection.  What I previously thought I knew about control, trim and buoyancy has been completely changed thanks to the PADI Sidemount Diver course. I cannot recommend this course more highly, or for that matter my instructor.

Thanks to Craig and the team at Ban’s for making it happen.

Ian Gardner

IDC Staff Instructor

Tec Rec Deep Instructor

PADI Recreational Sidemount Diver