Archive | November, 2015

PADI on behalf of the Dive Industry; Dive Industry Warning & Notification

22 Nov

PADI LogoVertColorPADI, on behalf of the Dive Industry, is posting this warning and notification in regards to a recent event that occurred when filling a SCUBA cylinder.

View the Dive Industry Warning & Notification.

PADI Asia Pacific

PADI Freediver™ Course

21 Nov

freediverWith the PADI Freediver program launch earlier this month, it’s a great time to map your path towards becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor.

As a current PADI member there are various options to qualify as a PADI Freediver Instructor. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (or those with a higher PADI rating) who are also certified as Emergency First Response Instructor and PADI Advanced Freediver (with the required freediving experience) can apply directly for the PADI Freediver Instructor rating. Qualifying certification from another organization may also qualify.

PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructors who are also certified as Emergency First Response Instructor and PADI Master Freedivers can attend a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course. Qualifying certification from another organization may also qualify.

To get you started on your pathway to become a PADI Freediver Instructor, PADI Asia Pacific has scheduled PADI Freediver courses in various locations across Asia Pacific.

The PADI Freediver courses conducted by leading industry experts includes full two-day tuition, all required materials, access to confined and open water as well as certification fees if the course is completed successfully. PADI Staff will be available during the course to provide business counselling and advice as well as additional information on how you can become a PADI Freediver Instructor. You will be responsible to bring your own equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and exposure protection).

To register for a PADI Freediver courses please follow the links below. The information provided is subject to change for reasons beyond our control, and additional courses may be scheduled in 2016 on demand.

PADI Freediver Course 3 – 4 December 2015 Phuket, Thailand  signup
PADI Freediver Course 10 – 11 December 2015 Koh Tao, Thailand  signup
PADI Freediver Course 14 – 15 December 2015 Bali, Indonesia  signup
PADI Freediver Course 16 – 17 December 2015 Sydney, Australia  signup
PADI Freediver Course 21 – 22 January 2016 Boracay, Philippines  signup

Please register as soon as possible so that we can send you the required student materials ahead of the actual course as you will need to complete some study prior to course attendance.

If you have any questions regarding these launch programs, please contact the PADI Training Department via email at

PADI Online Product Registration: Alternate Method

15 Nov


If you have a student who’s having trouble receiving the registration email from PADI for their eLearning, Touch, etc. below is an alternate way for them to access their digital product.

Email your customer the link below along with their access code from your Online Processing Center.

  • Ask the student to open this link using Firefox or Chrome (as opposed to Safari or a mobile browser).
  • Direct the student to complete the Sign Up for a PADI Account form on the right side of the screen.
  • If applicable: remind the student that each diver needs to use a separate email address. Two people cannot share an email.

Note: If your student already has a PADI Account, direct the student to log in using their email address and password.


If the digital product purchased is available in multiple languages, the student will be prompted to choose a language. If the product is only available in English, your student will not see this screen.

Important Note: Once the language has been selected it cannot be changed, please ensure the correct language preference is selected.


Next, your student will be asked to review and accept PADI’s privacy policy.


On this screen, your student will type in the address for their student record. If “send card to student” is selected during the certification process, this is the address where their certification card will be sent.


The final step in registration is for the student to enter the access code you’ve given them. From here, the student will able to access their online training / Touch product via the PADI app and PADI Library app.


This screen shows any digital products that have already been registered. The student can click the VIEW button to get more information on how to view or access their digital products.

Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’

12 Nov
Abyss Scuba Award

L-R: Drew Richardson – President and CEO of PADI Worldwide, Peter Letts – owner of Abyss Scuba Diving and Danny Dwyer – Vice President, Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development (PADI Asia Pacific) at the DEMA Show in Orlando, USA.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is delighted to announce that Abyss Scuba Diving from Ramsgate NSW, has received an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’.

Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide presented the award to Peter Letts, owner of Abyss Scuba Diving at the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show in Orlando, USA on 6th November, 2015.

Following the presentation Drew Richardson commented, “I would personally like to commend Abyss Scuba Diving on the outstanding training they provide in the dive industry and through the years for having always placed high emphasis on the educational development of their staff. Congratulations to Peter and the team.”

In June this year, Abyss commemorated their fifteen years in business and fifteen year milestone as a PADI Member.

They became a PADI Dive Centre in May 2000 and after only two years had passed, Peter Letts and his team had achieved PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre status. In 2010 they accomplished their long term goal of becoming a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC).

PADI 5 Star CDC’s are businesses which offer professional development beyond regular instructor training.

Abyss are currently the only PADI CDC in the state of NSW and one of only 7 PADI CDC’s in Australia. Staff qualification levels of their professional dive team are among the highest of dive centres worldwide, with 3 PADI Course Directors, 2 PADI Master Instructors, 3 PADI Staff Instructors and 3 PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers on staff. In August this year, 4 professional staff members at Abyss became the first female PADI Explorer Rebreather Instructors in Australia.

On receiving the award, Peter remarked, “At Abyss Scuba Diving we have built our business on providing the best possible service to our divers and to achieve this – we need to have a well-trained, customer focused team. I deem the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’ as a reflection of the importance we place on training and developing our staff”.

In the past 12 months, Abyss has sent 3 of their staff members to the USA for further training and a fourth staff member to Malaysia for training as a PADI Course Director.

PADI Course Directors achieve the highest level of training of all dive professionals and represent the top 1% of dive instructors throughout the world.

Abyss have achieved significant success over the years to become one of Australia’s leading dive operators. Winners of multiple PADI awards and dive industry accolades, Abyss are also avid supporters of their local community.

Congratulations to Abyss Scuba Diving on receiving this prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to PADI Instructor Development’.

What’s the difference between ReActivate Touch and Scuba Tune up eLearning?

11 Nov

111115 - Image 2How many times have you heard, “I’m a certified diver, but it’s been a little while since I was in the water”?

Have you asked yourself what a newly refreshed and active diver is actually worth to you and your PADI Dive Centre?

  • How much would you make from selling a new Mask, Snorkel & Fins ?
  • How much could you earn from selling PADI Continuing Education Courses?
  • How about inviting them on a recreational Dive Trip to use their newly refreshed skills?

Now ask yourself what is the difference between ReActivate Touch and Scuba Tune up e-Learning?

ReActivate Touch

The ReActivate program includes the ReActivate Touch that you can download to your tablet or mobile device. Refreshing your diving knowledge has never been easier or more convenient. The PADI ReActivate program also:

  • Delivers cutting edge technology to re-educate you on fundamental scuba knowledge you may have forgotten since your last dive.
  • Offers a prescriptive approach to refresh skills you need or want to focus on. Your PADI Instructor will work with you to get you acclimated with gear set up and skills you’ll work on prior to jumping back into the water.
  • Includes a completion certificate for those who finish the academic portion and a PADI replacement card if you complete both academic and in-water skills with a PADI Instructor.

The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

Your PADI certification does not expire.  Participation in PADI ReActivate™ is not mandatory, but recommended as an easy way to refresh your foundational scuba safety knowledge and skills if you haven’t been diving in a while.111115 - Image 1

To assist you with your marketing efforts for PADI ReActivate and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, there is a comprehensive marketing toolkit available on the PADI Pros’ Site in the Marketing Toolbox section. This marketing toolkit provides a full range of resources including website banners, social media collateral, email templates, digital brochures, images, consumer information, digital posters and much more.

PADI is also undertaking a targeted consumer campaign for PADI ReActivate (and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch) in November and December, so it’s a great time to make sure your PADI Dive Shop is effectively promoting these to benefit from this campaign.

Visit the Marketing Toolbox of the PADI Pros’ Site to download these marketing toolkits

Scuba Tune up e-Learning

What does it cover?
PADI Scuba Tune-up Online content is broken down into 8 easy-to-learn sections after an introduction, covering Safe Diving Practices, Dive Planning Fundamentals, Problem Management, Breathing Air at Depth, Dive Computers and Dive Tables, Planning Dives with the RDP, Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox and Diving Skills Review.

How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning® system presents your Scuba Tune up Student with presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check understanding of the presented information before moving on. End-of-section exams verify your Scuba Tune up Students mastery of the entire topic and are automatically scored.

How long does your Student have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.

What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?
If all information is reviewed, the PADI Scuba Tune-Up online will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

The possibilities are endless – get back in contact with your Divers TODAY and ReActivate them!

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 Freediver™ Program Webinars

6 Nov

PADI Freediver

If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control.

The PADI Freediver program is complete with student materials and instructional tools that follow the PADI educational philosophy, which makes it easy for qualified PADI Professionals to quickly start teaching. Like all PADI courses, the program was bred from first-hand experience as industry experts and competitive freedivers played a critical role in its development. This key advisory group, including Jay Huang of Taiwan, Myoungho Noh of South Korea, Oli Christen of Indonesia, Liz Parkinson of the Bahamas and Alejandro Lemus of Mexico, worked closely with the PADI organization to establish a freediving training curriculum that addresses technique, form and safety for nearly any experience level.

The PADI Freediver tiered course structure has participants build upon their skill sets and knowledge as they advance from PADI Freediver to PADI Advanced Freediver and, ultimately, PADI Master Freediver. The program provides three corresponding instructor levels (Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor and Master Freediver Instructor), as well as a Freediver Instructor Trainer rating. There is also a subset program called Basic Freediver where students earn a certification in confined water.

PADI Asia Pacific will also be conducting a series of Freediver Program seminars, Instructor and Trainer Orientations for professionals from other training orgnisations and special launch PADI Freediver courses in various locations across the Asia Pacific territory. Please see additional announcements in the next few days for more information.

All PADI Freediver program materials will be translated into Chinese and Korean and PADI will conduct launch programs in Korea and China in the first quarter 2016. There will also be other languages and launch programs announced in 2016.

You are invited to join us for live, interactive presentations of the PADI Freediver program. The presentation will provide you with an overview of all courses, core standards and requirements and prerequisites to gain the instructor ratings.

PADI Freediver Program  English 17 November 2015 6pm AEDT  click here to register
PADI Freediver Program  한국어 Korean 19 November 2015 4pm AEDT  click here to register
PADI Freediver Program  中文 Chinese 20 November 2015 8pm AEDT  click here to register

What do you need to do before the event?

First of all make sure you are registered by clicking the relevant link above. The above listed starting times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) which is 11 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). You will need to convert these 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) found here.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Best Regards,

PADI Asia Pacific Team

Unit 3, 4 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 2086, Australia
Call +61-2-9454 2848 or email

PADI ReActivate & Equipment Specialist Touch Marketing Toolkits Now Available

3 Nov

To assist you with your marketing efforts for both PADI ReActivate and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, there are two comprehensive marketing toolkits available on the PADI Pros’ Site in the Marketing Toolbox section. These marketing toolkits provide a full range of resources including website banners, social media collateral, email templates, digital brochures, images, consumer information, digital posters and much more.

PADI is also undertaking a targeted consumer campaign for both PADI ReActivate and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch in November and December, so it’s a great time to make sure your PADI Dive Shop is effectively promoting these to benefit from this campaign.

Visit the Marketing Toolbox of the PADI Pros’ Site to download these marketing toolkits or email or contact your PADI Regional Manager for assistance.