FAQ – Greek Diving Law / Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

ENGLISH (Greek version below)

You can also find more information about Greek Diving Law in this article: Certificates – Greek Diving Legislation / Πιστοποιήσεις – Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία

1/ Can foreign Dive clubs/Instructors come to Greece and offer courses/DSD/Fun dives  without co-operating with the existing  legal Dive Centers in the country? 

They can offer DSD, courses or fun dives ONLY if they are registered here in Greece. This means that they need to have a license as a Dive Centre, and also their staff has to be registered with the Authorities. If they do not have this license no they can’t offer any services except if they co-operate with a legal Dive Centre in Greece.

2/ Is there any standard document  where we state that we have no criminal records?

Yes. They made the system easier for Dive Centres and Instructors. We can use a Statutory Declaration form (Ipefthini Dilosi) with a specific text that you can find at the Gazette 35 B 11/01/2013 No 513.12/13/118b. Or you can download the form with the text here: ipefthiniDilosiInstructors

3/ What about language requirement for the Foreign Instructors? How fluent they need to be with the Greek language? 

Basic knowledge of the Greek Language at the following level: reading, oral communication and understanding . The provider  confirms their knowledge. The Port Authorities can check their knowledge.

4/ How does the Ministry checks if the Dive Center is legal? 

The Port Authorities can check our activities when we operate ie when we run a course, a fun dive. Also they can come to the Dive Centre to check if our papers are ok. e.g. to check our insurance license etc.

5/ What can a Dive Center do if they see that somebody else (Individual Instructor/Dive Center) is breaking the law? 

Inform the Authorities.

6/ What does PADI have to report to the Ministry? 

By the Greek Diving Law every January PADI has to submit to the Ministry of Merchant Marine a list of the individuals (diving instructors & amateur divers) to whom the Organization issued training certificates the previous year. Nothing else. The list has to include the following details: surname, name, father’s name, year of birth and nationality.

Also PADI has to submit a list of the Recreational Diving Service Providers it authorized to operate the previous year, which is available at www.padi.com.

7/ How does PADI check if the Dive Center is legal?

Through lists that PADI takes from the Ministry of Merchant Marine, which has all the Dive Centers in Greece that are licenesed.

8/ Which Diving Organizations are legally recognized to operate in Greece?

At the moment they the following have the legal recognition to operate in Greece:

  • ANDI
  • ΕΟΥDAA (GREEK FEDERATION)
  • IANTD
  • PADI
  • SSI

9/ If a diver is not certified from one of these five Recognized Diving Organizations can he/she dive in Greece?

Yes but only through a Dive Center.

10/ How can I work as a PADI instructor in Greece?

You have to be an active PADI Instructor, with a valid health certificate, copy of your ID card/passport and to sign the Statutory Declaration form (ipefthiniDilosiInstructors).

11/ If I’m a foreign Instructor do I need extra documents for the Authorities in order to work in Greece?

Yes. Except the above documents a foreign Instructor needs to create a  tax number from the Greek tax office and also a Residence permit (only for English and non EU citizen), work permit (non EU citizen).

12/ Where can I take a Health Certificate?

From a General Doctor, from a Public Hospital or from a Hyperbaric Doctor. But if in your area you have a Hyperbaric Doctor they want from this doctor a certificate.

13/ Can I work as an Instructor Independently with out affiliation with a Dive Centre?

No. The Greek Diving Law doesn’t allow for an Instructor to work independently. They have to be affiliated with a Dive Centre (as an employee or as a freelance instructor).


Ελληνική γλώσσα (English version above)

1/ Μπορούν ξένα Καταδυτικά κλαμπς/ξέοι Εκπαιδευτές να έρθουν στην Ελλάδα και να προσφέρουν μαθήματα/DSD/καταδύσεις αναψυχής χωρίς να συνεργαστούν με τα υπάρχοντα νόμιμα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα στη χώρα;

Μπορούν να προσφέρουν DSD, προγράμματα ή καταδύσεις αναψυχής εάν είναι εγγεγραμένοι στην Ελλάδα. Αυτό σημαίνει οτι χρειάζεται να έχουν άδεια ως Καταδυτικό Κέντρο, και επίσης το προσωπικό τους πρέπει να είναι δηλωμένο στις Αρχές. Εάν δεν έχουν αυτές τις άδειες, όχι δεν μπορούν να προσφέρουν καμία υπηρεσία, εκτός εάν συνεργάζονται με ένα νόμιμο Καταδυτικό Κέντρο στην Ελλάδα.

