Download the new PADI App

si_appThe new, improved PADI App is now available for iOS and Android users and it helps you attract and retain more divers. Worldwide, it’s estimated that 86 percent of time spent on mobile devices is spent on mobile apps. That’s why, when people want information about diving, they’ll turn to the app supplying everything they need – the new PADI App. The PADI App includes features to help improve and increase user engagement, drive awareness of diving and create a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to diving.

Key features of the new PADI App include:

Dive shop and dive site locator: Sourcing information from ScubaEarth®, this tool serves up detailed dive site information along with contact information and quick links for nearby PADI Dive Shops. Users can also see current dive site conditions like air and water temperature, surf conditions and more so they can plan dives appropriately.

Training section with comprehensive course information: Divers can learn about courses and sign up for PADI eLearning® or PADI Touch programs through quick access links to the PADI Library App. Divers signing up for digital learning programs are required to affiliate with a PADI Dive Shop who in turn receive a revenue share for each new student. This section also supports equipment sales by providing information about the scuba gear divers will use during training.

PADI eCard access: Divers can download their PADI eCards to the app. All PADI Divers earning a new certification will receive a free temporary PADI eCard good for 30-days. This provides instant verification of training and is in addition to the existing temporary cards divers already receive. Plus, PADI Members can leverage the temporary eCard as a way to increase sales of permanent eCards.

Travel section with destination overviews: Users dreaming about a dive trip can review a multitude of dive destination overviews and plan their next trip to a PADI Shop.

Tools: ScubaEarth integration lets divers access a digital logbook where they can save their information as well as access any dives previously logged in ScubaEarth. Divers also have access to dive planning reminders and checklists, underwater hand signal reviews and knot-tying exercises.

Social and news feeds: With real-time information from PADI social channels including ScubaEarth, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the PADI blog, users can stay connected and engaged with scuba diving.

Current PADI App users will see the new features on their next update, while new users can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download the application.

Sharks and Rays Without Borders

Project AWARE has another big opportunity to help make change for vanishing sharks and rays – one that only comes along once every three years. Every voice counts and we need yours!

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Please Take 3 Minutes of Action Today:

  • Send a Letter asking countries to work together for shark & ray protection
  • Join the Thunderclap to send a loud, unified message over social media #SharksWithoutBordersCMS4SHARKS

The Campaign: Beginning Nov 3rd, Project AWARE and partners will be in Ecuador, at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) representing the diver voice among representatives from 120 nations. 21 species of sharks and rays are on the agenda – including some of our favorite hammerheads, silky sharks and reef mantas.

The Issue: Varied degrees of protection exist for sharks and rays around the globe. These animals migrate – crossing many political boundaries. A hammerhead protected here, is not necessarily protected elsewhere. For these ocean travelers, international cooperation is vital.

If Successful: Our voice – the voice of the dive community – can help persuade countries to work together, implementing international agreements for their protection.

Thank you for your 3 minutes today and thank you for giving sharks and rays a voice! Be sure to find out more or make a donation to support the campaign.

Scuba for Change Launch Event – Melbourne, Australia

For any PADI Members interested, the Scuba for Change (SFC) Launch Event will be held in Melbourne on Thursday, 30th October 2014.

If you wish to attend, tickets can be purchased through www.eventbee.com/v/scubaforchange/event?eid=173529553. PADI Member discounts apply by simply entering your PADI membership number.

You can find out about the SFC journey and mingle with other socially conscious individuals and organisations. There will be a number of auction items on the evening. Part of the proceeds will go towards helping The Stairway Foundation (Philippines Not-for-Profit) replace damaged solar panels for their remote Children’s camp. Scuba for Change is a Social Enterprise that will reinvest 100% of its profits back into local communities in developing nations.

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Setting Goals for Growth in 2015

It is about this time every year when we start looking ahead to the coming year and thinking about what we want to PADI logoachieve. Analyzing how we did each year and setting goals for growth is a key part of every successful business.

So, what should you be looking at? Analyzing your certification numbers is a good place to start. Check out your certification count year on year on your PADI Pro Account and see which areas have increased or decreased. Look at what marketing strategies worked this year and perhaps what didn’t have the desired impact.

Look at your Continuing Education statistics and associated retail sales – are your entry level divers signing up for another course? Are your recreational divers signing up to Go Pro and becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor? Are they purchasing equipment? If the answer is no there are several strategies you can put in place.

One thing you may choose to look at is sales training for your staff. This could cover selling techniques for both equipment sales and continuing education courses. You might look at conducting a Go Pro evening and invite students along for an informative evening to show them their options and of course the opportunities within the dive industry as a dive professional. PADI Regional Managers can assist in delivering these presentations.

Contact your PADI Regional Manager, they are here to assist and can help set up a Goals for Growth plan for your business for 2015.

PADI Member Renewals Season – Renew Your Support for the Ocean!

PADI Member Renewals Offer 2015 APThe PADI Member Renewal season is here! Our ocean needs your renewed support and you can help protect the ocean you love with a donation to Project AWARE.

When you make a donation of $25 or more with your PADI Member Renewal you’ll receive a limited edition Project AWARE eco mask strap as a special thank you. There’s 4 Easy Ways to Donate:

1)      Setting up Automatic Renewal for the first time? You can add your donation amount online on the PADI Auto Renewals page.

2)      If your Auto Renewal is already set up simply email your PADI Team to add the donation for you.

3)      Choose the donate option when you complete your renewal online.

4)      Complete the PADI Member Renewal 2015 Form which will be mailed directly to you.

Together, with each victory, we’re giving the ocean a voice and placing marine species on the global agenda. Your donation will help protect vulnerable sharks and rays from the biggest threat they face today – overexploitation.

With your support, Project AWARE can take every opportunity to ensure that sharks and rays will not disappear on our watch.

Ask your PADI Team to add the donation for you: memdep@padi.com.au

Project AWARE is an award winning non-profit that truly appreciates your support with a commitment to efficiently using your funds for maximum marine conservation impact with innovative global programs.

 

Cairns Underwater Film Festival 2014

Winners of the 8th Annual Cairns Underwater Film Festivalwere announcedat the Cairns Civic Theatre on the 23rd August 2014 with 680 people attending – the extremely successful event was a sellout.

Now in its 8th year, the Cairns Underwater Film Festival is a celebration of underwater photography and filmmaking combining The Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition with a film festival showcasing underwater imagery from around the world. Screening a combination of local and international talent, the festival gives filmmakers a chance to display their work in the only Australian event of its kind.

View the winning images from the 2014 Cairns Underwater Film Festival.

A massive prize pool of over $70,000 was on offer this year, including dive expeditions, camera equipment and much more.

Each year The Cairns Underwater Film Festival puts its profits back into the marine environment through local projects and organisations. In 2014 the festival donated 3 giant cheques totalling $25,000 to local marine charities – The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, The Minke Whale Project and The Tangaroa Blue Foundation.  PADI was a proud sponsor of the very the popular event.

The highly credentialed judging panel for the underwater photography competition included Stuart Ireland, Christian Miller and lead judge Juergen Freund. Juergen is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed wildlife photographers and winner of many prestigious wildlife and underwater imagery awards.

The Great Barrier Reef Photo and Video competition will open again in May 2015.  For further information, contact: info@cairnsunderwaterfilmfestival.com or go to www.cairnsunderwaterfilmfestival.com

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In 2014 the Cairns Underwater Film Festival donated 3 giant cheques totalling $25,000 to local marine charities (L to R)  Alastair Birtles – Minke Whale Project; Heidi Taylor (Tangaroa Blue Project); Jennifer Gilbert (Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center); together with the team from Cairns Underwater Film Festival, Stuart Ireland, Lisa Buchanan, Mike Ball (President), Tracey Hale, Richard Johnston and Sam Roberts. 

Photo by Christian Miller.

Recent PADI Instructor Exams

View some of the photos from recent PADI Instructor Exams from around the Asia Pacific region.

JULY

11-13 July – Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, NZ 11-13 JULY












 

16-18 July – Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga, NZ 16-18 JULY

AUGUST

4-5 August – Tioman, Malaysia

TIOMAN MALAYSIA 4-5 AUG

8-10 August – Phuket, Thailand

PHUKET 8_10 AUG

12-14 August – Koh Tao, Thailand

KOH TAO 12_14 AUG

15-17 August – Cairns, Australia

CAIRNS 15_17 AUG

29-31 August – Uljin, South Korea

ULJIN STH KOREA 29-31 AUGUST

30-31 August – Singapore, Singapore

SINGAPORE 30_31

SEPTEMBER

5-7 September – Phuket, Thailand

PHUKET 5_7 Sept

7-8 September – Dalian, China

DALIAN CHINA 7-8 SEPT

9-11 September – Koh Tao, Thailand

KOH TAO 9_11 SEPT

12-14 September – Sydney, Australia

SYDNEY 12-14 SEPT

15-16 September – Port Vila, Vanuatu

PORT VILA VANUATU 15-16 SEPT

20-21 September – Melbourne, Australia

MELB 20-21 SEPT



22-23 September – Bohol, Philippines

BOHOL PH'PPINES 22-23 SEPT

22-24 September – Pattaya, Thailand

PATTAYA THAILAND 22-24 SEPT

Congratulations to all the new PADI Instructors!