Updated Dive Shop Locator Now Live

The updated PADI Dive Shop Locator (DSL) is now live in eight languages (with more to come) and makes it even easier for divers to find you. Here’s what’s new:

Responsive Design for Mobile Devices

The DSL was redesigned with mobile users in mind and is responsive to any device screen with familiar touch navigation.

Map Function

The map uses familiar mapping functions like dragging, zooming and selecting a map entry for more information. Users can redo searches in new areas and rest the map to their current location. Plus, hovering in the results pane highlights the dive shop flag for that particular dive center on the map as a visual indicator of its location.

Premium

Premium upgrade listings are given higher priority in searches and are shown at the top of search results. These listings also provide a more detailed dive shop profile and display the dive store’s logo. Plus, you can now list the courses available at your dive center by editing the account tab under Premium Listing at the PADI Pros’ Site.

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads are now displayed with a yellow border in the results pane and yellow dive flag in the map area. As of 1st January 2019, advertisement display order will be randomized, which means anyone may be at the top of the results.

To take advantage of Premium Listing or Sponsored Ads, sign up via My Account > My Store Applications within your PADI dive shop PADI Pros Site account

Search Results

While all dive centers and resorts are shown in an unfiltered search, Five Star and Premium listings are given weighted priority. There are numerous filters available but to improve search results, dive centers can purchase a Premium Listing or Sponsored Ad or upgrade to a Five Star membership level. The weighting system is a balance of Five Star status, Premium Listing status, distance from center and search keywords.

Check out the improved PADI Dive Shop Locator today and be sure to provide your comments by using the feedback button.

New Digital Forms

Before conducting any PADI® course in water activities, you must make sure student divers complete required administrative forms, such as PADI Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/ Non-agency Acknowledgment Form – General Training or PADI Statement of Risk and Liability/Non-agency Acknowledgment Form – General Training, EU Version, the PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding and the PADI Medical Statement (RSTC Medical form). Now, you can get this “paperwork” done efficiently online and manage it all in the PADI Online Processing Center (OLPC).

When a customer signs up for a PADI course, the dive center/resort or instructor uses the OLPC to send a digital invitation to the student to set up an account to receive digital forms and/ or an eLearning code. The student then receives the appropriate forms package for the course. This initial connection is a two-step process.

Getting Forms to Students

Step 1: Log on to the PADI Pros’ Site and go to the OLPC. There you’ll see two versions:

  • OLPC 2.0, the current OLPC without the digital forms option. Use 2.0 while you get comfortable with OLPC 3.0, or for processing non-English speaking students until digital forms become available in other languages.
  • OLPC 3.0, which has the new digital forms packages. In OLPC 3.0, go to Assign Codes, choose the eLearning code you want and whether you want to send digital forms.

Step 2: There are currently forms packages for: Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Specialty Diver, and Other Courses. If you select any of the first five, you finish Step 2 by simply clicking Send Forms and then Confirm. The digital forms packages are not available for all courses, yet, so if you selected Other Courses in Step 1, a drop-down menu appears with all other PADI courses. Choose the course you’re teaching, and Step 2 will default to select the No Forms option for you to Confirm – by selecting this option, the student must complete paper versions of the required forms.

Managing/Processing When Students Reply

To manage and process your students, log back on to OLPC 3.0. Under Process/View Your Students you’ll see several columns including:

First Name, Last Name, Course, Created Date, Forms, Action Date, and a column for Process or Manage.

Pay special attention to the Forms column. There, you will see a word or phrase, conveniently color coded, which describes what step of the process the student is in. Green means complete; orange and red require action.

If the student filled out all the information and digitally signed the required forms – in essence pre-populating the Positive Identification Certification (PIC) – with no need to have a physician sign the Medical Statement, you will see a green box with “Signed.” This indicates that the student is ready to be processed once all training is complete.

Here are a few other form status labels you may see, along with their meanings:

Status &  Label Meanings:

Waiver: The PADI Pro sent an invitation for the student to use digital forms, then the PADI Pro changed it to use paper, not digital, forms.

No Forms: The PADI Pro opted to use paper instead of digital forms when sending the invitation.

Email Sent: Digital forms have been sent to the student, but no action yet taken by the student.

Declined: The student received the digital forms, but declined to sign them. The PADI Pro contacts the student to find out what happened, and can then opt to change to paper forms, or resend the digital forms to the student.

Clearance Required: The student has answered “yes” to one or more medical statement question and must be cleared to dive by a physician.

The Process option allows you to complete your student processing as usual with certification card processing. The Manage option provides several options depending on the student’s status including Update, Upload/Clear for Primary Medical, and even Re-send Email. If a dive center or resort has its own forms for certain activities, those can be scanned and uploaded using the option labeled Add/Delete Additional Documents.

Additional languages are being developed for release soon. Until other languages are added, Members using non-English forms will continue to use OLPC 2.0. Stay tuned for more updates on digital forms in OLPC 3.0 and for other features as they are added.

New PADI digital forms are convenient and time-saving. You continue to have a paper option using printed forms or those on the PADI Student Record File.

How to Set up Digital Product Affiliation Links on Your Website

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Add links to your website and automatically affiliate Touch or eLearning students with your store so you generate revenue around the clock. Use the link below and plug in your store number along with the corresponding Course ID.

For Touch, Certification Paks and eLearning use:

https://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-registration/default.aspx?irra=StoreNumber&courseid=CourseID

For ReActivate use:

http://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber=StoreNumber

Course ID Course Name
37 Open Water English Touch (all languages)
41 PADI eRDPML
43 Open Water English – Cert Pack
44 Open Water Spanish – Cert Pack
45 Open Water German – Cert Pack
46 Open Water Japanese – Cert Pack
47 Open Water Italian – Cert Pack
48 Open Water French – Cert Pack
49 Advanced Open Water English – Cert Pack
50 Enriched Air Diver English – Cert Pack
51 Open Water Dutch – Cert Pack
52 IDC Course English – Cert Pack
53 Dive Theory English – Cert Pack
54 Digital Underwater Photography English – Cert Pack
55 Scuba Tune-up English – Cert Pack
56 Rescue Diver English – Cert Pack
57 Divemaster English – Cert Pack
58 Open Water Russian – Cert Pack
59 IDC Course Japanese – Cert Pack
60 Dive Theory Japanese – Cert Pack
61 IDC Course Spanish – Cert Pack
62 Open Water Chinese – Cert Pack
63 Enriched Air Japanese – Cert Pack
64 Open Water Korean – Cert Pack
65 Divemaster Japanese – Cert Pack
B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8 ReActivate Touch – all languages

For landing pages to display in a particular language you can add the Language Code below.

http://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/shopping-cart/product/productAffiliation?ProductId=B4956EA2-9985-4356-A9DA-42BEF212D8D8&StoreNumber= StoreNumber&LanguageType=LanguageCode

Language Code Language
ch Chinese (Traditional)
ko Korean
ja Japanese
sp Spanish
fr French
de German
du Dutch
it Italian
ru Russian

Also, make sure you check your “Courses Offered” preferences under the My Account section on the PADI Pros’ Site so you are able to utilize the corresponding affiliation links. If the proper courses are not set up in the Pros’ Site your store will not be auto-affiliated.

Note: If you have existing eLearning affiliation links installed on your website, these will continue to work.

If you have any general questions regarding PADI eLearning or Touch please contact PADI Customer Service customerservice.ap@padi.com or call +61 2 9454 2888, for marketing support contact marketing@padi.com.au or for sales enquiries contact padisales@padi.com.au.

LIVE NOW…..PADI Adventures in Diving & Rescue Diver Courses have gone DIGITAL!

PADI has just released the Adventures in Diving Certification Pak – Lite and the Rescue Diver Certification Pak – Lite, both courses are available today in multiple languages! See below for the lists of languages.

With a growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry.

Both Paks take the form of the Lite Digital Certification Pak and include Certifying Credits for your Students. Your Student has the opportunity to choose their desired language during their online registration process, therefore you do not have to make a choice of language when purchasing, it is one Product Code for all!

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.

Adventures in Diving Certification Pak – Lite

Product Code 60395-1
(Includes a Certifying Credit)

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Includes:

  • Adventures in Diving eManual (offline PDF Manual)
  • Online eBook
  • Knowledge Reviews
  • eTraining Log Book
  • Digital Deluxe Data Carrier Slate
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.

Who can purchase it?

PADI Members can purchase this product via your PADI Sales Consultants or through the Online Shopping Cart.

Do I need an internet connection?

This is necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to access the online eBook, to submit Knowledge Reviews and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

Available in the following Languages:

English French
Polish Dutch
German

 

Rescue Diver Certification Pak – Lite

Product Code 60525-1
(Includes a Certifying Credit)

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Includes:

  • Rescue Diver eManual (offline PDF Manual)
  • Online eBook
  • Knowledge Reviews
  • eTraining Log Book
  • Digital Accident Management Work Slate/Flowchart
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.

Who can purchase it?

PADI Members can purchase this product via your PADI Sales Consultants or through the Online Shopping Cart.

Do I need an internet connection?

This is necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to access the online eBook, to submit Knowledge Reviews and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

Available in the following Languages:

English French German
Italian Korean Spanish
Swedish Danish Dutch
Polish Portuguese Czech
Greek

Don’t delay – they are available for purchase TODAY!!

 For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

Don`t forget you can order anytime from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

Do you teach French or German speaking Students? Then this is for you!

With a growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry. Our Touch and Lite Digital Certification Paks are now available in both French and German and the exciting news is that there will be many more languages coming out soon.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline (Touch)

Includes:

  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver eManual
  • Open Water Video clips
  • eRDPml Touch/RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log
  • Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?
PADI Library App, and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?
PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the Online Shopping Cart.
Students can purchase it through padi.com

Do I need an internet connection?
This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

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Open Water Certification Pak – Lite (online/offline)

Includes:

  • Open Water Diver eManual (PDF and online eBook)
  • RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log

Where do I find it?
PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.

Who can purchase it?
PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the Online Shopping Cart.

Do I need an internet connection?
This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to access the online eBook, to submit Knowledge Reviews and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

Don`t forget you can order anytime from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

ScubaEarth hits 150,000+ Users & the eTraining Logbook Released

As ScubaEarth hits another milestone, reaching over 150,000+ users, now is a great time to ensure that your Dive Shop and Instructors have a presence on this premier dive platform.

Since the launch of PADI’s range of Open Water Digital Certification Pak’s, Open Water Students now have the opportunity to log their training dives online, via ScubaEarth. No more signing wet logbooks, use your digital signature to approve all the required dives to certify your students!

How to Approve your students eTraining Dives?

Once a student has logged their training dive via ScubaEarth they will see the following ‘Pending Approval’ next to their dive.

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As the Instructor, you will now receive an email asking you to approve the dive.

etraining log

Click through to the PADI Pros Site and enter your Single Sign On.  Follow the instructions through to the Online Processing Centre, where you will be able to select the eTraining Dive Log.

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From here you can view the list of students and their dives that are pending approval.

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Once you select and approve the appropriate dives these will process and become available in ScubaEarth for the student to view. The Student will receive an email to notify them of the approval.

etraining log

The status in ScubaEarth for the student will then change from ‘Pending Approval’ to ‘Approved’.

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PADI ReActivate Q&A – “ReActivated Thru”, Two Years Versus Six Months

reactivate-ipadThis installment addresses the two-year time frame of PADI ReActivate™. Here are some common questions received:

In other courses, we say “six months to a year” rather than two years. Doesn’t that send an inconsistent message?

The PADI organization encourages divers to dive as frequently as possible. And while refreshing skills after six months of inactivity is still recommended, ReActivate tries to set an outside “window” for refreshing skills. PADI certifications do not expire, but skills and knowledge can degrade over time. The extent of this deterioration depends upon many variables. ReActivate helps get divers back in the water when they need to refresh, regardless of the interval.

Our business wants to control how often we promote ReActivate to our customers. We say that divers should refresh every “six months to a year” if inactive. But the “ReActivate thru” date sends a message that the program is good for two years. How do we compete against this?

Explain to customers that the “ReActivate thru” date provides an outside window for recommended retraining, but it’s their knowledge, skill proficiency and familiarity – not a date – that should guide ReActivating.

Please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters if you have questions.

PADI Digital Product Suite including the Digital Certification Pak

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Find out everything you need to know about recently launched Digital Certification Pak, PADI Apps, & Touch Products.

Digital Certification Paks

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline

This Digital Certification Pak brings the traditional crew-pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system. Currently, this Pak is available in English for the PADI Open Water Diver course and includes the certification card processing fee.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline;

  • Open Water Diver Touch
  • Open Water Diver Manual(PDF)
  • eRDPMLTouch and RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log

Open Water Certification Pak – Online

The most recently launched Digital Certification Pak is the Open Water Certification Pak – Online.  Similar to the above, this pak incorporates the PADI eLearning course with the certification card processing fee and other components.  The full crew pak is currently available for the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Open Water Certification Pak – Online;

  • Open Water Diver eLearning
  • Open Water Diver Manual (Online eBook)
  • eRPDml/RDP Tables
  • eTraining Dive Log

All other recreational eLearning Courses are available for purchase together with the integrated certification card processing fee.

All of the above Digital Certification Paks are available through the Online Shopping Cart, or through padisales@padi.com.au.

If a consumer purchases a Premium Digital Certification Pak directly via padi.com they must affiliate with a PADI Retail and Resort Association Member. This PADI Member will automatically receive an email alert and the revenue share amount through a credit to their PADI account.

To purchase this product or to find out more – emailpadisales@padi.com.au or call +61 2 9454 2888.

PADI® Apps

PADI App

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS- and Android-based devices and helps improve and increase user engagement, drive awareness of diving, and create a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to diving.

PADI Library App
The PADI Library App provides access to the extensive PADI digital product library. New PADI digital products available through the PADI Library use interactive tablet and mobile device based files that are iOS and Android compatible.

PADI eCard – Free Trial
Newly certified PADI Divers receive a free trial PADI eCard for their recent certifications. These eCards, valid for 30 days, provide an immediate certification confirmation that divers can use while waiting for their permanent certification cards. The existing process does not change – this is in addition to any existing temporary cards (good for 90 days) your divers receive.

PADI Touch Products

An industry first, PADI Touch products offer a revolutionary, tablet-based option for a rich, interactive learning environment. Once purchased, Touch products are available for download through the PADI Library App. Also, all Touch products (except for the eRDPML Touch) include the certification card processing fee.

Current PADI Touch Products;

  • Open Water Diver Touch™
  • ReActivate Touch
  • eRDPMLTouch

Watch the PADI Touch demo video or login into the PADI Pros Site for all the PADI touch FAQ’s.

To purchase these product or to find out more – email padisales@padi.com.au or call +61 2 9454 2888.