Archive | July, 2015

DAN Safety Tips

30 Jul

danLogoBy John Lippmann. Founder, Chairman & Director of Research, Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific.

The following email was recently received by DAN AP about a 25 year-old diver who was diving in “a developing country”. The names and location has be en withheld.

Case Study

I am Sally’s mother Anny and not a DAN member but desperate to find some information about my daughter’s decompression sickness. Sally was diving in “a developing country” with “Operator X “. She had completed a couple of courses then briefly lost consciousness after surfacing on a dive. She was totally disorientated. Sally was given oxygen therapy but the staff at the diving centre said it wasn’t decompression sickness and let her dive two days later – a “fun dive”.

After this dive, Sally became paralysed from the waist down. She was subsequently given oxygen and admitted to the local International hospital. She has already had five recompression chamber treatments and now is starting five more. She is also having daily physiotherapy. Sally now has some sensation in one leg but none in the other and no feeling around her waist.

I would really appreciate any information as to how long recovery might take and if we can hope for total recovery. Has the diving centre been negligent in not diagnosing the first episode? Thank you so much for anything you can tell me.

As you have just read, this was obviously a tragic accident. It is important to review any such accident and to try to determine what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it, or to manage it in the best possible manner. In doing so, it’s useful to ask yourself, what would I have done in similar circumstances?

A few thoughts have occurred to me and I’ll share these. Maybe many readers would have had similar thoughts.

Making decisions about the severity of a problem.

I have often mentioned in talks and articles how important it is for dive professionals not to try to diagnose whether a diver in their care has suffered a significant diving injury. Unless medically qualified and trained or adequately orientated in diving medicine, most dive professionals simply don’t have the expertise and experience to diagnose a medical problem.

There are a variety of first aid-related courses available through diver training agencies as well as general first aid training organisations, and DAN. Although these are valuable for all divers and essential for dive professionals, they are focussed on the provision of first-line care, which is by definition first aid. They do not provide sufficient knowledge or training to diagnose anything but a very basic illness or injury with certainty. That is why, unless the problem is very minor and it is blatantly obvious what the issue is, it is important to contact a diving medical specialist for advice for any medical problems that have developed during or after scuba diving.

You might wonder why advice from a diving doctor is usually preferred …?

The diving environment exposes a diver to a variety of physical and physiological changes as a result of increased pressure, the effects of immersion, breathing compressed gas, and certain other factors. Most medical training includes little or no education on diving medicine and, as a result, the vast majority of doctors have little idea of the impact of these changes, especially in divers with certain pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease, among others).

Sally’s mother later told me that the dive operator did not seek medical advice. I have no idea whether or not this was the case. However, it seems unlikely that they had, given the fact that Sally was diving again two days after becoming unconscious. In such circumstances, it is essential that the diver be properly examined and assessed. Unconsciousness soon after diving is often associated with decompression illness, but can also result from a variety of other factors, including non-diving-specific medical conditions. All of these need proper medical investigation, especially before further diving is contemplated.

DAN Asia-Pacific funds a Diving Emergency Hotline which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide advice to divers, dive professionals and medical professionals in a situation where a diver has symptoms after diving. The call is directed to a diving medical specialist (who is usually a diver themselves) who will give advice on the appropriate first aid and appropriate follow-up assessment and treatment. The injured diver or caller doesn’t need to be a DAN member to get advice – it is available to anyone for free. The difference is that with a DAN Member, DAN will then become involved in the management of the situation.

It is certainly wise for dive professionals to use this service to help achieve the best outcome for divers in their care. It also transfers the decision-making from the dive professional to the doctor, removing the opportunity for the dive professional to make a bad decision and reducing potential liability.

Calls to the hotline are toll-free within Australia by dialling 1800-088200. The hotline can be reached from outside Australia by dialling +618-8212 9242 although these calls aren’t toll-free. There is no charge for the service as the doctor provided their services for free.

