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 April, 2014
Diving in Australia   

PADI recently interviewed Cameron Schwaiger from Kew in Victoria who took up his dream job as a PADI Divemaster at Academy of Scuba, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Glen Iris and Rye. 
Read what he has to say.Cameron Schwaiger - PADI Dive Master

Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster.
For me diving is an activity I love to do outside my full time work. It normally involves getting up early on the weekends and making my way down the Mornington Peninsula. I discuss with the staff in the dive shop about who will be diving that day, to understand what their experience is.

For a guided dive, I provide the divers with the briefing and find out what they most want to get out of it and if anyone has concerns. After the dive, we usually discuss what we saw and any other relevant points about the experience. Many of the divers often become friends and sometimes I think the dive is just an excuse to catch-up with others!

When I’m assisting on a course and haven’t worked with a particular Instructor before, we will begin with a discussion on how the course is to be run and what their expectations are.  I help with the gear, answer any questions and make the students feel comfortable. Then the fun part begins - the dives!   My main role here is to help keep a watch on the students and assist them if needed. After the dive, we return the gear, discuss the diving and complete the paperwork.  Finally it’s congratulations to those who have completed their course, with grins all round!

When and where did you start diving?
Growing up, I had always spent a lot of time in the water. For example, when I was a kid I used to think it was funny to hide from Mum by staying down at the bottom of the pool for as long as I could. Scuba diving started when I did a PADI Open Water Course at University, a long time ago!

I was then mainly tropical diving on holidays until I had more time in Melbourne, where I became addicted to the waters here.

When and where did you becomea PADI Divemaster?
I became a PADI Divemaster in 2011 with a great bunch of students. Kat Vcelka was our fantastic PADI Instructor from Academy of Scuba in Victoria.

What made you choose to becomea PADI Professional?
Diving is so much fun, so who wouldn’t want to spend more time in the water! Seriously, I wanted to learn more and also be involved with showing others how fantastic it is.  I didn’t realise until I started to work with different Instructors how everyone has their own approach to teaching and it’s a great way to learn. It is also a stepping stone towards being a PADI Instructor, one day!

What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster course?
The in-depth learning was very interesting – I absorbed so much more about diving.  The skills were a challenge, but lots of fun to do and also hearing about all the terrific diving stories from our PADI Instructor.   And then finally getting to assist as an intern on the courses.

What dive locations are on your bucket list and why?
So many, but Galapagos Islands for the diversity of animal life both on land and in the water, Truk Lagoon for the wrecks and anywhere at all to see Whale Sharks!

What has been the most memorable dive of your life?
Sipadan Island in Malaysia, where in one dive, due to the steep drop offs, we saw the ultimate combination of masses of tropical fish along with the pelagics in the deeper water.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to divers thinking of becoming a PADI Divemaster?
If you love diving, want to learn more and find helping others rewarding, have a chat to your local dive store - or other Divemasters and Instructors to understand more about what is involved.   

February, 2014 
Diving in Australia   

During the school holidays in January, PADI Master Instructor, Marc Thompson conducted a numberof PADI Bubblemaker programs with local children to introduce them to the underwater world and help them to gain an intimate appreciation of the delicate and critical marine environment that surrounds the Australian coastline.Bubblemaker Kye Thompson takes instructions from Marc in the pool.

During the PADI Bubblemaker experience, kids have the opportunity to breathe underwater for the first time and friends and family can be there to offer support and encouragement. Participants also learn how to use basic scuba gear in a safe and effective way, preparing them for future diving adventures

Marc first introduced local children aged from 8 to 12 years to diving at Clovelly in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.  These first students formed the founding members of the Clovelly Kids Dive Club (CK-DC) est. 2014.

Clovelly Bay is a part of the Bronte-Coogee aquatic reserve and many local children spend a large part of their childhood in the waters and rock ledges surrounding Clovelly Beach and the adjoining Gordon’s Bay….home to the famous underwaternature trail.

After the initial PADI Bubblemaker experiences in a swimming pool, the nervous excitement of the kids quickly turned into squeals of laughter and inquisitive conversations came from more parents in the area as they inquired about the potential of their children experiencing SCUBA in a safe and fun environment. While delighted parents looked on in awe, the most common questions came from the younger brothers and sisters repeatedly asking “when can we have a go?

Meanwhile the first CK-DC members were quickly adapting to their underwater adventures. Marcsays, “It helped a lot by having my daughter as a role model and motivator to calm the early nerves. Before too long, the kids made the pool their playground as they explored every corner, nook and cranny.  Underwater baseball, ‘loop the hoop’ and ‘rocketships’ were games which helped them to experience how their bodies respond tothe weightlessness of the aquatic world.”

The next adventure took them to the beautiful and protected Boat Harbour in Bendalong located on the South Coast of NSW. It was here that the CK-DC recruited its next 5 members to experience SCUBA.

The club members thought it was a great idea to make a pledge that every time they dived, they would make certain to learn one interesting fact about the environment they had dived in - AND to share what they had learned with at least one other person. With this inspiring concept, the CK-DC now totalling 16 members, decided to make their pledge a part of the club’s constitution!

The conditions in Boat Harbour offered perfect swimming pool like conditions and gave them the opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident Bull Rays that inhabit this beautiful bay. With perfectly flat sand banks, zerosurge or current, you couldn’t ask for a better location for the first introduction to SCUBA.

“With all the recent publicity about the shark culls in WA,” Marc explains, “I thought it was only appropriate that we made sharks - the close relatives of Bull Rays - the focus of our research project. The deal I made was that the kids had to work in 3 research groups to identify a number of facts that none of the parents were "AWARE" of about sharks.  And just maybe, they would experience the same new-found appreciation our club members had gained for these threatened sea creatures. The kids could research and present however they wanted. I learned a thing or two about multi-media that day as they came up with fun and creative ways to use technology to present their stories and group even set up a quiz show with the parents as the contestants!”Marc demonstrates to daughter Sienna the basics of learning to dive during the PADI Bubblemaker Experience.

The parents of the CK-DC were now asking what age their kids could be certified, and about Bubblemaker birthday parties - and if kids AND parents could experiencediving together. That night around the dinner table, the discussion was about dive destinations and holiday locations around the world where family diving is a key activity……..and of course, as the kids drifted off to bed one at a time……..the occasional, slightly exaggerated shark encounter story too!

A big thanks to PADI for enabling me to introduce young people to the amazing underwater world -

The Ocean Film Festival Australia. Coming in March 2014.  


Ocean FilmAustralian audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean this March as the Ocean Film Festival Australia hits cinemas across the country. The festival, which features 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, and 6 Australian Premiers will light up silver screens in 15 towns and cities.

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  The films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival Australia is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Sale of tickets and a PADI Diver Group ticket discount is available

  • Group purchase of 20 tickets or more receives a 15% discount per ticket. One group member must have a PADI dive card.  

The Ocean Film Festival Australia will tour the country in March. Tickets are on sale now. To find out more about the festival, to view the trailer and to book tickets, visit To stay up-to-date with festival news, visit the Ocean Film Festival Australia Facebook page.   


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February, 2014

Abyss Scuba Diving - PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre - Fundraise with
Lugarno Lions Charity Treasure HuntThis project will give people that are visually impaired and or disabled an opportunity to try scuba diving.

On Sunday 6th April, Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney teams up with the Lugarno Lionsfor their Charity Treasure Hunt to raise money for the visually impaired and disabled.

For chance to win some great prizes including a Fly Dive Cod Hole Livaboard
trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef - join in for a fun day of diving, treasure hunting and a BBQ to raise money for Vision Australia and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

This project will give people
that are visually impaired and or disabled an opportunity to try scuba diving.

DATE:            SUNDAY 6 April 2014 - 10AM

Places are limited.  For further information and to book online,
contact Abyss Scuba Diving  


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February, 2014

From PADI’s Diving in Australia’ series… we feature NEW SOUTH WALESWeedy Sea Dragon
New South Wales (NSW)
offers a rich variety of year round diving with both warm and cold water currents spread along the vast coastline. Whether it’s exploring the pristine warm waters and marine life of the north coast, diving the beautiful coastline of the exciting and vibrant city of Sydney, or discovering the untouched splendour of the south coast, you will be spoilt for choice wherever you go. No matter where you choose to dive in NSW, a PADI Dive Shop will be close by to help you explore the beauty of this stunning shoreline.


Far North Coast
With the warm tropical currents of Queensland traveling down the East Coast of Australia, it’s no surprise that the waters off the coast of Northern NSW provide a warmer dive experience. Due to these southward flowing currents there are some fantastic locations with an abundance of marine life, including Cook Island just off the coast of Tweed Heads
. The Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is a photographer’s paradise with vast amounts of colourful marine life including nudibranchs, wobbegongs and lionfish, to name a few.

Just under one hour south of Cook Island you will find the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Located off the coast of Byron Bay, Julian Rocks boasts more than 500 tropical fish species for divers to admire. It is for this reason that it is regarded by many as one of the top 10 diving sites in Australia.

Locate a PADI Dive Shop on the Far North Coast at 


Mid North Coast, Newcastle & the Central Coast
The Mid North Coast of NSW has numerous locations where you can find great diving.  Starting with the Solitary Islands Marine Park in Coffs Harbour, you will have 25 dive sites to explore and a variety of marine life depending on the season. Just north of Coffs is also the tranquil spot of Wooli. Further south are the famous South West Rocks, an incredible location close to the Fish Rock Cave – one of Australia’s best cave dives. Here you have the opportunity to be surrounded by Grey Nurse Sharks and witness the magnificence of Humpback Whales.  

Keep heading south towards Forster, Nelson Bay , Newcastle and the Great Lakes Marine Park for other great diving locations. For those with a love of Grey Nurse Sharks, be sure to stop in at Seal Rocks as there can be anywhere up to 100 in the area at a given time.

One of the latest additions to diving in NSW is just north of Sydney on the Central Coast
. The Ex-HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Avoca Beach near Terrigal in 2011 and now serves as a world-class artificial reef and dive site. Sitting bolt upright in 32 metres of water, this site is the first of its kind in NSW.

Locate a PADI Dive Shop on the MidNorth Coast, Newcastle and the Central Coast at 

SydneyTake a dive in Sydney Harbour
Acity full of natural and man-made beauty, Sydney really is an incredible place to visit.  With a harbour spanning over 90km in perimeter, it’s a remarkable city to view from both on and off the water. Below the water off the Eastern Coast, lies a myriad of dive sites offering a range of impressive marine life. Popular dive sites in Sydney include Bare Island, Camp Cove, Shiprock and Shelly Beach; although there are many other locations that present unforgettable experiences - from the calm and enjoyable, for novice divers – all the way through to sites suited to advanced divers. Throughout Sydney you are also likely to find rays, gropers and countless fish species, several species of shark including Port Jackson and Grey Nurse as well as seahorses and Weedy Sea Dragons

Locate a PADI Dive Shop in Sydney at 


South Coast
Quality diving can be found in many areas on the South Coast of NSW with Wollongong and Shell harbour home to numerous sites including Bass Island and Toothbrush Island, where you can expect to see Cuttlefish, Rays and Gropers. Jervis Bay is slightly further south and is a must dive destination with over 30 possible dive sites including The Docks with great cavern dives, and Brush Island for more advanced divers. There are also some excellent dive sites further south near Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Narooma and Merimbula
which are definitely worth a visit.

Locate a PADI Dive Shop on the South Coast at  


Lord Howe IslandThere are plenty of opportunities to go shore diving in NSW
Trave l700 kilometres east of NSW and you will bump into Lord Howe Island
which hosts the world’s most southern most coral reefs. There are over 60 dive sites and you will also find the world’s tallest sea stack, Ball’s Pyramid, a great dive for those with experience. Turtles, sharks and dolphins are just some of the marine life that call Lord Howe Island home.

Locate a PADI Dive Shop on Lord Howe Island at 

With a fantastic combination of warmer semi-tropical waters in the north to cooler temperatures in the south, plus an abundance of marine life, wrecks, reefs and incredible beaches, diving in NSW makes for some of the best diving in Australia.

So what are you waiting for? Visit to
 locate a PADI Dive Shop  and plan your next dive trip in Australia today!

Diving in Australia 
 January 2014

PADI and Oceanic Go Dive & Win contest winners

Go Dive & WinLearning to dive is a fantastic achievement in it’s own right but doing so and winning yourself an Oceanic Package or dive holiday is one step better. Throughout the months of June to December in 2013, those who completed their PADI Open Water Diver course at a participating PADI & Oceanic dive centre came out with the chance to win one of three Oceanic prize packs. 

Congratulations to the Michael Bateson, Julia Zhu and Alex Cruice who each won themselves a fantastic prize pack. First place winner, Alex, offered the following advice for those considering their own die experience: 

“If you’re up for an amazing experience, don’t hesitate to try scuba diving. You might have to step outside your comfort zone, but it’s like another world down there!”  

For the full article, see the post on our PADI Blog.


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January 2014  

PADI Rescue Diver Workshop in CairnsFrom left to right: Katsumi Kaneyuki, Paul Crocombe, Tim Ramseyer, Darren Forster, Russell Hosp and Michelle Barry.

PADI Asia Pacific conducted a Rescue Diver Workshop in Cairns on 7th December 2013 – presented by Brigit Jager (PADI Asia Pacific Educational Consultant).  The workshop was
specifically held for PADI Professionals, to provide the latest techniques when demonstrating rescue diver skills to their students.  

PADI Rescue Diver Workshops were also held in The Philippines, South Korea and Thailand in 2013.  

The six PADI Professionals who attended the Cairns workshop were: From left to right: Katsumi Kaneyuki – PADI Course Director, Paul Crocombe – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Tim Ramseyer – PADI Master Instructor, with Darren Forster, Russell Hosp and Michelle Barry who are also PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers. 

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December 2013

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific) - Final month to get your entry in! 

Congratulations Tyson White - Winner for November 2013!

If you’re thinking about becoming a PADI Divemaster – act now! You still have time to enter the PADI Live the Diving Dream contest.  Entries close 7th January 2014.  

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to 31st December 2013. You simply need to enter*, tell us what you enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads! 

Right: Emma Challen, co-owner at Lets Go Adventures presents PADI Divemaster, Tyson White with his Apple iPad.The winner for the month of November is 23-year-old Tyson White from Merewether Heights in New South Wales. Tyson completed his PADI Divemaster course with Lets Go Adventures, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Nelson Bay.

Words can't explain how well the PADI Divemaster course was run at Lets Go Adventures”, says Tyson.  “I have come out of the course a better and far more experienced diver than I could ever imagine!!   I knew this course would improve my diving knowledge, but I must say I didn't think I would be at the level I am now. Going further, my new goal is to complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course soon, something I didn’t think I could do before.” 

December marks the sixth month of the Live The Diving Dream contest. To date, five new PADI Divemasters are all proud owners of Apple iPads.  

Do you have what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster? There’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.

Visit for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’.

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at 

* No later than 7 days after the last day of the month in which the Entrant completed the PADI Divemaster course.  


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PADI Course Director and Owner of Dive Centre Manly, Richard Nicholls, was recently recognised for 25 Years of PADI Professional Membership at the PADI Asia Pacific headquarters at Frenchs Forest.  
John O’Brien awards Richard Nicholls for achieving 25 years of PADI Professional Membership
On presenting the award, John O’Brien PADI Asia Pacific Director of Customer Service & PRRA, stated,
“25 years as a PADI Professional Member is an outstanding achievement and a testament to the commitment shown by Richard throughout his diving career. He’s a credit to the industry and his ongoing enthusiasm for diving, dive travel and technical diving is a tribute to his positive approach, in both his professional and personal life”.

Richard began diving in 1977 and emigrated to Australia from the UK in 1983, working as a golf pro in Sydney with diving as his primary recreational pas time. Richard was offered an opportunity to run a snorkel and dive program for guests on board a cruise liner travelling around the South Pacific, which he accepted. From there his career in diving flourished and 25 years later - he is still working his dream job.

Since becoming a PADI Instructor in 1988, Richard has earned numerous PADI Instructor and Instructor Trainer ratings, including his PADI Course Director rating in 1995.  His passion for technical diving sees him as one of Australia’s most knowledgeable and best credentialed Technical Diving Instructor Trainers in the country.  Richard was involved with the initial launch of enriched air diving in Australia as well as the early rebreather experiences in this country.  He continues his personal diving education today - with plans to add Instructor Trainer credentials to his Hollis Explorer and other rebreather qualifications - while remaining active with open circuit technical and recreational diving programs.  

Diving has taken Richard to many parts of the globe with his favourite international dive sites being Papua New Guinea for reefs and Truk Lagoon for wrecks. At home in Australia, Richard has dived far and wide and classes dive sites Rowley Shoals (off Broome, WA) and the SS Yongala (Townsville, QLD) as his favourites.

Please join PADI in congratulating Richard on achieving 25 years of service as a PADI Member.     


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The following information was sent to us by PADI Course Director, Tony Fontes from Airlie Beach in Queensland.   An avid supporter of marine conservation for many years, Tony holds a position on the Project AWARE Foundation Honorary Board of Governors. Project AWARE is
a nonprofit environmental organisation that encourages divers to take action and protect the environment by taking part in underwater cleanups, coral monitoring or fish surveys.  Tony is also a member of the OUCH Volunteers (Order of Underwater Coral Heroes).  As an OUCH Volunteer and Project AWARE Governor, he works alongside the Marine Parkson various reef conservation projects.

 SAVE THE REEF -By Tony Fontes  

The future of the Great Barrier Reef is at a crossroads.  Currently the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure from climate change, ocean acidification, coastal development, poor water quality and shipping. And now the reef is facing unprecedented industrialisation with the proposed expansion of Queensland’s mining industry.  The future health of the reef is in doubt.    

It is hard to imagine losing the Great Barrier Reef.  It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  It is a World Heritage Area.  But it is much, much more than an Australian icon.  The Great Barrier Reef is life beyond the imagination. The Great Barrier Reef is 350,000 square kilometres of life, from the giant Humpback Whales to the tiny colourful nudibranches.  Just consider these statistics:     

  • 600 species of coral.    
  • Nearly 1800 species of fish including 130 varieties of sharks and rays.     
  • Over 3000 different types of mollusc.     
  • 14 species of sea snakes.     
  • 32 species of shore birds and 22 species of seabirds.     
  •  6 species of sea turtles (only7 species in the world).     

The reef is refuge for many species of conservation concern including whales, sea turtles and dugong.      Help us save the Great Barrier Reef - get involved and make a difference today!  

 The Great Barrier Reef is also the economic powerhouse that drives Queensland tourism. The reef supports a thriving tourism industry, a commercial fishing industry and a very large recreational fishing and boating industry.  The reef produces close to 5 billion dollar seach year and supports 60,000 jobs.   

 In 1981, the Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Heritage Area.  UNESCO once called the reef “one of the jewels in the World Heritage crown.”  We have an obligation to the world to protect and maintain the values of our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.   

 In March 2012, UNESCO sent a team to Australia to review our current policy regarding the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.  The UNESCO visit was sparked by the dredging of Gladstone Harbour. UNESCO has suggested that the Reef should be considered for listing on the in danger list in 2014 if we are unable to meet our World Heritage obligations. 

We have brought the Great Barrier Reef to this crossroad. But now is not the time to look back and dwell on the past.  We no longer have the benefit of time.  New infrastructure is proposed along almost the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – from Gladstone to Cape York.  This wil lrequire a huge amount of dredging with the spoils being dumped in the waters ofthe Great Barrier Reef. 

 Here are the numbers:
Initial dredge requirements for Abbott Point (Bowen):  3.5 million cubic metres.   
Initial dredge requirements for Hay Point (Mackay): 8.5 million cubic metres.   
Initial dredge requirements for Townsville:  3.5 million cubic metres.   
Initial dredge requirements for Cairns: 5 million cubic metres.

These numbers are mind boggling. The potential impact on the reef is huge.  How huge, nobody can say as the science of dredge spoils dumping is poorly known and incredibly inaccurate.  But consider this, the dredging at Abbott Point alone will produce enough material to build a wall one metre tall, one metre wide and 3500 kilometres in length, Brisbane to Cape York and beyond!  In my opinion, we cannot let this happen.  As Australians, we have an obligation to protect the Great Barrier Reef and it is time that we met that obligation.  So what can we do?   

First and foremost, we must spread the word and invite Australia and the world to join our battle to save the Great Barrier Reef.  Like everything else today, this is best done through your social networks.  But merely talking the talk will not save the reef.  We need action.  And there is plenty that you can do.  Check out the list below.  

1. Educate yourself.  There are a number of websites to visit including;    

2. You can join any and all of the above groups to further support the protection of the reef.  
3. Go political and contact your local member to explain your view on the reef.  
4. Go even more political and contact the Minister for the Environment to explain your views on the reef.  
5. Join local, grassroots groups that are involved in protecting the local marine environment.  
6. Make a pledge to do something at least once aweek to protect the reef.   

Help us save the Great Barrier Reef - Get involved and make a difference today!   



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 New PADI Instructors for Diving Adelaide   

During the weekend of 11-13 October, PADI conducted an Instructor Crossover Program at PADI 5 Star Dive Centre - Diving Adelaide in Glandore, South Australia. 

Mark Williams, Mary Devane, Grant Moyle and Kingsley Griffin became PADI Instructors under the watchful eye of PADI Instructor Examiner, Mark Cummins. New PADI Instructors at Diving Adelaide, Kingsley Griffin, Mark Williams, Mary Devane, Grant Moyle, Mark Cummins (PADI Instructor Examiner), Denise Kuijlaars and Ron van der Marel

The course started on Friday evening and by Sunday afternoon, all PADI Instructors finished the exam with great results. While the weather was beautiful on Saturday, a grey and windy Sunday forced the group to head to Encounter Bay -
on the south central coast, some 100 kilometres south of Adelaide - for the PADI Open Water segment of the exam.  The positive results were celebrated on Sunday night with a tasty dinner at the Bay.

Diving Adelaide is looking forward to running PADI courses with their new PADI Instructors.

A big ‘Thank You’ to PADI and PADI Instructor Examiner, Mark Cummins for organising the Instructor Crossover and congratulations to all 4 brand new PADI Instructors ~ you all rock and we can't wait to work with you guys!!”  Says Ron van der Marel, a PADI Instructor and one of the owners of Diving Adelaide.

Visit Diving Adelaide at
644-646 South Road, Glandore, South Australia
Telephone: +61 - (0)8-73 250331,  Email: or visit their website at: 


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Geo Divers - a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Parramatta, NSW and one of Sydney’s foremost scuba retail outlets, has been recognized at the recent Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence 2013 (WSABE), taking two of the top awards for Retail Excellence and Excellence in Sustainability.

This is the second year in a row Geo Divers has taken a top WSABE gong in a major category, last year being awarded for Excellence in Sport and Recreation.

Over 400 people attended the awards at the prestigious Waterview Centre in Sydney’s Olympic Park.Craig Woolven and Judith McDonald -owners of Scuba Warehouse - receive awards for Retail Excellence and Excellence in Sustainability at the recent Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence

In accepting the award, Managing Director Judith McDonald commented:

“It is truly an honor to receive these two awards. In our retail customer service every day we strive to better understand our client’s needs and expectations, always aiming to deliver a premium service and the best retail experience available anywhere.

We were delighted to be recognized for our education programs and activities with our divers in the environmental protection and sustainability areas.

Our success is the product of having a great partner in PADI, product suppliers that work with us to deliver great products, a dedicated staff who do their best to inspire and support, and of course, our clients, many whom have been with us for over 20 years.”

Starting as a local awards program run by the Parramatta Chamber Of Commerce 22 years ago, the WSABE Awards now encompass the entire Western Sydney Region and attract over 300 entries.   

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell MP said: 

"The NSW Government recognizes the importance of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence. These awards pay tribute to leading businesses whose contribution is vital to the economic prosperity of Western Sydney, a region bursting with talent, opportunity and potential.” 

To contact Geo Divers in Sydney - Telephone: 02 9689 1389 or visit their website at: 


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During the month of September, PADI Asia Pacific conducted a series of Risk Management Seminars in Australian capital cities presented by Richard Evans - Manager, Quality & Risk Management and Alex Boulton - Educational Consultant.
Richard Evans conducting the Risk Management Seminar in Cairns at Rydges Tradewinds, where 33 PADI Members attended.
Seminars were held in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Brisbane with a Melbourne seminar to follow at a later date.

PADI conducts Risk Management Seminars to assist dive professionals in identifying the risks associated with diving activities and to provide suggestions on how to alleviate those risks.

Prior to the attending this year, PADI Members were provided with an actual diving incident for their review. At the meetings the diving incident was dissected and lengthy interaction followed between the presenters and PADI Members to identify what went wrong and what could and should have been done to prevent the incident from occurring.

“We asked the audience to discuss the case among themselves”, explains Richard Evans. “They considered the standards violations involved in the incident and the injuries that occurred due to our member’s conduct - then what corrective actions PADI should take with the members involved in the incident to resolve our concerns.  In essence, were placed the Quality Management committee with the audience and asked them to determine what action should be taken against the members.”

Richard continued, “This created quite a bit of discussion and a number of very interesting questions were raised in respect to the Quality Management process and how it works, including the gravity of the decisions that must be made. Let’s face the facts, we are talking about decisions that are a determining factor regarding life and death.”

Following are some interesting comments from PADI Members who attended Risk Management Seminars.

After the Sydney seminar, held at North Sydney Leagues Club in Cammeray, PADI Course Director Richard Nicholls, owner of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre - Dive Centre Manly, expressed:

“Just thought I should write to thank you for your excellent presentation the other night. Both myself and my team got a lot of very useful, relevant, practical and important information from the night.  Alex Boulton presents to 44 PADI Members at North Sydney Leagues Club in Cammeray, Sydney, on 5th September

It’s a shame that when many Instructors see a Risk Management Seminar, they treat the subject as a bit, "Ho hum, it will never happen to me, I am a great Instructor". 

It is a subject that is critical to the way others see us, as well as our business and professional future, the importance of which should never be understated. This is why we need seminars such as yours.  Thanks again and I look forward to your next seminar.”

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Jason Bettinger from Kogarah, NSW, stated at the Sydney seminar, “PADI Risk Management Seminars provide relevant and well-timed updates that are key to reducing risk”.    

Bruce Beavis, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer who also attended the Sydney seminar, found the dive accident scenario particularly helpful, “This topic always makes me think of how I can do things better”, he said.Rob Veale of VInsurance introducing the 2013-2014 PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy at the Sydney seminar.

Also presenting at the Risk Management Seminars was Rob Veale of VInsurance - part of the Willis Insurance group and PADI Asia Pacific’s brokers - to introduce the 2013-2014 PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy. PADI Members attending had the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from Rob in relation to the various features and benefits of the policy. 

For questions in regards to the PADI Pro Combined Liability Insurance Policy, or any other enquiry regarding insurance, please contact Sarah Whitehall directly at:  61 2 9285 4196, or at

For enquiries on PADI’s Risk Management topics, please contact Richard Evans at: 61 2 9454 2841 or 


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September 2013 




PADI courses credit towards the Australian Certificate of Education 
for school students inYear 10, 11 and 12 in 
Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia
PADI Instructors teaching in QLD, TAS and W.A. have the opportunity to promote to any Year 10, 11 and 12 school students that their PADI course receives credit towards their Certificate of Education. Reporting these students is simple – follow instructions provided for your State: 




In 2009 PADI successfully achieved recognition for the PADI Open Water Diver course as an endorsed training program by the Queensland Studies Authority(QSA).    

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to PADI Asia Pacific Training Department before end October: full student name, date of birth, postal address, Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) code, sex, enrolment and completion dates, confirmation of achievement (PADI Open WaterDiver), incl. a written consent from the learner to have their certification recognised on their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and their details recorded by the QSA.   



In 2008 PADI successfully achieved recognition for the PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver course as an endorsed training program by the Tasmanian Qualification Authority (TQA). We are delighted to announce that this recognition has just been granted for an extension till end 2018.    

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to PADI Asia Pacific Training Department before end October:  full student name, date of birth, postal address, TQA identification number, and confirmation of achievement (PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver), incl. a written consent from the learner to have their certification recognised on their Tasmania Certificate of Education (TCE) and their details recorded by the TQA.  


Western Australia 

PADI successfully achieved recognition from the WA Curriculum Council (WACC) for the PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver course, and since 2010 also for the Adventures in Diving and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver programs to earn credits towards the Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE).  

PADI Instructors should conduct the training according to PADI training standards and report the following student details to the school in which the student is enrolled: full student name, date of birth, postal address, and confirmation of achievement (e.g. PADI Open Water Diver).  


Remember,as you are working with young people under the age of 18 years, you are required to hold current clearance for working with children in the State(s) in which you teach.   

For any questions, please contact an Educational Consultant at



Diving in Australia 
September 2013 

 PADI Instructor Training at Whitsunday Dive Adventures 

The Whitsunday region of Queensland has always been a popular diving and sailing destination, attracting visitors from around Australia and the world.  In fact the area is often referred to as the “Heart of the Great Barrier Reef”.  The first dive shop in the Whitsundays opened its doors back in 1976 and conducted its first PADI Instructor Training Program in 1981, led by PADI Course Director, Tony Fontes. That was 32 years ago and many things have changed since then, including instructor training.  Back in 1981, the dive shop was simply a thatched hut on a dirt road.   

