Archive | April, 2015

Equipment Specialist Touch

30 Apr

Interactive? TICK

Multimedia? TICK

Equipment Specialist Touch….TICK!

One of the most popular PADI Specialty Diver courses is the Equipment Specialist and now there is a new Touch product to help you teach this course. This NEW Interactive, multimedia, tablet-based program reviews the features and functions of current dive equipment and is super easy to use!

The Equipment Specialist Touch gives divers more information about owning their own dive gear and scuba system components such as regulators & dive instruments. This product is a great supplement to the PADI Equipment Specialist course and comes packaged together with a Certifying Credit (PIC).

This new interactive program is based on the Equipment section of the Dive Theory Online and includes short video clips and interactive images such as an “exploded” regulator (see demo video).

It also covers the features and functions of today’s dive equipment including:
• Open-circuit and Rebreathers
• Scuba cylinders and valves
• Regulators
• Instrumentation (including SPG, dive computers, depth gauges and compasses)
• Enriched Air equipment
• How to choose and maintain scuba equipment

This product is the perfect item to package with your new Equipment Specialist course. Why not consider including it as an add-on when a Student signs up for an Advanced Open Water Course or Divemaster Course?

For more information – contact the PADI Sales Department (Tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

PADI Open Water Touch & Lite Digital Certification Packs Now in Spanish & Italian

16 Apr

We have some VERY exciting news for you…

PADI has just released Open Water Touch and Lite Digital Certification Packs in Spanish AND Italian! Both Paks are already available in French and German, and the Open Water Lite Digital Certification Pak now comes in Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Polish.

With a growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry.  During 2015 our Touch and Lite Digital Certification Paks will also become available in even MORE languages….stay tuned!

Your Student has the opportunity to choose their desired language during their online registration process, therefore the Paks, (regardless of language), have the same product code for ease of purchase.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.

Open Water Certification Pak – Touch (Product Code 60460-1)

Includes:

  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver eManual
  • Open Water Video clips
  • eRDPml Touch/RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

  • PADI Library App and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?

Do I need an internet connection?

  • This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

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Open Water Certification Pak – Lite
(Product Code 60490-1)

Includes:

  • Open Water Diver eManual (PDF and online eBook)
  • RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log

Where do I find it?

  • PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.

Who can purchase it?

Do I need an internet connection?

  • This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to access the online eBook, to submit Knowledge Reviews and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

Open Water Digital Certification Pak – Touch and Lite are already available in:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Open Water Digital Certification Pak – Lite is now available in:

  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • Polish

Get yours today!

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

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

PADI Business Academy returns to Fiji

14 Apr

After initially hosting one of the first PADI Business Academies back in 2012, the Academy returns to Nadi to guide PADI Members through new and updated business strategies and plans.

Officially kicking off today, the 15 participants will cover a range of new and updated topics including;

Sales & Customer Service
Visual Merchandising
Online Advertising
Online Processing Center
Website & Blogging
Social Media
Managing your Social Media
ScubaEarth
Database Mining & Email
Youtube

Participants will be encouraged to put together a list of key action items for each topic to address within their businesses. Participants will work with PADI staff to ensure the successful implementation of these key actions, with tailored follow-up marketing consultations provided for all Business Academy participants after the programme.

The Academy is being held at the Novotel in Nadi, with a Member Social to be thrown at the conclusion of the two-day programme on the 14th of April to congratulate all participants on taking the next step to make their businesses grow.

PADI Business Academy, Fiji

PADI Business Academy, Fiji

DAN Safety Tip: Getting Oxygen First Aid Prepared

9 Apr

danlogoBy DAN Asia-Pacific’s John Lippmann

DAN AP has launched an “Oxygen Preparedness and Awareness” campaign to help instructors and operators in the Asia-Pacific region become better prepared for diving incidents.

As part of this campaign, DAN AP is offering PADI Dive Professionals a 15% Discount* off Oxygen Unit purchases made by April 30.

