2016 Shows Draw Closer – Partner PADI at a 2016 Show

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The 2016 EMEA Show Season draws closer and PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa will be exhibiting at several large international shows throughout its territory, as well as having a smaller presence at many regional EMEA shows. Below are the large international shows at which PADI EMEA will be formally exhibiting in early 2016:

  • Salon de la Plongée (Paris) – 8th – 11th January
  • Boot (Düsseldorf) – 23rd – 31st January (PADI Village)
  • Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Show (London) – 11th – 14th February
  • London International Dive Show (London) – 11th – 14th February (PADI Village)
  • Salon de la Inmersion (Barcelona) – 26th – 28th February (PADI Village)
  • Dive Middle East Expo (Dubai) – 1st – 5th March (PADI Village)
  • EUDI (Bologna) – 4th – 6th March (PADI Village)

If you would like to partner PADI in a PADI Village, please contact [email protected] stating which Show you are interested in.

If you will be exhibiting at a Show not listed above, and would like to apply for a 2016 Show Support Pack, please email [email protected]

PADI at DEMA Show 2015

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Course Director Update 2016


Tuesday, 3 November – 7:30 am -12:30 pm
Early registration fee – $295 US
Registration fee after 13 October – $320 US

This year’s Course Director Update will feature breakout sessions structured to emphasize interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI staff. Learn and share cutting-edge pro training techniques in these sessions, which provide a valuable platform for discussing Instructor Development topics critical to a successful 2016. Renewed, teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • Incorporating PADI Digital products in Instructor Development Courses
  • PADI Online Processing Center workshop: How to train the instructors of the future
  • Evaluation training workshop and PADI Digital products use

Don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors. Arrive at 7:00 am to complete registration and enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast.

Download the registration form or contact Yvonne Lara from PADI Americas at [email protected] or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 5 November – 8:00 am -1:00 pm
Registration fee – $575 US

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component, and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

Download the registration form or contact Yvonne Lara from PADI Americas at [email protected] or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


IDC Staff Instructor Update 2016


Friday, 6 November – 8:00 am -12:30 pm
Early registration fee – $295 US
Registration fee after 13 October – $320 US

This year’s IDC Staff Instructor Update will feature breakout sessions structured to emphasize interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI staff. Learn and share cutting-edge pro training techniques in these sessions, which provide a valuable platform for discussing Instructor Development topics critical to a successful 2016. Renewed, teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • Incorporating PADI Digital products in Instructor Development Courses
  • PADI Online Processing Center workshop: How to train the instructors of the future
  • Evaluation training workshop and PADI Digital products use

Download the registration form or contact Yvonne Lara from PADI Americas at [email protected] or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


Get a jump on booking your DEMA hotel room


Be one of the first to book your room for DEMA Show 2015 at The Rosen Centre Hotel – just steps away from the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Call PADI Travel Network to secure the special room rate of $175 US per night (plus tax) and you’ll receive complimentary parking, internet hook up and access to the hotel’s fitness center.

Along with the popular PADI Social, PADI programs mentioned above will take place in the Rosen Centre Hotel so you’ll be staying in the center of the action.

Contact PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada) or email [email protected] to book your room today.

*Rates subject to change without notice.


Miniseminars at the Orange County Convention Center


Seminar and/or Teaching status credit is available to PADI Members who attend a total of four (4) PADI miniseminars, including Risk Management 2015: Protect Your Divers and Yourself and three other presentations. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.

PADI Digital Suite 101: How to Attract and Enroll Divers

Take an in-depth look at the digital experience from both the diver and dive-business point of view. This seminar will consist of live demonstrations that will walk you through code assignment, the consumer registration experience and focus on integrating digital products into your business.

PADI Digital Suite 201: How to Nurture and Communicate

Now that you’ve sold your student diver a digital code, how do you continue to nurture the customer relationship? Discover the touchpoints you have to enhance your customer’s educational experience and the tools available to conduct a successful digital course.

