Archive | October, 2017

Applications Closing Soon: PADI x Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships

26 Oct

At PADI we’re big supporters of Women in Diving – the trailblazers, explorers, and fearless females that have made and continue to make incredible contributions to the sport. As an organisation, we aim to encourage, empower and educate women who either want to start diving or who want to be part of a community passionate about the underwater world.

This year, we’ve partnered with the Women Divers Hall of Fame to offer PADI Training Grants. The PADI training scholarships are open to women worldwide, and applicants have until October 31, 2017 midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time to submit their applications. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2018.  Only online submissions will be accepted and no exceptions will be made for late submissions.

There are two training grants available:

PADI 4 Change

One training grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to a deserving woman diver (18 years of age or older) who wishes to further her dive education through PADI scuba leadership diving programs (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor). PADI is committed to mobilizing divers to be a force for good and agent for change.  Applicants that are passionate about making a positive impact in any of the following PADI Four Pillars will be considered: Ocean Health, Marine Animal Protection, People and Community, and Healing and Wellness. $1000 will be awarded for tuition, and PADI will provide the required training materials valued up to $1500. When the recipient completes an approved PADI diving leadership course/program, the training facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training facility, and not to the recipient. The PADI training facility will contact PADI for subject materials. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

PADI Young Explorer Dive Training Grant for Young Women. 

A$1,000 training grant (up to $500 for training and up to $500 for dive equipment) will be awarded to a deserving young woman, ages 13-17, who wishes to begin or continue her dive education through a PADI scuba certification course. Applicants with a passion for ocean exploration or conservation will be considered. Up to $500 may be used for dive training, and up to $500 may be used for dive equipment. The recipient must complete an approved PADI diving course/program at a PADI training facility located closest to the home of the recipient. The training/equipment facility will send the invoice to WDHOF; funds are paid directly to the training/equipment facility, and not to the recipient. Sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

Interested? Here’s how to apply. 

  • Applicants can apply online by completing the online application form.
  • Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions very carefully, and refer to the specific requirements as you complete your application. Full descriptions and requirements of the grants are detailed here.
  • All applications require two letters of recommendation that must be submitted directly by the recommender, and not by the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  • You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year, however, if you are not selected for the scholarship or training grant for which you applied, and you are qualified for another scholarship/training grant, you may be considered for another award.
  • Incomplete and/or late applications (including letters of recommendation) will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

For a complete list of training grants and scholarships available through the Women Divers Hall of Fame, please visit here.

About the Women Divers Hall of Fame

The Women Divers Hall of Fame ™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, education (marine or freshwater), dive instructor education, and dive medicine. They are intended to support independent research and/or internship programs. They do not support living expenses or student loans. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient. Training grants provide funding for diving and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment (but only after dive training has been completed). For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee. For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the awardee will be reimbursed after she/he completes the training.

Regional Training Consultant Position Available with PADI Asia Pacific

17 Oct

PADI Asia Pacific are currently recruiting for a Regional Training Consultant based in Sydney Australia.

We are seeking a new Regional Training Consultant to join PADI Asia Pacific based in Sydney, Australia. The Regional Training Consultant is responsible for educating PADI members about the various features and benefits of PADI products and services and to support the sales of those products and services.

Regional Training Consultant Job Description

For further information and to apply, please visit padi.com or contact Alison Vasek, Manager, Human Resources at alison.vasek@padi.com.au

Register Now for PADI Training Bulletin Live Webinars

12 Oct

Please join us for one of these live, interactive presentations of the PADI Training Bulletin, Fourth Quarter 2017 Edition. During these FREE presentations you will have explained the latest standard changes, plus you can test your knowledge with a series of fun and interactive poll questions.

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 English

18 October 2017, 6pm AEST (UTC+11)

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 Korean

19 October 2017, 2pm KST (UTC+9)

Training Bulletin LIVE – 4Q17 Chinese

24 October 2017, 5pm CST (UTC+8)

 

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 the presenters’ local time zones – to ensure you don’t miss out, please verify the equivalent in your own 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 for your immediate reference when you are listening to webinar. 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 one seminar credit, which can count towards a future PADI Master Instructor or Course Director Application. To receive a seminar credit for having attended three live webinars, or for having watched three recordings of webinars, please submit either the webinar confirmation email or write a brief synopsis about what was presented during the webinar then submit these documents together with your Master Instructor or Course Director Training Course application.

PADI at DEMA Show 2017

10 Oct

 


It’s that time of year again for the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show. DEMA is the largest trade-only event in the world for companies doing business in the scuba diving, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel industries attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world.

The DEMA Show offers a space to conduct business and network, plus you can participate in the most extensive education curriculum in the industry. Please see PADI Programs and Miniseminars offered below.


Course Director Update 2017


Tuesday, 31 October 2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Room: Grand  A, B, C


IDC Staff Instructor Update 2017


Friday, 3 November 2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Room: Orange County Convention Center* S330 A, B, C, D

Early-bird registration fee: $310 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $325 US (after 25 October)

This year’s Course Director Update and IDC Staff Instructor Update centers on the highly anticipated revision of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). Get a sneak peek at some of the IDC components in development including the “Think Like an Instructor” concept and the enhanced knowledge development, confined water and open water evaluation criteria. The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI® staff.
Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors and renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • What’s New: IDC Revision – a preview of this PADI flagship program
  • Evaluation Training Workshop and the New Evaluation Criteria
  • Risk Management in Instructor Development

At the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognising PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register, complete and submit a Course Director Update Registration Form or IDC Staff Update Registration Form.


PADI Social


Tuesday, 31 October 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Room: Grand A, B, C

Kick off the DEMA Show week with the PADI Social in the Rosen Centre Hotel Ballroom. Mingle and network with scuba industry colleagues, PADI staff and your friends as together we celebrate the year’s successes and look forward to an exciting year ahead.


New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Programs Orientation


Wednesday, 1 November 2017
8:00 am – 12:00pm

Early-bird registration fee: $199 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $225.00 US (after 25 October)

This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience (documentation of training/working with divers with disabilities) is verified. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders, and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register, complete and submit an Adaptive Techniques Registration Form.


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 2 November 2017
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room:
Salon 7/8

Registration fee: $625 US

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.

To register, complete and submit an EFR Instructor Trainer Registration Form.


PADI Business Academy: Mastering Online Advertising


Saturday, 4 November 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room:
Salon 5/6

Registration fee: $100 US for Individual Members and $75 US for Retail and Resort Association Members

The seminar is a step-by-step interactive guide to implementing the latest online ad trends. Learn how to tackle and master the most important online advertising trends during this hands-on workshop. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to use online advertising to acquire new divers and keep your existing ones coming back.
What will you learn to implement?

  • Facebook ads, including custom and look-alike audiences
  • Instagram ads
  • Google AdWords
  • Google display ads
  • Google call-only ads

Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

To register, complete and submit a PADI Business Academy Registration Form. 


EVE – Register for all EVE Seminars


EVE SPLASH

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Salon 5/6

Learn how EVE SPLASH can take care of the marketing and communications to help you grow your business. Attend this seminar and walk away with easy-to-implement processes to help you place ads, attract new students, take bookings, manage leads, certify divers, automate follow-up communications and automatically distribute your campaigns using the powerful EVE Agent. This is the perfect starting point for any store owner or manager new to any aspect of EVE DIVING SERVICES.

EVE Marketing

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 – 10:00am – 12:00 pm – Salon 5/6

Discover new campaigns and new designs customised for your store and your customer. Get set up with more than130 ready-to-go, high-end, customisable templates as well as a delivery platform for you to target the right customer at the right time with the right message. Come learn how these sites integrate with your marketing, schedules and your sales goals.

EVE Instructor App Integration

Thursday, 2 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Empower your instructors to drive your business with the new EVE Instructor App for iOS/Android/Web. Learn how the EVE Instructor App can directly connect to EVE in your store, which helps provide your instructors with a range of applications and tools necessary to successfully manage your business and promote your services.

New EVE Online Store

Thursday, 2 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Come learn how to use the online store for e-commerce, online courses and event bookings. Learn about the EVE online store hybrid operations such as “Scuba and Swim” and “Fish and Dive,” which are easily managed with this completely new product architecture.

EVE Marketing Agent

Friday, 3 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Keep in touch with your customers using the right message at the right time with EVE Marketing Agent. Attend this seminar to learn how to use EVE Marketing Agent to increase bookings, continuing education, dive trip sales and servicing.

EVE Synergy

Friday, 3 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Discover the complete system in which EVE Cloud hosting brings every feature and application of all of these products and services together in one place. There is a place for you and your customers, wherever they may be. Discover why EVE Synergy is the best award-winning system for the very best price.


Basic Freediver Course


Saturday, 4 November  2017 – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Orlando YMCA Pool

Registration fee: $199 US

Have you tried the PADI Freediver™ program yet? You can learn more about it, give freediving a try and get started on the PADI Basic Freediver course rating in just a few hours while at 2017 DEMA Show. This half-day event covers the knowledge development and confined water portions of the PADI Freediver course, and successful completion result in certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. At a later date you can complete the two remaining open water sessions to become certified as a PADI Freediver.

Program registration incudes the PADI Freediver Touch™, confined water session and certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. Please register no later than Monday, 16 October, to receive the Touch code to complete independent study in time for the confined water session on Saturday, 4 November. You don’t need special freediving equipment to participate – just bring your regular fins, mask and snorkel. It’s a great, fun way to learn by doing. Find out why so many PADI Pros are jumping into PADI Freediving.

To register, complete and submit a Basic Freediver Registration Form,


Miniseminars at the 2017 DEMA Show

Besides learning about new PADI programs and initiatives, by attending PADI Miniseminars, you can earn seminar credit toward regaining Teaching status or higher PADI Instructor ratings. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.


Mastering PADI’s Paperless Registration Process (required for credit)

Learn about changes to the PADI Online Processing Center and how digital forms and My PADI ClubTM will integrate seamlessly into the student diver registration process. Also gain insight into the new padi.com and get a sneak peek at new download options for the Open Water Diver Certification Pack.

Wed, 1 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C

Risk Management 2017: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (required for credit)

Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? 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, 1 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B
Fri 3 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B

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

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend 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, 1 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program

Learn about PADI’s newest specialty course designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers. Emphasis is on techniques for working with divers with disabilities, but can apply to teaching all student divers as a way to personalize their diving experience in the PADI Open Water Diver course and beyond. Learn how making small changes to your courses will make a big impact on each diver’s scuba journey.

Wed, 1 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C

How to Align your Business with PADI’s Four Pillars of Change

At last year’s PADI Social, Drew Richardson announced PADI’s Four Pillars of Change program supporting Healing and Wellness, People and Community, Marine Animal Protection, and Ocean Health. Learn how each of the pillars can appeal to new markets and diversify course offerings while helping to save our ocean planet.

Thu, 2 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B

Take a Deep Breath and Dive Into Freediving

PADI FreediverTM is gaining momentum and you can only benefit by adding freediving to your course offerings. Find out how you can become a PADI Freediver Center, Instructor or Instructor Trainer and reach a new market segment.

Wed, 1 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B

Membership Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Are you taking advantage of all the perks that come along with your PADI Membership? Do you know what the Pros’ Site has to offer or that there are programs that reinvest in your marketing efforts? Come find out if you are making the most of your membership and what benefits you may be missing out on.

Wed, 1 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C

Managing Your Online Presence

With social media and online review sites, it’s easy for consumers to post comments whether they are positive or negative. Learn how to embrace and even leverage reviews on Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp and My PADI Club to grow your business.

Thu, 2 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C

Tips to Increase Diver Conversions

What is your conversion rate from Discover Scuba® Diving to Open Water Diver? Open Water to Advanced Open Water Diver? Learn how to increase your diver conversion rates and how to strategically link courses to increase continuing education certifications.

Wed, 1 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B

Leveraging My PADI Club to Engage and Grow Your Business

What is My PADI Club? How do you sell it? What’s in it for you? Come learn all about My PADI Club and discover how you can use it to attract new divers and keep current divers engaged.

Wed, 1 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B

New Trends in Social Media to Reach New Divers

You use social media in your current business, but are you using all the tools to reach new divers? Learn how you can use virtual reality, 360 videos, Facebook Live video feed, Facebook eCommerce and Instagram to increase exposure and drive traffic to your business.

Thu, 2 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B

Successful Conversion Tactics for Resorts

Discover new and different ways to increase conversions in resort markets by making small changes to your current efforts.

Wed, 1 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C

Top 10 Customer Service Complaints

When does customer service conflict with PADI Quality Management? We’ll discuss the top complaints that may or may not be Quality Assurance issues but can still create headaches for you. These include failing to provide agreed-to services, failure to disclose details and conditions of a divemaster internship program, and poor maintenance of rental equipment, to name a few.

Wed, 1 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C

Engaging with Chinese Consumers

With more than one in 10 international tourists worldwide from China, it’s no wonder more businesses want to know more about engaging with Chinese consumers. This year alone there were more than 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure. If you wish to cater to the Chinese market, you need to tailor language, products and services. Join us and explore digital marketing strategies for your website and social media channels, as well as ideas and strategies for your business to supercharge your dive operation in the Chinese market now and beyond.

Wed, 1 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C

Shark and Ray Tourism: Building a Better Future for Sharks and Rays

One in four shark and ray species faces extinction driven by overfishing. Yet shark- and ray-related tourism is on the rise. Diving and snorkeling can offer powerful and sustainable economic alternatives. Join Project AWARE® for this interactive workshop and discover how you can put best practice at the heart of your business. We’ll share lessons from the field and work together to help create specific guidelines appropriate to your local community. If you want to use tourism to help conserve sharks and rays in your location then this workshop is for you!

Thu, 2 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C

PADI Swim School: How to Grow Your Scuba Business

Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!

Thu, 2 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B

EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business

Come see how the EVE Complete System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training. This miniseminar will show you all the benefits of EVE including: EVE Splash, integrated website and marketing tools, the new EVE Instructor app, EVE online training and much more.

Wed, 1 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C

Tec Seminars located in the PADI Booth Tec Resource Centre

The Devil is in the Details: What Incident Data Tell Us

Excluding those with medical causes, most fatal dive accidents have violations of accepted practices that cause and/or contribute. Building on last year’s popular “The Mathematics of Diver Risk” presentation, this miniseminar dives into the who/what/whens of poor decisions cascading into catastrophic consequences, possible causes and what we can do about them.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Rebreathers But Were Afraid to Ask

Interested in diving a rebreather but don’t know where to start? Attend this informational seminar to learn the difference between eCCRs and mCCRs, back mount and over-the-shoulder counterlungs, radial and axial scrubbers and more.

Reserve your hotel room today!


A limited number of hotel rooms are still available at the Rosen Centre Hotel at the special rate of $189 US per night (plus tax and resort fee). The price includes complimentary parking, internet and access to the hotel’s fitness centre. Staying at the hotel puts you at the centre of the action – the PADI Social, PADI Course Director Update, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course and other PADI programs take place there. Email christine.grange@padi.com to receive the special room rate today.

 

PADI Instructor Examinations for September, 2017

6 Oct

Congratulations to the many new PADI Instructors who completed their PADI Instructor Examinations in September.

01 September | Taipei, Taiwan

02 September | Sydney, Australia

05 September | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

07 September | Bangkok, Thailand

09 September | Kunming, China

10 September | Goa, India

11 September | Cebu, Philippines

11 September | Hoi An, Vietnam

13 September | Pondicherry, India

14 September | Nha Trang, Vietnam

15 September | Bohol, Philippines

16 September | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

16 September | Phuket, Thailand

16 September | Qingdao, China

18 September | Puerto Galera, Philippines

19 September | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 September | Semporna, Malaysia

21 September | Bohol, Philippines

23 September | Shanghai, China

30 September | Bali, Indonesia

Put the Master Scuba Diver Program to Work

5 Oct

The PADI Master Scuba Diver™ rating is often described as “the black belt of scuba.” While most people know what a karate black belt is, entry-level divers may not understand the prestige of the Master Scuba Diver rating. You need to inspire all your customers to join the elite group of divers who reach this level.

Why? Because it’s not only the ultimate rating that signifies an accomplished and experienced diver, but also because you gain a customer who takes eight courses, commits to more than 50 dives, and will likely purchased a full set of gear. There are at least three reasons why you should implement or bolster your Master Scuba Diver program today:

  1. Offer and fill more courses. The Master Scuba Diver program sets goals for your customers and they enrol in the courses needed to reach their goals.
  2. Support active divers. The more training your divers receive, the more dives they make, the more gear they purchase, and then they dive even more.
  3. Create loyal customers. Your diver retention rates will increase as your divers become more competent and comfortable in the water.

Ideas for raising awareness and interest in your Master Scuba Diver program:

  • Create a wall of fame in your store to recognise customers who have achieved the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Publicly chart the progress of current Advanced Open Water and Rescue Divers to encourage friendly competition among students.
  • Invite Master Scuba Divers to be guest speakers at your next course orientation.
  • Give special recognition to your Master Scuba Divers at a dive club meeting or store BBQ.
  • Develop a five specialty program for your area that showcase local diving, or perhaps focuses on the environment – Cold Water Master Scuba Diver or Eco-Master Scuba Diver.
  • Offer an exclusive dive trip only for Master Scuba Divers.

5 Tips for PADI Divemasters Looking to Become Instructors

5 Oct

Written by Guy Corsellis, PADI Regional Training Consultant for East Thailand

I recently received recognition for 20 years as a PADI Professional – a proud moment for me. Now, as a PADI Regional Training Consultant, I look back at two decades in the industry and am grateful for the journey I have been on. It has been a passion that becomes a wonderful career.

Prior to this role, as a Course Director, most of my career has been focused on instructor level training, which brings me to my question – have you thought about becoming a PADI Instructor?

Getting this ticket truly allows you to travel the world and meet some incredible industry colleagues. It is still the dream job for young and/or innovative people. If you feel comfortable helping others, if you love the ocean as much as I do and if you’re ready to be a student for life, you will have a bright future as a PADI Instructor.

Once you have decided to take this step, please allow me to share of few tips on how to become successful.

  1. Remain humble and stay positive. Being positive and optimistic and smiling by default, will motivate and inspire others around you. You will touch the lives of so many as a PADI Instructor, so make sure it’s a positive memory you leave them with. Be more than a role model – be a mentor. Remember, that the PADI system of diver education is student-centered. So display proper attitude at all times and leave your ego at the door.
  2. Persevere and expand your knowledge. Stay updated on new diving techniques, advancements in technology and equipment changes. Continue your own education and be a student yourself. That will help you understand how your students may feel under your tuition. Consider enrolling in programs that make you a stronger ambassador to the underwater environment. Divers today want to learn from those who care about something bigger than themselves.
  3. Be punctual, organized and adaptable. People depend on your choices. You are there to show our future divers proper attitude. Arrive early for classroom or confined sessions. Make sure everything is set up and ready to go when your divers arrive. Accept that logistics in your PADI Dive Centre do change and are dependent on many factors. Dive Center owners need flexible instructors that know how to adapt to unexpected situations or when under pressure.
  4. Be sociable and available. It is important to spend time with your diver students. Not just in a classroom or in the water, but during surface intervals and breaks. Remember that sociable and professional often go hand in hand (more on professionalism later). Take and make the time to have lunch with your divers. Your body and brain need food to perform at an optimum. Lunch with your students is the perfect moment in time to share experiences with your divers and become friends. At the end of the day don’t run home when the clock strikes 5:00pm, take the time to debrief and listen to your student’s needs.
  5. Be professional. You will be judged against expectations and standards. Your image and competence is important. Respect your students and pay attention to how you communicate with them. Be committed, courteous and supportive. We all learn differently, so listen to their needs.

I strongly believe that these few tips will help you to have a long and successful career. If you’re currently a part-time Divemaster, it may be a challenge for you to leave behind another career that you’re attached too. I made the choice to become a full time Instructor some time ago and never regretted it. Change is positive.

With the right attitude becoming a PADI Instructor will be a life changing event. Get out there and visit a PADI IDC or CDC near you and earn the most sought-after credential in the diving industry.

Best of success!