I was recently asked to write blog for a friend/mentor’s website related to diving here in South Korea. He was not only a friend and mentor but also my (and our other instructors’) Course Director during our IDC and Specialty Instructor Course, none other than Camille Lemmens from IDC Thailand.net & PA-DivingIDC.com.
You can check out the blog post here.
Very few people can actually say they have dove north of the 38th Parallel in South Korea, and even fewer can say they hold the PADI 38th Parallel Diver Specialty card (zero as of this posting). If you are looking for something truly unique to add to your logbook this is the certification. The 38th Parallel Diver Distinctive Specialty signifies that divers have conducted a dive north of the 38th Parallel as well as completed the remaining course requirements. This is a great specialty that empowers divers to get more time in the water here in South Korea.
Many divers have conducted dives with us north of the 38th Parallel so I am sure those divers will be asking, “Can I apply for the specialty?” The answer unfortunately is no, you would have to conduct the course from today forward in order to earn this certification. We apologize however we need to make sure we adhere to standards.
I am so pleased to see that PADI finally gave their smartphone app a facelift because the previous version was outdated from it’s initial release. The app finally provides some needed and highly useful functionality. The user interface is sleek and more closely matches the online experience now that PADI also recently updated their website.
One of the nicest features of the PADI app is the SSO (single sign on), it should be linked to your existing email address and password from previously established accounts (at least this is true for PADI Pros). As many pros (should) already know that if they sign-up for Scuba Earth all their certifications will be available via PADI eCards (it will take a few days after initial signup for availability). This is one more reason why it’s better to be a PADI Pro versus just a PADI Diver.
The new app is easy to navigate and offers instant access to pro check, tools (utilities) like knot tying, hand signal reviews, checklists, e-cards and even a digital logbook. There is even a spot to get local weather. The one tool I would ask PADI to incorporate into the next app update is a diver check…I understand that this can be done via login thru the web portal (via the app) however it would just be nice to see a button to access it as easily as the “Pro Check”. There is no doubt this is a step up from the previous version…finally the PADI app is a useful tool that I am happy to have on my smart phone.
Final Verdict: This is a MUST have for all levels of PADI scuba divers!
PADI Mobile Apps Site: http://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/padi-app/
Here is the first video of our trip to Palau. We dove with Sam’s Tours in Koror, Palau under the guide of Kostas. In this video we dove the following sites: Siaes Corner, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, German Channel.