Deptherapy, diving rehabilitation in Egypt

As PADI Regional Manager in charge of Egypt, I had the privilege to become involved in Deptherapy’s largest ever and most successful programme yet.During mid-May, 12 wounded Veterans took part in the Deptherapy programme at Pharaoh Dive Club – The Roots Luxury Camp, which thanks to the owners (Steve and Clare) has become the point of reference for Deptherapy in Egypt. These armed forces veterans suffering from life-changing mental and/or physical injuries, enrolled onto different PADI courses: some were certified as Open Water Divers, some as Advanced Open Water, some others as Deep Specialty Divers and all became EANX divers.

Deptherapy is a UK based charity, using scuba diving to rehabilitate veterans afflicted by both mental and physical disabilities. Deptherapy aims through adaptive teaching to qualify such individuals wherever possible as PADI divers and able to dive anywhere in the world (with the only support of their dive buddy – without extra personnel needed).Veterans – wounded in service – also assisted in the training programme as Instructors and Divemasters. The teaching team included PADI Ambassadiver, Chris Middleton, who lost both legs in Afghanistan and has subsequently worked through the Deptherapy programme from Open Water to Divemaster and is now aiming to become a PADI Instructor. Dr Richard Cullen, founder and chairman of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education also ran a Deptherapy Education Instructor Training Course, where in status Divemasters and Instructors can become qualified in Adaptive Teaching for the physically and mentally challenged diver.As a spectator, I was lucky to attend sections of each course: I assisted Confined and Open water dives of Open Water students,  dived with the students on their PADI Advanced Open Water and Specialty courses, attended and practiced  the ‘adaptive training’ delivered by Richard!

 

…and I even managed to run a presentation on the PADI continuing education philosophy together with Chris Middleton.

The audience was inspired by our words and the majority of OWD completed the AOWD in the next days. Some of the newly certified divers are willing to progress even further, motivated not only by Chris but also by Andy Searle, a motivated diver who lost both legs during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, who is now working through his Divemaster Course.

 

It was an incredible experience to watch these ex-military personnel participate in their PADI courses, many diving for the first time and really enjoying it! Once in the water, it was truly awe-inspiring to see that the words “I can’t” don’t exist in Deptherapy.  Watching the injured Veterans repeating skills, working as a team, showing that there are no limitations, made me quickly understand why Deptherapy’s slogan is ‘Mission Possible!’

There are many ways to get involved with Deptherapy including training, fundraising, donating. They’re a charity and couldn’t continue their work without your help, so if you’d like to get involved please get in touch with Richard Cullen.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit their website at www.deptherapy.co.uk.

[ Photo credits: Dmitry Knyazev ]

PADI Elite Instructor Interview: Stefano Busca, PADI Course Director

Stefano Busca, PADI Course Director, achieved the status of PADI Elite Instructor 2016 – an award which recognises the efforts and accomplishments of PADI’s top performing instructors around the world.

We spoke to Stefano to find out what being a PADI Elite Instructor means to him, as well as learning about his achievements and future aspirations as a PADI Professional.


What inspired you to become a PADI Pro?                                                                     I have always loved outdoor sports and my dream has always been to work in the sports industry. When I became a scuba diver and started meeting positive people, I immediately knew that this was going to be my chance to fulfil my dream.

How do you think you’ve changed personally and professionally as you’ve moved up the ranks to become an Elite Instructor?                                                            Today, many people are attracted by scuba diving in order to escape the daily routine and the usual problems and commitments in their lives. I think that a successful instructor should be in the position to offer as many scuba diving activities as possible (recreational, specialties and Tec) in order to meet the customers’ needs and desires. Personally, I did exactly this!

Which PADI courses do you enjoy teaching the most and why?                                 Now, I can teach almost all the specialties with open circuit. I like diving and teaching in all environments; my favourites, however, are deep and wreck, especially on a recreational technical setup. The TecRec programs offer both the instructor and the client a chance to dive in an environment accessible to few, a sort of scuba diving elite group, where the technical preparation and personal fitness are vital.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your diving career?            Becoming a PADI Course Director! Having the possibility to pass on my passion, while training not only students but also instructors, is definitely the biggest reward.