2/Υπάρχει ένα τυποποιημένο έγγραφο στο οποίο δηλώνουμε ότι έχουμε λευκό ποινικό μητρώο;

Ναι. Το σύστημα έχει απλοποιηθεί για τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα και τους Εκπαιδευτές. Μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε το έντυπο της Υπεύθυνης Δήλωσης, με ένα συγκεκριμένο κείμενο το οποίο μπορείτε να το βρείτε στο ΦΕΚ 35 Β 11/01/2013 Αρ. 513.12/13/118β. Ή μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε το έντυπο με το κείμενο εδώ: ipefthiniDilosiInstructors

3/Τι ισχύει για τις απαιτήσεις όσον αφορά στη γλώσσα για τους αλλοδαπούς εκπαιδευτές; Πόσο καλά χρειάζεται να μιλάνε την Ελληνική γλώσσα;

Βασικές γνώσεις στην Ελληνική γλώσσα στο εξής επίπεδο: ανάγνωση, προφορική επικοινωνία και κατανόηση. Ο πάροχος επιβεβαιώνει τις γνώσεις τους. Οι Λιμενικές Αρχές μπορούν να ελέγξουν τις γνώσεις τους.

4/ Πώς το Υπουργείο ελέγχει εάν ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο είναι Νόμιμο;

Οι Λιμενικές Αρχές μπορούν να ελέγξουν τις δραστηριότητές μας όταν βρισκόμαστε σε λειτουργία. Όταν τρέχουμε ένα πρόγραμμα, πραγματοποιούμε μία κατάδυση. Επίσης μπορούν να έρθουν στο Καταδυτικό Κέντρο για να ελέγξουν εάν τα χαρτιά μας είναι εντάξυ π.χ. να ελέγξουν το ασφαλιστήριο σύμβόλαιό μας κλπ.

5/ Τί μπορεί να κάνει ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο εάν δουν ότι κάποιος άλλος (ένας εκπαιδευτής/Καταδυτικό Κέντρο) παραβιάζει το Νόμο;

Να ενημερώσουν τις Αρχές.

6/ Τί ενημέρωση δίνει στο Υπουργείο η PADI;

Σύμφωνα με τον Ελληνικό Καταδυτικό Νόμο κάθε Ιανουάριο η PADI κατατέθει στο Υπουργείο Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας έναν κατάλογο  των ατόμων (εκπαιδευτών κατάδυσης & αυτόνομων δυτών) στους οποίους ο Οργανισμός έχει εκδόσει πιστοποιητικά εκπαίδευσης κατά το προηγούμενο έτος. Ο κατάλογος πρέπει να συμπεριλαμβάνει τα ακόλουθα στοιχεία: επίθετο, όνομα, όνομα πατέρα, έτος γέννησης και εθνικότητα. Τίποτε άλλο. Επίσης η PADI πρέπει να καταθέσει έναν κατάλογο των Παρόχων που παρέχουν Υπηρεσίες Κατάδυσης Αναψυχής τους οποίους είχε εξουσιοδοτήσει κατά το προηγούμενο έτος το οποίο είναι διαθέσιμο και στην ιστοσελίδα www.padi.com.

 

7/ Πώς η PADI ελέγχει εάν ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο είναι νόμιμο;

Μέσα από λίστες που η PADI παίρνει από το Υπουργείο Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας, οι οποίες καταγράφουν όλα τα Καταδυτικά Κέντρα που έχουν αδειοδοτηθεί στην Ελλάδα.

8/ Ποιοί Καταδυτικοί Οργανισμοί είναι νόμιμα αναγνωρισμένοι να λειτουργούν στην Ελλάδα;

Αυτή τη στιγμή οι ακόλουθοι οργανισμοί έχουν νόμιμα αναγνωριστεί να λειτουργούν στην Ελλάδα:

  • ANDI
  • ΕΟΥΔΑΑ (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑ)
  • IANTD
  • PADI
  • SSI

9/ Εάν ένας δύτης δεν είναι πιστοποιημένος από έναν από αυτούς τους πέντε Αναγνωρισμένους Καταδυτικούς Οργανισμούς, μπορεί αυτός/αυτή να καταδυθεί στην Ελλάδα;

Ναι αλλά μόνο μέσα από ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο.

10/Πώς μπορώ να εργαστώ ως Εκπαιδευτής της PADI στην Ελλάδα;

Πρέπει να είστε ένας ενεργός Εκπαιδευτής της PADI, με έγκυρο πιστοποιητικό υγείας, αντίγραφο της Αστυνομικής Ταυτότητας/Διαβατηρίου, και να υπογράψετε την Υπεύθυνη Δήλωση (ipefthiniDilosiInstructors).

