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.


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.

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Becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Instructor

Michael Schamis is a sales and marketing expert and a dive instructor based in New Jersey. A scuba diving instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Michael Schamis achieved his instructor certification through the organization at the age of 18.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the largest scuba dive training organization in the world. Established in the United States in the late 1960s, PADI has now provided scuba certification, training, and instructor courses to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. The Open Water Scuba Instructor course is one of two components that make up the Instructor Development Course offered by PADI. It runs for at least four days and covers 14 separate curriculum presentations.

Offering a mix of practical demonstrations and dive theory components, the Open Water Scuba Instructor course allows successful participants to instruct the entire range of programs offered by PADI, including optional specialty ratings for instructing in enriched air diving or digital underwater photography. The course has a strict list of prerequisites, including emergency first response instructor credentials and PADI dive master or assistant instructor ratings, or recognized equivalents.