What does diving give you that nothing else does?                                                Diving gives me the possibility to escape from my daily life, to enter an environment where interacting with the underwater life is so intense that everything else disappears. An escape from reality!

Did you have to overcome any fears, challenges or obstacles to get where you are now in your diving career?                                                                                       The commitment to get where I am now has been considerable. The PADI educational system, however, is very efficient and systematic at every level. You just need to believe in what you are doing and focus. You will succeed!

Do you believe you change others’ lives through diving?                                     Absolutely! People discover an extraordinary and exciting activity. Lately, more and more students get into scuba diving with an eye to becoming professionals; many become instructors to work full time in scuba diving. To date, I have trained instructors that are working in the most beautiful locations in the world: Red Sea, Maldives, Micronesia, etc.

Describe in a few sentences how you would convince a non-diver to learn to dive?                                                                                                                                  There is a very effective video, on the internet, showing the difference between the life of an employee and that of a scuba diving instructor. The morning wake up and the daily routine in the city, for the employee, the beach and the sea for the instructor. In a few minutes you have the best representation of what is the scuba diving lifestyle.

As a PADI Elite Instructor how does it feel being recognised as one of PADI’s top performing Instructors in 2016?                                                                                     Being an Elite Instructor is definitely a great recognition for the work done and an incentive to improve. In 2016, I issued over 200 certifications: this is hard to beat. But the important thing is to always do your best, without focusing too much on one objective; if you do your job the best you can, you will always achieve some new, important objectives.

What does “My PADI” mean to you?                                                                             For me, My PADI is a lifestyle, a chance to make dreams come true! One of my favourite quotes is: if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!

What would you say to other PADI Instructors hoping to become Elite Instructors?   I would tell them to always work to the best of their abilities, following the standards and procedures unique to the best scuba diving training agency in the world… PADI!

 

 

PADI Elite Instructor Interview: Kerrie Eade, PADI Course Director

Kerrie Eade, PADI Course Director and owner of PADI 5 Star IDC Center Ocean Turtle Diving, achieved the status of PADI Elite Instructor 2016 – an award which recognises the efforts and accomplishments of PADI’s top performing instructors around the world.

We spoke to Kerrie to find out what being a PADI Elite Instructor means to her, as well as learning about her achievements and future aspirations as a PADI Professional.


What inspired you to become a PADI Pro?                                                                     I learnt to dive in the 90’s and was surrounded by male divers.  I felt, even then that more women should get into diving, both at recreational and professional level.  I loved the challenge of proving myself in this dive environment, so after my PADI Rescue Diver course I decided to become a PADI Divemaster, and the rest is history!

How do you think you’ve changed personally and professionally as you’ve moved up the ranks to become an Elite Instructor?                                                                 My journey has been so much fun and quite literally life changing.  As a PADI Divemaster, I moved to Spain and started working as a dive guide and eventually became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. I decided I wanted to stay in the dive industry, so when my local dive centre went up for sale, I bought it!  So professionally I have progressed to become a PADI Course Director and dive centre owner, and I have never felt so alive and challenged.

Which PADI courses do you enjoy teaching the most and why?                                   I love teaching the PADI Rescue Diver course as it’s such a positive experience for the participants and I love watching them grow in confidence.  I also love teaching Instructor Development Courses as I get share the instructor candidates’ highs and lows and really make a difference.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your diving career?                   Achieving my PADI Course Director in 2016 is my greatest achievement in diving – closely followed by turning around a failing dive centre into the rip roaring success that Ocean Turtle Diving is today.

What does diving give you that nothing else does?                                                   Peace.  I have two young children and a very busy and demanding business with many staff and customers.  When I dive I get time to myself – peace, tranquillity, relaxation and space.

Did you have to overcome any fears, challenges or obstacles to get where you are now in your diving career?                                                                                         My greatest challenge was, and still is, time.  With a young family it’s hard to carve out enough time to teach, to run the business, to expand the business, to enjoy fun diving and to be mum and wife!  I often work 7 days a week, but I try and chop out segments on many of those days to spend time with my family.  Luckily my husband is great and very tolerant of me and my passion!

