ScubaEarth® GoPro Video Contest Enters Final Month

Use the ScubaEarth GoPro Video Contest to increase your PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course enrolment.

The ScubaEarth GoPro Video Contest entrants have the chance to win a new GoPro Hero3+ camera with underwater housing and filters by submitting a video (five minutes maximum) promoting the scuba diver lifestyle.

The contest ends 31 July, so don’t miss this chance to use the contest to boost upcoming digital underwater photography or videography courses. Here’s how:

  • Post announcements on your ScubaEarth and Facebook pages.
  • Send customers an email encouraging them to join your upcoming PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Videographer courses to increase their chances of winning.
  • Add a banner or link to your website.
  • Add an article or banner to your newsletter or blog.

ScubaEarth Go Pro contest

Check out some of the previous winning videos:

For details, including the official rules, visit the GoPro Video Contest details page.

New PADI Product Reminders

  • Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch

Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide

PADI Discover Scuba DivingTuesday 1st July 2014 is the implementation date of the Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide exclusively (product #72200).

The new DSD Participant Guide is available in the following languages – English, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Please note that the Discover Scuba Diver Brochure (product #61200) will no longer be sold to PADI Members outside of Queensland, Australia.

PADI Open Water Touch

Open Water TouchFollowing on from the release of the iOS version, the Android tablet version of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch is available now to download from the PADI Library.

Take a couple of minutes to watch the OW Touch Demo Video which will give you a good understanding of just how great this new product is!

For more informationon the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, you can contact your PADI Regional Manager, Sales Representative and/or Educational Consultant.

To order either the DSD Participant Guides or PADI Open Water Diver Touch – Please contact the PADI Sales Department –, (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

Don`t forget you can order anytime from the Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Siteand click Shop Online.


Scuba Diving on Honeymoon

A honeymoon is the perfect time for happy couples to start diving together, or continue their scuba adventures at their honeymoon destination.

To help inspire people to become divers with you either before they go, or whilst enjoying their holiday of a lifetime, we have created the following video: ‘How Deep is Your Love? Go Scuba Diving On Your Honeymoon’ for you to share on your website, social media and email templates.

Business Academy Auckland a Great Success!

From the 23 – 24 June, PADI Business Academy Auckland took place at the Holiday Inn Auckland. 12 PADI Retail and Resort Association Members attended the program over this two day event.

The PADI Business Academy Auckland aimed to empower PADI Retail and Resort Association Members with a number of interactive workshops. These presentations featured a range of topics relating to Social Media, ScubaEarth, Website, Email Marketing and Marketing to Chinese speaking customers. Beyond the practical skills taught, PADI Members were able to network with their Business Academy peers and presenters at a PADI Social Event.

Thank you to all of the attendees for making the PADI Business Academy Auckland a successful and enjoyable event!


Why Dive Sidemount?

PADI Sidemount DiverAs a PADI Regional Manager I have conducted several Sidemount Diver Events in Queensland since the specialty was introduced. Organising such an event is easy, and the PADI Marketing team can assist a dive centre to ensure that the social media event promotions are done professionally and effectively.

Since the PADI specialty Sidemount Diver  (Rec 7 Tec) was released I have taught a few courses in Queensland to my PADI members just to get the ball rolling on the program. The responses have been positive during and after the course but I noticed that some are just a bit conservative when it comes to the Sidemount Diver course. I have done a few presentations where members are asking why you would need two cylinders with the types of diving in the local area (depth, dive times etc). Well, you don’t need to use two cylinders while diving sidemount and why not teach your students in an area where teaching courses are relatively easy. Here are some of the benefits of using Sidemount.

  • easier equipment transportation when topside
  • reduced lower back strain
  • provides redundant gas supply
  • ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
  • increased gas supply for longer dives
  • an alternative way to streamline in the water

Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive.  Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.  


– PADI Open Water Diver
– At least 15 years old 

Contact your local PADI Regional Manager for more information on how to get Sidemount certified.

– Hans Ullrich, PADI Regional Manager

Looking to advertise your content on Facebook?

Despite the dramatic decline in Facebook reach seen across many Facebook Pages, it remains one of, if not the most important online platform for businesses to reach out to their audience.

By boosting your posts and utilising the advertising manager, you can help your most important content reach a greater proportion of your Page Fans or even users who do not currently follow you. These options both require investing a small, or large, amount of money so it is important that you set things up correctly from the beginning of your campaign.

As a newcomer to Facebook Advertising, you may not know of the text-to-image ratio that determines whether you image can be used.

Your promoted image cannot include more than 20% text. This applies to promoted Page posts, offers, App advertisements and all other Ads that will show in the Facebook News Feed. Sometimes if you have more than 20% text in your image you may find that Facebook reject your image immediately or that it takes a few hours before their review process finds yours does not meet guidelines.

An easy way to test whether your image meets guidelines is to use their Grid Tool.

To use the grid tool:

  1. Go to the grid tool.
  2. Click Browse to upload an image you want to use in your ad.
  3. Click Show grid to display the image within the 5×5 grid.
  4. Click on the boxes that contain text. If text is present in 6 or more boxes, then the image more than likely has more than 20% text and may not eligible to be used in an ad in News Feed.
  5. If your image has more than 20% text, you will need to edit your Ad and replace the image.

For more tips on how Facebook and other social media platforms can be used for your dive centre or resort, contact your PADI Regional Manager.

ScubaEarth® App Now Available!

The ScubaEarth App has launched on iOS and Android platforms. All ScubaEarth users (including PADI Members like you), now have the flexibility of accessing specific ScubaEarth features in the palm of your hands and while on the go. Here are some ways you and your divers can use the mobile app:

  • Locate PADI Dive Shops and dive sites.
  • Log new dives at over 8,000 dive sites and share on other social media sites.
  • Connect with divers, dive shops and potential new divers by immediately sending and receiving buddy requests.
  • Access your ScubaEarth logbook and reference all past logged dives.

If you’re an instructor, this is a great way to spend your surface intervals – researching, planning and sharing your dive experiences.

Many new features – including photo and video upload capabilities, enhanced profiles and greater communication avenues between divers and dive shops – will be added over the coming months.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with your divers, potential new divers and be a part of the growing ScubaEarth community.

Download the ScubaEarth Mobile App today.

ScubaEarth App