PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award for the 20th time in 20 Years!

For the 20th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation. The TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Dive Industry’ and each year the highly popular German diving magazine, which focuses on dive travel, equipment and industry news, invites its readers to vote for their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the coveted bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members around the world and the quality training they deliver every day.

This year the awards were presented on 25th January, 2018, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members throughout the globe and thank them for their continued support of, and loyalty to, the PADI organisation. Thank you also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach to the diving community. Together we are the way the world learns to dive.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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1st Quarter 2018 Edition of The Undersea Journal Now Available Via PADI Library App

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Every quarter The Undersea Journal is filled with stories and articles that help you stay informed and inspired as a PADI Professional. In addition to choosing a printed magazine there are several digital reading options for this useful publication:

1. Using the PADI Library App (Apple App Store | Play):

  • From your mobile device, open your Library in your PADI Library App, download and view.
  • On your computer, select Certification Paks from the Log In tab at the top of padi.com. From there you’ll be able to view the magazine in the Online Manuals portal.

2. Via the Zinio app on your computer or mobile device.

3. As a PDF on the PADI Pros’ Site. Log on to the Pros’ Site and click on the References tab. You can download the entire magazine or choose to download it in sections.

Each quarter, the latest edition of the publication will be added to the PADI Library.

If you’re a digital subscriber, you’ll continue to receive an email notification that your publication is available for viewing on Zinio. If you’ve opted for the printed version, it will continue to be delivered to your mailing address.

Five Tips for Managing Your Online Presence

When it comes to consumer decisions online, credibility is everything. Multiple surveys show that most people trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. This makes it more important than ever to manage your online presence and ensure your good reputation stays intact.

Here are five tips to guide you in managing your business’s reputation online.

  1. Create your own positive presence. Customers are going to look you up online, so make sure they find what you want them to know.
  • Promote your business via your website, blog and social media sites, and put effort into creating relevant and informational content about what you offer.
  • Write short bios about yourself, your company story, what your business does, and include great photos or video.
  • Claim free business listings on appropriate online directories and social media networks. There is no cost and you control the company description and general information to present your business in the best light.
  • Pro-actively ask customers for positive reviews. This is an essential part of any online reputation management strategy. Often, people won’t think to post a review, but will be more than happy to when asked. Having positive reviews on your website is a great way to generate quality content.
  • Positive and optimized content can show up higher than the negative comments on search engine results pages. If you have a dominant number of positive reviews, your chances of losing a potential customer from the few critical comments is much less.

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  1. Be active on social media. If you have social media profiles, you need to update content regularly.
  • Because your profiles are a reflection of your business, you want to ensure they are current and energized.
  • Always remember that social media is a public forum. Never post images or comments you don’t want the whole world to see.
  1. Listen to what others are saying. People are going to talk, so you need to stay on top of what is being said about your business.
  • Reviews or comments don’t go away. You need to take control of what is being said, whether it’s good or bad.
  • View your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages and accounts “as public” or “as Page Visitor” so you can see what they look like when someone stumbles upon them.
  • Set up a Google Alert on your business name, or use another online reputation management tool. This allows you to track any mention of your business and see overall reactions to your brand online.
  • Add a feedback form to your website or send customer satisfaction surveys to your customers to hear their thoughts and sentiments directly.
  1. Be proactive, not reactive. Negative comments can be addressed in a way that shows potential customers that you care about your consumers.
  • Some public relations professionals advise not to respond publicly in some cases, because your response has the risk of fueling more negative comments. On the flip-side, there are also strong advocates of replying and using the situation to create a positive outcome. Carefully consider the potential upsides and downsides of responding to a negative post before deciding.
  • Definitely don’t respond if you’re going to be aggressive, and never accuse a reviewer of being fake. Take time to calm down before responding.
  • A good guide is to address concerns in a timely manner and actively try to remedy the situation.

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  1. Respond professionally. Responding to negative comments in a professional and positive manner can actually result in an overall positive experience and outcome.
  • Even if you don’t change the negative reviewer’s perspective, a well-crafted response shows others that you care and you want to create positive experiences.
  • If you do choose to respond to negative or critical comments follow these guidelines:

– Acknowledge the issue or complaint by thanking the person for sharing the concern.

– Empathize with the person and explain that you understand the concern.

– Ask what you can do to fix the problem.

– Explain the steps that your business takes to provide the best customer experience possible.

