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!

 

Quick wins to target new markets

Easy steps every dive centre can take to attract customers from China

With Chinese tourism making up more than 30% of all visitors to the Maldives, every dive centre benefits from ensuring that these potential customers know about the PADI courses being offered.Did you know that PADI has a dedicated Chinese marketing tool kit especially for you? You can access it free of charge by logging into the PADI Pro Site, and then clicking this link:

http://padi.co/cnkit

There are a huge number of resources available to you.

Each link in the tool box has two options. The option on the left is ‘simplified’ Chinese. The option on the right is ‘traditional’ Chinese.Tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are most likely to speak Traditional Chinese, whilst those from China, Malaysia and Singapore are most likely to speak Simplified Chinese. Depending upon the tourists in your area you may choose to use one or both versions.The more you tools use, the better the results will be. However, if you are short of time, here are a few key steps to take:

  • Exterior signage is a key step to show visitors that you are able to cater to their needs. The marketing tool kit includes a PADI Open Water Diver course poster and banner that you can download – this represents a great starting point.
  • If you work with a hotel or guest house, you can use the specific images to create brochures or hand-outs for guests
  • There are dedicated promotional videos available for you to use on TV screens in your centre, or at welcome events for arriving guests.
  • If you need help employing Chinese instructors, you can advertise jobs on the Chinese PADI Pro Site – simply log into the PADI Pro Site and click the link below:

https://www2.padi.com/mypadi/pros/my-pro-development/jobs/mainpage.aspx

You’ll find the Chinese employment board at the bottom of the screen.

If you need further assistance in accessing the Chinese diver market, contact your regional manager at matt.wenger@padi.com

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

 

 

עדכון לסביבת הלימוד האלקטרוני של PADI

בכדי לספק לצוללי PADI מסע אלגנטי מנקודת הרכישה עד לשימוש במוצר, ארגון PADI פתח במשימה דיגיטאלית. PADI תמיד היה ארגון מוביל ברמה העולמית בחינוך צוללים ותמיד פעל מתוך מחוייבות ליצירת תוכנית האימון עם חומרי הלימוד הטובים בעולם והפצתם לרחבי העולם לרשת מרכזי הצלילה של PADI וחברי הארגון. חברי הארגון של PADI תמיד הציעו את תעודת ההסמכה לצלילה המבוקשת ביותר בעולם וצמיד אפשרו לאנשים להכיר את העולם התת מימי באופן בטוח ומקיף. אז מה חדש? שכל אלו הפכו כעת להרבה יותר קלים. PADI מכניס לפועל מספר שינויים מהותיים לתוכנית (בשמה החדש) סביבת הלימוד האלקטרוני – eLearning Environment.

כיום, חברי PADI שולחים קוד ממרכז ההסמכות שבאתר לחניכים שלהם בכדי לאפשר לאלה להשתמש במוצרים, ולבחור האפשרות התקשורת דרך הודעות דואר אלקטרוני בשפה שיבחרו. צעדים אלה נשארו ללא שינוי.

החל מעכשיו, כשהמשתמשים יקליקו על הקישור במייל שיקבלו, הם ינותבו לעמוד אינטרנט מעוצב באופן מרענן שבו יפתחו את חשבון המשתמש שלהם במוצרים הדיגיטאליים שלהם. (אם הם כבר משתמשים רשומים, הם פשוט יקלידו את נתוני המשתמש שלהם בכדי להיכנס למוצרים החדשים שלהם.) מהירות הכניסה והשימוש במוצרים עברו שדרוג ושיפור משמעותיים.

סביבת הלימוד החדשה נקיה וממוקדת. יש תפריט בחירה לאורך חלקה העליון, שמקל על המשתמשים למצוא את מבוקשם. הכניסה מתאפשרת בקלות דרך העמוד PADI.com (על ידי בחירה של הלוגו או כפתור ה PADI.com בתפריט הבחירה). קל מאד לבצע החלפת שפה. יש אפשרות לעזרה בה המשתמשים יכולים למצוא את מספר הטלפון להתקשרות (או לבחור באפשרות דואר אלקטרוני ישיר) עם משרד PADI המתאים עבורם. כמו כן ישנה אפשרות השחזור סיסמה הפופולארית בה משתמשים יכולים להיכנס מחדש דרך קישור שילח אל תיבת הדואר  האלקטרוני שלהם. אייקונים עם מידע נוסף מופיעים בעמוד. זוהי דרך קלה וידידותית בה קשה מאד להתבלבל.

