Staff Spotlight: Matt Wenger (Consultant, Training & Quality Management)

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Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7390

A quick bio:

Originally I’m form Zug in Switzerland, I always was the “black sheep” in our family and I knew I not will end up working normal 9-5 jobs. I started traveling the world when I was 19, spent most of my time in the sunny Caribbean. I started working with a small German Dive center where I completed all my PADI courses. After stations in Asia, Maldives I’m back in Europe. Since May 2014 I’m part of the Training and Quality Management Team. My job is it to answer training related questions to our members, additionally we monitor the quality of PADI course thought in the EMEA region. I do love every minute of my job……

When did you first learn to dive?

I started diving when I was 14 years old with my brother in Cyprus. Crazy time if I think back…..My brother surfaced after the 4th dive and asked the instructor why his ears hurt when he descent. The instructor told him “you got to equalize” my brother’s response “didn’t know”

How many dives have you done?

A lot, more than 7000

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

That was a TUSA Mask, I loved it! Until one day a pretty big diver sit on it, the rest is history.

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be?

Mask, without a doubt

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

Must be Vobster Quarry (the only one I divedJ)

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

WOW, what a difficult question. That must be either the Cenotes in Mexico or Darwin Arches in the Galapagos.

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

????????? Who listens to music before diving? I listen to briefings……..

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Eagle Ray

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

I want to dive with Manatees, which must be awesome.

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Stoney Cove 🙂

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Red Bull (Breakfast for Champions)

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

The Family Guy

Staff Spotlight: Tayi Orri (Consultant, Training and Quality Management)

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Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7234

A quick bio:

The first time I used a mask and a pair of fins was in a swimming pool in Patagonia in 1991 when I was almost two years old. My parents owned a PADI Dive Resort and soon I became a diver. I snorkelled at the sea for the first time when I was 3 years old and I begun to scuba dive in the cold waters of Patagonia with sea lions and dolphins at the age of 10. After becoming a music teacher at the University of Almería in Spain, I became a PADI Instructor and quickly progressed to become an IDC Staff Instructor in 2011. I worked as an IDC Staff Instructor for two years in Spain and last year I worked in the Dominican Republic. I joined PADI in January 2014 as a Training and Quality Management consultant.

When did you first learn to dive?

I did my first dive in Puerto Madryn Argentina, as a kid. But I got certified many years later in Spain.

How many dives have you done?

1000+

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

A shining yellow mask and a wetsuit made to measure! I was so tiny!

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? 

My mask!

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

I have made just two dives in the UK for now. They were in Swanage and I had a great time diving with Almudena Pineiro J. We saw two really nice small rays!

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

I think I need to dive in more places to answer this question, but I love to dive in Almeria (South of Spain). It´s beautiful to dive in the ancient reefs form by the “Posidonia oceánica” (sea grass) and find all kind of hidden creatures in them!

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

Any happy song!!! I love music!

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Flabellina!!! I love all the mini life! But I also love all kind of rays!

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

A whale shark! That will be awesome! J

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Maldives, Thailand, Bahamas, Cayman Island, Iceland! I have a really long list!

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Cribs, chocolate, sandwiches…

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

All my family and boyfriend together! We are all divers! 🙂

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IE, Maldives 4-5 December 2014

Thomas Sobotta, Regional Manager, Maldives conducted an IE on the beautiful Island Constance Moofushi for Bluetribe Moofushi on the 4-5 December 2014. We wish all the New PADI Instructors lots of success in the future.

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“Moofushi has some of the best logistics around for Instructor training, our lagoon with its various depths, with direct access from the jetty. As a Course Director spending more time in the water this makes all the difference ” says Miles Crookes PADI Course Director and Manager Bluetribe Constance Moofushi”. “I did my IDC and IE at Constance Moofushi with Bluetribe and Thomas Sobotta, during our IDC we had everything at our finger tips.

Of course we were in paradise in the Maldives, the amazing Atoll of Ari. Every evening after each day of training, we we’re able to study all together in the Bluetribe Classroom, everything was so close together, from the restaurant to the dive sites, it was just a few steps away across the sandy beach.  We were able to spend a lot of time in the water practicing our presentations and skills, this made a big difference to our Exam, this was particularly important to me coming from another training organisation.

Thomas also put us straight away at our ease and although we where under the stress of the exam our preparation and the organisation of both IDC & IE where just perfect” says Giuliana Prosdocimo , a newly certified PADI Instructor.

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Congratulations!

Project AWARE: A Year in Review

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As we approach the end of 2014, it’s a special time for many people across the globe to celebrate. And here at Project AWARE, we’re celebrating YOU! Every day we receive messages, emails and images of the actions you’re taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community. Whether you’re involved in Dive Against Debris, teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or urging increased protection for sharks and rays, your actions and passion inspire all of our staff, each and every day. Thank you.

Check out Project AWARE’s New infographic and the video below to see what your support has made possible in 2014. Thank you for all you do to protect the ocean.

From all of us at Project AWARE, Merry Christmas and Best Fishes for the New Year!

PADI – Leading the digital revolution with the Equipment Touch

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PADI continues to lead the digital revolution and we are excited show you the new PADI Equipment Specialist Touch.

The Equipment Specialist Touch gives divers more information about owning their own dive gear and scuba system components such as regulators, cylinders, dive instruments, enriched air equipment and rebreathers. It’s a great supplement to the PADI Equipment Specialty course.

The Equipment Specialist Touch is an interactive, multimedia, tablet-based program that reviews the features and functions of current dive equipment. It includes the certification card processing fee and is a great product to provide in conjunction with equipment sales.

To find out more and/or to get your own copy contact your PADI EMEA Sales Consultant by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (+44 117 300 7234).

New PADI Businesses – November 2014

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So far this year in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, PADI has welcomed 218 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 123 membership upgrades for businesses committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

Last month alone 11 new members were welcomed, and 13 upgrades processed. For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

7 new PADI Instructors from Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Kuda Huraa

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PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is delighted to welcome 7 new PADI Instructors to the world’s most sought-after community of diving professionals.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Examination (IE) were both conducted at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives in Kuda Huraa on 15/16th November 2014.

 “It was the first IDC / IE conducted at Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa and all the 7 participants have passed and all had a very good time” – Ibrahim Nazeer, Dive and Recreation Manager, Four Seasons Resort Maldives.

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Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with the PADI Instructor Development Course.

About the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) & Instructor Examination (IE) 

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program, and teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll learn how to better organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. You’ll become a more confident public speaker and will perfect your demonstration of skills whilst watching out for student diver safety.

Most dive professionals complete the full IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. The IE is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism.

Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and underwater. PADI Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

For more details on signing up for the IDC, or for more information on prerequisites and course content, please ask your local PADI 5* IDC Center or visit the PADI Course Catalogue.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean you Love

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday – an international day to bring people together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give thanks. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $25,000 before 31st December.

And everyone who donates $150 or more also receives a limited edition Fourth Element t-shirt.

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

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

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