Save the Dates: AWARE Week is Coming 15-23 September

From 15-23 September 2018, the PADI® family will join forces with Project AWARE® to celebrate the environment and education. The week’s focus is on teaching the three AWARE specialty courses – Project AWARE, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver and Dive Against Debris® – and inspiring divers to act on what they learn to protect the aquatic environment. Based on the successful 2017 AWARE Week project in the United Kingdom, this year’s AWARE Week has gone global.

WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE PART

Perfect Timing – As the dive season slows in northern climates and ramps up in the southern latitudes, divers are ready for reasons to get in the water. The bonus is they get to learn more about things that matter to them and are able to contribute by diving against debris or observing sharks. It also helps them step up the continuing education ladder. Participating in AWARE Week allows you to really connect with customers while boosting your September certifications.

Build Advocates – The more divers know about the state of the ocean and the threats to aquatic resources, the more likely they’ll be to make better personal environmental choices and become advocates for change. Education is the key to supporting PADI’s Ocean Health and Marine Life Protection Pillars and furthering Project AWARE’s efforts. Training Dive Against Debris divers not only expands your participant list for your monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, but it also creates more people who will say no to single-use plastics. Showing divers the continued pressure being put on the shark populations will create more people to defend sharks on both the local and global level.

Personal Improvement – If you already can offer all of the AWARE specialties, then teaching them during AWARE Week will help you build certifications toward your next professional level. If you aren’t authorized to teach Dive Against Debris or AWARE Shark Conservation Diver yet, then this is a great time for you to add to your professional qualifications. Get the training you need and/or send in your application soon so that you’re ready to teach in September. Also note that your instructor application fee is donated to Project AWARE.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO

Fill the Week – Connect courses with events to fill the week. Offering a big Dive Against Debris survey at your local dive site is obvious, but also plan to offer other activities. Invite local environmental experts to speak to your divers about sharks, rays or any other endangered or threatened species in your area. Show environmental videos that explain the extent of plastic pollution or highlight how to make better choices to protect the environment. Try to focus on what’s occurring locally because that’s where your divers can make the biggest change.

Download Tools – Go to projectaware.org to get all the tools you need to teach AWARE Specialties along with supporting promotional graphics from the AWARE Week host page.

One more important thing: The Project AWARE Specialty is being updated to guide divers through the “10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet,” including discussions about how to take personal action. Watch for announcements about the release of the new instructor guide as you prepare for AWARE Week.

For more information, visit the AWARE Week host page for PADI Members. 

 

DIVE 2018 PADI Instructor 2-for-1 ticket offer. Save The Date!

 

DIVE 2018 is coming to the NEC, Birmingham on 27th – 28th October. This is a weekend not to be missed. The show attracts a large range of exhibitors showcasing the latest diving holidays, training courses and dive gear. Not only this, but there will be presentations from inspiring speakers who are shaping the Dive Industry. As well as a TekPool, the event will feature a Try Dive Pool making it a great event to take friends and family to who are interested in becoming divers.

PADI have teamed up with DIVE 2018 to reward our PADI Members and PADI Divers with a 2-for-1 ticket offer. Please see below for ticket details.

 

PADI Instructor 2-for-1 Ticket Offer / PADI New Diver 2-for-1 Ticket Offer

Booking on the Day:

2018 renewed , and newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers/Discover Scuba Divers who qualified on or after 01/11/2017, will need to show appropriate ID to the ticket kiosk at the show. They will be given a paid-for ticket, plus a complimentary ticket on which they will need to fill in their contact information on the reverse. The complimentary ticket will then be collected on entry to the show.

 Booking in advance to save time:

PADI Instructors/Dive Masters and New Divers can buy the 2-for-1 offer in advance via an e-ticket and save time at the show.

All they need to do is go to: https://www.theticketfactory.com/dive-show/online/

(NOTE: You will be asked to select “Saturday” or “Sunday”, but tickets will work for either day).

PADI2-4-1INSTRUCTOR or PADI2-4-1NEWDIVER and click on GO.

Then select 2 Adult tickets next to the gold star option when selecting tickets. 

They will be charged ONLY £14.50 for 2 tickets plus booking fee. They will have to show ID at the entrance to the show.

Find the DIVE 2018 event on Facebook.

Grow Your Business with the New PADI Travel Affiliate Program for PADI Dive Centers

 

The PADI Travel™ Affiliate Program – a benefit for all PADI Dive Centers – is now available.