PADI Digital Suite 301: How to Keep Divers Engaged and Loyal

Attend this miniseminar to discover best practices for processing digital learners and maintaining interaction and engagement after their certification is complete. Tap into their technological mindset and use tools such as ScubaEarth® to keep divers coming back for all of their scuba needs.

PADI Product Showcase and Standards

This one-hour seminar will focus on the new additions to the PADI suite of offerings, including:

  • Discover Scuba Diving Touch™
  • PADI Freediver program
  • All-new Online Processing Center
  • Certification Pak Language Expansion

Discover how to leverage these products and programs for your business while learning about any additional standards changes that will affect your daily teaching.

ReActivate™ Your Business

Did you know a ReActivated diver can generate up to $16,000 US in revenue? Learn how to integrate the PADI ReActivate program by making small changes in exchange for a large return on investment. You can also find out how to tap a new market by ReActivating non-PADI Divers.

Hold Your Breath! Dive Deeper into the New PADI Freediver Program

Freediving goes against the first rule in scuba diving: never hold your breath. The two principles may be contradictory, but ultimately both are good for business. Learn all about the new PADI Freediver program and how to integrate it into your current course offerings.

Risk Management 2015: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (Required)

Are you 100 percent prepared in case of a dive accident? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

Website Best Practices

Your website should be just like your staff: inviting, informational and able to close the sale. Learn how make small changes or additions to your website in order to keep your business running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“No Fear” Pricing Strategies

Learn how to price with confidence and find out why you should raise prices year over year. Don’t be afraid of being paid what you’re worth. Find out how to use the PADI Digital Product Suite to your advantage and increase your bottom line.

CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Come to this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the Course Director Training Course.


PADI Partner Seminars


Diving Against Debris Is Getting Easier

Join Project AWARE® staff for an exclusive test drive of the new Dive Against Debris℠ workshop, specifically designed to help dive professionals engage divers in Dive Against Debris activities and report better data more often. You’ll help Project AWARE create a better tool and walk away informed and empowered to take your Dive Against Debris efforts to new depths.

Managing your Swim Program and Pool Operation Risk

Risk management in the context of swim lessons can be very different from safety considerations with scuba students. Learn how the PADI Swim School, which incorporates safety benchmarks into the curriculum and has the highest safety standards in the industry, can help make you the industry leader in risk management along with being the drowning prevention expert in your community.


PADI Social


Celebrating 50 years of myPADI!

3 November 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Rosen Centre Hotel Ballroom

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa welcomes you at InterDive 2015

interdive_headerPADI Europe, Middle East and Africa will be exhibiting at InterDive 2015 and looks forward to welcoming you onto the stand in Hall B5 of Messe Friedrichshafen from the 17th – 20th September.

Regional Managers Cornelia Gohdes, Stefan Kaesweber and Sascha Engeler will be on hand to meet with you to answer questions and to update you on PADI’s latest Digital products and programmes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try out the Open Water Diver Touch® or ReActivate™, come and visit us on stand 320 where we will walk you through them and explain how to integrate these digital products and programmes into your Dive Centre’s training programme. We’ll also show you how the power of the awesome PADI App can drive your Dive Centre business forward.

If you are exhibiting at InterDive, for every PADI course you sell during the show your new customer will receive a Free PADI gift from the PADI stand.

If you will be at the show on Friday 18th September, please join us for an informal Member Social on the PADI stand at 17:30.

Wishing you continued success in 2015

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2015

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would like to say Thank You to all PADI Dive Centres and Resorts and PADI Professionals who participated in the first ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day.

Our  EMEA region hosted over 100 events across 23 countries and 3 continents. Globally, the event involved over 330 events, 64 countries, 7 continents and 4 oceans.

This was a great day for everyone to support and acknowledge women in diving at all levels. We want to acknowledge all those that put in the time and effort to host an event. We hope you all had a great time on the day!

Here is a selection of photos from Women’s Dive Day events that took place around the EMEA region. Feel free to share your favourite pictures or videos, and search #PADIWomensDiveDay to take a look at all the great events from around the world.

Buceo Cabo La Nao:

 

Punto Diving & Friends:

 

Speedywater:

 

Andark Diving:

 

Aquatours Almeria Aventuras Submarina:

 

Globe Marine:

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving – Suzanne Smith

padi-womens-scuba-dive-day-2015-1024x316PADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport. PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day.

The final interview in the series ‘Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving’ is with Suzanne Smith, a true champion in the dive industry and Director of Training at PADI EMEA, PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.

Suzanne started her successful career as a scientific diver and then moved on to become an active PADI Course Director which lead to a job at PADI in 1994. In my job as PADI Regional Manager I have daily contact with Suzanne and her team at the Training Department and each time they demonstrate what an extraordinaire support they provide all PADI Members in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

It’s been a true honor to be part of this interview series. The legends I have interviewed the last weeks are all truly inspiring. I would like to thank you for taking the time in your busy schedules. You are a true inspiration for all divers and non-divers around the world. Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”. The women I interviewed the last few weeks have no doubt that they can.

I wish you a great Women’s Dive Day.

suzanne egypt 2When and how did you get involved in diving?

I started out as a scientific diver, through necessity rather than any eureka moment.  I learned to dive in 1986 in Canada, actually in a glacial run off lake near Jasper, with Ocean Sports in Edmonton. I was studying Geology at the University of Alberta at the time and needed a diving licence for my field studies in the Cayman Islands.  Before then I don’t think I had even thought about scuba diving even though I loved the water; I don’t recall there being much opportunity in England in those days, or not that came across my path.

I completed my studies and started working in the oil industry in London.  I secured contract jobs and in between contracts, I took time out to go diving.  I headed out to Australia and worked my way through my diving credentials until I could work as a Divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef.  I returned to my well paid contract work – just to save up again to head back out to Australia to do some more diving and became an instructor in 1991.  Well I loved it and was completely hooked.  From Australia, via some cash injection from more oil industry work.  I headed to Dahab, Egypt to teach more diving.  By late 1994, I had secured a job at PADI back in Bristol and am still here.

Aquanaute_1990_NIC_Current position in diving?

I am now Director of Training at PADI EMEA Ltd.  I’m also a PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.  I hope I represent one aspect of what women can achieve in the diving industry, and that it truly is a sport (and career) for anyone.

What you find the most exciting about diving?

As divers, we are so privileged to be able to interact with the underwater world first hand.  Photos and videos are wonderful and open access to everyone, but nothing beats the feel of the ocean around you, the unexpectness of what every dive brings and the pure thrill of breathing underwater. I find it both exhilarating and calming at the same time.

Tips to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

From being a dive instructor I chose the path with a diver training organisation where I could use my skills in education, business and project management, and build a career for myself.  My advice – do what you love, work hard and be passionate about what you do, and the rest will follow.

_6191715Favourite part of working in diving?

Working with such an array of talented people, from different countries and cultures, with a shared dedication to our work. Everything we strive to do is to make the wonders of diving available to more people, to keep the dive industry vibrant and sustainable so that it supports other people’s careers and try to be advocates for underwater life.  Not many people can say that about their working day.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to dive in some of the most fantastic places in the world.  As a geologist, my dream dive would be Silfra in Iceland along the spreading ridge.  Within my grasp, but just haven’t made it yet.

What would your next diving course be?

Actually, am learning to Free dive this summer – have never taken a formal course in this so it will be lovely to be a student from scratch again.

Attributes that makes someone more successful in the diving industry?

A positive attitude, willingness to try new things, ability to multi-task and lots of patience.

JHM_8495Best moment in diving?

Crikey, that’s a hard one. Diving in Sipadan, with my friends and colleagues, at dusk when the day boats have left, and before WiFi.

What is the next step in your career?

Every day I learn something new and do something different. I love what I’m doing and have the best job in the world – why would I do something else?

Thank you so much for taking the time by sharing experiences from your amazing career in diving. It’s been truly inspiring. See you in Bristol in a couple of weeks. 

