Want to train more PADI Dive Professionals in 2015?

GetALife-GoPRO_CMYK_ReverseIf attracting more divers to sign up for PADI professional level courses is in your business plan for 2015 then why not run a PADI ‘Go Pro’ event with your Regional Manager?

Many people decide even before they learn to dive that this is the path for them however some divers may need some further information to know what their options are and also what opportunities await them as PADI Professionals.

Conducting a Go Pro event enables you to invite potentially interested parties along for a relaxed and informative evening. Your Regional Manager can assist with the presentation and provide information about the PADI benefits for members.

Involving previous students currently working in the industry both part-time and full-time by inviting them to come along to be interviewed live or via Skype is also a fantastic way to encourage divers to sign up, and gives more opportunity for questions to be answered

These events can be for divers of any level and you can promote anything from the PADI Divemaster programme up to and including the PADI Instructor Specialties and IDC Staff Instructor if your facility can offer these programmes.

For more information on conducting one of these events contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Upgrading from PADI Divemaster to PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader

si_dm_dslOne of the most nerve-wracking experiences as a parent teaching your teenager how to drive a car is when you have them drive out of a safe parking lot area out into real “live” traffic. No matter how stressful this transition is, it is one that has to be made, in order for the driver student to learn how to adapt to everyday traffic situations.

This is very similar when upgrading a PADI Divemaster to a PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Leader. During the PADI Divemaster course many, if not most exercises, can be conducted in role-playing simulations. However, for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship the PADI DSD Leader candidate must conduct four separate real (not simulated) PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs in confined water under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. PADI DSD Leader interns must show their ability to conduct effective briefings, in-water supervision and debriefings with non-certified divers.

Sometimes the performance requirements for the PADI DSD Leader rating get overlooked as they are not located within the PADI Divemaster Course Instructor Guide itself; instead the instructor has to locate them in the PADI Professional Ratings section of the Professional Membership Guide in the Instructor Manual. There is also a separate Discover Scuba Diving Internship Completion Form #10151, available on the PADI Pros Site. This form also doubles up as the application form, once the four PADI DSD program requirements have been met along with successful completion of the PADI DSD Leader assessment.

The knowledge assessment for this internship, called the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader Assessment, can be found on the PADI Pros Site along with the answer key.

As a PADI Instructor conducting PADI Divemaster courses, it is very important to offer your candidates the PADI DSD Leader Internship option, as many of them will be interested in being able to take non-divers for their first breath underwater, which we all know is a life-changing experience. In resort environments, the PADI DSD Leader rating is a prerequisite for some positions at busy dive centres and can significantly boost a dive pro’s income. Prospective PADI DSD Leaders are often so enthusiastic about their job, it has to be very clearly explained to them about the maximum ratios of 4:1 in the pool and 2:1 in confined water and that their PADI DSD participants are NOT qualified to undertake a subsequent open water dive, as their initial skills introduction was not with a PADI Instructor.

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

Simon Chang DivemasterAn interview with Simon Kong Win Chang 

PADI Divemaster
Perth Scuba
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre / Career Development Centre
Canningvale, Western Australia

Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster
One thing that I have learned is that there is no such thing as a “typical day” in diving. There is always something new to discover, to do, to see and new people to meet. This is what makes diving and working in the dive industry as a PADI Divemaster so interesting. If I had to describe a “typical day” though, it would be the Club dives.

I run some of the free club dives that Perth Scuba organise every Sunday morning (day dive) and Wednesday nights (night dives). It involves choosing a dive site that would be appropriate for new divers while keeping things interesting for seasoned divers. We prepare a schedule so that the dive sites are not the same every week – then later weather conditions are taken into account to decide where we will actually be going.

On Sunday mornings, we start at the shop bright and early, preparing the free barbeque for all our Manta Club divers. This gives everyone a chance to socialize while we eat breakfast and to provide all divers with a pre briefing of where we’re going for the day, along with maps of the dive site and directions.

At the site – with everyone ready – we carry out a proper briefing pointing out interesting features and covering all the important safety points. Considering their diving experience, divers are paired with an appropriate buddy. Pictures of all our divers are always taken for our blog that I prepare at the end of the day. When the dive is over, I make sure that everyone is safely out of the water and all divers log books are signed.

When and where did you start diving?
I am originally from a small island east of Madagascar called Mauritius. Being born on a tropical island, I always liked the water and always wanted to dive. I was able to start this activity after moving to Perth, Australia and completed the PADI Open Water Course in December 2013. In the past 6 months, I have logged over 100 dives, diving in different countries and in different conditions, from the 12 degrees of the lakes in Houston, Texas, USA to the 26 degrees in Perth, the differences in dive  conditions are quite amazing.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
Where else to become a PADI Divemaster – if it is not where I did my Open Water? Perth of course! With all the great support from the Perth Scuba staff, the PADI Divemaster course was made enjoyable and fun to do. I completed my DM course in April 2014 and have now scheduled to do a tech course.

What made you choose to become a PADI Professional?
I found diving to be extremely fun and wanted to share this experience with as many people as possible. Becoming a PADI Professional means that I get to show more people dive sites and help more people discover the amazing world of diving.

What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster course?
Helping students who are having issues – and seeing the student succeed, is probably one of the most rewarding feelings and the highlight for me.

What dive locations are on your bucket list and why?
I have always been fascinated by penetration dives and history. So the many historic WW1 and WW11 wrecks of “Scapa Flow” come to mind – well preserved by the cold water off the north coast of Scotland. Another interesting site is the “Lost city of Shi Cheng” in China where an entire ancient city was submerged when a dam was built.

What has been the most memorable dive of your life?
Diving in Dunsborough on the HMAS Swan wreck – while at the bottom at around 31 meters – and still being able to see the surface!  Experiencing the sight of this huge wreck at the bottom of the seabed was breathtaking!

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to divers thinking of becoming a PADI Divemaster?
If you like to meet people and help them, while having fun in the process – becoming a PADI Divemaster will give you that!

Participate in an exhibition and engage new divers

How do you engage with new or potential divers?

Aside from utilising your website, social media channels, store signage and most importantly word of mouth, expos are a great way to get exposure. Exhibitions related to your business may include dive festivals, boating shows or career expos. Participating in these can be highly beneficial to the growth and success of your business.

Career expos are an excellent way of letting people know at a young age that a career in diving is a realistic and exciting option while giving those who already know they want to ‘live the dream’ information on how they can make it happen. By engaging with these new or potential divers, you can utilise your industry knowledge and advise them on good subjects to take at school, what’s involved in becoming a PADI dive professional and the amazing career options available all over the world! For potential divers, you can even invite them to give diving a try using the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.

Organising your participation at an exhibition is easy however it is important to make your booth stand out from the crowd! A TV screen on your table with PADI’s Go Dive and Go Pro videos on a loop can capture the attention and interest of the crowds who may watch and remain at your booth for a few minutes. This opens up a great opportunity to engage and start a conversation.

At a careers expo, you can also make your booth more attractive with colourful PADI posters, banners and information brochures that can attract teachers, students and parents alike.

Dive HQ Albany recently participated in a School Careers Expo on New Zealand’s North Shore where over a 2 day period more than 5000 people had the opportunity to talk about learning to dive and careers in diving.

Dive HQ Albany recently participated in a Career's Expo on the North Shore in New Zealand where they gained exposure to over 5000 school students, careers advisors and parents.

For further information, advice or assistance with participating in an exhibition, please contact your local PADI Regional Manager who would be more than happy to help.

ScubaEarth™ BETA site is live for all PADI Professionals

ScubaEarth™ – the new PADI online resource and social community for divers (and all water sport enthusiasts) is now available for all PADI Professionals!

ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos and videos. This is a great tool to stay connected with all of your students, divers and other PADI Pros. Now is the best time to register and set up your profile.

Log In Now!

  • Go to the PADI Pros’ Site and use your individual member username and password to log in.
  • From the PADI Pros’ Site home page, click on the SE icon to access ScubaEarth.

Update Your Profile Picture
After you log in to ScubaEarth the first thing to update is your profile picture. Change this by going to “Settings” and then selecting a photo to upload from your computer.

Add Personal Information
Right under your profile picture, you’ll see a list of tabs to access the main profile features. The first one is an information tab that directs you to your personal details.

Edit this area by selecting “Profile” under “Settings.” Spend a few minutes describing what’s unique about you as a PADI Professional along with some of your specialties and interests.

Explore More Features
A wide variety of features are available for PADI Members to begin using immediately, including:

  • Your “Wall” – shows people your ScubaEarth activity and allows people to leave short messages for you.
  • “My Certifications” – displays a list of PADI courses you have completed.
  • “My Logbook” – shows a digital version of your logbook. As you create dive sites and share logged dives you can keep a history of all your log details here. Others can browse your logbook to see your experiences.
  • Add Photos – associate photos and videos with dives by uploading them on the photo/video tab and tagging them to match the relevant dives. These showcase your dive experiences. Photos and videos are highly viewed content, so post often to make your profile exciting and engaging.
  • “Gear Locker” – displays the gear you dive with for others to see.

As this is a BETA site, if you require any support you can use the relevant ‘support link’ in the ScubaEarth footer.

If you have any problems logging in please email scubaearth@padi.com.au with your member details.

ScubaEarth is poised to become the ultimate online dive resource. So, set up your profile, log dives, share content, and use ScubaEarth to stay connected!