Would you like Nitrox with that?

 

With so many dive companies offering PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx), it would be a disservice to our customers if we didn’t promote the opportunity to learn to dive with it, as well as educate students about the amazing benefits that it has to offer.  Who would not, within the recreational limits, like to spend a little bit longer below the surface

As PADI Professionals, we know how amazing it is to dive with nitrox, but how do we inform the customers of the benefits when they walk in the door of your dive centre?  The customer may have walked in wanting to just ‘learn to dive’ and here we are asking for some more money to dive with something called nitrox.

So how can we educate divers about the benefits of diving with nitrox?

  • Natural Promotion.

One of the first things to do is have all your staff diving on nitrox, whenever possible. Natural curiosity from the students during a course will see them asking the Divemasters or Instructors “what is nitrox?”

  • Explaining the worth of the extra money.

If you are also in a position to offer nitrox to your students then be sure to explain why the extra cost is more than paid for by the extra time underwater. Divers without the PADI Enrich Air Diver certification will soon be queuing up to join a course.  If you offer dive packages then why not look at the costs versus the benefits of offering “free” nitrox or “nitrox included” to your divers?

  • Increased no stop time.

Use an example to show students the value of using PADI EANx on a popular dive site. For example, by using a dive computer in planning mode you can amaze the students by showing them how long they could extend their dive for:

  • Using air at 21m the no stop time is 37 minutes
  • Using 40% EANx (the maximum for an Enriched Air Diver) at 21m the no stop time is 89 minutes!

In this case, 89 minutes shows the diver the extent of how much more time they can enjoy underwater, all for just a small extra cost. To engage and involve your students, have them work out the cost per minute of their time underwater and they’ll soon be convinced that nitrox is by far the better option. If you are able to do either one or both of these suggestions, the course will promote itself.

  • Integrating the course.

So you have your student’s attention, now how do you integrate PADI EANx with the course they have originally signed up for? As we all know, the PADI EANx course can be completed without the dives, but it is pretty cool for a PADI Open Water Diver to actually dive with nitrox as the Enriched Air Adventure Dive can’t be simulated. The PADI EANx course can also easily be run alongside other Specialty Diver Courses, but some, such as Deep Diver and Wreck Diver, can really showcase the benefits of increased no stop time.

You are able to see details on how to link courses in the Instructor manual under ‘Linking Courses’. PADI EANx is the most flexible course we have in this respect and can easily be linked with Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver as well as other specialties.

  • Approaching your customers.

Lastly, you should consider the way you promote the PADI EANx course. When you approach your students, ensure that the focus is not on the additional cost. Asking “would you like nitrox with that?” is you, as an experienced PADI professional, offering the right course to the student so that they can get the most out of their dive. Hopefully from this incredible experience they will then decide to join the scuba diving world.

Davy Jones Diving in Gran Canaria won the PADI AWARD

DAVY JONES DIVING in Gran Canaria won the PADI AWARD for outstanding achievement in PADI Diver Training.

“Davy Jones Diving have made an immense contribution to the training of divers in the Canary Islands since moving to their new  spacious dive centre in Arinaga in 2014”, said Sascha Engeler – Regional Manager for PADI EMEA. “Feedback from customers tells us that their students are  trained to high levels of safety and confidence and really enjoy their courses with Davy Jones Diving. It is a very professional PADI Five Star rated Dive Centre, and has a mature, experienced  team of instructors. They cover a range of  languages and have several who have gained PADI  Elite Instructor status.”

Brian Goldthorpe, Owner and Chief Instructor of Davy Jones Diving  said “I am delighted that the hard work of my instructors has been  recognised with this award.  We have one of the most amazing  dive sites in the Canary Islands (the el Cabrón  Marine Reserve) right next to us, and this has different dive areas  which are perfect for different courses.  Our combination of a strong team of instructors, great dive locations and great space and facilities  at our dive centre in Arinaga have helped us  to achieve this prestigious  award.”

In the name of PADI EMEA, we would like to thank you and the whole team of Davy Jones Diving for your hard work, your passion and your dedication. Keep up the great work!

 

Professional PADI Clothing

When conducting a Professional Level PADI Course it is paramount to include as much information as possible.  It is also a nice addition to be able to present your candidates with a congratulatory gift once they have completed their course.

We can all remember how proud we were when we became a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor and to wear this as a badge of honour feels great!

You can give your Divemaster and Instructor Candidates this opportunity by packaging a piece of clothing together with their course.

Or perhaps you would like to have these for yourself or your team to easily differentiate from students when at dive sites or the pool.  Also giving you and your team the chance to wear that badge again!

The PADI Instructor Hoodies come in Small, Medium and Large.  They are cosy and warm, perfect to throw on after a dive!

The Women’s PADI Divemaster T-Shirts come in S, M, L, XL and XXL.  There are also a very limited number of Men’s XL PADI Divemaster T-Shirts.

These are all only available while stocks last, so don’t waste time and get your orders in soon!

If you would like to place an order you can find them on the Online Shop, or send your order through to Emma Hewitt – emma.hewitt@padi.com, Matt Clements – matt.clements@padi.com, Emily Petley-Jones – emily.petley-jones@padi.com or Jason Socket – jason.sockett@padi.com

Welcome to our new 2018 PADI EMEA Course Directors

In July, the second 2018 International Course Director Training Course (CDTC) took place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

During nine intensive days, working with PADI staff from Regional Headquarters, the selected Course Director candidates learn to market and teach PADI’s Instructor level training courses. Upon successful completion, candidates were awarded the esteemed rating of PADI Course Director.

We now welcome our newest PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Course Directors and wish them much success with their Instructor Development businesses in 2018.

RYAN BURCHELL SOUTH AFRICA
DAVID KENDRICK-WHITE UNITED KINGDOM
SHAM’AA HAMEED REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES
JASON LINBOURNE UNITED KINGDOM
IAN CRADOCK UNITED KINGDOM
AIKATERINI KANELLOPOULOU GREECE
MATTHEW CLEMENTS UNITED KINGDOM
ANDREAS BRUSTMANN AUSTRIA
MARCUS KITCHING-HOWE UNITED KINGDOM
PAMELA HOLT UNITED KINGDOM
JARI FORSMAN MOZAMBIQUE

To learn more about the Course Director Training Course or to apply for selection onto the programme click here

 

PADI Women’s Dive Day – An Interview with PADI CD Marlies Lang

When did you fall in love with the ocean?

I did my open water course in the middle of winter in New Zealand and confined training was done in a swimming pool – the first open water dive literally blew my mind – the colours of the marine world were amazing and the topography stunning – I felt like discovering a whole new world…

 

How did you start diving?

I joined a PADI Open Water Course in 1995 in the middle of winter in New Zealand. I still remember loving the feeling of being weightless under water – it changed my life for the better.

When did you become a PADI instructor?

After working as a Divemaster for a while I felt it was time to better myself and become a PADI instructor – little did I know then how much I would enjoy teaching people how to dive – a hobby turned into a passion!

Why did you become a PADI Course Director?

Working as a PADI instructor and Staff instructor for 8 years I wanted to take another step up and trained to be a PADI Course Director. I know for sure that I have the best job in the world not only being able to introduce people to the wonders of the underwater world but also train dive professionals and prepare them to become an instructor themselves to LIVE THE DREAM AND TRAVEL THE WORLD!

What would you tell our readers especially women who are interested in diving?

Come and try diving today!! You will not be disappointed of what the silent world has to offer – the PADIs woman’s dive day is the perfect opportunity to finally make it happen!  Come and dive with us at Sea Dancer Dive centre here in Dahab!

Why did you chose to work in Egypt as a PADI professional?

I fell in love with Egypt 16 years ago – the people – the culture – the nature – and specially of course the magic that happens under water! Here in Dahab the wonderful coral reefs are only footsteps away from the shore and with dive sites like the Famous Blue Hole and The Canyon one of the top diving destinations in the world. Come and see it for yourself – and all you woman out there that are curious but not sure – try diving on PADI’s woman’s dive day!!

See you under water

Marlies Lang

PADI Course Director

PADI Women’s Dive Day – An Interview with PADI CD Anna Schmitt

In celebration of PADI Women’s dive day, here is an interview with PADI Course Director Anna Schmitt.

Even though Anna hasn’t been the longest serving PADI course director, but Anna managed to establish her name very quickly as a PADI Course Director in Egypt in few years. Anna has been a PADI member for 8 years and a PADI Course Director for 3 years, which proves that working hard pays off.

 

When did you fall in love with the ocean?

 

Falling in love with the ocean is not a one off, it is forever.

I still do, every single time with the eyes of new students experiencing these moments of falling in love with the undersea world. It gives me huge satisfaction witnessing again and again the beginnings of their love stories with the ocean.

How did you start diving?

 

Life is so unpredictable: we can plan and schedule day after day, weeks, months, years, vacations, what and when we want to buy and what to achieve in life; but often it is not enough.

One small decision or event can create a big change in our life. For almost 6 years after school, I was studying in Airspace University, became an engineer and was successfully working in it for 3 years. I have to say I really loved my job.

Diving? Never even thought about it. How? My eyes were always looking in the sky, all goals and plans were there.  However, there is always a but in the story…

Vacation, Egypt, Red Sea – the best combination for a new experience, which ultimately changed my life.

From the first moment breathing under the water, I knew that this would be a life changing experience, a new me was born. I found the easiest way to experience another world without leaving our planet. While looking in the sky, I found all I was dreaming of beneath the waves.

When I started the OWD course, I knew that I would go further and 6 months later, I became a Divemaster, taking the first step in my professional career.

 

 

When did you become a PADI instructor?

After becoming a Divemaster I had one year of intense work in the diving center: guiding, assisting courses, sharing my experiences and enhancing my skills every day. The milestone of becoming a PADI Instructor was accomplished in 2011. It was a big and necessary step, which gave me many more opportunities. 3 months later, I was ready to take the next challenge.

Why did you become a PADI Course Director?

Why – that is a good question. We should always move forward and challenge ourselves to widen our horizons. First, I believe we learn the most going through them, with every lesson we take with an open mind we become a better version of ourselves. We evolve and it gives us a greater chance to make a better tomorrow.

 

Being a PADI Course Director in Egypt allows me to influence the international diving community, building up the demand for quality Instructor training, raising environmental awareness and so much more.

 

What would you tell our readers especially women who are interested in diving?

No matter when and where we start, we can always transform our dreams to goals and to achieve them once they are set. All we need is to do our best, every single day. Sometimes we feel that steps to our goals are too slow or too small, but they are always forward, that is what matters.

The first step is the hardest part. Do not be shy or afraid that you are too old, too young, can’t swim, never snorkelled – we have only one life, never give up on your dreams, it is always worth it to try. I truly believe each woman was made for diving; each woman can be an amazing diver and inspiring educator. We all have this love of nature which lives inside us, and that’s what the ocean needs… Oceans need women to take care of them.

 

Why did you chose to work in Egypt as a PADI professional?

Work, not exactly the word I would use. Diving is first my passion, my living style, my motivation, my inspiration. I was born here as a diver in the beautiful Red Sea. It is unspeakably beautiful which can teach me so much with every single dive. It is the best place to welcome new encounters in my life. Great weather conditions, warm waters and perfect geographical location – these are just additional benefits.

PADI Women’s Dive Day – An Interview with PADI CD Nancy Abd El Wahab

In celebration of PADI Women’s dive day, here is an interview with PADI Course Director Mancy Abd El Wahab, who has been a PADI member since 1994 and a PADI Course Director since 2002.

 

When did you fall in love with the ocean?

As long as I can remember! I always loved the water and spent the summers around lakes and the North Sea coast in Germany. Of course watching documentaries about the ocean, such as ones from Hans Hass, made me curios about the ocean and everything in it. However, what made me really fall in love with the ocean was the first time I went snorkelling as a child in the Mediterranean Sea in Spain. The amazing blue colours of the ocean and being able to see what’s below – that was an unbelievable experience and also where my “love story” with the ocean began.

How did you start diving?

When I was a teenager I was a competitive swimmer and water always felt like a place I wanted to be. Due to my fascination with the underwater world my parents gave me a diving course as a Christmas present at the beginning of the 1990’s. I remember it vividly; it was January and we went to a lake in Germany, the water was 4 degrees cold, there was no visibility and I was wearing a suit that was miles too big for me. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved it and continued learning more about diving until this day.

When did you become a PADI instructor?

I was working as a PADI Divemaster in Dahab in the early 1990’s and gained some experience. After working for one year as a guide it was time to develop and I did my IDC in 1995 in Sharm El Sheikh. It was an intense course and I was very lucky that I had a wonderful and very professional PADI Course Director, who became my mentor for many years after.

Why did you become a PADI Course Director?

Personally, I always like to develop and to learn new things. Working for a long time as an Instructor and living in one of the top spots of the diving industry it was a natural process to continue my education. I was very lucky that I had the chance to work as a Staff Instructor on many IDC’s before I applied for my Course Director Training Course in 2002. Becoming a PADI Course Director was a great dream of mine. It is such a rewarding job teaching people to make a living from diving. It is a high level of training and I love to share the experience I gained over the last 24 years in the diving industry.

 

What would you tell our readers especially women who are interested in diving?

I think nowadays more women are diving and are interested in diving. However, I still see many countries where female divers are an exception because of cultures where it is not common that men and women participate in the same activities. I encourage women from these cultures to look out for professional female Divemasters and Instructors if they are interested in diving. Diving is a fantastic sport where you can meet many different people who have a love for the ocean. But its not only a sport, it’s a life style and divers are very social people. Going on a diving holiday is both seeing amazing things underwater and spending a great time with people who have the same passion. I would suggest for women to find a female mentor – like a Divemaster or Instructor. I taught many women diving and it was great to be their mentor. Many of them became PADI Divemasters or PADI Instructor by themselves and they now carry the passion we share for diving to other women who are just starting to dive.

Why did you choose to work in Egypt as a PADI professional?

The Red Sea is one of the top destinations for diving worldwide. I love the amazing underwater world of the coral reefs of Sinai and the very unique dive sites like Ras Mohamed, the Thistlegorm and the Blue Hole. The weather and water temperature make it possible to dive the whole year around and the mountain range of South Sinai is one of the most beautiful places I ever have seen in my life. I have chosen Egypt as well because of its lovely Egyptian and Bedouin people I work and live with. Especially Dahab is very unique – there is a great community of Egyptians, Bedouins and foreigners that will make you fall in love with this place.

 

The Virtual Red Sea

PADI’s newest app makes diving the Red Sea even easier. And you don’t have to be a diver to do it.

By Tara Bradley Connell

Panorama

Thanks to the recent addition of the PADI® VR Scuba Planner, divers and non-divers alike can experience the underwater realms of the Red Sea. The PADI VR Scuba Planner, developed by I Love the Sea, is the newest addition to  I Love The Sea suite of virtual reality apps, featuring Red Sea experiences such as dive site tours, geo-positioning and route planning.   The real thrills come with the 360-degree views that give users virtual bottom time on some of the Red Sea’s most memorable dive sites, without ever getting wet.

Available on Apple and Android apps, the PADI VR Scuba Planner enables divers to plan 67 immersions in the Red Sea with tips and advice from PADI Pros in the area.  The geo-positioning and mapping feature allows for accurately planned dives accompanied by maps, photos, key information and illustrations to further assist with pre-dive planning. Each  dive site is also  shown in a 360 video, making it possible for each user to enjoy the dive from their mobile device in 360 or, to  maximize the experience,  through VR glasses.

The PADI VR Scuba Planner is available in eight languages and can be found here:

For Apple devices

For Android devices

Quality Management Tips from the Field

Quality Management Tips from the Field

Throughout 2018, we’d like to share tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from PADI Territory Director, Rich Somerset:

“We are blessed with a career that puts us in contact with the ocean – and the ocean demands our respect. Treat her with respect and she will give you a lifetime of adventures, but underestimate her at your peril. Remember: be prudent in your decision making, put your students’ safety above your ego and – if in doubt – stay out.”

The ocean is a truly awe-inspiring environment, and as divers we experience its benefits every time we enter the water. But as Rich says – the ocean also demands our respect.

All dive professionals should know their limits and will endeavour to stay well within them. This means having an even-handed grasp on the abilities of your students too. Use your judgement when assessing factors such as water conditions, ability of participants, your and your assistant’s personal limitations, and ratios etc.

Ask yourself questions such as:

  • “Am I familiar with this dive site?”
  • “Can I expect bad visibility or perhaps strong currents?”
  • “Can I provide adequate assistance to all divers in the group?”

With all things considered, you as the dive professional have the ultimate responsibility for making the final decision as to whether to dive. If something goes wrong, the question likely to be asked is– “Should the divers have been in the water at that time, in that environment, in those conditions, with their experience?” In these instances, you, as the professional, may well be asked to defend your decision to dive.

Rich couldn’t be more right when he says “be prudent in your decision making, put your students’ safety above your ego and – if in doubt – stay out.”

Expand into Instructor Training

Helping new EFR instructor candidates to gain instructor level knowledge and skill and then pass that on through positive coaching to their own students is the role of the EFR Instructor Trainer. As an EFRIT your own skills will also be polished as you role model instructor level teaching. You’ll also consider opportunities outside your normal market as you guide instructors considering work in a wide range of environments.

If you would like to be an EFR Instructor Trainer you will need to:

  • 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

And successfully complete an EFR Instructor Trainer Course. For dates and locations of these courses please click here.