Thank you and see you soon in Bristol.

 

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving – Nicole Detry

thPADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport. PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day. PADI Examiner Nicole Detry sharing from her successful career in diving.

When and how did you start diving?

I started in 1977, in Belgium, with the Belgian CMAS federation. At that time there were not so many women diving, it was a bit military system and I though from the beginning that diving could be teach another way, more fun and enjoyable

IE HRG DEC 2013Current position in diving?

PADI Instructor Examiner

What you find the most exciting about diving?

  • First the aquatic environment. I just love being in the water. I can hang around for hours (when water is warm …) even if nothing is happening, enjoying neutral buoyancy, no noise, or the opposite challenging conditions, strong current, rough sea, excitement of big animals as shark, manta ray or dolphins, etc.
  • Second is people. With diving you meet so many different kinds of people, from different countries, different back ground, different mentalities, young, old, etc. – but all passionate with diving and the aquatic world.

Tips to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

Love it – try different things – keep learning – keep it fun

IE Mechelen_GP_ND_06.15Favourite part of working in diving?

Teaching and sharing with others the passion you have for diving.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

Diving Galapagos together with a backpacking trip in Equator

What would your next diving course be?

I just completed the Rebreather courses – and loved it to be back to learning and practicing again as a “student”

Attributes that makes someone more successful in the diving industry?

Enthusiasm and the love to share experiences

Reabreather_ND_2014Best moment in diving?

In the 90’s, Ras Mohamed – Shark Reef – after fitting against the current around shark reef with a big group of Italian divers from Bergamo, arriving at the drop of, and hovering in the blue with hundreds of snappers, jackfish’s and barracudas, than a grey shark coming from the deep toward us. So much excitement – everyone so happy and kissing each other under water. The celebration kept going on the whole way back on the boat toward Naama Bay.

What is the next step in your career?

I love what I do and want to keep going as Examiner.

Thank you so much for the time. Looking forward to see you in Egypt in August. 

Thank you and see you soon,

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving (Alessandra Sicilia)

padi-womens-scuba-dive-day-2015-1024x316PADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport.

PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview five leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day.First up is Alessandra Sicilia, Manager TGI Diving, with three PADI Divecenters in Egypt and a total of 12 around the world.


Let’s start…

io e lolloThank you very much for taking the time to share your experiences in the diving industry. When and how did you get involved in diving?

I always felt attracted by the diving world, but because of an earlier surgery, I was told I would never be able to equalize. However in 2001 thanks to the passion of a PADI Instructor and a second opinion from a MD who was specialized in diving I was good to go. I had no problems to equalize and I was feeling more free than with my feet on the ground. I never stopped since that day. PAD Open Water Diver led to Advanced Open Water Diver and within 5 months I was a PADI DIvemaster. Diving became my life, part of my soul. That first confined dive was truly life changing for me.

Current position in diving?

I am the Area, Technical and Training Manager for TGI Diving Red Sea. My professional diving level is PADI Master Instructor.

Tips to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

Well knowing how to dive is not enough to be successful. You need to have many other trades like a good understanding of logistics, accounting, customer care, updated and a great understanding of the importance of protecting our environment and its ecosystem.

Favourite part of working in diving?

io e la mia IDMFrom my point of view is to see colleagues and students grow under my management. To be able to be in charge of a company that touches the heart of so many people. To see previous Open Water Divers grow and become employed in the same shop as a diving instructor where they learned how to dive – its priceless.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

A lot actually! From the South-African Sardine Run, to the Malaysian Borneo, but my biggest dream is to bump into humpback whale passing by during a dive…

What would the next course in diving be?

For several years I have been dreaming about becoming a PADI Course Director, but due to work commitments and daily management I did not have a chance yet, but 2016 is my year! To be able to change someone’s life by teaching them to become a diving instructor and give the person a career in the most amazing industry on the planet is my next goal.