Divers want to swim with beautiful fish, see colorful reefs and explore unique underwater environments. Travel is a proven way to keep them engaged, active and, ultimately, have them continue their education and invest in dive equipment.

In January, PADI Travel™ launched with the goals of growing the dive industry and keeping divers more engaged and active. Today marks the launch of the new PADI Travel Affiliate Program as a powerful new service for you to grow your business.

The Travel Affiliate Program enables you to earn generous commissions by referring divers to PADI Travel. It increases your in-store sales by driving more divers to your store and helps you become even more successful with group trips.

Learn more about the program and activate your account today on affiliates.padi.com.

Celebrating the Divemaster

You learnt to dive, completely fell in love with the sport then decided to fulfil those dreams of retreating to a better life under water. So here you are, either completing your PADI Divemaster Course, or you are already a certified PADI Divemaster. Whichever stage you are at on the journey, cheers to the adventure and the wisdom you have gained from discovering the beautiful underwater world.

We’ve put together 3 truths of becoming a Divemaster, that in our opinion, make this experience a truly unique and life changing experience.

Knowledge shared is knowledge gained

 

As a Divemaster you are there to educate and pass on your knowledge. Assisting with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course, you have allowed students to use a regulator; that oh so magnificent invention that allows us to breathe underwater. Sharing this knowledge means you witness those moments of pure awe, when the students breathing slows to a calm pace, they become comfortable in their surroundings, and succumb to the feeling of weightlessness.You educate students in the dive briefings about different marine species, the history of different wrecks, and then with any luck you all encounter these as you assist them on their Open Water Diver course.

But whilst you spend every day sharing your knowledge, you also get to spend your time with individuals from all over the world. As you sit on the boat after a dive, sharing stories and learning about new cultures, you realise just how vast our world is, and how diving lets you explore and navigate your way around it, be it below or above the surface.

Those diving companions are for life

Whilst meeting amazing new people every day from across the world, you will also work within an incredible dive community of likeminded people who support you, teach you and become your family. There is no better feeling than surfacing from a dive and all announcing your excitement about the beautiful marine life you saw. No matter your age, background, or native language, you all share a love for the ocean and an adventurous spirit for exploring the underwater world.

Exploring the Unknown

It really is another world down there, one that is full of mystery and beauty. Being a Divemaster allows you to share your passion for this underwater world, letting people enter a meditative state where they are in the present moment, taking in their surroundings. You gain the opportunity and responsibility to help protect our oceans and the marine life within. By allowing people to explore this vast environment, they become conscious about its ongoing protection. Not only this but you can personally get involved, by participating in Dive Against Debris events and becoming an ocean ambassador, you have the knowledge and ability to become a catalyst for change.

We hope you carry on living your incredible Divemaster journey with PADI. This can be made easier with PADI Automatic Renewal which allows you to save 20% on annual membership. To do this, head to the PADI Pro’s Site where you can sign up by clicking on ‘My Account’ then ‘Sign up for Automatic Renewal and save!’.  Each year, automatic renewal takes place during November and requires no action on your part after you sign up allowing you to save time and money. By renewing your PADI Membership you have continued access to programs and products that allow for recognition, leadership and financial opportunities exclusive to the PADI brand.

Happy diving PADI Divemasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting Incidents

PADI Standards require you to report incidents that occur so that they can be appropriately tracked, identified and managed if the need arises. As part of your PADI Membership Agreement, you agree to file a PADI Incident Report Form with PADI for any incident relating to your activities as a PADI Member. Additionally, PADI Standards require you to “submit a PADI Incident Report Form to your PADI Office immediately after you witness or are involved in a diving or dive operation-related accident/incident, regardless of whether the incident occurred in or out of the water; is training related, recreational, technical or seemingly insignificant.”

While the Incident Report Form is largely focused on collecting information related to scuba diving incidents, it’s important to remember that you are also obliged to report incidents that occur during snorkelling, skin diving and freediving activities, as well as any incident that involves divers, dive customers, dive staff or anyone in or around a dive business.

Incident Report Forms should be submitted directly to the Quality Management department (preferably by email, to incident.emea@padi.com) as soon as possible following the incident. This ensures that important information is captured while your recollection of events is still fresh. Always use the most current version of the Incident Report Form, which can be found on the PADI Pros’ Site (Training Essentials/Forms and Applications/General) to ensure that all of the required information is recorded. If the incident occurred during a PADI training course, don’t forget that you will also need to submit copies of all of the student’s course paperwork alongside the Incident Report Form.

If more than one person from the same facility is involved in, or witnesses, the incident, it is acceptable to have one person complete the Incident Report Form and then either have each individual sign the summary, or complete a covering letter, signed by all, stating that they agree with all the details contained in the report (email statements to this effect from all Members involved, originating from the email address currently on file with PADI, are also acceptable).

If you have any questions regarding the incident reporting requirements, contact the Quality Management department directly on qm.emea@padi.com for clarification.

Training Bulletin Live – Webinar Schedule 3Q2018

 

Please 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.

3rd Quarter 2018:

24/07/2018 English

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5200296764554544385

25/07/2018 French

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3258922068733254402

26/07/2018 Dutch

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8618494796977316355

31/07/2018 Spanish

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1916150090496379907

01/08/2018 German

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3026368762503644675

02/08/2018 Russian

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2237593414388355843

07/08/2018 Polish

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2851612384384964867

08/08/2018 Arabic

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8578559435144645379

09/08/2018 Portuguese

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1408031682440691715

14/08/2018 Scandanavish

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2393887892765126915

22/08/2018 Italian

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3836557099190807298

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email training.emea@padi.com. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

The New PADI Dive Shop Locator (Beta) is Live!

The updated PADI Dive Shop Locator is packed with new features that will make your business stand out.

Getting people to learn scuba diving (and continue on after they’re certified) is a team effort, and PADI® is always looking for ways to make Members’ businesses stand out and shine. The Dive Shop Locator (DSL) was created more than a decade ago so new divers could find dive training they could trust.

With the newly redesigned and repackaged PADI.com, it was time for the DSL to get a refresh. As the new PADI DSL Beta is unveiled, PADI Members will see a host of exciting features – all with the goal of making sure their business keeps growing. Here’s a quick FAQ of what you can expect from the new PADI Dive Shop Locator.

What are the key features to the new DSL?

Check out the value and sheer number of these new features of the PADI DSL Beta.

  • Better User Experience – The user journey matches what users expect from a location-based search experience from sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google Maps. This includes cleaner page layouts and information hierarchy, intuitive task flows and visual consistency.
  • Enhanced Map View – Adjustments to the way search looks at geography has improved the look and feel of the visual indicator dive shop flags to clearly indicate the type of dive center shown on the map (e.g. a PADI 5 Star).
  • Improved Filtering – New filters use more descriptive terminology and intuitive filter groupings.
  • Faster Loading Speed/Performance – The new PADI DSL is a quicker experience regardless of whether your area has high or low bandwidth.
  • More Detailed Dive Shop Pages – Each dive shop has a unique URL and page. This will allow the pages to be “deeplinked,” which helps marketing teams and members share the URL via email and on websites, and allows pages to be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • Better Mobile Experience – The new DSL is a fully mobile friendly and responsive experience.
  • Improved Search – Users will have the ability to search by almost any (reasonable) dive-related phrase to locate a dive shop or location.
  • More Clearly Delineated Ads – Sponsored ads are displayed within the search results list and map, making them more visible to end-users.
  • Filter by Freediving Centers– Individual dive shop pages and filter menu includes the ability to filter by freediving centers.
  • Visibility for PADI 5 Star – Search results show all shops but, list 5 Star Dive Centers and Resorts more prominently.

What is a “Beta” and how will this work?

The Dive Shop Locator is an important tool that divers find and connect with dive centers and resorts. To fully understand how any new design affects this process, the PADI team will make both the current and new design available to users and allow them to switch between each experience and leave feedback. For the next two to three months, the team will monitor interact with each, adjusting each design as needed and sharing the learnings.

How long will the DSL Beta run?

The DSL Beta will initially run for eight to 12 weeks, but will be flexible so that enough data can be collected to make the DSL the best it can be.

The benefits of Certified Assistants to create an enjoyable and safe dive!

On a day to day basis, there’s also little doubt that the efficient use of certified assistants during confined and open water training and experience programs can make diver training and supervision easier and more enjoyable for both participants and instructors. This is especially true for experience programs or entry-level courses when divers can’t be left unattended.

There are many fairly obvious reasons for using certified assistants, such as logistical assistance, improved responsiveness to emergencies, having “extra” sets of eyes and ears for improved in-water control, the ability to increase the number of student divers being supervised, and so on. For the most effective use of them, consider the following, from PADI’s Guide to Teaching:

  • Have enough assistants available and thoroughly brief them about their roles during the dive, including information on site facilities, so they can answer student diver questions. Make sure they know where to find and how to use emergency equipment – first-aid kit, oxygen unit, AED unit, telephone/radio, etc. They should also know where extra equipment is located.
  • Discuss how much assistance and guidance to give student divers before, during and after the dive. Go over the expected order of activities and where they should position themselves in the water.
  • To increase practice time, have certified assistants monitor additional student diver practice.

Don’t forget during the PADI Open Water Diver course, where an instructor’s direct supervision is required, exceptions are made for instructor indirect supervision in the following situations:

  • Certified assistants supervising student divers during surface swims to and from the entry-exit point and during navigational exercises, as well as when remaining with the class when the instructor conducts a skill such as an ascent or descent with a student or student team.
  • Certified assistants guiding student divers (at a ratio of 2:1) on Dives 2-4 when exploring the dive site.
  • Assistant Instructors evaluating dive flexible skills at the surface in open water and conducting air pressure checks underwater.

Besides providing an additional measure to increase control and the safety of divers in your care, and helping to prepare future PADI Instructors, using certified assistants during PADI training programs can increase your students’ enjoyment of the training/supervisory experience and make your own professional life easier.

It’s important to remember however that PADI Standards define a certified assistant as a “Teaching Status PADI Instructor, PADI Assistant Instructor or Active Status PADI Divemaster”. The use of any other divers as assistants would not qualify as “certified assistant” use under PADI Standards. Don’t forget to check your assistant’s credentials!

 

How to Be an Effective Assistant in Open Water

A certified assistant plays a key role during open water training, especially when weather conditions, equipment issues and other variables make life difficult for students and the instructor.

PADI® Course Director Patrick Hammer from Scuba Emporium in Illinois, USA says, “When an instructor works with a certified assistant, it’s like a pilot and co-pilot. You can fly a plane with one person, but with two people, the flight is smoother and safer.”

Review the tips below to learn more about effective assisting during open water training.

Pre-Class Communication

Prior to class, meet or message with the instructor to discuss equipment needs, skill sequencing, student issues and review the weather forecast.

PADI Course Director Kevin O’Brien from PADI Five Star IDC VIP Diving in Bonaire says, “Work as a team to determine the most efficient way to complete the necessary skills: shallow vs. deep, surface vs. underwater. This is especially important for multi-level training. Also discuss how the tour portion will be conducted.”

Equipment and Safety Preparation

Ensure your equipment is in working order and consider what equipment is needed for students to meet the performance requirements.

“An effective assistant will make sure any specialized equipment required for the dive is ready when needed,” says O’Brien. “For example, when conducting the navigation dive in Advanced Open Water, you need a reel or line to mark off 30 metres/100 feet, and your student divers will need compasses.”

In addition to diving equipment, be sure to pack a dive roster slate to check divers in and out of the water. Bring the appropriate course slates to ensure you’re aware of skill depth requirements and refer to the list of common student problems in the appendix of PADI’s Guide to Teaching.

Topside

Arrive early and set up your gear before students arrive. “Many of our training dives start early in the morning when the weather is still cool. It’s important for staff to arrive early and get setup so they can help students. That way no one stands around getting cold,” says Hammer.

Try to be one or two steps ahead of the instructor to ensure the class can efficiently transition from one activity to the next. “A good certified assistant should be a thinker, someone who can anticipate class needs without the instructor having to ask,” Hammer says. “For example, while I’m working with students, the certified assistant can be getting equipment set up or setting the float.”

Underwater
Keep students together as much as possible and make sure the instructor knows where you are at all times. If a student unexpectedly separates from the group, take action to ensure the diver’s safety while simultaneously alerting the instructor using a noisemaker or other signal.

“A good certified assistant can corral the class and make sure everyone stays close, keeping an eye on the students I’m not working with and keep them from drifting away,” said Hammer.

The importance of global awareness cannot be understated. A good assistant keeps one eye on the instructor and one eye on the students at all times. If you find yourself working directly with a student, regularly look around to see what the other divers are doing. While you’re checking one diver’s air, their buddy could be drifting rapidly to the surface.

A good assistant also keeps students focused on training. Wait until skill time is done to point out marine life and show off your bubble ring skills.

We hope you learned something from this list of tips. Feel free to add additional tips and suggestions in the comments.

Have a read of our previous blog about how to be an effective assistant in confined water!

 

PADI eLearning brukergrensesnitt oppdatering

For å kunne gi PADI dykkere en elegant kundeopplevelse fra det øyeblikket de kjøper produktet til siste slutt er PADI i gang med en digital opprustning. PADI har alltid vært verdensledende på dykkerutdanning og har alltid vært svært dedikert til å ha de beste undervisningsmaterialer tilgjengelig på markedet, distribuert gjennom det globale nettverket av PADI dykkesentre og profesjonelle. PADI Medlemmer har alltid kunne tilby verdens mest ettertraktede dykkersertifikater og har alltid hjulpet mennesker til å utforske verden under vann på en trygg og sikker måte. Hva er nytt? Det er blitt betydelig lettere å starte eventyret som dykker.. PADI ruller i disse dager ut noen store oppdateringer i eLearning læringsmiljøet.

I dag sender PADI medlemmer en kode fra «online processing center» til elevene sine for å gi eleven tilgang til eLearning produkter. Eleven/brukeren får en epost med en link som gir tilgang til produktet og muligheten til å kommunisere via email på et språk av elevens valg. Alt dette blir som før.

Nå når eleven klikker på linken i eposten blir de sendt direkte til en frèsh og nylig oppdatert side der de kan opprette brukerkontoer og få tilgang til sine produkter (hvis eleven allerede har en konto, logger eleven enkelt inn via den og får tilgang til nye materialer.) Hastigheten og effektiviteten av innlogging har også blitt betydelig forbedret.

Det nye og forbedrede læringsmiljøet er strømlinjeformet og lett å navigere. Man finner en menyknapp på toppen av siden som enkelt lar eleven navigere rundt på siden. Herfra kan man også lett få tilgang til PADI.com (ved å klikke på PADI.com valget under toppmenyen). Det er lett å skifte språk i det nye brukergrensesnittet og skulle man trenge det finner man lett frem til hjelp funksjonen, her kan man finne telefon nummer for å ringe support hos PADI kontoret eller sende epost. Gjennom «forgot password» funksjonen kan tapt brukerinformasjon raskt gjenopprettes og eleven mottar en email for gjenoppretting av brukerkonto.
Informasjons ikoner på siden gir klar og tydelig informasjon og forenkler navigasjon rundt på siden. I dette smidige og enkle brukergrensesnittet er det vanskelig å bli forvirret.

Etter eleven har logget inn har får han/hun muligheten til å endre eller bekrefte sin adresse. Så fort dette er gjort endrer logoen i øvre venstre hjørne seg fra PADI til PADI eLearning®, dette bekrefter at eleven er innlogget i eLearning læringsmiljøet hvor alle deres kurs er å finne (en my courses undertekst bekrefter dette).
Enkle rene paneler gjør det lett å identifisere hvert kurs. Brukere kan klikke på panelbildet eller boksen «View course» for å enkelt få tilgang til alt materiell tilknyttet elevens sertifiseringspakke. Alt innhold er tydelig listet og sømløst tilgjengelig med brukervennlige linker. En av de store forbedringene på denne plattformen nå er at man har kun ett sett med innloggingsinformasjon for å komme inn på eLearning siden.

I eLearning materialene kan elevene se alle komponentene i sertifiseringspakken deres. Nettbrett utgave, lavoppløst manual, eRDPML og eTraining Dive Log komplett med link til ScubaEarth hvor loggboken er forankret (dette istedenfor å måtte gå en omvei rundt å logge seg på ScubaEarth). Naturligvis vil komponentinnholdet variere med hvilket kurs eleven er registrert for.

Summa summarum er det nye brukergrensesnittet mye renere, mer organisert og brukervennlig. Meny knappen følger elevene uansett hvor de navigerer på sidene og er alltid lett tilgjengelig. Alt ble nettopp mye lettere for elever som bruker eLearning. I tiden fremover har vi mye mer i vente, forvent at det rulles ut flere funksjoner snart.

Tekniske krav

Nettbrett og mobil
• iOS nettbrett og telefon med operativsystem 9 (begrenset støtte) 10 og 11. Gjellende versjon og to foregående versjoner
• Android nettbrett og telefon med operativsystem Nougat og Oreo. Gjeldende versjon og to foregående versjoner

Desktop/Web Viewer
• Mac OSX 10.10 eller nyere med de to siste nettleserversjoner av Safari, Chrome, eller Firefox
• Windows 7 eller 8.x med de to siste nettleserversjonene av Chrome, Firefox, eller Internet Explorer 11 og senere
• Desktop Web Viewer støttes ikke på nettbrett og telefoner