  PADI Instructors in the making inside Whitsunday Dive Adventures modern classroom:  Jackson Henry, James Fluker, Lucas Frazier, Tony Fontes (PADI Course Director) Julien Gerardin, and Steve Cosstick

Today, Whitsunday Dive Adventures have a state-of-the-art PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre at Cannonvale - just 3 minutes drive from Airlie Beach - providing PADI Instructor Training.  On the 10th of August this year, Whitsunday Dive Adventures ran their first PADI Instructor Training Program - and believe it or not, the program was run by PADI Course Director Tony Fontes.   

Still at the top of his game as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most experienced PADI Course Directors, Tony explains, “It’s great to be working with Whitsunday Dive Adventures at their new facility.  Over the years, I have run programs up and down the Great Barrier Reef coast as well as overseas and this facility is one of the best - perfectly designed for diver training at all levels. It almost spoils the instructor candidates with the 20m pool, classrooms and equipment room all at your fingertips.  There is even an espresso coffee machine in the classroom!” 


There were five candidates on the program and like most PADI Instructor Development Courses in the Whitsundays they came from far and wide, including England, France and Australia.  The program was spread over 14 days starting with some serious theory and skills review. “Although it is common for newly qualified Divemasters to move straight onto the PADI IDC, I find that everybody benefits from a fairly formal review of the diving theory topics, particularly physics and decompression which we push up a notch at instructor level,” noted Tony.   

   PADI Instructor Examination. Standing L-R: Julien Gerardin, Steve Cosstick, Lucas Frazier. Sitting L-R: George Wegmann (PADI Instructor Examiner) Jackson Henry and James Fluker

With the theory review completed, the candidates moved into the Instructor Development phase of their training.  It is this part of the program where they develop and hone their communication skills. This is done with actual teaching assignments with each candidate delivering a variety of presentations in the classroom, pool and open water.  “This is the part of the program that I enjoy most - as we see the candidates develop their teaching skills,”said Tony.  “It is amazing to watch an extremely nervous candidate stumble through their initial presentation and within a week become a confident, fluid presenter.  These are skills that are useful in all aspects of life.” 


Of course, it is the open water diving that everybody most enjoys, particularly in the Whitsundays.  The region is best known for the 74 islands that lie just off the coast, each surrounded by fringing coral reefs.  “Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on the dives as the incredible marine life presents never ending distractions,” commented Tony. “On our PADI Discover Scuba Diving workshop, we encountered a green sea turtle that was not the least bit shy.  At this point, we called a ‘time out’ to enjoy the moment.”  

With the PADI Instructor Development Course completed, the five instructor candidates were well-prepared for the PADI Instructor Examination - the final step on the road to becoming a PADI Instructor.  Needless to say, all were successful and now Airlie Beach has five new PADI Instructors.

The new PADI Instructors against the backdrop of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. L-R: Jackson Henry, Julien Gerardin, James Fluker, Lucas Frazier and Steve Cosstick

“We were really stressing just before the PADI Instructor Exam started,” said Jackson Henry, one of the instructor candidates.  “But once the evaluation started, we found that our 

preparation came through and we all scored at least as well as we did on the IDC.  In fact, I think that we even had a bit of fun.”   

Another of the new instructors, James Fluker, had this to say, “I have been working towards this goal for well over a year, and now that I have earned my PADI Instructor qualification I am really keen to start travelling and teaching.”

Congratulations to Steve Cosstick,Julien Gerardin, Lucas Frazier, Jackson Henry and James Fluker – we wish youall long and successful careers as PADI Instructors, demonstrating “The Way theWorld Learns to Dive”! 

To find out more about PADI InstructorDevelopment, contact Whitsunday Dive Adventures, telephone 61 (07) 4948 1239, email to:  or visit their website at: 

Diving in Australia
September, 2013 

 Dive the Whitsunday Islands with Whitsunday Dive Adventures  
Whitsunday Dive Adventures are now at Cannonvale, just 3 minutes drive from Airlie Beach in Queensland. 
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Whitsunday Dive Adventures – now under the new ownership of Verena and Ingo Vaid - recently relocated to 16 Commerce Close in Cannonvale, just 3 minutes drive from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia.

The new premises feature a purpose-built dive centre with 2 classrooms, a spacious retail shop, a wet area for equipment storage, a dedicated workshop, an apartment above the dive centre offering accommodation for 8 students and - last but not least - a 20m swimming pool with a depth of 3.5m!

Whitsunday Dive Adventures conducts PADI Courses from Bubblemaker through to PADI Instructor levels.

PADI Instructor training is conducted by Tony Fontes, a PADI Course Director for almost 40 years and one of the most experienced in the Southern Hemisphere.  Tony was delighted to join forces with Whitsunday Dive Adventures to continue his passion for teaching, conservation and ECO tourism.   

Says Verena, “It is a privilege for us to have him on board!”

An avid supporter of marine conservation for many years, Tony also holds a position on the Project AWARE Foundation Honorary Board of Governors. Project AWARE Foundation is a global movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet.

Ingo and Verena travelled the world searching for their slice of paradise. Recognising the diving opportunities in Airlie Beach - one of the most picturesque spots they had ever experienced - they decided to settle.Whitsunday Dive Adventures are now at Cannonvale.

“Customer service, local knowledge, understanding of one’s responsibilities and a willingness to go the extra yards to satisfy our guests, will be the secrets to success of Whitsunday Dive Adventures,” say Ingo and Verena. “Customer service is essential to ongoing sustainability of our business, the region and the industry”.

The latest development of Whitsunday Dive Adventures is the completion of a brand-new 15 kilowatt solar power system that provides the whole building- including the swimming pool filtering and scuba compressors - with environment friendly electricity.

“In this industry we depend on the (marine) environment, so the least we can do is to give something back by switching to clean, green energy,” Verena said.


Diving in Australia
September, 2013

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific)  

The Live the Diving Dream Contest is open to anyone who completes the PADI Divemaster course in the PADI Asia Pacific territory from July to December 2013. You simply enter, tell us what you enjoyed about the PADI Divemaster course and gain a chance to win one of six Apple iPads!   

Ellie Davidson from Exmouth Western Australia receiving her prizeThe first monthly winner in the Live the Diving Dream Contest was
Phil Voss from Singapore and now PADI are proud to announce that Ellie Davidson from Exmouth in Western Australia, is the winner in the competition for the month of August.

Ellie completed her PADI Divemaster training with PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Exmouth Diving Centre in Western Australia and entered the competition during August.    

 “Being able to help others enjoy diving was a real buzz”, explains Ellie. “In particular, it was amazing to assist on a PADI Discover Scuba Diving session with a 12 year old. He was a natural and looked so happy and excited under the water, as well as raving about it afterwards. That's what diving is all about; fun and enthusiasm!  Being a PADI Dive master means that I can assist others to experience something I love, and promote their love for diving too. Doing my course on Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth, WA) during humpback, manta and whale shark season was awesome too!”

Western Australia is fast becoming a world-renowned dive destination and for a very good reason. From the vibrant capital city of Perth, as well as the surrounding regions, you can easily explore the beautiful dive sites such as Rottnest Island and many other stunning local sites this region has to offer. Western Australia also boasts some spectacular wrecks such as the HMAS Swan Wreck, or the opportunity for a chance encounter with a mesmerising whale shark off Exmouth or Coral Bay near Ningaloo Reef.
Read more about diving in Australia.  

PADI Divemaster Phil Voss from Singapore - the first monthly winner of the Live the Diving Dream Contest - pictured (left) receiving his Apple iPad from Hans Ullrich, PADI Regional Manager.Do you have what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster? There’s still time to enter the Live the Diving Dream contest. Simply complete the PADI Divemaster course from July to December 2013 in the PADI Asia Pacific territory – then tell us what you enjoyed about it – for your chance towin an Apple iPad!   

Monthly prizes of an Apple iPad will be awarded through to the end of 2013.  

Refer to the full Terms & Conditions at  

Visit for further information and start to ‘Live the Diving Dream’ in 2013.  






Diving in Australia
July, 2013

Community Service Day with Police Citizens Youth Clubs   

 PADI Instructors, Norm Ezzy and Graham Miles (centre in wetsuits) demonstrating the use of scuba equipment to the students.Geo Divers, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Parramatta, NSW have an ongoing program in place with the PCYC, (Police Citizens Youth Clubs) formerly the Police Boys Club and have been involved for around 18 years.  

As part of the program for a bonding activity, the PCYC from Greater Western Sydney’s Western Metro Zone - consisting of 5-6 clubs, get together every quarter to take part in an activity that involves the Police Case Officers and youth on their programs. The event is a reward for the Youth and Mentor from each PCYC district that have achieved their goals during the program.

On Wednesday 24th July, 2013, Geo Divers organised and sponsored a fun filled half-day event at the Auburn Swim Centre where 18 youths enjoyed PADI Discover Scuba followed by the benefit of a motivational speaker, then ended with a BBQ.

Kicking off at 10am, the owner of Geo Divers, Judith McDonald - a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer - gave an introduction and a briefing about the days’ events. The boys and girls who were aged between 15 -18 years, were broken up into groups and were given a presentation by PADI Instructors: Norman Ezzy, Brigit Jager, Graham Miles, Les Goltman and assisted by Elizabeth Tiems. Then, after all the youths had been completely kitted up with tanks and scuba gear - it was into the pool for their PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.

They went through a variety of skills in the water under direct supervision from their PADI Instructors. They learnt how to use the scuba equipment and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing the gear; what it’s like to breath underwater and whether they were comfortable with it and other
basic skills and safety rules.

