A New York resident with marketing and business development experience, Michael Schamis joined Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits in 2013, where he provides sales support. Michael Schamis also provides scuba diving lessons through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Since its inception in 1966, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has paved the way for more than 136,000 scuba diving instructors, who have issued over 23 million certifications. The organization upholds a “Four E’s Philosophy” of education, experience, equipment, and environmental conservation, to ensure each diver engages safely in the activity.
In terms of environmental conservation, PADI partners with Project AWARE to help maintain a healthy underwater ecosystem. Together, the organizations provide a Project AWARE Specialist certification program that educates the diving community about issues facing aquatic environments, such as fisheries and sustainability challenges, and actions that can be taken to preserve the landscape. Further, classroom discussions on coral reef preservation and environmental issues impacting coastal zones and ocean commons are included in the course.
For more information, visit http://www.padi.com.