Set Your Plan and Goals for 2019

Written by PADI Regional Manager Damian Jones

If you’re new to the industry in either a part or full-time role, it’s important to know where you want to take your diving career. Being a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is great fun and gives us opportunities to meet different people and travel to some awesome places. However, it’s even more fun when you have some variety in what you can teach. Becoming a PADI Specialty InstructorPADI Tec Instructor or PADI Freediver Instructor can give you the variety you need to make sure you’re a long time member of the diving industry.

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Do you want to teach specialties? Do you love deep diving or underwater photography?  Working with a PADI Course Director or getting experience to apply direct, will not only allow you to teach your passion but also open up many more job opportunities. The more qualifications you have, the more valuable you’ll be in the industry.

If you already have more experience, do you want to further open up your career options and become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Instructor or PADI Course Director? Teaching people to teach is great fun, a rewarding experience and one of the most sort after positions in the diving industry.

The PADI Course Director certification is achievable for everyone, however it does take time, experience and planning to get there. In your PADI Instructor manual you’ll find all the Instructor ratings, the prerequisites and experience requirements needed to enroll or apply for each rating. Use this a guide to plan for the future.

Do you want to eventually own your own business? Along with experience in the dive industry it also very important to have some business training for your PADI Dive Center, charter boat or other new venture. The PADI Business Academy is a great start and is available in locations all across Asia Pacific in 2019.

Whatever your goals are in the diving industry, having a training plan and a mentor can help you stay on track. A simple plan could include your desired PADI Instructor rating, the prerequisites to meet that rating, areas around the world you’d like to teach within and some business and marketing training, all in a timeline that is realistic to complete.

Your best resource to help along your diving career is your PADI Regional Manager and Regional Training Consultant.  Meet them by attending events such as PADI Member Forums, Industry Updates, Business Academies and when needed, pick up the phone or send a quick email as we’re all here to help.

For more information contact your PADI Regional Manager or Regional Training Consultant.

PADI Specialty of the Quarter- Underwater Navigator & Equipment Specialist

PADI Specialty Diver courses offer the perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge of your students, to better understand their interests as divers and to make sure they come back to complete more courses in the future!

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The PADI Specialty of the Quarter campaign was launched in 2018, to focus on the promotion of various PADI Specialty Diver courses each quarter. Not only does this campaign help to grow the interest of continuing your students education, but it also aims to increase the sales of your PADI Specialty Diver courses and student materials. This quarter we are focusing on promoting the PADI Underwater Navigator and PADI Equipment Specialist specialty courses!

PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty Course

Many divers rely on more experienced divers to help them navigate under the water. However, what if these divers knew that they could complete the PADI Underwater Navigator specialty course and learn not only how to navigate underwater with a compass, but how to estimate distance underwater, how to mark or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface or how to create an underwater map? These divers would then not only feel more confident under the water, but they could also one day become the underwater guide that they used to rely on.

PADI Equipment Specialist Specialty Course

How many times have your students asked you about their missing o-ring or broken fin strap before getting in the water? Scuba Diving is an equipment intensive sport, so it is important that each diver understands not only how to use their equipment, but how it can also be repaired or adjusted. By completing the PADI Equipment Specialist specialty course, students will learn routine care, maintenance procedures, equipment storage recommendations, how to overcome equipment problems along with equipment configuration suggestions. Not only will this specialty better prepare divers to take care of their dive gear, but it will also improve their performance in the water as they become more comfortable with their own equipment.

Resources and Tools

To help you promote the PADI ‘Specialty of the Quarter campaign’ you can download our free digital marketing materials including web banners, headers, and more. Our marketing materials are available in English, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

To download our free marketing materials Click Here.

Further information

For further information please contact your PADI Regional Manager or the PADI Asia Pacific marketing team on marketing@padi.com.au.

To see the full PADI Specialty of the Quarter 2018 schedule please Click Here. 

First Ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Asia Pacific

Most people that will try freediving for the first time will be immediately hooked.

Freediving not only allows you to discover the underwater world without much equipment and only on a single breath, but it will deepen your understanding of physics and physiology that will eventually allow you to extend your personal limits in a gentle manner.

To help train future instructors that can teach the sport of freediving to a rapidly growing market, PADI Asia Pacific conducted its first ever PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course in Cebu, Philippines. This international program brought together 14 candidates from 7 different countries and was translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Due to consistent PADI training standards worldwide that differ only in style, technique and application, the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course is a fantastic networking opportunity to gain insight into how standards are adapted and applied internationally. One primary benefit of a multi-national program is the opportunity it creates for the candidates and staff to establish business relationships and exchange ideas. The participants, experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors, were selected from a number of applicants. The Freediver Instructor Trainer Course focused on PADI philosophy, instructor candidate counselling, instructor-level presentations and evaluation as well as marketing for instructor development programs.

Interested in becoming the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer?

This was the first, but it certainly won’t be the last – PADI Asia Pacific will run these PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer courses from time to time. To apply, candidates will need to be renewed and in teaching status as a PADI Master Freediver Instructor, certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and have experience teaching all PADI Freediver program levels beyond those required for the PADI Master Freediver Instructor level.

In addition, applicants will need to have experience staffing PADI Freediver Instructor training courses and not have had any verified Quality Management complaints in the last 12 month prior to the course date.

For further information about the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, its prerequisites, requirements and future programs, please contact your Regional Headquarters.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Application Fee Waived in 2017

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Help your divers join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master Scuba Diver in 2017. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating places them in an elite group of respected divers who have both significant experience and extensive scuba training.

To earn this rating they must log 50 dives and have their PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver certifications, as well as five PADI Specialty course certifications.

In 2017, when they complete their training at a PADI Dive Shop in the Asia Pacific region, the usual Master Scuba Diver application fees will be waived.

So encourage them to take the plunge in 2017, earn their PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and become part of an elite group of highly skilled and trained divers.

Download the 2017 PADI Master Scuba Diver Voucher (Asia Pacific).

Contact PADI Asia Pacific for more information.

* Offer only valid in the PADI Asia Pacific region.

PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Course Becomes Standardised

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With the release of the updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, the PADI Self-Reliant Diver distinctive specialty course is now a standardised PADI Specialty Diver course.

If you are a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Distinctive Specialty Instructor or Trainer, you may qualify to change your rating so that you can teach this new standardized course and allow your divers to credit Dive One as an Adventure Dive.

To change your rating, download the Specialty Change Request Form from the Pros’ Site and submit it to your PADI Regional Headquarters.

You are no longer required to have 25 divers certification to apply for the self-reliant diver specialty instructor rating if you use method 1. (Complete a specialty Instructor course with the PADI Course Director).

You are still required to be at least 18 years old however, and be a PADI Self-Reliant Diver or PADI TecRec Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation and have 20 logged dives if using method 1 or 2.

The distinctive self-reliant diver specialty instructor guide is now removed from the Pro Site. If you wish to get the newly updated standardised self-reliant diver Instructor guide, it is now available on the online shopping cart; Product code: 70248.

You are also welcome to order it by emailing us on traning-sales@padi.com.au.

PADI exhibits at TecFestNZ 2016

Tecfest NZ ran its 4th annual event over the weekend of May 6th-8th in Taupo, New Zealand. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions for the event with beautiful calm, warm and sunny conditions topside and great visibility and a balmy 17 degree water temperature.

Stunning conditions for the 4th annual TecFestNZ
Stunning conditions for the 4th annual TecFestNZ
The Beach set-up & dive site
The Beach set-up & dive site

For the first time this year PADI got involved in the annual TecFest NZ in Taupo to promote PADI TecRec programmes. A unique event in which the main objective of the event is actually go diving, rather than talk about it. 120 interested divers from all around the country attended this year’s event with many saying it was the best one yet.