Do you believe you change others’ lives through diving?                              Undoubtedly, but I wouldn’t dream of taking credit for that!  The divers are the ones who have taken action and are changing their lives for the better.  Ocean Turtle’s Missions Statement is “Changing Lives and Making Dreams Come True” – it’s emblazoned on the wall of the dive centre and we do our best to live up to it every day.

Describe in a few sentences how you would convince a non-diver to learn to dive?
I would never convince someone who doesn’t want to learn to dive that they should BUT I do always spend time getting to know someone and to find out what they are interested in.  From that, there is normally something in their life (photography, exploration, travel, history etc..) that they are passionate about and that can be satiated in a new and interesting way by doing it underwater!

As a PADI Elite Instructor how does it feel being recognised as one of PADI’s top performing Instructors in 2016?      
It’s very humbling.  I don’t feel that I do more or less than the guys and girls around me – we have a great team at Ocean Turtle and we all work very hard. This year we are on track for at least 4 of us getting this prestigious award – which I am super proud of.  To me it shows that even if the industry isn’t basking in the glory days, you can still give a great service and add true value. There are still plenty of people out there who want to learn to dive and crucially want to keep diving and expanding their knowledge.

What does “My PADI” mean to you?                                                                                To me PADI is a big supportive and protective arm around me – I am fortunate to have an amazing team who encourage me, push me, challenge me and support me.

What would you say to other PADI Instructors hoping to become Elite Instructors?                                                                                                                        It’s not about numbers.  Concentrate on giving each and every student / candidate / customer / diver a great experience, the benefit of your time and experience, and the rest will fall into place by itself.

 

 

FAQ – Greek Diving Law / Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

ENGLISH (Greek version below)

You can also find more information about Greek Diving Law in this article: Certificates – Greek Diving Legislation / Πιστοποιήσεις – Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

1/ Can foreign Dive clubs/Instructors come to Greece and offer courses/DSD/Fun dives  without co-operating with the existing  legal Dive Centers in the country? 

They can offer DSD, courses or fun dives ONLY if they are registered here in Greece. This means that they need to have a license as a Dive Centre, and also their staff has to be registered with the Authorities. If they do not have this license no they can’t offer any services except if they co-operate with a legal Dive Centre in Greece.

2/ Is there any standard document  where we state that we have no criminal records?

Yes. They made the system easier for Dive Centres and Instructors. We can use a Statutory Declaration form (Ipefthini Dilosi) with a specific text that you can find at the Gazette 35 B 11/01/2013 No 513.12/13/118b. Or you can download the form with the text here: ipefthiniDilosiInstructors

3/ What about language requirement for the Foreign Instructors? How fluent they need to be with the Greek language? 

Basic knowledge of the Greek Language at the following level: reading, oral communication and understanding . The provider  confirms their knowledge. The Port Authorities can check their knowledge.

4/ How does the Ministry checks if the Dive Center is legal? 

The Port Authorities can check our activities when we operate ie when we run a course, a fun dive. Also they can come to the Dive Centre to check if our papers are ok. e.g. to check our insurance license etc.

5/ What can a Dive Center do if they see that somebody else (Individual Instructor/Dive Center) is breaking the law? 

Inform the Authorities.

6/ What does PADI have to report to the Ministry? 

By the Greek Diving Law every January PADI has to submit to the Ministry of Merchant Marine a list of the individuals (diving instructors & amateur divers) to whom the Organization issued training certificates the previous year. Nothing else. The list has to include the following details: surname, name, father’s name, year of birth and nationality.

Also PADI has to submit a list of the Recreational Diving Service Providers it authorized to operate the previous year, which is available at www.padi.com.

7/ How does PADI check if the Dive Center is legal?

Through lists that PADI takes from the Ministry of Merchant Marine, which has all the Dive Centers in Greece that are licenesed.

8/ Which Diving Organizations are legally recognized to operate in Greece?

At the moment they the following have the legal recognition to operate in Greece:

  • ANDI
  • ΕΟΥDAA (GREEK FEDERATION)
  • IANTD
  • PADI
  • SSI

9/ If a diver is not certified from one of these five Recognized Diving Organizations can he/she dive in Greece?

Yes but only through a Dive Center.

10/ How can I work as a PADI instructor in Greece?

You have to be an active PADI Instructor, with a valid health certificate, copy of your ID card/passport and to sign the Statutory Declaration form (ipefthiniDilosiInstructors).

11/ If I’m a foreign Instructor do I need extra documents for the Authorities in order to work in Greece?

Yes. Except the above documents a foreign Instructor needs to create a  tax number from the Greek tax office and also a Residence permit (only for English and non EU citizen), work permit (non EU citizen).

12/ Where can I take a Health Certificate?

From a General Doctor, from a Public Hospital or from a Hyperbaric Doctor. But if in your area you have a Hyperbaric Doctor they want from this doctor a certificate.

13/ Can I work as an Instructor Independently with out affiliation with a Dive Centre?

No. The Greek Diving Law doesn’t allow for an Instructor to work independently. They have to be affiliated with a Dive Centre (as an employee or as a freelance instructor).


Ελληνική γλώσσα (English version above)

1/ Μπορούν ξένα Καταδυτικά κλαμπς/ξέοι Εκπαιδευτές να έρθουν στην Ελλάδα και να προσφέρουν μαθήματα/DSD/καταδύσεις αναψυχής χωρίς να συνεργαστούν με τα υπάρχοντα νόμιμα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα στη χώρα;

Μπορούν να προσφέρουν DSD, προγράμματα ή καταδύσεις αναψυχής εάν είναι εγγεγραμένοι στην Ελλάδα. Αυτό σημαίνει οτι χρειάζεται να έχουν άδεια ως Καταδυτικό Κέντρο, και επίσης το προσωπικό τους πρέπει να είναι δηλωμένο στις Αρχές. Εάν δεν έχουν αυτές τις άδειες, όχι δεν μπορούν να προσφέρουν καμία υπηρεσία, εκτός εάν συνεργάζονται με ένα νόμιμο Καταδυτικό Κέντρο στην Ελλάδα.

2/Υπάρχει ένα τυποποιημένο έγγραφο στο οποίο δηλώνουμε ότι έχουμε λευκό ποινικό μητρώο;

Ναι. Το σύστημα έχει απλοποιηθεί για τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα και τους Εκπαιδευτές. Μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε το έντυπο της Υπεύθυνης Δήλωσης, με ένα συγκεκριμένο κείμενο το οποίο μπορείτε να το βρείτε στο ΦΕΚ 35 Β 11/01/2013 Αρ. 513.12/13/118β. Ή μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε το έντυπο με το κείμενο εδώ: ipefthiniDilosiInstructors

3/Τι ισχύει για τις απαιτήσεις όσον αφορά στη γλώσσα για τους αλλοδαπούς εκπαιδευτές; Πόσο καλά χρειάζεται να μιλάνε την Ελληνική γλώσσα;

Βασικές γνώσεις στην Ελληνική γλώσσα στο εξής επίπεδο: ανάγνωση, προφορική επικοινωνία και κατανόηση. Ο πάροχος επιβεβαιώνει τις γνώσεις τους. Οι Λιμενικές Αρχές μπορούν να ελέγξουν τις γνώσεις τους.

4/ Πώς το Υπουργείο ελέγχει εάν ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο είναι Νόμιμο;

Οι Λιμενικές Αρχές μπορούν να ελέγξουν τις δραστηριότητές μας όταν βρισκόμαστε σε λειτουργία. Όταν τρέχουμε ένα πρόγραμμα, πραγματοποιούμε μία κατάδυση. Επίσης μπορούν να έρθουν στο Καταδυτικό Κέντρο για να ελέγξουν εάν τα χαρτιά μας είναι εντάξυ π.χ. να ελέγξουν το ασφαλιστήριο σύμβόλαιό μας κλπ.

5/ Τί μπορεί να κάνει ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο εάν δουν ότι κάποιος άλλος (ένας εκπαιδευτής/Καταδυτικό Κέντρο) παραβιάζει το Νόμο;

Να ενημερώσουν τις Αρχές.

6/ Τί ενημέρωση δίνει στο Υπουργείο η PADI;

Σύμφωνα με τον Ελληνικό Καταδυτικό Νόμο κάθε Ιανουάριο η PADI κατατέθει στο Υπουργείο Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας έναν κατάλογο  των ατόμων (εκπαιδευτών κατάδυσης & αυτόνομων δυτών) στους οποίους ο Οργανισμός έχει εκδόσει πιστοποιητικά εκπαίδευσης κατά το προηγούμενο έτος. Ο κατάλογος πρέπει να συμπεριλαμβάνει τα ακόλουθα στοιχεία: επίθετο, όνομα, όνομα πατέρα, έτος γέννησης και εθνικότητα. Τίποτε άλλο. Επίσης η PADI πρέπει να καταθέσει έναν κατάλογο των Παρόχων που παρέχουν Υπηρεσίες Κατάδυσης Αναψυχής τους οποίους είχε εξουσιοδοτήσει κατά το προηγούμενο έτος το οποίο είναι διαθέσιμο και στην ιστοσελίδα www.padi.com.

 

7/ Πώς η PADI ελέγχει εάν ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο είναι νόμιμο;

Μέσα από λίστες που η PADI παίρνει από το Υπουργείο Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας, οι οποίες καταγράφουν όλα τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα που έχουν αδειοδοτηθεί στην Ελλάδα.

8/ Ποιοί Καταδυτικοί Οργανισμοί είναι νόμιμα αναγνωρισμένοι να λειτουργούν στην Ελλάδα;

Αυτή τη στιγμή οι ακόλουθοι οργανισμοί έχουν νόμιμα αναγνωριστεί να λειτουργούν στην Ελλάδα:

  • ANDI
  • ΕΟΥΔΑΑ (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑ)
  • IANTD
  • PADI
  • SSI

9/ Εάν ένας δύτης δεν είναι πιστοποιημένος από έναν από αυτούς τους πέντε Αναγνωρισμένους Καταδυτικούς Οργανισμούς, μπορεί αυτός/αυτή να καταδυθεί στην Ελλάδα;

Ναι αλλά μόνο μέσα από ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο.

10/Πώς μπορώ να εργαστώ ως Εκπαιδευτής της PADI στην Ελλάδα;

Πρέπει να είστε ένας ενεργός Εκπαιδευτής της PADI, με έγκυρο πιστοποιητικό υγείας, αντίγραφο της Αστυνομικής Ταυτότητας/Διαβατηρίου, και να υπογράψετε την Υπεύθυνη Δήλωση (ipefthiniDilosiInstructors).

11/ Εάν είμαι αλλοδαπός Εκπαιδευτής χρειάζομαι επιπλέον έγγραφα για τις Αρχές ώστε να εργαστώ στην Ελλάδα;

Ναι. Εκτός από τα παραπάνω έγγραφα ένας αλλοδαπός Εκπαιδευτής χρειάζεται να δημιουργήσει ένα ΑΦΜ στην Ελληνική Εφορία και επίσης μία άδεια παραμονής (μόνο για Βρετανούς πολίτες ή πολίτες εκτός Ε.Ε.), άδεια εργασίας (για πολίτες εκτός ΕΕ).

12/ Πώς μπορώ να αποκτήσω ένα Πιστοποιητικό Υγείας;

Από έναν Παθολόγο, από ένα Δημόσιο Νοσοκομείο ή από ένα Γιατρό Υπερβαρικής Ιατρικής. Αλλά εάν στην περιοχή σας έχετε Γιατρό Υπερβαρικής Ιατρικής θέλουν μία πιστοποίηση από αυτό το γιατρό.

 

13/ Μπορώ να εργαστώ ως Εκπαιδευτής ανεξάρτητα χωρίς να συνεργάζομαι με ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο;

Όχι. Η Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία δεν επιτρέπει σε έναν Εκπαιδευτή να εργαστεί ανεξάρτητα. Πρέπει να συνδέονται με ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο (ως εργαζόμενος ή ως ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας Εκπαιδευτής).

