Monday, July 23, 2007

Get your Divers licence in SL

Whilst trying to get some new Dutch sims in front of my camera I stumbled into Diveworld, close to Dutch content creators DNB Media. Suspecting a tie in I went in, and immersed in front of a PADI office. And guess what, my wife's work is just next to a PADI diving center.

However, PADI isn't Dutch, it's everywhere, it's the Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization founded in 1966 by John Cronin and Ralph Erikson.

It's HQ is based in California and all over the world you will find Diving Centers using the PADI method. PADI is the way the world learns to dive.

Their main venue - at least, the place where you immerse - is a 2-storied infocenter with instruction movies on diving, telling you what the gear is all about and links to the e-learning pages on the PADI website.

But off course, diving isn't about instruction, especially not in Second Life where you can dive without using all that cumbersome equipment. It's time to get out to the beach!

This is what diving is about:

It's not the real thing, but it looks good.

The sim isn't completely finished yet, and this beautiful reef is just a few yards wide yet. I'm curious to see how PADI is going to use this virtual venue in educational and promotional ways.


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Anonymous Dobre said...

Like the idea of Padi coming in though (i am a diver myself), should be interesting for simulations and such. Think they will use it for that? Dont think its DNB, checked it as well some days ago. The creators of the sim dont seem to have ties with DNB (who work with own designers as far as I know).

Monday, July 23, 2007 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

As far as I could tell it's a build of various freelancers. The marineworld is being build by Splash Aquatics, a metabrand.

And yes, there's no tie in with DNB, purely coincidental proximity.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:12:00 AM  

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