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Reef Report for Saturday, May 13, 2000

PADI Takes You Down Under

Visibility has improved on the reefs, with 10- 15 metres reported on the southern reefs and 10 metres on the northern reefs. Instructor Pascal aboard Kalinda saw a squillion (well not quite) of turtles at Gordon’s Mooring, while divers on Paradise Reef spied two lion fish hiding behind an outcrop of coral. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Tide movements are to a minimum, which should treat divers to very little current this weekend. East-southeasterly winds will ease and blow around 10 to 15 knots. The skies should also remain clear.

Many of you drawn to the beauty and adventure of diving are probably wondering how to get in on the action. When it comes to your dive education, there are several organizations that offer a variety of products and programs for both would-be divers and divers continuing their education. Cairns hosts two main dive organizations: PADI and SSI. Below is a brief profile of PADI, their ideas, and their mission. We’ll have a look at SSI in the coming weeks.

PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational diving membership organization. Its members include dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers, and other water sports enthusiasts. PADI issues nearly 800,000 certifications every year. PADI professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the public while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety, and customer service. PADI is international in scope with offices in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Americas.

The PADI system of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces new skills, safety related information, and local environmental knowledge to students in several stages. PADI courses are student centered and provide maximum practice and application. Students learn the basics through independent study and then are guided through additional development by their instructors. The goal is to get students in the water as soon as possible and give them with the instruction necessary to gain confidence in their diving abilities.

PADI's entry-level scuba certification is the Open Water Diver. Once certified, divers can continue their education to Advanced Open Water, Specialty, and Rescue Divers. Further training in the Dive Master and Assistant Instructor courses prepare divers to become dive leaders. Divers looking for scuba careers often choose to become PADI instructors.

PADI’S mission includes an aim to maintain its leadership position in the dive industry and continue to be the world’s most respected and successful recreational diving membership organization. PADI also recognizes its responsibility to protect the environment and is dedicated to upholding the principles and philosophies set forth by Project AWARE.

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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