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Interview with Sendi: Legendary Maldivian PADI Course Director

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

sendiHussain Rasheed, better known as Sendi, became a PADI Divemaster in 1986, an instructor in 1993 and Course Director in 2000. 2016 is his 30th year as a PADI member and he continues to teach regularly concentrating primarily on teaching PADI Professionals. Sendi is the Managing Director of diveOceanus Group.

He also created and organised the Maldives Underwater cabinet meeting – an amazing event where the President of the Maldives went diving and they held an underwater cabinet Meeting.

Sendi was the operations manager for a dive that lasted 24hrs and involved 350 divers, as well as a Dive for Diabetic, involving 300 divers raising awareness of Diabetes.

Sendi has given many presentations at local schools sharing his love and knowledge of the local environment and ensuring that the next generation understands its importance both to the Maldivian economy and place in their hearts and souls. In this same spirit he has spearheaded TV programs that expand that education to an even wider audience.

In recognition of his many efforts Sendi has received both the tourism award and presidential award, each one a major acknowledgement, but together they show his dedication and contribution over many years.

During the recent Boot Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Matt Wenger, the newly appointed Regional Manager for the Maldives, caught up with Sendi to talk about his experience of being a PADI member for 30 years and his involvement in different marine conservation efforts in the Republic of Maldives.


PADI: Hello, Sendi! Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. First of all, can we ask you to tell us more about yourself and where you’re from?

Sendi: Male’ – the capital city of the Maldives.

PADI: Sendi, you started diving at a very young age. When was this exactly – and do you remember your very first dive?

Sendi: I started diving in 1981. My first dive was the Victory wreck, in the Maldives – three days after it first sank.

PADI: You are the first and still, only Maldivian PADI Course Director. Do you recall your Course Director Training Course (CDTC), and are you able to share the particular moment you enjoyed most about the program?

Sendi: I enjoyed every moment – especially the evaluations. I can remember that my Open Water assessment was the CESA skill and the one and only Drew Richardson CEO and President of PADI was evaluating me.

PADI: What is the best bit about instructing divers or professional PADI Members?

Sendi: When teaching divers, it’s the satisfaction that they will become environmental ambassadors. So, for the Professionals… they will become the ambassador trainers. I enjoy every moment, on all levels, and have so many good memories.

PADI: The ocean is your office…what do you enjoy most about diving?

Sendi: Photography, without a doubt!

PADI: You have other business ventures, too. Can you explain for our readers what else you do?

Sendi: I’m an Executive Director for DiveOceanus, operating five PADI Dive Centers across four different atolls in the Maldives and taking care of 40 diving professionals.

I’m also an advisor and former Dean of the Faculty of Marine Studies and Water Sports, Villa College. There are four departments: Marine Science, Watersports, Scuba Diving and Marine Medicine – we accredit PADI courses within Villa College diploma and degree courses.

PADI: The protection of our oceans is a very important part of your life. What conservation efforts are you taking part in?

Sendi: I have been actively involved in the lobbying of all marine protected species and dive sites in the Maldives since I started scuba diving.

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PADI: What are your tips for anyone traveling to the Maldives, and how they can make a difference in protecting this fragile Indian Ocean environment?

Sendi: Do not buy any souvenirs like corals, shark tooth, shark jaws etc. Also to raise their voice to “stop importing shark products into Europe”. Prior to the protections of sharks here in 2010, the Maldives shark fin was officially exported to many European countries (Maldives customs records). Now in the Maldives we have a black market as there are lot of buyers.

PADI: The Maldives are internationally known for some of the best diving experiences in the world. What particular underwater creature do you like most?

Sendi: Every creature is unique; colour, shape, patterns, size etc. Just being with all creatures and underwater for a few hours a day keeps me going!

PADI: I have noticed you like cats, and you have several yourself! What do cats mean to you?

Sendi: My family has learned to adapt and live with four generations of cats (from one family). This family also adapted to live with our family. There is too much to talk about the topic! Living with a family of around 20 cats, I have learned everything about nature more than underwater as you cannot live underwater.

PADI: Sendi thank you very much for your time and for sharing a little bit of both your professional and personal passions with us. I wish you the best of success in your future endeavours.


Sendi’s career path shows a deep love of the ocean that surrounds everyone who lives in the Maldives as well as a passion for sharing his knowledge with his fellow Madivians as well as visitors to the islands. His core values of being and teaching others to be ambassadors for the environment that we all love is one shared by PADI and, of course, Project Aware.

The Maldives is a truly amazing place and one of the most famous diving destinations in the world: from shallow water lagoons filled with delicate corals teeming with fish to the deeper waters and exciting drift dives, accessible only by boat, where divers encounter pelagics such as Manta Rays and Sharks, the Maldives have some of the best diving in the world. If you haven’t been yet, let me tell you, the hundreds of islands and liveaboards offer something for everyone and are an increasingly popular destination for dive schools and clubs. It will be the trip of a lifetime!

Learn more about the Maldives at Visit Maldives

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Interview with Sendi: Legendary Maldivian PADI Course Director

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

sendiHussain Rasheed, better known as Sendi, became a PADI Divemaster in 1986, an instructor in 1993 and Course Director in 2000. 2016 is his 30th year as a PADI member and he continues to teach regularly concentrating primarily on teaching PADI Professionals. Sendi is the Managing Director of diveOceanus Group.

He also created and organised the Maldives Underwater cabinet meeting – an amazing event where the President of the Maldives went diving and they held an underwater cabinet Meeting.

Sendi was the operations manager for a dive that lasted 24hrs and involved 350 divers, as well as a Dive for Diabetic, involving 300 divers raising awareness of Diabetes.

Sendi has given many presentations at local schools sharing his love and knowledge of the local environment and ensuring that the next generation understands its importance both to the Maldivian economy and place in their hearts and souls. In this same spirit he has spearheaded TV programs that expand that education to an even wider audience.

In recognition of his many efforts Sendi has received both the tourism award and presidential award, each one a major acknowledgement, but together they show his dedication and contribution over many years.

During the recent Boot Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Matt Wenger, the newly appointed Regional Manager for the Maldives, caught up with Sendi to talk about his experience of being a PADI member for 30 years and his involvement in different marine conservation efforts in the Republic of Maldives.


PADI: Hello, Sendi! Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. First of all, can we ask you to tell us more about yourself and where you’re from?

Sendi: Male’ – the capital city of the Maldives.

PADI: Sendi, you started diving at a very young age. When was this exactly – and do you remember your very first dive?

Sendi: I started diving in 1981. My first dive was the Victory wreck, in the Maldives – three days after it first sank.

PADI: You are the first and still, only Maldivian PADI Course Director. Do you recall your Course Director Training Course (CDTC), and are you able to share the particular moment you enjoyed most about the program?

Sendi: I enjoyed every moment – especially the evaluations. I can remember that my Open Water assessment was the CESA skill and the one and only Drew Richardson CEO and President of PADI was evaluating me.

PADI: What is the best bit about instructing divers or professional PADI Members?

Sendi: When teaching divers, it’s the satisfaction that they will become environmental ambassadors. So, for the Professionals… they will become the ambassador trainers. I enjoy every moment, on all levels, and have so many good memories.

PADI: The ocean is your office…what do you enjoy most about diving?

Sendi: Photography, without a doubt!

PADI: You have other business ventures, too. Can you explain for our readers what else you do?

Sendi: I’m an Executive Director for DiveOceanus, operating five PADI Dive Centers across four different atolls in the Maldives and taking care of 40 diving professionals.

I’m also an advisor and former Dean of the Faculty of Marine Studies and Water Sports, Villa College. There are four departments: Marine Science, Watersports, Scuba Diving and Marine Medicine – we accredit PADI courses within Villa College diploma and degree courses.

PADI: The protection of our oceans is a very important part of your life. What conservation efforts are you taking part in?

Sendi: I have been actively involved in the lobbying of all marine protected species and dive sites in the Maldives since I started scuba diving.

IMG_3833

PADI: What are your tips for anyone traveling to the Maldives, and how they can make a difference in protecting this fragile Indian Ocean environment?

Sendi: Do not buy any souvenirs like corals, shark tooth, shark jaws etc. Also to raise their voice to “stop importing shark products into Europe”. Prior to the protections of sharks here in 2010, the Maldives shark fin was officially exported to many European countries (Maldives customs records). Now in the Maldives we have a black market as there are lot of buyers.

PADI: The Maldives are internationally known for some of the best diving experiences in the world. What particular underwater creature do you like most?

Sendi: Every creature is unique; colour, shape, patterns, size etc. Just being with all creatures and underwater for a few hours a day keeps me going!

PADI: I have noticed you like cats, and you have several yourself! What do cats mean to you?

Sendi: My family has learned to adapt and live with four generations of cats (from one family). This family also adapted to live with our family. There is too much to talk about the topic! Living with a family of around 20 cats, I have learned everything about nature more than underwater as you cannot live underwater.

PADI: Sendi thank you very much for your time and for sharing a little bit of both your professional and personal passions with us. I wish you the best of success in your future endeavours.


Sendi’s career path shows a deep love of the ocean that surrounds everyone who lives in the Maldives as well as a passion for sharing his knowledge with his fellow Madivians as well as visitors to the islands. His core values of being and teaching others to be ambassadors for the environment that we all love is one shared by PADI and, of course, Project Aware.

The Maldives is a truly amazing place and one of the most famous diving destinations in the world: from shallow water lagoons filled with delicate corals teeming with fish to the deeper waters and exciting drift dives, accessible only by boat, where divers encounter pelagics such as Manta Rays and Sharks, the Maldives have some of the best diving in the world. If you haven’t been yet, let me tell you, the hundreds of islands and liveaboards offer something for everyone and are an increasingly popular destination for dive schools and clubs. It will be the trip of a lifetime!

Learn more about the Maldives at Visit Maldives

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Veteran Mark Dryden’s Inspirational PADI Pro Journey

Friday, September 4th, 2015

For many years I have been searching for my life’s passion and I think I may have found it. I love scuba diving! I love the breath awareness, the weightlessness, the flow and, of course, the underwater world. I find diving to be a wonderful form of meditation. Back in […]

Interview with PADI’s First AmbassaDiver, Charlotte Burns

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This is a special edition in PADI’s “Women in Diving” series and follows a historic weekend for female divers around the world. More than 330 events were scheduled for PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, representing over 60 countries, and all seven continents. Several events featured guest speakers, […]

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving (Alessandra Sicilia)

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

padi-womens-scuba-dive-day-2015-1024x316PADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport.

PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview five leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day.First up is Alessandra Sicilia, Manager TGI Diving, with three PADI Divecenters in Egypt and a total of 12 around the world.


Let’s start…

io e lolloThank you very much for taking the time to share your experiences in the diving industry. When and how did you get involved in diving?

I always felt attracted by the diving world, but because of an earlier surgery, I was told I would never be able to equalize. However in 2001 thanks to the passion of a PADI Instructor and a second opinion from a MD who was specialized in diving I was good to go. I had no problems to equalize and I was feeling more free than with my feet on the ground. I never stopped since that day. PAD Open Water Diver led to Advanced Open Water Diver and within 5 months I was a PADI DIvemaster. Diving became my life, part of my soul. That first confined dive was truly life changing for me.

Current position in diving?

I am the Area, Technical and Training Manager for TGI Diving Red Sea. My professional diving level is PADI Master Instructor.

Tips to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

Well knowing how to dive is not enough to be successful. You need to have many other trades like a good understanding of logistics, accounting, customer care, updated and a great understanding of the importance of protecting our environment and its ecosystem.

Favourite part of working in diving?

io e la mia IDMFrom my point of view is to see colleagues and students grow under my management. To be able to be in charge of a company that touches the heart of so many people. To see previous Open Water Divers grow and become employed in the same shop as a diving instructor where they learned how to dive – its priceless.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

A lot actually! From the South-African Sardine Run, to the Malaysian Borneo, but my biggest dream is to bump into humpback whale passing by during a dive…

What would the next course in diving be?

For several years I have been dreaming about becoming a PADI Course Director, but due to work commitments and daily management I did not have a chance yet, but 2016 is my year! To be able to change someone’s life by teaching them to become a diving instructor and give the person a career in the most amazing industry on the planet is my next goal.

Attributes that makes you more successful in diving?

miaIn addition of being blonde, Italian and pretty cool you mean? I had to be very committed to my career to be successful. Keep yourself updated, take new courses and be pretty firm. Attitude is the most important part of an instructors attributes however. You need to remember how it was the first time you went SCUBA and to show empathy and patience during each course. Make sure that each course you teach is the best one you ever taught and build a rapport with your student during the training.

What is the next step in your career?

PADI CDTC, Course Director Training Course, during 2016 and to establish Pro courses in both our shop in Marsa Alam and in El Gouna. I am dreaming of making TGI into a PADI CDC Center. This is an ambitious goal but with the team I work with all around the Red Sea area I certain we will reach there in the near future.

Best moment in diving?

mia 2My best moments in diving is when I go diving with my husband Lollo. Lollo and I work together and we share the love for diving. Each chance we get we go for a dive together. How many people can say that when they go with their family on a holiday they do exactly the same thing during their holidays as when they work. I consider myself so lucky to choose this path. Choose to work with something you love and you never work another day in your life.

Thank you Alessandra for taking the time by answering a few questions. You are an inspiration for divers all around the world. I am looking forward to see you in August for the DSD Pool Party that we organized between PADI EMEA and TGI EL Gouna.

Thank you Jonas and see you in August.

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