PADI at DEMA Show 2014

DEMA14_header_600x150b (3)Register for PADI Programs at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton)

Course Director Update 2015 Tuesday, 18 November 2014 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST

This year’s Course Director Update will feature breakout sessions structured to emphasize interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI staff. Learn and share cutting-edge pro training techniques in these sessions, which provide a valuable platform for discussing Instructor Development topics critical to a successful 2015. Renewed, teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • New course offerings and materials, along with practical tips on updating pro programs and keeping candidates current.
  • Risk management topics, including a control technique workshop.
  • “Back to Basics” Instructor Development marketing, focused on effective database use, email marketing, customer service and secret shopper test cases.
  • Evaluation training workshop showcasing the revised PADI Open Water Diver Prescriptive Lesson Guides.

Don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

Contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to register.

Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer Thursday, 20 November 2014 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version) Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

IDC Staff Instructor Update Friday, 21 November 2014 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

NB: This program will be held at: City of Las Vegas Municipal Pool 431 E. Bonanza Rd. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 89101

Join PADI staff for an inwater clinic focused on conducting and evaluating PADI Open Water Diver course skills in a confined water setting, with particular attention to course revisions influencing Instructor Development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and network with the PADI Course Director Training Course staff, which helps develop and revise PADI materials and evaluation criteria. *NOTE: Please bring mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, and the current Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate (product no. 60575).

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

EVE Training

Keeping up to date with changes in technology and programs designed to help a business become more profitable and efficient is important for PADI Dive Center or Resort owners. Don’t miss out on the great opportunities the latest version of EVE offers.

EVE – What’s New in EVE 5.9? Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (AST)

  • Language options – run EVE in Spanish, for example, as well as English. You can mix and match depending on what’s best for you, your staff and your customers.
  • Windows 8 Tablet platforms – run EVE on your tablet devices.
  • Display and user interface options – touch screen advances and more user-specific customization.
  • PIC Online integration – with the new PIC Online platform.
  • Resort features – pickups, boat manifests, course roles, trip roles, staff activities.

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EVE – Would you like more divers to train with you? Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Creating a course schedule, assigning instructors to scheduled classes, booking customers on to those classes and certifying divers automatically through PIC Online – all this can be done through EVE. Learn how EVE can automatically segment divers by certification level, by equipment ownership and by recorded interest, so you can target the right divers at the right time with the right continuing education program that meets their needs and keeps them coming back.

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EVE – EVE Agent…your best employee Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (AST)

Learn how the EVE Agent works full time, in the background, targeting customers with automated messages based on their activity. Inquiry follow-ups, course marketing promotions, continuing education marketing, and service reminders—all targeted precisely and delivered automatically via online newsletter systems with social media integration. EVE Agent sends specific and relevant messages to each customer, at the right time, increasing marketing success and keeping customers happy and doing business with you. Sign up for a hands-on guide to setting up these emails and newsletters using PADI’s email templates and integrating with MailChimp.

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EVE – Are you getting the most from your website? Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Your online presence should project your dive center or resort to the entire web community – advertising, promoting and selling classes, trips and equipment to customers both current and new. Learn how to use EVE to:

  • Expand your sales territory to the largest possible customer base.
  • Integrate with the EVE Calendar.
  • Link to your EVE Online store (complete with a personal, user friendly, content management system) and include blogs and social media feeds.

In real time, learn how to set up and manage your website. You’re in control of your online presence.

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EVE – Is Driving up Equipment Sales your goal? Friday, November 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (AST)

Sales drive business. See how to make sales, create packages, sell courses and manage inventory with EVE. What’s more, EVE can use that sale as a unique chance to promote continuing education. Every PADI course can generate equipment and travel sales. In turn, those sales encourage the sale of the next PADI course. Learn how using EVE’s sales packaging, program marketing, customer relationship management and continuing education follow-up tools can substantially enhance sales revenue.

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EVE – Joining the dots together with EVE… an integrated approach to your dive business. Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (AST)

Think about how many stores, perhaps even yours, manage their day-to-day business:

  • Point-of-sale system
  • CRM (marketing) system
  • Website
  • Online store
  • Calendar and schedule

Ask yourself if any or all of that information has to be entered, updated, tracked, monitored and managed with separate systems. Then consider the advantages if one system was at the heart of all of those functions. When using the EVE suite of services in combination, discover the:

  • Savings in time.
  • Resulting savings in money.
  • Increase in accuracy.
  • Improvement in customer service.
  • Increased marketing efficiency and results.

