PADI Women’s Dive Day 2015

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would like to say Thank You to all PADI Dive Centres and Resorts and PADI Professionals who participated in the first ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day.

Our  EMEA region hosted over 100 events across 23 countries and 3 continents. Globally, the event involved over 330 events, 64 countries, 7 continents and 4 oceans.

This was a great day for everyone to support and acknowledge women in diving at all levels. We want to acknowledge all those that put in the time and effort to host an event. We hope you all had a great time on the day!

Here is a selection of photos from Women’s Dive Day events that took place around the EMEA region. Feel free to share your favourite pictures or videos, and search #PADIWomensDiveDay to take a look at all the great events from around the world.

Buceo Cabo La Nao:

 

Punto Diving & Friends:

 

Speedywater:

 

Andark Diving:

 

Aquatours Almeria Aventuras Submarina:

 

Globe Marine:

EVE Webinar Series: #5 – Requesting Your PADI Certification Data

EVE is PADI’s preferred Customer Relationship Management software package designed to improve the efficiency of running your Dive Centre, increase your sales (courses, retail, servicing, rental and trips) and maximise your profits.

Whether you are an existing EVE user or a PADI Dive Centre owner looking to improve your Customer Relationship Management, our short webinars full of useful information and tips will be of use to help you integrate this tool and bring the power of a virtual employee into your business.

Here’s the fifth in this webinar series: Requesting your PADI Certification Data:

For more EVE Customer Relationship Management information and tips, contact your PADI Regional Manager for further assistance.

PADI Pros’ Site Revision – Provide Your Valuable Feedback

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A major overhaul of the PADI Pros’ Site is taking place and this is your opportunity as a PADI Member to provide feedback and suggestions on the changes you would like to see implemented.

The survey includes standardized questions and also gives you an open opportunity to comment on various aspects of the site as it currently exists.

Click to complete the survey via THE PADI Pros’ Site

As with any endeavour profoundly affecting PADI Member interaction, PADI is reaching out to you as a PADI Member to gather your input prior to rebuilding and relaunching the site.

PADI Member feedback is vital to any PADI initiative.” says Henrik Nimb, Vice President of Training, Customer Service & Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific. “PADI cares about members’ opinions from across the region, listens to what they have to say and strives to apply their preferences to all products and services.”

To complete the survey, click the link above or visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click on the survey link located under the ‘Global News’ section.

If you have questions or need assistance completing the survey, please contact Customer Services at: [email protected].

Discover Scuba Diving – Are You Missing A Trick?

Do you have enough Open Water Divers? Our most successful centres at diver acquisition are those that have a proactive Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) programme targeted at securing entry level divers. Thought it was too difficult to run and market? With two simple options it’s actually easier than you think. Time to give it a go!

Discover Scuba Diving made easy

Review the DSD Instructor Guide in the PADI Instructor Manual for further detailed information if required.

DSD in a pool or confined open water.

Are you a Divemaster or Assistant Instructor or above? If so, you can do this.

  • DSD participants complete and sign the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Brochure
    Conduct briefing
  • Help new divers put on and adjust their scuba equipment. Show them how to inflate and deflate their BCDs at the surface.
  • Directly supervise new divers as they breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. When comfortable, take them on tours in deeper water as appropriate.
  • Debrief divers
  • Promote your PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver Programme
  • Register your DSD participants online

DSD Open Water Dive

Do this if your DSD’s want to do more!

  • Participants complete and sign the DSD Brochure.

Before the dive a PADI Instructor conducts briefing on equipment they’ll be using; explain risks of diving, breathing and equalization rules, aquatic life, limits of the programme.

Practice the following skills in shallow water with a PADI Instructor:

  • Breathing underwater
  • Regulator clearing and recovery
  • Mask clearing
  • Equalization techniques
  • Hand signals/underwater communication
  • Finally conduct the participants on a tour of the dive site

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Credit for PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver courses

If your DSD participants have done the open water dive, it can be credited towards the Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course – A good incentive for your divers to do more!

Review the DSD Instructor Guide in the PADI Instructor Manual for further detail and information.

DSD Facts – why you should use this programme

While the conversion from the DSD Programme to PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver may differ between domestic markets and resort markets, it has been proven (and it’s still the case) that the proper conduct of a PADI DSD programme brings new customers.

With the introduction of the new DSD experience in 2002 the conversion has increased to 8.5% new divers in main European markets.

