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

 

 

Atualização do entorno PADI eLearning

Com a ideia de proporcionar aos mergulhadores PADI um percorrido excelente desde o ponto compra até a finalização do produto, PADI está numa missão de produtos digitais. PADI sempre foi líder mundial em formação em mergulho e sempre esteve comprometida em criar os melhores materiais de treinamento em mergulho do mundo e proporcioná-los á rede mundial de centros de mergulho, Resorts e Profissionais PADI. Os membros PADI sempre ofereceram as certificações de mergulho mais buscadas do mundo e sempre permitiram explorar o nosso planeta água de uma maneira confiada e competente. Então, quais são as novidades? Isto agora é mais fácil com as importantes atualizações do Entorno eLearning (ou eLearning Environment, como se batizou em inglês) que desenvolveu PADI.

Hoje, membros PADI enviam códigos desde o Online Processing Center aos seus alunos para permitir que ditos usuários acedam a produtos eLearning. Os usuários depois recebem um email com um link ao produto e uma opção para eleger comunicações por email nas suas línguas; nenhum destes passos mudou.

Mais, agora, quando os usuários clicam no link desse email, são dirigidos a uma página web recentemente desenhada onde criar contas para aceder aos seus produtos digitais (se já possuem uma conta, só têm que usar os dados de login para aceder aos seus novos materiais). A velocidade e eficiência do início de sessão e registro também melhoraram de maneira significante.

O novo entorno é claro e ordenado. Tem uma barra de menu na parte superior, o que facilita as coisas para o usuário. É fácil aceder a PADI.com (ao clicar no logotipo ou no ícone PADI.com na barra de menu). É fácil mudar de idiomas. Tem uma opção de ajuda onde os usuários podem encontrar um número para ligar (ou clicar para enviar um email diretamente) para a o escritório PADI correspondente. Também está disponível a popular opção de senha esquecida, com a que os usuários podem inserir o seu email e receber um link para reestabelecer as suas senhas. Ícones informativos proporcionam informação adicional se for necessário. É uma interface limpa e simples com a que é difícil confundir-se.

Uma vez que o usuário acede à sua conta, tem a opção de confirmar ou mudar o email. Agora, o ícone da parte superior esquerda muda de PADI a PADI eLearning®, confirmando que se está no Entorno eLearning, onde se encontram todos os seus cursos (baixo um subtítulo chamado My Courses). Um painel simples e claro identifica cada curso. Os usuários podem clicar no painel ou em View Courses para ter acesso a tudo no seus certifications paks. Todo este conteúdo está claramente identificado e é facilmente acessível, com links fáceis de usar e uma das melhores mudanças; existe só um login para aceder ao entorno eLearning.

Nos seus materiais eLearning, os usuários podem ver todos os componentes dos seus
certifications paks: o produto para tablets, o manual de baixa resolução, o eRDPML e o eTraining Dive Log completo com um link direto a ScubaEarth onde registrar mergulhos (em vez de ter que fazer login outra vez em ScubaEarth). Obviamente, os componentes variam com o curso.

Em resumo, o entorno é muito mais claro e organizado. A barra de menu segue ao usuário onde quer que vá para que sempre tenha essas opções. As coisas ficaram muito mais fáceis para os eLearners. Tem muito mais por vir, regularmente.

A letra pequena/requerimentos técnicos

Tablet e dispositivos móveis
• Tablets iOS e telefones operando os sistemas 9 (suporte limitado), 10 e 11. A versão atual e as duas anteriores.
• Tablets Android e telefones operando os sistemas Nougat e Oreo. A versão atual e as duas anteriores.

Desktop/Web Viewer
• Mac OSX 10.10 ou mais atual com as duas versões mais atuais de Safari, Chrome ou Firefox.
• Windows 7 ou 8.x com as duas versões mais atuais de Chrome, Firefox ou Internet Explorer 11 ou superior.
• Desktop Web Viewer não está suportado em tablets e telefones.

