Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

eLearning PADI

Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

In order to meet our member’s needs and to streamline the process as much as possible, we have been working on the first series of modifications of the eLearning platform. There will be several changes that we would like to inform you about that may affect the way you do business.

The following changes will be effective as of tonight around 10.00 am PST / 19.00 CET / 18.00 UK.

Changes for PADI Members

  • Once the consumer has registered to eLearning, the PADI Dive Center/Resort chosen by the consumer will be receiving a self-billing invoice for their share within approximately 24 hours. There is no longer a need to send an invoice to PADI to receive your share.
  • The Member’s share will be credited to the respective Member account within 24 hours.
  • Members will receive a monthly eLearning statement, giving you an overview of how many eLearners you had last month and the total amount you got credited. To use this credited money, three possibilities offered:
    • Use the credit for purchases of PADI material, renewals, applications etc. (does not work with eShop orders)
    • Claim the money back via PayPal within seven days
    • Reimbursement via bank transfer (there will be a minimum amount for a bank transfer due to bank fees and charges may apply)
  • The invoice will include 20% VAT for PADI Members based in EU countries that do not have a registered VAT number with PADI
  • Members with home address outside of European Union and all Members with registered VAT number will not pay any VAT
  • PADI eLearning Gift Pass purchases are following the same rules
  • The PADI eLearning course prices for consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain the same as per their numerical figure however the currency will change from US$ to EUR, GBP, CHF and AU$. i.e The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online will now be EUR 102.00, GBP 84.00, CHF 126.00 and AU$ 130.00, rather than US$130.

You will find here all course prices in all three currencies.

Changes for consumers:

  • Instead of charging eLearning transactions in US$ only, PADI eLearning transactions will now be processed in EUR (Euro), GBP (British Pound), CHF
    (Swiss Franc), US$ (American Dollar) or AU$ (Australian Dollar) depending on the home country of the eLearning purchasers and consumers. You will find
    all course prices here.
  • Consumers with a registered home address within a member country of the European Union will be charged 20% VAT.

There will be no changes to the PADI Member revenue share percentage for PADI eLearning. PADI eLearning continues to grow
in importance for PADI Members and this is represented in the US$8.3 million that has been paid out to PADI Members so far.

The changes will make PADI eLearning even more attractive for consumers and be much easier to handle for PADI Members.

We will keep you updated with any further information in regards to these changes as they are implemented. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for further clarification

If you have any questions please email [email protected].

PADI Sidemount Tec Xplorer Days @ Dahab Divers

Dahab Divers & Team Blue Immersion Presents:

PADI Sidemount Tec Xplorer Days

The popularity of sidemount diving can be seen at long dive sites, coverage through most major diving magazines and the abundance of specialized equipment now designed specifically for sidemount.  The benefits far exceed those of just cave divers, with aspects of safety (extra gas supply and redundancy systems), logistics (travel and accessibility to dive sites), comfort and enjoyment!

Team Blue Immersion and Dahab Divers Technical are proud to be on the forefront of sidemount education teaching both the new PADI Recreational and Technical Sidemount courses.  Now is your chance to learn all the basics from equipment configuration to gas management, while preparing yourself for more advanced skills following some of leading sidemount divers around.   Team Blue Immersion is proud to work together with PADI on such a project and will be sponsored by Hollis Gear (www.hollisgear.com) and the DIR Tech Shop (www.dir-tec-shop.com)

Presentations will include

  • advanced equipment configurations
  • sidemount for photographers
  • sidemount for videographers
  • tips and tricks for instructors
  • deep technical sidemount diving

              ……..and many more

Join us for the entire week or choose from a list of courses available.  

DISCOUNTED prices in effect for Tec Explorer week ONLY:

PADI Sidemount Diver – 300 Euro

PADI Sidemount Instructor – 320 Euro

PADI Technical Sidemount – 400 Euro

PADI Technical Sidemount Instructor – 420 Euro

Packages available: 10% off, for those taking 2 course or more

This can also be combined with the many other courses available through Team Blue Immersion (PADI Tech Deep, PADI Trimix, Advanced Underwater Videographer, PADI Gas Blending, and a specialized  PADI Technical Rescue course for example).

….Or simply add days of fun diving to the many world renowned dive sites we have available here in Dahab: all perfect for sidemount diving!

Accommodation is available at the attached resort (www.dahabdivers.com) only few meters from the beach in central lighthouse.

For more details:

[email protected]

www.blue-immersion.org

http://sidemountdahab.com/

PADI Showcase of Manuals in Egypt

A large part of the suc­cess of the PADI sys­tem is the struc­ture and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the train­ing pro­grams and the strength of the sup­port­ing mate­ri­als. It is the inten­tion of PADI that stu­dents have access to the lat­est edu­ca­tional mate­ri­als and also that they have the oppor­tu­nity to retain these after the course for future ref­er­ence. For those who do not dive on a reg­u­lar basis, hav­ing access to the PADI Open Water Diver man­ual gives them a ref­er­ence guide prior to going back into the water. For any Dive Cen­tre oper­at­ing in a busy tourist loca­tion, uti­liz­ing the PADI train­ing mate­ri­als and PADI brand­ing which is rec­og­nized world­wide is an added advantage.

After few  work­shops with PADI Dive Centers, to dis­cuss the impor­tance of sell­ing PADI course man­u­als to each indi­vid­ual diver, both for pric­ing as a key fac­tor in oper­at­ing a suc­cess­ful dive busi­ness and for meet­ing the require­ments of PADI train­ing stan­dards; our Regional Manager, Teo Brambilla, came out with the idea of the Book Station: Teo personally designed built and assembled the marketing showcase with the aim to pro­vid­e a unique and high-impact visual dis­play for Diving stores!

 The PADI Book Sta­tion dis­play pro­vides a great talk­ing point in the dive center, giv­ing staff a demon­stra­tion tool to use when talk­ing to cus­tomers about con­tin­u­ing their dive train­ing with them. Being able to show divers the mate­ri­als they will use in each course is also a great way to encour­age them to con­tinue their div­ing expe­ri­ence.

They can see the the­ory require­ments and under­stand the excit­ing expe­ri­ences they will explore dur­ing their PADI course, while enjoy­ing a fan­tas­tic hol­i­day and incred­i­ble div­ing!

Teo says: “I think this is a great oppor­tu­nity for any PADI Cen­ter and if you are inter­ested please drop me a line to dis­cuss a tai­lor made solu­tion for your business”

[Matteo Brambilla – Regional Manager – Egypt, Middle East]

e-mail: [email protected]

Discover Scuba Diving Supervision

Added Supervision

Adding certified assistants whenever you can is a huge benefit to everyone. Make sure you use a PADI Certified Assistant – an Active status PADI Divemaster or Teaching status PADI Assistant Instructor/Instructors.

Strategic Positioning

To supervise and monitor, you must be able to clearly see the participants. One way to measure the ability to immediately make physical contact with someone in the water, is to keep them within arm’s reach. If you can’t see and easily reach every person in your group, you have too many people.

Reduce your ratio.

One common misunderstanding is that to lead people on a tour, you must be in front of them, face forward, with the participants trailing behind you. This option makes it more difficult to constantly monitor or reach each person in your group when you are looking ahead and away from them most of the time. Chances are you swim a lot faster and more efficiently than they do, so quite naturally, there is a tendency to get too far ahead. Consider the advantages of other positioning techniques. If you have one participant, it’s easy to swim side-by-side and enjoy the dive together.

If you have two participants, positioning yourself between them allows you to be within easy reach of both.

When you have three or four participants, consider these techniques:

Hovering above

 Position your divers three or four across, or two teams of two, one team behind the other. You hover just above the two teams, where you can easily access any of their BCD inflate/deflate mechanisms. In this position, you’re ready to assist with divers who become a bit too buoyant. You can easily grab a cylinder valve to stop someone from descending too far or too fast. If you are hovering slightly back from the middle of the group, it allows you to see all of the divers quite clearly. This approach works particularly well when there is a natural visual progression to the dive – such as following a wall, sloping bottom or reef edge. The dive teams can naturally follow the features. It also makes sure the dive is at a comfortable pace for the participants, as they are setting it.

In front, swimming backwards

Teaming up your divers three or four across or in two teams as before, you can position yourself in front of them, while you swim backwards. This allows you to face and monitor them most of the time, with only brief glances over your shoulder to check your direction. In this position you are leading and monitoring at the same time. If you do choose to use two teams, one behind the other, it is important to ensure you stay in close proximity to all participants, so you are able to meet the supervisory requirements “… make immediate physical contact with, adjust buoyancy for, and render assistance to, participants.” Let the participants set the pace for the dive.

On the side

If there is a barrier on one side of the divers, such as a wall, positioning yourself on the other side of the group makes you the outside “barrier” to keep divers contained as much as possible. Shifting from hovering on the top to the side is also useful when you are trying to get the attention of your divers for air checks or to observe marine life because people are less likely to look up.

Using assistants

Position your assistant in front, swimming backwards. Your assistant leads the dive and helps you monitor. This gives you the latitude to hover above and around the sides of the divers to monitor comfort, air supply and buoyancy. In this positioning, you are slightly back to clearly see the last part of the group, the assistant is in front, clearly seeing the front of the group,with all four supervisory eyes on the group. This positioning puts the majority of supervising and assessing diver comfort on you (instead of on a potentially less-qualified assistant), and frees you up from having to think about leading the dive.

 

Reference PADI’s

Guide to Teaching for more conduct recommendations for Discover Scuba Diving programs.

ScubaEarth is now live for Professional Members !

Set Up Your ScubaEarth™ Profile Today

Dear PADI Member,

ScubaEarth™ – the new PADI online resource and social community for divers (and all water lovers) is now available!

ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos and videos. This is a great tool to stay connected with all of your students and engage divers and potential divers. Now is the best time to register and set up your profile.

 

Log in Now

  1. Log in to the PADI Pro’s Site with your individual member username and password.
  2. From the PADI Pros’ Site home page, click on the SE icon to access ScubaEarth.

ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos, videos and more. PADI Dive shops are the hub of all this activity.

Update Your Profile Picture

After you log in at www.ScubaEarth.com, the first thing to update is your profile picture. Change this by going to “Settings” and then selecting a photo to upload from your computer.

Add Personal Information

Right under your profile picture, you’ll see a list of tabs to access the main profile features. The first one is an information tab that directs you to your personal details.

Edit this area by selecting “Profile” under “Settings.” Spend a few minutes describing what’s unique about you as a PADI Professional along with some of your specialties and interests.

Explore More Features

A wide variety of features are available for PADI Members to begin using immediately, including:

  • Your “Wall” – shows people your ScubaEarth activity and allows people to leave short messages for you.
  • “My Certifications” – displays a list of PADI courses you have completed.
  • “My Logbook” – shows a digital version of your logbook. As you create dive sites and share logged dives you can keep a history of all your log details here. Others can browse your logbook to see your experiences.
  • Add Photos – associate photos and videos with dives by uploading them on the photo/video tab and tagging them to match the relevant dives. These showcase your dive experiences. Photos and videos are highly viewed content, so post often to make your profile exciting and engaging.
  • “Gear Locker” – displays the gear you dive with (often interests student divers).

ScubaEarth is poised to become the ultimate online dive resource. So, set up your profile, log dives, share content, and use ScubaEarth to engage other users.

Your PADI Team

Partecipa al TEC FESTIVAL a Sharm el Sheikh

Dal 18 al 25 Novembre 2012 Domina Coral Bay, Sheikh Coast Diving Center, PADI e DIVESYSTEM sono felici di invitarti al TEC FESTIVAL di Sharm el Sheikh: un evento rivolto sia ai professionisti della Subacquea sia agli appassionati di immersioni tecniche.

Durante questo evento verranno presentate tutte le attrezzature Divesystem che potranno essere provate gratuitamente.

Durante la settimana la PADI offrira’ gratuitamente certificazioni e application per i corsi che verranno tenuti dal CD Massimo Casabianca e dal nostro staff.

Corsi Sidemount:

  1. Corso PADI Sidemount : 220 € (acquistando un gav sidemount Divesystem pagherai 420 €)
  2. Corso Sidemount Instructor : 320 € (acquistando un gav sidemount Divesystem pagherai 520 €)
  3. Corso PADI Tek Sidemount :350 € (acquistando un gav sidemount Divesystem pagherai 550 €)
  4. Tek Sidemount Instructor: 450 € (acquistando un gav sidemount Divesystem pagherai 650 €)

Corsi Rebreather PADI CCR R Poseidon MK VI:

  1. Corso PADI Integrato: Sarai abilitato all’uso del Poseidon al costo di 750 €, tutto incluso (non inclusa Assicurazione DAN €15.00)
  2. Corso PADI Qualifier: Se sei già in possesso di un brevetto Reb fatto con un altra macchina, potrai passare al sistema Poseidon ad un costo di soli 450 € , tutto incluso (non inclusa Assicurazione DAN €15.00)

ACQUISTANDO UN REBREATHER POSEIDON MK VI IL CORSO E’ GRATUITO!

Per maggiori informazioni, regolamento  e prenotazioni :

Il programma di base per il vostro soggiorno e’ comprensivo di:

  •  Volo A/R con trasferimenti da e per l’hotel:
  •  Settimana all inclusive presso il Domina Coral Bay, categoria OASIS , in camera doppia; a soli 550 euro

…Vi aspettiamo numerosi!