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
Deep 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.
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:
Peak Performance Buoyancy
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.
Have you always wanted to teach a wider variety of diving activities, rather than just DSDs and PADI Open Water Diver courses? If you have a favourite underwater hobby such as digital underwater photography, fish identification or wreck diving, there’s a long list of scuba adventures you can take part in by teaching this program. Not only does this mean you’ll get to do even more of what you love, but you’ll get to share your passion with your students, too.
Don’t forget that if your student completes three Adventure Dives they can earn the Adventure Diver certification (a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course). Each Adventure Dive may also be credited towards the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course and vice versa.
Teaching Adventure Dives is therefore not just a way to progress students’ training opportunities, but is also a great opportunity to encourage your students to try new things, build on their existing scuba skills and gain more confidence overall. Your enthusiasm will help them enjoy scuba diving more than ever.
* Do remember to check your PADI Instructor Manual key standards.PADI (Junior) divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives.