ScubaEarth Update – New Features & Improvements

SE_Icon_1As you know, every day around the world, divers are exploring the underwater world by logging dives, taking photos, encountering amazing marine life and exploring fascinating sites. ScubaEarth is the online destination where all these things come together so divers can easily research and share their passion for diving. Importantly, PADI Members benefit from being at the center of this new and exciting online community.

The ScubaEarth team have been working tirelessly to improve the ScubaEarth experience for PADI Members and consumers since the BETA launch. Your feedback has helped us make important upgrades and refinements on the last few months. These include an overall faster site, improvements to logging a dive, general website fixes, and the ability to log in through Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn.

There are also some exciting new features launching in the next few weeks as part of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving updates which will help you promote this. These Discover Scuba Diving participants will enjoy having access to a trial of the new ScubaEarth Dive Dashboard and PADI eCards benefits. The Dive Dashboard is a dynamic real-time feature that lets divers track dive sites, marine species, buddies and destinations on interactive slates. They can easily add and customize slates to their preferences and keep track of what’s most important to them. They also have the great benefit of free access to all their PADI eCards, such as if they completed their PADI Open Water Diver course after their Discover Scuba Diving experience.

What’s New Snapshot:

  • Faster Website Speeds.
  • Logging a Dive Improvements.
  • Multiple Website Fixes.
  • Social Media Log In.
  • Advanced Search.
  • Profile Edit Refinements.
  • FAQ & Help Sections.
  • Photo Improvements.
  • Dive Site Refinements.
  • PADI Updates.

You can register for ScubaEarth via the PADI Pros’ Site or if you haven’t logged in for a while, please take the time to log in via scubaearth.com to view all the latest updates and see what’s new on ScubaEarth this month!

Make the Most of Your ScubaEarth™ Announcement Board

ScubaEarthSquare300x300Is your PADI Dive Center or Resort making the most of the ScubaEarth Announcement Board? It’s an area where you can share information with divers who have chosen your store as their primary dive center. Each time these divers log in, they see your announcements on their home page. The friends of these divers also see your logo and announcement board when viewing the diver’s profile page. Clicking on the logo or announcement takes them to your store profile. Make the most out of what they see by linking your announcements to activities in your dive business, including:

  • boat trips
  • travel programs
  • upcoming classes
  • dive club meetings
  • specials on your website
  • recognize your diver’s achievements
  • other fun activities

The Announcement Board is an important communication vehicle for attracting customers. To add announcements, click the “Announcements” tab under your store logo, then select “edit”. Note: ScubaEarth users will see your last three announcements.

You may also want to link your social media accounts at sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others to your ScubaEarth profile. This way, customers can easily connect with your business on the social networks you participate in. This is a simple way to stay engaged with your customers and build your online presence.

Have questions? This short “how to” video walks you through adjusting your social media account settings at the PADI Pros’ Site.

Project AWARE: Finathon Fancy Dress Swim for Sharks

This article is courtesy of Project AWARE.

You can’t get more FINatical than swimming in fancy dress! Finathon Champion Martine Miller from Queensland, Australia organised a wacky races event for Remote Area Dive on 22 June 2013 at Riverway Pool, Townsville. Thanks to all the swimmers Remote Area Dive rocketed to number 3 on the Finathon team leaderboard this week raising $2,300. THANK YOU!

remote area dive“When I saw the Finathon I just had to get involved,” said Martine. “As an avid diver and a new mum it’s important to ensure the survival of theses remarkable animals for future generations. Sharks are so important to the marine environment and extinction is not an option.”

The wacky themed Finathon was a fun day for the whole family to enjoy with prizes for best dressed and most unique way to swim a lap as well as a team relay distance. The RAD Crew showcased an array of costumes and swimming techniques. “By making it a fun family day we aimed to show everyone that sharks are worth protecting; sharks aren’t the scary monsters they are unfortunately sometimes perceived to be,” said Martine who swam 1400 metres successfully in a shark suit bought online!

Thank you to all PADI Members and Dive Centres who support Project AWARE. Please look out for more alerts from Project AWARE on how you can get involved. 

More Emergency First Responders Certified in Vanuatu

Transperancy-EFR-28.6.13Transparency Vanuatu, through its Duke of Edinburgh Award programme has launched a first aid initiative for Vanuatu youth.

With the assistance of PADI Asia Pacific and Nautilus Watersports, they can now offer internationally recognised Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary First Aid training courses to local youth, providing vital skills to communities in the event of an emergency.

Since its launch in March 2013, 22 Ni Vanuatu youth have received their certification as Emergency First Responders, including 5 visiting community based provincial facilitators,  Johnny Avock, Ps Jean Paul Polycap, Horman Gigina, Shina Timothy and Tom Kohua.  The group were in Port Vila this month for a training series to assist them in delivering EFR workshops throughout Vanuatu’s most remote communities.