Attributes that makes you more successful in diving?

miaIn addition of being blonde, Italian and pretty cool you mean? I had to be very committed to my career to be successful. Keep yourself updated, take new courses and be pretty firm. Attitude is the most important part of an instructors attributes however. You need to remember how it was the first time you went SCUBA and to show empathy and patience during each course. Make sure that each course you teach is the best one you ever taught and build a rapport with your student during the training.

What is the next step in your career?

PADI CDTC, Course Director Training Course, during 2016 and to establish Pro courses in both our shop in Marsa Alam and in El Gouna. I am dreaming of making TGI into a PADI CDC Center. This is an ambitious goal but with the team I work with all around the Red Sea area I certain we will reach there in the near future.

Best moment in diving?

mia 2My best moments in diving is when I go diving with my husband Lollo. Lollo and I work together and we share the love for diving. Each chance we get we go for a dive together. How many people can say that when they go with their family on a holiday they do exactly the same thing during their holidays as when they work. I consider myself so lucky to choose this path. Choose to work with something you love and you never work another day in your life.

Thank you Alessandra for taking the time by answering a few questions. You are an inspiration for divers all around the world. I am looking forward to see you in August for the DSD Pool Party that we organized between PADI EMEA and TGI EL Gouna.

Thank you Jonas and see you in August.

Never. Give. Up.

During the 4-6th of June former Navy Seal Officer and PADI Assistant Instructor Walaa Wael Abbas broke the Guinness World Record for the longest dive in the history. Captain Abbas spend a total of 51 hours and 24 minutes at a maximum depth of 10 meters. The event was held in PADI 5-Star Sharm El Naga Resort & Dive Center’s amazing facilities just 40 km south of Hurghada. PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview Walaa Wael Abbas and ask a few questions.

11347513_869798949759284_1789546013_oCongratulations Captain Walaa Wael Abbas to an amazing achievement. Over 51 hours underwater. My longest dive was 11 hours, you beat me with almost two days.

Thank you very much.  

Where did you get the idea of taking the Guinness Record for the longest ever dive?

During Ahmed Gabr record deep dive I showed a few people that it’s possible to eat and drink underwater and from there the idea came up.

11429014_869798926425953_39495644_nHow did you prepare yourself for the over two day long dive?

I trained physically each day to build up my strength, but more importantly was to train mentally. To learn to relax. I did some meditation training that helped during the preparation and during the dive itself.

What kind of equipment were you using?

I used an Ursuit Drysuit and Fourth Element undergarment plus a heating system.

Was there at any time you thought about giving up during the dive?

Yes many times. I had to try to relax and meditate. I focused on keeping my body warm. My support was there during the complete dive. Without them it would have been impossible, My support crew gave me bags with hot water and a ‘hug’ when necessary.  11292783_869798939759285_1259045214_n

What stopped you from giving up?

I looked at my support crew and I could never disappoint them by giving up. They did so much for me. I also looked at the Egyptian flag and was thinking of my country and the Egyptian people. I would never give up.  

11428589_869798953092617_1891928379_nWho was your support before, during and after the dive?

I had lots of great support. Many came from Top One Diving. Some of those were Davide Bastiani(IDC Staff ), Andrea Covelli (IDC Staff), Marcello Gatani (IDC Staff), Cristina Benvenuti (MSDT), Federica Ippoliti (OWSI), Fabrizio Giovagnoli (OWSI), Laura Cenci (OWSI), Vito Covelli (AI), Marco Nicotera (DM). I also had lots of support from DAN Europe and Dr. Massimo Pieri. Also big thanks to PADI 5-Star Sharm El Naga Resort & Dive Center where the event took place.

11427206_10206870728637908_1778742606413378204_nAny tips to anyone who wants to try to beat your record?

Prepare well and bring some extra socks  

What is your next project?

I plan to beat the record for the longest dive. I plan to dive 35 km on the 6th of August when the new Suez Canal is opening up.

Congratulations once again to you and your support team from all of us at PADI EMEA. Inspiring achievement. See you on the 6th of August.  

Thank you. Great talking to you and hope to see you in Suez.    