New PADI DSD bookletIn the resort areas, the conversion is lower at between 2.9 and 5%. The difference being that the actual number of participants is much higher by far when compared to mainland Europe.

What needs to be considered:

A DSD experience is the most successful programme to generate new customers, especially if the centres are using freshly certified divers to share their experience at the end of the DSD. It’s within PADI standards to have a PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water Diver helping with the logistics of organizing equipment and other materials used in the programme, motivation and registration at the end of the DSD experience. (They can’t supervise, be used as a certified assistant or in any way conduct the experience or any of its elements.) The registration ratio is very often close to 80% if the emphasis is well positioned (end of the programme).

A closer analysis of German Dive Centres in 2006 has confirmed that the DSD is crucial for the good health of a business. Centres who conducted the DSD experience and actively promoted the Open Water Diver course during the experience found a significant uplift in their business.

In a resort environment, sometimes the programme is only conducted as a fast “benefit” and there is no follow-up being done at the end of the experience. In resorts where the conversion effort is made not only during the experience but also at the end of the programme, the registration into a PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver course is close to 70%.

Have fun, and by using the programme correctly you will create new divers!

For more information regarding the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme, please contact the PADI Training Department at [email protected]

Women’s Dive Day: Go Pro, Girls!

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Today is PADI Women’s Dive Day, and in this guest blog article, Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler shares exactly why she wants to encourage more women to take the next step and become PADI Pros…


I have been a diver since 1992 and I can say, without a doubt, that scuba diving has been the driving force behind my own personal development. I became a professional diver on Halloween 2005, joining the largest diving family that is PADI, and it changed my life forever. How have I felt throughout my journey? How did I feel entering a sport that I had considered a “manly” activity? Why am I passionate about encouraging more females to take the plunge and Go Pro?

Cultural

Equality. It is a beautiful word. It opens so many doors and scuba diving is definitely one of them. Women are being encouraged to lust after everything, women are encouraged to try anything that takes their fancy. Scuba diving is no exception. What was before considered extreme has become safer. What was before considered unusual has become an experience not to be missed. Equality has given women the confidence to think “I can do everything” and we can. Cultural differences may have meant that men were considered to possess greater physical strength, finding it easier to lift heavy scuba equipment, but that perception is a thing of the past.

Alexandra DimitriouExperience

When I became a scuba diver I was seen as a “tom-boy” – a little unusual, and it makes me extremely happy to say that this is no longer the case. When I was a child my father had over 10 friends who he would dive with – only one was a woman. She was seen as a dare-devil and I wanted to be just like her. I was the only girl on my dive courses from my PADI Open Water Diver course to Rescue Diver.

When I signed up for the Divemaster course, however, things had already started to change. The dive center where I received my training had more female instructors then male and my course had a balanced split of students from all genders and backgrounds. I felt more at home, and less of an anomaly. It became more and more evident that diving could be an interest for anyone, that is was a uniting force that allowed global discovery across the board.

Equipment

Diving equipment now exists that has been developed with females in mind. Female specific BCD’s can now shift the load of our equipment from the upper back onto the hips – making it more comfortable. Wetsuits are now tailored to fit the female form, they fit better and are definitely more flattering! All equipment comes in a huge variety of colours and girls can now express themselves underwater. Diving equipment has become more female friendly.

Becoming a PRO

So why should more women think about taking the next step? Why should more women “Go Pro”?

Because we can do anything we want to do.

We can teach and spread our passion to the next generation. If I can do it, so can you. When a guy signs up for his PADI Open Water Diver course, encourage his girlfriend, sister or mother to sign up too! Any doubts that she may have can be immediately dispelled when she sees that you can do it – and that you have made it your career. She can become “one of the gang” and it will be life changing.

In my experience dive centers like to keep ratios even. They like to have both female and male instructors, as it allows them to cater to more of the market. This can improve your chances of getting that dream job in an exotic land.

So, over the years I’ve seen a shift in the diving world. A shift in perception, a shift in involvement and a shift in the pursuit of adventure. We can do everything, and anything that we set our minds to… so tie up that hair and jump in girls!


Alexandra Dimitriou selfieAlexandra Dimitriou-Engeler is a dive center owner in Agia Napa, Cyprus. She became a diver in 1992 and received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography at Plymouth University in 2003. Her love of the ocean has always been her driving force, and this has led to the natural progression of becoming a diving instructor in 2005. She is currently a PADI staff instructor and owner at Scuba Monkey Ltd.

