World Oceans Day 2015: Project AWARE explains the Ugly Journey of our Trash

How does our trash make its way from land to sea? Project AWARE’s new animated infographic explains the ugly journey, and shines light on the dangers our litter poses to marine ecosystems and wildlife along the way. While the marine debris issue may at first appear daunting, there is hope! With our underwater skill set, the dive community is uniquely positioned to contribute to global solutions by participating in Dive Against Debris, Project AWARE’s year-round underwater debris removal and reporting program.

We all want a healthy ocean and healthy planet – join Project AWARE in the fight against marine debris – become a Debris Activist this World Oceans Day and all year long!

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Our ocean is under siege. From everyday trash like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles, to larger items like car batteries, kitchen appliances and fishing nets, our debris is entering the sea at an alarming rate. Our ocean has become a dumping ground.

Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals can become entangled in debris or mistake small particles of trash for food – often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beachgoers can be directly harmed by encounters with debris or its toxins. And, the costs of plastic debris to marine ecosystems are estimated at 13 billion dollars a year. Better information about sources and impacts is extremely important to drive changes in infrastructure and waste management policies at all levels.

Who is responsible? All of us. Together we can help prevent and clear up this mess for a clean, healthy ocean planet.

Award Season In Indonesia

Its that time of year again. Its award season, you have the BAFTA Awards, Oscars, Golden Globe and PADI’s Outstanding Contribution Awards.

Below is a list of the winner for 2014 Indonesia. Congratulation!

7seas International #22029

In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Entry Level Training 2014

Adventure Scuba Diving  Bali #6808

In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Entry Level Training 2014

Blue Corner Dive 22557
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Education 2014

Blue Marlin Komodo 23761
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Education 2014

Bali Crystal Divers 6073
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Specialty Training 2014

Oceans 5 21849
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Specialty Training 2014

Trawangan Dive 36058
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training 2014

Bali Scuba 6522
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development 2014

Joe’s Gone Diving 63135
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry 2014

Blue Marine 6202
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry 2014

AquaMarine Diving – Bali 6344
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training 2014

Diversia 22139
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training 2014

Liberty Dive Resort 24039
Best Newcomer 2014

Blue Marlin Dive Centre 16941
In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education 2014

Congratulation to everyone. Not only should this be a great sense of achievement, but also a great marketing tool. These awards will make you an “Award Winning” Dive Centre or even for some a “Muti-Award Winning” Dive Centre.

No long speeches please, but feel free thank your outstanding staff and handsome RM.

Congrats

PADI’s 2015 Business Academy Series Concludes in Bali

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The PADI Business Academy Program has finished up for 2015 with the final session being held in Bali on the 2nd and 3rd of June. Held in Sanur, 35 PADI Retail and Resort Association Members attended to hear about marketing strategies specifically tailored to the scuba industry and their businesses.

Attendees shared their existing approaches which helped them learn from each another and develop new ways to increase diver acquisition and promote continuing education within their existing consumer base.

In addition, the PADI Business Academy introduced attendees to numerous updates covering email marketing tactics, social media developments, PADI’s eLearning and ScubaEarth potential, search engine optimisation, data mining and effective pricing and sales.

Thank you to all this year’s attendees for making the PADI Business Academies so successful and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

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New Online Processing Centre Coming Soon – Old PIC Online Being Retired

Based on PADI Member feedback, the Online Processing Centre is currently being enhanced to improve usability and digital product management. The improvements affect both design and organization of the site, making standard PIC processing and processing student divers with digital codes easier and more intuitive. Once the new Online Processing Centre goes live in July, the old PIC Online application will be retired, and all online certifications will need to be processed via the revamped Online Processing Centre .

You will want to start using the current Online Processing Centre since the old PIC Online application will be deleted soon, which will be a much easier transition for you once the revised version launches.

The revised Online Processing Centre will launch in multiple languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

The enhancements provide a better user experience with a more structured platform and simplified navigation. The platform is also mobile optimized, which means you can process certifications using your mobile device from anywhere you have an internet connection.

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Some of the exciting enhancements to the Online Processing Centre are:

  • Reorganization and simplified navigation (all digital codes are managed under one section).
  • Mobile optimization of all screens.
  • Simplified language and wording throughout the portal.
  • Downloadable reports for digital products in each status.
  • Digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes.
  • Integrated tooltips to provide descriptions of each section or application.
  • Improved filtering and sorting options of digital code data.
  • Drop-down menu of languages.

If you haven’t already, start using the current Online Processing Centre and becoming familiar with processing both your standard PICs and students with digital codes through this portal, so you will be ready for the launch of the revised site.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters Training and Customer Service team.