PADI TecRec – The Way the World Learns to Dive, Tec

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PADI TecRec courses are designed specifically for divers wanting to explore beyond the bounds of the recreational diving envelope. Covering the full range of backmount and sidemount open circuit courses, recreational and technical rebreather training, as well as technical specialties, PADI TecRec courses differ in approach to PADI’s recreational courses due to higher physical demands, specialist skills and knowledge required of tec divers. Despite these differences, TecRec programmes are built upon the PADI instructional system design principles for which PADI courses are renowned worldwide, and are supported by high quality instructional and student materials. As global TecRec diving grows exponentially, PADI is now also becoming The Way the World Learns to Dive, Tec.

Visit PADI at Eurotek 2014 and meet our tec team. See the latest products, find out how to begin or progress in PADI TecRec and learn more about some of the support services PADI offers during Vikki Batten’s presentation on The Aftermath of Incidents.

Click here for the full Conference Schedule.

PADI Geared up for Anglesey ScubaFest this Weekend

ScubaFest BannerThe Anglesey ScubaFest event is taking place this weekend (in North Wales, UK), and PADI is once again supporting activities with PADI Discover experiences in the pool and PADI staff on-hand to answer visitor, diver and PADI Pros’ questions.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Programme

Free PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences are being conducted by PADI Professionals between 1pm and 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, at the Holyhead Leisure Centre pool complex (Holyhead Leisure Centre Pool: Kingsland, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey LL65 2YE).

Tickets for the PADI Discover sessions were offered on a first-come basis and have now sold out! Nearly 50 participants will be experiencing the unforgettable feeling of breathing underwater for the first time at the event.

About Anglesey ScubaFest

Anglesey ScubaFest is open to divers and non-divers, with plenty going on to keep certified enthusiasts and those looking to get into the sport fully occupied. It’s also a great opportunity to bring your students to a fun packed and exciting event. Expect RIB shuttles and charter boats heading out to nearby dive sites, try-dive sessions for total newbies, along with sessions on sidemount and rebreathers for those looking to expand their horizons, beachcombing expeditions for the kids (and the young at heart!), underwater photography splash-in competitions, the chance to trial equipment from major manufacturers, plus much, much more.

Furthermore, once everyone is out of the water, the après-dive festivities continue long into the night, with hog-roasts, curry and chilli nights, live bands and fancy-dress parties bringing all attendees together in one big, happy family.

For more information on Anglesey ScubaFest visit: www.theangleseyscubafest.com

PADI at DEMA Show 2014

DEMA14_header_600x150b (3)Register for PADI Programs at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton)

Course Director Update 2015 Tuesday, 18 November 2014 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST

This year’s Course Director Update will feature breakout sessions structured to emphasize interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI staff. Learn and share cutting-edge pro training techniques in these sessions, which provide a valuable platform for discussing Instructor Development topics critical to a successful 2015. Renewed, teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • New course offerings and materials, along with practical tips on updating pro programs and keeping candidates current.
  • Risk management topics, including a control technique workshop.
  • “Back to Basics” Instructor Development marketing, focused on effective database use, email marketing, customer service and secret shopper test cases.
  • Evaluation training workshop showcasing the revised PADI Open Water Diver Prescriptive Lesson Guides.

Don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

Contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to register.

Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer Thursday, 20 November 2014 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version) Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

IDC Staff Instructor Update Friday, 21 November 2014 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

NB: This program will be held at: City of Las Vegas Municipal Pool 431 E. Bonanza Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 89101

Join PADI staff for an inwater clinic focused on conducting and evaluating PADI Open Water Diver course skills in a confined water setting, with particular attention to course revisions influencing Instructor Development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and network with the PADI Course Director Training Course staff, which helps develop and revise PADI materials and evaluation criteria. *NOTE: Please bring mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, and the current Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate (product no. 60575).

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.


EVE Training

Keeping up to date with changes in technology and programs designed to help a business become more profitable and efficient is important for PADI Dive Center or Resort owners. Don’t miss out on the great opportunities the latest version of EVE offers.

EVE – What’s New in EVE 5.9? Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (AST)

  • Language options – run EVE in Spanish, for example, as well as English. You can mix and match depending on what’s best for you, your staff and your customers.
  • Windows 8 Tablet platforms – run EVE on your tablet devices.
  • Display and user interface options – touch screen advances and more user-specific customization.
  • PIC Online integration – with the new PIC Online platform.
  • Resort features – pickups, boat manifests, course roles, trip roles, staff activities.

Click here to Register

EVE – Would you like more divers to train with you? Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Creating a course schedule, assigning instructors to scheduled classes, booking customers on to those classes and certifying divers automatically through PIC Online – all this can be done through EVE. Learn how EVE can automatically segment divers by certification level, by equipment ownership and by recorded interest, so you can target the right divers at the right time with the right continuing education program that meets their needs and keeps them coming back.

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EVE – EVE Agent…your best employee Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (AST)

Learn how the EVE Agent works full time, in the background, targeting customers with automated messages based on their activity. Inquiry follow-ups, course marketing promotions, continuing education marketing, and service reminders—all targeted precisely and delivered automatically via online newsletter systems with social media integration. EVE Agent sends specific and relevant messages to each customer, at the right time, increasing marketing success and keeping customers happy and doing business with you. Sign up for a hands-on guide to setting up these emails and newsletters using PADI’s email templates and integrating with MailChimp.

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EVE – Are you getting the most from your website? Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Your online presence should project your dive center or resort to the entire web community – advertising, promoting and selling classes, trips and equipment to customers both current and new. Learn how to use EVE to:

  • Expand your sales territory to the largest possible customer base.
  • Integrate with the EVE Calendar.
  • Link to your EVE Online store (complete with a personal, user friendly, content management system) and include blogs and social media feeds.

In real time, learn how to set up and manage your website. You’re in control of your online presence.

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EVE – Is Driving up Equipment Sales your goal? Friday, November 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (AST)

Sales drive business. See how to make sales, create packages, sell courses and manage inventory with EVE. What’s more, EVE can use that sale as a unique chance to promote continuing education. Every PADI course can generate equipment and travel sales. In turn, those sales encourage the sale of the next PADI course. Learn how using EVE’s sales packaging, program marketing, customer relationship management and continuing education follow-up tools can substantially enhance sales revenue.

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EVE – Joining the dots together with EVE… an integrated approach to your dive business. Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (AST)

Think about how many stores, perhaps even yours, manage their day-to-day business:

  • Point-of-sale system
  • CRM (marketing) system
  • Website
  • Online store
  • Calendar and schedule

Ask yourself if any or all of that information has to be entered, updated, tracked, monitored and managed with separate systems. Then consider the advantages if one system was at the heart of all of those functions. When using the EVE suite of services in combination, discover the:

  • Savings in time.
  • Resulting savings in money.
  • Increase in accuracy.
  • Improvement in customer service.
  • Increased marketing efficiency and results.

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EVE – What’s working for you? Friday, November 21, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Which of your profit centers has the highest revenue? Which day of the week is your key sales day? What’s the value of the inventory you carry? How many PADI Open Water Divers did you certify last year? And how many went on to Advanced Open Water? Financial and business analysis is at the heart of your success as a store owner. Come and discover how EVE’s reporting and analysis tools can lead you to the right business decisions.

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Book your room before 31 August to be entered to win the PADI Social VIP experience!

PADI Travel Network has secured a room rate of just $95 US per night (plus tax) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for DEMA Show 2014. Put yourself at the center of the action and take advantage of the conveniently located PADI programs in the hotel’s convention center, close proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall and the PADI Social shuttle pick up location. Plus, if you book your room through PADI Travel Network by 31 August 2014* you will be entered to win one of three VIP upgrades, compliments of PADI Travel Network. Don’t delay, contact PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2555 to reserve your room space today.

*Book your DEMA Show hotel room with PADI Travel Network between 1 July and 31 August 2014 and you’ll be entered to win one of three VIP booths reserved for you and five of your friends at the PADI Social. One of the three VIP booth winners will also be upgraded to a suite. The winner of the suite upgrade must hold a reservation for at least four nights at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino booked through PADI Travel Network to qualify for the upgrade. Winners will be chosen at random and announced no later than 15 September 2014. Reservations must have been taken between 7:00 AM PDT on 1 July 2014 and 5:00 PM PDT on 31 August 2014. Must be 21 years or older and hold a valid driver’s license or passport to enter Vanity Night Club.

For more information on all PADI at DEMA events please visit the PADI Pros’ Site.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Expands its International Presence

After a huge success exhibiting for the first time at Dive Middle East Expo (DMEX), in March 2014, PADI EMEA is now in talks with the Show Organiser on an expanded and enhanced presence at DMEX 2015. It’s all looking very exciting for the 2015 Show, during which PADI’s goals will be new diver acquisition and Member support.

Watch the video below to see a Show interview with PADI EMEA Regional Manager, Teo Brambilla.

Click here to find out more about the Dubai International Boat Show, and specifically DMEX, 2014.

Zenobia Week

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The Zenobia wreck sits in 42 meters of water just outside the Port of Larnaca, Cyprus. She has been voted one of the top ten wrecks worldwide and divers from all walks of life can experience her on a variety of different levels. What makes her so access able? The sheer size of this RO-RO ferry means that although she is in relatively deep water, she sank on her port side and the shallowest part of the wreck can be reached after just 17 meters. That means that even entry level divers can enjoy one of the largest underwater vessels in the world, while still providing an arena that even the most seasoned tech diver will tingle over. That is very special.

During my time working as a PADI dive Instructor in Cyprus, I would visit this metal giant weekly and it was an absolute joy to watch people’s reactions as the wreck came into view while descending into the blue. Wide eyes and happy facial features were on every diver, their breathing increasing ever so slightly as their excitement of the upcoming dives slowly reveled themselves with each deepening meter.

Now I am the PADI Regional Manager for Cyprus, my love of this wreck is still at its peak. I have dived her over 100 times and yet my anticipation of the new adventures I will have still makes me wake up before my alarm goes off, ready to take the plunge.

It was no surprise to me when I discovered that the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) had a special Zenobia Week in store for us in June 2014. I was given the opportunity to speak at one of the Zenobia promotional conferences, as I am extremely involved in underwater conservation and a healthy dive market.  I learned a lot about the development of artifical reefs in Cyprus, the marine life at the Zenobia and I learned about diving tourism and its prospects. I also met a lot of likeminded people with a common goal in mind – to make Cyprus a diving destination of excellence. We all know Zenobia is awesome – and this promotional week is planned to run annually by the CTO. Adventure tourism is the most fun kind, in my opinion – so walking around Larnaca seeing all the child artists’ impressions and creations of the Zenobia on the sea front was a beautiful thing to see. The fact that the CTO are actively educating their students in the wonders of the underwater world at such a young age gives me high hopes for the project’s success. To coin an old but true saying “The children are the future”. Nothing is truer than this when it comes to our future generations being able to experience beautiful marine environments as we do.

 

PADI Highlights – Dive Shows 2014

PADI Europe Middle East and Africa exhibits at a number of International Leisure and Dive Shows annually.  PADI’s presence at these shows supports our Dive Centres, Members and PADI Divers.  Take a look at some of the shows we’ve exhibited at in 2014.  And there are more to come!