ScubaEarth Reaches 200,000 Users Worldwide!

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We’re pleased to announce that ScubaEarth has now reached 200,000+ users, with this number continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

We love seeing the passion for diving shared around the world. Whether that be through the 165,000+ dives that have been logged, the 58,000+ photos or dive videos that have been shared, or the 84,000+ pieces of gear that have been added to the gear locker, it’s great to see PADI Divers and PADI Professionals all over the world getting involved.

If your business is not taking advantage of this active community yet, make sure you head over to www.scubaearth.com and create a free account today. Here’s some reasons why:

  • IMG_193With the free ScubaEarth mobile app and integration into the PADI App, ScubaEarth is available at the fingertips of your customers 24/7
  • Divers can log their recreational dives, including photos and videos of their memories. When they read back through their favourite dives, they’ll be inspired to want to come back and visit you in the future.
  • Students can also log their training dives (currently PADI Open Water Diver only, other courses being added in the near future). The dives can be digitally verified by their PADI Instructor, providing a quick, fun and eco-friendly way to fulfil this training requirement.
  • By adding dive sites to the ScubaEarth directory, you can put your local diving on the map and inspire divers who are planning their next trip.
  • By connecting with your customers on ScubaEarth using the Wall and Announcements, they’ll be able to follow you latest news on courses, trips, promotions and general fun stuff that will keep them wanting to come and dive with you in the future.
  • Showcase equipment brands available at your store in the Gear Locker, helping customers to identify what services you can assist them with.
  • certsDivers and PADI Pros can view lists of their PADI certifications, including the certification date, fun badges, links to share the certification with their friends on social media and links to order a replacement for any of their individual cards.
  • A directory of underwater marine life is a great way to help students learn more about what they’ve found on their last dive, or find new ones that they’d like to try to find next time.
  • Weekly Featured Destinations help spotlight different travel locations around the world, helping to inspire divers to visit both your local dive sites and book onto trips abroad.

The following Infographic highlights some key statistics from the ScubaEarth community and logged dives. Want to help shape the future of ScubaEarth? Go online (and encourage your customers to do the same) and log your dives today!

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Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving – Suzanne Smith

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 leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day.

The final interview in the series ‘Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving’ is with Suzanne Smith, a true champion in the dive industry and Director of Training at PADI EMEA, PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.

Suzanne started her successful career as a scientific diver and then moved on to become an active PADI Course Director which lead to a job at PADI in 1994. In my job as PADI Regional Manager I have daily contact with Suzanne and her team at the Training Department and each time they demonstrate what an extraordinaire support they provide all PADI Members in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

It’s been a true honor to be part of this interview series. The legends I have interviewed the last weeks are all truly inspiring. I would like to thank you for taking the time in your busy schedules. You are a true inspiration for all divers and non-divers around the world. Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”. The women I interviewed the last few weeks have no doubt that they can.

I wish you a great Women’s Dive Day.

suzanne egypt 2When and how did you get involved in diving?

I started out as a scientific diver, through necessity rather than any eureka moment.  I learned to dive in 1986 in Canada, actually in a glacial run off lake near Jasper, with Ocean Sports in Edmonton. I was studying Geology at the University of Alberta at the time and needed a diving licence for my field studies in the Cayman Islands.  Before then I don’t think I had even thought about scuba diving even though I loved the water; I don’t recall there being much opportunity in England in those days, or not that came across my path.

I completed my studies and started working in the oil industry in London.  I secured contract jobs and in between contracts, I took time out to go diving.  I headed out to Australia and worked my way through my diving credentials until I could work as a Divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef.  I returned to my well paid contract work – just to save up again to head back out to Australia to do some more diving and became an instructor in 1991.  Well I loved it and was completely hooked.  From Australia, via some cash injection from more oil industry work.  I headed to Dahab, Egypt to teach more diving.  By late 1994, I had secured a job at PADI back in Bristol and am still here.

Aquanaute_1990_NIC_Current position in diving?

I am now Director of Training at PADI EMEA Ltd.  I’m also a PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.  I hope I represent one aspect of what women can achieve in the diving industry, and that it truly is a sport (and career) for anyone.

What you find the most exciting about diving?

As divers, we are so privileged to be able to interact with the underwater world first hand.  Photos and videos are wonderful and open access to everyone, but nothing beats the feel of the ocean around you, the unexpectness of what every dive brings and the pure thrill of breathing underwater. I find it both exhilarating and calming at the same time.

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

From being a dive instructor I chose the path with a diver training organisation where I could use my skills in education, business and project management, and build a career for myself.  My advice – do what you love, work hard and be passionate about what you do, and the rest will follow.

_6191715Favourite part of working in diving?

Working with such an array of talented people, from different countries and cultures, with a shared dedication to our work. Everything we strive to do is to make the wonders of diving available to more people, to keep the dive industry vibrant and sustainable so that it supports other people’s careers and try to be advocates for underwater life.  Not many people can say that about their working day.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to dive in some of the most fantastic places in the world.  As a geologist, my dream dive would be Silfra in Iceland along the spreading ridge.  Within my grasp, but just haven’t made it yet.

What would your next diving course be?

Actually, am learning to Free dive this summer – have never taken a formal course in this so it will be lovely to be a student from scratch again.

Attributes that makes someone more successful in the diving industry?

A positive attitude, willingness to try new things, ability to multi-task and lots of patience.

JHM_8495Best moment in diving?

Crikey, that’s a hard one. Diving in Sipadan, with my friends and colleagues, at dusk when the day boats have left, and before WiFi.

What is the next step in your career?

Every day I learn something new and do something different. I love what I’m doing and have the best job in the world – why would I do something else?

Thank you so much for taking the time by sharing experiences from your amazing career in diving. It’s been truly inspiring. See you in Bristol in a couple of weeks. 

Thank you and see you soon in Bristol.

 

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving – Suzanne Smith

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 leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day.

The final interview in the series ‘Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving’ is with Suzanne Smith, a true champion in the dive industry and Director of Training at PADI EMEA, PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.

Suzanne started her successful career as a scientific diver and then moved on to become an active PADI Course Director which lead to a job at PADI in 1994. In my job as PADI Regional Manager I have daily contact with Suzanne and her team at the Training Department and each time they demonstrate what an extraordinaire support they provide all PADI Members in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

It’s been a true honor to be part of this interview series. The legends I have interviewed the last weeks are all truly inspiring. I would like to thank you for taking the time in your busy schedules. You are a true inspiration for all divers and non-divers around the world. Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”. The women I interviewed the last few weeks have no doubt that they can.

I wish you a great Women’s Dive Day.

suzanne egypt 2When and how did you get involved in diving?

I started out as a scientific diver, through necessity rather than any eureka moment.  I learned to dive in 1986 in Canada, actually in a glacial run off lake near Jasper, with Ocean Sports in Edmonton. I was studying Geology at the University of Alberta at the time and needed a diving licence for my field studies in the Cayman Islands.  Before then I don’t think I had even thought about scuba diving even though I loved the water; I don’t recall there being much opportunity in England in those days, or not that came across my path.

I completed my studies and started working in the oil industry in London.  I secured contract jobs and in between contracts, I took time out to go diving.  I headed out to Australia and worked my way through my diving credentials until I could work as a Divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef.  I returned to my well paid contract work – just to save up again to head back out to Australia to do some more diving and became an instructor in 1991.  Well I loved it and was completely hooked.  From Australia, via some cash injection from more oil industry work.  I headed to Dahab, Egypt to teach more diving.  By late 1994, I had secured a job at PADI back in Bristol and am still here.

Aquanaute_1990_NIC_Current position in diving?

I am now Director of Training at PADI EMEA Ltd.  I’m also a PADI Instructor Examiner and Vice Chair of Project AWARE Foundation International.  I hope I represent one aspect of what women can achieve in the diving industry, and that it truly is a sport (and career) for anyone.

What you find the most exciting about diving?

As divers, we are so privileged to be able to interact with the underwater world first hand.  Photos and videos are wonderful and open access to everyone, but nothing beats the feel of the ocean around you, the unexpectness of what every dive brings and the pure thrill of breathing underwater. I find it both exhilarating and calming at the same time.

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

From being a dive instructor I chose the path with a diver training organisation where I could use my skills in education, business and project management, and build a career for myself.  My advice – do what you love, work hard and be passionate about what you do, and the rest will follow.

_6191715Favourite part of working in diving?

Working with such an array of talented people, from different countries and cultures, with a shared dedication to our work. Everything we strive to do is to make the wonders of diving available to more people, to keep the dive industry vibrant and sustainable so that it supports other people’s careers and try to be advocates for underwater life.  Not many people can say that about their working day.

Any dream dive you aspire to?

