Staff Spotlight: Matt Wenger (Consultant, Training & Quality Management)

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Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7390

A quick bio:

Originally I’m form Zug in Switzerland, I always was the “black sheep” in our family and I knew I not will end up working normal 9-5 jobs. I started traveling the world when I was 19, spent most of my time in the sunny Caribbean. I started working with a small German Dive center where I completed all my PADI courses. After stations in Asia, Maldives I’m back in Europe. Since May 2014 I’m part of the Training and Quality Management Team. My job is it to answer training related questions to our members, additionally we monitor the quality of PADI course thought in the EMEA region. I do love every minute of my job……

When did you first learn to dive?

I started diving when I was 14 years old with my brother in Cyprus. Crazy time if I think back…..My brother surfaced after the 4th dive and asked the instructor why his ears hurt when he descent. The instructor told him “you got to equalize” my brother’s response “didn’t know”

How many dives have you done?

A lot, more than 7000

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

That was a TUSA Mask, I loved it! Until one day a pretty big diver sit on it, the rest is history.

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be?

Mask, without a doubt

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

Must be Vobster Quarry (the only one I divedJ)

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

WOW, what a difficult question. That must be either the Cenotes in Mexico or Darwin Arches in the Galapagos.

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

????????? Who listens to music before diving? I listen to briefings……..

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Eagle Ray

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

I want to dive with Manatees, which must be awesome.

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Stoney Cove 🙂

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Red Bull (Breakfast for Champions)

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

The Family Guy

Staff Spotlight: Tayi Orri (Consultant, Training and Quality Management)

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Contact Details:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7234

A quick bio:

The first time I used a mask and a pair of fins was in a swimming pool in Patagonia in 1991 when I was almost two years old. My parents owned a PADI Dive Resort and soon I became a diver. I snorkelled at the sea for the first time when I was 3 years old and I begun to scuba dive in the cold waters of Patagonia with sea lions and dolphins at the age of 10. After becoming a music teacher at the University of Almería in Spain, I became a PADI Instructor and quickly progressed to become an IDC Staff Instructor in 2011. I worked as an IDC Staff Instructor for two years in Spain and last year I worked in the Dominican Republic. I joined PADI in January 2014 as a Training and Quality Management consultant.

When did you first learn to dive?

I did my first dive in Puerto Madryn Argentina, as a kid. But I got certified many years later in Spain.

How many dives have you done?

1000+

What is the first bit of dive equipment you bought?

A shining yellow mask and a wetsuit made to measure! I was so tiny!

If you could only pack one bit of dive equipment to take with you on a trip what would it be? 

My mask!

What is your favourite dive site in the UK?

I have made just two dives in the UK for now. They were in Swanage and I had a great time diving with Almudena Pineiro J. We saw two really nice small rays!

What is your favourite dive site in the world?

I think I need to dive in more places to answer this question, but I love to dive in Almeria (South of Spain). It´s beautiful to dive in the ancient reefs form by the “Posidonia oceánica” (sea grass) and find all kind of hidden creatures in them!

What song do you currently like to listen to before you go diving?

Any happy song!!! I love music!

What is your favourite animal underwater?

Flabellina!!! I love all the mini life! But I also love all kind of rays!

What animal would you love to see on your next dive?

A whale shark! That will be awesome! J

What dive site is at the top of your to wish list?

Maldives, Thailand, Bahamas, Cayman Island, Iceland! I have a really long list!

What sort of food do you pack in your lunch box to eat between dives?

Cribs, chocolate, sandwiches…

If you could go diving with someone (dead or alive) who would it be?

All my family and boyfriend together! We are all divers! 🙂

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Project AWARE: A Year in Review

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As we approach the end of 2014, it’s a special time for many people across the globe to celebrate. And here at Project AWARE, we’re celebrating YOU! Every day we receive messages, emails and images of the actions you’re taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community. Whether you’re involved in Dive Against Debris, teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or urging increased protection for sharks and rays, your actions and passion inspire all of our staff, each and every day. Thank you.

Check out Project AWARE’s New infographic and the video below to see what your support has made possible in 2014. Thank you for all you do to protect the ocean.

From all of us at Project AWARE, Merry Christmas and Best Fishes for the New Year!

Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Give Back to the Ocean you Love

PADI is giving back to the ocean in celebration of #GivingTuesday – an international day to bring people together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give thanks. To mark the beginning of the holiday season PADI will match all donations to Project AWARE up to $25,000 before 31st December.

And everyone who donates $150 or more also receives a limited edition Fourth Element t-shirt.

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PADI’s commitment to #GivingTuesday is an industry first and we encourage all dive centres and PADI divers to give back to the ocean and make #GivingTuesday a day for our ocean planet.

The time to protect the ocean is now. www.projectaware.org/give

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