Archive | May, 2015

Show your Dedication to Ocean Protection – Become a 100% AWARE Partner with Project AWARE

29 May

By Alexa Ward, Project AWARE Community Relations Specialist

Are you an instructor or dive centre that takes ocean protection to heart? We all want to keep our undersea world clean and healthy – not just for ourselves, but for the dive community, now and for future generations to come. If conservation is important to you and your business, consider becoming 100% AWARE.

Across the globe, PADI Instructors and Dive Centres are committing to ocean protection through 100% AWARE partnerships. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy and abundant ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify through PADI PIC Online.* 100% AWARE partners’ ongoing contributions make a difference by providing vital funds to support Project AWARE’s two core areas of focus: marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection.

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Best of all students certified through a 100% AWARE partner will receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card, so that they can proudly display their support and remember their positive experience with you! Divers value practices that protect the ocean and want to dive with instructors and dive centres that share their values – show them that you care!

Project AWARE

Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps to become a 100% AWARE Partner:

  • Get started by submitting your 100% AWARE partner agreement. Individual instructors and dive centres may apply. You have the option to donate $10 per certification card, or a flat donation of $250 per month.
  • Log into POL using the PADI member number on your 100% AWARE agreement and select your choice of preferred certification card.
  • That’s it! All your certifications will be automatically issued as AWARE cards without making a donation to process.

It’s easy to get started! Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification – the benefits are endless! If you need any help along the way, Project AWARE is here to help. Simply contact Project AWARE’s Fundraising Specialist, Lauren Wiskerson at lauren.wiskerson@projectaware.org or click here to learn more.

*With the exception of EFR, Seal Team and Tec Rec.

Get Familiar with PADI’s Digital Product Line

27 May

The PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading digital products designed to modernise and enrich the learning experience of Students and PADI Professionals.

To get the most out of each product, whether it’s the PADI App or course materials, make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite Brochure.  This handy reference guide provides the key facts about each Digital Product, including:

  • Product components – what’s included
  • The languages available or coming soon
  • What PADI courses are supported
  • Whether it’s for use on computers, tablets or both
  • Which operating system it’s compatible with
  • Whether internet access is required
  • Who can purchase the product (consumers / PADI Pros) and how

PADI continues to focus on the translation of PADI’s Digital Product Line and is committed to adding many more languages. Many of our Digital Products are now available in a long list of languages including (but not limited to):

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English French German Japanese
Polish Dutch Italian Korean
Chinese Swedish Spanish Portuguese

The PADI Digital Product Suite Brochure also features a comparison between PADI Certification Paks in the form of a handy one-page summary. You’ll see at a glance what’s included in the online and offline versions for the PADI Open Water Diver course, ensuring that you can easily choose the right product for you and your students’ needs.

Click to download your PADI Digital Product Suite brochure today.

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’.

Dive Centre Manly’s ‘Dive For Cancer’ Treasure Hunt

26 May
Dive Centre Manly Dive For Cancer

Over 60 divers and snorkelers joined in for Dive Centre Manly’s Dive for Cancer – Treasure Hunt at Shelly Beach on Sunday 17th May.

This year Dive Centre Manly’s annual Treasure Hunt supported the Cancer Council of NSW. The extremely successful event raised a record breaking total of $6,000.00 with all proceeds donated providing vital funding towards research and clinical care for cancer.

The Dive for Cancer – Treasure Hunt began at 12 noon on Sunday 17th May, 2015, with around 65 divers and snorkelers eagerly taking the plunge into the waters at beautiful Shelly Beach, Manly. Weather and diving conditions were superb – they were joined by Giant Cuttlefish, Rays and Dusky Whaler sharks – and it wasn’t long before items of ‘treasure’ – strategically placed potatoes – immerged from the deep in the hands of successful divers.

As any diver will tell you, diving works up an appetite. Dive Centre Manly had that in check with 2 BBQ’s fuelled up to feed the hungry hunters. They quickly consumed 100 sizzled sausages in rolls along with a few bevvies to go with it – served up by staff from PADI Asia Pacific.

 

 

Excellent prizes were up for grabs for divers who were lucky enough to find the sunken treasure. The major prize donated by Dive Adventures was a Discover Vanuatu holiday with 7 nights accommodation at Hideaway Island Resort, Port Vila.

Jubilant winner Alison Dines from Sydney had a few words to say about taking out the major prize, “Thanks for a great day on Sunday at the Dive for Cancer Treasure Hunt. I must say that the Dive Centre Manly team did such a great job organising the event and making sure it ran smoothly, as did the staff from PADI. The quality of all the prizes was amazing!   Well done on raising so much money for such a good cause!”

Other fantastic prizes included dive equipment – a Halcyon Traveler BCD, TUSA Male and Female snorkel sets, an Aeris A300 Dive Computer along with a Great Barrier Reef dive trip for 2 on Sprit of Freedom, a PADI Open Water Course, a PADI Divemaster Course and dive trips with South West Rocks Dive Centre and Firefish Charters.

Similar ‘Dive for Cancer’ fundraising events have already been held elsewhere in Australia to support the Cancer Council but this is the first time such a benefit has been held in Sydney.
One of the divers participating was Mike Holme, Executive – Risk Management and Industry Relations – PADI Asia Pacific, who shared his experiences as a cancer patient with the group. Mike’s information gave them an insight into the importance of raising funds for cancer research.

PADI Course Director and Dive Centre Manly’s owner Richard Nicholls declared, “We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all who came to support the event. It was great to see so many of you there – you all made it a really fun day. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for their generous prizes.”

