PADI Professional “Trevor Chennelle’s story”

 PADI Professional “Trevor Chennelle’s story”

Trevor Chennells

PADI Asia Pacific Regional Managers Tony Andrews and Hans Ullrich would like to wish PADI Assistant Instructor Trevor Chennells the best of luck with his new life.

After leaving England over 12 years ago, Trevor’s story has inspired many people, including many PADI professionals who have worked and shared many memories with Trevor over the years.

Trevor left England with nothing more than a round the world ticket and a backpack. At the age of 47, he decided that there must be more to life than just the usual 9 to 5 routine that he had been so used to for so many years.

His first stop was Rio de Janeiro where he experienced his first taste of new and exciting cultures, sights and sounds, before departing for America and Fiji, where his passion for Scuba Diving began. Trevor started to delve into a new world…

After completing his PADI Open Water and Advanced Course, Trevor continued his travels to Australia where he enrolled onto his first PADI Professional Course (PADI Divemaster). Due to time constraints, Trevor was unable to finish his course here, and headed to the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand.


Phi Phi

It was here in 2002 that Trevor was introduced to PADI Dive Centre Long Beach Divers. During his first dive, Trevor’s newly acquired skills were put to the test in a real life scenario when he had to assist a panicked diver in the water. He calmly controlled the situation and safely ascended from the dive, ensuring both divers’ safety, and that the panicked diver’s confidence and enthusiasm for diving weren’t shaken.

Impressed by the way in which Trevor handled such a situation, the dive centre manager offered Trevor full time employment as a PADI Divemaster, and at the age of 48!


From here, Trevor guided dives and assisted on PADI courses. In 2003, he decided to become a PADI Assistant Instructor. Trevor decided not to complete his full PADI IDC, and his reasons for doing so bring us the focal point of his story. Trevor’s love and passion for diving was fuelled not by teaching courses, but by helping people to discover their own love for the ocean, and the significance and impact of the underwater world. 

In 2006 Trevor became the Manager for Long Beach Divers, and has remained in this position until now, continuing to share his love for Scuba Diving. At the age of 60, Trevor’s life has changed beyond recognition. Now happily married, Trevor will begin a new chapter in his life, and embark on a new adventure, returning to England with his family, to share his happy memories and many, many diving stories with his Grandchildren in England.









Over the past 12 years, Trevor has worked closely with PADI Asia Pacific, in addition to be a loyal and active member. Please help us wish the very best to somebody who has already inspired so many, and has always continued to share his enthusiasm for our ocean, and diving with a passion, “Never Say Never”.


  Good Luck Trevor…..  

‘Zeavola Resort’ Achieve 5 Star and Green Star Status


Zeavola Dive Team

“Zeavola Resort”

PADI 5 Star and Green Star Award

PADI Asia Pacific would like to send a huge congratulations and welcome our latest PADI 5 Star Dive Resort  Zeavola Resort Phi Phi Islands, Thailand.

Not only have Zeavola met all the required components and prerequisites to become a PADI 5 Star member, they have also been Awarded the PADI Green Star Award, for their contribution to the environment. 50022_5Star_DiveResort

Zeavola Resort” is a 5 Star Eco resort, situated on the West Coast of Phi Phi Islands, some say this location is very similar to the Maldives. With their private golden sandy beaches, and stunning private villa’s, Zeavola Resort truly offers divers a unique experience.


The PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, offers a full range of PADI courses from beginner to a full range a PADI specialty courses, as well as some fantastic diving around the island of Phi Phi and other surrounding areas.

Situated within the Phi Phi Marine National Park, you get full access to the wide variety of dive sites including the excellent Bida Islandswhich are minutes away. With, Zeavola  experienced team,  you can be rest assure

their local knowledge is perfect for finding the smallest marine creatures.

Private Villa's

If you’re looking for a relaxing time, at a stunning location, with great diving. Then please contact Cian at the Zeavola Resort.

Congratulations Guys……….

Zeavola PADI 5 Star Resort, zeavola


Tel: +66 (0) 86 268 8207

CDTC candidates from Philippines

PADI would like to wish the 2 CDTC candidates in the near upcoming CDTC program in Kota Kinabalu all the best. They have both worked very hard to get into the most prestigious PADI program.

Tae Han Jang – owner of Deepper Dive Resort in Bohol.

Tim Latimer – owner of Liquid Dive Dumaguete.

Kiwi Diver PADI 5 Star IDC Receive PADI 2012 “Diver Retention Award”

Kiwi Diver Receives PADI 2012 “Diver Retention Award”


PADI Asia Pacific would like to congratulate PADI 5 IDC Kiwi Diver.

From diving the coastal waters of England, to settleing and residing in Thailand.  Mr. Kevin Black PADI Master Instructor and proud owner of Kiwi Diver has been awarded the 2012 PADI Achievement Award for “Diver Retention”Kiwi Diver

Kiwi Diver is a PADI 5 Star IDC facility located in the south of Phuket, Thailand. And since opening his doors late 2010 Kevin Black has certainly made a huge impact on Phuket’s diving industry. The three story IDC facility has a fully equipped IDC classroom, which has been designed to cater not just for PADI recreational courses, but also designed to teach PADI Instructor Development Courses and PADI Rebreather Courses.

PADI Rebreather Courses

PADI have received many email’s in 2012 regarding the fine attention to detail  which Kevin and his staff provide, some of this recognition was also highlighted from fellow PADI Professionals, along with the local Media in Phuket recognizing Kevin’s work., 2012 saw a number of press releases/articles highlighting Kevin’s work and determination.

Kevin and Go Eco Phuket

The Award was presented to Kevin during the 2013 PADI Members Forum by Mark Spiers PADI Director of Sales and Field Services, and PADI Regional Manager Tony Andrews, Both Kevin and his staff were thrilled to receive the Award, with Kevin targeting more PADI Awards for 2013.

Congratulations to the Kiwi Diver, PADI is looking forward to see if you can hit your 2013 targets.

For more information on PADI Dive Centres, please look on the PADI Dive centre Locator.

If you would like to conatct Kevin and the team direct, then use the following links below.

Kiwi Diver PADI 5 IDC

Phone (+66) 076 384 564

Mobile (+66) 0801 451 603


India’s first ever Junior “PADI Master Scuba Diver”

                                                                                  India’s first ever Junior PADI Master Scuba Diver

Master Scuba DIver
PADI JR Master Scuba Diver

PADI would like to share an amazing story of a very remarkable young man who, like many of us, have the same love for the ocean and underwater Aquatic world. Please spend some time to recognize, share and read Jashan’s achievement.

Having a spot of lunch on Phi Phi islands
Having a spot of lunch on Phi Phi islands

Jashan loved being in the water from a very early age. In May 2008, during a semi- submarine ride at Hurgada, Egypt, he saw the underwater world for the first time and developed a keen interest for SCUBA diving. When Jashan reached 10 years old, his parents contacted  PADI Instructor Anindya Mukherjee of “Goa Aquatics”, India. In 2010, it was here under the inspiring guidance of his instructor, that Jashan completed his Junior PADI Open Water Course at age 10, which was the start of many things to come.

JR PADI Open Water
Junior PADI Open Water

Jashan was determined to complete and obtain his PADI Junior Adventure Diver certification, and after successfully completing PADI Adventure dives PPB, UW Photography, the rating of PADI Junior Adventure Diver was awarded in March 2011.

Until then, most of his diving was conducted in India, around Grande Island in Goa and Netrani Island in Murudeshwar, Karnataka. However in November 2011, he finally experienced his first shark dive, at the Aquarium of Dubai Mall, through PADI Centre Al Boom Diving.

1st ever Leopard Shark
1st ever Leopard Shark

In March 2012, Jashan was lucky enough to have dived the famed Thai islands of Koh Racha Yai, Koh Racha Noi and Coral island, with the support of  PADI CDC Scuba Cat Diving. He then progressed onto some of the most advanced and breathtaking dive sites Thailand has to offer, the famous Phi Phi Islands, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Malong, Palong Bay, Viking, Tonsai Wall, Pileh wall, Hin Bida which was all conducted through PADI 5 Star IDC Visa Diving.

Experiencing leopard sharks, black tip reef sharks, hawks bill turtles, blue spotted sting rays and reef octopuses, Jashan’s passion continued to grow.

In November 2012, at age 12 on Phi Phi Islands, with PADI 5 Star Centre Blue View Divers and under the professional guidance of PADI Instructor Alexandra Bassarab, Jashan finally completed his Junior PADI AOW course with a deep dive of 21meters under his belt.  From here, he signed up for Emergency First Response and PADI Specialty courses of Boat Diving, Enriched Air Diving and Night Diving.


Under a disciplined and professional guidance, Jashan proceeded to become the very first Indian PADI Junior Rescue diver in March 2013.

Along with his parents, both his PADI Instructors and PADI Asia Pacific were all extremely proud and honoured to announce Jashan as the very first Indian diver, to obtain the rating of a PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver, this fantastic achievement being completed at the young age of just 12 years old.

Now Jashan is looking to dive in new locations in search of  Whale sharks, Manta Rays and Hammer heads sharks. Some of his desired locations are the Maldives, Sipadan and Bali, so if any PADI PRRA members wish to help Jashan, then please feel to contact

Both Jashan’s parents quoted

We appreciate the safety standards set by PADI and the efforts put in by excellent instructors – Anindya Mukherjee and Alexandra Bassarab. Both Jashan and I feel that PADI courses can inspire people of any age and make them SCUBA divers. Hats Off!!! The Books/videos and study material create interest and motivate children of Jashan’s age.

Once again we thank you very much for appreciating Jashan’s achievement. We are also thankful to Anindya Mukherjee of Goa Aquatics and Alex of Blue View, for making his dreams come true. We shall always keep diving!”

PADI and PADI Regional Manager Tony Andrews would like to personally thank all involved, in making this young boy’s dreams come true, and a special congratulations to Jashan himself. Please feel free to share his great achievement, and join in congratulating Jashan, the youngest Indian PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver!

For those intertested in contacting all the PADI Centres mentioned, then you can find them on the PADI Dive Centre Locator or contact them direct on the details listed below

Goa Aquatics

Telephone: +91 98226 85025
Blue View Divers
Tel: +66 (0)758 19395
Scuba Cat Diving
Tel: +66 76 293 120
Al Boom Diving
Tel:  + (9714) 342 – 2993

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Scuba Nation assists in the preparation of Cambodian salvage divers

Knights-of-The-Royal-Order-of-Sahametrei-4PADI Course Director Gerard Leenen, from Scuba Nation Diving Centre, Cambodia who was recently conferred Knight of the Royal Order of Sahametrei for his hard work and commitment to the local community in Cambodia, explains his involvement and the development of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre/ Golden West Diver Preparation course.  The course will lead to the formation of the first underwater UXO (unexploded ordnance) salvage team in Asia.

In 2006 Len Austin from Golden West Humanitarian Foundation Cambodia walked into our Scuba Nation office in Phnom Penh and spoke to us about setting up a Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) underwater unexploded ordnance (UXO) Salvage Divers team program to be supervised by Golden West. We talked about things and sent a quote but heard no more about it.

Skip forward 6 years. In 2012 Allen Tan, the General Manager from Golden West, approached us again about this. It was to be funded by the US Department of State and the Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement and was now a GO project.

Cambodian-volunteers-during-fitness-trainingThe basic structure of the program was for one month of training. We started with 40 volunteers from CMAC for Phase 1. After two weeks of training by Golden West Instructors and staff, mainly involving physical fitness, swimming, discipline and some academic work, the 40 candidates would be whittled down to 20 for the two weeks of Phase 2.  Phase 2 was teaching the PADI Open Water Diver course and overseeing the subsequent dives, where Golden West staff with salvage divers from the US Army and Navy would take over the training. I was to be present all through Phase 1 in Phnom Penh for consultation and during Phase 2 off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Gerard-Leenan-keeps-a-close-watch-on-Confined-Water-training-2On the first day of Phase 1 there was an introduction to the program and the guys were straight into the pool.  It was obvious that this was going to be an experience all on its own: most of these guys couldn’t swim and due to their lack of body fat, almost none could float! Fortunately, they had an extremely competent Cambodian swim teacher who trained in Australia and she was great. Within a week, she had them all floating, swimming front crawl and snorkelling.