Tudnivalók a PADI eLearning rendszerének megújításáról

Mivel szeretnénk minél elegánsabb környezetet biztosítani a PADI tanfolyamok résztvevői számára a feliratkozás pillanatától a program végéig, megkezdtük a PADI digitális termékeinek átfogó megújítását. A PADI mindig is világszerte élen járt a búvároktatásban, és különös gondot fordított arra, hogy a PADI búvárközpontokban és nyaralóhelyeken dolgozó oktatók a lehető legjobb minőségű tananyagokból oktathassanak. A tagjaink által kínált tanfolyamok mindig is a legnépszerűbbek voltak világszerte, hiszen ezek elvégzésével bárki magabiztosan nekivághat a vízi világ felfedezésének. Mi változott akkor valójában? Mindössze annyi, hogy még gördülékenyebbé vált a tanulás menete. Ennek részeként átfogóan megújult a PADI digitális felülete, amelynek az új elnevezése: eLearning Environment.

A rendszer már jó ideje úgy működik, hogy a PADI tagoknak el kell küldeniük egy kódot a tanulónak, amivel hozzá lehet férni az adott tanfolyam eLearning tananyagához. A tanuló emailben kapja meg ezt a kódot értesítést kap, amely tartalmazza a hozzáféréshez szükséges linket, illetve felszólítja a tanulót, hogy válassza ki a kommunikáció nyelvét. Ezek a lépések nem változtak.

Viszont mostantól az emailben lévő link az új oldalra viszi a tanulót, ahol létrehozhatja a digitális tananyagokhoz használatához szükséges felhasználói fiókot. (Akinek már van fiókja, annak csak be kell lépnie, és máris hozzáfér a korábbi tananyagaihoz.) A feliratkozás és a bejelentkezés folyamata is jelentősen gyorsabb lett, mint korábban.

Fontos változás az is, hogy az új felület letisztultabb lett, vagyis kevesebb rajta az olyan elem, ami elvonja a felhaszáló figyelmét. Felül egy menüsor található, amelyen keresztül könnyen és gyorsan el lehet jutni bármelyik funkcióhoz. Könnyű eljutni innen a PADI.com oldalra is (a logóra és a PADI.com szövegre egyaránt rá lehet kattintani). A Help menüben megtalálható a helyi PADI iroda telefonszáma (és egy link is, amelyre kattintva rögtön emailt is lehet írni nekik). Ha nyelvet szeretne váltani a tanuló, ezt is könnyen megteheti. Amennyiben valaki elfelejtette a jelszavát, akkor az email címe megadása után a rendszer küld egy linket az új jelszó létrehozásához. Az információs ikonok szükség esetén további eligazítást is adnak. Az egyszerű, letisztult felületen nehéz eltévedni, így mindent könnyen megtalálnak a tanulók.

Bejelentkezés után a felhasználók ellenőrizhetik és módosíthatják a címüket. Mostantól a bal felső sarokban a PADI logó helyett a PADI eLearning® logó látható, mivel így nyilvánvaló a felhasználók számára, hogy a tanfolyami anyagokat tartalmazó eLearning oldalon vannak. (Ezt erősíti a My Courses menüpont elnevezése is.) Minden tanfolyamot egy-egy jól elkülöníthető panel jelöl. Az egyes tanfolyamok anyagainak megtekintéséhez a panelen lévő képre vagy a View Courses négyzetre kell kattintani. Itt a megtekinthető tartalmak jól elkülöníthető módon, egy listában találhatók meg, felhasználóbarát linkekkel kiegészítve. További könnyebbség, hogy most már csak egy helyen kell bejelentkezni az eLearning felületre.

Az eLearning anyagok között a felhasználók megtalálják a tananyag-csomagokhoz tartozó valamennyi kiadványt, vagyis a tabletre készült tananyagot, a kis felbontású tankönyvet, az eRDPML merüléstervezőt és az elektronikus merülési naplót (eTraining Dive Log). Ez utóbbi közvetlen linket is tartalmaz a ScubaEarth oldalhoz, ahol a merüléseket naplózni lehet (hogy ne kelljen külön bejelentkezni a ScubaEarth oldalra). Természetesen tanfolyamonként változó, hogy milyen anyagok állnak rendelkezésre.

A legfontosabb tehát az, hogy sokkal letisztultabb és egyszerűbb lett a felhasználói felület. A menüsor minden oldalon látható a lap tetején, így bármikor elérhető az összes funkció. Mindezek a változások sokkal kényelmesebbé teszik a digitális tananyagok használatát. Ugyanakkor további fejlesztések is várhatók ezen a területen.

Egyéb tudnivalók/műszaki követelmények

Tabletek és mobileszközök
• Támogatott iOS tablet és telefon operációs rendszerek: 9 (korlátozott támogatás), iOS 10 és iOS 11. Legújabb verzió és két előző verzió.
• Támogatott Android tablet és telefon operációs rendszerek: Nougat és Oreo. Legújabb verzió és két előző verzió.

Desktop/Web Viewer
• Mac OSX 10.10 vagy frissebb verzió, a Safari, a Chrome és a Firefox böngészők aktuális vagy egyel korábbi verziójával
• Windows 7 vagy 8.x, a Chrome, Firefox és az Internet Explorer 11 (vagy frissebb) böngészők aktuális vagy egyel korábbi verziójával
• A Desktop Web Viewer tableteken és telefonokon nem használható

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 eLearning universet opdateres

I bestræbelserne på at give PADI dykkere en elegant kundeoplevelse fra købstidspunktet til produktet er anvendt, er PADI på en digital produktmission. PADI har altid været førende i verdensklassen for dykkeruddannelse og har altid følt sig forpligtet til at skabe de bedste materialer til dykkeruddannelse i verden, samt levere dem til det globale netværk af PADI dykkercentre, resorts og professionelle medlemmer. PADI-medlemmer har altid tilbudt verdens mest eftertragtede dykkeruddannelser og har altid gjort det muligt for folk, at udforske vores vanddækkede planet på en sikker og kompetent måde. Så hvad er nyt? Dette er netop blevet betydeligt nemmere. PADI frigiver nogle vigtige opdateringer til det (nyligt omdøbte) eLearning univers.

I dag sender PADI-medlemmer en kode fra Online Processing Center til deres elever for at give dem adgang til eLearning-produkterne. Eleverne får derefter en e-mail med et link for at få adgang til produktet og en mulighed for at vælge kommunikations-e-mails på et sprog efter eget valg. Ingen af disse trin er ændret.

Men nu, når brugere klikker på linket i denne e-mail, bliver de derefter sendt til en nydesignet side, hvor de opretter deres konti for at få adgang til deres digitale produkter. (Hvis de allerede har en konto, bruger de simpelthen deres eksisterende login-oplysninger for at få adgang til deres nye materialer.) Hastigheden og effektiviteten af login og tilmeldingsprocesserne er også blevet betydeligt forbedret.

Det nye miljø er rent og overskueligt. Der er en menulinje på tværs af toppen, hvilket gør det nemt og bekvemt for brugerne at navigere rundt. Det er nemt at få adgang til PADI.com (ved at klikke på enten logoet eller PADI.com-elementet i menulinjen). Det er nemt at ændre sprog. Der er en ”Brug for hjælp”-løsning, hvor brugerne kan finde telefonnummer eller e-mailadresse til PADI-kontoret, der kan supportere dem. Der er også den altid populære ”Glemt adgangskode?”-løsning, hvor brugerne kan indtaste deres login e-mail og få tilsendt et link til at nulstille deres adgangskoder. Informations-ikoner giver yderligere oplysninger, hvis brugerne har brug for det. Det er en ren og enkel grænseflade, hvor det er svært at blive forvirret.

Når brugerne logger ind, har de mulighed for at bekræfte eller ændre deres adresse. Nu ændres ikonet øverst til venstre fra PADI til PADI eLearning®, der bekræfter, at brugerne er i eLearning® universet, hvor alle deres kurser ligger. (En undertitel ”Mine kurser” bekræfter dette). Et simpelt og rent panel identificerer hvert kursus. Brugerne kan enten klikke på panelbilledet eller feltet ”Vis kurser” for at få adgang til alt i deres materialepakker. Alt dette indhold er tydeligt oplistet og problemfrit tilgængeligt med brugervenlige links. En af de store forbedringer er, at der nu kun er ét enkelt login, for at få adgang til hele eLearning-universet.

I deres eLearning-materialer kan brugerne se alle komponenterne der er med i deres materialepakker: Tablet-produktet, lav-opløsnings-manualen, eRDPML™ og e-træningslog komplet med et link direkte til ScubaEarth, hvor loggen har hjemme (i stedet for at skulle bruge login igen for ScubaEarth). Naturligvis varierer komponenterne med de forskellige kurser.

Kort sagt, er det en meget renere og mere organiseret brugeroplevelse. Menulinjen følger brugeren, uanset hvor de går, så de altid har adgang til disse muligheder. Livet er blevet meget nemmere for eLearning-elever. Der er meget mere i vente – yderligere funktioner vil blive rullet ud regelmæssigt.

Det med småt /Tekniske krav

Tablet og mobile enheder
• iOS på iPhone og iPad version 9 (begrænset support) 10 og 11. Nuværende version og de to tidligere versioner.
• Android tablet og telefon operativsystem Nougat og Oreo. Nuværende version og de to tidligere versioner.

Desktop / Web Viewer
• Mac OSX 10.10 eller nyere med de to seneste browserversioner af Safari, Chrome eller Firefox
• Windows 7 eller 8.x med de to seneste browserversioner af Chrome, Firefox eller Internet Explorer 11 eller nyere
• Desktop Web Viewer understøttes ikke på tablets eller telefoner

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

 

PADI eLearning Environment Update

In the effort to provide PADI Divers an elegant customer journey from point of purchase to product completion, PADI is on a digital product mission. PADI has always been a world-class leader in diver education and has always been committed to creating the best diver training materials in the world and delivering them to the global network of PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals. PADI Members have always offered the world’s most sought-after diver certifications and have always enabled people to explore our water planet confidently and competently. So what is new? This has just become significantly easier. PADI is rolling out some major updates to the (newly named) eLearning Environment.

Today, PADI Members send a code from the online processing center to their students to allow those users to access eLearning products. Users then get an email with a link to access the product and an option to choose communication emails in a language of their choice. None of these steps have changed.

But now, when users click the link in that email, they are then taken to a freshly designed page where they create accounts to access their digital products. (If they already have an account, they simply use their login credentials to access their new materials.) The speed and efficiency of the login and sign up processes has been significantly improved too.

The new environment is clean and uncluttered. There’s a menu bar across the top, which makes it nice and simple for users to find their way. It’s easy to access PADI.com (by clicking either the logo or the PADI.com item in the menu bar). It’s easy to change languages. There’s a help option where users can find the number to call (or click a link to send an email directly to) the PADI office that supports them. There’s also the ever-popular forgotten password option where users can enter their account email and get a link to reset their passwords. Information icons provide additional information should users need it. It’s a clean simple interface and it’s difficult to get confused.

Once users sign in, they have the option to confirm or change their address. Now the icon in the top left changes from PADI to PADI eLearning®, confirming users are in the eLearningÔ Environment where all their courses reside. (A My Courses subhead confirms this). A simple, clean, panel identifies each course. Users can either click on the panel image or the View Courses box to access everything in their certification paks. All this content is clearly listed and seamlessly accessible, with user-friendly links and, one of the big improvements is that there is now only one single login to access the eLearning environment.

In their eLearning materials, users can see all the components in their certification paks: the tablet product, the low-resolution manual, the eRDPMLÔ and the eTraining Dive Log complete with a link straight to ScubaEarth where that log lives (instead of having to login yet again for ScubaEarth). Obviously, the components vary with the course.

The bottom line is that it’s a much cleaner, more organized, user environment. The menu bar follows users wherever they go, so they always have those options. Things just got a lot easier for eLearners. There’s a lot more in store, expect other features to roll out regularly

 

The Small Print/Technical Requirements

Tablet and Mobile Devices

  • iOS tablet and phone operating system 9 (limited support) 10 and 11. Current version and two previous versions
  • Android tablet and phone operating system Nougat and Oreo. Current version and two previous versions

Desktop/Web Viewer

  • Mac OSX 10.10 or later with the two most recent browser versions of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox
  • Windows 7 or 8.x with the two most recent browser versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Desktop Web Viewer not supported on tablets or phones

2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest Official Rules

Eligibility: PADI’s Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest (“Contest”) is open to PADI Individual Members worldwide who are 18 years of age or older, and to and PADI Dive Centers/Resorts worldwide (“Entrant”) who are hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 event (“Event”). Individual Members include PADI Divemasters, Assistant Instructors, Open Water Scuba Instructors, Specialty Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers, IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors, Course Directors, Freediver Instructors, Advanced Freediver Instructors, Master Freediver Instructors and Freediver Instructor Trainers. Entrants must be current Members in good standing with no open quality assurance issues. Employees, officers, directors and family members of employees of PADI Worldwide Corp. and all related and affiliated companies (collectively referred to as “PADI”), globally, are not eligible for the Contest. Contest is void in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia and anywhere restricted or otherwise prohibited by law.

General Rules and Conditions: By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The winning entries will be used in a video montage to promote PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019.

How to Enter: Entrants can submit video footage from the 2018 Women’s Dive Day Event hosted by PADI in July 2018 (“Contest Submission”). Entries can be submitted by email to: josh.shave@padi.com. Videos must be sent using a file sharing service such as We Transfer or Dropbox. Contest Submissions should contain underwater and/or topside video footage of Entrants showcasing their 2018 Women’s Dive Day event. Submission should include Entrant’s name, PADI Member Number and contact information.

All video file types will be accepted, however the following parameters are preferred:

  • Video Codec: 264
  • Frame rate: Preferably 29.97, but 24 and 25 are accepted as well.
  • Field Order: Progressive
  • Aspect: Square Pixels (1.0)
  • Size and bitrate:
    1280×720 for 720p  HD video, 5Mbs – 10Mbs bitrate
    1920×1080 for 1080p HD video, 10Mbs – 20Mbs bitrate
  • Sound codec:AAC
  • Sound sample rate: 48 kHz

Multiple entries will be accepted per Entrant. Entries may be submitted beginning 21 July 2018, 9:00am PST and all entries must be received by 21 August 2018, 11:59pm PST.

Contest Submission Judging Criteria: At the conclusion of the Contest Submission Period the judges (three PADI staff) will review all eligible entries received and select the Winners based on inspiration, quality of footage, originality and/or best overall depiction of the Event. Contest Submissions should be a video that showcases women in diving. All underwater environments are allowed (pool, freshwater, ocean). The primary objective is to promote women in diving and the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 event, but the footage can also show all participants in the 2018 event regardless of age or gender. PADI Safe Diving Practices and other recognized, conservative dive techniques and circumstances should be reflected in the footage. Footage that shows any touching or damaging of marine life will not be considered. Video should be under two minutes in length. High resolution photos (minimum 1000 pixels) and/or event description and quotes welcomed, but video must be submitted to be considered. Video submissions should be a minimum 1080p.

Entrants warrant that the Contest Submissions they submit to the Contest are their own videos and/or photos. Each entrant gives PADI and/or its designee the legal unlimited rights to use any Contest Submission Entrant submitted for this Contest, whether it is a winning entry or not, without photo and/or video credit. Entrant warrants that all information provided is accurate and that Entrant personally took the video and/or photo(s) submitted for this Contest or has written permission from the videographer/photographer to submit the video and/or photo(s) for this Contest, and that Entrant has the legal right to use any Entry submitted by Entrant for this Contest. PADI’s use of Entrant’s Contest Submission will not violate any third party rights. All Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PADI and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest, any Contest-related activities, and the acceptance and use, or misuse of any prize awarded hereunder. By entering a  Contest Submission each entrant  hereby grants PADI the non-exclusive royalty-free irrevocable rights, in its sole discretion, to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, sublicense, adapt, modify, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit the Contest Submission (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the Contest Submission in other works, in any and all markets and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, throughout the universe in perpetuity; these rights are granted to PADI whether or not the submission is a winning submission. Winner (“Winner”) will be required to sign and complete a Publicity Release & Affidavit of Eligibility and return it to PADI within 5 days of notification, otherwise the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Entrant. Winner gives PADI unlimited rights to use Winner’s name, picture, Contest Submission and likeness, globally, in advertising and publicity for this Contest, and for any other PADI use, without further compensation, where permitted by local law. Such use may include but is not limited to PADI YouTube Channel and related scuba YouTube Channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.padi.com and press releases. No substitution of prize is permitted. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winners shall be final.

Contest Prize and Approximate Retail Value (ARV): There will be a total of six Contest winners. Each Winning Entrant will win the following prizes:

1-year 2019 PADI Membership renewal for Winning Entrant’s 2019 membership level (ARV varies based on membership level*)

*Note: The 2019 Member Renewal value is subject to the actual 2019 PADI Membership Renewal Fee for the relevant Member level once set for the 2019 Membership year.

All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

Winner Selection: Winners will be chosen by 31 August 2018. Winners will be notified within 10 days of selection via the email address that they entered the Contest through. PADI is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail or email. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winner shall be final.

PADI or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain errors, without liability, at PADI’s sole discretion.

This Contest shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, exclusive of its choice of laws principles. The California State courts of Orange County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue over any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest.

Chances of winning are dependent upon the number of entries received, and the opinion of judges regarding the judging criteria.