PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism, Koh Tao- Last Chance for Early Bird Offer

This is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird offer for the PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism in Koh Tao on Saturday 8th December 2018.

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Register your place before Saturday 27th October 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media- WeChat, Weibo & Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and it’s direct impact on business
  • Effective Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services available to PADI Members

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

PADI’s Pillars of Change- A Force for Good in Koh Tao, Thailand

Written by PADI Territory Director Tim Hunt 

At  PADI  we  are  committed  to  supporting  social  and  environmental  efforts  through  PADI’s Pillars of Change. It  is  something  you’ve  heard  us  talk  about  during  our  member  forums,  general updates  and Social  Media  channels  –  but  we  are  also  putting  these words  into  action.  Around  the  globe  our  field  staff  are  spreading  the  message  to  members  and  to  potential  PADI  divers,  as  our  community  continues  to  grow.  Here  is  a  quick  look  at  the  efforts  of  Regional  Manager  Neil  Richards  and  Regional  Training  Consultant  Guy  Corsellis,  who  are  both based  in  Koh  Tao,  Thailand.

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Marine Animal Protection  –  As  we all  know  a  healthy  ocean  is  vital  to  humanity. Therefore, PADI is taking steps to help divers become part of a positive solution to help impact and change our oceans. Guy and his son Iggy (PADI Divemaster Candidate) took this powerful message to the children from schools in their region, Koh Tao’s International Primary School and a local Thai Public School. After giving presentations to these children about the behavior of marine animals in their local underwater habitat, they were also able to provide some eco-friendly tips. By teaching and educating the children on how important our oceans, including the species within it, they will learn and help spread our message from an early age. We hope that as the future generation, they can influence change for generations to come.

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Ocean Health  – With over 200,000 identified species in the oceans and millions more to discover, protecting our marine life biodiversity is critical. PADI works closely with organisations that strive to help and protect our oceans in a multitude of ways.  As our key partner in the environment for 25 years, Project AWARE  is one such organisation that is committed to keeping the natural balance in our aquatic world.  Project AWARE’s Community Conservation Officer, Jack Fishman, visited  Thailand to spread the word on Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris Specialty Course, helping PADI dive centres engage with their community and tackle marine debris head on. He gave valuable insight into the role scuba divers play in highlighting the extent of the marine debris problem. The Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Course was also taught to a large number of divers. PADI continues to support the education of our community into the importance of sharks and keeping marine ecosystems in equilibrium.

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Healing and Wellness  – Becoming a diver is a life changing experience for a lot of people. It can drive career changes and provide transformations both mentally and physically. PADI’s Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course is a great example of this. It is a fantastic way for people to overcome adversity, illness or disability. Neil Richards and Guy Corsellis taught the specialty to the PADI Course Directors on Koh Tao to get them all motivated to support the transformation this speciality can bring. In a truly inspiring session, the PADI Course Directors showed great camaraderie as they worked together to develop different techniques to teaching. A course that was a real opener to some seasoned PADI professionals, will now become crucial to not only providing new divers the ability to fulfill their dreams, but also to inspire others along the way.

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People + Community  – Very few people give more to a community than its emergency teams, ready  to help in an instant and putting others needs ahead of their own. Neil and Guy decided to give a little back when they took some of the nurses from Koh Tao’s newly opened hospital out for some fun under the water, as part of PADI Women’s Dive Day. The six nurses were introduced to a whole new world during a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Introductory Experience. By supporting the training of local people to foster sustainability, PADI continues to educate and support local communities to cultivate the protection mindset necessary for ocean health and marine animal protection.

 

For more information about the PADI Pillars of Change, please visit our website here.

#PADI4Change

PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism: Koh Tao & Tawau

Register today and receive an early bird discount for our one-day PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism in Koh Tao and Tawau!

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Did you know that more than one in ten international tourists worldwide are from China? Last year alone there were over 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were leisure.

With the rapid growth of Chinese tourists travelling overseas, PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Chinese market and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

Don’t miss out on our last PADI Business Academy Outbound Chinese Tourism seminars for 2018! 

Koh Tao- Saturday 8th December- Register now

Tawau- Wednesday 12th December- Register now

Over the course of the day, attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media- WeChat, Weibo & Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and it’s direct impact on business
  • Effective Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services available to PADI Members

There will also be dedicated workshop time at the conclusion of the day, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

BONUS – EARLY BIRD OFFER

Register your place before Saturday 27th October (Koh Tao) or Wednesday 31st October (Tawau), to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

Koh Tao- Saturday 8th December- Register now

Tawau- Wednesday 12th December- Register now

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

 

 

PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism Koh Tao- Register Now

Join us on Saturday 8th December 2018 for our one-day PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism, in Koh Tao!

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Did you know that more than one in ten international tourists worldwide are from China? Last year alone there were over 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were leisure.

With the rapid growth of Chinese tourists travelling overseas, PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Chinese market and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

Over the course of the day, attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media- WeChat, Weibo & Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and it’s direct impact on business
  • Effective Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services available to PADI Members

There will also be dedicated workshop time at the conclusion of the day, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

BONUS – EARLY BIRD OFFER
Register your place before Saturday 27th October 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming PADI Business Academies for 2018 here.

Crystal Dive Resort and Eco Koh Tao’s latest conservation efforts in Thailand

Crystal Dive _ Kailash Jeff  Nathan CookMatt Bolton, PADI Course Director at Crystal Dive Resort in Thailand, reports on their latest conservation efforts with Eco Koh Tao and the team from Ocean Mysteries.

Crystal Dive Resort, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort in Koh Tao and its partner conservation team, Eco Koh Tao have been at the forefront of marine conservation projects on Koh Tao for many years. Conducting Reef Check Ecological Surveys, developing artificial reefs and coral nurseries and fixing mooring buoys are just some of the integral conservation projects where our Eco team have been leaders.

When we were contacted in late 2014 by the team from Ocean Mysteries crew, we were delighted to be involved in showcasing some of our work. Two of our major projects at the moment involve active restoration of the near shore coral reefs; one involved growing and propagating corals and the other giant clams.

On March 11 the team from Ocean Mysteries, hosted by Jeff Corwin travelled from Koh Samui for a day in the water around Koh Tao.  Jeffrey Corwin is an American nature conservationist and host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest. Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin airs on the ABC network in the USA.

The first stop was at Twins where host Jeff and Eco Koh Tao’s Conservation Coordinator Nathan Cook and Kailash Cook took to the waters to collect some coral fragments. These were brought back to the boat and placed on coral nursery trays before being returned to the nursery to grow. This important reef restoration process helps to regenerate and restore compromised corals on some our near shore reefs which are subject to increased stresses from local and international pressures.

After lunch on board, our second stop was at our local in-house artificial reef, Junkyard where another important reef restoration process is underway, this time with giant clams. Giant Clams are an iconic reef species under pressure throughout the tropics as people remove them for food and souvenirs. For the last 2 years Eco Koh Tao has been looking after a batch of some 450 giant clams in protective cages underwater until they are big enough to survive on their own.

As part of this process, once the clams are big enough they are transplanted from their nursery cage out onto the natural reef. So far we have transplanted over 150 giant clams with a success rate above 80%. This is far better than previous efforts where success was virtually zero. These clams will provide important water filtration services helping to maintain and improve the water quality around Koh Tao.

It was a great day out and provided Eco Koh Tao and Crystal Dive a unique opportunity to showcase our amazing coral reef conservation work to the world. We are especially thankful to Jeff Corwin and his team for making the effort to come to Koh Tao and get involved in our conservation projects first hand.

Crystal Dive Resort is a 100% AWARE Partner and supports Project AWARE actions and campaigns.  For further information, visit www.crystaldive.com  or Email:info@crystaldive.com

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Setting up the coral nursery.  Photo by Alex Tyrrell 

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership awarded to Sairee Cottage Diving, Koh Tao

50022_5Star_DiveResortPADI Asia Pacific is thrilled to welcome our latest 5 Star Dive Resort Sairee Cottage Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand.

Located on the stunning Sairee Beach, Sairee Cottage Diving facilities include modern classrooms purposely built with multi-language teaching aids and flat screen TVs, and a dedicated swimming pool for scuba diving training.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Resorts that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness

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Sairee Cottage Diving offer courses from beginners to advanced levels including a comprehensive choice of PADI specialties and professional levels such as the PADI Divemaster rating. 

Business owner Trevor, when opening Sairee Cottage Diving back in 2007, had 2 goals: provide excellent scuba diving training and emphasize quality rather than quantity.

About the recent PADI 5 Star award Trevor says “I’m very excited to be part of the PADI family and to represent the leading diving organisation in the world”.

Congratulations to Trevor for achieving this important rating. Well done!

Project AWARE: FINtastic Trio Swim Around Koh Tao in 7 Hours 56 Minutes!

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

Project AWARE Finathon 31.7.13How far could you swim for sharks? The Master Divers FINtastic trio swam 22.5km around Koh Tao in 7 hours 56 minutes!

Sensational swimmer Gene completed the first leg of the relay (3.6km) in 1 hour 15 minutes! A huge congratulations to Finathon Swimming Champs extraordinaire Wilco, Ayesha and Gene.

An around-the-island snorkel boat followed the swimmers giving people the chance to snorkel, cheer the swimmers on and look for sharks at sites where they are known to frequent.

The swimmers were welcomed back to the island to celebrate at the Finathon Finish Line Party featuring fire twirlers, fabulous prizes and great friends who helped raise an amazing $2,260 through raffles and auctions. Coupled with online sponsorship this record breaking challenge places Master Divers in first place at the top of the Finathon Team Leaderboard.

Project AWARE Finathon 2 31.7.13Besides training for the big swim Ayesha also gave weekly shark conservation talks to educate people about why sharks need our protection. And Gene received some fabulous well wishes from the students at the school she teaches at in South Korea. It’s amazing to see our Finathon champions inspiring support in all corners of the globe.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported our Master Divers champions www.finathon.org/masterdivers

Read the full story here.

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved.