2015 Series Instructor Development Update

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Attendance at the 2015 Series Update is required for all Course Directors with a CD Expiry date of June 2015, and highly recommended for all Instructor Development professionals, giving IDC Staff Instructors valuable seminar credits towards both Master Instructor and Course Director Training Course applications.

This year’s topics include:

  • Evaluation training workshop showcasing the revised PADI Open Water Diver Prescriptive Lesson Guides.
  • Risk management topics
  • Instructor Development marketing
  • New course offerings and materials, along with practical tips on updating pro programs and keeping candidates current

Registration forms are available to download from the Pros’ site now, or by contacting the Instructor Development team on [email protected].

PADI: Not just a diving certification…

In earning their scuba certifications with you, PADI divers have only just scratched the surface of the diving lifestyle. PADI enables millions of divers who share a common passion to come together – it’s all part of the PADI way of life.

PADI connects divers with each other in the world’s largest and most engaged communities – whether it’s the PADI Facebook page with more than a million fans or through ScubaEarth, Twitter, Google+, PADI Diving Society or the Project AWARE Foundation.

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Make sure your business is present and active in these same communities, where new divers are buzzing about the underwater realm every day. By sharing your latest news, and updates to top up customers’ newly discovered interests, they’ll keep coming back to you for trips, equipment sales/rental/servicing and continuing education courses that enable them to further explore and log more diving adventures with you.

Want to know more about how social media and online marketing can help you capture existing and new business? Book onto a 2015 PADI Business Academy today!

Training Bulletin Live – Webinar Schedule 2Q2015

training_bulletin_livePlease find below the dates for the next round of Training Bulletin Live Webinars:

As always, we will be discussing the latest standards changes, providing background information on the updates and insight into how these can be integrated into your training. We will also be reviewing new products and providing business and marketing advice.

23/04/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (English) 2Q15

27/04/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (German) 2Q15

28/04/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Italian) 2Q15

29/04/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Spanish) 2Q15

30/04/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (French) 2Q15

05/05/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Arabic) 2Q15

12/05/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Dutch) 2Q15

13/05/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Polish) 2Q15

14/05/15 – TB Live for PADI Members (Russian) 2Q15

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email [email protected]. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

PADI Equipment Specialist Touch – A Blog Article for Your Customers

We recently published a blog article on our consumer blog (www.padi.com/blog) which informed student divers about the benefits of the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch – click here to read the article.

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The article contains information and images which you are able to use to create content for your own blog articles and newsletters to encourage your own student divers and customers to take the course with you.

We have included product features, benefits of why they might take the course, testimonials and images which you can adapt and use to promote your own PADI Equipment Specialist courses.

If you would like to purchase your own copy and/or you need to buy a copy for students who have signed up for an upcoming PADI Equipment Specialist course you are running, please contact your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Sales Consultant by email ([email protected]) or by telephone (+44 117 300 7234).

Deptherapy diaries

“PADI is committed to making scuba diving accessible to people with disabilities who can meet the standards required for each level of training.  We have been a long time supporter of Deptherapy and Deptherapy that seeks to rehabilitate UK and US Armed Service personnel who have suffered life changing mental and or physical challenges. The next 10 days we will be running a BLOG about four seriously injured British troops who we are supporting as they start their scuba diving adventure.

20th March 2015

Arriving with Monarch airlines Deptherapy arrived to start with their course. All the filming was done by Jeff Godman from Scubaverse, so an excited team was ready to go diving the next day.

21st March 2015

A terrific day and the team bonded right away.  Some “rabbit in headlights” looks when first under water but some amazing efforts throughout the day and massive smiles at the end of the day.
We`ve also had 6 instructors for the pros course who have had busy day under Richard Cullens tuition and tomorrow will get in the water with the guys to help with open water dives and get some ” hands on ” experience. The staff continue to be amazing hosts.

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22nd March 2015

Second and final day of pros course and confined water dives for lads. The veterans just cracked on and completed their confined water skills ready for open water as seas to rough for afternoon of diving .
The pros course finished off their classroom work and then got hands on with the injured guys and also working in their groups as blind divers.

23rd March 2015

So first day in open water it was a fun but hard day. We got out
though a very tough start with current and waves but the lads got though it and
loved their first open water dives . When they got their attention off the new
and wonderful, they aced their skills, so first three dives done and then tomorrow
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24th March 2015

So Luke Simpson and Warren Richardson are newly qualified Open Water Divers and was a real pleasure to take them though course and see change in them all because of diving . Scott Brown was unable to dive today due to issues with his ears. We then cracked on with Advance course and guys are having a great time diving and gaining experience lots of wildlife to be seen on Roots house reef .

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25th March 2015

So today Luke and Warren completed their AOW course with three great dives in perfect conditions . The first was a deep dive with the guys first Clown fish experience on a perfect pinnacle covered in life. Then they each had a different dive with Fish I.D and SMB all completed flawlessly just showing they had mastered their buoyancy skills. The final one was Navigation where they proved their former military skills and made it look simple . I think that’s why the guys picked up all the skills so easily as our time in the Army is all about Skills and drills.

Scott was well enough today to get back in water to complete final OW dive and start with AOW which he did with ease and made a great start with AOW.

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26th March 2015

So for Luke and Warren today it was in to the water as a newly qualified AOW divers and solid buddy pair they went exploring and loved it on Roots Camp House reef, Their air consumption getting better every dive to the point that Luke finished with an hour long dive. This of course no easy task when having to use your hands for propulsion . Scott got into the water for his final 3 AOW dives and he nailed them even with showing his young enthusiasm by being caught up in all the wildlife to had . It was a great week for the Pros course and the guys on course too but also myself as this is all why i wanted to be come an instructor and teach other veterans like myself as the transformation in guys just from meeting at Airport to end of week was amazing and i said to Luke just before we descended on first OW dive your about to have a new world open to you .

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PADI App Feature: Travel Section

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The PADI App ‘Travel’ section features in-depth information on a huge number of diving destinations around the globe. Your customers can use the PADI App Travel Section to browse destination essentials, dive site summaries and travel information to help them make a decision on where to book their next scuba vacation.

PADI Members benefit from the PADI App Travel section in three key ways:

  1. It inspires divers to come diving in your local diving destination
  2. It inspires divers to book onto dive trips you are organising elsewhere
  3. It acts a handy reference guide to use alongside existing customers when talking about diving destinations across the world.

The PADI App Travel Section is regularly reviewed and updated to include must-know information on scuba destinations both within Europe, Middle East and Africa regions and other global territories. If you don’t see a specific diving destination in the PADI App Travel section, or you want to send a suggestion to add more information to existing listings, please contact the PADI Marketing department.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 3: Course Materials

iPad-ReActivate CoverWhat languages will the materials be available in?

English is available now. Coming in 2015: Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and German, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Implementation will be required one year from time of language availability.

What can I use if the new ReActivate materials are not available in my language? You may continue to use the PADI Scuba Review materials if they are available in the appropriate language for the diver.

What format will the ReActivate program materials be available in?

The ReActivate materials are available in Touch (an interactive Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) tablet-based folio-iOS and Android compatible) or Online (eBook.) Both versions include appropriate videos and images necessary to provide the best user experience. The difference between the Touch and Online version is the Touch product can be viewed through compatible tablets and the online version can be viewed using the Mac and PC based Adobe DPS Viewer.

How does the member purchase a PADI ReActivate Touch/Online and acquire the unique code?

The dive center/resort or instructor must purchase the product from a PADI Sales Representative or through the online shopping cart. This transaction generates one unique code (and the integrated certification processing) for each PADI ReActivate Touch/Online purchased. You manage and distribute these codes to divers through the PADI Online Processing Center.

  1. Product is only sold as a kit and includes an online processing registration
  2. ScubaEarth account set up will be required for all users via SSO (Single Sign On)
  3. For tablet users, a separate folio will be created for the PADI ReActivate Touch that will reside in the PADI Library

How does the consumer purchase a PADI ReActivate Touch/Online and acquire the unique code?

The diver will log on to the ReActivate webpage located on padi.com. The diver enters in their information, affiliates with a dive center/resort and chooses a certification card to “ReActivate” and the transaction generates a unique code for that diver. The diver will then receive an email with the link to download the product to a device.

Which devices are supported for the Touch version?

The ReActivate Touch will accommodate iOS and Android platforms.

How long does it take for the member to receive the Touch product from the time the order is placed?

Once you purchase the product from your sales representative or the online shopping cart, your Pros’ Site account should be updated in approximately 60 minutes. However, most orders will take less time.

How long does it take for divers to receive the product from the time I sell it to them?

An email will be instantly generated and sent to the diver with instructions within 15 minutes. If the email does not arrive within that time frame, have divers check their SPAM folders.

How does the member provide the Touch/Online registration code to the diver?

To provide the diver with the unique code, log into the Pros’ Site and click the Online Service tab and select the Online Processing Center link. Here you’ll see several links including PICs, Touch Registration and ReActivate Registrations sections. The code is under the ReActivate Registration link. This link has three views: Available, Pending, and Redeemed. When you first purchase the product, your account will show one ReActivate code per product under the Available link. Once you assign an email address and click send, the associated code will move to the Pending link until the diver redeems it.

Can children under the age of 13 use the product?

No. To comply with internet protection laws, children under the age of 13 can’t be assigned, redeem or use the product at this time. The Online Processing Center will restrict PADI Members from registering a diver under the age of 13 (Child Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA).

How will a diver view ReActivate Online?