כמשתמש נכנס לעמוד יש לו את האפשרות לעדכן או לשנות את כתובתו. כמו כן הלוגו שמויע בצידו השמאלי של המסך ישתנה מPADI ל PADI eLearning®  , בכדי לוודא שהמשתמשים נמצאים בסביבת ה  eLearning®שבה כל הקורסים שיבצעו נמצאים. (יש תת כותרת בשם הקורס שלי שתוודא זאת).

פנל זיהוי שפוט וממוקד מזהה כל קורס. המשתמשים יכולים לבחור בתמונה שעל הפאנל, או בתיבת הקורסים כדי להיכנס לכל הקורסים שבחבילת ההסמכה שלהם. כל התכנים האלה רשומים באופן ברור ומסודר ופתוחים לכניסה, עם קישורים ידידותיים למשתמש, ואחד מהחידושים הטובים ביותר הוא שכעת נדרשת רק כניסה אחת לסביבת הלימוד האלקטרוני.

בחומרי הלימוד האלקטרוני, המשתמשים יכולים לראות את כל ההסמכות והמוצרים בערכות ההסמכה שלהם: מוצרי הטאבלט, הספרות ברזולוציה מכווצת, טבלת מתכנן הצלילה ה eRDPMLÔ, ויומן הצלילות האלקטרוני עם קישור ישיר ל ScubaEarth שם יירשמו הצלילות (ללא צורך להיכנס מחדש לאתר ה ScubaEarth.) מרכיבי הספרות ישתנו כמובן לפי הקורס המיועד.

בשורה התחתונה זוהי סביבה נקיה, מאורגנת וידידותית יותר למשתמש. תפריט הבחירה מופיע בכל המסכים כך שתמיד ניתן לבחור מחדש את האפשרויות. דרך הלימוד הפכה קלה יותר למשתמשים בתכנים האלקטרוניים. ישנן אפשרויות רבות בחנות, ותוכלו לצפות לאופציות חדשות שיופיעו בקרוב באופן סדיר.

דרישות טכניות/ הדפס קטן

מכשירים ניידים וטאבלטים

  • מכשירי טאבלט וטלפונים חכמים עם מערכת הפעלה 9 (ביכולות מוגבלות) 10 ו-11. הגרסה הנכחית, ושתי הגרסאות הקודמות.
  • מכשירי טאבלט וטלפונים אשר פועלים עם מערכת הפעלה של Nougat ומערכת Oreo. גרסת ההפעלה הנוכחית ושתי הגרסאות הקודמות.

מחשב נייח/ דפדפן רשת

  • מכשירי Mac OSX 10.10 ומכשירים מתקדמים יותר עם דפדפן Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
  • מערכת הפעלה Windows 7, 8.x עם דפדפן הרשת בגרסה הכי מתקדמת וזאת הקודמת לה של Chrome, Firefox, internet explorer 11 ומעלה.
  • דפדפן רשת למחשב נייח שאינו תומך בטאבלטים וטלפונים.

PADI eLearning ympäristön päivitys

Pyrkiessään tarjoamaan PADI sukeltajille tyylikkään asiakasmatkan ostotilanteesta tuotteen läpikäyntiin, PADI on digitaalisten tuotteiden missiolla. PADI on aina ollut sukelluskoulutuksessa maailmanluokan edelläkävijä ja on aina omistautunut luomaan maailman parhaita sukelluskoulutusmateriaaleja ja toimittamaan niitä kansäinväliselle verkostolle PADI Dive Centereitä, Resortteja ja PADI ammattilaisia. PADI jäsenet ovat aina tarjonneet maailman halutuimpia sukellusluokituksia ja ovat aina mahdollistaneet ihmisten tutustua vesiplaneettaamme luottavaisesti ja pätevästi. Joten, mikä on uutta? Tämä on vain tullut huomattavasti helpommaksi. PADI julkaisee joitakin merkittäviä päivityksiä (uudelleen nimettyyn) eLearning ympäristöön.

Tänään, PADI jäsenet lähettävät koodin online-käsittelykeskuksesta oppilailleen, jotta näillä käyttäjillä on pääsy eLearning tuotteisiin. Käyttäjät saavat sitten sähköpostissa linkin tuotteeseen ja mahdollisuuden valita yhteydenpidon sähköpostit haluamallaan kielellä. Mikään näistä vaiheista ei ole muuttunut.

Mutta nyt, kun käyttäjät klikkaavat sähköpostissa olevaa linkkiä, heidät viedään juuri uudistetulle sivulle, jossa he luovat tilin digitaalisten tuotteidensa käyttöön. (Jos heillä on jo tili, he yksinkertaisesti kirjautuvat ja pääsevät käyttämään uusia materiaalejaan.) Kirjautumisprosessin nopeus ja tehokkuus ovat myös parantuneet huomattavasti.

Uusi ympäristö on puhdas ja selkeä. Yläreunassa on valikkopalkki, jonka avulla käyttäjän on mukavaa ja yksinkertaista navigoida. PADI.com sivustolle on helppo pääsy. (Joko klikkaamalla logoa tai PADI.com nimikettä valikkopalkissa.) Kieltä on helppo vaihtaa. Help optiossa on puhelinnumero, johon käyttäjät voivat soittaa (tai klikata linkkiä ja lähettää sähköpostia suoraan) PADI toimistoon, joka palvelee heitä. Siellä on myös aina suosittu unohtunut salasana -optio johon käyttäjät voivat kirjoittaa tilinsä sähköpostiosoitteen ja saada linkin asettaakseen salasanansa uudelleen. Tieto-kuvakkeet tarjoavat lisätietoja, jos käyttäjät tarvitsevat sitä. Se on puhdas, yksinkertainen käyttöliittymä, ja siinä on vaikea mennä sekaisin.

Kun käyttäjät kirjautuvat, heillä on mahdollisuus vahvistaa tai muuttaa osoitettaan. Nyt kuvake ylhäällä vasemmalla vaihtuu PADI:sta PADI eLearning®:ksi, vahvistaen käyttäjien olevan eLearning ympäristössä, missä kaikki heidän kurssinsa ovat. (Kurssini alaotsikko vahvistaa tämän). Yksinkertainen, puhdas paneeli yksilöi jokaisen kurssin. Käyttäjät voivat joko klikata paneelin kuvaketta tai Katso Kursseja -laatikkoa päästäkseen kaikkeen heidän luokituspaketissaan. Kaikki sisältö on selkeästi listattu ja niihin on saumaton pääsy käyttäjäystävällisillä linkeillä. Yksi suurista parannuksista on nyt yksi ainoa kirjautuminen eLearning ympäristöön.

eLearning materiaaleissaan, käyttäjät voivat nähdä kaikki luokituspakettiensa osat: tabletti tuote, matalaresoluutioinen manuaali, eRDPML ja eTraining Dive Log täydellisenä linkkeineen suoraan ScubaEarth:iin missä loki on (sen sijaan, että täytyisi taas kirjautua ScubaEarth:iin). Luonnollisesti osat vaihtelevat kurssin mukaan.

Tärkeintä on, että se on paljon puhtaampi ja selkeämpi käyttäjäympäristö. Valikkopalkki seuraa käyttäjiä mihin he menevätkään, joten heillä on aina samat vaihtoehdot. Asiat helpottuvat eOppilaille. Varastossa on paljon enemmän odottamassa uusien ominaisuuksien julkaisemista säännöllisesti.

Pienellä painettu/Tekniset ominaisuudet

Tabletti ja mobiililaitteet
• iOS tabletti ja puhelimen OS 9 (rajoitettu tuki) 10 and 11. Nykyinen versio ja kaksi aiempaa versiota
• Android tabletti ja puhelimen OS Nougat ja Oreo. Nykyinen versio ja kaksi aiempaa versiota

Desktop/Web Viewer
• Mac OSX 10.10 tai uudempi jossa Safarin, Chromen tai Firefoxin kaksi viimeisintä selainversiota
• Windows 7 tai 8.x jossa Chromen tai Firefoxin kaksi viimeisintä selainversiota tai Internet Explorer 11 tai uudempi
• Desktop Web Viewer ei ole tuettu tableteissa ja puhelimissa

PADI Power!

Are you getting the most from your PADI marketing power?

The PADI logo is the most distinctive and powerful logo in the diving industry. Recognised as a sign of quality diver training and service, divers around the planet proudly state that they have ‘got my PADI’.

As a PADI dive centre, a key benefit of your membership is the right to utilise the power of the PADI brand to bring more custom to your dive centre – here are some suggestions on how to make sure you are doing this effectively:

  1. Use your PADI Dive Centre Marketing kit to its full effect. Every renewed PADI dive centre receives a physical marketing tool kit which includes flags, banner and other marketing collateral completely free of charge. Maldivian dive centres can get their tool kits through MA Services, the official PADI material distributor in the Maldives. If you have not yet received your pack, make sure you contact them directly to arrange collection.
  2. Use your digital resources – make sure your website shows the PADI logo – you can download a range of logos by logging into the PADI Pro Site and clicking the following link: https://www2.padi.com/mypadi/templates/cb-login.aspx?id=2782
  3. Also make sure you are using the latest images and text to boost your website’s impact! All dive centres in the Maldives have been sent an email providing them with a digital marketing tool kit that includes pictures, videos and text for you to use on social media and websites. If you have not accessed this yet, contact matt.wenger@padi.com for more information

If you want more information on how to effectively boost your marketing, and drive more custom to your centre, join us at a PADI Business Academy! Next event is scheduled in September in Male.

 

 

A New Home for PADI in the Maldives!

We are delighted to officially announce that PADI has a new home in Male’!

Last month, MA Services, the official PADI distributor in the Maldives, opened a spacious new retail outlet on Male’ Square, the latest shopping and dining destination in the capital.

As part of the move, the PADI store also relocated and is now open during regular shopping hours, welcoming divers and shoppers until 10pm.

Although we know that many of you have already visited the new store, which is just off Majeedhee Magu, we invite all of you who haven’t popped in yet to drop by and say hello! With our extended opening hours, we hope that many more of you will now have the opportunity to do so.

Alongside all PADI merchandise and services, the store will be home to a wide range of products stocked by MA Services. As the official distributor of PADI, Bauer Kompressoren, Scubapro, UWATEC, Hatz and Analox, the store is a one-stop-shop for all your diving needs and will offer customers a more streamlined approach to placing orders and purchasing new equipment.

The MA Services service centre remains in the same location and will continue to provide all the same facilities as previously.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

PADI

 

Technology Driven Travel Trends

Written by Ted Alan Steadman

The Digital Age may not be new, but changing technology opens doors while closing others. Maybe nowhere else is that more evident than in the world of travel.

Technology’s influence on travel has made it among the digital revolution’s most impacted industries. Travel agents of the 1980s and 1990s gave way to website searches and online bookings, creating a major shake-up for how we research, plan and execute travel. Back then, could anybody have envisioned the technology integration and convenience that modern travelers enjoy?

“Online travel agencies have been among the clear winners of the digital travel revolution, which has changed the way today’s consumers plan and book their trips,” says Angelo Rossini, contributing analyst at Euromonitor International, a global marketing research organization. “The next few years will see travelers requiring an increasingly personalized service, with companies able to suggest to them customized products on the basis of their profiles and past behavior.”

Our predisposition to being digitally connected around-the-clock plays heavily on consumer behavior. Tech-savvy travelers expect tech-savvy experiences through digital platforms. For instance, in its 2017 survey of major travel companies and professionals on five continents, travel commerce website Travelport Digital reported “90 percent of travel brands said that having a ‘mobile strategy’ is ‘crucial’ or ‘very important’ to the future success of their organization.”

Further evidence? Global hotel titan Starwood Hotels and Resorts knows the deep roots digital now plays with travel consumers. “Digital technology has changed the way we connect with guests, creating a 24/7 relationship in and out of stays,” says Stephan Croix, Starwood’s Vice President of Marketing. “With many travelers already seeking a more customized and local experience, truly personalized trips are already taking off.”

 

Where PADI Travel™ Comes In

This just-launched division replaces the former PADI Travel Network® with a more comprehensive, sophisticated and reward-based program designed with every segment of the global PADI® community in mind. Thanks to its technology, the dive travel experience can be easier and more profitable than ever for you. This new network gives PADI Dive Centers the ability to easily sell dive-destination packages literally around the globe, while PADI Resorts suddenly have a presence in the world’s most comprehensive dive travel platform.