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EVE – What’s working for you? Friday, November 21, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AST)

Which of your profit centers has the highest revenue? Which day of the week is your key sales day? What’s the value of the inventory you carry? How many PADI Open Water Divers did you certify last year? And how many went on to Advanced Open Water? Financial and business analysis is at the heart of your success as a store owner. Come and discover how EVE’s reporting and analysis tools can lead you to the right business decisions.

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Book your room before 31 August to be entered to win the PADI Social VIP experience!

PADI Travel Network has secured a room rate of just $95 US per night (plus tax) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for DEMA Show 2014. Put yourself at the center of the action and take advantage of the conveniently located PADI programs in the hotel’s convention center, close proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall and the PADI Social shuttle pick up location. Plus, if you book your room through PADI Travel Network by 31 August 2014* you will be entered to win one of three VIP upgrades, compliments of PADI Travel Network. Don’t delay, contact PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2555 to reserve your room space today.

*Book your DEMA Show hotel room with PADI Travel Network between 1 July and 31 August 2014 and you’ll be entered to win one of three VIP booths reserved for you and five of your friends at the PADI Social. One of the three VIP booth winners will also be upgraded to a suite. The winner of the suite upgrade must hold a reservation for at least four nights at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino booked through PADI Travel Network to qualify for the upgrade. Winners will be chosen at random and announced no later than 15 September 2014. Reservations must have been taken between 7:00 AM PDT on 1 July 2014 and 5:00 PM PDT on 31 August 2014. Must be 21 years or older and hold a valid driver’s license or passport to enter Vanity Night Club.

For more information on all PADI at DEMA events please visit the PADI Pros’ Site.

The Perfect Touch


With the PADI Open Water Diver Touch™, your student divers now have another cutting-edge knowledge development option in addition to the traditional manual with video or PADI Open Water Diver Online. So, how does the PADI Open Water Diver Touch differ and how can you integrate it into your PADI Open Water Diver courses?

The PADI Open Water Diver Touch is a highly interactive digital publication that includes the PADI Open Water Diver Manual text and exercises, website links and Open Water Diver Video content. Student divers take Knowledge Reviews online from within the app, which generates an eRecord, which is similar to one that PADI eLearning students receive. At this point, student divers come to you and complete the four Open Water Diver course quizzes and the final exam.

While the general process is the same as with other knowledge development options, here are some recommendations to consider when integrating the PADI Open Water Diver Touch into your courses:

Setting Up Your Students

  • If possible, have students redeem their Touch access code and download the PADI Library App at the time of purchase so you can guide them through the process. Have them sign into the PADI Library App so that they can see that the PADI Open Water Diver Touch and the mRDPML are available for download.
  • Get your own copy of the Touch and familiarize yourself with how it works. Navigation will be intuitive for many of your tablet-using customers but, those unfamiliar with interactive publications may need guidance.
  • Conduct a short orientation session using a demonstration tablet and show student divers how to use the Touch for independent study. Focus on “Getting the Most Out of The PADI Open Water Diver Course” in the Introduction, accessing Learning Objectives at the beginning topics and using the frequent exercises to verify understanding as they go.

Knowledge Reviews

  • Using one of the Knowledge Reviews as an example, tap the “Take the Knowledge Review” link and show students how to log into the Knowledge Review site using the same email address and password they used to register their Touch. Once on the site, show them how to select the correct Knowledge Review and how they are required to login in once more – this time with their password first and then email address. Go through one or two questions and show them how the system provides remediation when they answer a question incorrectly. Emphasize that it’s important that they read this information before answering the question again. The remediation also includes the name of the subsection in Touch where students can return to later to read the topic again.
  • Students have the opportunity to review the questions at the end of the Knowledge Review, just like any other knowledge development format. They can review any topics before moving on to the next section and, if they’re still not clear, bring them to your attention prior to taking the quiz for that section or the final exam.
  • The page students return to in the Touch after completing each Knowledge Review has important information. This page informs students that they’ll receive an email after completing each Knowledge Review and tells them how to access their Knowledge Review eRecord.

Stay tuned for the next installment that will cover eRecords, referrals and the mRDPML. For more information about using PADI Open Water Diver Touch, please refer to Second Quarter issues of The Undersea Journal and Training Bulletin.