PADI Elite Instructor Interview: Jordan Topkoski, PADI Master Instructor

Jordan Topkoski, PADI Master Instructor, achieved the status of PADI Elite Instructor 2016 – an award which recognises the efforts and accomplishments of PADI’s top performing instructors around the world.

We spoke to Jordan to find out what being a PADI Elite Instructor means to him, as well as learning about his achievements and future aspirations as a PADI Professional.


 What inspired you to become a PADI Pro?                                                                 Recreational diving allowed me to see the most amazing things and having the most incredible time. It inspired me to share these extraordinary experiences with others, who as far as I was concerned were missing so much! And what a better way to do it than by becoming a professional diver!

How do you think you’ve changed personally and professionally as you’ve moved up the ranks to become an Elite Instructor?                                                           Instructor I have always been eager to learn more and move up the PADI ladder. I always read the PADI updates and standards so I can stay up to date and maintain a good professional reputation amongst my diving peers. Personally I have become more adventurous, wanting to explore more and more each day, which certainly keeps me active on both a physical and a psychological level.

 Which PADI courses do you enjoy teaching the most and why?                                  If I have to choose, I would say the PADI Open Water Diver course because this not only teaches diving but introduces people to the joys of diving! Seeing the smile on each student when they receive their certification card makes me feel proud that it was me who has introduced them to a whole new world.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your diving career?                My greatest achievement in diving has to be the day my PADI Instructor Examiner shook my hand and handed me my PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certificate. Of course since then there have been many other achievements since such as receiving my PADI Certificate for Recognition of Excellence and now the PADI Elite Instructor Award. At the end of the day nothing beats the achievement you feel when you successfully get a candidate through a PADI course.

What does diving give you that nothing else does?                                                   The feeling of freedom when exploring the underwater world truly amazes me and it is something I never get tired of.

Did you have to overcome any fears, challenges or obstacles to get where you are now in your diving career?                                                                                             Absolutely! For a long time I simply didn’t like being anywhere near water! Learning to dive and understanding how to see and breathe underwater definitely helped me to overcome this fear. Now I simply love being underwater and in fact I enjoy all types of watersports.

Do you believe you change others’ lives through diving?                                       Yes! Although it really isn’t that difficult to change lives out here in the Red Sea, especially in Dahab, where we have plentiful marine life and spectacular local reefs.

Describe in a few sentences how you would convince a non-diver to learn to dive? If they were an adventure seeking type I’d say we have something here they don’t have a chance to try every day, which I was absolutely certain they’d not only love- but that they’d be able to enjoy for the rest of their lives.

As a PADI Elite Instructor how does it feel being recognised as one of PADI’s top performing Instructors in 2016?                                                                                   The feeling is amazing. I never thought I would rise to be part of the “Elite” but it shows that with determination, hard work and passion anything is achievable. Proud is the only word I can use to explain my feelings.

What does “My PADI” mean to you?                                                                         PADI introduced me to the world of diving and ultimately changed the course of my life. Professionally I believe it’s a well organised system that imparts the required knowledge to dive safely in a simple, fun and easy package. As a result, it has rightly earned its place as the world’s premier training agency and through its accessibility brought fun and enjoyment to millions.

What would you say to other PADI Instructors hoping to become Elite Instructors? If you are passionate about diving and love the lifestyle you lead as a PADI professional it shouldn’t be too difficult to put in that extra mile. Never give up on your students – and before you know it you will be well on your way to becoming an Elite Instructor.

 

Andrea Zuccari and Freediving World join the PADI Freediving Family!

PADI is happy to announce the registration of the first PADI Freediving Center in Sharm El Sheikh, Freediving World Apnea Center!

We are also particularly proud to have the center’s owner Andrea Zuccari, multiple Freediving Record Holder and PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer on-board the PADI freediving family.