11/ Εάν είμαι αλλοδαπός Εκπαιδευτής χρειάζομαι επιπλέον έγγραφα για τις Αρχές ώστε να εργαστώ στην Ελλάδα;

Ναι. Εκτός από τα παραπάνω έγγραφα ένας αλλοδαπός Εκπαιδευτής χρειάζεται να δημιουργήσει ένα ΑΦΜ στην Ελληνική Εφορία και επίσης μία άδεια παραμονής (μόνο για Βρετανούς πολίτες ή πολίτες εκτός Ε.Ε.), άδεια εργασίας (για πολίτες εκτός ΕΕ).

12/ Πώς μπορώ να αποκτήσω ένα Πιστοποιητικό Υγείας;

Από έναν Παθολόγο, από ένα Δημόσιο Νοσοκομείο ή από ένα Γιατρό Υπερβαρικής Ιατρικής. Αλλά εάν στην περιοχή σας έχετε Γιατρό Υπερβαρικής Ιατρικής θέλουν μία πιστοποίηση από αυτό το γιατρό.

 

13/ Μπορώ να εργαστώ ως Εκπαιδευτής ανεξάρτητα χωρίς να συνεργάζομαι με ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο;

Όχι. Η Ελληνική Καταδυτική Νομοθεσία δεν επιτρέπει σε έναν Εκπαιδευτή να εργαστεί ανεξάρτητα. Πρέπει να συνδέονται με ένα Καταδυτικό Κέντρο (ως εργαζόμενος ή ως ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας Εκπαιδευτής).

Grow your business and take the plunge: Become a PADI Dive Centre!

Have you have been teaching independently for a while and pondering what might be your next step in developing your diving career? How about registering as a PADI Dive Centre?

As a member of the PADI Retailer and Resort Association you benefit from more than just the prestige of the PADI brand. You will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive suite of benefits guaranteed to drive more divers through your doors.

What benefits will you receive as a PADI Dive Centre or Resort?

  • High visibility via our PADI Dive Shop Locator
  • Store visits and business consultation: meet your PADI Regional Manager and receive individual and comprehensive support to grow your dive business
  • Regional Consulting Team: Sales and Training consultants dedicated to supporting your business
  • Exclusive sales offers
  • Extended business training with our PADI Business Academy and through our dedicated PADI Regional Managers providing you with the latest in the business of diving
  • Marketing support at your fingertips through the PADI Pros Site with marketing toolkits, email templates, a range of high resolution images and much more
  • Access to worldwide and regional events, such as Women’s Dive Day, giving you more exposure through our dedicated Event Locator, as well as event associated, exclusive dive centre merchandise

These are just a few reasons why in 2016 more dive centres and resorts joined the PADI Retailer and Resort Association (RRA) than ever before, and why RRA membership now exceeds 6400 members globally.

So take the plunge and become a PADI Dive Centre and be a part of unparalleled training standards, superior customer service and in-depth business support today!

If you have questions about becoming a PADI Retailer and Resort Association Member, please contact us at customerservices.emea@padi.com

 

 

Developing a Diving Destination of Excellence

Let´s talk about how to develop a diving destination of excellence. One of my many duties as a PADI Regional Manager is to help the dive industry grow in the particular Region I manage. As a PADI Regional Manager, I´m responsible for Cyprus, the Canary Islands and Switzerland. This time – I would like to have a closer look how to develop Cyprus and how to bring Cyprus on the map as a diving destination of excellence.

What is a diving destination of excellence?

Diving is classified as adventure tourism – and the definition of excellence is measured by the image of the destination itself by the tourists themselves.

I´m sure you heard about the Zenobia Wreck, which sunk on the 7th of June 1980. The Zenobia lays now at roughly 42m and about 1.5km offshore in front of the marina in Larnaca.

In order to be classified as an excellent destination the Zenobia must fulfil both short term and long term criteria.

Short term view:
Ability to fulfil divers expectation: The diver must be immediately satisfied.

Long term view:

  • The value generated by diver tourism must be shared between all involved parties
  •  Preserve the dive sites: marine conservation
  • Must comply with the ethical principles recognized by international law

The Zenobia has long been classified as one of the top ten wrecks in the world. We can look at past wreck specialty certifications from 2004 – 2014.

