PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 2: Certification Cards

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What will appear on the ReActivated certification card?

The card will look similar to the existing certification cards but will have an extra “ReActivated On” date on the photo side of the card along with the diver’s original certification date.

What level card will this be tied to?

The ReActivate date can be placed on any PADI certification card the diver has earned, including Project AWARE cards* and all specialty diver ratings as long as it was a course requiring open water dives. For example, an Equipment Specialist certification card can’t be used. The ReActivate program covers scuba fundamentals, regardless of the card the diver chooses.

*additional donation fee will apply

What if the diver is a non-PADI diver and not in the system?

On launch, only PADI certified divers can ReActivate. In the future, if the diver doesn’t have a PADI certification, the diver receives a special ReActivate card that is not a certification card, but still acknowledges that the diver refreshed basic knowledge and skills.

Does the “ReActivated” card expire?

No.

What if a diver got certified as a Junior Open Water Diver and now qualifies for Open Water Diver certification card?

Although not required, ReActivate is a great way to upgrade Junior divers to an “adult” card. These divers benefit from refreshing their knowledge and skills, and can get a ReActivate date on their new Open Water Diver card to confirm it.

If I have an eCard, will the “ReActivated On” date appear on my phone?

On initial launch, ReActivate dates will not appear on eCards. In the future, this option may be possible.

What if a diver needs to replace a certification card but has only completed half of the ReActivate program?

A diver can replace a card at any time, but it will not have a ReActivate date unless the entire program is completed.

PADI ReActivate™ FAQ Part 1: Program Details

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What is the PADI ReActivate™ program?

The PADI ReActivate program is a convenient and prescriptive program that’s designed to encourage existing certified divers who have been inactive to refresh their skills and re-enter the sport of diving.

Why create a new program?

A recent survey of PADI Divers showed that of those who were not actively diving, more than 97 percent intended to dive in the future. When asked what would get them back in the water, two popular responses were: “a refresher course that I can complete quickly” and “a prescriptive approach that refreshes only what I’ve forgotten.” ReActivate is designed to give divers what they want – a quick way to refresh what they need to dive comfortably again. The previous Scuba Review program was effective, but not very prescriptive. The new program provides a huge opportunity to re-engage already certified divers and get them to re-ignite their passion for diving and drive them back to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.

Will this replace the current Scuba Review program?

Yes. For certified divers who want help getting comfortable with diving again, ReActivate replaces Scuba Review. The materials and approach are also useful in assessing the divers readiness to continue their education.

How does this program work?

The ReActivate program consists of two sections: knowledge review and inwater skills refresher. To receive a ReActivate date on a replacement certification card, the diver must complete both sections. Some divers may decide to complete only the knowledge review, but the program encourages all participants to complete both sections.

Divers complete the knowledge review material using either ReActivate Touch or ReActivate Online. ReActivate Touch is an interactive program that works on tablets and mobile devices. It can be purchased two ways – from a PADI Member who provides a ReActivate Touch code or directly through the PADI Library App from the appropriate App store. Divers who purchase the Touch version on their own are required to affiliate with a PADI Dive Center or Resort. ReActivate Online is an interactive program designed for personal computers. Divers purchase the access code for ReActivate Online from a PADI Member.

After completing all topics in the Touch or Online product, the diver takes the ReActivate Quick Review online as a final assessment. Upon successful completion, divers can download and print a ReActivate Certificate that includes a unique code. The instructor who completes the inwater skill portion enters the code while processing the diver’s ReActivated certification card online.

Will a card be issued if divers decide they only want to take the knowledge review portion?

No, they only receive a certificate that indicates they’ve completed the knowledge review. To receive the card, they need to complete the both the knowledge review and skills refresher portions.

What if the diver does not take the ReActivate Quick Review online?

An instructor may administer the ReActivate Quick Review in person. Many language versions are available for download from the PADI Pros’ Site. The instructor has the option to enter in the knowledge review completion date within the PADI Online Processing Center to verify that diver has completed this requirement.

What is the minimum age to take the ReActivate program?

10 years old – although with the initial launch a diver needs to be 13 years or older to comply with internet child protection laws. When proper protocols are in place, 10-12 year olds will be able to use the ReActivate Touch and Online products.

Does the ReActivate content expire from the device once it’s downloaded?

Once ReActivate Touch or Online is downloaded from the PADI Library, the material will remain on the device to which it was installed. However, the unique code assigned to the diver is only valid for 12 months. Once the diver redeems the code by downloading the material, the diver has 12 months to complete the program with a PADI Member who will use the code to process a replacement card with the diver’s “ReActivated” date. If more than 12 months pass, the diver will need to purchase a new product and code to receive the replacement card.

Q&A – The PADI ReActivate™ Program

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Q1. What is the PADI ReActivate™ program?

The PADI ReActivate program is a convenient and prescriptive program that’s designed to encourage existing certified divers who have been inactive to refresh their skills and re-enter the sport of diving.

Q2. Why create a new program?

A recent survey of PADI Divers showed that of those who were not actively diving,  more than 97 percent intended to dive in the future. When asked what would get them back in the water, two popular responses were: “a refresher course that I can complete quickly” and “a prescriptive approach that refreshes only what I’ve forgotten.” ReActivate is designed to give divers what they want – a quick way to refresh what they need to dive comfortably again. The previous Scuba Review program was effective, but not very prescriptive. The new program provides a huge opportunity to re-engage already certified divers and get them to re-ignite their passion for diving and drive them back to PADI Dive Centres and Resorts.

Q3. Will this replace the current Scuba Review program?

Yes. For certified divers who want help getting comfortable with diving again, ReActivate replaces Scuba Review. The materials and approach are also useful in assessing the divers readiness to continue their education.

Q4. How does this program work?

The ReActivate program consists of two sections: knowledge review and in-water skills refresher. To receive a ReActivate date on a replacement certification card, the diver must complete both sections. Some divers may decide to complete only the knowledge review, but the program encourages all participants to complete both sections. Divers complete the knowledge review material using either ReActivate Touch or or ReActivate Online.

ReActivate Touch is an interactive program that works on tablets and mobile devices. It can be purchased two ways – from a PADI Member who provides a ReActivate Touch code or directly through the PADI Library App from the appropriate App store. Divers who purchase the Touch version on their own are required to affiliate with a PADI Dive Centre or Resort.

ReActivate Online is an interactive program designed for personal computers. Divers purchase the access code for ReActivate Online from a PADI Member. After completing all topics in the Touch or Online product, the diver takes the ReActivate Quick Review online as a final assessment. Upon successful completion, divers can download and print a ReActivate Certificate that includes a unique code. The instructor who completes the in-water skill portion enters the code while processing the diver’s ReActivated certification card online.

Teach the New Dive Against Debris Specialty

Dive Against Debris Specialty Course

This month, Project AWARE is excited to announce the launch of a New Distinctive Specialty course: the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty.

Led by you, the PADI Instructor, now divers of all experience levels can be equipped with better knowledge of debris issues and empowered with the skills to complete ongoing Dive Against Debris surveys.

From planning the dive to reporting the debris data, the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty prepares students to participate and support regular Dive Against Debris surveys, join other surveys, or, in case of more experienced divers, to start surveys of their own.

The course:

  • Educates divers about the messy problem of marine debris – the damage done, what it is, where it comes from, and how divers are part of the solution.
  • Equips divers with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct a Dive Against Debris survey –  considerations for creating a survey dive profile, use of photography, and decision making on what to remove and what to leave behind.
  • Highlights the five steps needed to record and report findings from a Dive Against Debris dive – weigh, sort, record, dispose, and report.
  • Explains how to join the global Project AWARE movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet.

If you’re looking to really make a difference and support a growing global army of volunteers combatting ocean trash, then teaching this course is for you. Students will gain a PADI certification which counts towards their PADI Master Scuba Diver and they’ll be well on their way to leading and organizing their own surveys no matter where they live or dive. Plus your Instructor Rating counts towards your own PADI Master Scuba Diving Instructor rating. PADI Course Directors can also apply for the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructor Trainer rating.

Join other leaders around the world and become a Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructor today. PADI will generously donate the application fee to Project AWARE. All teaching materials are available free to download.