To clearly see where dive travel is today, just take a look at the past. It all goes back to 1988 when John Cronin, PADI’s co-founder, had the idea of starting a travel company catering to dive travelers – a novel concept at the time. The original PADI Travel Network began as a wholesale tour operator specializing in dive vacations for individuals and groups, and was based at PADI Worldwide in Orange County, California, USA. It operated on the philosophy that growing the dive industry depended on what Cronin called the “Three Es” – Education, Equipment and Experience (the fourth E – Environment – was added later). After the first two Es, travel provided the experience he believed was crucial to keep divers engaged. In addition, he saw travel connecting PADI Dive Centers and Resorts throughout the world – hence PADI Travel Network.

Fast forward into the 21st century, and with the help of more sophisticated online platforms, improved visual presentations and mobile technology, PADI Travel revamps and reawakens the concept, integrating every aspect of the dive travel experience under one roof, so dive travel shoppers get exactly what they want.

“This is a completely new offering,” says Sandro Lonardi, PADI Travel Marketing Manager, who explains that people are becoming more independent when choosing their vacations and have higher expectations. They expect to manage their vacation experience with the click on their laptops, tablets and mobile devices. “We’ve designed the new PADI Travel to be the ultimate online travel agency for divers,” says Lonardi.

Navigating the PADI Travel space at travel.padi.com enables divers to easily research, compare and book dive vacations anywhere in the world, 24/7, through a directory offering one of the largest selections of liveaboards and dive destinations in the marketplace. With a click, PADI Travel site visitors find a user-friendly interface that informs, educates and empowers them to dial-in whatever experience they seek. “Dive travelers use search engines and social networks to research and plan their dive vacations,” says Lonardi, “and being on a website like travel.padi.com makes it easy for dive operators and resorts to be in front of their target audience. PADI Travel is designed to attract thousands of divers looking for vacations.”

 

What Customers See

PADI Travel includes more than 300 colorful dive destination guides with custom information about diving and traveling, marine life sightings, best times to go, best sites, discounts and more. About 300 liveaboards are represented with full descriptions, postcard-quality photos, alluring videos and more than 3,000 separate itineraries listed with availability, prices and other information for curious dive travelers. Along with PADI Dive Resorts, Centers, Eco Travel itineraries and Destination Guides, dive travelers have access to dedicated dive experts as well, offering personalized planning advice spanning 80 countries.

Dive travel customers are just one of the beneficiaries, however. PADI Travel sellers can register as affiliates to receive commissions and discounts. With the program, PADI Dive Centers with inhouse travel programs gain access to an immense selection of liveaboards and dive destinations as well as dive travel experts who can answer questions in advance. That access gives individual dive centers a global reach that would be prohibitive or difficult to maintain without the program. PADI Resorts, meanwhile, can earn support and business through PADI Travel’s interconnected network of dive travel sellers and registered agents.

To top it off, the aim is to maintain the highest customer satisfaction with expert customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The travel program’s network of experienced dive travel experts – PADI Travel representatives average around 2,500 dives each – adds the personal touch that travel industry experts say is absolutely critical for travel professionals today.

 

Growing Dive Travel

“Creating and assembling PADI Travel has been a huge ongoing effort,” says Lonardi. “We can cater to groups and individuals alike. PADI Travel has harnessed the latest platform technology to combine the best of online booking with concierge-level travel consultancy.” Not only will PADI Dive Centers find it easier to sell travel packages and PADI Resorts will gain broader reach, but PADI Pros will also have increased opportunities for participation to help motivate dive travel sales.

For tech-savvy PADI Members who are on board with emerging digital marketing opportunities, many aspects of PADI Travel will be familiar. For others looking to implement a more strategic marketing effort, it carries on the PADI family philosophy of growing the overall dive community.

 

Achievements and Milestones

In 2017, you and your fellow PADI® Members helped improve the lives of more people than ever by opening their eyes to the magic of the underwater world. Dedicated PADI Pros issued more certifications than ever in PADI’s history, supported by the ever-growing number of PADI Dive Centers and Resorts around the world.

As a PADI Member, you play a pivotal role in making people’s diving dreams come true. Teaching the world’s most sought-after diver certification courses, you transform divers’ lives –your role transcends beyond diver safety and education because you’re also creating a global force for good that can drive positive change in our communities and the environment. Together, we’re positioned to help preserve our oceans for future generations. You are an integral part of a tribe committed to being best in and for the world.

Check out the list of PADI Members who reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of membership in 2017, along with PADI Dive Centers that reached 30, 35 and 40 years of membership.

We are PADI℠ – The Way the World Learns to Dive®.