The importance of good oxygen first aid.

The administration of as near as possible to 100% oxygen is the cornerstone of first aid for decompression illness. Prompt and appropriate oxygen first aid will likely reduce the number of required treatments and accelerate recovery from DCI.

The only encouraging thing to read in Anny’s email was that oxygen first aid was available and that Sally was given oxygen. However, no details are provided to determine the adequacy of this.

After many treatments, Sally can manage to “hobble a few steps at a time” and is currently waiting to be repatriated to her home country for on-going treatment and likely many months of constant physiotherapy. It is far too early to know to what level she will recover.

I sincerely hope that this case report provides some good “food for thought” and discussion and will serve to reduce the chances of a problem like this re-occurring.
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PADI YouTube Videos Exceed 1 Million Views

27 Jul

The PADI Go Dive, Keep Diving & Go Pro videos have now reached over a million views on the PADI YouTube channel!

Continuing in popularity, these videos demonstrate the opportunities and experiences available for scuba divers, from a recreational to professional level.

View these videos and utilise for your own content purposes via the below.

PADI Go Dive

PADI Keep Diving

PADI Go Pro

For further information on these videos or how to get the most out of them, feel free to contact your PADI Regional Manager for assistance.

You can also access these from the Marketing Toolbox on the PADI Pros Site.

PADI Women’s Dive Day Events – 18 July, 2015

23 Jul

PADI Asia Pacific would like to say Thank You to all PADI Dive Centres and Resorts who participated in the first ever annual PADI Women’s Dive Day.

Over 80 events took place in 13 countries around Asia Pacific. This was a great day for everyone to support and acknowledge women in diving at all levels. We want to acknowledge all those that put in the time and effort to host an event. We hope you all had a great time on the day!

Here is a small selection of photos from Women’s Dive Day events that took place around Asia Pacific, feel free to add any photos from your event.

Hashtag your images and videos or search #PADIWomensDiveDay to take a look at all the great events from around your region.

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Orca Dive Club - India

ADEX China, 11-13 September 2015

21 Jul

ADEX Beijing 2015 - LogoADEX China will take place from Friday 11th September to Sunday 13th September 2015 in conjunction with the Beijing International Diving Expo 2015 at Beijing Exhibition Centre in China.

Following on from its success in Singapore, ADEX China aims to gather all individuals, businesses and organisations in the diving industry and showcase their offerings to the Chinese market. In addition, organisers have put together a fantastic program that revolves around recreational diving, free diving, technical diving, underwater photography and marine conservation.

Contact your PADI Regional Manager for more information.

Details
Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) China 2015
11 – 13 September 2015
Beijing Exhibition Centre
Beijing, China
www.adexchina.cn

You can view the full list of Dive Shows & Events PADI will be participating in here.

PADI Asia Pacific Training Bulletin Live Webinars

21 Jul

Please join us for live, interactive presentations of the PADI Training Bulletin, Third Quarter 2015 Edition. During this live presentation you will get to see the latest standards changes plus you can test your knowledge with a series of fun and interactive poll questions.

Training Bulletin LIVE – 3Q15

English

21 July 2015 6pm AEDT (UTC+11) REGISTER
Training Bulletin LIVE – 3Q15

Chinese

27 July 2015 8pm CST (UTC+8) REGISTER
Training Bulletin LIVE – 3Q15

Korean

30 July 2015 2pm KST (UTC+9) REGISTER
Training Bulletin LIVE – 3Q15

Japanese

11 August 2015 11am JST (UTC+9) REGISTER
Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q15

English

20 October 2015 6pm AEDT (UTC+11) REGISTER

What do you need to do before the event?

First of all make sure you are registered by clicking the relevant link above. You will need to convert the above listed starting times to your local time zone.

On the day all you will need is a computer/tablet or notebook connected to the internet and a set of speakers or headphones to listen in. Login early to ensure your system is functioning properly.

