How to update your PADI eLearning preferences on the PADI Pros’ Site

More and more languages and products are being added to the PADI eLearning experience now and in the future. It is important to let your customers know what you offer. Customers who affiliate with your PADI Dive Shop via PADI eLearning will only see the courses and products you have selected.

As a PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can easily update this via this direct PADI Pros’ Site Link that takes you straight to the below page.

Alternatively you can also update this by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site with your PADI Dive Center or Resort login, clicking on the ‘My Account’ tab, navigating down to the ‘My Store Applications’ title and clicking the ‘My eLearning Preferences’ link.

If you have any questions please contact PADI Tech Support techsupport@padi.com.au who are available 7 days a week.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

 

 

PADI Digital Core Courses Expand Reach

With more languages added to Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Diver and Freediver™ courses, and the PADI eLearning® experience becoming even more fluid, PADI® strengthens its claim as the leader in diver training.

Scuba diving is a sport/hobby/obsession that bridges borders and cultures, bringing people around the world together to enjoy the underwater environment. But people around the world have different needs and, more importantly, speak different languages. PADI accounts for this when creating its eLearning products.

The PADI organization is making it easier for PADI Divers to access learning materials, with a digital suite of core courses that are easy to purchase, download and use. Now, these materials are offered in more languages than ever before too – further demonstrating that PADI truly is the way the world learns to dive.

Now, additional languages will be available for Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Diver and the popular Freediver courses (with more languages in more courses to come).

  • PADI Open Water Diver – Open Water Diver now available in seven new languages: Czech, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Russian and Turkish.
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver – Along with the existing English and Japanese the popular course is now available in 14 additional languages: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish or Swedish. The following languages will be released soon; Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Hebrew and Polish.
  • PADI Freediver – Along with the existing English, the popular Freediver program is now available in 11 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish & Thai , with Korean and Russian soon to follow.

The PADI Library app will reflect these changes. If divers have automatic updates turned on in their device settings, the app will update automatically.  If not, they will need to make sure they update their app.

PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, be sure to update your eLearning preferences in your account to reflect the courses and languages you support.

Keep an eye out as more updates to the eLearning experience are coming soon.

If you have questions please contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant.

What’s the difference between ReActivate Touch and Scuba Tune up eLearning?

111115 - Image 2How many times have you heard, “I’m a certified diver, but it’s been a little while since I was in the water”?

Have you asked yourself what a newly refreshed and active diver is actually worth to you and your PADI Dive Centre?

  • How much would you make from selling a new Mask, Snorkel & Fins ?
  • How much could you earn from selling PADI Continuing Education Courses?
  • How about inviting them on a recreational Dive Trip to use their newly refreshed skills?

Now ask yourself what is the difference between ReActivate Touch and Scuba Tune up e-Learning?

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The ReActivate program includes the ReActivate Touch that you can download to your tablet or mobile device. Refreshing your diving knowledge has never been easier or more convenient. The PADI ReActivate program also:

  • Delivers cutting edge technology to re-educate you on fundamental scuba knowledge you may have forgotten since your last dive.
  • Offers a prescriptive approach to refresh skills you need or want to focus on. Your PADI Instructor will work with you to get you acclimated with gear set up and skills you’ll work on prior to jumping back into the water.
  • Includes a completion certificate for those who finish the academic portion and a PADI replacement card if you complete both academic and in-water skills with a PADI Instructor.

The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

Your PADI certification does not expire.  Participation in PADI ReActivate™ is not mandatory, but recommended as an easy way to refresh your foundational scuba safety knowledge and skills if you haven’t been diving in a while.111115 - Image 1

To assist you with your marketing efforts for PADI ReActivate and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch, there is a comprehensive marketing toolkit available on the PADI Pros’ Site in the Marketing Toolbox section. This marketing toolkit provides a full range of resources including website banners, social media collateral, email templates, digital brochures, images, consumer information, digital posters and much more.

PADI is also undertaking a targeted consumer campaign for PADI ReActivate (and PADI Equipment Specialist Touch) in November and December, so it’s a great time to make sure your PADI Dive Shop is effectively promoting these to benefit from this campaign.

Visit the Marketing Toolbox of the PADI Pros’ Site to download these marketing toolkits

Scuba Tune up e-Learning

What does it cover?
PADI Scuba Tune-up Online content is broken down into 8 easy-to-learn sections after an introduction, covering Safe Diving Practices, Dive Planning Fundamentals, Problem Management, Breathing Air at Depth, Dive Computers and Dive Tables, Planning Dives with the RDP, Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox and Diving Skills Review.

How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning® system presents your Scuba Tune up Student with presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check understanding of the presented information before moving on. End-of-section exams verify your Scuba Tune up Students mastery of the entire topic and are automatically scored.

How long does your Student have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.

What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?
If all information is reviewed, the PADI Scuba Tune-Up online will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

The possibilities are endless – get back in contact with your Divers TODAY and ReActivate them!

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.

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!

Butterfly Perch in Milford Sound

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 eLearning: A great option!

Since 2007 eLearning has had a revenue share portion as part of the purchase price, in 2015 this has changed. Along the way we received feedback from Members saying that revenue share affected the cash-flow of the business and was at times not suitable for the way their business was run. As many of you are aware, eLearning for 2015 can now be purchased without revenue share thus providing Members with an affordable and sophisticated product that can be easily purchased then sent to students signed up for a dive course.

With the new changes now implemented you can buy eLearning direct from PADI by either the Online Shopping Cart or directly from your PADI Sales Consultant, the third option is via padi.com where the revenue share option is available. With the PIC attached to the eLearning credit this will help align learning materials with a student’s certification.

For those of you who like the new system, you’ll note that this puts eLearning front and centre as an affordable alternative for students to learn off site and come into the dive shop anytime they choose too or more importantly anytime you encourage them to do so.

eLearning is now a serious choice for all dive centres to consider offering their busy customers to knock over the knowledge development portion of a dive course and provides a solid information background that will stay with them for many years to come. There are so many positives to come with learning online, there are more and more courses on offer and importantly eLearning takes advantage of the technology we have available today, online and offline.

Offering this style of learning is becoming a no brainer and is suitable for all ages, feel free to call me and discuss how eLearning can help your business prosper.

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How to Buy and Use PADI eLearning Gift Passes

What is an eLearning Gift Pass good for?

  • For PADI Dive Centers, an eLearning Gift Pass allows you to seamlessly include eLearning as part of your regular course price and ensures that the customer affiliates with your store.
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  • For independent instructors not affiliated with a store – this is the only way you can offer eLearning.

Do not buy gift passes from padi.com, start at the PADI Pro’s site.

Anyone can buy an eLearning Gift Pass; however, as a PADI Member, it’s important that you purchase through the PADI Pro’s site to ensure you get credit.

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How to buy and use eLearning Gift Pass – step by step

  1. Log on to the PADI Pros site
  2. From the main menu click Online Services – then choose PADI eLearning Gift Zone from the drop-down menu
  3. Accept the Terms and conditions and enter a PayPal account email if you wish to be credited via PayPal. This cannot be easily changed, so choose carefully.
  4. When the eLearning page opens, click Purchase an eLearning Gift Pass
  5. If you’ve never purchased a Gift Pass before, you’ll create an eLearning Gift Pass account. If you already have an account because you’ve purchased eLearning Gift Pass previously, skip to step 6. Here are some tips for setting up your eLearning Gift Pass account:
    a. It may seem like you personally are signing up for eLearning but keep going.
    b. When it asks for your name, use the store name if you’re a store (example: First Name “Scuba Steve’s” Last Name: “Dive Center”)
    c. Once you’ve created the account, click on the “Home” link to return to the page and click the Purchase button.

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  1. Choose how many eLearning Gift Passes you want and the course type. The Gift Passes can not be changed after you buy them, so pick carefully! If you want to purchase multiple Gift Passes, click the link in the top right corner (highlighted in green in the screengrab above).
  2. Hit Total and pay with a credit card.**

** For now, the Gift Passes must be purchased through the website, we can’t sell you eLearning Gift Passes like we can PIC online.

Ready to email Gift Passes to your students?
From the PADI Pros’ Site, choose PADI eLearning Gift Zone, then click on the View your Purchased eLearning Gift Passes button (bottom). After signing in, it will take you to a page where you can view and send out the  Gift Passes to your students.

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