 Separated into groups, the youths learnt what it’s like to breathe underwater and basic skills and safety rules during the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.It was obvious to those attending that the kids had a great DSD experience making the event a very successful day.

Following the BBQ which was organised by the PCYC, Vincent Tuaoi - aged 17 a youth who took an active part, had this to say:

“It was a different experience breathing underwater but I had a lot of fun in the pool. The instructors were great and they made it really easy to do the skills”.

Blake William Tulk, who is 15 years old,

“The instructors knew a lot about their diving and that made it fun. Now that I have tried diving in the pool, I’d like to try the full scuba experience!”

Judith McDonald explained how Geo Divers have
been involved in voluntary community programs for about 20 years.  

“The last 12 years we've had a far better involvement with the local community through the PCYC, through Kids West and different organisations that assist children who are not as privileged as others, or those who need extra care or extra experience. 

 The happy group of PCYC Police Case Officers, youths and PADI Instructors at the Auburn Swim Centre following a very successful day of Discover Scuba Diving.We've had a fairly active program over the years and sponsor this type of activity between 4 and 8 times a year, some through scouting groups, the PCYC, school groups - some who have the capacity to pay and those that don't.

Out of each group that we work with, we usually get three off our kids that approach me and say - I want to become a scuba diver. We usually find ways of making that happen.

One way is by encouraging them to do work experience with us - so there is a quick pro quo. Work experience makes them feel part of the team, they feel like they belong and they have a sense of value for what they do - that sense of value or belonging is often the most important thing that they get from the program.  And being part of a team of people that are outside their sphere of influence and have completely different views of the world - at 13-15 years of age - is an incredibly empowering thing for young people.  If you're in one world and the view of those people you’re with is that you don't need to have a job, their whole mind set is varied to come into a working situation and see a totally different relationship.”   


 Diving in Australia
July, 2013

 PADI Instructor Exam in Exmouth  

  Exmouth Whalesharks, turtles, bull rays, sea snakes, enormous gropers and giant trevallies. This is dive instructor training with award-winning underwater photographer and PADI Course Director, Gary Brennand and….. with training dives done in World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park - it doesn't get better than that if you are an avid diver!   

 No wonder newly-certified PADI Instructors - Luke Harris, Joost Jongeneel, Amanda Lawrence and Anna-Lena Janzen look so happy at the end of their Instructor Exam which took place from 25-27 June, 2013!   

  PADI Instructor Examiner George Wegmann (centre) had an amazing time in Exmouth with magnificent dives, despite his ongoing "whale shark anti-magnetism".  George has over 5,000 logged dives - but no live whale sharks sighted so far.   


 Diving in Australia
July, 2013  


  PerthRockingham, Western Australia  

 A beautiful winter's day in Australia's westernmost capital city of Perth ended with success for all 6 new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors following the PADI Instructor Exam held from 28-30 June, 2013.  

 (L to R) PADI Instructor Examiner George Wegmann, Genta Miura, Ai Nomura, Saki Taguchi, Natalie Barnes-Hore, Shaun Dean and David Greenland.  

  The Open Water Evaluation dive was held at Rockingham Wreck Trail, an area where a number of small ship and plane wrecks have been placed just off the beach for the enjoyment of the local diving community. Conditions were very good with 17˚c temperature, no current and 5 meter vis. The Rockingham Seashore Esplanade is a popular recreational area with a "Mediterranean" feel to the buildings fronting the ocean.   


Sydney, Australia
13 June, 2013


 Terry Cummins awarded OAMTERRY CUMMINS who retired from PADI recently to pursue other interests after 30 plus years of service, was this week awarded one of Australia’s highest honours - The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.    

 Awarded for his contribution to sport, especially scuba diving, Terry has spent an eventful week providing several interviews for local, regional and national news papers and radio stations following the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday.   

 Although the OAM award was recognised immediately, Terry advises that the official award presentation will be conducted by the Governor General of Australia in Canberra (Australia’s capital) sometime in September/October, later this year.  

 The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage. Recipients of honours in the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life with nominations in the General Division of the Order coming directly from the community.  

 A highly regarded industry leader and a steadfast icon in the Australian dive market, Terry represented PADI in many capacities, making countless contributions to the development of the dive industry and PADI Internationally.  

 Terry joined PADI in 1972 as a PADI Member.  He retired late last year as International Vice President - Marketing Metrics and Performance, PADI Worldwide and, Director - Market Development for the Technical Diving Division.    

 In the early 1970’s, along with other dive professionals, Terry established PADI’s presence in Australia and in 1982, formed PADI Australia Pty Ltd.  He was later appointed to Director of Operations and eventually Chief Executive Officer, successfully leading PADI Australia as CEO until 1999.  That year he was instrumental in transitioning PADI Australia into PADI Asia Pacific and served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  

 Along with many PADI accreditations and awards presented to him in the past, Terry has also been recognised for his work on many dive clubs and committees over the years, e.g. Australian Scuba Council, Standards Australia, Dive Australia, Dive Queensland, DEMA Asia Pacific and Project AWARE. Other significant industry awards he has received or played a part in are; Intervarsity Marine Knowledge and Spearfishing Champion way back in the early ‘70s, Dive Australia Scuba Excellence, Oceanic Legend, and at OZTeK in 2007, was recognised for “The Support and Development of Technical Diving in Australia”.  

 Terry remarked, “I would like to thank everyone at PADI for being part of my life and the obvious role they played in me being honoured with this most prestigious of all awards.”  

Please join PADI as we congratulate Terry Cummins on receiving The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), which is indeed a momentous honour. 


 Diving in Australia
June, 2013  

 CONGRATULATIONS to PRO DIVE CAIRNS – issuing 130,000 PADI certifications!  

 Sydney,6th June 2013.   Pro Dive Cairns made history in the diving industry this week when they issued their 130,000th PADI certification. A remarkable achievement to be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of DiveInstructors) as a significant landmark.  

 It was also an occasion new PADI Open Water Diver Thomas Morey will remember well, as Pro Dive Cairns 130,000th student.    

 Thomas first tried a few introductory dives when sailing the Whitsundays and loved it so much he just had to dive again.  

  Pro Dive Cairns 130,000th student Tom Morey is recognised with a certificate from General Manager, Paul Lim (centre) on the Pro Dive boat with (left) Danny Dwyer and (right) Mark Spiers.On the first open water dive off Cairns Thomas admits he was a little apprehensive, but gradually became more familiar with the ocean and just enjoyed himself. “I had an absolutely awesome time both in the pool and the ocean, making for a thoroughly enjoyable course”.    

 Off to New Zealand next to try the diving there, Thomas adds, “I love the freedom diving brings, the extra dimension of movement makes it feel almost like you’re flying. It’s also areally great way of getting up close and personal with some of the world’s best wildlife. So far I’ve seen everything I’d hoped to, a personal highlight were the sharks and turtles”.  

 This year Pro Dive Cairns General Manager, Paul Lim and his staff celebrated 30 years of dedication and commitment to quality scuba diver training and dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef. Commenting on the company’s milestones, Paul declared,  

 “All the staff at Pro Dive Cairns are extremely proud of our achievement.  We have worked hard to build our reputation over the years on an ongoing philosophy of ‘quality over quantity’ with a commitment and dedication to providing the best possible dive education and liveaboard dive trips. The fact that so many people have chosen Pro Dive Cairns to teach them to dive or take them diving on the Great Barrier Reef is very satisfying and further reinforces our philosophy.  

 Our longevity in business over the past 30 years, especially in challenging times like the present, is an outstanding testament to the dedication and professionalism of all our staff, past and present, as well as the quality and reputation of our product.”  

 Please join PADI Asia Pacific in congratulating the team at Pro Dive Cairns on reaching the remarkable milestoneof 130,000 PADI certifications. Since 1983 the two companies have shared a strongand successful business partnership and are looking forward to sharing more success in the years ahead.  

 For further information about Pro DiveCairns, visit  



 May, 2013
Diving in Australia  

 First PADI Rebreather Diver Courses using the Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather in Australia  

 After months of anticipation and excitement, it has finally arrived on Australian shores. L to R:  Peter Cross, Richard Nicholls, Rubens Monaco, Nic Rewitt and Peter Letts proudly display the new Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather units.  

 The Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather had a chance to be put through its paces in Sydney, Australia as four prominent Sydney dive store owners had the opportunity to complete their PADI Rebreather Diver and PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver Courses with PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer, Rubens Monaco on this new and exciting rebreather.  

 As most of the guys on this course had already dived other types of rebreathers, it was interesting to see their attitude to this unit. As it is a sports rebreather aimed at the recreational market, it might have been easily dismissed as a simple unit without too many features. However, as the guys discovered quickly, this little unit might look easy to use and is, but the features inside makes it one of the most technologically advanced rebreathers on the market!  

 The course itself, which took 4 days to complete, was run in Manly from 20th– 24th May. This gave us the opportunity to dive the units at Shelley Beach. It was plain to see from the very first dive some of the advantages of diving the unit in an area full of marine life. The comments from the students clearly indicated a more natural behaviour between diver and marine animals and the ability to get closer was awesome.  The Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreathers are ready to launch at Shelley Beach, Manly, as Nic Rewitt, Peter Cross, Peter Letts and Richard Nicholls commence the PADI Rebreather Diver course. 

 Of course the guys also had the opportunity to complete a few boat dives and get a bit more depth on the units. Again they were impressed with the Explorers’ ability to extend the time of the dive and enhance the experience with the marine environment.   

 Congratulations to Peter Letts – Abyss Scuba Diving, Peter Cross – Sydney Dive Academy,  Nic Rewitt – Newcastle Dive Centre  and Richard Nicholls – Dive Centre Manly, on completing their PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Courses on the Hollis Explorer.   

 Also a special thanks to Richard Nicholls and partner Janet for hosting Rubens and the courses at their impressive facility in Manly.  