– Share the steps you are going to take to follow up or look into the matter.

– Offer some incentive for giving your business a second chance.

Businesses are more vulnerable to online attacks on their reputation than ever before. Taking proactive actions to optimize positive reviews and manage negative ones will help you minimize this vulnerability.

For more information about best business practices, marketing and customer service, plan to attend a 2018 PADI Business Academy in your area.

Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Course Dates 2018

efr_header_2017We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer course schedule for 2018 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.

Bristol, UK 20 February 2018 Language: English
Barcelona, Spain 26 February 2018 Language: Spanish
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 10 March 2018 Language: Arabic
Simon’s Town (Cape Town), South Africa 17 March 2018 Language: English
Peniche, Portugal 28 March 2018 Language: Portuguese
Athens, Greece 01 April 2018 Language: English
Sliema, Malta 17 April 2018 Language: English
Warsaw, Poland 24 April 2018 Language: Polish
Oslo, Norway 06 May 2018 Language: Norwegian
Stockholm, Sweden 13 May 2018 Language: Scandinavian
Lanzarote, Spain 30 May 2018 Language: Spanish
Santa Margherita, Italy 17 June 2018 Language: Italian
Copenhagen, Denmark 17 June 2018 Language: English
Limassol, Cyprus 24 June 2018 Language: English
Eindhoven, Netherlands 24 June 2018 Language: English
Bristol, UK 10 September 2018 Language: English
Male, Maldives 22 September 2018 Language: English
St Raphael, France 29 September 2018 Language: French
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 13 October 2018 Language: Arabic
Dubai, UAE 25 October 2018 Language: English
Aguilas, Spain 26 October 2018 Language: Spanish
Lecco, Italy 03 November 2018 Language: Italian
Sliema, Malta 10 November 2018 Language: English

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: January to MayJune to December

Help Your Divers Keep Their New Year’s Resolution to Dive More Often

Written by Megan Denny

On average, 80% of people abandon their new year’s resolution by mid-February. But your customers are above-average, right? Help divers achieve their goal to dive more in the new year with these four helpful tips.

Schedule Recurring Activities

Regularly-scheduled activities make it easy for divers to fit scuba into their busy schedules. Whether you have a Saturday morning fun dive, or a club meeting the last Wednesday of every month, make an activity schedule and stick to it.

  • At the end of every class, dive club meeting, etc. talk about upcoming events and encourage divers to take out their phones and add plans to their calendars.
  • Post your events and activities to Facebook or other social media sites.
  • Include a list of upcoming events in your eNewsletter.

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Offer an Incentive

Each month, raffle off an enticing prize and invite customers to earn raffle entries by:

  • Attending dive club meetings
  • Getting airfills
  • Participating in Dive Against Debris® surveys
  • Bringing their gear in for service
  • Taking PADI® courses

Promote your giveaway online and in-store. Put a fishbowl next to your register with a small sign, “enter to win XYZ prize.” Each month, post a picture of the winner on social media and in your eNewsletter with a description of the current prize and how customers can win.

Important – your raffle must include an option for customers to enter the drawing without making a purchase or having an obligation. If a purchase or obligation is required to enter, that can be considered a lottery and is illegal in many areas.

Try a Disincentive

Encourage divers to show their commitment to diving more with a fun or philanthropic disincentive. Ask divers to choose a goal like logging 20 dives before 31 December, or earning their Master Scuba DiverTM rating. Then, help them choose a penalty for not meeting their goal.

Research has shown a disincentive can be more effective than an incentive to help people achieve their goals. The disincentive might be having to wash the dive center van, posting an embarrassing picture to social media, or something philanthropic like making a donation to Project AWARE®.

To keep things light, throw a year-end party for everyone who signed a commitment to dive more in the new year. Invite all participants whether they achieved their goal or not.

Use the Buddy System

Encourage dive buddies to set a team goal such as earning their PADI Rescue Diver certification. Create a #scubagoals social media post and ask your followers to share their goal and tag a buddy to help them achieve it. You can find a variety of images on the PADI Pros’ Site under Toolbox, Image/Video. Quickly and easily add your logo and custom text with Canva (a free online program)  See examples below:

Use the ideas above to help your customers feel a sense of accomplishment in the new year, while having fun and supporting their local dive shop.

Training Bulletin Live – Webinar Schedule 1Q2018

Please find below the dates for the next round of Training Bulletin Live Webinars:

As always, we will be discussing the latest standards changes, providing background information on the updates and insight into how these can be integrated into your training. We will also be reviewing new products and providing business and marketing advice.

1st Quarter:

31/01/18 English

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8754702286923338498

01/02/18 Italian

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3091986512778214915

05/02/18 French

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5779875727783624451

06/02/18 Arabic

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8622586075584538883

07/02/18 Spanish

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5977031356740173825

08/02/18 Polish

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4266833378754580739

12/02/18 Scandinavian

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5609960499362035715

13/02/18 Portuguese

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6581441694664924163

14/02/18 Russian

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4821361073107155971

15/02/18 German

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8821365683258582531

19/02/18 Dutch

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1244175858440285187

 

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email training.emea@padi.com. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

Maximise Profitability with a PRO Night

Birgitta Mueck

In terms of advertising and selling PADI courses, your dive operation should be split into 3 divisions – acquisition, continued education and going pro. In this article we’ll focus on your dive operation’s pro development by sharing proven tactics that will help you successfully host a Pro Night and increase revenue through pro conversion.

First, decide on an event date with your PADI Regional Manager. This should be done well in advance of your proposed date to get maximum exposure and increase the chances of pro conversion. Check sporting calendars and school/college holidays to avoid social clashes in the diary.

4-6 Weeks Prior

Make the Announcement. Be loud and proud as you spread the word of your Pro Night across your newsletter, social media and blog.  Visit the PADI Pros’ Site for free graphics, an email template, a poster for your classroom, and customizable Pro Night invitations. Ask divers to RSVP via email. As part of the RSVP process, ask about their diving certifications and experience so you have an idea of the size and nature of your audience.

Speakers. Identify two, preferably three, members of your staff to speak at the Pro Night. Additional speakers from varying ages and backgrounds will resonate more with your audience. Video testimonials from your past divers who went pro are a powerful tool. Source “selfie videos” from your divers in exciting places to create the most impact

2-3 Weeks Prior

Start promoting your event in your scuba classes. Include flyers in crew-paks and shopping bags and continue posting reminders on your social media channels to keep the conversation alive.

Collect or buy raffle prizes. These could be gift cards, air fill vouchers, hats, t-shirts, or scuba accessories. Ask your PADI Regional Training Consultant for any donations, Go PRO DVD’s or other Pro Night-related material.

Create a slideshow to play in the background on the day of the event. The slideshow can include staff photos, images from dive trips, and slides promoting upcoming dive travel opportunities.

Run a pre-mortem with key staff. Imagine worst-case scenarios (a presenter is sick, it snows, there aren’t enough snacks or chairs, etc.) and identify how you’ll prevent and handle these problems.

Create your Pro Night specials:

  • Tiered training packages (basic package, mid-range and platinum) are the ideal way to go as most consumers will choose the middle way. You can create bundles of just classes taking divers to Pro level, or packages that include gear as well. Make sure your staff fully understand these packages and any finance options that may be available.
  • If you have an active travel program, have information available on your upcoming trips. Some attendees may want to complete their training in warm-water destinations.
  • Include a calendar, as a slide in your presentation and/or as a handout, showing your class schedule for the year. Help students see the path to Divemaster, Instructor, Master Scuba Diver, etc.
  • Require instructors to create a target list of at least five students who “have what it takes.” Compare the lists to cross reference and confirm the targeted students, then have instructors phone or email students a personal invite.

1 Week Prior

Send out a Pro Night email reminder, and tease your one-night only specials. Have instructors make follow up calls to students who expressed interest but haven’t RSVP’d.

Prepare your presentation. Ask your presenters if they have any photos or videos they’d like to share and put together a list of interview questions for your Pros in the spotlight.

Example questions:

  • What do you love about being a PADI Divemaster/Instructor?
  • When did you know you wanted to go pro?
  • What’s a common misconception people have about working as a Divemaster/ Instructor?

The Day Before

Post your specials to social media and emphasize they are one-night-only, no exceptions.

At The Event

Prepare a sign-in sheet to capture diver names, highest level and contact info (phone/email).

Plan for 30 minutes of mingle time/happy hour before the presentation. Play a slideshow/video playlist showcasing your travel adventures and smiling staff having fun with students. During mingle-time, invite divers to ‘Like’ your Facebook page (or check in on Facebook if they’ve already Liked your page) to earn extra raffle entries.

Limit your presentation to one hour to maintain energy levels. Engage your attendees with direct questions (e.g. How many Advanced Open Water Divers in the room?) and keep the excitement up with a raffling prize drawing between presenters.

After the presentation is over, allow time for divers and staff to socialize. This interaction is a powerful sales tool. Finalize as many sales as possible. Capitalize on the excitement of the presentation to sell training, trips and equipment.

After The Event

Meet with your staff to designate a follow-up plan for each attendee – and then follow-up! Evaluate the event and take notes about what worked well and what could be improved for future events.

Conclusion/Top Tips

This article is designed as a checklist to help you build a successful Pro Night. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, the most important tips are:

  1. Promote your event early and often.
  2. Require instructors to extend personal invitations to select students. Don’t count on email and social media to bring in a crowd.
  3. Create three tiers of specials and don’t compromise on the one-night-only deadline.

Additional tips and marketing resources are available on the PADI Pros’ Site.

Introducing the All-New PADI Travel™

The ultimate travel partner to support and grow your dive business. 

The PADI® organization is committed to growing the scuba and freediving market, both by attracting new people to the sport and by motivating existing divers to dive more often. As you well know, travel has always been intrinsically linked to diving.  PADI now introduces the all-new global PADI Travel™ to further grow and support your business.

The all-new global PADI Travel features an online travel platform and full-service team dedicated to providing top-notch travel services – inspiring divers to explore more of the underwater world and take care of our oceans.

There are many ways that PADI Members can benefit from PADI Travel, including:

  • Liveaboards and PADI Resorts can tap into new customer sources, increase bookings and reduce administration.
  • PADI Dive Centers can get assistance organizing and marketing group trips, earn travel agent commissions on trips booked for their customers with PADI Travel or earn affiliate commissions for divers referred to PADI Travel. Dive centers can look forward to direct online bookings for day trips and PADI courses in the future.
  • PADI Professionals can earn valuable incentives for divers referred to PADI Travel.

With each PADI Member’s unique business model in mind, PADI Travel is available to augment, support or enhance a PADI Dive Center’s current travel program. Catering to groups and individual travelers alike, PADI Travel combines the best of online booking with concierge-level travel consultancy, offering:

  • The highest customer satisfaction with expert customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • One of the largest online selections of liveaboards and dive destinations in the market.
  • Dedicated dive travel experts with in-depth dive knowledge and experience to provide personalized advice; the team averages 2,500 dives per customer service representative, with dive experience spanning a total of 80 countries around the world.
  • Eco-friendly trip options to help people dive with a purpose.

PADI Travel launches as a leading online travel provider for divers, offering a user-friendly experience to research, compare and book dive vacations anywhere in the world. In today’s digital world, travelers have high expectations with respect to their ability to find information and book online.  PADI Travel is designed to energize and grow the overall diving community. It offers hundreds of dive destinations around the world, and will continue to expand even further with more dive resort offerings.

Explore travel.padi.com to discover all that PADI Travel offers to the dive community.

To learn more about joining the PADI Travel affiliate program, visit travel.padi.com/affiliates.

If you’re interested in listing your dive resort on PADI Travel, please contact sales.travel@padi.com.

To get support in organizing group trips contact travel@padi.com.

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Bioluminescence at Gili Lankanfushi

The sea never sleeps. Even at night it is bursting with a wonder that seems almost magical – flashes seeming to appear out of nowhere when the ocean is otherwise shrouded in darkness

When the lights go out nature doesn’t stop communicating. Similar to our adaptations to cope with the dark, by making light, many organisms have developed the ability to produce light. This is called bioluminescence and is created by a chemical reaction within the organism. It is not the same as fluorescence which results from the organism absorbing light at one wavelength and then re-emitting it at another wavelength. Bioluminescence is therefore an active form of communication, whereas fluorescence is passive communication. Whilst visual light is required to observe fluorescence, bioluminescence can be witnessed in pitch black environments. It is generally blue/green in color and this is due to the shorter blue/green light waves travelling further under water.

Bioluminescence can be found throughout the ocean
It can be found in many different groups such as jellyfish, sharks, fish, algae and worms to name a few. In each group the chemical reaction that produces the light varies, which is evidence that bioluminescence has evolved multiple times. Generally, bioluminescent animals contain the chemicals required to produce light, but occasionally an animal can take in bacteria or a different bioluminescent organism that has the ability to produce bioluminescence. For example, the Hawaiian bobtail squid takes in bioluminescent bacteria which are stored in a special light organ and at night they then work together to produce light. This light acts as a cloaking device preventing the squid from casting a shadow and hence camouflaging the squid from predators.

For light to be produced organisms must contain the molecule luciferin which when combined with oxygen produces light. Different organisms will contain different types of luciferin. Some organisms can contain a catalyst called luciferase which can speed up the chemical reaction. Additionally, luciferin and oxygen can be bundled together to make a photoprotein which can be activated instantaneously when a certain ion becomes present. The intensity and colour displayed can also vary and this is very important for communication.

 
Bioluminescent animals can be found on land and in the water column, from the surface to the deepest part of the ocean at challenger deep (10,994m), and in coastal and oceanic environments. In coastal environments around 2.5% of organisms are bioluminescent whereas in pelagic environments the number is significantly higher. Studies estimate that around 70% of fish and 97% of cnidarians (jellyfish, corals, anemones and hydroids) are bioluminescent. Due to the vastness of this form of communication it could be said that bioluminescence may be the most abundant form of communication on earth. Humans see only a small portion of bioluminescence – we generally observe bioluminescence resulting from physical turbulences of the surface water due to waves or boat hulls. The aggravation of the water triggers a bioluminescent response in surface dwelling bioluminescent organisms. One of the most common bioluminescent displays observed by humans is from planktonic surface dwellers. When blooming they form a dense surface layer, which by daylight is reddish-brown in colour but at night transforms into a light display. We can see bioluminescence at Gili Lankanfushi – turn your torch off on a night snorkel and wave your hands around to disturb the water. Bioluminescence is unpredictable but the best times to observe it are when the moon is waning. 
 
Animals can light up for a variety of reasons:
to defend themselves, to procure mates and to camouflage or hunt. The dark is an unforgiving place and finding food can be life or death. Some animals concentrate their bioluminescence in a lure and dangle it around their mouths. The deep-sea angler fish has this adaptation – its lure is lit by bioluminescent bacteria. Prey are attracted to the light and can be engulfed before they realise it. The Stauroteuthis octopus which lives below 700m has replaced some of its suckers with bioluminescent cells that direct their planktonic prey into their mouth. The production of light by the cookie-cutter shark tricks whales and squid into venturing closer and once close enough the shark takes a bite out of the animal before it escapes.

Long wavelengths like red light are absorbed quickly in the surface waters and it is due to this that many deep sea animals are red – they become invisible. Additionally many organisms have lost the ability to see red light. However, the dragonfish has evolved to emit and see red light. This allows it to see red coloured prey and also they can light up the surrounding water to hunt or look for a mate.

 
Finding a mate in the dark can be a major hardship.
Flashing bioluminescent displays can be used as a signal between males and females of the same species to signify the desire to reproduce. For example, a type of male Caribbean crustacean (ostracod) lights up its upper lips to attract females. 
 
Even though bioluminescence lights up the darkness it can be used for protection and camouflage. Many animals will produce a strong flash of light to confuse predators and swim off whilst the predator is blinded. Some squid can produce bioluminescent ink – upon ejection it can stick to the predator and light it up. This can lead to the predator becoming a meal for something even larger. If a predator manages to take a bite out of a bioluminescent organism the stomach of that predator will glow making it an easy target and giving the prey time to escape
Bioluminescence can also be used for counter illumination. This is where the animal can manipulate light to prevent itself producing a shadow and making it almost invisible. They can use bioluminescence to match the light coming from the surface. This makes it almost impossible for predators below to see their prey. The lantern shark is an example of this – it can make itself look invisible by producing blue/green light to blend in with the background.
It’s surprising how any organisms create light, even in an aquarium you may notice it.
Next time you are at Gili Lankanfushi try and see the bioluminescence yourself. You never know when the next flash of light will catch you by surprise!

PADI’s guest blogger Emma Bell introduces herself:

I am a marine biologist and scuba diver from England. I have had the privilege of working in Greece, Seychelles and Maldives. I have worked in an aquaculture research centre where I focused on hormonal manipulation of a pelagic fish species. In addition, I have experience with coral restoration projects including frames and ropes; habitat restoration – crown of thorns, drupella and invasive plant species removal; educational activities and social media updates including blogs. I have also monitored population dynamics of bird, turtle, shark and cetacean species to aid in their conservation. I started my career working in the Maldives and I have done a round trip via Greece, England and Seychelles, I hope to increase my skills set and knowledge further whilst I am at Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives.

Workshop PADI/SUEX in partnership with DAN Research.

1° Training Workshop PADI/SUEX in partnership with DAN Research. by Fabio Figurella – Regional Manager and PADI Examiner.

The first PADI/SUEX Workshop was held in Santa Margherita Ligure on October 21-23 in collaboration with the DAN Research Team. The goal of the workshop was to train 12 Instructors selected by the PADI Course Directors and the Keys Men SUEX and to launch a new Distinctive Specialty: PADI SUEX ADV Diver which aims to create the basis for advanced training on the use of the DPV and in particular on the use of the SUEX DPV.

The course was realized in partnership with the DAN Research Team led by Massimo Pieri, European Research Area Supervisor of DAN Europe, which launched a specific study on the use of underwater vehicles in recreational and/or technical diving, testing for the first time the scientific research protocol during the workshop training dives.

SUEX S.r.l. Training Team was composed by Ivo Calabrese – SUEX Director of Marketing and Communications and SUEX Trainers: Marco Colman and Clemens Schutzenhofer. The heads of the company Alessandro Fenu and Marco Segatto participated actively in the meeting. The workshop program was very intense. The instructors took part to several sessions in the classroom, a technical workshop on DPV, 4 training dives, 2 of which dedicated to the scientific protocol by DAN Research Team.

The training dives were performed with the support of the Diving Center “Portofino Diving Group”  PADI 5 Stars IDC in Santa Margherita Ligure who sponsored the event.

The two final dives were made within the Portofino MPA authorization by the Director Giorgio Fanciulli, who authorized the activities as a means of “collecting medical scientific data aimed at learning good practices to increase scuba diving safety”.

PADI, SUEX, and DAN Research are committed to delivering a final report to the MPA on training standards, on the sound impact of DPVs, and on the results from the first medical-scientific data collection, in order to evaluate the possibility of promoting the use of DPVs in MPA to increase scuba diving safety.

The goal that, as PADI, we have been planning with SUEX for months, is an operational synergy between teaching, diving equipment production companies, and research institutions such as DAN Research, to implement high quality training, On one hand, it aims to create instruments of continuous education, and supervised experience, taking into account also good practices of proper use of the equipment itself. Additionally, it aims to increase diving safety and apply these experiences to preserve the environment in which we dive. I thank SUEX for giving us this opportunity, I thank DAN Research, who is always ready to support initiatives aimed at increasing safety practices in diving, I thank the MPA for authorizing the initiative, I thank the “Portofino Diving Group” for the support and the logistics, but above all I thank the 12 instructors who were the buddies of this exceptional training experience.

“This initiative marks a turning point in the field of diving as it brings together three fundamental aspects related to our much-loved Sport: Training, Science and Technology. It is the beginning of a journey together that will lead us to explore new boundaries in terms of safety, training and technological development.  My heartfelt thanks goes to PADI and DAN on behalf of the whole Suex Team for making the start of this new way of diving possible. “ This is the comment of Alessandro Fenu – SUEX executive.

“Putting together PADI, represented by Fabio Figurella, DAN, which does not need presentations, and SUEX, has created a synergy that I personally had hoped for some time. Going underwater with the maximum safety possible, with the right method and with the right equipment has always been my dream. As a designer this is one of the greatest satisfactions for me. The event of Santa Margherita has concentrated so much preparation and professionalism and thanks to the collaboration of many people, has obtained very important results. We are at a turning point, a new way of conceiving diving. Safety first of all, we must never forget that we go underwater mainly for fun and for this purpose we must never expose ourselves to potential dangers. Excellent technology and first-class training make this possible today. I thank all the participants and the organizers who have made this wonderful first occasion possible. What a wonderful opportunity. A new era has now begun”. Commented Marco Segatto SUEX technical manager.

Great professionalism on the part of the SUEX training team: “After many years of field work in the diving world both as a trainer and as a diver, I believe that this initiative born from a dream shared with Fabio Figurella, has become a reality. During the high-level training days, as a result of the preparation of the candidates, several times as trainers we had to “raise the bar” to cover the educational situations that were gradually being created … I think this is the beginning of a new way of conceiving diving, aimed at the development and the creation of high security systems. It will now be possible to continue on this new roadmap where the novelties for both the educational and explorative world will be many and will spread worldwide. I wish it thank all the participants and the complete availability of PADI-SUEX and DAN. Without them all this would have remained only a dream. I’m honored to be part of this project that certainly is good for SCUBA diving “. Ivo Calabrese – Director of Marketing and Communications at SUEX.

“The SUEX adventure has begun almost twenty years ago. Initially as a personal challenge, which then turned into a big commitment both in work and in responsibility. The main task is to provide the diving equipment with suitable means to make it easier, fun and above all safe for men to move around in an environment that is certainly not natural for him. These have been four days of intense training, in which the excellent level of all participants certainly contributed to the success of the event. Honestly this is just the beginning, we must continue on this path to offer the highest level of teaching”. Continues Marco Colman Team SUEX Trainer.

And below, in alphabetical order, are the participants to the workshop who became Instructors of the specialty PADI SUEX ADV Diver:

STEFANO BUSCA – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “Extraordinary event, during which training, research and mutual exchange of common experiences were perfectly integrated. Teaching was supported by the presence of teachers with a wide range of diving experience in extreme environments which made our training precious!”


ALESSANDRO DI MASE – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “A great training experience with a group of professionals of the highest level, masterfully organized and conducted. Suex vehicles are products that combine absolute quality with simplicity and clean design. Thanks to Fabio, Ivo, and Marco, to PADI, SUEX and DAN for the opportunity “.


PAOLO MICARELLI – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “Every new training opportunity is fundamental. Doing so thanks to the collaboration of PADI, SUEX and DAN has given us the opportunity to live a wonderful experience from a human, technical and scientific point of view. I had fun, I learned and I hopefully I improved. Unique experience that I would repeat tomorrow “.


FILIPPO MOLINA – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “High level training that has enriched my skills. A combination of PADI, Suex, DAN and Course Director that guarantees quality and development in the territory. But since diving is mostly fun, what better way to have fun than with a Suex DPV !? Proud to be able to offer PADI/ Suex training! “.

FABIO PORTELLA – PADI Trimix Instructor. “PADI-SUEX-DAN: excellence and quality! The right way to interpret a modern, comfortable and safe Diving “.

 

RAUL PUZZI VAN WEEZENBEEK – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “I really enjoyed the course, especially the part on the functioning of the DPV SUEX. We could improve our skills through video support. I’m interested in continuing my DPV SUEX training. “


EDOARDO SBARAINI – PADI Trimix Instructor. “A very interesting and formative experience. The PADI/Suex/DAN team is very well prepared and available to satisfy any technical or non-technical curiosity. The course is well structured and provides basic training in using the machine in line with the procedures and standards of modern technical diving “.


RICCARDO TOGNINI – PADI Course Director – Trimix Trainer. “I attended the DPV Padi Suex course from 21 to 23 October. I was very happy, we were followed by a valid Trainer, Marco Colman and excellent collaborators, both theoretically and practically. A stimulating course, intense and very exciting, I’m glad that there will be a following one. So I am grateful to those who made this course possible; Padi, Suex, Dan “.

MATTEO VARENNA – PADI Tec Deep Instructor. “A wonderful experience and an important first step towards teaching with a higher added value. Of course it is not enough to change prerequisites and evaluation criteria, first of all a change of vision by the current base of instructors and above all course managers. There is really a need to develop an ethics of professionalism in one’s training, before offering training to students. And this is not taught in the courses “.

MARIO VECCHIONI – PADI Course Director – Tec Deep Trainer. “The PADI SUEX DAN event was a weekend with colleagues and friends, in a top level technical and human environment, discussing wonderful tools, explorations and business opportunities, having fun and reinforcing mutual friendship and respect. Surely one of the most successful events of the three partners and one of the greatest achievements of PADI R.M. Fabio Figurella “.


LUCA ZANZOTTO – PADI Tec Deep Instructor. “I really enjoyed being able to compare myself with high-level figures from the national scene and the professionalism/ organization shown in creating and developing this project. Proud to be part of it “.

To conclude, this was a truly exciting experience, which marks, as we read in the various comments, a first step towards a safer, more sustainable way of diving, but above all an increase in the quality of training, to satisfy market demands in terms of excellence in training.  As PADI we do not think that this is a point of arrival, but simply a starting point from which to start a new path creating a new ethics of trainers, who must take into account that to be top-level trainers you must make a lot of experience and a lot of top-level training. This is the only way to really be a reference point and a “role model” for our students.

So thank you all for the work done to date and for contributing to the growth of diving in general.