Let’s start with Freediving World Apnea Center

Freediving World meets PADI Freedivers needs at all levels all the way from beginner to instructor level. The center is equipped with a 25m swimming pool, platforms which are fitted with counterweight systems as well as several buoys/lines reaching different depths, a perfect set-up for freediving courses, group training sessions and workshops.

…and now, let’s talk about Andrea


  • 3 Italian National Records in Variable Weight (VWT) and No Limit (NLT)
  • 10 Swiss National Records in CWT, CNF and FIM
  • 2 No-Limits Tandem Word Records
  • In 2014 Andrea becomes the deepest man in the world using a Freediving Mask with 175m in No Limits

 

 

Andrea is currently training to reach the “no packing” target in “TheDeepDiveProject”. Stay tuned and follow Andrea on Social Media for the latest news and information about “TheDeepDiveProject”.

Records:

2007                                                                                                                                      51m: Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF) – Swiss Record

2008                                                                                                                                      71m: Free Immersion (FIM) – Swiss Record
71m: Constant Weight (CWT) – Swiss Record

2009
55m:
Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF) – Swiss Record
75m: Free Immersion (FIM) – Swiss Record
77m: Constant Weight (CWT) – Swiss Record
120m: No Limit (NLT) – Swiss Record

2011
125m:
No Limit (NLT) Tandem with Anna Von Boetticher  –  World Record

2012                                                                                                                                      131m: No Limit (NLT) – Swiss Record

2013
126m:
No Limit (NLT) Tandem with con Stavrow Kastrinakis – World Record
135m: Variable Weight (VWT) – Italian Record
155m: No Limit (NLT) – Italian Record

2014
175m:
No Limit (NLT) – Italian Record (second deepest man in the world)

 

 

Webinars for the Dive Centers & PADI Pros – Greek Diving Legislation

ENGLISH (Greek version below)

On this recorded webinar we cover Greek law related to the Dive Centers, Instructors and divers.

Webinar in ENGLISH – register HERE

Webinar in GREEK – register HERE

Read more information about the Greek certificates: Certificates – Greek Diving Legislation

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Σε αυτό το ηχογραφημένο webinar καλύπτουμε την Ελληνική Νομοθεσία που σχετίζεται με τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα, τους Εκπαιδευτές και τους δύτες.​

Webinar στα ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ – εγγραφή ΕΔΩ

Webinar στα ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ – εγγραφή ΕΔΩ

Διαβάστε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με τα Ελληνικά πιστοποιητικά: Πιστοποιήσεις – Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

Egyptian Divers of the future at Red Sea Diving Safari – Marsa Shagra !

In February 2017, Red Sea Diving Safari had a visit from 55 students and staff from the New Cairo British International School (NCBIS) in Marsa Shagra.

For students at the NCBIS, the last week in February means ‘challenge week’, where students get to choose from a variety of trips and experiences. With some students opting for skiing and others choosing Bali, these kids all opted to stay much closer to home in Marsa Alam.

In recent years, Red Sea Diving Safari has seen a sharp increase in the number of Egyptians taking up scuba diving and, more importantly, getting PADI certified. In 2015, 35% of entry level certified divers in Marsa Shagra were Egyptian, while in 2016 the number increased to 57%. So far in 2017, Egyptians have made up a quarter of Shagra’s entry level certified divers vs. 16% for the same period in 2016. The past few years have seen internal tourism to Marsa Alam boom due to increased internal marketing for the Red Sea as a destination as well as issues with currency exchange rates, which have made it expensive to travel abroad.

The students from NCBIS ranged from 11-18 years old with 36 students totally new to diving and starting their PADI journey with the Open Water Course, or Junior Open Water Course. The rest of the group opted for either the PADI Advanced Open Water Course or Enriched Air Diver course to continue their diving education. Students were divided into groups: Turtles, Dolphins, Nudibranches, Stingrays, Remoras, Clownfish, Octopus, Seahorses and Sharks, and then the fun began!

On the first day, students went through the process of getting their equipment. For some this was the first time they had tried on a mask or seen a BCD! Then it was off to Shagra’s restaurant for a group session to watch the PADI Open Water Course DVD.

