PADI Pro Member Benefit #3: Business Training

In order to operate a thriving business within the scuba industry, diving professionals need to be more than just experts in the water – they’ll need to have specialist business knowledge, too.

As a renewed PADI Professional you have access to a wide selection of tools and training opportunities to help equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to manage and grow your diving business efficiently and successfully.

These tools include courses such as the PADI Business Academy, print and online publications and live or pre-recorded webinars, and cover a variety of topics including:

  • Selling and conducting PADI courses and training
  • Marketing, eMarketing, advertising and social media tips
  • Boosting sales opportunities for courses, merchandise and equipment
  • Customer and stock inventory management with EVE
  • Developing and expanding your business into the wider market

To find out what support is available, contact a consultant in your local PADI Office or speak to your local PADI Regional Manager.

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

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

EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 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.

DayMonthCourseCityCountry
23JanEFRITDusseldorfGermany
29FebEFRITBristolUK
24AprilEFRITKrakowPoland
29MayEFRITLanzaroteCanary Islands
5JuneEFRITMechelenBelgium
26JuneEFRITLimassolCyprus
31JulyEFRITMoscowRussia
7AugustEFRITJeddahSaudi Arabia
12SeptemberEFRITBristolUK
9OctoberEFRITSt RaphaelFrance

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.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!

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For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email sales.emea@padi.com, quoting EFRIT15. 

PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic:  27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

Russian:  3rd December 11:00-12:00 MSK (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact training.emea@padi.com.

PADI Professional Auto Renewal for 2016 Membership – there’s still time!

PADI’s Auto Renewal service entitles you to a reduced annual membership fee, saving you both time and money. Once registered, PADI will renew your professional PADI membership every year using your credit card information. If applicable, we’ll also renew your EFR credentials at the same time.

With Auto Renewal, you don’t need to complete any paperwork or worry about your renewal date – we’ll take care of everything so you can continue to enjoy all of your benefits as a renewed PADI Professional.

How to sign up

Auto Renewal saves you even more money and registering is easy.

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry – simply sign up for Auto Renewal at the same time as completing your online renewal. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the reduced fee for 2016 and you’ll be registered for Auto Renewal next November.

Click here to complete your online renewal

Already registered?

To make sure that we are able to process your Auto Renewal for 2016, please check that we have your correct credit card information before the cut-off date of 12 November 2015.

Click here to update your details

Alternatively, call your Customer Services representative to update your payment information by telephone: +44 (0) 117 300 7234

Once you’ve updated your payment information for Auto Renewal, sit back and relax. We’ll write to you again with important information and a confirmation of your renewal fee before we collect it later this month.

Please note that if we don’t hear from you before 12 November 2015 we will still attempt to complete your Automatic Renewal payment, however we cannot guarantee it will be successful. If we are unable to process your renewal payment we will notify you after the Automatic Renewal collection date to arrange an alternate payment method.

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

If you have any questions about signing up for Auto Renewal, updating your credit card details or any other query, please contact Customer Services by email (customerservices.emea@padi.com) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pro Member Benefit #2: Consultant Services

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As a renewed PADI Professional, you have a full team of industry experts at your local PADI office who are ready to support you in your diving, teaching and career development activities.

You have access to consultants specialising in:

  • Training
  • Quality Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Product Integration
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • …and more

Our team will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have. Click here to view contact information and take advantage of the wide expertise that is available to help you maximise your opportunities as a renewed PADI Professional.

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

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

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 3: Who are your potential Adventure Divers?

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Any qualified diver can choose to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Adventure Dives linked to Specialty Diver courses teach existing divers new techniques and give them the tools and knowledge they need to enhance their diving exploration.

There are over 25 Specialty courses available, covering a vast range of topic from photography to dive equipment and from marine life to wreck diving. There really is something to suit every diver!

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old can enrol in an Adventure Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check the PADI Instructor Manual for more information on pre-requisites.

Top tips to attract new Adventure Divers

  • Use your existing customer database to send email newsletters and offers to promote upcoming adventure dives or special offers.
  • Make sure you include plenty of information during your PADI Open Water Diver courses so that your new, keen students will know what their next step will be and how easy it is for them to carry on their training. Many divers will get the bug after their first course and this is a great time to encourage them to book the next one.
  • Offer special packages to help cross-sell your courses and equipment, for example:
      • Digital Underwater Photographer adventure dive bundled with a new camera and accessory sales offer
      • 2.7.12.1-scuba-accessoriesDeep Diver and Wreck Diver adventure dives bundled with a discounted dive trip to a local deep wreck site
      • Drysuit Diver and Ice Diver adventure dives plus a discount on new drysuits
      • Underwater Navigator adventure dive plus a compass and slate accessory set
  • Make sure you have plenty of promotional materials inside and outside your store to advertise your adventure dives. You never know when you’ll spark the interest of divers who are passing by. Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers.

For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact training.emea@padi.com.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #1: Free eCards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Renewal Now Open for 2016 PADI Professional Membership

PADI online renewal is now available! Take advantage of the special online discount by renewing your membership on the PADI Pros’ Site today!

Renew Online Now

Don’t forget that PADI’s Automatic Renewal service saves you even more money and registering is easy – sign up for this service during your online renewal and start enjoying the benefits straight away.

Complete your renewal before 31st December and you’ll be able to take advantage of our free digital product renewal offer as a thank you for renewing, by choosing from either a free PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF to you straight away.

That’s not all! You can get an additional 5 for 4 offer on all digital products; that’s a saving of 20%!* Don’t miss this chance to save on PADI’s latest digital products – Renew your membership and contact your PADI Sales Representative to claim your free Open Water Diver Touch or Equipment Specialist Touch today!

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Together We’re #1 In Diving!

It’s no mystery why PADI is the world’s leading diver training organization. Members value the high quality of PADI materials and excellent customer service while divers get the benefits. All of this has made PADI the global leader and most trusted source for diver training since 1966.

*Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 2: How easy is it to teach the theory?

How easy is it to teach the theory for these adventure dives?

Very! The easiest way to get started is to have your students register for Advanced Open Water Diver Online (PADI’s eLearning option) to get started immediately.

The web-based system will allow them to learn about seven of the most popular Adventure Dives via an easy to use, interactive online program. The program inclddes videos, audio, pictures and text, plus short quizzes to allow them to gauge their progress and review and correct anything they might happen to miss. This lets them move through the program efficiently and at their own pace.

The adventure dives included in the PADI Open Water Diver Online modules are:

  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

They will also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by you, the PADI Instructor.

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration (though they will have permanent access to their online Adventures in Diving manual).

Once completed, you will be notified that the student has finished and they will be given an eRecord which they can print and bring with them to the dive center.

To finish, simply schedule sessions with your students to review their knowledge development before going on to complete their Adventure Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact training.emea@padi.com.

Plan the Dive – Dive the Plan with the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate

We all know the saying plan the dive, dive the plan. But what does this mean in reality and how can the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate help you introduce this vital habit to your student?

Planning the dive includes having the proper training, experience and equipment.

The training starts with the PADI Open Water Diver course. Using the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate enables you to assess not only if the student can perform the skill but also if they feel comfortable with it. It also teaches the student self-evaluation and makes them aware of the diving skills and activities they are about to engage in.

During the open water sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course, real-life dive planning is introduced. The Dive Team Check List on the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate is a great tool to assist you and your students in this process.

Start with the dive plan and make sure everyone in the group agrees to it, and is prepared for the planned dive. Evaluate the conditions, and check the dive is within your students training and experience. Research the dive site and what can be expected underwater – what potential risk and hazards might there be, as well as entry and exit points. Before the dive, complete safety checks: what to do in case of separation, hand signals, emergency procedures, buddy check (BWRAF), and make a depth, time and pressure plan.

Your students do this under your supervision, but they might find it helpful to have a checklist for themselves, and this will promote self-evaluation on future training and recreational dives they complete.

Students are not required to own a PADI Skill Practice and Planning slate, but make sure you’re ready to sell the product to those who’d like to have one. Not only will this mean extra sales for your business, but it will help them develop and maintain a vital habit. The better prepared they are, the more enjoyable a dive will be. Plan the dive – dive the plan!

60258_lPADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate – Product Codes and Pricing

  • Single slate – 60258 – £5.50/€6.53
  • Pack of 4 – 60261 – £21.00/€24.95
  • Pack of 8 – 60262 – £42.00/€49.90

The price is the same for all member levels.

Place your orders for branded merchandise 24/7, 365 days a year by using the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pros’ Site, or contact your local Sales Consultant at sales.emea@padi.com or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours.