Dive Into the World of Professional Freediving – Become a PADI Freediver Instructor

PADIHas freediving cast its spell on you, holding you in its net of wonder forever? Are you ready to challenge yourself and take your freediving to another level? You want to move away from recreational freediving and dive into the world of professional freediving?

Becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor will be your passport into the world of professional freediving; teaching others to redefine their limits by experiencing ultimate freedom beneath the surface.

Becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor is not only a question of acquiring the necessary knowledge and understanding but also of achieving exceptional skill and endurance levels that allows you to safely and comfortably demonstrate to your students how to perform dives.

In order to enrol on the PADI Freediver Instructor course you must be physically and mentally prepared for a minimum of four days of classroom and inwater sessions.

There are three Instructor-level certifications for PADI Freedivers.

  1. PADI Freediver Instructor: You are authorised to teach PADI Freediver and Basic Freediver.
  2. PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor:  You can teach all diver levels through to PADI Advanced Freediver.
  3. PADI Master Freediver Instructor: You can teach all diver levels including PADI Master Freediver.

There are two paths to earning the PADI Freediver Instructor rating. The first is for experienced freedivers who gain instructional skills by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course. The second path is for current freediver instructors who want to join the PADI organisation by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation.

Note that PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (or higher rating) who are also experienced freedivers and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification may apply directly for the rating by submitting a PADI Freediver Instructor Application to your PADI Regional Headquarters.

There really is something about this sport that takes people under its spell…we will leave it to you to teach others to discover it for themselves.

If you’d like further information on how to become a PADI Freediver Instructor, please contact our Training Department

 

Meet Dive Business Management Graduate, Natasha Robinson

Meet UK based PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Natasha Robinson, one of our first  Dive Business Management graduates. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her experience and what she wanted to get out of the course.

On 10th September 2016 I started my PADI Instructor Development Course with Course Director Steve Prior. This wasn’t an ordinary IDC – we were amongst the first to participate in the new combined PADI IDC and Oxford Cambridge and RSA curriculum (OCR) Level 3 Dive Business Management course!

This was a perfect course combination allowing me to not only become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor but also achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management, giving me the skills I would need to run a successful dive business.

The Dive Business Management course consists of online self-study in addition to classroom based workshops. There is a good cross over between the IDC sections and the OCR modules. For instance the modules Principles of Business, Managing Physical Resources, Manage a Project and Procure Products and/or Services built very nicely onto the IDC chapters on Marketing Diving and the Business of Diving.

 

 

 

 

Another key part of the Dive Business Management course was learning about how to manage staff professional development. We explored how employees have different needs depending on their work motivation, their tenure in role, their own personal aspirations and how being aware of these helps adapt your management style to avoid conflict and be a more supportive and successful manager.

During my IE on 3rd – 4th December 2016, my IE Examiner, Erika Hoffman, assessed our wet and dry presentations for our OCR portfolio – another good example of how closely linked the courses are. The IE was a busy but overall enjoyable weekend and I was thrilled when Erika finally shook my hand and congratulated me on becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Over the following weeks I worked through the remaining on-line topics, ready for final evaluation.                   On 9th January 2017, White Rose confirmed that I had successfully completed my OCR Level 3 Diploma in Dive Business Management!

Incorporating the OCR Level 3 Dive Business Management course with the IDC equipped me with skills needed to run a dive business. My Course Director also found the experience rewarding and is excited about the new elements we can bring to teaching to help better develop future instructors.

Since completing my IE, I have been working with Ocean View to see how my Dive Business Management diploma can be used to support them and my teaching schedule.  Getting involved in the business side of diving interests me just as much as teaching, so I am excited about my future and where my diving career will take me!

Natasha Robinson

 

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New Course Director in Egypt – Wael Elshahat

IMG_6012<< I started diving in 1998  …I always dreamed to dive, especially after seeing some underwater videos; therefore, as soon as I had a chance I did my PADI Open Water Course!