How You Can Help Sustainability and Eco Tourism in the Maldives

Eco tourism and sustainable tourism may be a hot topic in the travel industry at the moment but it has always been an integral part of our philosophy and part of our mission statement.

Secret Paradise tours are designed to allow our guests to experience the best from the paradise we call home, whilst ensuring that there is limited or no negative impact on the community or the environment.

We are committed to informing and demonstrating to our competitors, our team, our partners and ultimately our guests that we are committed to following social and environmental best practices.

At Secret Paradise we see this as an ongoing commitment in the development of sustainable tourism in the Maldives and pride ourselves that we were longlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015.

The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part during your holiday but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

Reusing towels and saving electricity in your guest house

It is seen all over the world in small and large hotels, businesses trying to reduce their carbon foot print and the Maldives is no different. Re-use your towels in your guest bedroom rather than having them refreshed each day. Turn off your air conditioning when you leave your room. Make sure all the lights are switched off. All small actions that will provide long term positive results to the environment for you and future generations.

Plastic in the Ocean

The Maldives, like many countries has experienced a real challenge in recent years with plastic bottles, straws and plastic bags washing up on the beaches. Local Island residents are making huge efforts to work together with many islands organising regular beach clean ups. Education and awareness regarding littering and how to reduce the use of plastic in daily life has also started to be introduced led by NGOs and dive centres in particular. But as a tourist you can also help. Bring a re-useable bottle with you and re-fill your water bottles where possible. Take your own bags with you when you go shopping and refuse plastic bags every time you leave a shop. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home and consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can.

For more details on local initiatives check out http://www.savethebeachmaldives.org

Buy Local

By staying in local island guest houses you are contributing to the local economy and increasing local employment. Local island guest houses in the Maldives are usually run by local island families where everyone is instrumental in the day to day running of the guest house. As a guest you benefit from meeting these local families and learning about their cultures and traditions; take it from us nothing beats Maldivian hospitality.

Buying local and eating local means that you are contributing to the local economy just like when you stay in the guest houses. Buying locally made souvenirs and eating local produce means that local farmers and small businesses benefit.Don’t be afraid to ask where produce or souvenirs have originated as there unfortunately is still a lot of imported souvenirs on offer.

Leave no traces of your visit behind

Many people say ‘I am just one person how can I make a difference to the environment on my own?’ But all you need to do is take responsibility for yourself and the people you are travelling with. Don’t leave litter on the beaches or around the islands. Don’t throw garbage over board when on the boats travelling around the islands. Lead by example and pick up rubbish and dispose in the nearest waste receptacle. Every small effort like this will have a positive effect on the future of our environment.

Leave the ocean as you found it

As tempting as it is to take a piece of beautiful coral home or chase after the sea turtles, mantas or whale sharks and touch them – you are destroying the oceans natural habitat by doing these things. Maldives turtles and Whale sharks are endangered species and need protection. Feel free to view the beautiful underwater world of the Maldives but leave it where it is. The ocean life is wild and we want it to remain that way. The Maldives is one of the many countries affected by coral bleaching due to rising temperatures in the sea and global warming. Campaigns run by Save the Beach and local island guest houses like Eco Dive Club in Maafushi are working hard to rebuild these areas by planting coral nurseries and researching the effects of global warming.

Respect local culture and dress codes

The Maldives is an Islamic country and tourists should respect cultural differences not try to change them, we are after all only guests in someone’s home. Dress respectably away from beaches, ask permission (and ladies cover your head) if you are visiting religious places. Note local dress codes and follow them. There is so much culture in the Maldives and the local island people love to share their traditions and culture with tourists so ask, learn and enjoy.

Want to help more?

Volunteer/beach clean up

Many local islands are running initiatives like volunteer beach clean ups on a regular basis. Ask your Secret Paradise guide or guesthouse owner if there is one scheduled during your stay, it’s a great way to meet the local community and you are contributing to environmental clean ups.

How about learning more about the local communities and initiatives?

Secret Paradise Maldives and Sun sHADe Volunteers provide opportunities for responsible and meaningful working holidays in one of the most beautiful places in the world. More details about this program can be viewed here: https://secretparadise.mv/product/volunteer-local

Remember together we can make a difference #letusguideyou

You can also view our full Responsible Tourism Policy here

https://secretparadise.mv/responsible-tourism-policy