Prodivers Manta Mania

Do you fancy a dance with these graceful giants? It is the time of the year again were diving and snorkelling in the Lhaviyani Atoll is special in itself, yet when manta rays start to regularly appear at the cleaning station, our happiness borders on mania!

Manta Ray @ Lhaviyani Atoll

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The place to be is one of the top 5 Prodivers sites situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll. Several Mantas frequently visit the dive site to have their bodies cleaned, and the plankton-rich areas at nearby reefs provided what appeared a tasty soup that dozens of Manta Rays satiated their hunger with.

On this magnificent spot, Manta Rays can spend hours as they hover above the reef and enjoy a beauty and well-being treatment after their bowls of plankton soup. This fantastic location offers unforgettable underwater experiences to divers and snorkelers alike.

For the best viewing pleasure, you’ll have to hop on one of our diving and snorkelling manta search boats. Join us for these breath taking moments!

  
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PADI Pro Member Benefit #4: Social Networks for PADI Pros

Social MediaIn addition to the PADI Pros’ Site and other PADI Member publications (online and print), you can access relevant content from our PADI Professional social media channels.

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The PADI Pro YouTube channel not only provides a number of ‘how-to’ videos to help you make the most of PADI tools and training, it also features a range of promotional videos that you are able to share across your own networks to help boost new diver acquisition and sales.

In addition, the PADI Pros Facebook and PADI Pros Twitter pages will keep you up to date with global and regional news from your local PADI office and Regional Managers, as well as the latest sales offers, webinar sessions and other business, training and marketing tips.

scubaearth_ecardsFinally, ScubaEarth is PADI’s own social platform and has over 200,000 users with this number continuing to grow at a rapid pace. If your business is not taking advantage of this active community yet, head over to www.scubaearth.com and create a free account today. You can connect with your dive crew and customers, promote trips and promotions and showcase equipment brands in the Gear Locker, and view your certifications. Find out more about why you should join this expanding online dive community today.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email (customerservices.emea@padi.com) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pro Member Benefit #1: Free eCards

PADI_eCard_phonesAs a renewed PADI Professional, you’ll have access to all of your recreational-level and professional-level eCards – for free!

To access your eCards, simply download the latest version of the PADI App, log in with your SSO username and password. Click on ‘eCards’ from the main menu and you’ll see a list of your certifications.

With access to your eCards in one handy place on your smartphone or mobile device, you’ll be ready to demonstrate your credentials whenever and wherever you need to.

You can also log in to ScubaEarth and click on “My Certifications” from the left hand menu to see a list of your current ratings along with badges, share options and a link to replace each card.

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Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email (customerservices.emea@padi.com) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

ScubaEarth Reaches 200,000 Users Worldwide!

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We’re pleased to announce that ScubaEarth has now reached 200,000+ users, with this number continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

We love seeing the passion for diving shared around the world. Whether that be through the 165,000+ dives that have been logged, the 58,000+ photos or dive videos that have been shared, or the 84,000+ pieces of gear that have been added to the gear locker, it’s great to see PADI Divers and PADI Professionals all over the world getting involved.

If your business is not taking advantage of this active community yet, make sure you head over to www.scubaearth.com and create a free account today. Here’s some reasons why:

  • IMG_193With the free ScubaEarth mobile app and integration into the PADI App, ScubaEarth is available at the fingertips of your customers 24/7
  • Divers can log their recreational dives, including photos and videos of their memories. When they read back through their favourite dives, they’ll be inspired to want to come back and visit you in the future.
  • Students can also log their training dives (currently PADI Open Water Diver only, other courses being added in the near future). The dives can be digitally verified by their PADI Instructor, providing a quick, fun and eco-friendly way to fulfil this training requirement.
  • By adding dive sites to the ScubaEarth directory, you can put your local diving on the map and inspire divers who are planning their next trip.
  • By connecting with your customers on ScubaEarth using the Wall and Announcements, they’ll be able to follow you latest news on courses, trips, promotions and general fun stuff that will keep them wanting to come and dive with you in the future.
  • Showcase equipment brands available at your store in the Gear Locker, helping customers to identify what services you can assist them with.
  • certsDivers and PADI Pros can view lists of their PADI certifications, including the certification date, fun badges, links to share the certification with their friends on social media and links to order a replacement for any of their individual cards.
  • A directory of underwater marine life is a great way to help students learn more about what they’ve found on their last dive, or find new ones that they’d like to try to find next time.
  • Weekly Featured Destinations help spotlight different travel locations around the world, helping to inspire divers to visit both your local dive sites and book onto trips abroad.

The following Infographic highlights some key statistics from the ScubaEarth community and logged dives. Want to help shape the future of ScubaEarth? Go online (and encourage your customers to do the same) and log your dives today!

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PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 2: Training Dives

In addition to logging recreational dives with ScubaEarth, the PADI App also makes it really easy for student divers to log training dives – and have them verified digitally by their PADI Instructor.

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Logging training dives is an essential part of any PADI course and part of PADI Standards, as it ensures the student diver has a clear record of completing the exercise as well as information about the conditions, equipment, scenario and any comments or feedback regarding the dive itself.

PADI Instructors are encouraged to sit with students to help them log their dives straight after the debrief so that the details are still fresh in mind. Gone are the days of soggy pages and pens that don’t work properly – many students will already be using their mobile devices to tweet, call and message their experience with friends and family, so the tools they’ll need to log their dive are ready and right at their fingertips.

Just like logging a recreational dive, adding training dives is quick and easy for students to do:

How to log student training dives in the PADI App:

  1. From the PADI App homepage, choose Log
  2. Select “+” to create a new dive log
  3. Choose “Training Log” from the options
  4. Select the Training Dive (Open Water Training Dive 1, 2 etc.)
  5. Enter the name of the dive site, and select from the list
  6. Enter the PADI Instructors Member number
  7. Complete the remaining options to describe the dive
  8. Click “Next” and that’s it – the log has been entered
  9. Click “Log” to revisit previously logged dives

Currently, only PADI Open Water Diver training dives are available to log via this process. Other courses will be available in the future – watch the blog for updates!

For the PADI Instructor, it’s also very easy to verify a training record that their student diver has entered:

How to approve your student’s training dives:

1. You will receive an email letting you know you have a new log waiting to be approved

2. Log onto the PADI Pros’ Site > Online Processing Center

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3. Click on the “eTraining Dive Log” button

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4. You will see a list of pending dive logs and can click to approve them, or reject it if something is incorrect

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5. If rejecting a log, you will be able to enter details of why it has been rejected and what the student needs to make the entry accurate. The diver will receive an email with this rejection, and details on how they can resubmit their entry.

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6. This process continues until the log has been approved – after which time it can no longer be edited.

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When student divers purchase and redeem their certification paks, they have access to the eTraining Dive Log in their ScubaEarth account and can also log dives on ScubaEarth via the ScubaEarth App or via a personal computer.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

Win with PADI’s Online Marketing – Driving Customers to Your Business

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With more than 1.3 million monthly page views and nearly 307,000 unique monthly visitors, the revised PADI.com website inspires divers to learn how to scuba dive and continue their underwater journey with PADI Dive Centers and Resorts across the world.

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At PADI.com, visitors conduct more than 129,000 searches for PADI Dive Centers or Resorts each month, connecting local scuba businesses with the needs of potential customers.

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The PADI App

The PADI App places essential diving information in the palms of divers and PADI Pros, featuring sections on travel, training, useful tools, logging dives, social media and much more! Now available in multiple languages, the PADI App has already been downloaded over 550,000 times.

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This one-stop online community connects users with PADI Dive Shops, lets users log dives, share photos and videos, access a digital gear locker, track underwater marine life, access PADI certification history and much more. Register now – it’s free.

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PADI social media channels connect new and existing divers with PADI and their fellow buddies, delivering inspiration on diving and destinations, useful diving knowledge and the latest news and events:

Win With PADI…

PADI is committed to the growth and prosperity of the scuba diving industry. Whether it’s through preserving the ocean we explore or creating innovative ways to teach the sport, PADI’s main focus is its members. PADI develops, maintains and supplies our Untitled-1industry with the most advanced dive training materials found worldwide.

Specifically, the PADI Retail and Resort Association provides its members with techniques and solutions to staying competitive and successful in today’s marketplace. As a member of the PADI Retail and Resort Association you benefit from more than just the prestige of the PADI brand. You also get a comprehensive suite of benefits guaranteed to drive more divers through your doors.

Find out more in the PADI Retailer and Resort Association Benefits Guide – click here to download the guide.

Together We’re #1 In Diving!

PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 1: Recreational Dives

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The PADI App features built-in support for logging recreational dives on ScubaEarth – and it’s really easy to do!

Many divers – students and experienced divers – often don’t realise (or just forget) that they can log their recreational dives in addition to their training dives. Others may choose to log their dives on paper when they return home.

When divers complete recreational dives with you, encourage them to log their dives using the PADI App straight away. Being able to enter their logs right after their dive means their memories will be fresh in mind and you’ll be available to help them fill out details such as dive site names or buddies, ensuring details are as accurate as can be for future reference.

Keeping up to date recreational logs is also important for new divers who might be keen to build up their portfolio of logged dives before undertaking further training or more experienced trips which have minimum requirements.

Plus, by keeping a log of their favourite dives that’s right at their fingertips, they’ll easily be able to read back over previous experiences. And, when they do, they’ll want to come back and do it all over again with you!

How to log recreational dives in the PADI App:

  1. From the PADI App homepage, choose Log
  2. Select “+” to create a new dive log
  3. Enter the name of your dive site, and search
  4. Choose the correct dive site from the list
  5. Enter the details of your dive for your log
  6. Click “Next” and that’s it – your log has been entered
  7. Click “Log” to revisit your previously logged dives

It’s also possible for student divers to log their PADI Open Water Diver training dives using the PADI App and for instructors to verify those dives digitally. Watch this space for Part 2 of this series which will provide information on logging training dives.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

PADI: Not just a diving certification…

In earning their scuba certifications with you, PADI divers have only just scratched the surface of the diving lifestyle. PADI enables millions of divers who share a common passion to come together – it’s all part of the PADI way of life.

PADI connects divers with each other in the world’s largest and most engaged communities – whether it’s the PADI Facebook page with more than a million fans or through ScubaEarth, Twitter, Google+, PADI Diving Society or the Project AWARE Foundation.PADI University Program Channel Islands Shoot March 24-29, 2007

Make sure your business is present and active in these same communities, where new divers are buzzing about the underwater realm every day. By sharing your latest news, and updates to top up customers’ newly discovered interests, they’ll keep coming back to you for trips, equipment sales/rental/servicing and continuing education courses that enable them to further explore and log more diving adventures with you.

Want to know more about how social media and online marketing can help you capture existing and new business? Book onto a 2015 PADI Business Academy today!

ScubaEarth connects 100,000 users across the globe!

ScubaEarth - 100k UsersPADI is pleased to announce that ScubaEarth has hit the exciting milestone of 100,000 users – and within just 2 years since its creation.

As this unique platform for scuba divers continues to reach one milestone after the next, here are 5 reminders of why your dive business needs to log on and be an active part of the growing community:

#1 ScubaEarth just got mobile  Logging your dives on the go just got easier with the launch of the ScubaEarth App for IOS and Android devices. Visit www.scubaearth.com/app to find out more.

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#2 Develop your network – More and more divers are becoming a part of the ScubaEarth community, why miss out on the opportunity to connect with them?

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#3 Show your support for your suppliers – The ScubaEarth gear locker showcases all the brands available at your store, and makes it easier for potential divers to identify what services you can assist them with.

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#4 Weekly Featured Destinations showcase the diving each region has to offer. With over 80 Featured Destinations on ScubaEarth, PADI features one of these each week in order to promote the diving on offer – with posts placed across PADI social media channels. Going out to over a million Facebook fans alone, we direct divers to find a PADI Dive Shop in each of the featured locations.

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#5 Find that Critter – Running a Fish Identification Course and your students need help? Or simply curious about any of the creatures you encountered below the surface? The Critter Finder can help identify and provide information on all kinds of marine life, from the macro life to large pelagics.

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The following Infographic highlights some key statistics from the ScubaEarth community and logged dives. Want to help shape the future of ScubaEarth? Go online (and encourage your customers to join you) and log your dives!

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So, if you’re a new user or if you haven’t logged in for a while, take the time to log onto www.scubaearth.com to view the latest updates and see how tapping into this large diving community can help your business grow. 

Top ScubaEarth users

Escape. Explore. Experience.  The ScubaEarth mantra is really taking hold with PADI divers and professionals around the globe, with more and more ScubaEarth Power Users emerging throughout 2013, ready and willing to share their passion and love of diving with us. Thank you to everyone who we interviewed, as well as the countless PADI Dive Shops and Pros who have logged dives, uploaded media, maintained gear lockers and added new dive sites over the course of the year.  Highlighted below are some of the key ScubaEarth users that made milestones on ScubaEarth in 2013. Continue reading