You’re Invited to the PADI TecRec Instructor & Instructor Trainer Update Webinar

Stay up to date with the latest material and standard changes by attending the PADI TecRec Instructor and Instructor Trainer Update this coming Monday 16th July, 2018.

Hosted by Technical Diving Consultants Junya Kato and Don McFadden, the webinar will cover not only the latest updates, but new option for link Tec 40, 45 and 50 Diver courses.

Date: Monday 16th July, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please register your attendance here. 

2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest Rules

Eligibility: PADI’s Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest (“Contest”) is open to PADI Individual Members worldwide who are 18 years of age or older, and to and PADI Dive Centers/Resorts worldwide (“Entrant”) who are hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 event (“Event”). Individual Members include PADI Divemasters, Assistant Instructors, Open Water Scuba Instructors, Specialty Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers, IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors, Course Directors, Freediver Instructors, Advanced Freediver Instructors, Master Freediver Instructors and Freediver Instructor Trainers. Entrants must be current Members in good standing with no open quality assurance issues. Employees, officers, directors and family members of employees of PADI Worldwide Corp. and all related and affiliated companies (collectively referred to as “PADI”), globally, are not eligible for the Contest. Contest is void in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia and anywhere restricted or otherwise prohibited by law.

General Rules and Conditions: By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The winning entries will be used in a video montage to promote PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019.

How to Enter: Entrants can submit video footage from the 2018 Women’s Dive Day Event hosted by PADI in July 2018 (“Contest Submission”). Entries can be submitted by email to: josh.shave@padi.com. Videos must be sent using a file sharing service such as We Transfer or Dropbox. Contest Submissions should contain underwater and/or topside video footage of Entrants showcasing their 2018 Women’s Dive Day event. Submission should include Entrant’s name, PADI Member Number and contact information.

All video file types will be accepted, however the following parameters are preferred:

  • Video Codec: 264
  • Frame rate: Preferably 29.97, but 24 and 25 are accepted as well.
  • Field Order: Progressive
  • Aspect: Square Pixels (1.0)
  • Size and bitrate:
    1280×720 for 720p  HD video, 5Mbs – 10Mbs bitrate
    1920×1080 for 1080p HD video, 10Mbs – 20Mbs bitrate
  • Sound codec:AAC
  • Sound sample rate: 48 kHz

Multiple entries will be accepted per Entrant. Entries may be submitted beginning 21 July 2018, 9:00am PST and all entries must be received by 21 August 2018, 11:59pm PST.

Contest Submission Judging Criteria: At the conclusion of the Contest Submission Period the judges (three PADI staff) will review all eligible entries received and select the Winners based on inspiration, quality of footage, originality and/or best overall depiction of the Event. Contest Submissions should be a video that showcases women in diving. All underwater environments are allowed (pool, freshwater, ocean). The primary objective is to promote women in diving and the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 event, but the footage can also show all participants in the 2018 event regardless of age or gender. PADI Safe Diving Practices and other recognized, conservative dive techniques and circumstances should be reflected in the footage. Footage that shows any touching or damaging of marine life will not be considered. Video should be under two minutes in length. High resolution photos (minimum 1000 pixels) and/or event description and quotes welcomed, but video must be submitted to be considered. Video submissions should be a minimum 1080p.

Entrants warrant that the Contest Submissions they submit to the Contest are their own videos and/or photos. Each entrant gives PADI and/or its designee the legal unlimited rights to use any Contest Submission Entrant submitted for this Contest, whether it is a winning entry or not, without photo and/or video credit. Entrant warrants that all information provided is accurate and that Entrant personally took the video and/or photo(s) submitted for this Contest or has written permission from the videographer/photographer to submit the video and/or photo(s) for this Contest, and that Entrant has the legal right to use any Entry submitted by Entrant for this Contest. PADI’s use of Entrant’s Contest Submission will not violate any third party rights. All Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PADI and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest, any Contest-related activities, and the acceptance and use, or misuse of any prize awarded hereunder. By entering a  Contest Submission each entrant  hereby grants PADI the non-exclusive royalty-free irrevocable rights, in its sole discretion, to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, sublicense, adapt, modify, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit the Contest Submission (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the Contest Submission in other works, in any and all markets and media, whether now known or hereafter developed, throughout the universe in perpetuity; these rights are granted to PADI whether or not the submission is a winning submission. Winner (“Winner”) will be required to sign and complete a Publicity Release & Affidavit of Eligibility and return it to PADI within 5 days of notification, otherwise the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Entrant. Winner gives PADI unlimited rights to use Winner’s name, picture, Contest Submission and likeness, globally, in advertising and publicity for this Contest, and for any other PADI use, without further compensation, where permitted by local law. Such use may include but is not limited to PADI YouTube Channel and related scuba YouTube Channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, http://www.padi.com and press releases. No substitution of prize is permitted. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winners shall be final.

Contest Prize and Approximate Retail Value (ARV): There will be a total of six Contest winners. Each Winning Entrant will win the following prizes:

1-year 2019 PADI Membership renewal for Winning Entrant’s 2019 membership level (ARV varies based on membership level*)

*Note: The 2019 Member Renewal value is subject to the actual 2019 PADI Membership Renewal Fee for the relevant Member level once set for the 2019 Membership year.

All federal, state/provincial/territorial, and local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income, sales, and import taxes) on prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

Winner Selection: Winners will be chosen by 31 August 2018. Winners will be notified within 10 days of selection via the email address that they entered the Contest through. PADI is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail or email. PADI’s decision and selection of the Winner shall be final.

PADI or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain errors, without liability, at PADI’s sole discretion.

This Contest shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, exclusive of its choice of laws principles. The California State courts of Orange County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue over any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest.

Chances of winning are dependent upon the number of entries received, and the opinion of judges regarding the judging criteria.

Win a Free Membership Renewal with the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Video Contest

Are you hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day Event this year? Did you know that you could win a free 2019 PADI Menbership Renewal if you are?! Are you now regretting that you haven’t registered any yet? If you’re in the first two categories, read on. If you’re in the third – not to worry, there’s still time to register your event.

To help grow PADI Women’s Dive Day even more in the coming years, we’re looking for videos that capture the spirit of PADI Women’s Dive Day – empowering and celebrating the female dive community.

That’s why we’re bringing back the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Winning videos will be featured in the 2019 event promotional video and the six winners will receive a free 2019 PADI Membership Renewal.

So what are you waiting for!

How it works:

  1. Register to host a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 21, 2018. Register here.
  2. Film your event, giving regards to PADI standards and safe marine life practices.
  3. Get signed releases from participants. Download a sample release here.
  4. Edit footage to no longer than two minutes in length/minimum 1080p.
  5. Submit entries to womendive@padi.com. Be sure to include the entrant’s name, PADI Member/Store number, and contact information.
  6. Send video via file-sharing services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
  7. Six winners will be notified via email.

You can view the full rules here.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at last year’s promo video here.

PADI eLearning Environment Update

In the effort to provide PADI Divers an elegant customer journey from point of purchase to product completion, PADI is on a digital product mission. PADI has always been a world-class leader in diver education and has always been committed to creating the best diver training materials in the world and delivering them to the global network of PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals. PADI Members have always offered the world’s most sought-after diver certifications and have always enabled people to explore our water planet confidently and competently. So what is new? This has just become significantly easier. PADI is rolling out some major updates to the (newly named) eLearning Environment.

Today, PADI Members send a code from the online processing centre to their students to allow those users to access eLearning products. Users then get an email with a link to access the product and an option to choose communication emails in a language of their choice. None of these steps have changed.

But now, when users click the link in that email, they are then taken to a freshly designed page where they create accounts to access their digital products. (If they already have an account, they simply use their login credentials to access their new materials.) The speed and efficiency of the login and sign up processes has been significantly improved too.

The new environment is clean and uncluttered. There’s a menu bar across the top, which makes it nice and simple for users to find their way. It’s easy to access PADI.com (by clicking either the logo or the PADI.com item in the menu bar). It’s easy to change languages. There’s a help option where users can find the number to call (or click a link to send an email directly to) the PADI office that supports them. There’s also the ever-popular forgotten password option where users can enter their account email and get a link to reset their passwords. Information icons provide additional information should users need it. It’s a clean simple interface and it’s difficult to get confused.

Once users sign in, they have the option to confirm or change their address. Now the icon in the top left changes from PADI to PADI eLearning®, confirming users are in the eLearning Environment where all their courses reside. (A My Courses subhead confirms this). A simple, clean, panel identifies each course. Users can either click on the panel image or the View Courses box to access everything in their certification paks. All this content is clearly listed and seamlessly accessible, with user-friendly links and, one of the big improvements is that there is now only one single login to access the eLearning environment.

In their eLearning materials, users can see all the components in their certification paks: the tablet product, the low-resolution manual, the eRDPML and the eTraining Dive Log complete with a link straight to ScubaEarth where that log lives (instead of having to login yet again for ScubaEarth). Obviously, the components vary with the course.

The bottom line is that it’s a much cleaner, more organised, user environment. The menu bar follows users wherever they go, so they always have those options. Things just got a lot easier for eLearners. There’s a lot more in store, expect other features to roll out regularly.

The Small Print/Technical Requirements

Tablet & Mobile Devices

  • iOS tablet and phone operating system 9 (limited support) 10 and 11. Current Version and two previous versions
  • Android tablet and phone operating system Nougat and Oreo. Current version and two previous versions.

Desktop/Web Viewer

  • Mac OSX 10.10 or later, with the two most recent browser versions of Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Windows 7 or 8.x with the two most recent browser versions of Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Desktop Web View not supported on tablets or phones.

Position Vacant: RTO Coordinator (Aus)


We have an exciting career opportunity for an RTO Coordinator to join the PADI Asia Pacific team based in Sydney, Australia.

The RTO Coordinator will provide support for PADI Members with enquiries related to RTO training, customer service and compliance.

As a minimum requirement, you should have a Certificat IV in Training and Assessment together with 2 years of experience.

For further information, please view the job description here.

To apply, please send your CV to:

Alison Vasek
Human Resources Manager
PADI Asia Pacific
alison.vasek@padi.com.au

 

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blue or a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.

 

What Went Down at the Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals 2018

If you’ve ever been curious about competitive freediving and what it takes to participate in a national competition, keep reading – we think you might be surprised. 


People say that freediving is about inward power, discipline and control – and this was acutely evident at Lake Taupo during the 2018 Freediving New Zealand Depth Nationals.

Competitive and recreational grade freedivers came together to take part in the three day competition. Many of the competitors hoped to walk away with a strong international ranking that they will take with them into future competitions.

Others, like New Zealander Ryan Hansen, are newer to competitive freediving and while they compete in the same disciplines (Constant Weight, Constant Weight No Fins and Free Immersion) the rules are more relaxed and they are here more for the experience of competition diving without so much of the pressure.

Ryan said “Having never been to a freediving competition before, going to the depth nationals was quite daunting. However as soon as I arrived I was welcomed and put at ease by the officials and other more experienced competitors. The atmosphere was supportive throughout the competition and I learned heaps. I will definitely be back next year”.

Each day of competition allows competitors to choose to do a different discipline each day or focus on one and submit the best for their final results. Competitors are required to announce the discipline of their dive and nominate the depth they will be attempting to reach.

Ryan finished in second place amongst the recreational male divers with dives of 21 metres for Constant Weight No Fins, and 30 metres in both Constant Weight and Free immersion.

Day one saw almost all competitors perform faultless dives including a National Record for Zimbabwe claimed by Matthew Woods in the Constant Weight No Fins discipline.

Day Two provided slightly more challenging conditions however judges saw several strong performances again.

Competition organiser Nick Rhodes believes that while it is incredible to see the performance of the competitors, the truly amazing part about competitions such as this is the sense of community.

“We have freedivers from different parts of the world, and completely different backgrounds, all here with a shared passion for the sport,” he said.

“For a sport that requires you to turn inward for strength while diving, there’s a real community vibe at competitions like this.”

PADI Regional Manager, Jen Clent, who was there over the three days of competition agreed.

“In freediving, rather than competitors feeling like they’re competing against one another, there’s a sense that they are competing against themselves. It is so great to see everyone sharing one another’s successes and just as strongly, the disappointment of an early turn or a red card.”

With successful dives ranging from 6 metres to 55 metres across both competition and recreational grades it really does go to show that these competitions welcome all level of divers and with the rapid growth of freediving, it’s only natural that more athletes will join this community of passionate athletes. Both Freediving New Zealand and sponsor PADI Asia Pacific are exciting to see just what that community grows into.

For the full list of results, visit the Freediving New Zealand Facebook Page.

Interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Centre? Talk to your Regional Manager to find out more.