Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean You Love

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday, December 3rd – an international day to celebrate giving. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $10,000.

And all donations of $150, €125, £100 made by 1 January 2014 receive a Project AWARE ecoethical t-shirt to show off your support.

PADI’s commitment to #GivingTuesday is an industry first and we encourage all dive centres and PADI divers to give back to the ocean and make #GivingTuesday a day for our ocean planet.

The time to protect the ocean is now. www.projectaware.org/give

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How to Give Back on #GivingTuesday?

  1. Give – all donations, large or small, are critical to our next ocean victory
  2. Check out our brand NEW videoOcean Protection Starts with You” and find out why your donation is a great investment for our ocean future
  3. Show your support of #GivingTuesday by taking a picture, tagging it #unselfie, #GivingTuesday and #projectaware, and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram until December 4!
  4. Give your time and Dive Against Debris this December

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

Exhibiting at an International Dive Show? Take advantage of the PADI Member Support Pack (2014)!

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PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) invites PADI Dive Centers and Resorts to take advantage of the newly launched PADI Member Support Pack (2014).

If you are planning to exhibit at one of the major 2014 Dive and Consumer Shows, or a smaller, local event, you may be able to benefit from free PADI merchandise and branding to enhance your stand and show presence.

All you need to know can be found in the PADI Member Support Pack guide (2014).

Please note that each PADI Member Support Pack (2014) application will be assessed individually on a first come, first serve basis and there is limited availability.  So, don’t delay – contact the PADI EMEA Marketing department (marketing.emea@padi.com) with your PADI Member Support Pack (2014) request before the show deadline (below) to make sure you don’t miss out!

Show dates and PADI Member Support Pack (2014) application deadlines:

Salon de La Plongeé (10th – 12th January) – Application deadline: 9th December 2013

Boot Düsseldorf (18th – 26th January) – Application deadline: 9th December 2013

London International Dive Show (15th – 16th February) – Application deadline: 13th January 2014

Dive Travel Show (7th – 9th March) – Application deadline: 3rd February 2014

EUDI Show (14th – 17th March) – Application deadline: 3rd February 2104

Birmingham Dive Show (25th – 26th October) – Application deadline: 1st October 2014

Please send any enquiries regarding support for other shows or local events to marketing.emea@padi.com and they will be reviewed on an individual basis.

 

Spotlight on Chris Ball – PADI Retail and Resort Associations Coordinator

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Contact details

Email: chris.ball@padi.co.uk

Telephone: 0117 300 7340

A quick bio from Chris Ball:

I am a Consultant in the PADI Retail and Resort Associations Department, processing new centre applications, upgrades and renewals for the whole EMEA region.

My general interests include; following my local football club Bristol Rovers (sometimes through the depths of hell it would seem!), playing instruments, particularly guitar, and, of course, diving when I can!

Fun stuff…

When did you first learn to dive? – Early in 2006

How many dives have you done? – I’ve logged around 50+

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought? – A pair of Lidl fins (only the best quality! Ha, ha). I later went to a local dive shop I may add, and bought a more robust pair.

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? – I always take my mask and snorkel abroad with me.

What is your favourite dive site in the UK? – Portland Bill.

What is your favourite dive site in the world? – Well, I don’t have a massive amount to choose from unfortunately, but probably Caleta De Fuste (Canary Islands), which was pretty cool, purely because of the Atlantic triggerfish that attacked us whilst we stumbled across them.

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving? – Any fast paced metal track gets me up for anything.

What is your favourite animal underwater? – I love all underwater animals! If I had to pick one, it would probably be the blue whale.

What animal would you love to see on your next dive? – A Blue Whale….Whale Sharks would be pretty awesome as well.

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list? – Anywhere in the Maldives currently.

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives? – I always visit the burger vans personally!

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be? – David Jason would be pretty cool!

Vote for your Favourite Ocean Action Project

You hold the power to put shark and marine debris conservation projects in motion. All you need to do is cast your vote online. Voting is open from 26th November until 08th December! Don’t miss the opportunity to kick-start your favourite Ocean Action Project. Your vote could be the difference between idea and action. Vote for your favourite Ocean Action Project on FacebookOcean Action Project 2013 - Vote Banner.

Project AWARE: Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean You Love

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday, December 3rd – an international day to celebrate giving. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $10,000.

And all donations of €125, £100 or more made by 1 January 2014 receive a Project AWARE ecoethical t-shirt to show off your support.

PADI’s commitment to #GivingTuesday is an industry first and we encourage all dive centres and PADI divers to give back to the ocean and make #GivingTuesday a day for our ocean planet.

The time to protect the ocean is now. www.projectaware.org/giveProject AWARE long sleeve T-shirt campaign Holiday Season

How to Give Back on #GivingTuesday?

  1. Give – all donations, large or small, are critical to our next ocean victory
  2. Check out our brand NEW videoOcean Protection Starts with You” and find out why your donation is a great investment for our ocean future
  3. Show your support of #GivingTuesday by taking a picture, tagging it #unselfie, #GivingTuesday and #projectaware, and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram until December 4!
  4. Give your time and Dive Against Debris this December

Read More: http://www.projectaware.org/update/give-back-ocean-givingtuesday

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.

Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes

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Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes

The key consideration while revising the PADI Open Water Diver course was evolution rather than revolution. The course has a long standing, proven track record and didn’t require major renovation. Most of the course components remain reassuringly familiar, but, there are a few new skills that deserve a closer review. Continue reading “Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes”