Training Insights… EFR: Why teach Emergency First Response (EFR) Courses to Rescue Divers?

EFRMay05_99Emergency First Response (EFR) courses offer an outstanding set of course materials and the same well-researched and respected educational system as PADI courses. Both of these factors make learning CPR and First Aid simple for your divers and also make it easy and fun to teach.

Opportunities with potential Rescue Divers

Although some PADI Rescue Diver students may come to you with a current CPR and First Aid certification, many of them will never have studied these essential skills, or may otherwise need them refreshed. EFR is the perfect tool with which to address their needs.

If you don’t integrate EFR as part of your course offerings, then you’ll need to send your students elsewhere to complete this element of their training. This means you’ll lose out on EFR-generated profit to your business and the opportunity to build relationships with that customer. It goes without saying that turning your customers away to another business comes with the risk of losing that customer for future diving courses, too.

Integrating EFR courses into your dive business

Being an EFR Instructor is a requirement for PADI Instructors, which means you’ll very likely have the resources you need within your existing dive team.

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EFR courses are incredibly flexible and don’t require any in-water sessions, so you can really tailor them to fit around your existing schedule and courses, and use them to fill in off-peak seasons when diving might be less frequent. You could opt to integrate EFR into the Rescue Diver course itself, split it into smaller sections over several days (or even weeks), or run it all in one across a weekend. Choose whichever suits your business – and customers – the best.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 1: Recreational Dives

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The PADI App features built-in support for logging recreational dives on ScubaEarth – and it’s really easy to do!

Many divers – students and experienced divers – often don’t realise (or just forget) that they can log their recreational dives in addition to their training dives. Others may choose to log their dives on paper when they return home.

When divers complete recreational dives with you, encourage them to log their dives using the PADI App straight away. Being able to enter their logs right after their dive means their memories will be fresh in mind and you’ll be available to help them fill out details such as dive site names or buddies, ensuring details are as accurate as can be for future reference.

Keeping up to date recreational logs is also important for new divers who might be keen to build up their portfolio of logged dives before undertaking further training or more experienced trips which have minimum requirements.

Plus, by keeping a log of their favourite dives that’s right at their fingertips, they’ll easily be able to read back over previous experiences. And, when they do, they’ll want to come back and do it all over again with you!

How to log recreational dives in the PADI App:

  1. From the PADI App homepage, choose Log
  2. Select “+” to create a new dive log
  3. Enter the name of your dive site, and search
  4. Choose the correct dive site from the list
  5. Enter the details of your dive for your log
  6. Click “Next” and that’s it – your log has been entered
  7. Click “Log” to revisit your previously logged dives

It’s also possible for student divers to log their PADI Open Water Diver training dives using the PADI App and for instructors to verify those dives digitally. Watch this space for Part 2 of this series which will provide information on logging training dives.

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!

EFR Distinctive Specialty Courses

headerEmergency First Response (EFR) Instructors can teach a wide combination of Primary & Secondary Care, Care for Children and CPR&AED level courses to meet the needs of providers. Have you ever had a request for a skill set not covered by any of these CPR and first aid courses, e.g. for Blood Borne Pathogens or Manual Handling?

Current EFR Instructors can write their own unique (distinctive) course outlines to provides skills and training for a specific area not addressed by the existing Emergency First Response programs.

Writing a distinctive specialty course outline can seem daunting. Where do you start? What do you include? How do you submit your distinctive outline? What does EFR require and document during the review process?

Start by logging on to the EFR Instructor website (PADI Members need to access via PADI Pros’ Site/Training Essentials/EFR/EFR Instructor Site) and click on Tool Kit/Course Tools/Course Forms/Instructor – then locate the Specialties heading and click on the link EFR Distinctive Specialty courses. There you will find an EFR Distinctive Specialty Template you can download and use as a formatting guide while you develop your distinctive specialty course outline. The template includes clear guidelines (in blue print) that prompt you what information you need to write there.

Submit your distinctive specialty course outline to your Regional Headquarters along with the EFR Distinctive Specialty Instructor Application Form (found on the EFR Instructor Site in the same area as the Template). Once Emergency First Response receives a distinctive specialty application, staff first verifies that the member is qualified to make this application (issued at least 25 provider level certifications) then verifies the minimum prerequisite qualification (if any) and minimum age for the participants.

Next, staff members read the outline looking for:

  1. the course purpose (overview)
  2. the instructor, participant and specialty equipment requirements
  3. the participant-to-instructor ratio
  4. the learning objectives and skill performance requirements
  5. is there is enough content to warrant a specialty course?

If there are any questions or additional information is needed, a staff member will contact the applicant and work together to make any necessary revisions. Once the review is complete, the outline is approved and the special credential is issued to the applicant. Although this will vary with the scope of the specialty, expect to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours creating a distinctive specialty outline.

If you have questions, or need additional information please contact a Training Consultant in your Emergency First Response Regional Headquarters.

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 training.emea@padi.com. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 3: Course Materials

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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.

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 sales.emea@padi.com, call your PADI Sales Consultant (+44 (0) 117 300 7234) or visit the PADI eShop.

PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 2: Certification Cards

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What will appear on the ReActivated certification card?

The card will look similar to the existing certification cards but will have an extra “ReActivated On” date on the photo side of the card along with the diver’s original certification date.

What level card will this be tied to?

The ReActivate date can be placed on any PADI certification card the diver has earned, including Project AWARE cards* and all specialty diver ratings as long as it was a course requiring open water dives. For example, an Equipment Specialist certification card can’t be used. The ReActivate program covers scuba fundamentals, regardless of the card the diver chooses.

*additional donation fee will apply

What if the diver is a non-PADI diver and not in the system?

On launch, only PADI certified divers can ReActivate. In the future, if the diver doesn’t have a PADI certification, the diver receives a special ReActivate card that is not a certification card, but still acknowledges that the diver refreshed basic knowledge and skills.

Does the “ReActivated” card expire?

No.

What if a diver got certified as a Junior Open Water Diver and now qualifies for Open Water Diver certification card?

Although not required, ReActivate is a great way to upgrade Junior divers to an “adult” card. These divers benefit from refreshing their knowledge and skills, and can get a ReActivate date on their new Open Water Diver card to confirm it.

If I have an eCard, will the “ReActivated On” date appear on my phone?

On initial launch, ReActivate dates will not appear on eCards. In the future, this option may be possible.

What if a diver needs to replace a certification card but has only completed half of the ReActivate program?

A diver can replace a card at any time, but it will not have a ReActivate date unless the entire program is completed.

PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 1: Program Details

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What is the PADI ReActivate™ program?

The PADI ReActivate program is a convenient and prescriptive program that’s designed to encourage existing certified divers who have been inactive to refresh their skills and re-enter the sport of diving.

Why create a new program?

A recent survey of PADI Divers showed that of those who were not actively diving, more than 97 percent intended to dive in the future. When asked what would get them back in the water, two popular responses were: “a refresher course that I can complete quickly” and “a prescriptive approach that refreshes only what I’ve forgotten.” ReActivate is designed to give divers what they want – a quick way to refresh what they need to dive comfortably again. The previous Scuba Review program was effective, but not very prescriptive. The new program provides a huge opportunity to re-engage already certified divers and get them to re-ignite their passion for diving and drive them back to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.

Will this replace the current Scuba Review program?

Yes. For certified divers who want help getting comfortable with diving again, ReActivate replaces Scuba Review. The materials and approach are also useful in assessing the divers readiness to continue their education.

How does this program work?

The ReActivate program consists of two sections: knowledge review and inwater skills refresher. To receive a ReActivate date on a replacement certification card, the diver must complete both sections. Some divers may decide to complete only the knowledge review, but the program encourages all participants to complete both sections.

Divers complete the knowledge review material using either ReActivate Touch or ReActivate Online. ReActivate Touch is an interactive program that works on tablets and mobile devices. It can be purchased two ways – from a PADI Member who provides a ReActivate Touch code or directly through the PADI Library App from the appropriate App store. Divers who purchase the Touch version on their own are required to affiliate with a PADI Dive Center or Resort. ReActivate Online is an interactive program designed for personal computers. Divers purchase the access code for ReActivate Online from a PADI Member.

After completing all topics in the Touch or Online product, the diver takes the ReActivate Quick Review online as a final assessment. Upon successful completion, divers can download and print a ReActivate Certificate that includes a unique code. The instructor who completes the inwater skill portion enters the code while processing the diver’s ReActivated certification card online.

Will a card be issued if divers decide they only want to take the knowledge review portion?

No, they only receive a certificate that indicates they’ve completed the knowledge review. To receive the card, they need to complete the both the knowledge review and skills refresher portions.

What if the diver does not take the ReActivate Quick Review online?

An instructor may administer the ReActivate Quick Review in person. Many language versions are available for download from the PADI Pros’ Site. The instructor has the option to enter in the knowledge review completion date within the PADI Online Processing Center to verify that diver has completed this requirement.

What is the minimum age to take the ReActivate program?

10 years old – although with the initial launch a diver needs to be 13 years or older to comply with internet child protection laws. When proper protocols are in place, 10-12 year olds will be able to use the ReActivate Touch and Online products.

Does the ReActivate content expire from the device once it’s downloaded?

Once ReActivate Touch or Online is downloaded from the PADI Library, the material will remain on the device to which it was installed. However, the unique code assigned to the diver is only valid for 12 months. Once the diver redeems the code by downloading the material, the diver has 12 months to complete the program with a PADI Member who will use the code to process a replacement card with the diver’s “ReActivated” date. If more than 12 months pass, the diver will need to purchase a new product and code to receive the replacement card.

A closer look at PADI Equipment Specialist Touch

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As existing scuba divers, your students will likely know that diving is an equipment-intensive activity. From accessories such as dive lights and underwater cameras, to essential gear like exposure suits, cylinders and regulators, there’s a lot of information for them to comprehend, especially at the start of their underwater adventures.

Unfortunately, many divers are reluctant to learn more about their equipment because they feel they’re not ‘mechanically inclined’. But here’s the good news to share with them: they don’t need a degree in engineering to understand how scuba equipment works; the Equipment Specialist Touch will help them to understand how (and why) certain pieces of scuba equipment work, as well as what components can fail and thus the need for regular servicing.

The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch is a fully interactive and comprehensive digital product for iOS and Android tablet devices. The product covers the following topics:

  • Owning your own gear
  • Scuba Systems
  • Scuba Cylinders
  • Cylinder Valves
  • Regulators
  • Rebreathers
  • Instrumentation
  • Enriched Air Equipment Considerations

This valuable tool provides a beautifully immersive look into scuba equipment through short video clips and 3D rotating images to enable students to obtain a clear visual representation as to how things work and how components fit – and work – together.

Whether students plan to invest in their own gear, or just want to learn a bit more about it in general, the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch will teach them the benefits of owning their own equipment, how to choose it and apply it best across various scenarios, and considerations on care after they’ve invested. What’s more, this fantastic tool is perfect for first-time learners through to experienced divers who want to refresh their equipment knowledge at a later date before taking additional PADI courses.

To find out more and/or to get your own copy contact your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Sales Consultant by email (sales.emea@padi.com) or by telephone (+44 117 300 7234)

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Crossover to TecRec in 2015

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Do you already teach tec through another training organisation?

If you have a certification from another training organisation that qualifies as Tec Instructor or higher* and proof that you have taught at least two courses at this level you may qualify to crossover to become a PADI Tec Instructor!

Once you are a PADI Tec Instructor you can teach Tec 40 Diver and Discover Tec courses. You can also apply to become a Tec Sidemount Instructors (providing you meet the other requirements, of course!)

So what do you need to do?

#1 Firstly, you need to meet the pre-requisites:

  • Teaching status PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor
  • PADI Deep Diver Instructor
  • Tec 45 Diver (or qualifying certification – see chart on http://tecrec.padi.com/instructor-toolbox/ )
  • At least 20 logged stage decompression dives in double cylinders

#2 The second step is to complete your Tec Instructor Exam.

To help you crossover we would like to invite you to complete this exam free of charge at an Instructor Examination before 30th June 2015. During the exam you can use your Tec Diver Instructor Guide for reference.

You will need to familiarise yourself with the course before the exam and earn a score of 80% or higher.

#3 Become a PADI Tec Instructor!

Are there any costs? Yes, you will need:

  • Tec Diver Instructor Guide and student materials
  • Tec Instructor application fee £57.50/€68.00/CHF 83.50 (+vat where applicable)

Important: Course materials are currently only available in English, so you will need to read and understand English well enough to read the manuals and answer the exam questions. Contact sales.emea@padi.com or visit the online shop on www.padi.com/mypadi to order.

*Qualifying instructor certifications include:

  • BSAC Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • CMAS Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • IANTD Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Instructor
  • PSAI Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • SSI Advanced Nitrox Instructor
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Instructor

Contact training.emea@padi.com to check other qualifications or for more information. To check availability and reserve your place at an IE contact id.emea@padi.com