First PADI Instructor Examination in Gozo has 100% Pass Rate!

On the 19th and 20th September 2015, the first ever PADI Instructor Examination was conducted in Gozo. With candidates from Bubbles Dive Centre (Gozo) and Reefers and Wreckers (UK), it proved a great success with a 100% pass rate!

Congratulations to all of the new PADI Instructors, and many thanks to the Course Directors and Dive Centre owners who helped to arrange the event.

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Training Insights… EFR: Do you think EFR won’t work in your business?

RDOnLn0310_0635If you don’t think that teaching Emergency First Response (EFR) courses is possible within your business because of scheduling or location restrictions, try these tips to help integrate the program into your course offerings:

  • Start or finish each day with an hour or two of EFR. This can either give you a gentle start to the day until everyone has woken up and is ready to dive, or a chance to wind down and have fun at the end the day.
  • Introduce the skills one at a time, throughout the PADI Rescue Diver course. They can be done in almost any location: at the dive site, on the boat, in the dive centre – anywhere you have some floor space and, for some skills, a mannequin available.
  • EFR courses can be run in the evenings or on days where diving is stopped due to weather conditions. You can schedule the EFR course for a particular day so that it’s in the diary – but explain that you may do it earlier if weather conditions make it hard to dive, and remain flexible to teaching opportunities for the EFR sessions.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Training Insights… EFR: Why teach Emergency First Response (EFR) Courses to Rescue Divers?

EFRMay05_99Emergency First Response (EFR) courses offer an outstanding set of course materials and the same well-researched and respected educational system as PADI courses. Both of these factors make learning CPR and First Aid simple for your divers and also make it easy and fun to teach.

Opportunities with potential Rescue Divers

Although some PADI Rescue Diver students may come to you with a current CPR and First Aid certification, many of them will never have studied these essential skills, or may otherwise need them refreshed. EFR is the perfect tool with which to address their needs.

If you don’t integrate EFR as part of your course offerings, then you’ll need to send your students elsewhere to complete this element of their training. This means you’ll lose out on EFR-generated profit to your business and the opportunity to build relationships with that customer. It goes without saying that turning your customers away to another business comes with the risk of losing that customer for future diving courses, too.

Integrating EFR courses into your dive business

Being an EFR Instructor is a requirement for PADI Instructors, which means you’ll very likely have the resources you need within your existing dive team.

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EFR courses are incredibly flexible and don’t require any in-water sessions, so you can really tailor them to fit around your existing schedule and courses, and use them to fill in off-peak seasons when diving might be less frequent. You could opt to integrate EFR into the Rescue Diver course itself, split it into smaller sections over several days (or even weeks), or run it all in one across a weekend. Choose whichever suits your business – and customers – the best.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Training Insights… Rescue Diver Part 7: What is a Rescue Diver?

By the end of the PADI Rescue Diver course your students will have mastered all the skills and knowledge in the course, but they will not be perfect. Divers should understand that following the guidelines and being willing to try are more important than being technically perfect.

Rescue Divers are divers that have mastered personal skills, buddy skills and have been introduced to rescue management skills. These divers are ideal to move onto a Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster or TecRec course. Don’t try to force them, but do chat to them, emphasise the value of the skills they have and ask them where they would like to go next.

This article concludes our Training Insights… Rescue Diver series. Here’s a recap on the previous blogs in this series. Save these links and use them as a refresher for new and experienced PADI Pros within your business:

RDOnLn0310_1204Part 1: Who are our potential PADI Rescue Divers?

Part 2: How do you get divers interested in the course?

Part 3: What does the Rescue Diver course consist of?

Part 4: Skills Review and Development

Part 5: Applying Knowledge and Skills

Part 6: Rescue Techniques

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download your free marketing toolkit to help promote the PADI Rescue Diver course to potential students. For any enquiries about the toolkit please contact marketing.emea@padi.com

For more information on the training requirements for PADI courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Working on a Liveaboard: Pros and Cons

For many PADI Pros, the thought of working on a liveaboard is a dream opportunity. Maybe you’ve already toyed with the idea or started applying for that once-in-a-lifetime position, imagining endless expanses of sea and the fascinating dive sites that can only be reached by safari boat.

Whilst this is certainly a worthy attraction for PADI Pros, there’s a few lifestyle sacrifices you’ll also need to be aware of – and prepared to make – to avoid disappointment. Check out the pros and cons below to make sure you know what to expect before heading out to sea on your first job.

