Every Quarter, PADI distributes the periodical “Undersea Journal” to all current and paid-up PADI dive professionals. It’s sort of a bit of a PADI-rah-rah-rah thing, but it also has standards updates, news on PADI professionals in various places and changes in protocols, etc. PADI has other publications too, but the Undersea Journal actually isn’t that bad and sometimes the articles are actually kind of interesting (I really like the DAN publication though for really interesting articles, like promoting a deep stop even on recreational dives …. hmmm? Blog article on decompression stops?? Perhaps).
What was particularly cool about the most recent Undersea Journal was the fact that two articles in it were about our very own dive family!! There was an article on continuing education and how different places do different things. In that article, an Undersea Journal journalist interviewed our own Peter and used him as a reference in the article. We’re stoked that Peter made it into the Undersea Journal. Here’s a snapshot of his article:
The only aspect that was a tad annoying for us was the fact that Peter mentioned the Toronto Scuba Centre constantly during the interview, yet all references to us were expunged by the writer, as you can clearly see. Without getting into it, let’s just say it is PADI’s politics, not ours.
Regardless, we think Pete did a fantastic job and believe us, we get giddy about courses that develop our divers beyond the Open Water certification level. Seriously. We think the Advanced Open Water certification is a no-brainer, but we also whole-heartedly believe that the Enriched Air course, as well as the Rescue Course are two other courses that literally anyone could benefit from. And if you think you have a tough time mastering your buoyancy, we routinely run the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty for precisely that reason.
On top of the fact that Pete was cited in the Undersea Journal, it turned out to be a great edition for us, because there was even a second article that mentioned another of our dive family. Natalie, who was a mentor to both Peter and myself and who has been running the shop at Sunshine Divers on Koh Tao island in Thailand for years, was also mentioned for her sterling environmental efforts underwater. Nat and the Sunshine crew (of which I was formerly a member) frequently have clean-up days, where all of the staff jump in and retrieve garbage from bays around the island. Here’s the article and good job NAT!!:
Ok …. last, but not least …. the blog sort of fell of the tracks for a few months there. Let me just say that it has been one of the busiest times of either Peter’s or my life … summer blew us away. With the outdoor season coming to a close at the end of this month, we are hoping things simmer down and we’ll get back on track with the blog, admin, growing TSC, etc. Keep your eyes marginally open for a new blog relatively, sort of, soon.