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Announcing the 2016 Awards for Platinum Course Director Holly Macleod and the PADI IDC Gili Islands



The PADI Frequent Trainer Program is designed to recognize and reward the most active PADI Course Directors in the world based upon the amount of instructor level certifications produced and the number of those candidates who choose to take further education programs. The Platinum Status is the highest possible rating for a PADI Course Director. PADI have once again awarded Holly Macleod with the Platinum Status highlighting her overall commitment and dedication to instructor training.

Holly has now certified hundreds of PADI Scuba Diving Instructors and has become well versed in the style of education Divemasters seek when looking to further their diving career, and has developed the perfect program designed to introduce dive professionals to new careers as scuba diving instructors. Last year Holly conducted nearly 500 Instructor level certifications and was awarded the PADI “Elite 300” for the amount of certifications obtained throughout the year, and a number of “Certificates of Excellence”, in recognition of her commitment to individual candidates though their IDC training. As well as the “Platinum” Status Award and the PADI “Elite 300” Award the program, Holly has previously won recognition through the PADI “commitment to Instructor Development” Award and received multiple “certificates of excellence” which are based directly on feedback from previous candidates.

The program takes place at Trawangan Dive, the first established PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) to be established in the Gili Islands and the entire Lombok region. Today, Trawangan Dive remains the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan and offers world class training facilities including 2 swimming pools, Instructor training classroom facilities, dedicated instructor training boat and purpose built Open Water training sites.

Holly conducts the entire program in Gili Trawangan which is the perfect start to a new career as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. The Gili Islands are a rapidly growing tourist destination and there are many busy dive centers within the local area, meaning that new instructors can expect to get valuable experience quickly.

The program starts every month and runs on an 11 day schedule with an additional 5 days of preparation before the program kicks off. To find out all the latest news and updates from the program potential candidates are advised to check out the PADI IDC Gili Islands Fan Page on Facebook. To get an idea of schedules, course content and entry dates the PADI IDC Indonesia Brochure contains all additional information.

For further information or to enroll on the program, potential candidates can contact Holly directly.

Justin Time
The Gili Islands IDC
+62 (0)821-4785-0413

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution



We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit and for more information.

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