Another big draw card was the high caliber of guest speakers:

Dr Simon Mitchell is a passionate diver and recognised as a leading international authority on diving and hyperbaric medicine. Simon conducted 2 presentations, the first on “Decompression Planning: how it works and current controversies” and the second on “Breathing Underwater: the respiratory challenges of deep compressed gas dives.” If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to Simon present you will know these were extremely interesting and very well attended.

Dr Simon Mitchel presenting

Pete Mesley inspired us all with his presentations on “Are Rebreathers Really the way to go in Technical Diving?” and ”So you have just done your initial Tech course – What next? Opportunities for Today’s Technical Diver” After a recent trip to the Great Lakes and photos from both there and Truk Lagoon included in his presentation Pete ignited everyone’s ‘Lust for Rust‘!

Matt Carter – marine archaeologist and  presenter from Coast NZ gave 2 great talks on the “Exploration of the final frontier: maritime archaeology, tech diving and the deep shipwreck resource” along with “Maritime archaeology in New Zealand, an untapped historical treasure.”

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Tom Crisp has a passion for cave diving like no other! His ‘The Push For More’ presentation all about his cave exploration in New Zealand was fascinating – who knew we had so many untapped cave systems to discover and explore.

Andrew from Global Dive introducing 2 divers to diving on twins
Andrew from Global Dive introducing 2 divers to diving on twins
2 excited divers headed to the water on twins for the first time.
2 excited divers headed to the water on twins for the first time.

With attendees ranging in experience from newly certified  Open Water divers right the way through to experts in their field and highly regarded technical divers and Instructors it was great to be surrounded by like-minded individuals all there for the same reason…Technical Diving.

Try dives were available in Full Face Mask, Twin Sets, Scooters and Sidemount. Divers were also out boat diving around the lake, drift diving the river and just generally having a good time!

Paul Ferguson - Snr Constable with the Police National Dive Squad talking through recent statistics and reiterating the 'safe diving practices' message
Paul Ferguson – Snr Constable with the Police National Dive Squad talking through recent statistics and reiterating the ‘safe diving practices’ message

It was fantastic to have Senior Constable Paul Ferguson give a talk about life as a Police Diver, the equipment they use and areas they dive and on a more serious note, some statistics around incidents here in NZ, whats going wrong and what dive practices (or lack of) are contributing to this high incident rate – something no matter what level diver you are we all need know.

PADI Regional Training Consultant Junya Kato and PADI TecRec Instructor Andrew Simpson presenting on Rebreather Courses and training.
PADI Regional Training Consultant Junya Kato and PADI TecRec Instructor Andrew Simpson presenting on Rebreather Courses and training.

Regional Manager Jen Clent was joined at TecFest NZ by PADI Regional Training Consultant and passionate tehcnical diver Junya Kato who took everyone through the PADI TecRec Courses available including both Open Circuit and Rebreather Courses for both diver level and Instructor level.

Thanks also to Andrew Simpson from Global Dive who assisted with explaining what all is involved in the training inlcuding how he runs the PADI Tec 40 CCR programme.

NZRIDG Update at TecFestNZ

New Zealand Recreational Dive Industry Group (NZRIDG ) Chair Richard Taylor gave industry an update on the newly formed New Representative Peak Body for the Recreational Diving Industry in New Zealand  along with an overview of the new Health & Safety regulations, Adventure Activities System and Certificate of Competence.

So, overall a fantastic weekend was had by all, many newly inspired divers with a new set of diving goals to achieve left Taupo happy after 3 great days. Divers now keen to dive a new wreck, head to a new destination or assist mapping marine archaeology sites all with the knowledge of how to get there. A big thanks to TecFest NZ organisers Chris Clarke and Brent McFadden.

If you would like any further information on PADI TecRec programmes or how you can achieve that next PADI rating please contact your PADI Regional Manager or Regional Training Consultant or visit padi.com.

Oceania’s first PADI Freediver™ Training programme

PADI recently held their PADI Freediving™ Launch in the Sydney office.

Day one saw 3 Instructors and several PADI staff attend the PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation. We welcomed Adam Stern, Marlon Quinn and Clinton Laurence and look forward to having them onboard and running the PADI Freediver programmes.

PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation

Day 2 was the start of the PADI Freediver course and saw us starting in the classroom. Having already completed our PADI Freediving Touch, which includes the knowledge review and exam, it was as simple as completing paperwork and our quick review. Adam (our Instructor) then took us through some Freediving Equipment and we began some breathing exercise, learning how to prepare for breath hold.

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Learning about Freediving equipment
After our classroom session we headed to the pool for our Confined Water session. We practiced 2 disciplines – Static Apnea (breathhold whist floating stationary on the surface) and Dynamic Apnea (breathhold whilst swimming horizontal). Everyone met the performance requirement, some doing so with ease whilst others needing a little assistance and encouragement from Adam who did an amazing job passing on his wealth of knowledge.
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Day 2 saw us head off to Open Water for our 2 sessions. Here we practiced Free Immersion -(pulling down the line), Constant Weight (freediving down and up the line), duck diving, buddying up as a safety diver and finally performing freediving rescues.

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Session 2 completed!
Session 2 completed!
PADI Freediving Students
PADI Freediving Students

PADI Regional Managers Jen Clent, Ian Cumming, Hans Ullrich and students Denzel, Mitch and Miah all had such positive things to say about the course materials, training and our amazing Instructor!

Here is what student Mitch had to say:

“I had so much fun during the course. Realising Freediving is so much more than holding your breath and diving for as long as you can. I learnt so much more than I thought I would, about techniques and relaxation, aswell as the physiological changes your body undergoes as it adapts to depth. It was interesting to see how much a psychological boost can effect your breath hold and depth with each attempt. It was so amazing how quickly everyone on the course improved, by following the techniques we had been taught in as little as 2 days!

Our instructor, Adam was so knowledgable and very good at relaxing each individual before each dive. He made sure everyone did their best, but made sure it was more about enjoying the dive than reaching a specific goal.

I feel Freediving has now become more of an addictive hobby for me, and am super keen to train more over the next couple of months so I can complete my PADI Avanced Freediving course”.

If you would like further information about teaching PADI Freediving or becoming a PADI Freediver check out PADI.com and listen to the recently recorded webinar or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Increase entry level divers heading into the Southern Hemisphere summer

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As we approach the start of the summer dive season we should all be looking at how we can invite more divers into this amazing industry.

Entry level divers are the core of our business and to ensure industry growth we need to compete with all the other summer activities today’s consumer have to choose from. We must ‘stand out from the crowd’ and show the value of gaining a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

Often I hear comments like “How old do you need to be to learn to dive'” or “Does your PADI licence expire?”

Perhaps our promotion and education to the general public needs to improve so there is more awareness around when and how people can achieve their certification.

So, how can we improve on what we are already doing? How can we increase our new diver numbers? Start thinking about avenues of advertising – have you promoted learning to dive in local gyms and sports clubs? Schools? Swimming pools? Scouts groups? Surf Life Saving Clubs? If not perhaps this is a missed opportunity for you and the dive business you work in or own.

Remember – there are many options for learning to dive – PADI Open Water Touch, eLearning, Manuals and Lite Paks – ensure you are allowing students to choose the option that works best for them!

Many parents are now starting to think about summer school holiday programmes and activities they can put their children into – PADI Seal Team, Bubble Maker and Discover Scuba Diving are just some of the options to offer and advertise as ‘School Holiday Programmes’.

Reminding consumers that once they learn to dive they are qualified for life and even if they have a break, it’s super easy to refresh skills with PADI’s Reactivate programme.

