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!

Revamped PADI App Launching Soon

The world has gone mobile and, led by the developing world, the mobile internet is now the new normal.

By 2017, an estimated 69% of the worldwide population will own mobile phones, 34% of which will be smartphones. – eMarketer, December 2013

So, when people want dive information, it makes sense that they use an app supplying everything they need, whenever they need it – the revamped PADI App.

An estimated 89 percent of time spent on connected mobile devices is spent using mobile apps. – Nielsen Media Research

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The first version of the PADI App provided access to the Dive Shop Locator, scuba diving news and PADI eCards™. The next iteration of the PADI App offers these features plus much more, including:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator integration with ScubaEarth® dive sites.
  • Top dive destinations and information about what divers can see there.
  • Feeds from PADI social media and dive news.
  • Information about PADI courses, including ability to purchase Touch products and PADI eLearning programs.
  • Dive tools (such as digital dive tables), quick references (such as hand signals) as well as a variety of dive planning checklists and reminders.
  • The ability to log recreational and training dives within ScubaEarth from the PADI App.
  • Access to PADI eCards.
  • A direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site.
  • Access to PADI Gear collections.

Adaptive learning means that as users interact with the PADI App, it delivers a more personalized experience. It will, for example, present suggested course choices based on current certification level. This helps divers stay better connected to scuba diving and the services you provide.

The new edition of the PADI App will be available soon. Check the PADI Pros’ Site for more information and be sure to either download or update the revamped PADI App on your mobile device.

PADI at Cornwall ScubaFest 2014

PADI attended Cornwall ScubaFest earlier this month, enjoying a highly successful presence on all three days of the bank holiday weekend.

Photo Credit: Aerial Cornwall (www.facebook.com/aerialcornwall // www.aerialcornwall.com)

 

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The new yurt village at Pentewan Sands provided a fantastic community atmosphere and attracted plenty of visitors, from registered event attendees to passers-by. PADI staff members Simon Chance (PADI Retailer and Resort Associations Manager), Matt Clements (PADI Regional Manager) and Danielle Schofield (PADI Marketing Coordinator) enjoyed the opportunity to welcome new and existing divers as well as catch up with fellow industry members.

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Aquasport International provided PADI technical dive experiences throughout Saturday and Sunday, with rebreathers, sidemount and twin set configurations all on-hand for testing in the swimming pool. Both days were packed with divers keen to try something new, and who finished their session smiling and very keen to continue with PADI TecRec training!

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PADI Diving Society recently re-launched with a global alignment and was another focal point at the PADI stand. The Society, which provides scuba-related benefits to over 180,000 members, received a terrific amount of interest each day, including new membership signups and raffle entries, with each visitor able to take away a complimentary copy of Sport Diver magazine, the official publication of the PADI Diving Society.

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The weekend social calendar was also fun-packed, with raffles, bands and fancy dress competitions – but Sunday afternoon drew in big crowds and even bigger laughs, with ScubaFest exhibitors and visitors invited to test their skills on a just-for-fun rodeo tournament. And, yes – Simon, Matt and Danielle all braved the bucking bronco… but sadly didn’t claim the top title (maybe next year!).

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PADI is already geared up to attend Anglesey ScubaFest (August 16-17th), and will be offering a range of activities from Discover Scuba Diving experiences through to technical tasters, as well as rescue workshops and more! Watch this space!

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

ScubaEarth Spotlight: Build Your Gear Locker

As an online scuba community, ScubaEarth isn’t just a place to find information, it’s also a place for divers to make new connections. Those new connections are YOU! With over 50,000 users you want to make sure that divers have access to the most up to date information regarding your dive business. Your ScubaEarth gear locker is a feature that you can often overlook, but it’s a feature that definitely shouldn’t be forgotten.

A well-stocked gear locker means that any new divers looking for a PADI dive shop to try a DSD experience with, learn to dive, or do their advanced course, will easily be able to tell the brands you stock. As a potential customer, brand awareness automatically brings greater integrity to any decision about who to dive with.  So keep on top of your gear locker by adding all the manufacturers you stock. If they’re not in the list, let us know who they are and we’ll add them.

Need assistance setting up your Stores Gear Locker? View the How to video below:

Don’t forget about your PADI Instructors & Divemasters Gear Lockers!

PADI Instructors and Divemasters are the first port of call for all new divers. When seeking advice on what they should purchase, it matters to them what their Instructor uses. If your instructors maintain their gear locker a student not only sees what brand of BCD, regulator, mask etc. they own, but even what model and type!

Log into ScubaEarth and start updating your gear locker today!

Log Dives on ScubaEarth in August to show your support for Project AWARE

Dive for Dollars

Looking for a new way for your business to show support for ocean protection?

This month ScubaEarth has teamed up with Project AWARE to bring you the Dollars for Dives promotion. For every logged dive on ScubaEarth in August, PADI will donate one dollar (US) per dive to Project AWARE to support ocean conservation – up to $100,000 US. Continue reading