  Rubens Monaco
IDC Scuba Pty Ltd
Portsea, VIC 



 April 2013
Diving in Australia 

 PADI Asia Pacific would like to congratulate Sharene Collett, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor and co-owner of Daktari Surf & Dive in Warrnambool, Victoria. Sharene was recently awarded the 2013 Clean Up Australia Day Site Supervisor of the Year by Ian Kiernan AO, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia. 

 Following is a media release from Clean Up Australia Day. 

 Ian Keirnan congratulates the 2013 Clean Up Australia Day Site Supervisor of theYear for Multiple Victorian Dive Sites. 

 The 2013 Clean Up Australia Day award for the Site Supervisor of the Year has been awarded to Sharene Collett from Hamilton in Victoria. According to Ian Kiernan AO, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia, it is always a great honour toaward the Site Supervisor of the Year Award. Warrnambool Dive Club clean up the Great Ocean Road in Victoria 

 “Although all our volunteers deserve congratulations for their dedication in helping us Clean Up Australia over the last 23 years I am very excited to award Sharene the 2013 Site Supervisor of the Year Award for her wonderful work on the Great Ocean Road. Not only has she worked tirelessly, she has encouraged others to get involved in protecting her local underwater environment,” said Ian Kiernan.  

 Sharene Collett started volunteering for Clean Up Australia by registering beach site clean ups then moving onto underwater clean ups along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Each year she manages four sites including Portland, Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Port Campbell where she has fishermen, snorkeling teams and up to 25 divers dedicated to cleaning up their underwater environment. 

 According to Sharene, who got actively involved in Clean Up Australia Day after helping with the clean upon Phi Phi Island in Thailand after the 2004 Tsunami, it is very rewarding working with people to keep the coastline and waters pristine.  

 “After helping in Thailand I decided it was time to clean up my own backyard,” said Ms Collett. 

 “My aim has been to continue to encourage divers of all ages to assist with clean ups at all dive sites along the Great Ocean Road so that we can protect and preserve our underwater environment for future generations to enjoy them as we do today.” 

 The Clean Up Australia Day Site Supervisor of the Year Award is presented each year to those who have participated in five or more Clean Up Australia Day events to recognise their contribution to the environment and the vital role that they play in making each event a success.


 April, 2013
Diving in Australia  

 Narc Dive Club - North Fremantle, Swan River Underwater and Shore Clean Up Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April, 2013  

 The Narc Dive Club, operating in conjunction with PADI Dive Centre, Diving Frontiers in Balcatta, W.A. have organised their annual underwaterand shore A group of 2012 Volunteers at Hillarys Boat Harbourclean-up this year in North Fremantle and surrounding areas.  

 Chris Dodd, President of Narc Dive Club advises that on Saturday 20th April, cleaning will be from the North Fremantle Waterpolice jetty - through all of Pier 21 and the surrounding shore line past the North Fremantle football club oval - to the Stirling Highway Bridge.   

 On Sunday 21st April, the volunteers will be working from the East Side Angling Club (Jetty No.10), past the Red Herring to the 3 Town of East Fremantle jetties in front of the Left Bank and the surrounding shore line down to the Stirling Highway Bridge.  

 In 2011 and 2012, Narc Dive Club and associates carried out underwater and shore cleaning of Hillarys Marina. Over 180 volunteers attended each year when over 6.8 tonnes of debris was removed from boat moorings, jetties, board walks around the shopping/restaurant precinct, North and South rock walls and the Northern and Southern beaches of Hillarys.    

 Organisations that assist in the massive annual clean-ups are, Sea Shepherd, Kimberly Trust, WA Marine Conservation, Two Hands Project, Hillarys Rotary Club, Marmion Aquatic Angling Club, John Curtin University and Murdoch University.   A skip of rubbish removed from Hillarys Boat Harbour in 2012. 

  “Our main outcome of most importance - apart from removing debris from our waterways - is to make the public aware of the sensitivity and the need to protect our ocean and our waterways and all that is natural to them. It’s imperative that our future generations can enjoy and respect the beauty and wonder that our marine environment provides us today, both under the water and above”, commented Chris Dodd. The annual clean up promises to be a great event for the community of Fremantle and the waterways, backed by generous sponsors and with the support of the City Of Fremantle, the Town of East Fremantle, the Swan River Trust, the North Fremantle Marine Police and various volunteers from the numerous organisations.  

  Registrationis required.  For further details on how to join the clean-up, contact Glenn Bailey at Diving Frontiers on phone: 089240 6662,  email: or visit the website at 


 April 2013
Diving in Australia

   Gurkha Soldiers become PADI Open Water Divers in Townsville  

The soldiers were visiting as part of an exercise with the Australian Defence ForceA large group of PADI Instructors and staff from Remote Area Dive - a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Townsville, Queensland - spent the first week in March training 60 Gurkha soldiers to complete their PADI Open Water Diver course.    

 The soldiers, who were visiting Australia as part of an exercise with the Australian Defence Force were able to participate in the learn to dive course as one of the options available for a week long adventure training session at the end of the exercise. Other adventure training options included rock climbing, river canoeing and ocean kayaking.  

 The Ghurkha soldiers whom are currently based in Brunei visit Australia every few years as part of an exercise rotation with the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces. Aged between 25-35 years old the Gurkha soldiers - who form an integral part of the British Army - were hosted by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment based at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, a major Australian Army base, currently home to the Army’s 3rd and 11th Brigade.   

 It was a logistical operation indeed.  Remote Area Dive had 11 instructors standing by to teach the 60 students and within 4 days all Gurkha soldiers were certified PADI Open Water divers.  
Gurkha soldiers prepare for Open Water training in Townsville
 One of the students approached their PADI Instructor after the course, shook his hand and said, "This was one of the best experiences of my life".   

 And another,  "I was really nervous going that deep into the water when my swimming isn't the best - but now......thank you - it was wonderful!  When can we go again?"   

 PADI Instructor Frank Naughton explained, “The guys were awesome to teach, had a wonderful camaraderie amongst them and made us feel part of their crew. We were welcomed with a smile every time, can't wait to see them again next time”.  

 “Had a great time on the island and the crew were awesome….. an awesome crew. I can tell you guys are a great team from the inside out which was wonderful to be a part of”, says Scott Duxbury, a PADI Instructor who joined Remote Area Dive for the duration. 
Instructors and staff from Remote Area Dive with the Gurkha soldiers
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor, Tanya Taylor from Remote Area Dive advised that certifying the soldiers “was hands down one of the best courses I have ever taught and been a part of.”  She added, “At the end of the course (when the group photos were taken) many students expressed their gratitude to the instructors and crew saying that they had the best time of their lives and that they intended to continue diving in the future.”  

 The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. The brigade, which is 3,640 strong, draws its heritage from Gurkha units that originally served in the British Indian Army prior to Indian independence, and prior to that of the East India Company. The brigade includes infantry, engineer, signal, logistic and training and support units. They are famous for their ever-present kukris, a distinctive heavy knife with a curved blade, and for their reputation of being fierce fighters and brave soldiers.  

 To contact Remote Area Dive, Phone: 07 4721 4425  |  Fax: 07 4721 4424 / International: +61 7 4721 4425.  Email:   or visit their website at  

April 2013 
Diving in Australia



 Aussie Reef Dive’s initiative to Help Save WW2 Catalina A24-24 from Dredge Spoil   
Catalina with Fish. 
 In 1943 Catalina A24-24 crashed off Bowen Queensland with the loss of 14. There were only 2 survivors who were found clinging to the wings which had broken off on impact.   

 The wings subsequently sunk and the remaining wreckage and 14 servicemen missing were never found. 

 In the 1960's trawlers recovered some aircraft parts in the crash site area which were identified as coming from a Catalina and from that time local fishing maps have recorded a variety of marks for the 'plane'.  

 Local dive operators Ann & Brian Mecklem of Aussie Reef Dive and Rebreather Training Whitsundays set out earlier that year to explore the site and determine just what lay on the bottom.  Ann said 'There may have been previous dives on the site, however we could find no confirmed record of this. It is in an exposed area and being at 40 metres with strong tidal flows and minimal visibility it does not attract the average diver.'  

 Ann & Brian discovered a significant section of the Catalina fuselage and tail empennage laying inverted on a sandy bottom. This section had apparently torn off on impact in the same section as where the wings had parted. 'The cockpit section, engines etc are no doubt in the area and we expect further exploration of other smaller sonar bottom images will identify these' Ann said. 'We do not dive the site commercially and have preferred to respect the memory of those who remain down there: it can be an emotional dive when one sees the damage and reflects on those who were lost there and never recovered' 

 Until a few weeks ago they were content to allow the site to remain largely undisturbed as a grave and fitting memorial to those lost. They had assumed the crash site had been officially recorded. On the opening of the Bowen Catalina Memorial in 1992 an Australian Army Caribou brought Cat crews to Bowen for the Memorial weekend and a wreath laying flight was conducted over the area.  

 It therefore came as quite a surprise a few weeks ago when they discovered the disposal of 3million cubic metres of dredge spoil from the expansion of the local Abbot Point Coal Terminal was being proposed in an area only 1.9nm approximately away from the site.  

 Proponents have claimed that they had no knowledge of the crash site, but obviously community consultation would have revealed that the site is well known in the local community and a feature of a Catalina Memorial in Bowen. 

 Ann says 'Whilst the Catalina has now been officially notified to RAAF, GBRMPA,  State and Federal Heritage areas and recorded on the National Historic Shipwreck Database, we still need significant and demonstrated community support if we are to preserve this memorial in its current state. The dredge spoil disposal site should be shifted to ensure there is no possibility of burying the wreck and related artifacts that lay on the sea floor.  We encourage readers to lobby both their local federal MP and Tony Burke MP, Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Email:   

 Recently on ABC’S 7:30 Report the story of the WW2 Catalina A24-24 was featured . To view this report go to: 

  Suitably qualified Tec CCR divers who would be available to volunteer to be a part of a team to search and document the crash site are welcome to contact Ann or Brian Email:  

 March 2013 
Diving in Australia


 Before attending the OZTeK’13 Dive Conference & Exhibition held from 16-17 March 2013 in Sydney, LEFT to RIGHT: Henry Iannitti, Thomas Knedlik, Matthew Hopkins, Richard Nicholls, Dan Macherel, Junya Kato, Martin Robson, Rubens Monaco, Alex Boultonkey technical instructors and trainers from around the world met to discuss their passion with the PADI Asia Pacific Technical Diving Team. 

 On Friday 15th March in Manly, Martin Robson, Rubens Monaco, Richard Nicholls, Henri Iannitti and Matt Hopkins talked Tec with staff of PADI’s Technical Diving Division - Thomas Knedlik, Junya Kato, Alex Boulton and Dan Macherel. 

 Martin Robson, Designated Instructor Trainer for PADI Rebreather and Tec CCR, runs launch programs on behalf of all of the PADI offices worldwide. Martin is impressed with the quality of the rebreather courses and the way in which they have been designed. Martin explains, “PADI came to the table with a completely blank sheet. This gave them the opportunity to construct course materials that are the best available for any rebreather course compared to their competitors”. As an Instructor Trainer, teaching tec diving has always been a passion for Martin. “One of the best things is to come back from a course and hear people say that the dive they just completed was the best they’ve ever done, or the deepest they’ve ever dived. All those things are big milestones in a diver’s career and to have the opportunity to take people to do that is quite a privilege”, Martin said.  

 Rubens Monaco, PADI TecRec/CCR/Rebreather Instructor Trainer from IDC Scuba in Victoria likes teaching PADI TecRec courses because he believes there are more and more divers looking for a different adventure. Says Rubens, “Tec diving provides the next level for recreational divers to continue to new and exciting forms of diving.  Plus there’s a commitment in adding infrastructure to the store when running tec diving courses as well as ensuring a culture of tec is built within your facility.” 

 The challenge for his clients and the change involved in diving more diverse areas is what attracts Richard Nicholls, PADI Course Director/TecRec Instructor Trainer from Dive Centre Manly to tec diving.  He also enjoys the educational path he can offer to experienced divers. Richard adds, “I’m interested in the development of new marketing materials and working with PADI’s Technical Diving Division in integrating these materials onto the web”. 

 Henry Iannitti, PADI TecRec/Trimix Instructor says the wrecks within 45-60m depths are attracting tec divers to the Australian East Coast. “There are lots of opportunities here for divers to gain tec experience and variation. For me, I’m enjoying the added discipline needed to plan and execute tec dives as opposed to conducting recreational diving courses.” 

 “PADI TecRec programs have the latest in materials and information from various experience levels within the industry”, says Matthew Hopkins PADI TecRec/Trimix Instructor from Scubamunkies in NSW. “I like teaching small groups with a personal approach that gives me, as an instructor, more time to pass on knowledge to various levels.  My plans for teaching PADI TecRec programs in 2013 and beyond will be to introduce Closed Circuit Rebreather programs growing from an already successful Tec/ Trimix centre.  I also plan to write distinctive specialties – I know I can count on the fantastic Technical Diving Division in PADI’s Sydney office that gives 24/7 support!” 

The PADI TecRec program debuted in 2000. Although TecRec is not the first technical diving program, it repeatedly receives accolades for its merits. 

  •  TecRec courses are integrated into an instructionally valid, seamless course flow that takes you from beginning tec diver to one qualified to the outer reaches of sport diving using different gas mixes. 
  •  Each level introduces you to new gear, planning and procedures appropriate to extend your diving limits. 
  •  The PADITec Diver course is an integrated sequence of three subcourses:  Tec 40 ,  Tec 45  and  Tec 50 .  You can complete them continuously, or you can complete each level separately with a time span between them. This gives you learning efficiency, instructional integrity and schedule flexibility. 

 For more information on  PADI TecRec programs , visit or your nearest PADI TecRec Centre.   

Look for the PADI TecRec Centre icon on PADI’s Dive Centre Locator at   

March 2013
Diving in Australia   

 Jayne Jenkins VP, Australasian Operations - Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society ® has forwarded the following press release announcing.. 


   OWUSS Logo  

 The New Australasian 2013 Rolex Scholar for 2013  

 The 2013 Our World-Underwater Australasian Rolex Scholar was announced last week, with this year’s prestigious award going to Stefan Andrews. 

 “Competition is always tough; these candidates are the best of the best. It is a very difficult decision for the selection panel to make. Sadly we only have one scholarship to award, but for the winner, it will be the most amazing, experiential growth year of their lives,” explained Jayne Jenkins, Australasian Vice President, Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS). 

 Essentially the OWUSS mission is to identify and develop the next generation of dive leaders and underwater researchers. For more than 35 years, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® and Rolex have fostered the development of future leaders of the underwater environment. There are three Rolex Scholarships: North America, Europe, and Australasia. During their scholarship year, three deserving recipients have the opportunity to travel internationally and learn from the world's leading experts in conservation, underwater photography, maritime archaeology, marine engineering and other related fields.    

 Stefan, our 2013 Australasian OWUSS Rolex scholar will now meet the global OWUSS team in New YorkStefan Andrews in April and from there is plugged into one of the most prestigious global networks in the world; scientists, explorers, film makers, photographers, doctors.. You name it, someone will do it and they’ll be right at the very pinnacle of their career. 

 The mission for Stefan is to choose well and wisely those projects he would like to get involved with to help him advance his own career. It is one of the most rewarding short term and long term scholarships around. 

  “The OWUSS is a massive family with everyone looking to give back, to help deserving candidates find their true paths and excel. It can be very daunting at the beginning for new scholars but they are not cast out alone. We guide new scholars and help them become aware of the possibilities and make the right choices for them – each scholar is unique with unique requirements,” says Jenkins. 

  Stefan is 24 years old with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree majoring in Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management, Marine and Coastal Planning and Management plus Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences from the University of Western Australia, Perth.  

 His specific interest is in ecological activism. Stefan is also a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with over 2,000 dives to his credit. 

 The Selection Panel feel that Stefan has the strength of character and determination to excel in his role representing the Scholarship Society and, as with all our Scholars, past and present to continue with a career in or around our oceans and marine environment. 

 We feel he is a very worthy recipient who will be a shining ambassador as the Australasian Rolex scholar for the Scholarship Society, our Corporate Sponsor Rolex and not least of all, himself and his family. 

 “Take a look at what our previous scholars have achieved and you’ll be amazed and impressed – we are every year!”  

 For more information about the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, visit their website, 

September, 2012  
Diving in Australia 

 Cwilamanzi -  New dive boat to serve Brisbane New Dive Boat to Serve Brisbane 

  PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Dive World recently launched their new custom dive vessel, Cwilamanzi (African meaning ‘dive water’).  

 Sporting brand new twin 250HP Suzuki Motors, Cwiliamanzi powers out from Rivergate Marina, Brisbane to Moreton Bay, Flinders Reef, Stradbroke Island and beyond every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, carrying up to 20 divers comfortably.  

 Dive World also launched their Project Aware Shark Conservation Specialty Course.  

 One of Brisbane's premier PADI Dive Centres, Dive World offers a full range of scuba diving training, diving adventures and the latest scuba equipment.  

 As a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, Dive World offers PADI dive courses from the ‘learn to dive’ PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course right through to PADI Instructor Courses.  

 Dive World’s close team of 22 diving professionals - most who have been with Dive World since they opened their doors in June 2010 - includes Instructors, Divemasters, Dive Pro Trainees and Office Staff. 

 The point of difference is their approach to customer service. Dive World knows that diving is the ‘life’ in your work/life balance and make it their priority to ensure you have the best time, whether you are learning to dive, going for a social dive or continuing your diving journey.  

To top it off, Dive World won their category in the 2011 Workplace Health and Safety Diving Awards, meaningDive World your safety and comfort is assured!  

 Dive World also organises regular trips to Ex-HMAS Brisbane, Julian Rocks Byron Bay, South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour and overseas.  

 Visit the showroom in Annerley and you will find the largest range of Oceanic, Hollis, Cressi, Lavacore, OceanPro and Mares scuba diving equipment in Australia at prices that won't be beaten. Dive World's staff is trained to ensure you receive the scuba equipment that best suits your diving needs and your budget.  

 To Contact Dive World, visit 318 Ipswich Road, Annerley, QLD 4103.   

 Telephone:  07 3391 1009  Email:   or visit their website, www. 


 September, 2012

 Diving Australia  

 SYDNEY DIVE ACADEMY – achieving new depths as a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre 

 It was a big day in January 2011, and a big deal for all of us at Sydney Dive Academy when PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, Sydney Dive Academy - looking good at 462 Bunnerong Road, Matraville, NSWwe decided to leave our diver certification agency after 25 years and convert our Matraville dive centre to PADI..and we’ve never looked back.  

 We could see a change in the market, with the majority of recreational divers and professionals flowing into the PADI worldwide community and in late 2010 we began discussions with John O’Brien (Director, Customer Service & PADI Retail and Resort Associations) about the benefits of aligning ourselves with PADI.  

 The rewards of our new business buddy became instantly apparent; any challenges we faced in converting to a new set of standards were quickly identified and remedied by PADI’s exemplary support team. PADI’s core values of community, support and service echo throughout the worldwide organisation; from the marketing initiatives and leading-edge digital strategy to the outstanding assistance and support of allied retail and resort operations PADI’s commitment to their partners and Pros is second to none.  