We work in an industry that makes advertising using imagery easy – start promoting and educating consumers on what lies beneath our ocean – get those photos of marine life up on websites, social media and printed advertising – non divers may be unaware of the beauty of our big blue backyard!

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Jewel Anemones on the Canterbury Wreck

People will want to protect the ocean and its inhabitants more if they know what is there and see it first hand! Promote underwater conservation through the Project AWARE programmes – get the community involved.

Finally – don’t forget why we do what we do! It is easy to get consumed by the business of diving. If you have lost your ‘diving mojo’ and are less enthusiastic than you used to be, or your staff are no longer answering the phone with a smile on their face, perhaps its time to get back into the water for some fun diving. Potential divers will more likely sign up for a course from a business with happy, passionate staff than those who are not!

We are lucky to be able to call the ocean our office – we have the ability to introduce others into this magical world underwater. Keep your passion alive and selling diving will be effortless!

If you would like any assistance with a marketing plan or setting some goals for growth heading into the season contact your PADI Regional Manager.

PADI to Launch the PADI Freediver Program in November

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As PADI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in one of the fastest growing dive industry segments – freediving. Continuing the core business practice of delivering high quality instructional courses, the PADI Freediver program will debut in November including the worldwide launch at the DEMA Show in Florida, USA. PADI Freediver launch events and workshops will also be taking place across the Asia Pacific region from November.

“Many PADI Professionals in the Asia Pacific region are avid freedivers and already enjoy sharing their passion for freediving with others,” says Thomas Knedlik, PADI Asia Pacific Director of Training & Quality Management. “The number of self-authored PADI Distinctive Specialty courses involving freediving has grown over the past few years and the popularity of the PADI Free Diving Distinctive Specialty course released in 2014 is a further indication of this rapidly expanding market. As mainstream interest in freediving grows, this is a natural extension for dive education and the industry.”

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 program will provide PADI Members with additional revenue generating opportunities by allowing them to expand their course offerings and reach a whole new demographic,” says Danny Dwyer, PADI Asia Pacific Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Field Services & Business Development. “PADI Freediver will also help PADI Retail and Resort Members increase their equipment sales, trip bookings, and other revenue streams.”

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 Freediver will feature quality, tablet-based training materials so students can access PADI Freediver Touch from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection.  As with other PADI Touch products, PADI has employed the latest training techniques and leveraged the latest technology to create a cutting-edge program.  Adobe, who produces the Digital Publishing Suite software upon which Touch products are built, recognized PADI for crafting a product that boasts the “entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book for a truly immersive, effective training experience.”

PADI will unveil the program in November at DEMA Show from 4-7 November as well as at a number of launch events and workshops in the Asia Pacific region from November. PADI Members will be able to learn more about the program, find out how they can incorporate it into their course offerings and explore Freediver Touch. For more information regarding the PADI Freediver program, contact the PADI Training Department or stay tuned for more information.

Divemaster Application Tips

Divemaster Applications and CPR – First Aid Training

Many Divemaster candidates have been working hard all year and the applications have been streaming in. We strive to process all applications promptly, however they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common issue is missing documentation when the applicant has completed a non-EFR first aid and CPR course. Non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application.

The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Departmentvia email traindep@padi.com.auto verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify that all certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organizations, including CPR/first aid coursecompletions, make sure that copies of these are attached to the application.
  5. Provide payment details is required.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organization’s certification card.
  • A copy of the certifying organization’s wall certificate.
  • A letter on the certifying organization’s letterhead verifying the certification

For current DM fees, please contact the PADI Asia Pacific Membership Department via email at memdep@padi.com.au.

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly list the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible to ensure that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (also if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a fit to dive medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A fit to dive medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

TIPS to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
    • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
    • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
    • Full name and contact details of the physician
    • Physician’s signature and date
  2. Keep a clear copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

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