As you can see the number of these certifications has remained vastly the same over this period. This illustrates that we have maintained this dive destinations’ global rating, but also shows us the opportunity for growth. The Zenobia already generates 25 million euros per annum in dive tourist revenue. Promoting the Zenobia in the right way will ensure a steady and sustainable growth of revenue, and dive-tourism Island wide will also benefit. This niche in adventure tourism will put Cyprus on the destination of excellence map for reasons that go beyond that of the “cleanest beaches of Europe” and with the right market strategy we could also get the on the top dive destinations of Europe too.

How do we do this?

Cooperation, cooperation, cooperation!!

Official bodies like the CTO, the CDCA and all dive operations must have the same goal and we must, above all work together. Competition should be seen as a challenge to raise the overall standard of this beautiful island as a dive destination. The Zenobia and the purposefully sunk wrecks all form artificial reefs that boost fish stocks and get some more life into the Mediterranean. Improved fishery Laws and enforced marine parks will all help generate dive tourism by making our sea more alive, more beautiful and therefor more interesting. PADI is here to support you, organizations such as Project AWARE have the sole aim to improve the ecology of the world’s oceans, and it offers support to regional areas to allow this improvement to happen in a sustainable way. Improvements must have long term goals to ensure divers are both immediately satisfied, but also want to return year after year. Sustainable growth through quality will ensure quantity with continuously grow. We have been doing a fine job……now let’s strive for excellence.

How does dive tourism affect island wide tourism?

Divers who are attracted to Cyprus as a dive destination will most likely be travelling with non-diving companions or family. These non-divers also have satisfaction criteria that must be met by the island. This naturally generates growth of Tourism Island wide, by the normal avenues of tourism – such as hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities outside of the diving realm. The beauty of the islands marine environments may even generate a growth in entry level certifications and diving, especially when the dive sites are in the caliber of the Zenobia. Diving is, as we all know, highly addictive. This enthusiasm is contagious. Marketing and promotion in the right way will ensure that this enthusiasm is transformed into new diver acquisition and an every improving revenue in the dive tourism sector.  It’s a circle of benefits that feed each other. Let’s keep the keep the wheel turning!

Future trends

Seeing as diver numbers for wreck specialties have remained fairly constant over the last decade we can see that growth needs come both from successful marketing of the current dive attractions and the development of ever more niche markets within diving. The ever increasing interest of side mount and technical diving allows ever new avenues of diving opportunities to be explored and profited from. By maintaining high standards, variation and cooperation within the industry we can ensure future trends are positively advantageous to tourism as a whole.

Let´s work together and bring more divers to the beautiful island in the eastern Mediterranean.

 

Take part in the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, 15 July 2017

For the past two years, divers from every corner of the globe have come together for PADI Women’s Dive Day to bond over their love of the ocean and a passion for diving. This growing tradition will continue on 15 July 2017, further strengthening and supporting the female dive community through a day of fun, adventure and camaraderie.

PADI Dive Centers and Resorts hosted more than 700 events in 77 countries last year for the second annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 16 July 2016. Since the 2015 inaugural event, the celebration has continued to gain momentum as new and experienced divers gear up for everything from high tea on the high seas to shark dives and underwater cleanups. As a result, PADI female certifications increased noticeably in both 2015 and 2016, narrowing the gender gap in diving.

This was possible thanks to the enthusiasm and participation from PADI Members around the world who got behind this initiative. Let’s do it again, only bigger. More new divers. More ambassadors for the underwater world.

Participate in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 to strengthen and grow the female dive community, attract new women to the sports of scuba diving and freediving, and motivate existing female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive training.

Start planning your 2017 PADI Women’s Dive Day event on 15 July 2017 using these simple steps.

1. Decide what type of event to host. The type of event to host is completely up to you! Whether you conduct PADI Women’s Dive Day themed courses, have a family-oriented open day, host fun dives or even a girls’ night out with your divers, only your imagination limits your event.

2. PADI Retail and Resort Members, register your event on the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event Locator. By registering your event, your dive center/resort will be included on the Event Locator at padi.com/women-dive.  To register your event, ensure you are logged into the Pros’ Site with your PADI Dive Center or Resort account (not an Individual Member account), go to ‘My Account’ page of the PADI Pros’ Site, and click on ‘Register your Women’s Dive Day event(s)’. Follow the on-screen instructions to quickly and easily add your event.

3. PADI Professionals hosting an event not affiliated with a dive center/resort are encouraged to share their event information with their regional PADI office (PADI Americas: womendive@padi.com; PADI Asia Pacific: marketing@padi.com.au; PADI EMEA: marketing.emea@padi.com).

