Sharks, Rays and Turtles – Your PADI Speciality with Prodivers Kuredu

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You got to love sharks, rays and turtles! In fact, at Kuredu Prodivers we love our residents so much that we’ve compiled everything we know about them and created two specialty courses that you should put on your must-do list: Maldivian Shark & Ray Distinctive Specialty Course, and Sea Turtle Diver Course. These two courses provide the best way for you to learn more about these incredible animals – and of course see them in their natural environment, at reefs around Kuredu.

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Photo by Stefanie Wagner

During the Maldivian Shark and Ray course you will find out more about the incredible sensory system that sharks and rays possess, learn how to identify the different species, determine their gender and understand the mating behaviour, as well as the need for us to preserve and protect the current populations of sharks and rays. The narrow channels, where the currents flow in and out of the atoll and the deep out reefs around Kuredu are the ideal habitat to get encounters with sharks and rays.

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For those of you prefer the sleepy headed sea turtles, the Sea Turtle Course will surely be of interest to you, especially since Kuredu is home to the largest known population of Green Sea Turtles in the Maldives. With over 63 identified individuals resident around the island, this makes it the perfect place to enrol in the course. It offers the chance to learn more about how turtles have adapted and evolved through their fight for survival, and you will also learn how to identify the different species and to distinguish whether they are male and female, and how they reproduce. Are you familiar with the famous Kuredu Caves, a.k.a. Turtle Airport? The course is also available to snorkelers.

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Photo by Stefanie Wagner

The PADI Maldivian Shark & Ray Distinctive Specialty Course was developed by Prodivers to help increase the awareness about these magnificent creatures. Get in touch with us to find out more about diver qualification requirements for the courses.

Visit www.prodivers.com or drop us an email via info@prodivers.com

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Full throttle diving in the Maldives!

Underwater scooters can easily spice up your diving adventures at Prodivers! The Lhaviyani Atoll is known for its reef channels or the so called kandus where the water flows in and out of the atoll. At these spots we can see huge congregation and a abundant variety of pelagics that rush to these areas to feed. Here you are able to see a lots of marine life such as grey reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons, tunas and barracudas – gathering in large numbers!

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The main advantage of underwater scooters is that they take away the effort of fin kicking to these big fish hot spots, as well as the effort of staying there. In fact, the best big fish action takes place when currents are strong and flowing in the right direction. So with a scooter you are the luckiest diver out there.

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Besides increasing your chances of seeing squadrons of eagle rays and dozens of reef sharks on the channel’s edge, scooter diving is also incredible fun. With a bit of practice you can quickly be ready to fly past the reefs yourself and enjoy seeing these great areas! All of our Instructors are PADI DPV Instructors so you can do your PADI Scooter Specialty at any time you wish with Prodivers!

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It is very common the first thing divers say after ascend from their scooter dive, that this was the best dive of their life. What may sound to you as a slight overstatement is very likely the same reaction you will have after your first scooter dive. Chances are that you will experience an overwhelming feeling of joy and have a huge grin on your face once you tried it the first time! Come and join our scooter dives!

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How to inform PADI about my DAN Europe insurance

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DAN Europe, does offer three plans which include such a coverage:

  • Pro Bronze
  • Pro Silver
  • Pro Gold

All of them cover third party liability and legal defence up to €4,000,000.

Whenever you take out any of these plans, you can take advantage of a useful service:

You can request a notification to be sent to PADI EMEA right after completing your purchase, informing them about the insurance you have just activated.

How to do so? Take a look at the following pages to find it out.

Suppose you are a new DAN user and you go for a Pro Silver.

First off, you start the online process via the DAN Europe website by clicking on “Join / Renew

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After setting up your own DAN account (or logged on to your existing one), you are supposed to choose a plan. Recall you want a Pro Silver, so this is the page you end up on:

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Now, pay attention to the box whose title is “Training agency”.

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If you wish a notification to be sent to PADI EMEA upon completing the purchase process, you need to:

1. Tick the box dan-1

2. Click “Edit Training Agencies” and look for PADI EMEA on the list of organizations.dan-2

3. Type your PADI number in the box on the right. If you haven’t been assigned a PADI number yet, you can select “pending”.dan-3

4. Click on “Save” and this will come out.dan-4

Please note that no notification has been sent yet.

As soon as you complete the process and your payment is confirmed, we will automatically send a message to PADI EMEA stating that you have just purchased a Pro Silver plan.

This will save you time as you will take out your insurance and inform PADI about it in one go.

How to Buy and Sell PADI Touch Products

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The PADI Touch products are a collection of industry-leading digital course materials designed to modernise and enrich the teaching and learning experiences of PADI Professionals and their students. The range includes:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch
  • PADI ReActivate Touch
  • PADI Equipment Specialist Touch
  • …plus additional courses due for release in the future

Available for iOS and Android devices, the benefits range from improved customers’ satisfaction, enriched learning experiences and environmental awareness. In short, it’s the new way the world learns to dive.

Make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running once choosing to Go Digital – download our handy cheat sheet below which features an at-a-glance walkthrough of how you are able to purchase the PADI Touch Products, process the codes and sell these digital materials on to your students.

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Click here to download the guide on how to buy and sell PADI Touch products

To purchase or learn more about the PADI Touch range, contact your PADI Sales Consultant at sales.emea@padi.com or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours. You can also visit the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pro’s Site to place orders 24/7, 365 days a year.

PADI Digital Product Webinar Available to Watch Online

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The recording from our recent webinar, How to Use PADI Digital Products, is now available to watch online and available to anyone who might have missed the live presentation earlier in June or those who simply want to watch it a second time.

The webinar explains:

  • How to use and promote the PADI Digital Product Suite
  • How to purchase and deliver the product to your students
  • How your students can use the materials
  • How you can process the associated PIC certification for the products

Click here to watch the webinar recording now!

If you have questions regarding this webinar please email training.emea@padi.com

Want to Plan a Dive on Your Mobile Device? Well here’s how…

By using PADI’s eRDPml Touch you have the ability to plan a single or multilevel dive through interactive Dive Tables.

Accessible on mobile devices and tablets, the eRDPml makes Dive planning more convenient than ever. Whether you are teaching a course or wanting your students to plan their Dive, this is for YOU!

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Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android based devices

Where to Find: PADI Library App

Internet: Necessary only for downloading to the PADI Library App.

Course – All courses

Components: Electronic, interactive dive planner that includes instructions and practice exercises.

Sold To: PADI Members a la carte and as part of the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Paks – Offline (via PADI Sales Consultants and the Online Shopping Cart). It is also sold to divers a la carte (via padi.com and the PADI App.)

For more information – contact your PADI Sales Department  (Tel +44 (0) 117 300 7234) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

Are you ready to join the digital trend?

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We recently published a list of 5 reasons why you should Go Digital with PADI’s Digital Product offering. With reasons including meeting customers’ expectations, enriched learning and environmental awareness, it’s the new way that the world learns the dive.

But don’t just take our word for it – many PADI Dive Centers around the world are already making the switch to be 100% digital, such as Hamish Taggart, Managing Director of Ocean Paradise, a company that operates three PADI Dive Centers in the Maldives:

“The release of both PADI Open Water e-Manuals and Touch packages has streamlined our business by reducing shipping costs and the need to stock an excess of manuals in multiple languages. It provides a state-of-the-art experience for our diving clients who are learning in a clear, fun and interactive manner. As a business we look forward to the continuing cutting-edge approach of PADI, with their easy, customer orientated teaching innovations”

Ready to Go Digital? Make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

5 Reasons… to Go Digital

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The PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading products designed to modernise and enrich the learning experience of students and PADI Professionals. Here’s 5 reasons why you should make the switch from paper to digital:

#1 – It’s the way divers learn today. These days, many customers are permanently attached to their digital devices: mobile phones, tablets and laptops. By offering PADI’s Digital Products, you’ll be able to offer these students a fully interactive and highly engaging way of learning that will live up to their modern day expectations of learning in the fast paced digital world.

The Benefit to You: Engaged customers will enjoy their experience and be more likely to recommend your business.

#2 – You’ll have the flexibility to order on-demand. PADI Digital Products can be purchased through the PADI e-Shop (available via the PADI Pros’ Site), so you’ll be able to enjoy 24/7 access 365 days a year. Because they’ll appear in your PADI Online eShop MockupProcessing Center account almost instantly, you’ll be ready to register your next student without interruption – anytime of the day or night. This means you can order products to suit your students’ demands.

The Benefit to You: Purchasing materials as and when you need them and removes the need to tie up business resources in supplies of extra stock.

#3 – No shipping means less costs. Because PADI Digital Products are digital, that means there’s no paper involved – the product is delivered to you electronically via the e-Shop and PADI Online Processing Center, and from there, delivered to your student via the PADI Library App.

The Benefit to You: No physical product means no need to ship products, which reduces overheads and helps keeps your costs to a minimum.

#4 – Staff and students will benefit from enriched teaching opportunities. With interactive content, quizzes, videos and intuitive gesture-based navigation, PADI Diigtal Products offer an enriched learning experience. Excited students are usually waiting for knowledge development to finish so they can get to the water, but with this engaging way of learning, they’ll be immersed in the theory, and potentially tricky topics will be transformed into a fun experience for everyone.

The Benefit to You: Not only does it lead to more effective teaching schedules but students will want to keep on learning – and diving – with you.

#5 – It’s kinder to the environment. With the ever-growing impact of conservation charities such as Project AWARE, and with divers’ being encouraged from all sides to protect and preserve the natural environment, it makes sense for Dive Centers to PA_0conduct themselves in line with the greener values of the diving community. By using PADI Digital Products, you’ll be using less paper, and using less paper will reduce physical waste as well as help to save the world’s rainforests.

The Benefit to You: You and your customers will appreciate – and feel good about- being able to teach and learn in a way which reduces the impact on the environment.

Ready to Go Digital? Make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

5 Reasons Why the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch Benefits YOU as a PADI Pro

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The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch is a fully interactive and comprehensive digital product that teaches students about scuba systems, cylinders, regulators, rebreathers, instruments and more. Here are 5 reasons why it benefits YOU as a PADI Professional:

#1 – It’s the modern way to teach the PADI Equipment Specialist course. As smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more popular, it’s important to keep up with the trends of a fast paced digital world. With the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, your students will have access to a new and highly engaging method of learning that’s ready at their fingertips and will match their modern day expectations.

The benefit to PADI Pros? Meeting expectations = satisfied customers who will enjoy their experience and be more likely to recommend your business.

5#2 – Interactive 3D diagrams will enrich learning. Some students can feel confused about how components really fit together and how they work as a system. The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch combats this issue by adding interactive 3D diagrams that can be rotated and expanded to give students a true 360 degree insight to their equipment. Not only does this assist their understanding, it can also turn a potentially tricky topic into a fun and engaging experience.

The benefit to PADI Pros? Better understanding = effective and enjoyable sessions that will ensure students will want to keep on learning – and diving – with you.

#3 – Communicates the importance of maintenance. After studying the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, students will have a better understanding of how their equipment works and therefore, how and why it can fail. This will naturally lead to them wanting to take better care of diving equipment (whether that’s your rental gear or their own purchases) and having a greater appreciation for equipment servicing recommendations.

The benefit to PADI Pros? Customers who take care of their kit = less damage and cost to your rental gear and increased profit from servicing and replacement gear sales.

#4 – Empowers customers to make informed purchases. Customers who have the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch will be better informed about the range of equipment and features on offer to them, as well as what will suit their diving needs and how they should take care of their prized purchases afterwards. They might want to upgrade existing equipment or buy accessories to help them look after what they already own.

The benefit to PADI Pros? Informed customers who are happy with their purchases = satisfied customers who will recommend you, and more profit for your business from increased equipment sales.