ReActivate Online is a pdf or folio based version of the course. It’s delivered in a book-like format and protected within the DPS online delivery. This version will be served up using the online based Adobe DPS Viewer and will reflect a similar design to the Touch product with the same video content and imagery.

Will there be a paper manual for ReActivate?

No.

Can an instructor register this certification via paper PIC?

No, this is only able to be processed through PADI Online Processing Center.

What is the revenue share for this program?

The revenue share model will be similar to what’s currently used with PADI eLearning®, but the amounts have not yet been determined.

Laurie Cummings celebrates his 12.000th dive.

PADI Assistant Instructor – Lauri Cummings has been recently awarded by PADI Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla after logging his 12.000th dive at the age of 74!

IMG-20150317-WA0002Laurie, a retired police officer with a great passion for diving, started diving in the early 90s in the North Sea. He has been passionate about fitness since his school days and took up diving after retiring from competitive running; he loved it so much he moved to Bodrum in Turkey to pursue his favorite interest. After 12 years in Turkey, he moved to Sharm El Sheikh in 2005 to work as a dive guide. Lauri currently splits his time between County Durham in UK and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.

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A special dive to the world famous wreck SS Thistlegorm, to mark the milestone, has been coordinated with the great organization and support of PADI 5* Dive Resort Diving & Discovery.

Raffaele, Giusy and their team not only organized the missing dives to reach the goal and the great dive to the wreck but also surprised Lauri with a special party on the boat and a gathering with family and friends – at their facility – where PADI Regional Manager presented the award.

l2Here few questions we asked Lauri during the award ceremony:

Is there a special reason why you chose to celebrate your 12000th on the Thistlegorm?

I was born in Easington, a colliery village on the coast just south of the River Wear and Sunderland where the Thistlegorm was built: I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate my 12.000th dive.

When and where did you become a PADI Assistant Instructor?

I became an Assistant Instructor in the mid 1990`s whilst working as a guide out in Bodrum, Turkey.

What has been the most memorable dive of your life?

The most memorable dive in my career was that of my first dive in the North-East of England when the Club Instructor got all the tide times etc, wrong and I dove in a `rip tide` (not very pleasant !!!!).

My best memory for a dive was that of diving the Thistlegorm for the first time in 1995.  As I told you the Thistlegorm was built, launched and sunk in the year that I was born (1941). It was built on the River Wear which was 8 miles from where I lived as a boy, so it holds a great deal of memory for me !!!

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What dive locations are on your bucket list and why?

Up to this present date in time I have dived in a great many countries and therefore I do not wish to travel away from Sharm as I personally believe the Red Sea to be the best diving place in the world.

What is your next challenge?

I do not have any further challenges as my diving and running keep me active all the time. I only wish that I had taken my Instructor`s Certificate early on in my career, but, all I wanted to do was dive and guide. As you know I am now 74 years of age.

l3From PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Team: Congratulations Laurie!

PADI Open Water Diver Touch now available in Italian

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With the growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch Digital Certification Paks are now available in Arabic, Dutch, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Korean and English with the exciting news that there will be many more languages coming out soon.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite. To download the full PADI Digital Product Suite brochure click here.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline (Touch) includes:

  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver eManual
  • Open Water Video clips
  • eRDPml Touch/RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

PADI Library App, and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?

PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the PADI eShop.

Students can purchase it through padi.com.

For more information about how to buy and sell PADI Touch products click here

Do I need an internet connection?

This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, Final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

For more information and/or to order copies of the Open Water Certification Pak – Offline contact [email protected], call your PADI Sales Consultant (+44 (0) 117 300 7234) or visit the PADI eShop.

Earth Day: It’s Our Turn to Lead

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22nd April 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year, under the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead”, the Project AWARE movement will once again lead efforts to tackle marine debris from beneath the surface of the waves.

We know only too well the devastating impacts marine debris has on ocean wildlife. And we see this first-hand. In fact through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, divers are truly able to lead efforts and actions to remove rubbish and collect and report data on what lies beneath the ocean surface. It’s a unique perspective, a different view point from the “out of sight – out of mind” view.

So this Earth Day let’s join together to show the world how divers are leading the fight against debris.

  1. Lead and Teach

Get the rating to teach the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty. From planning the dive to reporting the debris data, the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty prepares students to participate and support regular Dive Against Debris surveys, join other surveys, or, in case of more experienced divers, to start surveys of their own.

All applications received before 30th April will receive a Dive Against Debris mesh bag absolutely free*! Apply direct to PADI today and they will donate your instructor application directly to Project AWARE.

All course materials can be downloaded from www.projectaware.org

  1. Organize

Add your Dive Against Debris action to the Action Zone and invite your local community to take part. Be a leader and raise awareness locally.

Divers are leading the fight against marine debris every day and on every dive. Stay tuned to Project AWARE this April as we celebrate Earth Day and recognize Dive Against Debris heroes like you.

*Offer available whilst stock lasts