PADI Partners With AIDE Event

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Australia International Dive Expo

Michael Schamis is a professional with experience in sales and marketing. Based in New York City, he is currently a sales associate for a fine wine retailer, Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits. In addition to his marketing and sales work, Michael Schamis is an instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) recently was on hand to lend its support to the Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) in Sydney, Australia. The event was put on by the same team that organizes the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) and featured dive tours, equipment displays, the latest and greatest gadgets, and advice from diving experts.

PADI marked its third year of sponsorship in this year’s AIDE, which takes place each September. PADI featured a “try dive” pool for those looking to learn more about diving through a firsthand experience. Visitors who signed up for courses at the event also received free PADI t-shirts.


The Dominant 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

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1995-96 Chicago Bulls

New York business development leader Michael Schamis grew up in Chicago and is an avid fan of Chicago sports teams. A basketball player throughout high school, Michael Schamis is especially fond of the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls recorded the best regular season in franchise history in 1995-96 and one of the best postseason runs in league history. Led by Hall of Fame talents Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won 23 of the first 25 games they played that year. Over the season, the Bulls recorded a number of notable winning streaks, including one of 18 games.

The Bulls ended the regular season with a 103-93 road victory over the Washington Bullets to finish with a record of 72 wins and 10 losses. Only the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors have recorded a better regular season, with a record of 73 wins and nine losses. However, the Warriors fell in seven games of the 2016 NBA Finals, while the Bulls went on to enjoy one of the most dominant runs in league history.

The Bulls opened the postseason by winning 11 of 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents, including sweeps of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. After taking the first three games of the finals over the Seattle SuperSonics, the Bulls dropped consecutive games for the first time in more than four months. However, the Bulls went on to secure their fourth title in six seasons with a 10-point victory in Game 6, finishing the year with a combined record of 87 and 13.

Important Safety Tips for Scuba Diving

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Michael Schamis is a member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). Diving since the age of 13, Michael Schamis became an instructor at 18, the youngest age that PADI grants certification.

Scuba diving provides a unique opportunity to view a natural environment that individuals might not otherwise get to see. To fully enjoy a dive, divers should follow a few basic safety rules.

First-time divers should consult with a medical professional prior to diving. Some dive operators require individuals to provide proof that they have been medically cleared for a dive. All divers should refrain from diving if they are suffering from a cold or a migraine.

Divers should conduct extensive research into a dive school before they schedule a dive. A diver’s best preparations can be wasted by a careless dive operator.

Most importantly, divers should never dive alone. The buddy system begins above the surface with a buddy check of diving equipment.

Once the dive has started, buddies should keep one another within sight at all times. Divers who follow the buddy system are less likely to get separated from the dive group or otherwise find themselves in a hazardous diving scenario.

The PADI IDC Helps Divers Become Certified PADI Instructors


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Michael Schamis, former business development officer and analyst for MarketCounsel, holds an MBA in sports and entertainment management from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. In addition to his marketing and sales work, Michael Schamis is a longtime member and instructor with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI).

Having granted over 24 million certifications to over 136,000 individuals around the world, PADI maintains several scuba diving courses, including its Instructor Development Course (IDC). Designed for individuals who are passionate about scuba diving and want to share their love with overs, the PADI IDC lets students earn the rating of PADI Instructor. The course is split into two parts: The Assistant Instructor (AI) course and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. After completing the entire IDC, professionals attend an Instructor Examination (IE). If they pass the exam, they earn their certification as a PADI Instructor.

The PADI IDC takes place over the course of either five or seven days, and teaches students about everything from diver safety to the business of diving and PADI standards. Although the course does offer some online learning, in-person classroom time is still needed for students to practice the skills they are learning. Any dive professionals who already hold an instructor rating with a different organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the PADI OWSI program. PADI Divemasters must have been certified for at least six months to enroll in the IDC. They must also have 100 dives and 60 logged dives, a signed medical statement, and recent emergency training.

PADI’s Online Open Water Diver Program

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A sales professional residing in New York, Michael Schamis is an avid sports fan. In addition to following the professional sports teams from his hometown of Chicago, Michael Schamis enjoys scuba diving in his spare time and maintains a membership with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

PADI has provided more than 24 million people with scuba diving certification worldwide. This accomplishment correlates with its educational programming that includes an eLearning platform. Among the courses available online is the PADI Open Water Diver course.

The PADI Open Water Diver class allows students to complete the knowledge development section through an online portal at their own convenience. The interactive program consists of a course manual and video instruction, which cover diving principles, facts, and concepts. To ensure all students thoroughly understand the curriculum, the course includes short quizzes to test comprehension. Completion of the online component, along with in-person open water dives that can take as little as three days to finish, results in PADI certification.

To obtain more information on and register for eLearning, visit

Chicago Bears Focused on Offensive Rebuilding in Offseason

Since 2013, Michael Schamis has served as a sales associate at Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits, located in New York City. In his leisure time, Michael Schamis likes to watch professional football, and he avidly supports the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears have plans to keep quarterback Jay Cutler moving into 2015, his 10th season in the league. As his contract stands, he will receive a guaranteed $15.5 million along with further incentives if he elects to stay with the team through 2016. Last year, he threw for 3,812 yards, 28 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 88.6.

Chicago hired Dowelll Loggains as a quarterbacks coach and Adam Gase as an offensive coordinator during the offseason, and they have reportedly started the designs of a new playbook tailored to Cutler’s strengths and style of play. Additionally, the Bears have re-signed backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen on a one-year extension to help bolster the organization’s future success.