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Are you looking for a dream career in the diving industry? If so, then make sure you regularly visit the Employment Board located on the PADI Pros’ Site (one of the fantastic benefits available to renewed PADI Members).
The Employment Board is located within the ‘Classifieds’ section on the PADI Pros’ Site and lists details of the latest openings around the world – from dive guiding and teaching positions through to administration, boat captaining, equipment maintenance and more. There’s also a section where you can find opportunities to buy or sell existing Dive Center businesses, resorts or boats.
Within the Employment board, you can even add your own advertisement offering your services as a PADI Professional to others in the diving industry, or check out what the latest career openings are in your local PADI Regional Headquarter office.
The PADI Pros’ Site offers a range of excellent benefits in addition to providing access to the latest job vacancies within the diving industry. Don’t miss the chance to get your dream job – make sure you’re renewed for 2015 and checking the Employment Board regularly for the latest additions!
Win With PADI…
PADI is committed to the growth and prosperity of the scuba diving industry. Whether it’s through preserving the ocean we explore or creating innovative ways to teach the sport, PADI’s main focus is its members. PADI develops, maintains and supplies our industry with the most advanced dive training materials found worldwide.
Specifically, the PADI Retail and Resort Association provides its members with techniques and solutions to staying competitive and successful in today’s marketplace. As a member of the PADI Retail and Resort Association you benefit from more than just the prestige of the PADI brand. You also get a comprehensive suite of benefits guaranteed to drive more divers through your doors.
UK National Diving Week kicks off with the Cornwall SCUBAFEST event at Pentewan Sands on the weekend of 2nd May with the week of diving running through to the 10th May 2015. Over the course of the 9 day UK National Diving Week period there will be the opportunity for the British public to ‘have a go’ at scuba and snorkel diving at their local UKNDW participating dive centre or club by way of experiencing a ‘try a dive’ session as well as snorkelling sessions in swimming pools.
UK National Diving Week has teamed up with dive industry organisations like PADI EMEA, who have kindly offered free Discover SCUBA Diving sessions at participating diving centres situated throughout the UK. That’s new diving opportunities to members of the public who have never dived before! Pass on this link to anyone who wishes to participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving events,
During the SCUBAFEST event in Pentewan, PADI will be hosting a Member Forum for PADI Professionals on Saturday 2nd May at 4pm. Click on this link to register your participation. Staff members from PADI EMEA office will be present all weekend to answer any questions you have and also show off the new digital suite of products.
UK National Diving Week will also provide the opportunity for existing qualified divers to try new experiences such as diving with Closed Circuit Rebreathers or side-mount systems, learning new skills with some of the industries leading instructors and industry guru’s and mentors as well as having access to kit and top advice from dive manufacturers. It also offers people the simple opportunity to go diving on a UKNDW promoted dive. It is the goal of the UK National Diving Week to introduce at least 1000 new divers into the sport within the UK through this 9 day long event. Visit www.uknationaldivingweek.co.uk for information on the venue and events.
Attendance at the 2015 Series Update is required for all Course Directors with a CD Expiry date of June 2015, and highly recommended for all Instructor Development professionals, giving IDC Staff Instructors valuable seminar credits towards both Master Instructor and Course Director Training Course applications.
This year’s topics include:
Evaluation training workshop showcasing the revised PADI Open Water Diver Prescriptive Lesson Guides.
Risk management topics
Instructor Development marketing
New course offerings and materials, along with practical tips on updating pro programs and keeping candidates current
Registration forms are available to download from the Pros’ site now, or by contacting the Instructor Development team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Trinity Sports & Leisure Centre, The Hole in The Wall Road, Clongriffin, 13 Dublin, Ireland
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet up with other PADI professionals and Members in your area and discuss issues that you may need assistance on… or just enjoy the get-together with other key players in the industry.
For any questions, please contact your PADI Regional Manager, Terry Johnson, by email.
Members from all over PADI EMEA’s region gathered to listen to the annual PADI Course Director and PADI Staff Instructor updates during March.
Presenters, Suzanne Smith, Richard Somerset, Fiona Fishburne and Terry Johnson, were on hand during the events to update the members on the current activities and developments in the Instructor Development world.
Updates were given on the new PADI Digital products and how they can be enhanced to support PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor programmes. A review on Risk Management techniques was also provided, together with hands-on evaluation training and some social media tips, hot from the Business Academy.
A number of PADI Course Director were also praised for there achievements during 2014.
