Monthly Archives: February 2016

PADI Through the Decades: The 1960s

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2016 marks an exciting year for PADI— our 50th Anniversary!

Back in 1966, two passionate divers created the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, hoping to revolutionize the diving industry. Fifty years later, it’s clear that PADI has become a worldwide leader in dive training. As we reflect on our history, we are grateful for the continued support of the diving community all these years. It is that incredible support that drives our commitment to diving excellence.

So how did we get here? As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we’re taking a walk through PADI’s history decade-by-decade. Let’s begin where it all started, the 1960s:

1966: Beginnings

In 1966, John Cronin had driven three hours on bad roads to give a presentation at an instructor certification course, only to find out the class had been cancelled. Angry at the lack of professionalism in the diving industry, he picked up a bottle of Johnnie Walker and called his friend Ralph Erickson. Together they decided to found a new diving organization to improve business and education standards in diving. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors – PADI – was born.

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1966: The PADI Logo

Erickson designed the first PADI logo after Cronin expressed his desire for a “classy” image, similar to that of National Geographic. He later stated that the process of creating this logo helped him see beyond their two-man operation and envision a bigger future for PADI. Drawing inspiration from a photo in Cousteau’sSilent World, Erickson sketched the diver-with-torch motif. Weary after hours of arranging the stick-on letters for the logo, Erickson accidentally left out the “e” in “professional.” The error remained for two years until a PADI member pointed out the mistake. Some of the misspelled originals are still on display at PADI’s California office.


1967: A New Approach to Diver Training

Expanded diver education had always been one of Erickson’s dreams for the scuba industry. Well before it became the industry norm it is today, Erickson believed that a focus on continuing education would allow divers to “gain full enjoyment in this watery world.” By the end of the 1960s, he had designed courses ranging from Skin Diver all the way to Master Instructor.

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1967: The Undersea Journal

In 1967 The Undersea Journal was created, producing the industry’s first trade magazine for scuba instructors. Many of the early issues were written mostly or entirely by Ralph Erickson. The first issue was completely penned by him, with his articles featuring various pen names. Within a few issues PADI Instructors and other industry players soon joined in with submitted content.

1968: Photo ID

PADI’s Positive Identification Card was diving’s first card to include diver photos alongside their certification information – an idea John Cronin got at a trade show from Paul Tzimoulis, future editor and publisher of Skin Diver Magazine. The Positive Identification Card simplified cylinder fills and gear rentals by eliminating the need for secondary identification.

In just a few years of existence, PADI had ignited the spark that would change the diving world. These crucial early years laid the foundation that would enable the PADI family to earn the trust of millions of divers worldwide, and set the stage for the organization’s explosive growth.

Follow along with us this year, as we’ll be sharing our story through the decades. Continuing with next month’s installment – the 1970s.

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Museo Atlantico: Spain’s Newest Underwater Museum

[:en]All works and photographs courtesy of Jason deClaires Taylor 

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Jason deCaires Taylor installs the first phase of sculptures in Museo Atlantico, the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated in clear blue waters off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain. The unique, permanent installation is constructed 14m beneath the surface, accessible to snorkelers and divers. The Museum will be open to visitors from the 25th of February 2016.

Raft of Lampedusa: a harrowing depiction of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, referencing French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault’s work: The Raft of the Medusa. Drawing parallels between the abandonment suffered by sailors in his shipwreck scene and the current refugee crisis, the work is not intended as a tribute or memorial to the many lives lost but as a stark reminder of the collective responsibility of our now global community.

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The project drawing on the dialogue between art and nature is designed on a conservational level to create a large scale artificial reef to aggregate local fish species and increase marine biomass whilst, on the other hand, to raise awareness to current threats facing the worlds oceans. The main installation, The Rubicon features a group of 35 people walking towards a gate, a point of no return or a portal to another world.

The project funded and supported by the government of Lanzarote will also consist of an underwater botanical garden, celebrating Lanzarote’s long standing relationship with art and nature.

For more information on the project and to check out more of Jason’s beautiful work, visit his website.

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Museo Atlantico: Spain’s Newest Underwater Museum was last modified: February 11th, 2016 by Drew Schneier

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Why to Consider a Scuba Holiday with your Kids

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Your love for scuba diving is apparent and you can’t wait until your next vacation to explore new and exciting dive sites. But what happens if you have kids? Do you leave them home? If they came, could you find a sitter for the day?

Why not share your love of diving and make your kids a part of your next scuba holiday? More families are making scuba diving a group activity, and in the process are forging a deeper bond with each other while making incredible memories.

Think back to your best memories as a child. Was it a time when you travelled somewhere? Was it when you did something unique as a family? Most likely, your answer is yes. Luckily, a scuba holiday embodies both.

With a bit of planning, traveling with kids can be a magical experience. By selecting a dive destination together that provides activities everyone can partake in, you’re bound to have a great time. Youth classes will help increase their skills and keep them safe in the water so everyone can enjoy their dive vacation to the fullest.

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Here are a few of the exciting PADI Courses for kids:

PADI Bubblemaker (ages 8+) – Children dive in a pool in less than two metres/six feet of water. Get your “parent of the year” award by throwing a memorable Bubblemaker birthday party at your local PADI dive shop.

PADI Seal Team (ages 8+) – The PADI Seal Team provides action-packed fun in a pool through exciting scuba AquaMissions. Divers are introduced to underwater photography, navigation, environmental awareness and others to choose from.

PADI Junior Open Water Diver (ages 10 to 14) – Students as young as 10 can take the PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course. At completion they’ll become Junior Open Water Divers with certain limitations.

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By sharing your love of diving and the adventure of travel with your kids, you’re giving them an opportunity to learn and grow in meaningful ways. Plan your next scuba holiday for your entire crew!

Find out more about PADI scuba certifications for kids and locate a PADI Dive Shop today!

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10 Power Foods for a Pre-Dive Boost

[:en]Ever feel famished after a dive? We’ve all been there. As with any physical activity, the food you put in your body before a dive can be essential in creating much needed energy and stamina to keep you feeling strong and alert during your dive.

Plan your pre-dive meals like you plan your dive. Because a doughnut and coffee for breakfast won’t cut it on dive days, we’ve come up with a list of pre-dive power foods.

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Fruit
Bananas are good for calories and cramps. Apples are good because they have more fiber than most fruits. Combined with the natural sugar, the energy gained from apples will last longer than other sugary produce.

Eggs
Scrambled, poached, or boiled—no matter how you eat them, they’ll provide protein and power that you’ll need to compensate for the extra calories you’ll burn while diving.

Salmon
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are some of the best things to eat before a dive. The high amount of protein keeps you from feeling hungry again. The vitamins in salmon help your body convert food into energy. But, remember – when making any seafood decisions, it’s important to ensure that seafood has been caught or farmed in a sustainable manner. Check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch and refer to their rating system whenever ordering or purchasing seafood.

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Spinach
A power food, this leafy green has multiple benefits to divers. Spinach is easily digestible and helps you feel full. Spinach contains magnesium, which prevents cramps.

Brown Rice
This is an excellent source of carbohydrates, which you need because your body will burn more calories when submerged in water. Your body will work hard to maintain your body temperature. This is true even if you’re in tropical waters.

Nuts
The fat and high protein in nuts will give you the energy you need to fin kick against the current. Walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, and almonds are all great choices.

Shrimp
Shrimp is another source high in omega-3. As with all seafood, consult Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch for recommendations on what shrimp to avoid.

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Dates have natural sugar, high fiber, and are rich in magnesium, a must if you’re prone to getting leg cramps while diving.

Grass-fed Beef Jerky
Since you can’t pack a steak in your dive bag, beef jerky is a great high-protein snack. Grass-fed jerky will give you more omega-3 fatty acid than grain-fed beef. Watch out for the spicy kind!

Water
You probably already know how important it is to be hydrated while diving. Not only will water help your body metabolize the nitrogen you absorb on a dive, but it will also benefit digestion.

To book your next adventure or to find a dive boat with the best snacks, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.[:]

A Guide to Being Friends With a Scuba Dork

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Sometimes it’s hard for non-divers to understand what could possibly be so great about diving that you’d be willing to spend every weekend diving locally and all your vacations in the tropics.

You spend too much time and money on diving, and you’re not apologetic about it. To others, it may seem foolish, but to you, it’s your hobby, and that’s how you prefer to spend your time.

It may be difficult for non-divers to understand you. That’s why we’ve written this guide for you to share with your friends who have never donned a scuba mask. For your non-diving friends, here are a few things to tell them about being friends with divers:

  1. They won’t hang out with you during shark week.
  2. They know the names and scientific classification of fish you’ve never heard of.
  3. When they tell you where their last vacation was, you have to look it up on Google Maps.
  4. When you compare Facebook photos, their trip to Tahiti is way cooler than your vacation.
  5. When going to a restaurant, they won’t order seafood unless the chef has verified it was caught sustainably.
  6. They won’t be friends with you if you say you like to eat shark fin soup.
  7. They have actually found Nemo.
  8. They want to take their watch off and put it in any body of water to see if they correctly guessed the water temperature.
  9. They know hand signals and can communicate to other divers without speaking.
  10. When you think they are doing the “Night at the Roxbury” dance, they are just trying to get the water out of their ears.

Will educating your non-diving friends about the things on this list help? Probably not. You should probably just tell them to go to their local PADI dive shop to get certified.[:]