Pros

#1 Dive sites

Many of the best and most spectacular dive sites of our blue planet can only be reached from a liveaboard. As a PADI Pro, you’ll undoubtedly experience countless memorable dives that you wouldn’t have access to from the shore.

#2 Experienced divers

If you work as a PADI Pro on a liveaboard, you will accompany many experienced divers on their dives and depending on the level of experience they may even ask to go alone with their dive buddy. This means you’ll often only need to guide smaller groups and show them the most beautiful corners of dive sites.

feel4nature-tauchsafari-1#3 Specific interests

Due to the previous dive experience often required for a longer safari trip, it’s less common to encounter training courses on a liveaboard, and those that are conducted usually focus on developing the specific interests of the group or skills relevant to the type of dives they’ll do, such as PADI Digital Underwater Photographer, PADI Deep Diver or PADI Enriched Air Diver. This often means you’ll be able to apply more of your personal interests and experience over a more relaxed scenario.

#4 Building relationships

Because you will spend a week or even longer with your guests on a liveaboard trip, there is plenty of time to build up a friendly relationship with the divers on board. Not only does this mean building happy memories from great trips, but it’s also a springboard for creating loyalty amongst customers who will want to come back and dive with you – and your business – in the future.

Cons

#1 Limited lifestyle

If you have ever been on a boat, you’ll remember how small the space can be, and cabins of liveaboard boats are no exception. Dive guests may only spend a few days like this, but remember you may need to call it your home for several months.

You’ll also need to be prepared to sacrifice comforts such as long showers, internet access and even peace and privacy, as well as the ability to catch up with your partner or friends at the end of each day – while you’re on board, your friends are your customers.

#2 Need for preparation

One of the benefits of liveaboards is the ability to travel to faraway destinations, sometimes several hours away from land. This means you need to be prepared for the journey as you won’t be able to pop back to shore if you need something.

From Divemaster training and above, self-sufficiency is emphasised – and bringing extra gear in case you or your guests need something is even more important when liveaboard diving. Double check your packing list to make sure everything is on board, which should include plenty of spare gear, from o-rings to masks, as well as medical supplies such as seasickness tablets.

feel4nature-tauchsafari-2#3 Physical demands

As a PADI Professional working on a liveaboard, you may be expected to complete multiple dives every day for several days at a time, and there won’t be spare Divemasters or Instructors ready to take your place once you’re out at sea. It won’t be possible to cancel your guests’ diving plans just because you feel tired or just don’t feel like diving today – just like shore-based operations, you are required to support the needs of your paying customers, and it’s your responsibility to make sure you’re fit for duty. If you don’t think you can keep up with the demand, then liveaboard diving might not be for you.

#4 Diving experience

We already know that liveaboards travel to some of the best diving spots in the world, but quite often these are also the most demanding places to dive. Strong currents, difficult entries, dives in blue water with no reference and potentially tricky surface conditions mean that, as a PADI Pro with guests under your care, you need to have enough experience in the same conditions to be able to safely operate and guide the dive.

If you’ve read the above and think that liveaboard diving is a perfect match for your skills and lifestyle, then visit the Job Vacancy board on the PADI Pros’ Site today to start searching for your dream job!


christian_huboThis article was written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

Instructor Development Update Events

id_update We are pleased to invite you to join us at one of the Instructor Development Updates events taking place in 2016.

These live events will give you a chance to be updated on the latest Standards changes to the Instructor Development Course, and provide a broader overview of the exciting PADI developments planned for 2016. Additionally, the updates will allow you to complete live evaluation practice alongside an Instructor Examiner in either confined water or in a knowledge development session.* You will evaluate real time sessions and have an opportunity to discuss your scores with an Examiner. Further to this, you will also have an opportunity look at marketing techniques for your Instructor Development Courses, and address any general PADI questions you may have. Each update will conclude with a social event alongside PADI staff and other PADI members.

Attendance at each event is limited and open only to IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors and Course Directors**. These events will meet the Course Director Update requirements. They also count towards seminar credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications.

Date

Location

Price (+VAT where applicable)

16th January 2016

Bristol, UK

£205

23rd January 2016

Dusseldorf, Germany

250 euros

15th February 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa

£205

15th April 2016

Hurghada, Egypt

£205

24th April 2016

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

£205

8th May 2016

Sliema, Malta

250 euros

16th May 2016

Stockholm, Sweden

£205

Price includes:

Confined Water Evaluation slate
PADI certification card of your highest level
Attendance pack
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Early registration offer:

Register for your chosen update before 1st October 2015 and you will receive an exclusive PADI IDC Team rash vest valued at £45 completely free of charge!

Part of Fourth Elements Hydroskin range, these limited edition rash vests are printed with an exclusive PADI design. Please note that registrations received after 1st October may not receive this special gift – space at each event is limited – please be sure to register early to guarantee your space and rash vest!

Please register by completing this registration form and returning it to id.emea@padi.com. Please provide a telephone number that we can call you on to then take payment details over the phone.

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry – an online update will also be available later in 2016!

*The evaluations will involve a live role play, with PADI staff acting as students and instructors. You will be able to watch and evaluate alongside an Examiner, with the opportunity get feedback on your evaluation based upon their control scores. Confined water presentations will not require you to use scuba and evaluation will be conducted by snorkelling. Evaluation slates are provided – you should bring a mask and snorkel, along with appropriate exposure protection if you wish to participate. Participation is optional. Where a pool option is not possible, a live role play by PADI staff of knowledge development evaluations will be provided.

** Not an IDC staff Instructor? Contact the Training Department to find out how to become one!

5 Reasons why PADI Open Water Diver Touch Benefits You as a PADI Pro

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PADI Open Water Diver Touch is part of PADI’s revolutionary collection of digital products designed to enhance and modernise the way divers learn today. Here are 5 reasons why you, as a PADI Professional, will benefit from this new teaching tool:

#1 – It’s the modern way for divers to learn. With a sleek, interactive interface designed especially for the mobile platform (PADI Open Water Diver Touch is available for Android and iOS devices), students will enjoy a style of learning that’s in tune with the rest of their digital life and in line with their modern learning expectations.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Meeting expectations = satisfied customers who will enjoy the learning experience and therefore be more likely to re-visit and recommend your dive operation to others.

#2 – Digital delivery eases stock control and shipping. Because there’s no physical product to stock or ship to customers, you don’t need to worry about stock levels or shipping times and costs. Instead, you can order 24/7 365 days a year from the PADI e-Shop and the product will appear almost instantly into your PADI Online Processing Center account, ready for you to register to your next student – anytime, anywhere.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: A quicker, cheaper way to provide PADI Open Water Diver course materials will save your business money = more profit in the long term.

trraining dives#3 – Logging training dives just got easier. Your Open Water Diver students will be able to log their training dives on ScubaEarth (via the website or using the free PADI App). From there, the instructor will be able to review and verify the information is correct. This digital approach to logging dives eliminates the need for bulky books and, with mobile devices often at students’ fingertips, is way for them to reflect and capture their diving memories straight after the event.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Making it easier for students to log their dives = more accurate dive logging and happier customers who’ll want to come back and dive with you again.

#4 – Interactive format will enrich the learning and teaching experience. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch takes the existing high-quality course material and mixes it together with a range of videos, interactive quizzes and an intuitive navigation style that’s designed for mobile devices. This immersive format will help turn potentially tricky topics into fun and engaging sessions.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Enjoyment and understanding of the dive theory will lead to rewarding sessions for both students and their instructions = positive experiences, which students will remember when booking their next course with you.

#5 – It supports the values of Project AWARE. In the age of eco-awareness, divers are encouraged to help protect the underwater environment by all means possible. By teaching with PADI Open Water Diver Touch instead of paper materials (where available), you’ll be using less paper, helping to combat marine debris and deforestation issues.

The Benefit to You: Helping your customers contribute positively towards conservation issues that are close to divers’ hearts = a feel-good factor that will encourage divers to choose your business.

Want to see more? Check out – and share with your potential customers – our PADI Open Water Diver Touch video.

To purchase or learn more about PADI Open Water Diver 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.

Training Insights… PADI Rescue Diver Part 6: Rescue Techniques

RDOnLn0310_1493There are often many different techniques that divers can use to meet the performance requirements with the PADI Rescue Diver course. You will usually teach one or two techniques that you find the easiest for each skill, but if students achieve the performance requirement by using another method which they find more comfortable, then that’s perfectly acceptable too.

Different training locations, equipment and personal attributes will dictate what the easiest technique is for each individual diver. The PADI Rescue Diver course is all about arming divers with lots of tools so that they can choose the best one to assist in a situation if and when it arises.

