PADI Supports Fijians With Dive Career Scholarships

PADI Supports Fijians With Dive Career Scholarships

PADI is continuing its support for local Fijians with the provision of professional diving career scholarships.

The program has been going on for more than two decades and provides training at PADI Divemaster level or higher. This year, the four locals who received the scholarships are:

  • Semi Gonerara, PADI Dive Master
  • Lino Ratubalevu, PADI Dive Master
  • Craig Warren Luciano, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • Tikiko Delai, PADI Assistant Instructor

Commenting on the scholarship, Craig Warren Luciano stated:

“Being a recipient of the PADI Scholarship Program was definitely a blessing for me and I am forever grateful to have been a candidate. For me, being a PADI Pro means having the opportunity to share the knowledge of the underwater world and all that comes with it, like taking care of our environment so we can continue to appreciate and protect it. I love diving and this was the opportunity of a lifetime for me. The courses I completed under this program gave me the boost I needed to learn more and progress my career. I am now working towards getting my IDC Staff Instructor rating in order to also help advance those who share the same dream and love for scuba diving.”

According to PADI Asia Pacific Territory Director Thomas Knedlik:

“Through our scholarship program, we aim to assist our PADI Members in offering our diver training programs to those who may otherwise be limited to accessing these opportunities. This program is designed to offer life-changing employment opportunities, foster conservation-minded reef ambassadors, and heighten awareness of the marine environment at a grassroots level – further encouraging industry growth and strengthening our relationships with local communities. We are not only aiming to kick-start diving careers at a grass-roots level but equally provide them with the education and resources to help us create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean.”

Sam Helmy

Sam Helmy

Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for

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