If if you didn’t catch this live update there are still opportunities to listen to a live Course Director webinar in German, Italian, Spanish and French later in May. Additionally, online webinars will be available for both the PADI IDC Staff Instructor update and the PADI Course Director update later in the year. Remember to visit the Pro Development section of the Pro’s site for details.
Do you already teach tec through another training organisation?
If you have a certification from another training organisation that qualifies as Tec Instructor or higher* and proof that you have taught at least two courses at this level you may qualify to crossover to become a PADI Tec Instructor!
Once you are a PADI Tec Instructor you can teach Tec 40 Diver and Discover Tec courses. You can also apply to become a Tec Sidemount Instructors (providing you meet the other requirements, of course!)
At least 20 logged stage decompression dives in double cylinders
#2 The second step is to complete your Tec Instructor Exam.
To help you crossover we would like to invite you to complete this exam free of charge at an Instructor Examination before 30th June 2015. During the exam you can use your Tec Diver Instructor Guide for reference.
You will need to familiarise yourself with the course before the exam and earn a score of 80% or higher.
#3 Become a PADI Tec Instructor!
Are there any costs? Yes, you will need:
Tec Diver Instructor Guide and student materials
Tec Instructor application fee £57.50/€68.00/CHF 83.50 (+vat where applicable)
Important: Course materials are currently only available in English, so you will need to read and understand English well enough to read the manuals and answer the exam questions. Contact email@example.com or visit the online shop on www.padi.com/mypadi to order.
*Qualifying instructor certifications include:
BSAC Advanced Nitrox Instructor
CMAS Advanced Nitrox Instructor
IANTD Advanced Nitrox Instructor
IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Instructor
PSAI Advanced Nitrox Instructor
SSI Advanced Nitrox Instructor
TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures Instructor
Thomas Sobotta, Regional Manager, Maldives conducted an IE on the beautiful Island Constance Moofushi for Bluetribe Moofushi on the 4-5 December 2014. We wish all the New PADI Instructors lots of success in the future.
“Moofushi has some of the best logistics around for Instructor training, our lagoon with its various depths, with direct access from the jetty. As a Course Director spending more time in the water this makes all the difference ” says Miles Crookes PADI Course Director and Manager Bluetribe Constance Moofushi”. “I did my IDC and IE at Constance Moofushi with Bluetribe and Thomas Sobotta, during our IDC we had everything at our finger tips.
Of course we were in paradise in the Maldives, the amazing Atoll of Ari. Every evening after each day of training, we we’re able to study all together in the Bluetribe Classroom, everything was so close together, from the restaurant to the dive sites, it was just a few steps away across the sandy beach. We were able to spend a lot of time in the water practicing our presentations and skills, this made a big difference to our Exam, this was particularly important to me coming from another training organisation.
Thomas also put us straight away at our ease and although we where under the stress of the exam our preparation and the organisation of both IDC & IE where just perfect” says Giuliana Prosdocimo , a newly certified PADI Instructor.
As a PADI Course Director Ulf has already reached the highest career level of a PADI Instructor. In this interview Christian Hubo finds out about the typical day of a diving professional.
1. When did you start diving and why?
I started in the 90s. I was on holiday in Egypt and tired of hanging around on the beach and in the hotels. Suddenly someone asked “Would you like to do a try dive in the pool?“
So we did a very nice try dive, and I started my PADI Open Water Diver course the next day. For me it was the beginning of a new passion: from that day on every holiday was a dive trip. I started to dive in Germany and did a lot more training – up to the Divemaster course. As a PADI Divemaster I started to help out in a local dive shop and it was there that the idea of becoming an instructor was born.
2. Did you think about turning scuba diving into a career from the beginning?
No. But after my very first open water dive I was brainstorming with my girlfriend about how we could combine diving with our jobs. We were not even considering becoming instructors –we were just impressed by this incredible experience. In those days I worked as a strategic planner in an advertising agency and she was a trainer for communication skills. In fact we were thinking about things I offer today: a combination of team training on one hand and diving topics on the other.
3. Why did you decide to open your own diving school in Essen and how did you find the experience?
To be honest, I never set out to open a dive center in Essen. It just happened. All I wanted was to dive and to get away from my former job as a manager in the advertising industry. And suddenly from nowhere we had our own dive center, and guess what: it was a successful operation! We became a PADI Five Star facility in the shortest possible period of time and we had hundreds of students to teach to scuba dive.
