Archive | March, 2017

Want to Get Involved in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017?

31 Mar

In 2016, men and women from all over the world took part in more than 700 PADI® Women’s Dive Day events in 77 different countries. New and expert divers came together, gearing up for everything from high tea on the high seas to shark dives and underwater clean-ups.

Let’s do it again, only bigger on 15 July 2017. More new divers and more ambassadors for the underwater world.

Start planning your PADI Women’s Dive Day event to promote your business and strengthen both the local and global dive community. By hosting an event, we can help encourage more women, men and families to take up diving, continue on their diving journey or become a PADI Pro, as well as strengthen our community of regular divers.

Previous PADI Women’s Dive Day events have ranged from PADI courses, fun dives, Project AWARE Dive Against Debris, BBQs and more!

Need inspiration? Check out the PADI Women’s Dive Day page. There are also marketing materials available on the PADI Pros’ Site for download in five different languages.

Have Questions? Please contact Marketing Consultant, Erin Leach for Women’s Dive Day or Women in Diving campaign assistance.

Don’t Self Diagnose: Seek proper diving medical advice

13 Mar

 

Written by DAN Asia-Pacific

“It was during the extended surface interval that my symptoms commenced with chest pain that felt like muscle strain. Upon lying down I felt nauseous, the chest pain intensified, and then severe itching of my chest and stomach began. Red welts appeared and spread over my torso.

I spoke to the Divemaster and suggested I should breathe O₂ but the Divemaster said the rash was an allergic reaction and I didn’t need it.

Over the coming hours the rash became dark red and very painful, so I sought advice from the Captain, who was also a Divemaster. Again I suggested breathing O₂, but he was also positive there was no need given it was more likely to be an allergic reaction.”

As it happens, this incident on a liveaboard in Malaysia is not an unusual scenario. Finally a call was made to DAN AP, and it was confirmed that the diver had a skin bend with some additional neurological symptoms that had gone unnoticed. She was advised to breathe O₂ until the boat returned to port the following day. Fortunately, the diver’s symptoms improved greatly with oxygen first aid and only one recompression treatment was required. The situation could have been much worse: It is inappropriate and unwise for dive professionals to withhold oxygen.

Comment by DAN Asia-Pacific’s John Lippmann

It is important 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.

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, many 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).

By calling the DAN Diving Emergency Hotline (available 24/7, 365 days a year) you will speak to a diving medical specialist 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 with a DAN Member, is that DAN will become involved in the management of the situation, and costs will be covered within the limits of their Membership and optional Dive Injury (Treatment) coverage.

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 +61-8-8212 9242.

In the event of a diving accident or illness, seek proper medical advice.

www.danap.org

PADI Instructor Examinations for February, 2017

9 Mar

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in February, 2017.

4-5 – Sydney, Australia

4-5 – Cairns, Australia

6-7 – Koh Lanta, Thailand

7-8 – Gold Coast, Australia

10-11 – Perth, Australia

11-12 – Moalboal, Philippines

14-15 – Bohol, Philippines

15-16 – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

17-18 – Moalboal, Philippines

18-19 – Phuket, Thailand

18-19 – Semporna, Malaysia

18-19 – Jeju Island, South Korea

18-19 – Papeete, French Polynesia

20-21 – Malapascua, Philippines

21-22 – Koh Tao, Thailand

22-23 – Manado, Indonesia

28-01 – Lembongan, Indonesia

Congratulations, 2016 PADI Elite Instructor Award Recipients

5 Mar

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Top certifying PADI Instructors will be receiving their Elite Instructor Award for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or more than 300 certifications in 2016. The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives them the means to promote their elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others.

Elite Instructor Award recipients receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (both signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor cards, and an e-badge they may use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages. Elite award instructors may authorize PADI Dive Centres or Resorts with which they associate to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’ digital site as well.

Check out the 2016 Global Elite Instructor Recipient List to see who earned an award for their 2016 certifications. Listed PADI Instructors can go to the “My Account” tab on this site to download their 2016 Elite Instructor e-badge, and should also be able to see their e-badge on their PADI Pro Chek results page.

Visit the PADI Elite Instructor information page to read about the 2017 program.

My PADI Club™ Complete Pro Benefits

5 Mar

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In case you haven’t surfaced in a while, here’s a quick overview of the all-new My PADI Club.

  • Accessible from any device, My PADI Club is a digital platform that makes it easier for consumers to start diving and for divers to keep exploring and sharing their passion for diving.
  • Divers connect with other like-minded divers, share dive experiences, track dives, find the information they need to continue diving and save money on dive gear and training with PADI Members.
  • It gives divers the online tools, community support, expert advice, information and savings they need to become lifelong divers and aquatic world ambassadors.

In a nutshell, My PADI Club is an opportunity for the dive industry to work together to attract more people to the sport and turn them into lifelong diving ambassadors. It specifically addresses barriers to new diver enrollment and key reasons why divers become inactive. Here are five major benefits for dive pros of all stripes:

Pro Benefit 1: Grow Your Business

My PADI Club is your solution to attracting and retaining more divers. It encourages consumers to go diving and continue their dive education with you. My PADI Club increases your sales by offering customers discounts on equipment purchases and PADI courses as powerful incentives to buy equipment and training. The My PADI Club gear discounts are supported by top dive industry manufacturers including Aqua Lung, Cressi, Fourth Element, Hollis, Lavacore, Oceanic, Sherwood Scuba, SCUBAPRO/UWATEC, SUUNTO, and TUSA.

My PADI Club members enjoy exclusive discounts, equal to the cost of membership, on training such as PADI eLearning® for divers on the continuing education ladder, or PADI ReActivate® for those who need a helping hand to get back into the active dive community and/or want to keep their skills up to date.

Pro Benefit 2: Earn More Money

My PADI Club offers a new revenue stream to all PADI Dive Centres , Resort and Professional members: You earn a commission for every diver you enroll. PADI Pros receive $5 US, PADI Dive Centres and Resorts receive $15 US, and PADI Five Star Dive Centres and Resorts receive $20 US. (These are US Dollar-based figures; international translations will follow.)

Pro Benefit 3: Strengthen Customer Relationships

My PADI Club connects Members directly with divers and students. The Buddy Finder and Dive Logbook can deepen customers’ connections to your dive shop if you encourage them to use these tools. Personalised Go Dive! Alerts allow you to select favourite dive sites and preferred conditions to make sure you never miss an opportunity to share a potentially great dive with customers again. Watch your customers’ journeys and stay connected to them along the way.

Pro Benefit 4: Gain Total Access

My PADI Club offers all these tools and features for free. That’s right, no need to pay for a subscription. As a PADI Professional Member, you get all the benefits simply by registering your information. Become a cornerstone of the largest community of divers in the world. Join the conversation, share your adventures and find new dive buddies.

Pro Benefit 5: Enjoy Free Advertising and Promotion

My PADI Club is a platform to promote events, find new customers and drive more business through your door. It’s essentially free access to millions of divers around the world. There’s free promotional space available; you can customise your profile image, make use of course contact forms and banner ads, and the Dive Site Locator  is seamlessly incorporated. There’s more coming, such as custom reports based on platform data that will help dive shops target and communicate with those divers particularly interested in specific offers.

The biggest benefit of all is that My PADI Club is born of experience gained from more than 50 years in the dive industry. It’s backed by research conducted by one of the world’s most respected independent research firms, and shaped by the voices of the customers to deliver exactly what divers are asking for. My PADI Club is a unique, best-in-class opportunity offering all PADI Members the essential tools every diving authority needs. It simply helps PADI Dive Centres, Resorts and Pros drive more repeat business, earn more money and build stronger relationships with customers.

Elevating Purpose: PADI’s Four Pillars for Change

4 Mar

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Over the past 50 years, PADI has become a global network of dive centres, resorts and professional members who do a lot more than teach diving, sell dive equipment and run dive trips. PADI Members transform lives every day. Together, we have certified millions of divers, ambassadors and protectors of our water planet.

And our water planet needs every diver, ambassador and protector it can get. Eight million tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. There’s so much plastic that we use terms such as “plastic soup” to describe the vast accumulations. Elevated temperatures and ocean acidification have effectively destroyed 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs. Overfishing is rampant. Some shark species are on the brink of extinction, their numbers reduced by as much as 80 percent – the loss of these apex predators would throw entire ecosystems out of balance.