What is the PADI Minidive of the revised Open Water Divers Course and how is it conducted?


During confined-water training, students develop skills they will apply and demonstrate mastery of in open water. As PADI Instructors, we look for the student to complete skills in a reasonably comfortable, fluid, repeatable manner as would be expected of a diver at that certification level. The process begins with individual skills. However, while diving we apply multiple skills together, so over the training progression, students learn to integrate the new skills. The minidive lets students carry out the steps of a dive in the same manner they would as certified divers. It gives them the context of how everything fits together and provides the opportunity to repeat skills within the context of a simulated dive. This prepares students better for their open water training, particularly Open Water Dive Four. Although only required in Confined Water Dive Five, you may integrate minidives earlier in your confined water training – and it’s a good idea if logistics and time permit.

Minidives build student confidence by allowing skill practice in context, such as making an ascent at the end of a dive or disassembling gear after the minidive. From an instructor’s perspective, minidives help you evaluate how well students understand the contextual aspects of diving techniques, as opposed to simply having the ability to repeat skills when signalled. Minidives should be fun. Student divers learn better, learn faster, face challenges with more enthusiasm and become comfort-able with diving quickly if they enjoy what they’re doing. Simple ideas motivate divers; start by explaining that they are simulating an open water dive. Add as much realism as you can, such as using similar entries and exits to those used in the local area or that you’ll have them use during open water training. If you will be diving from a boat, mark off an area of the pool to simulate the stern or water entry area of the boat for students to work within. Little things like introducing underwater games during minidives or having someone (not involved in training) shoot video of them during the dive builds enthusiasm. To help students refine their skills in context, you can, for example, make certain zones represent a sensitive bottom they must avoid contacting by controlling buoyancy and maintaining awareness.

Simulating and practicing such aspects of open water dives helps students anticipate what it will be like when they get to open water. PADI’s Guide to Teaching gives you a solid overview on how to conduct the minidive — in particular it explains how the students team up to plan the dive themselves (a practice run prior to Open Water Dive Four), how to use the PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate, and how you will interact and supervise. The minidive provides a perfect opportunity to introduce an underwater attention getting signal. Students hear the signal, make visual contact with you and can respond to your directions underwater. Learning this in confined water offers you more control of your students in open water.


Regarding time management, you may already use a skill circuit or other practice time during confined water training. In this case, you’ll see relatively little effect on your schedule. For those who don’t, you should only notice a minor increase in time because the minidive skills build on skills already mastered. For example, students have already demonstrated that they can swim without a mask, replace it and clear it before they would do so in the context of a minidive. Also, Confined Water Dive Five introduces relatively few new skills, affording more time for the minidive. Some PADI Members who conducted the course revision beta trials found that time spent during minidives is gained back in the open water, as students are more organized and prepared. If you need further information on the revised Open Water Diver Course, login to the PADI Pros Site and search under [Training Essentials, Curriculum, and Revised PADI Open Water Diver Course Information Page].

PADI Releases Open Water Diver Touch

PADI Open Water Touch

PADI introduces world’s most popular open water training system on tablets to connect more consumers with PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.

Continuing to lead the way in diver education and attract more divers to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, the PADI organization has launched the next evolution in the PADI Open Water Diver experience: the revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch. An industry first, the Touch fuses state-of-the-art technology with proven PADI instructional design to deliver the excitement and experience of learning to scuba dive to consumers’ iOS and Android* tablets.

The Touch is a tablet-based version of the PADI Open Water Diver program – the world’s most popular scuba diving certification course. It integrates the PADI Open Water Diver manual curriculum, learning objectives and video clips into a rich, interactive learning environment. Since the Touch is a tablet-based application, no internet connectivity is required to view course content, although users must be online to complete Knowledge Reviews. So, student divers can conveniently access the knowledge development portion of the course at any time from any location. This increased accessibility makes the PADI Open Water Diver Touch extremely appealing to the ever-growing market of tablet users.“As consumer behaviors change, thPADI OW Touche dive industry must change to meet their expectations,” says Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide. “Globally, tablet sales accounted for 48 percent of all PC sales last year. And, the worldwide tablet market is forecasted to grow 47 percent in 2014. Mobile devices have had the most rapid acceptance of any technology in history and people expect to do everything — including learn to dive — with them. The new PADI Open Water Diver Touch lets PADI Members give consumers what they want, and in the process, get them into their local PADI Dive Center or Resort.”