If you were to ask if I would do it again… I don’t think so. Too much retail, too many competitors, not so much good diving. Essen is perfect for running IDCs. We have an airport nearby and course logistics are great. But In my opinion diving is a lifestyle – and to live that kind of lifestyle in a dive center somewhere in the middle of Germany is not an easy thing to do. I only know a very few people who can… my friend Frank from “Franks Dive Center“ in Mülheim is such a diving enthusiast.
4. Why did you decide to go to Thailand and open a Dive Center there?
Well… the original plan was to go to Tanzania and help build the “Beach Crab Resort“. The visa stamp was already in my passport and we’d already celebrated our farewell party with friends. But then I got a phone call from a friend of mine in Thailand saying that the former PADI AP Regional Manager, Rick Ray, was looking for staff for a brand new dive center in a high class resort on a wonderful Island of Phuket – Koh Racha Yai.
I already had strong links to Thailand; I’d worked there as an IDC Staff Instructor for a couple of months every year. So it took only a few emails – and three weeks after the first call I was on a plane to Bangkok.Looking back it was the right decision: years later I saw on a TV documentary that they still had no electricity in the resort in Tanzania – I do not think that this place would be the right place for me.
The dive center on Koh Racha Yai was the dream of every dive professional: top location, top dive sites, very good customer base from all over the world – everything your heart desires.
But, on the 26th December 2004 the Tsunami destroyed everything: the hotel, the dive center – even the dive site in front. But life goes on. I had to restart, and opened a new dive center on the island of Phuket. And there I got the great opportunity to work with some very good Course Directors and learned a lot about teaching other instructors and the dive business. Finally I went to Kota Kinabalu and became a Course Director myself.
5. How was your time in Thailand as a dive center owner?
You get a different view on a country and its people once you live and work there. The typical friendly and positive attitude the Thais have towards tourists changes a lot once you are an expat and you sometimes have to deal with a level of bureaucracy. On the other hand I met beautiful people there and had a chance to experience real friendship – even after the Tsunami when everything was a mess. We had to fight for our living and had a lot of relief projects to work with as well. We rebuilt dive spots as well as helping fishermen to rebuild their villages and lives.
Looking back I was really lucky to work in a wonderful country, with a lot of wonderful people in an almost perfect surrounding for diving. In the end it was a lifetime experience I will always remember!
6. Over the years you’ve stayed loyal to PADI as your organization. What do you like about PADI and what do you think could be different?
In every IDC I tell my candidates that PADI stands for “Professional Association…“ not for “Perfect Association…“. Nobody is perfect. But I think PADI is quite close!
In fact for a student diver the certification agency doesn`t play a role at all. For the student, the instructor, their attitude and their teaching skills is what matters the most. But for a professional things are different. A professional needs an organisation with top support and with an outstanding educational system.
PADI is still the leading organisation in the dive industry – and in all those years I couldn`t see anything better for me.
7. As a PADI Course Director you’ve trained many instructors in recent years. Do you believe that you really can still make money in an instructor’s job?
I believe that you can make money with everything you really love to do.
But as a dive instructor you need more than good training and a professional attitude: You have to be ready to go to where the customers are! If you try to make your living as a PADI Instructor somewhere inland far away from attractive dive sites and a good infrastructure for divers you will face a lot of problems.
And of course you need to stay up to date. If you don’t know anything about the trends and news in the industry you will not be seen as a real professional.
8. Many divers dream to travel the world as an instructor with the cliché “work where others are on vacation” – do you think that is realistic and achievable?
Absolutely! But you have to be aware that the focus is on “work“ not on “holiday“. If you keep that in mind then there are many options for a PADI Instructor to work in the most beautiful places on earth.
9. What are the requirements for a diver who wants to become an instructor?
The most important thing is a passion for diving and for teaching. If you do not love to share your knowledge you won´t be a good instructor. I think a good instructor should inspire their students as well. And of course they need a solid knowledge and skills on a high level and should understand and respect the PADI Standards.
I know there is a lot of discussion about the prerequisites for becoming a PADI Instructor. 100 dives is not what we call “very experienced“. But people should not forget that these are minimum standards. And I do not think that it is the number of dives that counts.
My average candidate has about 200 dives. Most of them have a profession and working experiences and they want a twist in their lives or at least in their diving. I try to help them to achieve this!
I always tell them that following a successful IE the work starts: the new instructors have to learn how teaching and professional diving really works. I always recommend team teaching. That gives them a chance to get into the job and learn from more experienced instructors.