4. Promote your event. Use different platforms to help get the word out about your event – email, social media, advertisements (print, online and in-store), and event calendars. Visit the PADI Pros’ Site Women in Diving page to download customizable PADI Women’s Dive Day marketing materials. Tag your Twitter posts with #padiwomen to have your news shared in the Twitter Feed on padi.com/women-dive.

5. Post Event Follow-Up. Follow up with all your PADI Women’s Dive Day event participants afterward. A simple “thanks for being with us” keeps divers engaged and encourages them to continue diving with you. Don’t forget to include links, telephone and a call to action. And be sure your success stories and photos with the marketing team at your PADI Regional Headquarters! Tag event photos that you post on social media with #padiwomen to feed into PADI’s social channels.

PADI Retail and Resort Members: Register your 2017 PADI Women’s Dive Day event now! 

 

Why Become a PADI Five Star Dive Center?

 Discover the exclusive benefits you could enjoy by becoming a PADI Five Star Dive Center and how these will help grow your diving business!

 What are the benefits of becoming a PADI Five Star Dive Center?

As the year has already well and truly started, it is time to look ahead to the coming months and think about what you want to achieve. Analysing how you did each year and setting goals for growth is a key part of every successful business.

PADI Five Star membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI dive centers that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness.

These businesses excel in providing quality services to divers, present a professional image and actively promote the benefits of recreational scuba diving, snorkelling, dive travel, and environmental protection. PADI Five Star Dive Centers embrace the PADI system of diver education and offer regular continuing education programs to ensure divers have the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge. These dive businesses are active in the community and are committed to providing customer satisfaction along with great dive experiences.

But why become a PADI Five Star Dive Center?

  • As a PADI Five Star Dive Center you receive exclusive benefits including:
  • An additional 10% off your usual purchasing level
  • Premier listing (high visibility) on the Dive Shop Locator
  • Authorisation to conduct PADI Assistant Instructor courses
  • Specially-designed, gold certification cards for your students, distinguishing your business as a superior PADI Dive Center
  • £100 credit for Facebook Advertising, put in place by one of our dedicated Marketing team
  • One e-Marketing consultation (visit or online) with our e-Marketing Specialist to review your digital marketing strategy
  • Website reviews to analyse and improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
  • PADI Marketing Toolkit to update your PADI Five Star Dive Center with the latest flags and posters
  • Regular, exclusive sales offers reserved for PADI Five Star Dive Centers

Ready to take the plunge?

Contact your PADI Regional Manager today for more information on how to apply to become a PADI Five Star Dive Center!

 

PADI Store Wrapping

In my previous blogs I was talking about the importance to find a difference to your dive center colleagues, next door. As you know, PADI is offering to design your Shop windows, your walls in the Dive Center or your dive center cars. This is called PADI Store wrapping.

 

 

 

When you are interested in a Store or Wall Wrapping, you need to do the following:

  1. Contact your PADI Regional Manager
  2. Fill in the Application, which your PADI Regional Manager will provide to you. The PADI Marketing Department needs the following information from you:
  • How many Windows or Wall Wrapping – indicate the number
  • Decide what % of your store window should be covered
  • half window bottom
  • half window top
  • full window
  • Other

Measurements – provide the exact measurement of your windows or walls in width x height

Please supply any high resolution (300dpi) photographs or graphics that you want us to use and any logo’s you want to be included – also in high resolution

 

Theme – Which topic do you like to have in your wrapping?

  • Kids diving
  • Go Dive
  • Keep Diving
  • Go PRO
  • TecRec
  • Specialties
  • PADI Con-Ed Flowchart
  • Other

Imagery – please provide PADI with the kind of pictures you would like to add to the wrapping:

  • Warm Water
  • Cold Water
  • Pool

 

 

Text – Please provide this in both English and all other languages that you require the final artwork in:

ExampleGet your PADI at XZY Dive Center

 

  1. Send the Application, together with all the Photos and Logo attached – together with a Pictures from the location where you wish to have the wrapping – back to your PADI Regional Manager

 

 

When you are interested in a Car Wrapping, you need to do the following:

  1. Contact your PADI Regional Manager
  2. Fill in the Application, which your PADI Regional Manager will provide to you. The PADI Marketing Department needs the following information from you:

Provide the Marketing Department with the exact type of your car. The designer needs to get the Blue Print from your vehicle.

Please supply any high resolution (300dpi) photographs or graphics that you want us to use and any logo’s you want to be included – also in high resolution.

Theme – Which topic do you like to have in your wrapping?

  • Kids diving
  • Go Dive
  • Keep Diving
  • Go PRO
  • TecRec
  • Specialties
  • PADI Con-Ed Flowchart
  • Other

Imagery – please provide PADI with the kind of pictures you would like to add to the wrapping:

  • Warm Water
  • Cold Water
  • Pool

 

  1. Send the Application, together with all the Photos and Logo attached – together with a Pictures from the location where you wish to have the wrapping – back to your PADI Regional Manager

 

Important information

  • Measurement of windows, doors, walls etc. must be exact.

 

  • Please note that there is a minimum turnaround time of 45 days for a store wrap designs.

 

  • All photographs and graphics that are submitted must be in the correct resolution/format, otherwise they may not be included in the design.

 

  • The Dive Centre confirms that it has the right to publish the provided photographs and/or graphics and that it possesses the applicable Copyrights. The Dive Center confirms that PADI can use these photos. PADI shall have no responsibility for photographs or graphics that are not supplied from the PADI database.

 

  • Please note: No artwork creation will begin until all required information has been received.

Project AWARE – Dive against Debris in the Canaries and Switzerland

The 4th of March 2017 – was a great day for Project AWARE in the Canary Islands and Switzerland! Two Key Accounts in my Regions organised on the same day a Project AWARE Dive against Debris with outstanding results!

 

 

Dive against Debris Crew Tenerife

One Project AWARE Dive Against Debris event happened in Tenerife in the Canary Islands and has been organised by the Big Fish Dive Center in Los Cristianos. The other event has been organised by Adventure Sports and the Dive Club Rheindive.ch from Frauenfeld & Eschenz in Switzerland.
Both Events were organised almost similar. The Event from Adventure Sports in Switzerland started the evening before with the orientation for the Project AWARE Dive against Debris course – while the event in Tenerife started in the morning of the 4th of March.

It was amazing to see how passionate the participants were involved to clean the Beach underwater in Playas las vistas In Tenerife and in the “Untersee” in Steckborn. Even more impressive was the amount of rubbish who has been removed from the Atlantic and from the Lake of Constance.

Big Fish Tenerife

Data collected:
Divers collected the following amount in Tenerife;
66 KG 

 

 

 

 

Divecorner Frauenfeld

 

 

Divers collected the following amount in Steckborn;
259 KG 

 

 

A big Thank you goes to the organizers in both Countries. Thank you Michal Motylewski and Sandro Krawinkler!

The world and our environment needs more people like you! You are an inspiration for all of us and I hope that with your example we can make a difference and animate more Dive Centres, Divers and citizens of both regions to protect our beloved environment!

 

 

 

 

Dive against Debris Crew Steckborn

How can you help to protect the ocean?

Dive Against Debris is a global marine debris survey – the only data collection effort of its kind that involves volunteer divers collecting, recording and reporting data on marine debris found on the seafloor. Marine debris is a problem that is often considered ‘out of sight – out of mind.’ By sharing data on the debris we find underwater, we’re able to contribute the underwater perspective. It’s really exciting – divers can have a powerful role to play in helping contribute data to influence marine debris policy.
So how can you get started?

1. Download our Dive Against Debris Survey Toolkit – here you’ll find the survey kit for your divers, including a certificate to award to your volunteers.
2. Add your action to our Event Map. Create your My Ocean profile and add your action to our interactive map for our dive community to see. You can also blog and upload photos or videos in My Ocean.

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. Promote over social media, through your network and communications – don’t forget to use the following hashtags #ProjectAWARE, #DiveAgainstDebris, #MarineDebris, etc.
4. Report your data. Data is critical. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Make sure you report the data on the litter you found.
5. Share the data with your divers by showing them the Dive Against Debris Map.

 
Project AWARE ® can offer you mesh bags and a banner to advertise your action during the day. Each mesh bag comes with a donation of € 6.00. This way, Project AWARE is able to send you some other promotional materials to use during your action (leaflets, posters, stickers, badges, etc.).
Adopt a Dive Site™ is a campaign where Project AWARE launched last year on Earth Day, which basically is repeated Dive Against Debris surveys in one dive site: Project AWARE requires divers adopting a specific dive site to clean up and report data at least once a month. You can find all information on the website www.projectaware.org and if you are interested, just sign up on the website.

Start your Ocean protection today, sign up with adopt a dive site and take an example of the two Dive Centres in Switzerland and in the Canaries! Together we can make a difference and educate the coming generations!

I still believe in us humans and that we can change the current situation, but the time is ticking… Our beautiful environment is counting on you!
#myOcean #myHope

Course prices – how do I avoid to undercut course prices?

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A growing global problem within the diving industry is the undercutting of course prices. It is an easily solved problem. If every dive center and individual instructor would simply increase their prices – we would easily be able to generate a profit and increase the quality of every course we offer.

I always want to know the course prices from my Members in my regions, especially from a new member of the PADI Retail & Resort Association. The answer is pretty much always the same; “we checked all the prices from dive centres in the surrounding area and then we took the average course prices”

This is a dangerous game – especially because you need to set your course prices according to your overheads and not according to your dive center next door.

 

But how can you stay competitive when you iCompetitivencrease your prices?

In a time where we have other dive center associations offering free crossovers or very cheap membership fees or educational materials for ridiculously cheap prices – you have to provide quality to your customers.

The goal for a dive center is to provide outstanding quality, to grow and to make profit. This is only possible when you have prices with a healthy margin.

Recently I received an email from a member who complained about the material prices from PADI. He told me that he cannot charge more for a Scuba Diver course than € 240.- No one will pay more… as we are still having the crisis…

Wrong! First of all – the customer is paying what you are asking him to pay. Secondly – you need to distinguish your dive center above your competition. You need to show the customer the benefits that they will get when they book the course with you. Lavish them with love and create specialised packages for them. Listen to your customers and their individual needs.

You also have to ask yourself – Does my dive center still look attractive to my customers?

 

What kind of options do you have to pimp your Dive Center;

  • iShop concept
  • Store Wrapping
  • Wall Wrapping
  • Invest in new Equipment
  • Every Staff is wearing the same uniform
  • Clean the Dive Center frequently
  • Attractive windows
  • Professional Staff
  • Etc.

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Competitor

Honestly – who is your real competitor? Trust me, it’s not the dive center next door or a different diving association – The real competition is all the other sports offered to the consumer.

Skiing and snowboarding is, as we all know, a very popular sport in the winter, at least in one of my three regions. I could not believe how much a Ski Instructor is charging per hour. Between € 80 – € 100.-! This price is per hour! On top of that – you need to rent the ski equipment, the ski lift pass and most probably food and drinks – as they are not provided from the Ski School. At the end of the day a student pays for 4 hours approx. € 350 – € 400.-

Every time I talk about this – I`m speechless… this amount is only for 4 hours! And you don’t even get a certificate! Guess what – the ski industry is booming!

Seriously – are we really so naive in the diving industry? That we kill regions and existences only because you pay the student to do the course with you? That’s right, if you don’t charge enough and it costs you money you end up paying the student for all your hard work. It’s ludicrous!

 

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Allow me to go back to the complaint about the prices of PADI materials – I would like you to consider creating different packages for every course and let psychology do the rest.

 

 

Example:

Platinum Course package – VIP course – the price can be ridiculous high. For example € 1500.- (add for example a Regulator, a Helicopter flight, a dinner with Tina Turner etc. in this package)

Gold course package – Scuba Diver Course plus an additional add on (T-shirt, Fins & Mask as an example) € 320.- or something like that

Silver course package – Scuba Diver Course € 240.-(normal course prices)

This is called ANCHOR pricing and a research proved that 72% of the customers are buying the middle option. In this case it would be € 320.-

Try this out – trust me it works!

 

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Every dive center who undercuts their prices are also likely to be cutting corners. This is very important to know for the end consumer. That´s why PADI invented the Professional Image Evaluation where we visit the Dive Center and check the quality of a PADI Center. When they pass they will get a Certificate – which they can show online and in the Dive Center.

 

PBA Lite 2017 Blog HeaderIf you want to learn more about how to distinguish yourself above other dive centres in your area then why not sign up for a PADI Business Academy? They are run in all regions and all you need to do is register, learn and watch your profit margins grow exponentially. Below you will find the link to register for a PBA.

http://padiproseurope.com/padi-business-academy-lite-2017-schedule-pricing/

And of course, you can always contact your PADI Regional Manager.

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Sharks, Rays and Turtles – Your PADI Speciality with Prodivers Kuredu

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You got to love sharks, rays and turtles! In fact, at Kuredu Prodivers we love our residents so much that we’ve compiled everything we know about them and created two specialty courses that you should put on your must-do list: Maldivian Shark & Ray Distinctive Specialty Course, and Sea Turtle Diver Course. These two courses provide the best way for you to learn more about these incredible animals – and of course see them in their natural environment, at reefs around Kuredu.

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Photo by Stefanie Wagner

During the Maldivian Shark and Ray course you will find out more about the incredible sensory system that sharks and rays possess, learn how to identify the different species, determine their gender and understand the mating behaviour, as well as the need for us to preserve and protect the current populations of sharks and rays. The narrow channels, where the currents flow in and out of the atoll and the deep out reefs around Kuredu are the ideal habitat to get encounters with sharks and rays.

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Photo by Marek Machinia

For those of you prefer the sleepy headed sea turtles, the Sea Turtle Course will surely be of interest to you, especially since Kuredu is home to the largest known population of Green Sea Turtles in the Maldives. With over 63 identified individuals resident around the island, this makes it the perfect place to enrol in the course. It offers the chance to learn more about how turtles have adapted and evolved through their fight for survival, and you will also learn how to identify the different species and to distinguish whether they are male and female, and how they reproduce. Are you familiar with the famous Kuredu Caves, a.k.a. Turtle Airport? The course is also available to snorkelers.

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Photo by Stefanie Wagner

The PADI Maldivian Shark & Ray Distinctive Specialty Course was developed by Prodivers to help increase the awareness about these magnificent creatures. Get in touch with us to find out more about diver qualification requirements for the courses.

Visit www.prodivers.com or drop us an email via info@prodivers.com

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PADI Pioneers: Generating Ocean Warriors in the Maldives

In a quiet corner of a luxury resort in the Maldives you’ll find an PADI Five Star IDC centre quite unlike any other.

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Teaching Maldivians to scuba dive might seem to some like selling coals to Newcastle. Wherever you stand in the Maldives, you’re always barely a stone’s throw from the ocean, and many Maldivians can swim before they can walk. Diving is in the country’s DNA.

It could come as a surprise to some then, that until the mid-2000s, there were only a handful of places offering PADI Instructor Development Courses in the country, with many aspiring instructors actually having to travel to Thailand to complete their certifications.

Founding an Institution

Luckily, this didn’t go unnoticed by Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed, the Maldives’ first and only PADI Course Director and in 2006, he decided to do something about it. Working at the time as the operations manager of Holiday Island Resort & Spa, part of the Villa conglomerate, Sendi approached the company chairman – the Hon. Qasim Ibrahim – and shared his concerns about the lack of educational opportunities for local dive and water sport professionals.

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The conversation would not only change his own life, but would ultimately change the face of diving education in the Maldives. Convinced by the lack of Maldivian educational facilities for divers, Mr Ibrahim asked Sendi to oversee the development of an institution that would change all that. Like Sendi, he wanted to provide a space for Maldivians to become qualified leaders in the diving field. And with that, The Villa Institute of Water Sports and Hospitality was born the same year.

A Place in the Sun

Purpose-built in a quiet corner of Sun Island Resort & Spa (another Villa Hotel), the institute quickly became a hub for young dive and water sports enthusiasts hoping to make a career in the industry. With spacious student and teacher accommodation and modern classrooms overlooking a lagoon that welcomes whale sharks and manta rays to its outer reef, the establishment is enough to make any Course Director drool.

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But what makes the institute really special is what it aims to achieve. Its objective? To equip a new generation of certified PADI Dive Masters and Instructors with the skills needed to become not only leaders in the field of recreational diving tourism but also trailblazers in ecological advocacy.

Expansion and Diversification

Lofty goals to say the least, but within a few short years it has managed to do just that. After a restructuring to become the founding faculty of Villa College, (now the Maldives’ leading private education provider offering courses in everything from marketing to law) and an expansion to include facilities in the capital, the reigns were handed over to Dr. Sham’aa ‘Anna’ Hameed. Under her leadership and the close involvement of Sendi, the institute is well on track to realise its vision.

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Not only does the faculty run multiple PADI Instructor Development Courses throughout the year, it now offers Certificate Three, foundation and even degree courses in marine studies that offer PADI electives as course credit.

Ocean Warriors

These courses provide students with the tools to become innovators in the field of marine studies. As a result, graduating students go on to enter the Maldivian workforce in a number of roles: as dive and water sports instructors of course, but also as researchers, marine biologists, wildlife rangers, even government environmental officials and legislators.

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What started as an initiative of affirmative action to provide quality education and training for locals has now developed into an educational model that is forward thinking on an international level. As such, they are arming a legion of self-titled ‘Ocean Warriors’ with the skills to be the next generation of environmental guardians and leaders in the Maldivian diving industry.

 

About the author: Adele Verdier-Ali is a freelance travel writer and content marketer who has been living in the Maldives for over six years. She’s a certified PADI rescue diver and when she’s not underwater, she writes about Maldivian culture and tourism. You can read more of her thoughts over on www.littlebirdjournal.com

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