PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Cebu

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PADI is pleased to announce a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, scheduled from 13 – 18 May 2019, in Cebu, Philippines.

The course will help current PADI Master Freediver Instructors transition to PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers, which involves broadening instructional and mentoring skills, plus expanding communication abilities. 

If you are interested in this course, please start the procedure by downloading the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Fact Sheet. This will give you an idea of the requirements and procedures involved and will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

To apply for the course, download the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Application Form. The application form should be submitted electronically to instdev@padi.com.au. The deadline for submitting your application is 5 April 2019.

If you would also like to attend the EFR Instructor Trainer Course (scheduled for 12 May 2019), please register here.

Note that even though these programs are hosted by PADI Asia Pacific, they are open to members from any PADI Regional Headquarters. 

How the Closure of One Island Made a Whole Country Start Working Towards a Greener Future

By Conny Jeppson, PADI Regional Manager Philippines

In April this year, the government of the Philippines decided that they were closing one of their most visited islands, Boracay, for 6 months. The decision was made to allow time for infrastructure to improve and most importantly, to develop a new and more efficient waste water treatment.

Boracay-Beach-White Sand- Philippines
 

With more than 2 million visitors a year, many never thought the closure would actually be possible. Coincidentally, when the closure was enforced many of the world’s eyes turned to the Philippines, some in astonishment, but many looking to the Philippines to be an Eco-leader and example for the future. Even though the financial impact for most was more than could be endured, nearly all operators on the island stood behind the rehabilitation. Operators believed that the action taken would preserve the island and ensure it remained a paradise for future generations to come.

What’s even more interesting is the ripple effect that the closure has had on the community across the country and in some ways, its neighbouring countries. Suddenly and in most parts of the country, local businesses, municipalities and individuals quickly started to also improve the overall condition of their homes and businesses. A good example of this is Malapascua Island where most PADI Dive Centres and Resorts have joined forces by starting to sell refillable aluminium water bottles branded with their own logo. Not only is this a great initiative, but customers can also present their water bottle in affiliated stores and in return, can refill their water bottles for free.

Many resorts and dive centres on the island have also switched to better alternatives when it comes to the use of plastic. Plastic straws are now hard to find as reusable items and non-plastic solutions have become readily available to the community. Evolution, a PADI 5 star resort in Malapascua, have taken this initiative even further with one of their owners, Matt Reed. They have invested in a plastic recycling machine from planet positive products. Matt and the Evolution team have not only envisioned this machine to be used for their dive resort, but they also hope that it can be used for bigger parts of the island.

Malapascua Island- Phillippines- Beach- Ocean

El Nido in Palawan Island is another fantastic example of a community being in the forefront to protect the environment. The local government have banned the use of single use plastic such as plastic bags and plastic straws.  The local government have also worked hard to reclaim the local beach by introducing local laws to benefit both the local community and tourists alike.

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The above examples are only a handful of how the Philippines community are joining forces to improve our overall environment. There are many more PADI Dive Centres and Resorts, PADI Instructors and PADI Divemasters working hard to protect, educate and promote a more environmental way of living.

PADI Regional Managers get to experience some great environmental initiatives all around their region. If you are looking to make environmental improvements at your PADI Dive Centre or Resort, contact your PADI Regional Manager to discuss ideas, implementation and support.

Interview with Two PADI IDC Resorts Working With, Not Against Each Other

Sometimes working together instead of against each other yields huge benefits. A great example of this is Atmosphere Resort and Liquid Dive Dumaguete in the Philippines who are two very similar, but still very different dive resorts working constructively together.

Atmosphere, winner of the “Luxury Resort Award” in 2017, is a PADI 5 Star IDC Resort with numerous, similar accomplishments. Liquid Dive Dumaguete, also a PADI 5 Star IDC Resort, focuses on a different clientele and during the last couple of years have managed to build a big name within the dive industry.

What these two business have done is combine forces when it comes to their PADI Instructor Development Courses by creating ‘Instructor Development Philippines’ (IDP). Together they currently have 4 PADI Course Directors on staff as well as multiple PADI Master Instructors working in both resorts making sure that each and every one of their students gets the attention they need and require.

PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppson contacted Gabrielle Holder (Owner/Course Director at Atmosphere Resort) and Tim Latimer (Owner/Course Director at Liquid Dive Dumaguete) to ask them a few question about how and why they decided to join forces.

   

Why did you make the decision to work together when conducting IDC programs?

GH/TL: We felt that there was a hole in the IDC market in the Philippines and we believed that by working together we could have a bigger impact by bringing in the expertise and knowledge from our different backgrounds. This combined with our separate marketing efforts and students being taught in the different dive centres also increases the combined reach.

Your program includes a unique ‘Learn to Teach’ element. Can you tell us a bit about that?

GH/TL: Our candidates have the opportunity to teach in two separate dive resorts which focus on separate markets and clientele. Candidates often do not know where they are heading after becoming an instructor. We wanted to offer two different venues through which they could conduct their first courses. This teaches them how to apply varying teaching styles to suit the student, and candidates work closely with our instructor teams to gain experience and teach a variety of PADI courses.

What else is unique about the program you offer?

GH/TL: We have four Course Directors in house at all times, with two being the owners of the resorts and Instructor Development Philippines. This means at any time we have the staff to give candidates individual attention whenever necessary. All candidates are signed up for IDC Online Study and they have individual tablets fully loaded with PADI materials during their IDC, ensuring they are well aware of how to function as a PADI Instructor in today’s digitalized world. We are also keen advocates of the environment, operating Project AWARE monthly clean-ups (Dive Against Debris) and a general environmental thinking throughout both resorts.

Do you have any memorable moments from the program thus far?

GH/TL: Every IDC is unique in its own way, but the main highlights are seeing candidates succeed in the future. We stay in touch with our candidate and we have seen them find their dream jobs and open their own dive centres, which is just fantastic.

How has coming together to run a joint IDC benefited your dive shop?

GH/TL: Working together has lead to benefits for both dive shops by growing our IDC reputation, including our ‘learn to teach programme’, as well as the reputation and brand awareness of both dive centres in general within the area.

What’s in store for the program going forward (e.g. growing, continuing to run etc.)

GH/TL: A venue purely for DM to IDC training to make us the ultimate experience in professional training; not just in the Philippines but also globally.

What advice do you have for any dive shop owner thinking about joining together for an IDC program?

GH/TL: It is very simple really. You need to offer something unique and find someone you are willing to work together with who has the same goals as you.

Thank you to both Tim and Gabrielle for taking the time to answer these questions and I hope that you, the reader, have some good ideas of how you and your neighbouring dive centers can start a similar cooperation be it in IDC’s, Freediving, TecRec or even normal courses working with different referral systems.

Conny Jeppson
PADI Regional Manager for the Philippines

PADI Business Academy Manila 2017

Join us on the 11th and 12th of October 2017 in Manila for the PADI Business Academy.

PADI’s Business Academies run over two days and aim to highlight the importance of understanding and evolving your business model to meet the needs of today’s customers.

2017 Presentation Topics

Over the 2 days, attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • Website
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Database Mining
  • Integrating Digital Products and OLPC 2.0
  • Social Media
  • Business Management
  • Online Advertising
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities

Sheridan Hatcher, PADI Marketing Executive, maintains that a key feature of the Asia Pacific Business Academies will be the strong focus on the ongoing PADI staff follow-ups and close working relationships with attendees, not only during the Academy but also beyond.

“We will aim to help attendees achieve their business goals that they set over the course of the program. These goals are chosen by attendees from the topics and business opportunities discussed over the two days,” she says.

BONUS – Early Bird Offer

Register before Wednesday 30 August and receive AUD$30 off the cost of your registration. Plus, if you register and pay for three people, you will receive the fourth registration free!

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.

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