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January, 2014
Diving in Korea

Live the Diving Dream Contest (Asia Pacific)  - announcing the final winner!  

Congratulations to SOUNG NAM CHA - winner for December 2013     

PADI’s Live the Diving Dream contest was held from the month of July to 31st December 2013, awarding monthly prizes of an Apple iPad to six new PADI Divemasters in the Asia Pacific territory. PADI Divemaster, Soung Nam Cha from Incheon, Korea is the final winner in the ‘Live the Diving Dream’ contest. (Source: Facebook.) 

The winner in the contest for December 2013 was SOUNG NAM CHA from Incheon, Republic of Korea who completed his PADI Divemaster course at Aqua Marine Dive Centre in Seoul, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and PADI Career Development Centre.  Soung Nam’s winning entry reads. 

“It was a hard course, but at the same time I realised that scuba diving is very much a fun sport, especially when we share it with many people as a lifestyle.   

 I learnt during the PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver courses the importance of mastering skills to apply for my own safety. During the PADI Divemaster course, I learnt professionalism, responsibility and leadership and most of all - that its a lifestyle!   

 I would like to express my sincere appreciation to my PADI Instructor, Dong Pyo Lee and to all the staff at Aqua Marine Dive Centre for their excellent guidance and professionalism”.

 Do you have a deep and abiding passion for diving - or merely love it with all of your heart?  If so, consider doing what you love for a living: become a PADI Divemaster - 2014 is a great time to Live the Diving Dream!

Your first step into the professional levels of recreational diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. You can begin the PADI Divemaster course online with PADI eLearning or to find out more information, contact your local PADI Dive Centre or Resort.  




September, 2012 
Diving in Korea 

PADI Members and divers take part in Jeju Island Specialty Diver Festival   
- Saturday 22nd September                                        

The Jeju Island Specialty Diver Festival brought together a staggering 475 participants from PADI Dive Centres, PADI Professional Members and their families and friends for the weekend of diving on Jeju Island.   

The PADI event commenced at 6 pm and was specifically for PADI divers who had completed a PADI Specialty Course certification. 

Festival divers were vying for an impressive prize pool that totalled KW52,278,000  

(=AUD44,795.18) - consisting of 141 prizes.  Prizes were donated by 16 generous sponsors who were: 


Mares Korea
Juergeensen Asia
Scuba Tec
Halcyon Korea
Tripos (Noh) Entertainment
Fourth Element
SID Edutainment
Scuba Diver




After the day’s diving activities, steady rain was falling and it was feared 475 participants from PADI Dive Centres, PADI Professional Members and their families and friends attended the Jeju Island Specialty Diver Festival.the evening’s program would be very damp.  But, by 6.00pm the weather had cleared and relieved organisers and 475 hungry PADI Divers met at the KAL Hotel, Seogwipo Jeju Island for a splendid buffet dinner.   Also attending Jeju for the festivities were Danny Dwyer (Director, Marketing & Business Development) and Mark Spiers (Director, Sales & Field Services) who gave the opening address at the onset of the dinner. 

During the evening, PADI Members and their friends enjoyed the talents of professional comedian Joo Chul Kim,  who’s repertoire engaged and amused the crowd. A talent contest was also on the agenda involving various teams of Dive Centres and individuals who had prepared their acts in advance for the audience. 

The highlight of the night was the PADI Specialty Course 475 participants from PADI Dive Centres, PADI Professional Members and their families and friends attended the Jeju Island Specialty Diver FestivalAwards with major prizes attached.  The prizes were presented by the various Sponsorship Representatives  to 3 PADI Instructors and  3 PADI Specialty divers who had achieved  the most PADI Specialty courses in 2012.   The 6 final winners were determined by a Lucky Draw.        

The balance of the huge prize pool was awarded to the participants by way of a Lucky Raffle draw which engrossed their attention in the latter part of the evening. 

The festival was organised by Boo Kyung Kim (PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Korea) and he was assisted by Young Hee Haniss (PAD Asia Pacific Member Liaison, Korea) and Sharon Loh (PADI Asia Pacific Senior Marketing Executive) .  

We would like to make special mention of the following volunteers who also worked tirelessly throughout the event: 

Mr. Lim (Wooksun Lim – PADI Course Director & owner of Blue Divers)  

Mr. Lee (Dalwoo Lee – owner of INOON Scuba) 

Mr. Kim (Gangyoung Kim - owner 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ) 

Mr. Chae (Yongbyung Chae – PADI IDC Staff Instructor at Blue Divers) 

Mr. Song (Gyujin Song – PADI Course Director & owner of PARANBADA) 

Miss. Yzin  (PADI Rescue Diver  & Director of Yzin Studio) 

Mr Noh (Hyeon Chang Noh – PADI MSD w/8 specialty diver certifications)  

PADI Asia Pacific would like to sincerely thank the generous Sponsors, Organisers and Volunteers of the Jeju Island Specialty Diver Festival who ensured this event was a tremendous success.   

Finally a huge ‘Thank You’ must go to the PADI Retail & Resort Association Members and PADI Professional Members for supporting the event along with your families and friends. Without your support, it simply would not have happened. 



July, 2012 
Diving in Korea  

First PADI Rebreather Course and Advanced Rebreather Course in Uljin, Korea                          L to R:  Boo Kyung Kim, Chin Gwan Kim, Guy Jin Song, Jong Yeol Seo, Min Joo Han, Young Hee Haniss, Wook Sun Lim,Yong Woo Im and Colin Melrose            

6 Korean Course Directors attended the very first PADI Rebreather Course and PADI Advanced Rebreather Course conducted by Dan Macherel (PADI Asia Pacific) from 25 June - 1 July, 2012 in Uljin, Korea. 

They are: Chin Gwan Kim, Guy Jin Song, Jong Yeol Seo, Min Joo Han, Wook Sun Lim and Yong Woo Im. 

These PADI Course Directors will attend a PADI Rebreather Instructor Course in October and will  be joined by CD Jeonghoon Kang. 







August, 2011 
Diving in Korea

PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam in Korea PADI IDC and Instructor Exam in Korea - August, 2011

The first ever Western PADI Instructor Development Course in South Korea was recently conducted in Osan in participation with PADI Dive Centre,Aquatic Frontier and award winning Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens. 

The six participants came well prepared and it was a fun and enjoyable IDC during which the candidates learned a lot about how to teach classroom, confined and open water presentations and were also updated on written exams. The facilities were outstanding which allowed for a very professional PADI IDC to be conducted. The candidates are now ready to become good instructors in the ‘real’ world.  It was an international affair with candidates originating from The United States of America, Taiwan and South Korea. 

The PADI Instructor Exam took place on the East coast of the Korean peninsula, in a small seaside town by the name of Deoksan and was conducted expertly by Korean Instructor Examiner, Boo Kyung Kim.  

The drive from Osan to Deoksan was interesting and gave everyone time to get a glimpse of the Korean country side, including the hills of the ski resort of Pyeong Chang where the 2018 Olympics will be held. 

PHOTO: From left to right standing; Jay A. Blakley, Michael C. Brown, Clyde Wylie, Luis Rico-Castillo, Camille Lemmens (PADI Course Director), Allen Rivera (Master Instructor) and Boo Kyung Kim (PADI Instructor Examiner).  Front:  Left is Bok Hee Rivera with Hai-Wen Chu.  



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