After the cut to 20 candidates to start Phase 2, the training moved to the coast. I had to design
power-point presentations with many illustrations as most of the 20 cannot read or write English, but we had 2 excellent translators who managed to translate on the spot as I did the lectures. It became quickly apparent that the academics were going to be a big challenge for a lot of the guys, some of whom had very little formal education and had barely been in a classroom up to that point. We quickly adjusted the schedule to allow more time to be spent on the academics. Soon, I began to see the strong ones helping and explaining to the weaker ones, which was great – and for me – this was the start of them becoming a team.

At the same time, the guys were still doing physical training and also experiencing their first breaths underwater with the confined exercises. We split them into teams of 4-5 and all were allocated buddies to bring home to them the teamwork concept, something the Army and Navy guys really wanted to emphasise. It was very different from training during our normal courses and it was funny to see that if the guys did something wrong after being told several times how to do it, the Army guys would make them do press-ups. We’re still thinking about trying it out with our usual students!!

By the end of the 3rd week we moved our whole operation to Koh Rong Island for the final PADI Open Water dives and then on to the special training. The 4 open water dives were great and the students loved it; we worked on buoyancy and did the PADI Open Water skills. For Dives 3 & 4, we took them to the reefs and showed them the corals and marine life; all the students came up with big smiles on their faces.

The-PADI-Open-Water-Diver-students-with-their-instructors-and-staff-3We certified 15 Cambodian CMAC staff for the PADI Open Water course and handed them over to Golden West to continue 4 extra days of diver training. Joining us then were 3 US military salvage divers who observed the students, and advised the Golden West instructors who took over from Scuba Nation. They were assessing if the candidates were ready to go on to further salvage training over the next few years.

We were acting as safety divers for these dives and it was incredible to see the candidates doing exercises with black-out masks, low visibility and entanglements. These are divers who had just passed the PADI Open Water course 3 days ago and some of whom could barely swim 3 weeks ago. Absolutely amazing!

To qualify as a success, Golden West needed four divers to qualify for the Salvage team. We are extremely proud that ten candidates achieved the first level of Basic Salvage diver and the US military Salvage divers will take those ten to be trained as the first ever Cambodian Salvage diver team, and in fact the first in the world of its kind. Due to the success of this program, the US State Department are now looking at repeating it elsewhere in Asia and in Africa, which is a great tribute to the hard work and  teamwork, of Scuba Nation and Golden West.

As a complete surprise that blew me away, at the closing ceremony, I and the lead instructors were presented with a knighthood of The Royal Order of Sahametrei by H.E. Prak Sokhon on behalf of the Cambodian Government in recognition of our services over the past months to the development of the CMAC/ Golden West Diver Preparation course.

As a PADI Course Director and Scuba Nation owner, it was an honour to be selected as the PADI Dive Centre to run the program with Golden West, The US Department of State, The Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement and CMAC. For me personally, it was a pleasure and privilege to work with the teams of people involved. The biggest satisfaction was to see Cambodian CMAC people, some of whom had never been to school and could not swim 4 weeks ago, change into a great team of PADI Open Water divers and go on to bigger and better things. I am so proud that I and Scuba Nation were a part of that. It has changed my life forever and I have learned so much over the last 4 weeks that will stay with me to make me a better PADI Instructor and Course Director.

Gerard Leenen – PADI Course Director        

Click here to view a short video of the Cambodians during their diver preparation course.

To contact Scuba Nation Diving Centre, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,

Tel:  Phnom Penh, Mobile: +855 (0)12 715 785   Sihanoukville,  Mobile: +855 (0)12 604 680  Email:  or visit their
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