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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 onthe “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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.