For more information about using the GoToMeeting software reference the GoToMeeting Attendee Quick Reference Guide (PDF).

You can download the latest PADI Training Bulletin by logging into the PADI Pros’ Site and then clicking on ‘Training Essentials’ and ‘Training Bulletins’. It is useful to have a copy you can read when you are listening to webinar so you can refer to it. Under this heading you will also find recordings on previous webinars and registration links to future events.

Seminar Credits

If you sign up and attend this webinar plus another two PADI Asia Pacific LIVE webinars within a 12-month period, you will receive a seminar credit, which can count towards a future PADI Master Instructor or Course Director Application. All from the comfort of your own home or dive centre and it is FREE!

We look forward to seeing you online!

PADI at DEMA Show 2015

16 Jul

DEMA Show


Course Director Update 2016


Tuesday, 3 November 2015
7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grand Ballroom, Rosen Center Hotel

Early registration fee – USD $295
Registration fee after 13 October – USD $320

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 2016. Renewed, teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • Incorporating PADI Digital products in Instructor Development Courses
  • PADI Online Processing Center workshop: How to train the instructors of the future
  • Evaluation training workshop and PADI Digital products use

Don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors. Arrive at 7:00 am to complete registration and enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast.

Download the registration form or contact Lisa Joralemon at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


PADI Social


Tuesday, 3 November 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rosen Center Hotel Ballroom

Come and toast to 50 years of PADI as we celebrate all PADI Members – past and present – and their invaluable contributions to the aquatic realm, the dive industry and the PADI organisation. This milestone is their achievement – as they truly are the way the world learns to dive. The night includes a special tribute and appearances by industry legends, followed by networking and merriment.

RSVP Today


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 5 November 2015
8:00 am -1:00 pm
Salon 7/8, Rosen Center Hotel

Registration fee – USD $575

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.

Download the registration form or contact Lisa Joralemon at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


IDC Staff Instructor Update 2016


Friday, 6 November 2015
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Orange County Convention Center – S320 B, C, D

Early registration fee – USD $295
Registration fee after 13 October – USD $320

This year’s IDC Staff Instructor 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 2016. Renewed, teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend this half-day program. Topics include:

  • Incorporating PADI Digital products in Instructor Development Courses
  • PADI Online Processing Center workshop: How to train the instructors of the future
  • Evaluation training workshop and PADI Digital products use

Download the registration form or contact Lisa Joralemon at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to enrol.


EVE


Training, Equipment and Travel Sales & Marketing with EVE

Wednesday, 4 November 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Salon 5/6
, Rosen Centre Hotel

See how you can use EVE to increase your training income by using EVE to create course packages, sell equipment to customers before, during and after courses, promote and sell travel and trips to divers on your courses, market promotions and packages to divers in training using the EVE Agent, promote continuing education to divers who purchase equipment and promote equipment packages to divers who book on courses.

Reaching Out to your Divers with EVE

Thursday, 5 November 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Salon 5/6
, Rosen Centre Hotel

Learn how you can use the EVE suite of web services as the basis for expanding your sales territory to the maximum possible customer base. This includes integrating EVE Calendar with your EVE Online store, integrating your EVE website CMS system with your EVE database, using EVE agent to target customers with automated messages based on activity and a hands-on guide to setting up the MailChimp integration to send email and newsletters.

Reporting and Analysis with EVE and Integrating Results with your Marketing

Friday, 6 November 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Salon 5/6, Rosen Centre Hotel

Financial and business analysis is at the heart of your success as a dive business. Come and discover how EVE’s reporting and analysis tools can help guide you to make the right decisions for your business and use that information to improve your marketing, promotion and sales efforts.


Miniseminars at the Orange County Convention Center


Seminar and/or Teaching status credit is available to PADI Members who attend a total of four (4) PADI miniseminars, including Risk Management 2015: Protect Your Divers and Yourself and three other presentations. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.

PADI Digital Suite 101: How to Attract and Enroll Divers

Take an in-depth look at the digital experience from both the diver and dive-business point of view. This seminar will consist of live demonstrations that will walk you through code assignment, the consumer registration experience and focus on integrating digital products into your business.

Wed, 4 Nov
9 am – 10 am
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
9 am – 10 am
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 A/B

PADI Digital Suite 201: How to Nurture and Communicate

Now that you’ve sold your student diver a digital code, how do you continue to nurture the customer relationship? Discover the touchpoints you have to enhance your customer’s educational experience and the tools available to conduct a successful digital course.

Wed, 4 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 A/B
Fri 6 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 A/B

PADI Digital Suite 301: How to Keep Divers Engaged and Loyal

Attend this miniseminar to discover best practices for processing digital learners and maintaining interaction and engagement after their certification is complete. Tap into their technological mindset and use tools such as ScubaEarth® to keep divers coming back for all of their scuba needs.

Wed, 4 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 A/B

PADI Product Showcase and Standards

This one-hour seminar will focus on the new additions to the PADI suite of offerings, including:

  • Discover Scuba Diving Touch™
  • PADI Freediver program
  • All-new Online Processing Center
  • Certification Pak Language Expansion

Discover how to leverage these products and programs for your business while learning about any additional standards changes that will affect your daily teaching.

Wed, 4 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 C
Fri, 6 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 A/B

ReActivate™ Your Business

Did you know a ReActivated diver can generate up to $16,000 US in revenue? Learn how to integrate the PADI ReActivate program by making small changes in exchange for a large return on investment. You can also find out how to tap a new market by ReActivating non-PADI Divers.

Wed, 4 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 C
Fri, 6 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 C

Hold Your Breath! Dive Deeper into the New PADI Freediver Program

Freediving goes against the first rule in scuba diving: never hold your breath. The two principles may be contradictory, but ultimately both are good for business. Learn all about the new PADI Freediver program and how to integrate it into your current course offerings.

Wed, 4 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 C

Risk Management 2015: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (Required for credit)

Are you 100 percent prepared in case of a dive accident? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

Wed, 4 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 A/B
Thu, 5 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 A/B

Website Best Practices

Your website should be just like your staff: inviting, informational and able to close the sale. Learn how make small changes or additions to your website in order to keep your business running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wed, 4 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 C
Fri, 6 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 C

“No Fear” Pricing Strategies

Learn how to price with confidence and find out why you should raise prices year over year. Don’t be afraid of being paid what you’re worth. Find out how to use the PADI Digital Product Suite to your advantage and increase your bottom line.

Wed, 4 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 C

CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Come to this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the Course Director Training Course.

Wed, 4 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 A/B

PADI Partner Seminars


Diving Against Debris Is Getting Easier

Join Project AWARE® staff for an exclusive test drive of the new Dive Against Debris℠ workshop, specifically designed to help dive professionals engage divers in Dive Against Debris activities and report better data more often. You’ll help Project AWARE create a better tool and walk away informed and empowered to take your Dive Against Debris efforts to new depths.

Wed, 4 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220 C
Fri, 6 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220 C

Managing your Swim Program and Pool Operation Risk

Risk management in the context of swim lessons can be very different from safety considerations with scuba students. Learn how the PADI Swim School, which incorporates safety benchmarks into the curriculum and has the highest safety standards in the industry, can help make you the industry leader in risk management along with being the drowning prevention expert in your community.

Wed, 4 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 C

Expand Your Business with EVE

Discover how the EVE system and platform of services can help boost sales, increase diver acquisition, enhance diver retention, lower business costs, speed up customer communications, reduce logistical headaches and provide real-time information about the state of your business.

Wed, 4 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220 C
Thu, 5 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220 A/B
Fri, 6 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220 C

Get a jump on booking your DEMA hotel room


Be one of the first to book your room for DEMA Show 2015 at The Rosen Centre Hotel – just steps away from the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Call PADI Travel Network to secure the special room rate of $175 US per night (plus tax) and you’ll receive complimentary parking, internet hook up and access to the hotel’s fitness center.

Along with the popular PADI Social, PADI programs mentioned above will take place in the Rosen Centre Hotel so you’ll be staying in the center of the action.

Contact PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada) or email ptn1@padi.com to book your room today.

*Rates subject to change without notice.

New PADI Replacement Card Series Features Moments Only Divers Get to Experience

15 Jul

PADI has teamed up with underwater photographer David Valencia to create a stunning new series of certification cards. The Blue Water Series by David Valencia limited-edition replacement cards showcase three incredible interactions between divers and the planet’s most majestic creatures.

“Through these moments and images it is my hope that people may discover or rediscover our deep connection with the ocean.” says Valencia, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. “This connection is necessary in compelling those to preserve this important environment for generations to come.” Valencia shares the stories behind these photos.

Humpback Whale and Diver, Roca Partida, Mexico

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Humpback whales arrive each winter in the waters of Baja and southern Mexico. At the isolated dive site of Roca Partida, an oceanic pinnacle of the Socorro Islands, humpback whale interactions have increased over the past few years. At the beginning of one of our dives, a female humpback dived down to us and rested in front of the group. She hovered there, motionless, except for her giant pectoral fins that sculled back and forth. Her giant eye watched us as we found a respectful distance. Observing a living being as large as a submarine underwater is an experience difficult to express in words. She stayed with us for about 25 minutes and then floated to the surface tail first, seemingly playing. She took a few breaths and dived back down to the group. The divers came up beaming – it was the most amazing experience of their lives.

Schooling Jacks, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Mexico

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Cabo Pulmo is a National Marine Park located 112 kilometres/70 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo Pulmo has become a source of pride for this small community, and all of Mexico. It wasn’t long ago that the community of Cabo Pulmo was a subsistence fishing village; the families had been fishing the area for generations. A few elders in the community began to notice fewer catches and smaller fish than in the past. There was a movement in the community to preserve the area, and in 1994 Cabo Pulmo became a national marine park. Now, the community works to conserve the area and the marine life that lives there. The community shares their special place with divers and other visitors from all over the world.

This giant school of jacks has become iconic in highlighting the success of the marine park. The size of the school is impressive – the school can fill an area as big as a basketball court, and from top to bottom is about 15 metres/50 feet in height. In this shot I was following my dive buddy, Adil, as he took video of the inside of the school. Finally he emerged from the middle of the school of jacks and there were two goliath groupers in front of him. The fish slowly separated and formed a nice frame around my friend and the groupers.

Giant Pacific Manta Ray and Diver, Isla San Benedicto, Mexico

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Giant Pacific mantas are graceful in every turn. It’s no wonder divers fly all over the world to see these gentle giants. However, mantas are listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In certain parts of the world these mantas are becoming increasingly rare as they face persistent fishing pressure.

In Mexico’s Socorro Islands, located 400 kilometres/250 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas, interactions with mantas are magnificent. It’s not just the sightings of mantas that can make dives with them special, but also the types of interaction. To the delight of divers, mantas enjoy bubbles on their bellies and they will soak up the bubbles as long as there are divers. It’s an amazing sight to see and it also provides divers with a unique insight into their behavior. During this dive, while we were playing with the mantas my dive buddy, Adil, happened to be filming as a black manta slowly squeezed between us. The large manta (four metres/16 feet from wingtip to wingtip) was gliding over me to get to my bubbles. As the manta soaked up the bubbles looked into its eye and could see it processing our interaction. This occurred nonstop for the entirety of our dive.

The Blue Water Series by David Valencia limited-edition replacement cards will be available on 1 July 2015 for PADI Professionals and student divers through the PADI Online Processing Center on the PADI Pros’ Site.

To see more of David Valencia’s photography, visit david-valencia.com.