10. You’ve probably stayed in contact with your IDC candidates – how many would you guess work permanently in the diving industry, or even work as instructors abroad?
There’s actually many of my former candidate working as instructor, dive center manager, dive center owner or tour guides all over the globe. They are in Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Maldives, Bali, Curacao, Gozo, Mallorca, Crete – they teach on the AIDA and run dive centers in Spain and in Germany.
I would estimate that about 30–40% of all my candidates do earn their living as a dive professional. For the rest, being a PADI Pro is a nice hobby.
11. Do you have any tips on financing – are there any possibilities of grants?
Yes. But it depends on the specific situation of the candidate. There are so many options – from money from the EU to local support funds – I can help to find a solution for almost everybody. In Germany, “dive instructor” is officially seen as a profession and so candidates can use a lot of support programs to help finance their IDC. But as I said before: it depends on the specific situation as to which program to choose and how much money someone can get.
12. Are you also still diving recreationally, or is instructing enough for you?
I still love diving. And I try to dive frequently. Right now I am very enthusiastic about several aspects of technical diving – I love to learn and experience new things and cross the borders.
13. Do you have a favourite destination for scuba diving and what was your best experience underwater?
I don’t have a single favourite! I just came back from Spain where I did some very nice dives in the Mediterranean Sea, and the Sipadan or the Similan Islands are awesome.
But sometimes, a dive in the Ruhr river close to the place where I live can also be amazing. You can find artefacts from world war two or remains from criminal activities like weapons, empty cases and so on there. Really exciting.
When I am not on an IDC or doing other courses I enjoy every dive. Even if there is nothing special to encounter – I still love it.
Ulf teaches his IDC (Instructor Development Course) in Essen; he is a successful PADI dive instructor having gained experience with his own diving schools in Germany and Thailand.
Christian also completed his IDC to become an instructor and further training to IDC Staff Instructor with Ulf Mayer and since then has regularly stayed in touch and completed one or two projects together, too.
You can find out more about Ulf Mayer via his website.
PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is delighted to welcome 7 new PADI Instructors to the world’s most sought-after community of diving professionals.
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Examination (IE) were both conducted at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives in Kuda Huraa on 15/16th November 2014.
“It was the first IDC / IE conducted at Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa and all the 7 participants have passed and all had a very good time” – Ibrahim Nazeer, Dive and Recreation Manager, Four Seasons Resort Maldives.
Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with the PADI Instructor Development Course.
About the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) & Instructor Examination (IE)
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program, and teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll learn how to better organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. You’ll become a more confident public speaker and will perfect your demonstration of skills whilst watching out for student diver safety.
Most dive professionals complete the full IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. The IE is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism.
Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and underwater. PADI Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.
A PADI® Worldwide survey of nearly 400,000 PADI divers shows that 97% of inactive divers intend to return to diving. We know that this number hasn’t followed through in the past, so this is a massive opportunity gap that hitherto has been missed. PADI’s new ReActivate™ program presents a fantastic means to close that gap by providing a quick, convenient and prescriptive way to brush up divers’ knowledge and skills, backed up with a proactive and targeted marketing campaign.
The new PADI ReActivate programme is a revolutionary benefit you enjoy as a PADI Professional because it gives you a credible tool for tapping into a huge potential market. It’s strategically different than anything anyone in the dive industry has ever offered before. With ReActivate, we show inactive divers how to return to diving and we develop innovative ways they can keep diving, even when “life” gets in the way.
Reaching these divers has challenges. They don’t frequently read dive magazines or visit dive-related websites. It requires communication beyond normal dive media. PADI will use its resources to do this in a proactive and significant way. As you may expect, PADI will be marketing ReActivate within and beyond dive media to wake up and engage inactive divers.
To hear more, join a dedicated webinar on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 7pm UK time for a special edition of Training Bulletin Live! To learn all about the PADI ReActivate program. This one-hour webinar will touch on the integration of the new ReActivate program, standards and procedures changes, the innovative materials available for this program and much more!
For those unable to attend the live webinar on 9 September 2014, a recorded version of the PADI ReActivate webinar will be posted to the BOD Webinar page located under the Pro Development tab of the PADI Pros’ Site. In addition to the recorded webinar, you can also reference the Special Edition Training Bulletin featuring the PADI ReActivate program along with the new ReActivate Instructor Guide, the related PADI Guide to Teaching segment and Frequently Asked Questions posted on the Pros’ Site (translations to follow shortly). We will also be releasing translated webinars shortly thereafter, so watch out for information on these.