 Since the PADI logo appeared above our shopfront in 2011 our certification levels have increased by 400% and customers enter our store daily, specifically enquiring about becoming PADI-certified divers. Our students wear their certifications with pride and enthusiastically declare their allegiance to Sydney Dive Academy, and PADI Worldwide. Organising and executing club dives and events is no longer a struggle; our club has grown exponentially and we enjoy dives every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as a team with Open Water to Instructors buddy-checking and descending side-by-side. Booking out weeks in advance our recent domestic and international diving holidays have seen us relish in the balmy waters of the Barrier Reef with Mike Ball, explore the inside of Vanuatu’s SS President Coolidge and delight in the playful antics of Wollongong’s baby fur seals.  

 Australia’s dive centres encompassed and nurtured by PADI welcomed us with open arms. Peter Sydney Dive Academy’s growing dive club at Malabar off on a visit to Magic Point (South of Maroubra Headland, Sydney) to dive with Grey Nurse Sharks.Letts from Abyss Scuba Diving spent a full day training us on the EVE dive centre software system and the boys at Frog Dive continue to support and encourage us, whatever the endeavour! We feel lucky to be a part of such a proactive and passionate community.  

 Thanks to PADI’s clever creative marketing department we have a beautifully designed new logo and as we are now in the process of becoming a 5 Star IDC Centre our signage and shop fit-out sports a stunning host of new stickers, signs and decals, courtesy of PADI.  

 Sydney Dive Academy’s Peter Cross and Jamie Illistom believe that the future of diving is changing with the introduction of next generation technology like the Hollis Prism 2 CCR Rebreather and are launching new training initiatives for Club members and students. PADI shares and bolsters our dedication to pioneering new frontiers in our industry.  

 In less than 18 months we have successfully converted our entire staff to PADI and proudly have instructors for each and every diving specialty, including a PADI IDC staff instructor. The crossover process was seamless thanks to PADI’s assistance and professionalism. The PADI team respected the experience and abilities of our instructors and treated us as esteemed colleagues.  

   John O’Brien (PADI Asia Pacific’s Director, Customer Service & PADI Retail and Resort Associations) added,  

 The PADI Asia Pacific team congratulates Sydney Dive Academy on their successful transition to the PADI system over the last 18 months.  The SDA team were open to the benefits of PADI and wholeheartedly welcomed the PADI staff and philosophies into their operation.  We’re very pleased that that their move to PADI was as successful as we’d envisioned.  It’s great to have them onboard as PADI Members and we’re looking forward to assisting SDA with their future business growth.  Their focus on PADI Specialty and Technical Diving programs is fantastic, as PADI is seeing more interest in these higher level programs along with the need for PADI Instructors with the relevant teaching qualifications.” 

 Visit Peter, Jamie and the team at Sydney Dive Academy at 462 Bunnerong Road, Matraville NSW 2036.  Telephone: 02-9311-0708 or Email     Visit their website at  

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 April, 2012  
Diving in Australia  


 The annual award in memory of PADI Master Instructor Steve (Solie) Salamon this year went to PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Paul Sorensen from Kew. Paul who is employed by  Academy of Scuba in Rye and Glen Iris, topped the list of nominations received.   

 Paul gained his  PADI Open Water certificate in March 2004 and says he “was hooked.” By February 2005 he was a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  Paul reports..  “Since learning to dive, I have travelled to South Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga and New Zealand.  I have dived most of the east coast of Australia including Tasmania.  My favourite dive sites are the ‘Yongala’ wreck off Ayre/Townsville, Wolf Rock at Rainbow Beach, Pipelines at Nelson Bay and Fish Rock at South West Rocks.  My favourite marine animals are sharks - I could watch shark behaviour for hours. One of the best moments and an everlasting Paul  David Solie Award 2012memory for me was interacting with a whale shark at Stradbroke Island, Queensland in 2008.”  

 As a tribute to Steve Salamon, the annual Solie Award was established in 2010 to reward PADI Instructors who best align themselves with PADI values and those qualities that were demonstrated by Steve 

 PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, David Oliver was in Victoria on 21st February, 2012 to present the award during PADI’s annual Member Update - held at the Hemisphere Conference Centre and Hotel in Moorabbin.  David was honoured to present Paul with The Solie Award for Dive Instructor Excellence in the company of 40 PADI Members who also attended the seminar. 

 To be eligible for The Solie Award, you must be a current PADI Instructor residing in Victoria, who has been teaching for a minimum of one year and be in good standing.  Candidates may only be nominated by a Victorian PADI Dive Centre, PADI Charter Operator or a PADI Resort Operator. 

 For further details, contact  David Oliver - PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager -   

 0414 814 042 or via email: 


 David Oliver, left (PADI Regional Manager) presents The Solie Award for Dive Instructor Excellence to this year’s winner, Paul Sorensen. 

 March, 2012 
Diving in Australia 

 Dive into the Heron Island Dive Festival 2012 

 Wednesday 25th July  to Sunday 29th July, 2012.             

 Following on from the highly successful Dive Festival in 2011, Heron Island has announced details for the 2012 event which will take place from 25-29 July 2012.        

 Situated on the Great Barrier Reef less than 100kms off the coast of Queensland on Australia’s eastern seaboard, Heron Island is natural coral cay. It is considered to beHeron Island  one of Australia’s top dive destinations. Jacques Cousteau even listed the Heron Bommie as one of his top 10 favourite dive sites in the world. 

 Diving at Heron Island is relatively shallow, with an average depth of around 15 to 35 metres, and snorkelers can enjoy the shallow reefs that come up to within two or three metres of the surface in places. The waters of the reef off Heron Island are home to around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish and around 72% of the coral species found in The Great Barrier Reef. 

 Combining a range of diving opportunities with workshops and lectures, the festival - being held for the second year in 2012 - is sure to appeal to avid divers from all over the  world who recognise Heron Island’s status as a “must dive” location. 

 Divers will enjoy two dives a day, along with the option of night dives - ensuring they really get to know the myriad dive sites with their fantastic coral gardens and bommies, and extensive marine life on this southern part of The Great Barrier Reef. 

 Additionally there will be a series of inspirational lectures and workshops to provide guests with more information about their environment. A number of internationally renowned speakers have already committed to the program including: 

 John Lippman, CEO Divers Alert Network, Asia Pacific 

 Dave Harasti, renowned marine scientist and underwater photographer 

 Bob Halstead, celebrated underwater photographer 

 Gary Bell, award-winning nature and wildlife photographer 

 The workshops will include basic and advanced photography skills with Gary Bell teaching essential underwater camera skills. Dave Harasti will talk about weird and exotic sea creatures and where to find them and Bob Halstead will present a number of topics, including ‘Diving is Adventure: The difference between risk and danger and how to survive high risk dives. 

 For diving novices, Discover Scuba dive classes will take place every morning at the Heron Island swimming pool and in the harbour, essentially for people who are not yet PADI certified divers, but would like to try. 

 There will also be a series of afternoon wine tastings, cooking master classes plus a range of taster treatments at the Heron Island Aqua Soul Spa, designed to get you in the mood for a full treatment. 

 The Heron Island Dive Festival 2012 will close on Sunday 29 July with a gala dinner and presentations from the week’s events. 

 A natural island, Heron Island is renowned for its birdlife, clear waters and acres of brilliant coral with colourful marine life with more than 20 different dive sites to explore. The waters are teeming with reef fish, turtles, mantas, reef sharks and endless varieties of invertebrates. 

 For further information, visit the website at  

 For reservations contact 1300 233 432 or email 

 Heron Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, 

 Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort. 


 February 2012                                                  

 Learning to Dive in North Queensland Image of Pi

 The following is a truly inspiring story by Mark Miller (PADI Master Instructor/Instructor Trainer) from Tech Dive Academy in North Queensland and his experience with a new dive student.  The determind student achieved remarkable progress in only a few weeks, completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification right through to Tech 50 of the PADI TecRec Program.  

 "His exhilarating demeanour and unwavering smile tells a million tales and have helped me realise just why I originally chose diving as my career.  Pi did not come to Port Douglas to chase certifications or cards; he came to gain knowledge and expereince in a sport he soon became passionate about." 

 Mark Miller, Tech Dive Academy - PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre - Port Douglas. 

 Click here to continue reading....   

January 2012  
Diving in Australia 

 Graduates of The Diploma of Resort Management – DIVE  at William Angliss Institute  

 The exclusive William Angliss Institute in Melbourne held a ceremony recently for 2011 graduates of the nationally accredited Diploma of Resort Management – DIVE

 During this course students undergo intensive training in all aspects of resort operations and management and as a result, graduates are provided with diversity and greater career choice beyond more familiar job roles within the tourism industry.  This fantastic group of divers are bound to make a splash!

 The Diploma of Resort Management - DIVE requires graduates to complete a range of PADI Courses beginning with the Open Water Course all the way through to the Instructor Development Course, with training provided by PADI Course Director, Damian Jones, owner of Aquatic Adventures in Rowville.   

 To assist the graduates as they embark on their new careers in the Resort and Dive Industries, Danny Dwyer (Director, Marketing & Business Development – PADI Asia Pacific) presented them with PADI gift packs.      

 Since it was established in Melbourne in 1940, William Angliss Institute has trained students for the hospitality, tourism and food industries.  

 It is the largest Government specialist institute in Australia. 

 This fantastic group of divers are bound to make a splash!   Congratulations to 6 of the brand new William Angliss Institute Resort Management Programs-Dive Graduates:  Jayde Lewis, Lahlan Gould, Sam Mastin, Rebecca Conlon, Mark Grenda and Cassandra Ferraro with Danny Dwyer from PADI (far left), Damian Jones from Aquatic Adventures (second from right) and Brian McGoldrick (far right), Director, Angliss National.   

 Narelle Rowlands and Senaka Weerasuriya also graduated in August 2011 achieving the Dimploma of Resort Management – DIVE, pictured here with PADI Course Director Damian Jones, owner of Aquatic Adventures, Rowville.    

 Senaka Weerasuriya with Damian Jones  Narelle Rowlands and Damian Jones






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