Let’s look at what oxygen preparedness means and what you need to do to become better prepared.

The importance of DAN AP’s “Oxygen Preparedness and Awareness” campaign is strengthened by evidence that highlights the effectiveness of prompt high-concentration oxygen first aid in helping sick or injured divers.

Oxygen Preparedness means:

  • Having the right equipment readily available;
  • Knowing how to use it; and
  • Having an adequate supply to get a diver to an appropriate treatment facility.

Whilst more operators than ever have O2 equipment and know how to use it, too often they don’t have enough oxygen, which is a problem.

Getting Your Business O2 Prepared

As divers become more safety focused they will begin asking more questions of operators before booking a trip and therefore oxygen preparedness also makes good business sense.

The following steps will help you in determining the oxygen requirements for your business.

Step 1: How Many Oxygen Units Does Your Business Require?

This is determined by:

  • The distance/time from land to the nearest appropriate treatment facility (with more oxygen)
  • The distance/time from the furthest dive site to shore
  • The number of boats in operation

It is also important to have backup oxygen available in case, for example, a unit needs to travel with a diver to a treatment facility, whilst others continue to dive.

Step 2: Make Sure You Have a Sufficient Supply of Oxygen

Dive operators should always plan to ensure that enough oxygen will be available for the expected transport time between the dive site and a suitable medical facility. This may mean many hours or even days in very remote locations. It is important not to stop oxygen breathing too soon. Even if initial symptoms have disappeared with oxygen first aid, they can re-appear later and can worsen substantially.

Step 3: Effective Oxygen Equipment that is Well Maintained

It is commonly believed that because a cylinder contains almost 100% oxygen this equates to a person receiving 100% oxygen when they breathe from the equipment. Unfortunately, this is often far from the truth. The inspired oxygen concentration depends on how much air is taken in (entrained) to dilute what is inhaled. As you can see below, different equipment provides different concentrations of oxygen so it is vital the right equipment is used.

Equipment must be capable of supplying near-100% oxygen to a breathing diver by both:

  • A demand valve; and
  • A non-rebreather mask, with a flow rate of at least 10-15 litres per minute (lpm).

It should also be capable of supplying at least 50% oxygen to a non-breathing diver (e.g. resuscitation mask with oxygen).

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Step 4: Make Sure Oxygen is Available at Each Dive Site

All dive operators should have suitable oxygen equipment available at each dive site that is functioning properly and ready to use. Even a delay of 15-20 minutes to oxygen administration can be critical in a severe case of DCI.

Step 5: Staff Trained in Oxygen First Aid

Make sure you have trained staff competent to provide oxygen (as well as first aid and CPR) at each dive site so an injured diver can be quickly assisted.

For maximum benefit, oxygen first aid should be provided as soon as possible after a diving injury and it should not stop unless advised by a dive medical specialist. In the case of DCI, prompt oxygen first aid can help to more quickly reduce the size and of bubbles and so help to minimise the damage they cause.

Step 6: DAN Can Help You

The DAN Team is available to help you implement an effective Oxygen Preparedness Plan that meets your business needs. Email oxygen@danap.org with the following details and you will receive advice regarding the equipment you need to ensure your business is Oxygen Prepared:

  • Your location
  • Distance to the nearest treatment facility (with basic information about this facility)
  • The number of boats you operate
  • The distance (km/time) of each dive site to land.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to receive 15% Off DAN AP Oxygen Units*.

*Offer is valid until April 30. Freight is additional once the 15% discount has been applied to the product purchase. To redeem the offer please mention “DAN-PADI-O2-Prepared” in your email.

Oxygen First Aid Poster

DAN AP has created an “Oxygen First Aid for Divers” poster that Dive Professionals can obtain from DAN AP at no cost. Send us an email with your business name and mailing address to info@danap.org to obtain a copy.

PADI Business Academies in Cebu & Bali – Don’t miss out!

8 Apr

business academy logoWith four remaining PADI Business Academies scheduled in 2015 don’t miss the opportunity to attend one of these informative programmes and kick-start your business plan into action. Tailored to industry marketing strategies and business plans, this jam-packed two day seminar will cover a broad range of key topics including;

  • Email & Database Marketing
  • Online Advertising
  • Facebook, Google+, YouTube, ScubaEarth & more
  • Managing Social Media
  • PADI Online Processing Centre
  • Pricing & Sales
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Website & Blogging
Business Academy Dates Venue
Cebu, Philippines 19th -20th May, 2015 Cebu City Marriot Hotel
Bali, Indonesia 2nd  – 3rd June, 2015 Sanur Plaza

With limited places available REGISTER NOW to secure your spot at either our Cebu or Bali Academies!

Earth Day: It’s Our Turn to Lead

6 Apr

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April 22nd 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year, under the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead” the Project AWARE movement will once again lead efforts to tackle marine debris from beneath the surface of the waves.

We know only too well the devastating impacts marine debris has on ocean wildlife. And we see this first hand. In fact through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, divers are truly able to lead efforts and actions to collect, remove and report data on what lies beneath the ocean surface. It’s a unique perspective, a different view point from the “out of sight – out of mind” view.

So this Earth Day let’s join together to show the world how divers are leading the fight against debris.

  1. Lead and Teach

Get the rating to teach Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris Specialty. 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.

All applications received before 30th April will receive a Dive Against Debris mesh bag absolutely free! Apply direct to PADI today and they will donate your instructor application fee direct to Project AWARE.

All course materials can be downloaded free of charge from www.projectaware.org.

  1. Organize

Add your Dive Against Debris action to the Action Zone at www.projectaware.org/action-zone and invite your local community to take part. Be a leader and raise awareness locally.

Divers are leading the fight against marine debris every day and at every dive. Stay tuned to Project AWARE this April as we celebrate Earth Day and recognize Dive Against Debris heroes like you.

Dive Centre’s work together to clean up their local dive sites before Earth Day 2015

3 Apr

Trailer full of rubbish On March 1st Boating Marlborough Dive Centre (recently renamed Waikawa Dive Centre) in Picton, New Zealand organised an underwater clean up of the sea floor in the western arm of Double Cove. This was brought about by Kate Trayling, a dive instructor at Boating Marlborough Dive Centre noticing the rubbish when taking a student for a dive in the Cove. “ We have to do something about this, showing off our beautiful sounds is great but go underwater and in places it isn’t too beautiful.”

The response was amazing with a lot of encouragement from many individuals and companies.

Another local business –  Blenheim Dive Centre also contacted them to get involved and asked if they could collect the rubbish they had found and put in one place. They too had experienced the situation in Double Cove.

A clean up dive was organised and all assembled at the dive shop. In total 17 people, divers, boat helpers and three boats joined in. It wasn’t long before the scuba and free divers had amassed bottles, tyres, motor parts, buckets, pipes and unrecognizable objects from the sea floor.”I had to say stop to any more rubbish, and call the divers in, as the boats where fully loaded” said Stuart Scaife the organiser. “We only covered a small area really, and we were all surprised by the amount collected”.

This isn’t the only “clean up dives” or “Dive for Debris” that Boating Marlborough Dive Centre has been involved with, and they have worked in with other caring groups.

Their next rubbish dive is on 22nd April which is international “Earth Day” in which they will dive Waikawa Marina and start from where their last Earth Day dive finished. Last time they had divers from Christchurch and Nelson eager to help in this unique dive.

“All our rubbish clean up dives are free for helpers and divers” said Stuart. “We really appreciate the support we receive and people often donate the use of their boats, resources, and time to help out”rubbish group

To find out more about Earth Day visit http://www.earthday.org/ alternatively visit http://www.projectaware.org/ to find out how you can get involved or run an activity to help our underwater friends!