Don’t be afraid to ask other divers and instructors how they perform each exercise. Even if you don’t want to use their techniques on a regular basis, by taking note of the variety of options available, you will have a bigger “toolbox” to help divers who are struggling and who might need some fresh suggestions on how to approach a skill.

Check out the PADI Rescue Diver Course Presentation notes and Guide to Teaching for ideas on different techniques you can implement within your teaching sessions.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download your free marketing toolkit to help promote the PADI Rescue Diver course to potential students. For any enquiries about the toolkit please contact marketing.emea@padi.com

For more information on the training requirements for PADI courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Instructor Development Courses- UK and Ireland

0706 Winter is Coming Email HeaderDuring 3rd and 4th quarter 2015, PADI 5* IDC centres in the UK and Ireland will benefit from additional marketing support for their Instructor Development courses. This support will include guidance on how to effectively structure and advertise your IDCs, and dedicated marketing tools. Further to this, IDC candidates will receive extra incentives for attending an Instructor Examination in UK or Ireland during October, November or December.

If you are a Five Star IDC Centre owner and you want to know more about this opportunity, you can listen to specific details of the promotion by clicking here. If you were able to attend the recent live Webinar, you may also wish to refresh yourself on the details of this campaign.

Dive Centres and Course Directors wishing to take part in the “Winter is Coming” IDC Challenge can download the electronic IDC marketing collateral here. Dive centres that regularly conduct IDCs will benefit from this additional marketing collateral, whilst those that have not conducted a recent IDC will have an opportunity to effectively launch and promote one of these prestigious courses.

PADI Master Scuba Diver certification, the “black belt” of recreational diving

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Master Scuba Divers, and those working towards this rating, are really important to your business as they are loyal, engaged and regular customers.

From the divers’ perspective, it’s a worthy aspiration, and a goal they can set for themselves right at the beginning of their diving education. Most importantly, divers are motivated to continue their education, exploration and understanding of the underwater world, which is a winning formula for everyone.

When Should I introduce Master Scuba Diver?

Introduce this level as the goal for every diver early in their training, and continue to encourage them whenever they dive with you or join another course. If divers don’t yet meet the experience requirements don’t look at this as a barrier, but as an opportunity to offer them a PADI specialty course to gain experience.

A very powerful way of introducing PADI Specialty Diver certifications to your students is through the Open Water Diver specialty links. Many Specialties can be partially taught alongside the Open Water Diver course, with your students simply completing the balance of a specific Specialty diver course (such as Boat Diver) during a fifth training dive after their last open water dive. Once your students have received their first Specialty certification so early on in their training, it becomes a natural progression to attain more, as well as helping them to move toward the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

In addition to linking the Specialty courses to your Open Water Diver courses, you can also link your Open Water divers to the Rescue Diver course by introducing Rescue Diver skills to Open Water Divers. PADI Open Water Divers may participate in knowledge development and rescue exercises in confined water. Do keep in mind that Open Water Divers will need to attain Adventure Diver status, including Underwater Navigation, before taking part in open water elements of the Rescue Diver course.

Tips for Marketing the Master Scuba Diver program?

PADI specialties themselves cover a huge variety of diving so offer the specialties you are passionate about and that showcase your local diving (or where your dive trips are planned). For example, you could offer a cold water Master Scuba Diver program, and include Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver and Equipment Specialty courses. The key is to have several options that are of interest to a broad range of students and to ensure your marketing highlights the theme of the Topic.

Recognition is hugely important

The PADI Master Scuba Diver certification is the highest non-professional level certification in the PADI system. Be sure to recognise those achieving this level on a recognition board in the centre and online, in your newsletters and on your social media pages.

And the Standards?

PADI Master Scuba Divers are Advanced Open Water and Rescue Divers with five PADI specialties and at least fifty logged dives, and the credential is available for Junior Divers as well. Once your student meets these requirements, you certify them using a special Master Scuba Diver application. This application can be downloaded from the PADI Pro Site, and remember you only need to be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or higher to sign off Master Scuba Diver applications.

Time limited Special Offers

To help you promote Master Scuba Diver we have two great offers:

FOR DIVERS: Free ecard with Master Scuba Diver Applications until the end of 2015!

Show your divers your own ecards, so that they know what these look like.

FOR PADI MEMBERS: Five specialty diver manuals for the price of four until the end of September 2015!

So, what are you waiting for? Your divers are already working towards becoming PADI Master Scuba Divers, all you need to do is let them know!