I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to dive in some of the most fantastic places in the world.  As a geologist, my dream dive would be Silfra in Iceland along the spreading ridge.  Within my grasp, but just haven’t made it yet.

What would your next diving course be?

Actually, am learning to Free dive this summer – have never taken a formal course in this so it will be lovely to be a student from scratch again.

Attributes that makes someone more successful in the diving industry?

A positive attitude, willingness to try new things, ability to multi-task and lots of patience.

JHM_8495Best moment in diving?

Crikey, that’s a hard one. Diving in Sipadan, with my friends and colleagues, at dusk when the day boats have left, and before WiFi.

What is the next step in your career?

Every day I learn something new and do something different. I love what I’m doing and have the best job in the world – why would I do something else?

Thank you so much for taking the time by sharing experiences from your amazing career in diving. It’s been truly inspiring. See you in Bristol in a couple of weeks. 

Thank you and see you soon in Bristol.

 

Nemo’s Garden

558920_10151537954770660_262920499_nAccording to many scientist our food supply might be one of the largest challenges in the future. Our planet consist of 70% water. What if you could utilize some of that space to grow plants in a responsible, small-footprint way underwater? Designed responsibly this could perhaps be an alternative solution to our destructive agriculture taken place on land.

 

 

The project started three years ago when Sergio Gamberini, owner of OceanReef Group, had an idea to utilize the properties of large bodies of water with constant temperature, united with the natural evaporation of a surface of liquid in contact with an air space – to try creating an underwater greenhouse.

935417_490073787726877_2012357682_nI was lucky to be part of a team working on the configuration of the OceanReef T-Diver Integrated Diving Mask, a technical full face mask with communication systems. During that time i meet with the designers of Nemo’s Garden, who was working in the same facilities, south of Genoa, Italy. I had a chance to dive the area where the biosphere’s are installed and was able to see the growth of the plants inside the sphere.

 Is this the future of a more responsible agriculture?

 

Women’s Dive Day – Interviews with Leading Women in Diving – Regina Rinkenburger

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 leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day. Just a few days prior to the Women’s Dive Day we publish an interview with diving legend Regina Rinkenburger, PADI Course Director and Operational Manager Dive-Point Red Sea.

11749990_10204526006375692_1858107407_oWhen and how did you start diving?

I did my first dive in 2007 in the Red Sea with a PADI DSD. After this experience I decided to do my Open Water Diver at home in Germany in the Lake of Constance. I came back to Egypt and my life changed completely as diving became an important part of my life.

Current position in diving?

I am a PADI Course Director and Operation Manager in Dive Point Red Sea, Hurghada, Egypt

What you find the most exciting about diving?

I enjoy every single dive… with students or just for fun. I like to be one with the amazing underwater world and I am happy that I have the possibility to do this every day.

11741833_10204525972734851_65913200_nFavorite part of working in diving?

Hard to say, there are so many. I enjoy a lot to bring people first time underwater and show them the marine life and share my passion with them. I get rewarded when I see how happy they came back from their first dive. But I also like a lot to teach IDC Candidates to teach diving which is on a different level. In both I try to give all my passion to my student, doesn’t matter which level. I like so much to bring the underwater environmental too he people and give them the possibility to see for what they have to take care of.

11749443_10204525972694850_1504890818_nAny dream dive you aspire to?

I am still looking forward to do cave diving in Mexico. And one of the positive things I took from my CDTC in 2013 was the great opportunity of the worldwide connection with new friends … also in Mexico…

What would the next course in diving be?

As I have reached the highest level in PADI I will concentrate on the Rebreather Diving with different Rebreathers.

Attributes that makes you more successful in diving?

11748193_10204526069177262_1977129025_oI think one attribute is for sure that I am very patiently with all people underwater … that I always remember that all of us start diving somehow somewhere some when. I never stop learning also from other people and try always new things. For me success means that you always go forward and don’t stop to keep your eyes open. Best moment in diving? There was a lot in my diving life, but I still remember my first breath underwater which definitely change my life. To feel the different world and be part of the underworld.

11739501_10204526069297265_658266065_nWhat is the next step in your career?

My next step will be the Rebreather Courses and following to become an Instructor for it to give than also the silence of diving to the divers

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions to divers and non-divers out there interested in a career in diving. 

Anytime. For me working in the diving industry has given me so much. If i can mentor someone to reach same happiness as me then its all been worth it. Please contact me on facebook or our website and i will be happy to share more of my experiences working in the most amazing industry on this planet!