Industry partners with PADI for Tec Xplor Day in Cairns – MARCH 25th

The Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) is partnering with Pro Dive Cairns, Tech Dive Academy of Port Douglas, and Hollis of California, USA to bring the first “Tec Xplor Day” to Cairns on March 25th.

Tec Xplor Days represent an opportunity for Scuba divers of all levels of experience to enjoy a day of tech diving related experiences, find out more about technical diver training and use technical dive equipment.

The day will be held at Pro Dive’s new $3 million training centre on Spence St, in Cairns.

A BBQ lunch will be available, sponsored by PADI, with proceeds going to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation centre.

Attendance is free. Prize draws will be held during the day.

Tech Dive Academy’s Mark Miller says “It’s great to see Queensland’s leading Diver operators coming together to bring this event to the North Queensland dive community. We already have divers from as far away as McKay and Bowen telling us they are coming”.

The day will consist of:

  • Scheduled talks from guest speakers, including presentations on Recreational & Technical Sidemount, Nitrox, Technical Wings & Harnesses (Singles, Twins, Stages), Dry Suits and Full Face Masks.
  • The opportunity to speak with technical equipment manufacturers and PADI Asia Pacific staff.
  • The chance to dive with the latest technical diving equipment in the on-site pool.

The day time session 11am to 3.30pm is open to the public, and this will be followed by an Industry evening session (6.30pm to 9pm) for professional industry members.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Mark Miller

Alex van Welderen

Ross Anderson

Bjorn Nielsen

Dan Macherel

Hans Ullrich

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PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors)

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world’s largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization founded in 1966.

PADI courses range from entry levels (such as “Scuba Diver” and “Open Water Diver”) to “Master Scuba Diver” and a range of instructor certifications. Via their affiliate, Diving Science and Technology(DSAT), they also offer various technical diving courses, including decompression diving, trimix diving and gas blending under the Tec Rec brand.

Tech Dive Academy

Founded in 2003, Tech Dive Academy are the multi-award winning bespoke private training company. A PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and the only Tec Rec Centre in North Queensland. The company was also one of the first to be awarded the Green Star rating for their commitment to the environment. Based from Port Douglas, the company provides private diving services in numerous countries around the world to its select customer base.

Pro Dive Cairns

Pro Dive is Cairns’ premier Dive School and Outer Reef liveaboard dive operator. Since 1983 we have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value. We are locally owned and operated by Rod Punshon and Quicksilver Connections. For clients undertaking dive training Pro Dive Cairns is the premium dive school in Cairns. We are a PADI 5 Star Dive & Career Development Centre.


Founded 40 years ago, American Underwater Products, the parent company of Hollis Gear, has been at the forefront of Scuba equipment design and manufacturing ever since. Hollis brings innovation and engineering experience to the dive industry by designing the highest quality and most innovative scuba diving equipment available. Equipment designed to accommodate the beginning sport diver to the exploratory technical diver, using the most cutting edge materials and proven technologies for any condition. Designed and Built with Pride in the USA.