Collectively, PADI must commit to acting as a force for good in the world. By connecting divers with the PADI family and empowering them to take action on issues relevant to our industry, we can become an even more powerful catalyst for change. If we can engage divers around the world more effectively locally, global change is inevitable.

This is why PADI’s Four Pillars for Change launched in 2016. These four initiatives accentuate our deeper purpose:
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OCEAN HEALTH
: Support global efforts for a healthy ocean. Partner with Project AWARE to remove marine debris and forge partnerships to establish Marine Protected Areas around the world.

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MARINE ANIMAL PROTECTION: Protect marine life biodiversity. Support Project AWARE® and other organisations that work to enact legislation, educate the public and fight shark finning and overfishing.

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PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY: Do more to help build dive infrastructure and support training local people to foster sustainability. Educate and support local communities to cultivate the protection mindset necessary for ocean health and marine animal protection.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
: As we help heal the world externally, we heal internally as well. In diving, many people have found hope for their futures. Stories of triumph over adversity, illness and hardships testify to diving’s healing power. Share the incredible stories about personal transformation so others may benefit.

These powerful messages resonate with people the world over. People want to be involved with entities that make a tangible difference, but they have to know about them first, so it’s vital to get the message out. Take a look at your current communication plan and incorporate these initiatives in ways that fit with your particular local needs and opportunities. You’re likely already doing this, but making it a priority to let people know about this shared commitment is a powerful way to grow the base of divers, ambassadors and protectors our water plant depends on.

There’s no better day to highlight your commitment to the Four Pillars for Change than 22 April 2017, Earth Day. Since 1970, Earth Day has focused on environmental issues and given voice to an emerging global consciousness. Now, 47 years later, Earth Day continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action. It’s a perfect opportunity to let your local community know about your efforts on behalf of the environment, and it’s just the type of news that’s likely to get picked up by local media.

Faster Download Digital Certification Pak Now Available

3 Mar

The Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak – Offline (English), product #60460-1, has been enhanced to accommodate users with limited internet connectivity. This independent study pak comes with two download options: 1) the PADI Open Water Diver Touch™, a single large file with integrated videos, and 2) a digital PADI Open Water Diver Manual, which has embedded quizzes and exams in addition to the Knowledge Reviews that can be stored and uploaded whenever the user connects to the internet. Student divers continue to have access to digital versions of the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) table and eRDPML™. The PADI Open Water Diver Video is also now available separately from the high resolution Touch version, and can be downloaded in six separate low-resolution files (including the Introduction and five sections).

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Student divers have the option to download either version of the Digital Certification Pak – Offline training materials based on their connectivity and device storage capacity. Because the file size of the separate videos and manual is smaller, the files download quickly even with a slow internet connection. In addition, users can download the files individually or all at once, offering even more flexibility when accessing training materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the main differences between the two versions of this product?
A:
The Open Water Diver Touch, which contains integrated high-resolution videos, must be downloaded as one file and this is best achieved with a fast internet connection. The smaller, separate-file option is comprised of the Open Water Diver Manual file and the six compressed Open Water Diver Video files. Student divers may download one video at a time or all six at once (internet bandwidth/time allowing).

Q: How does a student diver purchase this product?
A:
After registering for the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak – Offline and logging in to the PADI Library App, new and existing student divers have access to both versions, and see these 12 folios::

  • Start Hereinstructions on how to begin
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch (high-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Introduction (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 1 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 2 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 3 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 4 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 5 (low-resolution file)
  • eRDPML (digital version)
  • RDP Table metric (digital version)
  • RDP Table imperial (digital version)

Q: Are there instructions explaining how to access the manual and low-resolution videos?
A:
Yes. The second confirmation email sent to student divers, which includes instructions on accessing the product, also includes information regarding the two options. The Start Here folio provides simple step-by-step instructions on how to begin. In addition, at the beginning of the digital manual there is also information regarding the option of streaming or downloading video files.

Q: Can a student start one version of this product (high- or low-resolution version) and switch between the versions without losing any work?
A:
Yes, but once a version is selected, it’s recommended the student remain with the initial choice throughout training. However, if a student does switch, the Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Exam scores will carry over to the eRecord as long as the student completed and submitted the results.

Q: How soon will this low-resolution option be available in other languages?
A:
Expect to see rollout of translated materials in several languages in third quarter 2017.