Being a dive professional is not always easy. They go through many things that are literally “below the surface” and unseen.
When Asia Dive Academy (ADA) first had the idea that dive professionals should be celebrated and honoured, they started with their partner shops and booked out a small restaurant along Arab Street. There was no formal ceremony or real tokens of appreciation, but ADA realised that a mere certificate and recognition of the passion, blood, sweat and tears dive professionals put in with each and every diver is enough to affirm their sense of purpose.
The next year, ADA decided that it wasn’t only dive professionals that needed recognition – but industry players as well. They had awards for industry partners that supported dive centres with equipment, transport, resorts as well as corporate groups. An important inclusion at the event was also an award for conservation. The ADA Appreciation Night that year saw over 180 dive professionals and their families come together for the first time to celebrate diving in Singapore.
For 2015, the ADA Appreciation Night was held at Scape* and more awards were added, with dive professionals winning diving trips and dive equipment from a range of sponsors.
“Dive professionals are the lifeblood of the diving industry. We honour their passion for teaching, spreading the conservation message, as well as building the dive community and industry. Because dive professionals and industry players are at the forefront of growing the local dive industry, we would like to make the effort to recognise them.” says CEO of ADA, Jacki Ng.
That year, close to 300 dive professionals, their families and students showed up with special guests from PADI and major resorts around the region also participating.
This year, the ADA Appreciation Night looks set to be the biggest yet. With a showcase of major agencies, resorts and equipment brands at the event, admission is free and is open to both divers and non-divers alike. Expect a good dinner and a night full of good company as we close the dive season celebrating our dive professionals and the local dive industry.
Head to appnight.asiadiveacademy.com to RSVP
Date: 27 November 2016
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Place: Imaginarium Auditorium,
113, Eunos Ave 3, Level 4,