In 1999, I finished my university and started working as an accountant in a big diving company in Sharm el Sheikh / Red Sea; this gave me the opportunity to keep on diving and, at the same time, continue my education …until I became Divemaster and consequently PADI Instructor in 2002.

I love teaching and the feelings you have when you share your knowledge and experience to help others to become good divers and love scuba diving!

My ambition, as PADI Course Director, is to teach candidates how to be good Instructors and sustain them during their career so that they can become not only great ambassadors but also role models as PADI professionals >>.

Congratulations to Wael for successfully completing his CDTC !

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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No Limit Diving

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Cast your mind back to that moment when you decided that you wanted to become a PADI Pro. It may have been what got you started diving or it may have been during one of your courses when you had that Eureka moment and decided that teaching divers to dive was for you. No matter when you started you immediately had that thirst for knowledge and wanted to learn  more.

Generally most people start their professional path with the rescue course. Besides learning many important rescue skills you would have also learnt many new Physiological terms that you may not have previous encountered. Things like Arterial Gas embolisms, Sub Cutaneous Emphysemas and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Your quest for knowledge was unending and you sought out seasoned instructors to feed you with the knowledge you craved.

Then you started your Divemaster course. Again there was so much to learn, both in the classroom and underwater. Theory became even more daunting, physics was a nightmare and would you ever master decompression theory and the Recreational Dive Planner? But you studied hard, practised your diving skills repeatedly and that day finally dawned when you could stand proud as one of the elite, a PADI Divemaster.

Onwards and upwards, next came your \instructor development course. Seven to ten days of early mornings and late nights, cramming in as much knowledge as possible. From knowledge development presentations, Dive Theory, General Standards and procedures you worked late into the night to get it all perfected for the Instructor Exam.

Once again you stood proud, this time as a PADI Instructor. Ready to start teaching people how to dive. And so you did. And you are a good instructor, training divers the way they should be taught. But what have you done to further your knowledge since becoming an instructor?

Its important that as a PADI Instructor that you should continue with your own personal development. The more knowledgeable you are, the better an instructor you will be. Its easy to stay up to date.

Make sure you register for the quarterly training bulletins. Ensure that you download the latest instructor manual as part of your yearly renewal benefit. Read the PADI blogs that appear monthly. Further develop your training. Sign up for speciality courses with a PADI Course director thereby ensuring that you gain from their knowledge. Read diving magazines and publications. Do equipment servicing courses with equipment manufacturers.Make the effort to develop yourself and your students will ultimately be the ones to benefit the most.

Do not stop learning. Do not limit yourself. No limit diving.

2017 Instructor Development Events in the Maldives

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PADI is Delighted to announce two Instructor Development events taking place on Paradise Island, Maldives.

  • Instructor Development Update – 26th April 2017 (PADI IDC Staff and above)
  • PADI Advanced Training Academy – 27th April 2017 (PADI OWSI and above)

These exciting, informative and highly interactive one day programmes, for PADI professionals, continue to gather momentum. PADI Pros are coming away with new, refreshed and refined knowledge and skills, energising them to drive their diving businesses forward.

The Instructor Development Update on 26th April on Paradise Island, Maldives, is for Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors to update their knowledge of the instructor development system. The Update includes presentations, workshops, and a live confined water evaluation practice during which attendees have the chance to watch a role play confined water presentation alongside an Instructor Examiner, and gain feedback on their evaluation techniques.

The Update will count towards Master Instructor and CDTC applications, as well as provide the necessary update for PADI Course Directors. Click below to register.

2017 ID Update Registration Form

Join the PADI Advanced Training Academy taking place on 27th April on Paradise Island, Maldives. This one day programme is for PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and above, offering the opportunity to further develop instructional skills, under the direction of PADI experts

Current topics and workshops* include:

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  • The role of the PADI Pro within the diving industry and in relation to PADI
  • How to make your PADI courses stand out
  • Review of new PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course
  • Review of the way PADI courses develop a diver
  • The role of Specialties in a diver’s development
  • Project AWARE Dive Against Debris (including free instructor specialty rating) or other local programme

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  • Rescue Exercise #7 – proper technique, kit handling, airway, use of barrier
  • Emergency Weight Drop, Loose Cylinder Band, CESA and Alternate Air Source skills – why we teach them and how to improve our teaching methods of these skills

With both dry and in-water components, this advanced training programme for PADI Pros increases individual expertise and allows participants to network, build new friendships and learn from each other. Programme attendance also provides credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications.

2017 PATA Registration Form

Accommodation, Transport and Meals

  • Visiting members who wish to stay at Paradise Island: US$ 195 per night on FB, SGL. (work permit holders only)
  • Transfer by staff ferry to paradise and exit the same day for members joining in from Male’ & other resorts: FOC (subject to space availability)
  •  Special rate for meals:  US$ 25 per meal (main restaurant buffet) for members not opting for the overnight stay option.

Please indicate at time of booking if you need assistance with accommodation, transport and meals.

Contact id.emea@padi.com with any questions.

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ScubaFest Cornwall

ScubaFest 2017

 

It’s time to dust off your suit and get your regulators serviced…

You are invited to Cornwall ScubaFest 2017 from

Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

The annual Cornwall ScubaFest event is back. For three days over the Spring Bank Holiday – Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017 – scuba divers take over the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park. The event, organised and hosted by SITA (SCUBA Industries Trade Association), celebrates what great British diving is all about. A full schedule of events can be found at the ScubaFest website.

PADI EVENTS

PADI and Project AWARE will support the event, delivering a range of seminars and courses.

Saturday 29th April

PATA PADI Advanced Training Academy

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With both dry and in-water components, this programme, for PADI Pros, increases individual expertise and allows participants to network, build new friendships and learn from each other. Programme attendance also provides credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications. (See a testimonial from previous attendees)

PADI Member Forum

2017 PADI Member Forum is an exciting, informative journey through the new, cutting-edge, educational tools in the PADI digital library. The seminar will feature a risk management presentation along with an interactive Q&A session about PADI Standards.

Sunday 30th April

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.EFR

In order to apply for a space you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

RNLI Sea Survival Instructor Specialty course

This course, released in October 2016, was developed by the RNLI, with help from PADI, in response to an RNLI survey identifying the need for divers to keep themselves safer in the sea.RNLI

The course has been created and tested within the UK, however, is completely transferrable to other diving areas or countries.  With some of the more harsh conditions we face in the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe, this course will be of great benefit to anyone teaching or diving in this part of the world.

It would be great to see you at ScubaFest. If you are interested in any of the PADI events please download and complete the registration form.

 

 

Januworry

It’s that time of year again.. “Januworry” You have had a great December, the boats have been full, courses on the go everyday, equipment sales booming and you have been caught up in the holiday swing of things. However come the first week of January you realise that there are bills to be paid, suppliers wanting money, staff needing commissions and all of a sudden the joy of December is quickly forgotten.

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Januworry.

Would it not be great to have enough money every month to service all your commitments and still have some left over to reinvest back into your business to fix and repair the boats, dive gear and wetsuits. Unfortunately many dive centre owners do not have a clear idea on where their profits streams are and where they are losing money, where they could be more profitable and even what their gross and nett profits are on courses, equipment and dives. The problem didn’t start in Januworry but this month is a symptom of far greater problems that started many months prior.

When last did you do an analysis of your business?

It is important that you know and understand your own business. Do you know where the money is coming from and where it’s going to? How much profit do you need to make on each and every service that you provide? The dive industry is an amazing lifestyle to be a part of but when you are working for free or making a loss, the glamour of this industry quickly becomes dulled.

What are you charging for your diving courses and when last did you increase the price?

Quite often the Dive centre blames the current economy, the dive industry or the Training agencies for the poor results they have achieved. You will seldom hear a Dive centre blame themselves for the situation they currently find themselves in. Dive Centres are a business that offer dive courses, training, equipment and dive charters. But they are fundamentally a business like all others. What is the inflation rate in your region and has your course price increased to at least take into account this inflation?

Determine profitability.

A dive course price or dive charter price based on your competitions price is the wrong way to go. How much does it cost your competitors to run their course? Analyse each and every component of your business and work out how much profit you are making. Be sure to take account of commitments like rentals, insurance, registration fees, marketing costs and servicing and maintenance responsibilities. These costs, if left unaccounted for, can quickly erode any profitability.

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Add value to what you are doing.

Adding value to your services does not have to cost you more money. Simple gestures like helping  lift and carry customers dive gear, friendly and attentive staff and knowledgeable and informative divemasters and instructors all add value to the customers experience. Conduct staff training and set safety and service standards high. Make sure rental equipment is serviced, clean and neat. The list of possible value add ons to your business is endless yet invaluable to your clients.

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Improve your business skills

Many dive centre owners are great instructors, fantastic at leading dives and finding the smallest of critters. But does this earn your business money? You should be working at your business not for your business. Improve your business skills by attending classes, reading books or through online courses. Attend PADI Business Academy presentations to help increase sales and profits. Invest in yourself and you will reap the rewards.

Analyse your business. Determine profitability, charge market related prices, add value to what you are doing and invest in your own business skills.

2017 Instructor Development Updates

id_updateWe are pleased to invite you to join us at one of the Instructor Development Update events taking place in 2017.

These live events will give you a chance to be updated on the latest Standards changes to the Instructor Development Course, and provide a broader overview of the exciting PADI developments planned for 2017. Additionally, the updates will allow you to complete live evaluation practice alongside an Instructor Examiner in either confined water or in a knowledge development session.* You will evaluate real time sessions and have an opportunity to discuss your scores with an Examiner. Further to this, you will also have an opportunity look at marketing techniques for your Instructor Development Courses, and address any general PADI questions you may have.

Attendance at each event is limited and open only to IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors and Course Directors**. These events will meet the Course Director Update requirements. They also count towards seminar credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications.

Date Location Price (+VAT where applicable)
20th March 2017 Padova, Italy 259 euros
26th April 2017 Paradise Island 259 euros
14th May  2017 Leicestershire, UK £212

Please register by completing this registration form and returning it to id.emea@padi.com. Please provide a telephone number that we can call you on to then take payment details over the phone.

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry – an online update will also be available later in 2017!

*The evaluations will involve a live role play, with PADI staff acting as students and instructors. You will be able to watch and evaluate alongside an Examiner, with the opportunity get feedback on your evaluation based upon their control scores. Confined water presentations will not require you to use scuba and evaluation will be conducted by snorkelling. Evaluation slates are provided – you should bring a mask and snorkel, along with appropriate exposure protection if you wish to participate. Participation is optional. Where a pool option is not possible, a live role play by PADI staff of knowledge development evaluations will be provided.

** Not an IDC staff Instructor? Contact the Training Department to find out how to become one!

 

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Dates for 2017

efr_header_2017We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2017 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Peniche, Portugal Ustica, Italy
26-Mar-17 02-Sept-17
Athens, Greece Bristol, UK
02-Apr-17 11-Sep-17
Krakow, Poland  Eilat, Israel
08-Apr-17  19-Sep-17
Krakow, Poland Malé, Maldives
10-Apr-17 22-Sep-17
Pentewan, UK St Raphael, France
30-Apr-17 30-Sep-17
Oslo, Norway Dubai, UAE
07-May-17 26-Oct-17
Stockholm, Sweden Aguilas, Spain
14-May 2017 27-Oct-17
Lanzarote, Canary Island Lecco, Italy
28-May-17 04-Nov-17
Limassol, Cyprus Sliema, Malta
25-Jun-17 11-Nov-17
Eindhoven, Netherlands  
25-Jun-17
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  
22-Jul-17
   
 

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.