All the students were immediately taken in by this new adventure and learning curve, whether it was something their parents had signed them up and sent them away for, or it was something they had heard about and dreamed of learning one day. They practiced assembling and dissembling equipment until it was second-nature and tackled the PADI Open Water Course skills one by one. Advanced Students opted for adventure dives including Fish Identification and Peak Performance Buoyancy alongside their compulsory Navigation and Deep dives.

Groups were coordinated to carry out different parts of the course to make sure each group had space to learn and do activities in an unrushed, constructive but fun learning environment. For the confined water activities, the different groups were divided between the local swimming pool and Marsa Shagra’s shallow sandy-bottomed bay, which is ideal for training.

Working through the skills, the students gradually became more and more comfortable underwater, with the help of Shagra’s dedicated instructors. While the Open Water students worked through their open water dives on the house reef, the Advanced Open Water students went to dive Marsa Egla, a local shore dive site, and explored the outer parts of Marsa Shagra’s vast house reef by zodiac.

By night, other activities were on offer, including a campfire on the beach and a guided Astro Tour at the Bawadi Bedouin café to learn about the night sky and take advantage of the unpolluted, clear skies of the Southern Red Sea.

On one evening, a team from HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency) visited to conduct a workshop with the students, talking about their valuable activities in the region, including their new Red Sea Defender educational vessel. They then collected plankton from Marsa Shagra’s bay and examined their findings under the microscopes, giving them an insight into the science behind what they were seeing underwater and the importance of protecting the fragile environment.

On the final day students celebrated all their hard work and certifications with a trip into the desert close to Marsa Shagra, with sunset camel ride and traditional Bedouin dinner.

By the end of the week, it’s fair to say that students, teachers and the team at Marsa Shagra were exhausted but thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone, many new divers were born and buzzing about what adventures their PADI certification will take them on in their future.

On behalf of PADI, congratulations to NCBIS students and staff! 

…. and special thanks Red Sea Diving Safari’s Team : keep up the good work!

www.redsea-divingsafari.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Dive Business Management Graduate, Natasha Robinson

Meet UK based PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Natasha Robinson, one of our first  Dive Business Management graduates. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her experience and what she wanted to get out of the course.

On 10th September 2016 I started my PADI Instructor Development Course with Course Director Steve Prior. This wasn’t an ordinary IDC – we were amongst the first to participate in the new combined PADI IDC and Oxford Cambridge and RSA curriculum (OCR) Level 3 Dive Business Management course!

This was a perfect course combination allowing me to not only become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor but also achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management, giving me the skills I would need to run a successful dive business.

The Dive Business Management course consists of online self-study in addition to classroom based workshops. There is a good cross over between the IDC sections and the OCR modules. For instance the modules Principles of Business, Managing Physical Resources, Manage a Project and Procure Products and/or Services built very nicely onto the IDC chapters on Marketing Diving and the Business of Diving.

 

 

 

 

Another key part of the Dive Business Management course was learning about how to manage staff professional development. We explored how employees have different needs depending on their work motivation, their tenure in role, their own personal aspirations and how being aware of these helps adapt your management style to avoid conflict and be a more supportive and successful manager.

During my IE on 3rd – 4th December 2016, my IE Examiner, Erika Hoffman, assessed our wet and dry presentations for our OCR portfolio – another good example of how closely linked the courses are. The IE was a busy but overall enjoyable weekend and I was thrilled when Erika finally shook my hand and congratulated me on becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Over the following weeks I worked through the remaining on-line topics, ready for final evaluation.                   On 9th January 2017, White Rose confirmed that I had successfully completed my OCR Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management!

Incorporating the OCR Level 3 Dive Business Management course with the IDC equipped me with skills needed to run a dive business. My Course Director also found the experience rewarding and is excited about the new elements we can bring to teaching to help better develop future instructors.

Since completing my IE, I have been working with Ocean View to see how my Dive Business Management diploma can be used to support them and my teaching schedule.  Getting involved in the business side of diving interests me just as much as teaching, so I am excited about my future and where my diving career will take me!

Natasha Robinson