Dive Centre Manly Dive For Cancer

The major prize of a Discover Vanuatu holiday was won by Alison Dines from Sydney, pictured at the event with Richard Nicholls, owner of Dive Centre Manly

7 Ways to Keep Divers Engaged During Winter Months

25 May

Not all dive locations in Asia Pacific have 20+ degree water all year round so for those of us heading into winter (which hit New Zealand with a vengeance these last few days), we need to start thinking about ways to keep our divers engaged throughout the cooler months.

Continuing education gives you the perfect opportunity with many PADI and EFR Courses available to offer our divers, both in and out of the water, throughout this cooler period. The key is to offer a range of courses that will appeal to a mix of customers.

Ice Diver

Lake Alta in Queenstown, NZ provides a unique opportunity to experience diving under ice

Here are 7 Ways to Keep Divers Engaged During Winter Months

1. Cold water diving brings unique marine life and great visibility, so be sure to continue promoting your regular fun dives to those not put off by the temperature. Be sure to promote these cold water benefits to your divers.

2. You can offer the PADI Drysuit Specialty, or work with local manufacturers to host a ‘try a drysuit’ event for customers. If your divers are warm and equipped properly, winter diving can be amazing.

3. The winter season enables us to offer courses we might not always have access to so it is a great time to think about options you don’t normally offer. For example, the Ice Diver Specialty – an incredible experience to tick off a divers bucket list!

4. PADI’s new ReActivate programme also offers a great opportunity to get inactive divers back in the water and ready for the summer season. ReActivate can be conducted in confined water so potential weather-related obstacles are limited.

5. You can shift focus to the many other courses that don’t require in water training. These can include AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation, Emergency First Response, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist, Project AWARE Specialist and Gas Blender.

6. Many PADI Tec Rec courses also begin in the confined water meaning you can start the course now and complete it once the water rewarms.

7. PADI Divemaster and Instuctor training requires both classroom and confined water scenarios. You can aim to complete these in the cooler months so you’re ready to begin in the open water once the weather warms up.

With so many options available all you need to do is create a short-term winter plan and align with your marketing efforts.

The PADI Pro’s website have all the tools you need to have a great winter season.

Contact your PADI Regional Manager who will be more than happy to get you started!

Written by Jen Clent, PADI Regional Manager for New Zealand and Fiji

Want to Plan a Dive on Your Mobile Device? Well here’s how…

20 May

By using PADI’s eRDPml Touch you have the ability to plan a single or multilevel dive through interactive Dive Tables.

Accessible on mobile devices and tablets, the eRDPml makes Dive planning more convenient than ever. Whether you are teaching a course or wanting your students to plan their Dive, this is for YOU!

erdpmlFor use on: Tablets and mobile devices

Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android based devices

Where to Find: PADI Library App

Internet: Necessary only for downloading to the PADI Library App.

Course – All courses

Components: Electronic, interactive dive planner that includes instructions and practice exercises.

Sold To: PADI Members a la carte and as part of the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Paks – Offline (via PADI Sales Consultants and the Online Shopping Cart). It is also sold to divers a la carte (via padi.com and the PADI App.)

For more information – contact your 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’.

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PADI App Now Available in Multiple Languages

15 May

padi-app-imageThe PADI App re-launched in late 2014, bringing a number of invaluable scuba diving tools to the fingertips of PADI Divers and PADI Professionals.

With the latest update release, the PADI App is now available to download free of charge in eight different languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish – and there’s more to come in the future!

With the benefit of reading content in their local language, divers and potential customers will be able to enjoy a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to learning – and continuing – to dive. PADI Professionals are able to use the variety of integrated tools to help inform customers and enrich their learning experience.

Key Features include:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator
  • Integration with ScubaEarth dive sites
  • Information on the top diving destinations around the world
  • The ability to log and edit dives on ScubaEarth – within the PADI App
  • News feeds from PADI social media and blogs
  • Access to PADI Gear™ collections.
  • Useful dive tools including knots, hand signals and dive checklists
  • PADI course information including the ability to purchase PADI eLearning and Touch programs.
  • 24/7 Access to PADI eCards
  • Direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site

The PADI App is the hub of the PADI Digital Suite – a place for further information and access to purchased digital products via the PADI Library App, which is integrated into the PADI App.

How to access new language versions:

The PADI App will automatically match the language which the mobile device is using, as long as that language is available (otherwise, it will default to English). Current PADI App users will see the new language setting on their next update, while new users can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download the application.

The updated version of the PADI App is available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download it free today!

Congratulations to PADI Five Star Dive Resort – Dive Wananavu

13 May

dive wananavuCongratulations to Dive Wananavu who become a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort in May 2015.

Dive Wananavu, situated in the pristine surroundings of (AAA 4-star rated) Wananavu Beach Resort outside Rakiraki Fiji, provides the perfect complement for your next Fiji scuba diving holiday. Rakiraki (Fiji) is located on the northern most tip of the main Fiji island Viti Levu and showcases some of the best scuba diving Fiji has to offer out in the adjacent Bligh Water.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort membership is awarded, on an annual basis, to progressive PADI Dive Centers that provide a full range of PADI diver education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness.

Find out more about Andaman Dive Adventure:

Website: www.divewananavufiji.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DiveWananavu
Twitter: www.twitter.com/divewananavu
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106493224477631036518

For information about upgrading your PADI Dive Centre, contact PADI Retail and Resort Association Manager, Mark Cummins – mark.cummins@padi.com.au