Diving Instructor Braves Sea of Red for Higher Cause

The Straits Times | Business Section published date: 20 October 2017 written by: Annabeth Leow Scuba company Asia Dive Academy is still in the red after more than 10 years in business, but chief executive Jacki Ng is unfazed. “Our sole purpose can’t be driven by profit,” he tells The Straits Times. He concedes that … Read more

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From Ex-Gangster To CEO – This ‘Ah Beng’ Is Making Waves With His $4.5M Diving Business

Vulcan Post published date: 24 August 2017 written by: Zafirah Salim “I was always a child who was a bit different. I was neither conventional, nor rule-abiding.” “I grew up in a dysfunctional family where illegal activities were by no means foreign to my family members,” confessed Jacki Ng. At the tender age of 13, … Read more

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Gangster Moves: How This “Bad Boy” from Singapore Became an Entrepreneur

INC. Asean published date: 21 July 2017 written by: Adelle Chua 4 lessons on how this “ah beng” was able to turn his life around Jacki Ng remembers an incident from when he was 14 years old. He was at a fast-food joint, looking at the menu. The fillet caught his eye, but he pronounced … Read more

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ADA is now an ATO (Approved Training Organisation)

2017 started with a bang for us as we have achieved the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status from Workforce Singapore (formally known as Workforce Development Agency).

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Celebrating Dive Professionals: ADA Appreciation Night 2016

Underwater 360 published date: written by: 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 … Read more

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Diving In A New Direction

The Straits Times Monday, September 19, 2016 One had a cushy business development job in the tourism industry, while the other was next in line to be promoted to a trainer position in Rolls-Royce Singapore. But Mr. Ryan Phoa, 27, and Mr. Yazid Sharifuddin, 28, decided to leave their stable jobs to make the plunge … Read more

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Changing Lives Through Diving: The Asia Dive Academy Story

Dive Log Australasia published date: November 2016 Issue – Page 58 divelog.net.au Singapore is known for many things – from being the most expensive city in the world to chewing gum, to achieving the feat of becoming a first world country in 51 years. Unfortunately, being a great dive destination is not one of them. Over … Read more

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Largest Dive Organisation In Singapore Joins With SSI

Underwater 360 published date: written by: Recently expanding regionally with dive centres in Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and two dive centres in Indonesia, the Asia Dive Academy (ADA) has now announced that they will become the official SSI Service Centre for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. As with many dive operations, ADA started with a few passionate … Read more

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5 Life Lessons Schools Did Not Teach Me

The season of graduation is upon us once again. I looked back to once upon a time two and half years ago, to a naive period where I was once again a freshman, but in the society, and ditching my books to build the possibility of a career, in a niche and unregulated industry; the … Read more

3 Real Values A Gen-Y Brings To The Workplace

Gen-Y, a broad name to identify my generation (those born between the 1990s to early 2000s), we are the up and coming generation replacing our parents – the Baby Boomers, in the workforce. Because we are the up and coming generation, it is inevitable to have the spotlight cast on us, and being studied and scrutinized upon like lab rats.