Top ScubaEarth users

ScubaEarth

Escape. Explore. Experience.  The ScubaEarth mantra is really taking hold with PADI divers and professionals around the globe, with more and more ScubaEarth Power Users emerging throughout 2013, ready and willing to share their passion and love of diving with us. Thank you to everyone who we interviewed, as well as the countless PADI Dive Shops and Pros who have logged dives, uploaded media, maintained gear lockers and added new dive sites over the course of the year.  Highlighted below are some of the key ScubaEarth users that made milestones on ScubaEarth in 2013. Continue reading “Top ScubaEarth users”

Ocean Action Project Winners Announced

OAP Winners84 applicants worldwide, 10 finalists and 6 winners. A new wave of Ocean Action is about to begin thanks to your vote.

Nearly 3,000 of you voted in the 2013 Ocean Action Project helping to deliver much needed support to six new conservation projects strongly focused on manta ray and shark protection as well as educational projects targeting marine debris.

The 2013 winning Ocean Action Projects are:

  • Ecotourism and Awareness for Manta Ray Conservation, Planeta Oceano, Peru
  • Protecting Sharks and Rays from Fishing Boats in the Andaman Sea, Blue Guru Conservation, Thailand
  • What Goes Around Comes Around – Communicating Marine Debris Science Through Visual Arts, The Plastic Ocean Project, USA
  • Thailand eShark Project, Shark Guardian, Thailand
  • The Great Fiji Shark Count, Fiji Dive Operators, Fiji Islands
  • This Project is Rubbish! South African Shark Conservancy, South Africa

Every day our conservation leaders face new and difficult battles to protect our ocean. Thanks to our donors Project AWARE is able to deliver support to six Ocean Action Projects building a new wave of protection on the ground and in the water,” says Joanne Marston, Associate Director, Project AWARE Foundation.

All Ocean Action Projects are required to keep a log on their My Ocean profile page so you can keep up to date with the progress. You can read all about the actions and progress of last years winners.

Thank you to everyone who applied.

PADI Store birthdays in December 2013 for regions 11 and 16

PADI Store birthdays in December for regions 11 and 16

Congratulations and a massive thank you from John Carlin and Terry Johnson to the following PADI Retail and Resort Association members this month for the following anniversaries:

30 years:

The Dive School at Stoney Cove S82

19 years:

Scuba Dream S7894

18 years:

Fathom and Blues S3252

13 years:

Divers Down S32114

10 years:

Scuba Zone S35084

9 years:

Brighton Dive Centre S35228

8 years:

Buckland Lake Dive Centre S35366

3 years:

Absolute Scuba S22745

2 years:

Barefoot Conservation S23449

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

#GivingTuesday Project AWARE PADI match giving poster

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 ([email protected]) 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 [email protected] 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: [email protected]

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

PADI Open water Diver

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”