To further grow the industry and drive even more consumers through PADI Members’ doors, the PADI organization has also launched the new PADI Digital Library app, currently available for Apple iPad at the iTunes App Store. Consumers downloading this free app receive complimentary access to the PADI Open Water Diver Touch Introduction, which includes a call-to-action encouraging them to contact their PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in a course. The PADI Digital Library app will soon be available from the Google Play Store for Android devices as well. Consumers can purchase the complete PADI Open Water Diver Touch from PADI Members.

Want to learn more about the PADI Open Water Diver Touch? Contact your PADI Regional Manager or Sales Consultant. If you’re not a PADI Member and would like to learn about all of the innovative PADI products and membership benefits, contact your PADI Regional Headquarters and join the leaders in scuba diver education today.

PADI – The Way the World Learns to Dive®

*iOS version available now. Android version to follow.

Contact Us!

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa
Pavilion 1, The Pavilions
Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 8AE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7234
Fax: +44 (0) 117 971 0400

Registered UK Company Name: PADI EMEA Limited, VAT Registration No: GB 609 3115 60
© 2014 PADI EMEA Ltd.



Photo: Congratulations to John W. Mitchell on recently becoming a PADI Course Director! We wish John all the very best of success in the future.

We would like to congratulate John W. Mitchell on recently becoming a PADI Course Director. John attended the CDTC in Malaysia along with 13 other PADI Master Instructors who successfully completed the programme. John is based in the UK. Well done all the attendees!!!!


PADI Pro Workshops

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is launching an exciting series of practical workshops, offering  you the opportunity to take part in a variety of interactive practical sessions, meet PADI staff and network amongst your peers.

We have a selection of different experiences for you during the course of the day, so bring your dive gear, and join our experienced examiner team for a Control Techniques Workshop, where you’ll take away some hints and tips from the staff on how to conduct some of the classic and updated skills, with an emphasis on real-world best practices for control in open water. You can also refresh your rescue skills in the fun and interactive Rescue Workshop, and make sure you’re up to speed with the latest rescue protocols. And if you’re a Course Director or IDC Staff Instructor, you’re also invited to take part in an Evaluation Training Workshop, where we’ll practice evaluating some of the skills from the recently revised Open Water Diver Course (as a bonus you can attend any of these workshops free of charge if you also just came along to the corresponding IDC Staff Instructor / Course Director Update!).

When you’ve dried off, or even if you aren’t able to attend the in-water sessions, you can also attend the complimentary Risk Management Seminar, pick up some tips on conducting the Revised Open Water Diver Course, and take advantage of a Training Drop-In Clinic to ask the Training team any questions you have about PADI programmes or materials. In some locations, these programmes will also be combined with a Member Forum hosted by your PADI Regional Manager!

You can find the latest schedule of workshop dates and download a registration form here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Power up with the PADI Business Academy


“PADI Business Academy” (PBA) is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members. If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates.

Just take a look at what the PADI Business Academy can do for you!

Join us for the Bristol (UK) PBA taking place 30th – 31st March. This two day programme will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth in 2014.

To register for the programme, complete the PBA Registration Form and return it to the Marketing department by March 24th. Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a £100 credit toward your 2015 Dive Centre renewal.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Member Forums!

Your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Team

Contact Us!

UK Office
Pavilion 1, The Pavilions
Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 8AE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 117 300 7234
Fax: +44 (0) 117 971 0400

SWISS Office
Oberwilerstrasse 3
CH-8442 Hettlingen, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 52 304 14 14
Fax: +41 (0) 52 304 14 99

Registered UK Company Name: PADI EMEA Limited, VAT Registration No: GB 609 3115 60
© 2014 PADI EMEA Ltd.


PADI EMEA Training Webinars 2014


We have now consolidated all the information relating to 2014 webinars on the PADI Pro Site. For details of upcoming webinars, please log into the PADI Pro Site and click Pro Development / BOD webinars and then select PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa. Here you will find all the webinars listed by language, with registration links available for you. This list is updated regularly, so please keep checking back!
if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact

Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes

PADI Open water Diver

Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes

The key consideration while revising the PADI Open Water Diver course was evolution rather than revolution. The course has a long standing, proven track record and didn’t require major renovation. Most of the course components remain reassuringly familiar, but, there are a few new skills that deserve a closer review. Continue reading “Taking the Plunge – Open Water Diver Course Changes”