Nautilus Watersports in Vanuatu generously offered to facilitate this initiative by providing volunteer EFR Instructors to conduct this course. All participants to date have been most impressed with the level of professionalism which these young instructors bring, and they have made the learning environment enjoyable and easy to pick up, ensuring these young Ni-Vanuatu not only learn, but maintain these vital skills to the benefit of their communities. The course itself is designed to create a fun and relaxed learning experience, allowing students of all levels and backgrounds to easily grasp the material.

Rebecca Solomon, Youth Coordinator for Transparency Vanuatu says; “This course is fun and to our level, which means we not only learn these skills in the classroom, but we keep them in our communities.”

First Aid skills are enormously lacking amongst Vanuatu communities, and it is hoped that these youngsters will now be in a position to provide potentially lifesaving assistance to someone in need in their communities.

The board of Transparency Vanuatu approved the inclusion of this initiative to extend the benefits to all youth within Vanuatu and as it is being incorporated into the facilitators’ training presently being undertaken.  This will ensure that they take these skills into the provinces, making this a Vanuatu wide initiative.

Not only does this training cover essential skills such as CPR, it also promotes an overall healthy lifestyle message, which these youths will hopefully spread throughout their communities. With the growing prevalence of illnesses such as diabetes, it is timely for this message to be given priority throughout Vanuatu.

In the words of one Transparency Vanuatu staff member “The Youth are the future of our country. I believe healthy youth will become healthy leaders, in mind, body and soul.”

Lyndsey Wilson-Akers from Transparency Vanuatu adds,

“On behalf of all 22 now certified EFR participants, Transparency Vanuatu are eternally grateful to PADI and Nautilus Watersports for your commitment to this initiative and hope that this partnership can continue long into the future. Nautilus instructors Colin Bartkowiak and Sean Chung deserve special commendation for this effort, as in spite of the difficulties which arise in the case of language barriers, they delivered this course at a level which all visiting facilitators could understand.”

As this is an ongoing initiative of Transparency Vanuatu, anyone interested in completing this course is encouraged to contact the office on telephone: (+678) 25715, Email: transparency@vanuatu.com.vu or visit the office located in the centre of Port Vila, 1st  Floor, (at rear) C&K Real Estate. All are welcome.

New PADI Go Dive Video

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Dive video. This gives a quick insight into what to expect when you become a certified PADI Diver. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

A massive thank you to the PADI Professionals involved in shooting this video!

Request for Your “Best Teaching Tips Ever” Feature

The Undersea Journal  is currently accepting contributions for a “Best Teaching Tips from the Field” feature that will publish in the fourth quarter issue. This article will detail the best tips, tricks, strategies, pointers, words-to-the-wise and any other expert advice you can offer to fellow pros based on your experience as a passionate diver and professional.

Here’s a list of basic topics: Travel, Equipment, Skills, Training, Photography, Marine Life and Lifestyle. Any aspect of the dive life is open. Here are a few examples:

  • Travel: When planning a group trip to a new destination, partner with a PADI Dive Centre or Resort in that destination to help co-host your event.
  • Equipment: Always know the latest scuba gear, so if your student divers have questions about their new BCDs, you can easily help them.
  • Lifestyle: To get divers interacting on your next dive boat adventure, bring along a bag of candy to pass around during surface intervals.

Please submit your tips by 1 July and, if your tips are used, your name, location and dive centre (if applicable) will be included in the magazine.

 

 

Emergency First Response courses held at Transparency Vanuatu

Transparency Vanuatu _ EFR Instructors and participants 19.6Earlier this year Transparency Vanuatu, a chapter of the global organisation Transparency International, began to offer courses in First Aid with Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care programs to the nationals and citizens of Vanuatu.

With the help of Emergency First Response Instructors, Alexa Ballentine and Damien Manfre from Nautilus in Vanuatu, 5 new Emergency First Responders were certified  – Rebecca Solomon, Deffnie Thompson, Daniel William, Rebecca Crosby and Analyn Gilbert, who were also participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

Lyndsey Wilson-Akers from Transparency Vanuatu reports that they all thoroughly enjoyed the course and in spite of the language barrier, Instructors Alexa and Damien delivered the material flawlessly and in a manner which enabled all participants to not only thoroughly grasp the material and concepts, but also to retain the information and skills.

One participant who had previously completed a first aid course through a different organisation commented that she didn’t really learn anything before because the instructor was disinterested and the material too complex.  Through the Emergency First Response program and its delivery, she now feels confident that she can be of real assistance to somebody in need.

Lyndsey adds, “It was a job well done by all and we are extremely grateful for the assistance of Nautilus and their Instructors, who are enormously committed educators and who were also very excited to be given the opportunity to train local Ni Vanuatu”.

During April and May, 2013 Transparency Vanuatu ran additional Emergency First Response First Aid programs and will continue with extensive EFR training through the month of June.

Transparency Vanuatu

Transparency Vanuatu is a chapter of Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. Transparency International consists of more than 100 chapters – locally established, independent organisations – that fight corruption in their respective countries.  For more information, visit www.transparency.org