Updates for PADI Freediver Instructors and Trainers

We have some great news for PADI Freediver Instructors and Trainers we wanted to share with you.

First, as you have probably read already in the First Quarter 2018 Training Bulletin, you can now teach several PADI Standardised Specialties to your Freediver students. Additionally, you can also write your own Distinctive Specialties that PADI does currently not offer, such as Monofin, Safety Diver, Surf Survival or Mermaid Diver. Please see the relevant Training Bulletin for more information.

Secondly, we have also scheduled a PADI Freediver Update Webinar for current PADI Freediver Instructors and PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers! This webinar will provide you with the latest information in regards to the PADI Freediver program, current trends and PADI marketing efforts to support the program and our members.

The webinar is scheduled for Monday 26 March 2018 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM AEST. Please click below to register.

Register attendance

Last but least, we are pleased to announce the 2018 PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, scheduled from 21 May 2018 – 25 May 2018 in Cebu, Philippines. If you are interested in this course, please start the procedure by downloading the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Fact Sheet. This will give you an idea of the requirements and procedures involved and will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

To apply for the course, download the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Application Form. The application form should be submitted electronically to freediver@padi.com.au.

The deadline for submitting your application is 4 April 2018.

2017 Freediver Instructor Trainer Course Graduates

 

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty & Women’s Dive Day

Written by John Kinsella

It’s five thirty on a Costa Rican morning and Georgia King is talking to me about the PADI® Adaptive Techniques Specialty. It’s quiet, she says, before the rest of the family wakes. I can almost hear the tropical dawn chorus. Georgia is a PADI Platinum Course Director in Costa Rica and her time is precious, but she’s absolutely committed to helping people with disabilities benefit from diving and happy to share her wisdom. Georgia was an advisor during course development and has extensive experience and expertise. In fact, before we finish, Georgia has made another significant time and energy commitment: She’s decided to run an adaptive techniques workshop for PADI Women’s Dive Day.

Georgia’s commitment is such that since the program launched she has run two Adaptive Techniques Specialty courses right after two IDCs. It was a natural fit. “I think it’s fantastic to be able to incorporate the training with the IDC,” she says quietly. “It makes sense to integrate it naturally with the various course elements. New instructors coming out of the IDC are super excited because we’ve been talking about it. It inspires them to take that next step.”

I ask what she’d say to PADI Pros with no prior experience, who may never have thought of taking or teaching the Adaptive Techniques Specialty.

“Get involved,” she advises, pointing out that one of the major benefits, even if you are not immediately going out and teaching people with disabilities, is that it will open your mind to various teaching techniques and ways to approach all PADI programs. This can completely change the way you teach. “It really does open your eyes to a whole world of possibilities,” Georgia says. “Even in something as simple as demonstrating a skill in the skill circuit, you really just think differently. You are not set in one way of doing something. A lot of people think, ‘You have to do it this way.’ You know? You don’t.”

Georgia feels that a lot of people may be apprehensive about getting involved and offers this encouragement: “It’s kind of like the EFR® program when people worry about helping others. They don’t think they’ll be able to manage it. But everybody who has done the Adaptive Techniques Specialty is absolutely blown away and amazed by it. There’s more to it than people realize. Sure, it’s helping someone in a wheelchair, but that’s just a tiny part of it. The program talks about the attitudes, and how you treat people.”

And the confidence that insight brings opens up the most significant benefit of the Adaptive Techniques Specialty: It’s so rewarding for everyone. “Just giving people the opportunity, that’s one of the biggest things,” Georgia believes. “In any teaching there’s opportunity for reward, but sometimes I find more so with this. I shed tears after my first Discover Scuba® Diving experience with a guy who was born without legs. It completely amazed him how he felt underwater. He came up and just cried. I was so overwhelmed. It’s an amazing thing.”

New Zealand’s First PADI Freediver Depth Camp

Freediving is an extremely fast growing sport. More and more people are now choosing to enter the water using breath-hold techniques. That said we need to ensure divers are diving safely and following safe dive practices to avoid unnecessary incidents. This is where PADI Freediver training comes in.

Promotion to customers and students of professional training will benefit both the industry and your business. A great example of this in New Zealand is Bryan Bailey and the marketing strategy he has chosen to increase this area of the Dive Centre.

Bryan is a PADI Master Instructor at Blenheim Dive Centre and recently hosted New Zealand’s first Freediver Depth Camp in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. This camp was a huge success and reading the feedback from attendees the first of many to come.

Situated in the beautiful calm and deep waters of the Queen Charlotte Sounds, students from around the country assembled for 8 days of freediving. Their main focus was to work on advanced equalising techniques, relaxation at depth and the glide phase of the dive.

Happy Campers

Students worked towards gaining their PADI Advanced and Master Freediver certifications with the goal to progress further in the future to become PADI Freediver Instructors.

Bryan stated that “It was amazing to watch each individual diver develop and overcome challenges that they faced, it showed us that by diving over several consecutive days in a safe and controlled environment divers are able to build a solid foundation to become safe and knowledgeable Freedivers to pass on their passion”.

Camp attendees had this to say:

Ryan Hansen | PADI Master Freediver & Freediver Instructor:

“The experience I had at the depth camp in the Marlborough sounds was exactly what I needed to take my freediving to the next level. With a relaxed atmosphere and a good crew, it was easy to find the head space I needed to get the most from the course. Bryan’s instruction was tailored to each individual diver, their own abilities and goals. His experience and knowledge base was evident. The dive sites were located in idyllic bays with calm conditions, even when a storm passed over us we were able to find good diving conditions. We were visited by a pod of dolphins, explored a wreck and met some very friendly blue cod. I left the course with a new confidence, having comfortably completed several personal best dives and eager to use the skills that I learned to continue to improve”. 

Ryan and Rene

Gina Watts | PADI Advanced Freediver:

While flying up to the depth camp there were many things going through my head:  20m seems insanely deep, 10m seemed deep in basic… Will my body even allow me to do this? After leaving the depth camp with a new personal best of 29m my thinking has changed… a  lot.  

A pleasant 24 degrees on the surface; the Marlborough sounds made for the perfect training location.  Made even better with a few dozen bottlenose dolphins coming to show us how it was done after our first open water session.  Not only did we just have a deep site for training we were surrounded by native bush with a constant cicada hum, we dived down to explore wrecks and the water offered up an array of non venomous moon jellyfish to gaze upon during our relaxation breath ups.  

The week started with the voice inside my head telling me it’s time to breathe along with my body giving involuntary contractions, all normal things for freedivers.  Learning to relax through them and listen to what my body was saying; feeling different urges to breathe, relaxing every muscle are all things that allowed me to glide down to new depths.  

In the first few days of open water training the personal best depths were jumping in rather large increments, 4 meters for example; it was going past my personal best depths that the concentration of gliding, equalizing and relaxing through the contractions really came into play. During these phases depths became constant and comfortable but the depth jumps were smaller only a metre or so at a time.  

Diving to depth is the most relaxing part of my dive it is ascending to the surface when I have to concentrate differently, it is during this phase where you can really feel the contractions.  Once you are in the zone of relaxation, the ascent became just as enjoyable as the dive down.  There is no better feeling than finishing recovery breathing and knowing that it was a great dive, it’s a feeling that is hard to forget.

The last thing I can say is that after 8 consecutive days in the water training, I wanted to stay and do more training.  One spectacular week of self discovery and development.  Cheers to you Bryan!  

PB's all round!

For further information on PADI’s Freediver training visit PADI.com.

Be a Better Person

Written by John Kinsella

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty program really just makes a good thing better. It builds on the foundational traits of inclusiveness and adaptability, common to all PADI Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Divemasters. It has detailed insights into considerations and techniques that apply specifically when training and guiding divers with disabilities and generally when working with any diver.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty helps PADI Pros become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving. It covers adaptive techniques that apply while supervising and training divers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs. It teaches how to properly counsel and direct student divers, based on their abilities, toward certification, experience programs, or toward a disabilities-dedicated diving organisation for limited certification options.

I believe this course will get PADI Members thinking outside the box when it comes to skills and get them looking at different ways to teach skills” says Fraser Bathgate, Advisor Adaptive Techniques PADI Worldwide. “Teaching divers with disabilities is a very enabling and rewarding experience and it will help open up a new client base to divemasters, instructors, dive centres and resorts. It kick starts a new way for PADI Members to fulfill more people’s dreams.”

The Adaptive Techniques Specialty course helps PADI Pros learn additional techniques to motivate and encourage not just divers with mental or physical challenges, but all divers. There’s also an associated subcourse, the PADI Adaptive Support Diver, which helps interested divers, from Open Water Diver on up, learn how to be better buddies to divers with physical or mental challenges.

The course looks at techniques that will help PADI Pros build confidence in their divers through a holistic approach that focuses on improving self image, building trust, setting goals, managing stress and having fun while solving problems. It emphasizes bringing the diver personally into the solution and looks at specific equipment adaptations and helpful confined and open water considerations.

Confined water workshops let dive pros demonstrate and practice skills to assist divers with disabilities, both in training and non-training situations. They build confidence before the open water workshops where dive pros apply the skills learned with an emphasis on assisting divers in/out of water, trim and comfort in the first workshop, and through scenario-based skills practice in the second.

But the real value of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty must be that, in some small way, it’s the distilled essence of the skill, experience and goodwill of an international advisory team who has collectively brought diving to thousands of people with disabilities and witnessed first hand the powerful and often life changing results. Now that experience and good will is ready to spread. Find out how you can help by contacting your PADI Regional Manager.

“My Sidemount Experience” by PADI Regional Manager, Neil Richards

Written by PADI Regional Manager for East Thailand, Neil Richards.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Stepping outside of your comfort zone, and trying new things, is the best way to grow.

Most of my friends in the diving industry (and myself included) started out as young travellers looking for new experiences and adventures. Maybe you did the same.

Do you remember when you made that decision to pack your ruck sack and go? With your new bag on your back stuffed with first aid kits, shoes for all occasions and a bar of soap, off you set not really knowing what to expect.

The excitement you felt getting on an overnight train in a completely different country. The new tastes, sounds and smells, experiencing a complete ‘culture shock’. You arrive at the jetty after a long journey to take your first look at the island you will be calling home for the next few months. It was such a change from your normal, comfortable life. However, after some time, the excitement of being in new territory subsided and life started to get comfortable again, some of the excitement was not there anymore. You still loved your new life, but something was missing.

I had a similar feeling when I started diving. Trying something completely new and out of my comfort zone was exciting and challenging. It was so awesome I decided that going home was no longer an option and I went on to become a PADI Instructor. 13 years later, after thousands of dives and a myriad of experience, I started to feel the itch to try something new. I wanted to get back that excitement that I had when I first started diving – I needed a new challenge. So I decided to take the PADI Sidemount course.

I have always had a desire to become a technical diver. This yearning came after some awe inspiring dives in the cenote caves in Mexico. They were some of the most amazing and adventurous dives I have ever experienced. I noticed two other divers had two of their tanks beside them instead of on their backs. They continued into the cave system and were soon out of sight. I became really curious and wanted to follow them but with a single cylinder on my back, and no specialised training, of course this was not an option. I later learned that this configuration is known as “Sidemount”.

The last few years for me have been very busy so only recently did I manage to get the time and opportunity to take my PADI Sidemount Specialty course. Even with all my years of experience, I felt completely out of my comfort zone and I was having a diving culture shock. It felt like the first time I went travelling again. Everything was new and unfamiliar. I had to start thinking about buoyancy again. I was unaccustomed to the trim and equipment configuration. Equipment set up was completely different. As for the in water skills, I almost felt like a complete beginner. Taking cylinders off and pushing them ahead of me whilst I tried to stay streamlined and neutrally buoyant must have looked almost comical, however after a bit of practice it became much easier. It was one of the most challenging and exciting courses I have taken.

The PADI Sidemount Specialty is not just for divers wanting to explore the more technical side of diving. It has become increasingly popular with recreational divers, some of whom find the configuration of having cylinders on the sides instead of on the back, more comfortable and easier to access.

Sidemount has now opened up a whole new avenue into diving I didn’t know existed. Be it technical or recreational, or whether experienced or new to diving, the PADI Sidemount Specialty is definitely for those who love a new adventure.

New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty

PADI® Professionals have a long and successful history of adapting training to meet individual needs. This includes accepting people with physical and mental challenges into courses and creatively finding techniques that allow them to master skills and meet course performance requirements.

The new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course is designed to build on that foundation by broadening awareness and further exploring adaptive techniques. This specialty course is unique in that it’s designed for PADI Divemasters or Master Freedivers and higher.

The course consists of one knowledge development session that introduces the concept of holistic teaching and explores equipment and logistical considerations. It also includes a workshop that helps you look at dive centre accessibility from the perspective of people with various disabilities.

There are two confined water workshops that focus on transfers, entries, exits, assists and communication, along with demonstrating, adapting and practicing skills based on a student diver’s abilities and limitations. The two open water workshops focus on evaluating accessibility, organizing and pacing dives, and adapting skills to the open water environment.

When training people with physical and mental challenges, you learn to focus on what they can do rather than on what they can’t. You don’t have to take this specialty to work with divers with disabilities, but the knowledge and skills you gain can help you adapt course content to accommodate virtually any student diver. This specialty course will expand your ability to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting scuba or freediving techniques.

Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course Goals

To help PADI Pros:

  • Become more aware and mindful of individual considerations when introducing people with disabilities to diving or freediving.
  • Learn new adaptive techniques to use while supervising and training divers/freedivers with disabilities in PADI courses and programs.
  • Properly counsel and direct student divers, based on their abilities, toward PADI certification, PADI experience programs or toward a disabilities-dedicated diving organization.
  • Explore additional ways to motivate and encourage student divers with mental and/or physical challenges.

PADI Adaptive Support Diver

The subset course, PADI Adaptive Support Diver, is for divers who want to learn how to best support dive buddies who have a physical or mental disability. The course consists of the same knowledge development session as the full specialty, but only requires completion of one confined water workshop and one open water workshop. The prerequisites are PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Freediver™ (or higher), EFR®Primary and Secondary Care course completion within 24 months and to be at least 15 years old. Completion of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy is recommended beforehand to give the diver firsthand awareness of proper trim.

Because the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course is a standardized specialty, divers can credit an Adventure Dive toward Advanced Open Water Diver certification, and can also credit the specialty toward PADI Master Scuba Diver™.

Becoming an Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor

To be authorized to teach the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course and subcourse, PADI Instructors and PADI Freediver Instructors have the usual two application paths:

  1. Complete a PADI Specialty Instructor Training Course with a PADI Course Director, or PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer who is authorized as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor Trainer.
  2. Apply directly to your PADI Regional Headquarters with proof of additional experience and training.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor Guide is used to support the course. Although the guide primarily addresses scuba diving, PADI Freediver Instructors who are Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructors will find the guide inclusive of freedivers, with reminder notes about cross-referencing the PADI Freediver Program Instructor Guide.

The course launched at the 2017 DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida, USA, and is currently only available in English. For more information, contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or go to the PADI Pros’ Site under Training Essentials for further resources about training divers with disabilities.

PADI at DEMA Show 2017

 


It’s that time of year again for the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show. DEMA is the largest trade-only event in the world for companies doing business in the scuba diving, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel industries attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world.

The DEMA Show offers a space to conduct business and network, plus you can participate in the most extensive education curriculum in the industry. Please see PADI Programs and Miniseminars offered below.


Course Director Update 2017


Tuesday, 31 October 2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Room: Grand  A, B, C


IDC Staff Instructor Update 2017


Friday, 3 November 2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Room: Orange County Convention Center* S330 A, B, C, D

Early-bird registration fee: $310 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $325 US (after 25 October)

This year’s Course Director Update and IDC Staff Instructor Update centers on the highly anticipated revision of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). Get a sneak peek at some of the IDC components in development including the “Think Like an Instructor” concept and the enhanced knowledge development, confined water and open water evaluation criteria. The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI® staff.
Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors and renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • What’s New: IDC Revision – a preview of this PADI flagship program
  • Evaluation Training Workshop and the New Evaluation Criteria
  • Risk Management in Instructor Development

At the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognising PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register, complete and submit a Course Director Update Registration Form or IDC Staff Update Registration Form.


PADI Social


Tuesday, 31 October 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Room: Grand A, B, C

Kick off the DEMA Show week with the PADI Social in the Rosen Centre Hotel Ballroom. Mingle and network with scuba industry colleagues, PADI staff and your friends as together we celebrate the year’s successes and look forward to an exciting year ahead.


New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Programs Orientation


Wednesday, 1 November 2017
8:00 am – 12:00pm

Early-bird registration fee: $199 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $225.00 US (after 25 October)

This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience (documentation of training/working with divers with disabilities) is verified. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders, and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register, complete and submit an Adaptive Techniques Registration Form.


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 2 November 2017
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room:
Salon 7/8

Registration fee: $625 US

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register, complete and submit an EFR Instructor Trainer Registration Form.


PADI Business Academy: Mastering Online Advertising


Saturday, 4 November 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room:
Salon 5/6

Registration fee: $100 US for Individual Members and $75 US for Retail and Resort Association Members

The seminar is a step-by-step interactive guide to implementing the latest online ad trends. Learn how to tackle and master the most important online advertising trends during this hands-on workshop. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to use online advertising to acquire new divers and keep your existing ones coming back.
What will you learn to implement?

  • Facebook ads, including custom and look-alike audiences
  • Instagram ads
  • Google AdWords
  • Google display ads
  • Google call-only ads

Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

To register, complete and submit a PADI Business Academy Registration Form. 


EVE – Register for all EVE Seminars


EVE SPLASH

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Salon 5/6

Learn how EVE SPLASH can take care of the marketing and communications to help you grow your business. Attend this seminar and walk away with easy-to-implement processes to help you place ads, attract new students, take bookings, manage leads, certify divers, automate follow-up communications and automatically distribute your campaigns using the powerful EVE Agent. This is the perfect starting point for any store owner or manager new to any aspect of EVE DIVING SERVICES.

EVE Marketing

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 – 10:00am – 12:00 pm – Salon 5/6

Discover new campaigns and new designs customised for your store and your customer. Get set up with more than130 ready-to-go, high-end, customisable templates as well as a delivery platform for you to target the right customer at the right time with the right message. Come learn how these sites integrate with your marketing, schedules and your sales goals.

EVE Instructor App Integration

Thursday, 2 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Empower your instructors to drive your business with the new EVE Instructor App for iOS/Android/Web. Learn how the EVE Instructor App can directly connect to EVE in your store, which helps provide your instructors with a range of applications and tools necessary to successfully manage your business and promote your services.

New EVE Online Store

Thursday, 2 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Come learn how to use the online store for e-commerce, online courses and event bookings. Learn about the EVE online store hybrid operations such as “Scuba and Swim” and “Fish and Dive,” which are easily managed with this completely new product architecture.

EVE Marketing Agent

Friday, 3 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Keep in touch with your customers using the right message at the right time with EVE Marketing Agent. Attend this seminar to learn how to use EVE Marketing Agent to increase bookings, continuing education, dive trip sales and servicing.

EVE Synergy

Friday, 3 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Discover the complete system in which EVE Cloud hosting brings every feature and application of all of these products and services together in one place. There is a place for you and your customers, wherever they may be. Discover why EVE Synergy is the best award-winning system for the very best price.


Basic Freediver Course


Saturday, 4 November  2017 – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Orlando YMCA Pool

Registration fee: $199 US

Have you tried the PADI Freediver™ program yet? You can learn more about it, give freediving a try and get started on the PADI Basic Freediver course rating in just a few hours while at 2017 DEMA Show. This half-day event covers the knowledge development and confined water portions of the PADI Freediver course, and successful completion result in certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. At a later date you can complete the two remaining open water sessions to become certified as a PADI Freediver.

Program registration incudes the PADI Freediver Touch™, confined water session and certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. Please register no later than Monday, 16 October, to receive the Touch code to complete independent study in time for the confined water session on Saturday, 4 November. You don’t need special freediving equipment to participate – just bring your regular fins, mask and snorkel. It’s a great, fun way to learn by doing. Find out why so many PADI Pros are jumping into PADI Freediving.

To register, complete and submit a Basic Freediver Registration Form,


Miniseminars at the 2017 DEMA Show

Besides learning about new PADI programs and initiatives, by attending PADI Miniseminars, you can earn seminar credit toward regaining Teaching status or higher PADI Instructor ratings. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.


Mastering PADI’s Paperless Registration Process (required for credit)

Learn about changes to the PADI Online Processing Center and how digital forms and My PADI ClubTM will integrate seamlessly into the student diver registration process. Also gain insight into the new padi.com and get a sneak peek at new download options for the Open Water Diver Certification Pack.

Wed, 1 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C

Risk Management 2017: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (required for credit)

Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

Wed, 1 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B
Fri 3 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B

CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the Course Director Training Course.

Wed, 1 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B

PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program

Learn about PADI’s newest specialty course designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers. Emphasis is on techniques for working with divers with disabilities, but can apply to teaching all student divers as a way to personalize their diving experience in the PADI Open Water Diver course and beyond. Learn how making small changes to your courses will make a big impact on each diver’s scuba journey.

Wed, 1 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C

How to Align your Business with PADI’s Four Pillars of Change

At last year’s PADI Social, Drew Richardson announced PADI’s Four Pillars of Change program supporting Healing and Wellness, People and Community, Marine Animal Protection, and Ocean Health. Learn how each of the pillars can appeal to new markets and diversify course offerings while helping to save our ocean planet.

Thu, 2 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B

Take a Deep Breath and Dive Into Freediving

PADI FreediverTM is gaining momentum and you can only benefit by adding freediving to your course offerings. Find out how you can become a PADI Freediver Center, Instructor or Instructor Trainer and reach a new market segment.

Wed, 1 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B

Membership Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Are you taking advantage of all the perks that come along with your PADI Membership? Do you know what the Pros’ Site has to offer or that there are programs that reinvest in your marketing efforts? Come find out if you are making the most of your membership and what benefits you may be missing out on.

Wed, 1 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C

Managing Your Online Presence

With social media and online review sites, it’s easy for consumers to post comments whether they are positive or negative. Learn how to embrace and even leverage reviews on Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp and My PADI Club to grow your business.

Thu, 2 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C

Tips to Increase Diver Conversions

What is your conversion rate from Discover Scuba® Diving to Open Water Diver? Open Water to Advanced Open Water Diver? Learn how to increase your diver conversion rates and how to strategically link courses to increase continuing education certifications.

Wed, 1 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B

Leveraging My PADI Club to Engage and Grow Your Business

What is My PADI Club? How do you sell it? What’s in it for you? Come learn all about My PADI Club and discover how you can use it to attract new divers and keep current divers engaged.

Wed, 1 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C
Thu, 2 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220A/B

New Trends in Social Media to Reach New Divers

You use social media in your current business, but are you using all the tools to reach new divers? Learn how you can use virtual reality, 360 videos, Facebook Live video feed, Facebook eCommerce and Instagram to increase exposure and drive traffic to your business.

Thu, 2 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220A/B

Successful Conversion Tactics for Resorts

Discover new and different ways to increase conversions in resort markets by making small changes to your current efforts.

Wed, 1 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C

Top 10 Customer Service Complaints

When does customer service conflict with PADI Quality Management? We’ll discuss the top complaints that may or may not be Quality Assurance issues but can still create headaches for you. These include failing to provide agreed-to services, failure to disclose details and conditions of a divemaster internship program, and poor maintenance of rental equipment, to name a few.

Wed, 1 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
3 pm – 4 pm
S220C

Engaging with Chinese Consumers

With more than one in 10 international tourists worldwide from China, it’s no wonder more businesses want to know more about engaging with Chinese consumers. This year alone there were more than 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure. If you wish to cater to the Chinese market, you need to tailor language, products and services. Join us and explore digital marketing strategies for your website and social media channels, as well as ideas and strategies for your business to supercharge your dive operation in the Chinese market now and beyond.

Wed, 1 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220A/B
Fri, 3 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220C

Shark and Ray Tourism: Building a Better Future for Sharks and Rays

One in four shark and ray species faces extinction driven by overfishing. Yet shark- and ray-related tourism is on the rise. Diving and snorkeling can offer powerful and sustainable economic alternatives. Join Project AWARE® for this interactive workshop and discover how you can put best practice at the heart of your business. We’ll share lessons from the field and work together to help create specific guidelines appropriate to your local community. If you want to use tourism to help conserve sharks and rays in your location then this workshop is for you!

Thu, 2 Nov
11 am – 12 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
1 pm – 2 pm
S220C

PADI Swim School: How to Grow Your Scuba Business

Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!

Thu, 2 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220C
Fri, 3 Nov
10 am – 11 am
S220A/B

EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business

Come see how the EVE Complete System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training. This miniseminar will show you all the benefits of EVE including: EVE Splash, integrated website and marketing tools, the new EVE Instructor app, EVE online training and much more.

Wed, 1 Nov
2 pm – 3 pm
S220A/B
Thu, 2 Nov
4 pm – 5 pm
S220C

Tec Seminars located in the PADI Booth Tec Resource Centre

The Devil is in the Details: What Incident Data Tell Us

Excluding those with medical causes, most fatal dive accidents have violations of accepted practices that cause and/or contribute. Building on last year’s popular “The Mathematics of Diver Risk” presentation, this miniseminar dives into the who/what/whens of poor decisions cascading into catastrophic consequences, possible causes and what we can do about them.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Rebreathers But Were Afraid to Ask

Interested in diving a rebreather but don’t know where to start? Attend this informational seminar to learn the difference between eCCRs and mCCRs, back mount and over-the-shoulder counterlungs, radial and axial scrubbers and more.

Reserve your hotel room today!


A limited number of hotel rooms are still available at the Rosen Centre Hotel at the special rate of $189 US per night (plus tax and resort fee). The price includes complimentary parking, internet and access to the hotel’s fitness centre. Staying at the hotel puts you at the centre of the action – the PADI Social, PADI Course Director Update, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course and other PADI programs take place there. Email christine.grange@padi.com to receive the special room rate today.