#5 – It can be used again and again. The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch doesn’t contain knowledge reviews or exams, so although it’s an ideal companion for the PADI_Shaws_April_2015_2223PADI Equipment Specialist course, it can be used for other purposes, too. Divers taking the next step in their professional development might find this a great tool to help expand their resources as well as using it as a teaching tool. New divers might be keen to soak up as much scuba knowledge as possible before taking another course. The portable, digital format means that it’s easy to keep the PADI Equipment Specialist Touch ready at their fingertips no matter when or where they might want to brush up on their knowledge.

The benefit to PADI Pros? A learning tool that divers can revisit whenever they need = knowledgeable customers who will be better prepared for trips and future courses.

“The Touch product is very easy to sell, we just show customers the product on our iPads. It’s bright, very easy to use with really cool expanding diagrams! We have our own PowerPoint presentation that we used to use, but the Touch covers everything in great detail and is easy to use, also makes for great reference material that they can dip into again at any time plus, frees our time up. It’s a great springboard for putting kit like regulator sets into customers’ hands.

-Kim Langridge, PADI Course Director & Owner, Island Divers

To purchase or learn more about PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, contact your PADI Sales Consultant at sales.emea@padi.com or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours, or visit the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pro’s Site where you can place orders 24/7, 365 days a year.

5 Reasons Why PADI ReActivate Benefits YOU as a PADI Pro

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PADI ReActivate™ is a revolutionary program specifically designed to encourage and support inactive divers in returning to the water as well as allowing regular divers to practice and refresh their skills. Here are 5 reasons why it benefits YOU as a PADI Professional:

#1 – It gets inactive divers back into the water. You may have customers from long ago who stopped diving because life got in the way. PADI ReActivate offers them a way to refresh rusty skills in a fun and approachable way that will make them feel confident, at ease, and relieved that they won’t have to start all of their training from scratch.

The Benefit to PADI Pros? More active customers = more active profit for your business.

#2 – It’s the way divers learn today. These days, many customers are permanently attached to their digital devices: mobile phones, tablets and laptops. By offering PADI ReActivate Touch, you’ll be able to offer these students a fully interactive and highly PADI University Program Channel Islands Shoot March 24-29, 2007engaging way of learning that will live up to their modern day expectations of learning in the fast paced digital world.

The Benefit to PADI Pros? Meeting customer expectations = more engaged customers who will enjoy their experience and be more likely to recommend your business.

#3 – It will help you prepare students for further training. You might have customers who are unsure about taking the next course because they are not quite confident in their skills – perhaps it’s been a little while since they last trained. On the flipside, you might have customers who are almost too eager to start the next course despite being out of the water for a while, and you want to make sure their skills are up to scratch before taking them to the next level. The PADI ReActivate course is the perfect tool to help you – and your students – bridge the gap that time can create between courses.

The Benefit to PADI Pros? Prepared students = safer, more enjoyable and more efficient courses for everyone involved.

#4 – The prescriptive format saves time. Some divers might come to you needing a full refresher on all of their core skills and theory, right back to basics. Others might only need a quick brush-up on one or two brief areas. The beauty of the PADI ReActivate program is iPad-ReActivate Coverthat it will give each and every student a personalised syllabus based on the areas they need to refresh – nothing more. By completing quick review questions at the start of each chapter, they’ll know straight away which topics they might need to study and where they’ll need practice – ensuring you and your students will be able to focus your time effectively on the right areas.

The Benefit to PADI Pros? Knowing what your customer does – and does not – need to refresh = efficient, straightforward sessions which help you make the best use of your business schedules.

#5 – A ReActivated student gets a ReActivated Certification Card. When a student has completed their PADI ReActivate program, they’ll get an updated certification card as part of the package which shows exactly when they completed their refresher. If a diver has comes to your business on their holiday and they have a recently ReActivated certification, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect from that student before they’ve even hit the water.

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The Benefit to PADI Pros? Being able to verify that a diver has recently ReActivated their skills = more efficient trip schedules with fewer surprises.

To purchase or learn more about PADI ReActivate, contact your PADI Sales Consultant at sales.emea@padi.com or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours, or visit the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pro’s Site where you can place orders 24/7, 365 days a year.