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Myoungho Noh Joins the PADI AmbassaDiver Family

15 Sep

We’re thrilled to welcome Myoungho Noh to the PADI AmbassaDiver family!

Not only is he a PADI Course Director but he was also the first PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer from Korea. We got to know him a little better and learnt about some of his favourite freediving moments and what it means to him to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

When did you first start exploring the underwater world?

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved water activities – swimming, scuba diving – you name it, I tried it. It was scuba diving that first really increased my appreciation and enjoyment of the ocean. It allowed me to explore deeper and stay there for longer. In Korea, the ocean is not far from my home, so I’d visit every chance I got. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always able to scuba dive, but this opened freediving up to me and has since changed my life.

These days, I am teaching freediving and trying to promote freediving all over the world.

Tell us about some of your favourite freediving moments.

I love the feeling of freedom that comes with freediving. Particularly when I’m diving by way of free immersion. I can relax my whole body, and slowly enter the deep. While moving down the line, I close my eyes and feel the water against my dace. At that point, I feel like I’m one with the water!

I also love observing aquatic animals – I remember one moment when I was diving with a huge whale shark. I knew the whale shark wouldn’t attack me however the sheer size of it was mesmerizing. It was such a unique experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

What does being a PADI AmbassaDiver mean to you?

It was PADI that has led me to diving professionally and has opened up completely new worlds to me. I feel a sense of pride when I’m teaching PADI courses and even more so to be a PADI AmbassaDiver.

Why do you want to introduce more people to Freediving?

I believe that freediving is easy for anyone to learn and that the experience is one-of-a-kind. The joy that can be experienced through it is endless. With that said, it’s important that people learn safe practices and by teaching the PADI Freediver course I can help make sure people learn the proper and safe techniques.

Learn more about the PADI Freediver program here or learn more about our other AmbassaDivers.

Welcoming Our Newest PADI AmbassaDivers, Riley and Steve Hathaway

10 Nov

PADI AmbassaDivers are selected representatives who have excelled within their field, inspiring others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving. They represent PADI values and help to inspire divers, ocean advocates and explorers across the globe.

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© Richard Robinson http://www.depth.co.nz (Steve and Riley)

We are thrilled to welcome two new PADI AmbassaDivers to our list of industry leaders and influencers. Steve Hathaway and daughter Riley aim to get kids all over the world enthused about the beauty and diversity of our marine life. Their passion is to create stories that inspire kids to love our ocean. To do so, they created the ‘Young Ocean Explorers’ initiative, consisting of a New Zealand television series and a published book and DVD called ‘Young Ocean Explorers – Love Our Ocean’.

In Young Ocean Explorers, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway and daughter Riley present a captivating series of stories about what happens when a teenager comes face to face with marine animals. The excellent video footage comes from Steve who has filmed professionally since 2008, providing content for the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery TV. Best known for his excellent orca footage, you’ll find most international orca documentaries in the last 8 years have had Steve’s footage in them, including award winning documentary ‘Blackfish’.

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© Robert Marc Lehmann (Steve filming orca)

Riley is a passionate 15-year-old ocean ambassador. In 2013, Riley completed a school project on turtles and plastic which was the inspiration behind Young Ocean Explorers. In 2015, Riley was winning awards and seeing herself on national New Zealand television, telling incredible stories of encounters with sea creatures including orca, whales and turtles.

With 20 episodes completed and planning for a third series underway, Riley and Steve have some impressive achievements on their belt already.

  • Young Ocean Explorers videos are currently screening as in-flight entertainment on all Air New Zealand flights.
  • Riley and Steve have given talks to over 20, 000 people in the last year and half, including at TEDx Auckland.
  • They completed their mission to give a free copy of their book and DVD, ‘Young Ocean Explorers – Love Our Ocean’ to every school in New Zealand and the Cook Islands – about 2560 schools!
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© Richard Robinson http://www.depth.co.nz (Steve and Riley)

With a mission to ‘Inspire kids to love our Ocean’ with the world’s best underwater stories, Riley and Steve believe they are working on something powerful enough to change the way kids think about, and treasure our ocean. We at PADI believe they are too, and are proud to be working alongside them to share their message.

“Riley and I are honoured to be accepted into the PADI AmbassaDiver program. We look forward to continuing the promotion of diving and marine education throughout the world and inspiring the next generation of divers” – Steve Hathaway

Watch Season 2, Episode 6 of Young Ocean Explorers

Books and DVD’s are available through the Young Ocean Explorers website.

Announcing New PADI AmbassaDiver – Adam Stern

2 Sep

PADI AmbassaDivers are selected representatives who have excelled within the industry, inspiring others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving. They represent PADI values and help to grow the pool of divers, ocean advocates and explorers in the region and across the globe.

We are thrilled to announce new PADI AmbassaDiver, Adam Stern.

Adam, a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer, is an accomplished freediver and the current Australian Free Immersion record holder with a depth of 88 metres.

Adam Stern PADI AmbassaDiver

Although not Adam’s original intention when beginning to freedive, he has made a name for himself through competing successfully in various competitions around the world. He first started competing in 2013 in Dahab, Egypt and in 2015 won bronze in the Men’s Constant Weight division at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas – the “Wimbledon of freediving.” The following year at Vertical Blue, Adam dove to 100m Constant Weight and broke the Australian Free Immersion record again pushing it to 88 metres.

“Teaching freediving, for me, is about exposing people to diving on one breath in a way that is comfortable, natural and without stress. It’s amazing what the human body can do and when I teach I am simply unlocking potential in my students that already exists. I think that sometimes people think that competition divers push themselves to the limit which is a general misconception because all my deep dives and relaxed, pleasurable and comfortable.”

Adam’s passion for teaching freediving comes via the promotion of dive safety, often operating free freediving safety seminars to help promote safe diving practices.

“I’m ecstatic to be accepted into the PADI AmbassaDiver program because it allows me to be at the forefront of the great contribution PADI is making to the freediving industry, the promotion of safe freediving practices and the expansion of freediving itself as a way to connect with and experience the aquatic world.”

Congratulations Adam, we look forward to working with you as a PADI AmbassaDiver!

 

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Industry Icons Announced as PADI AmbassaDivers

10 Aug

PADI is honoured to announce two industry icons as PADI AmbassaDivers.

Clement Lee is a diving icon from Malaysia and Rachan Malaiwongs is a diving icon from Thailand. Both Rachan and Clement have been long established positive voices from their respective communities, strong advocates of PADI as well as championing many environmental initiatives in the region.

Rachan Malaiwongs
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Rachan Malaiwongs became a PADI Instructor in 1994 and in 1999 became the first Thai PADI Course Director. After graduating from college in Chiang Mai, Malaiwongs moved to Koh Samui where he had the honor of meeting the late Ceasare Benelli, credited with exploring and naming many dive sites in Koh Tao. Benelli became his mentor and teacher, and through their relationship, Malaiwongs earned his PADI Divemaster certification before moving on to take his PADI Instructor Development Course and work at various dive operations on Koh Samui and Koh Tao and helped shape the diving industry in Thailand.

Rachan is credited with training many of the Thai PADI Instructors and acting as a mentor to these new PADI Professionals. Malaiwongs continues to cultivate a strong community among the PADI Instructors he has trained including in the growing diving hub of Bangkok. He has been an unofficial PADI ambassador for many years including assisting with initiatives to help grow diving.

Rachan said “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved today, training hundreds and hundreds of Thai diving instructors who have helped make Thailand one of the biggest diving hubs in the world.”

Rachan has received numerous PADI awards over the years including for his outstanding contribution to the diving industry.

Clement Lee

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Clement Lee became a PADI Instructor in 1985 and in 1991 was one of the first of two Malaysians to become a PADI Course Director. Having extensive diving experience in Sabah’s waters, Clement was one of the pioneers to introduce professionalism in recreational diving, as well as dive resort management in Sipadan. As a Tourism Board Dive Committee member for Sabah, he has also worked tirelessly to promote the dive tourism industry there. Actively promoting conservation and environmental initiatives including Project AWARE, Clement has been the recipient of numerous PADI awards over the years as well as receiving the DEMA Reaching Out Award in 2008 in the USA and was inducted into the International Scuba Diver Hall of Fame in 2011 in the Cayman Islands.

In 2015, Clement was appointed to the prestigious role of Tourism Advisor of Malaysia to represent and help promote the diving.

Tourism Malaysia described Clement Lee as, “the embodiment of the entrepreneurial dive industry pioneer, a staunch conservationist with unrelenting views on the importance of protecting and conserving the region’s unique marine attractions. Clement has had a profound influence on the growth and development of recreational diving and dive tourism in this part of the world.”

The aim of the PADI AmbassaDiver program is to help inspire others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving. This program aims to help grow the pool of divers, ocean advocates and explorers in the region and across the globe. Rachan and Clement truly epitomize the meaning of being a PADI AmbassaDiver.

PADI is honoured to welcome Clement Lee & Rachan Malaiwongs as PADI AmbassaDivers.

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PADI AmbassaDiver™ in Asia Pacific

1 Apr

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In the coming weeks, PADI will be launching the PADI AmbassaDiver™ program in the Asia Pacific region. The aim is to help inspire others to start diving, keep diving or teach diving by establishing an official program of dive ambassadors. This program will help grow the pool of divers, ocean advocates and explorers in the region and across the globe.

PADI AmbassaDiver will be expected to act positively and professionally as:

  • A representative of the PADI brand.
  • A voice of PADI within their community and spheres of influence.
  • A positive influence for PADI’s audience to start, keep or teach diving.
  • A brand advocate of PADI through social platforms, events and relevant engagements.
  • A safe, responsible diver who respects marine life and the environment.

If you would like to nominate for consideration a PADI Professional or influential PADI Diver that would be suitable please email ambassadiver@padi.com.au.

Stay tuned for more updates including PADI AmbassaDiver announcements from the Asia Pacific region.