Register now for the PADI Digital Product Suite Webinar (2/6/15)

0415 Digital Product Offer Email HeaderPADI Europe, Middle East and Africa would like to invite you to attend a special webinar on How To Use PADI Digital Products, taking place on Tuesday, 2nd June at 19:00 BST.

The webinar will explain the fundamental steps in how to use and promote the PADI Digital Product Suite, including how to purchase and deliver the product to your students, how your students can use the materials, and how you can process the associated PIC certification for them. There will also be a questions and answers session to help you get the most out of your Digital Products.

After attending this webinar, you will receive a special sales offer and access to the PADI Digital Product Suite marketing toolbox to assist your business in the future.

The event will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to the recording, even if you are not able to attend live.

Click here to register for the webinar

PADI training webinars are free of charge to PADI members, and remember that you are eligible to receive one seminar credit for every three webinars you attend.

If you have questions regarding this webinar please email [email protected]

Deptherapy diaries

“PADI is committed to making scuba diving accessible to people with disabilities who can meet the standards required for each level of training.  We have been a long time supporter of Deptherapy and Deptherapy that seeks to rehabilitate UK and US Armed Service personnel who have suffered life changing mental and or physical challenges. The next 10 days we will be running a BLOG about four seriously injured British troops who we are supporting as they start their scuba diving adventure.

20th March 2015

Arriving with Monarch airlines Deptherapy arrived to start with their course. All the filming was done by Jeff Godman from Scubaverse, so an excited team was ready to go diving the next day.

21st March 2015

A terrific day and the team bonded right away.  Some “rabbit in headlights” looks when first under water but some amazing efforts throughout the day and massive smiles at the end of the day.
We`ve also had 6 instructors for the pros course who have had busy day under Richard Cullens tuition and tomorrow will get in the water with the guys to help with open water dives and get some ” hands on ” experience. The staff continue to be amazing hosts.

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22nd March 2015

Second and final day of pros course and confined water dives for lads. The veterans just cracked on and completed their confined water skills ready for open water as seas to rough for afternoon of diving .
The pros course finished off their classroom work and then got hands on with the injured guys and also working in their groups as blind divers.

23rd March 2015

So first day in open water it was a fun but hard day. We got out
though a very tough start with current and waves but the lads got though it and
loved their first open water dives . When they got their attention off the new
and wonderful, they aced their skills, so first three dives done and then tomorrow
the final dive to complete the PADI Open Water.Deptherapy and PADI 1st day diving

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24th March 2015

So Luke Simpson and Warren Richardson are newly qualified Open Water Divers and was a real pleasure to take them though course and see change in them all because of diving . Scott Brown was unable to dive today due to issues with his ears. We then cracked on with Advance course and guys are having a great time diving and gaining experience lots of wildlife to be seen on Roots house reef .

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25th March 2015

So today Luke and Warren completed their AOW course with three great dives in perfect conditions . The first was a deep dive with the guys first Clown fish experience on a perfect pinnacle covered in life. Then they each had a different dive with Fish I.D and SMB all completed flawlessly just showing they had mastered their buoyancy skills. The final one was Navigation where they proved their former military skills and made it look simple . I think that’s why the guys picked up all the skills so easily as our time in the Army is all about Skills and drills.

Scott was well enough today to get back in water to complete final OW dive and start with AOW which he did with ease and made a great start with AOW.

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26th March 2015

So for Luke and Warren today it was in to the water as a newly qualified AOW divers and solid buddy pair they went exploring and loved it on Roots Camp House reef, Their air consumption getting better every dive to the point that Luke finished with an hour long dive. This of course no easy task when having to use your hands for propulsion . Scott got into the water for his final 3 AOW dives and he nailed them even with showing his young enthusiasm by being caught up in all the wildlife to had . It was a great week for the Pros course and the guys on course too but also myself as this is all why i wanted to be come an instructor and teach other veterans like myself as the transformation in guys just from meeting at Airport to end of week was amazing and i said to Luke just before we descended on first OW dive your about to have a new world open to you .

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