Membership Renewals for Inactive PADI Pros

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Written by Mark Wastall, PADI Regional Training Consultant.

“The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team” – Coach Phil Jackson.

It’s the time of year when PADI Membership renewal is on a lot of inactive dive professional’s minds. The PADI Regional Training Consultant team receive hundreds of questions regarding renewals from members across the Asia Pacific region. Let’s have a look at some of the common questions we get asked.

Q:  ‘I didn’t renew last year, do I have to re-sit my Instructor Examination?’

A:  No, we understand how hard the dive professional works to earn their status along with the time and dedication involved in becoming a respected PADI member. We also understand that sometimes life just happens, opportunities arise and diving can occasionally take a back seat. There is no reason you should be punished for that by having to start over again. Retraining varies depending on the circumstances and can be undertaken via several means.

Q: ‘I have been un-renewed for several years but have remained in the industry, is this taken in to account?’

A: Yes, again we appreciate that job roles can change and maybe your chances of teaching are reduced. If you have been running a dive store for a few years for example, this would be reflected in the retraining required.

Q: ‘How long can I be out of status before I have to re-sit by Instructor Examination?’

A: As previously mentioned, we do all we can to avoid this from happening. You would have to be out of status and away from the industry for a considerable amount of time before that would happen. Even in the event that you are required to complete your OWSI/IDC and IE again, we may be able to help with some of the costs involved as a thank you for coming back to us. It’s never too late!

So, if you want to take advantage of the many opportunities you have as a PADI professional once again, what are your retraining options if you have had a lapse in your membership?

The first option is to view a free Online Member Forum or attend a Live Member Forum in your area. Either of these will take around an hour of your time and are simply an update on PADI news, products, courses and standards. The next level would be a Status Update with a PADI Course Director, auditing an OWSI/IDC or an Online Status Update. To find your nearest Course Director, use the new PADI Dive Shop Locator. The Online Status Update will also include a Digital Product Suite (5 top of the range digital eLearning products) along with a digital PADI Guide To Teaching and digital PADI Instructor Manual to bring you back up to speed. If you have been out of status for too long to qualify for any of these options then it’s time for IDC/IE.

Once you have access to the PADI Pros’ Site, it’s a great idea to review the Training Bulletins that you will have missed since being away and to download the latest Instructor Manual to keep yourself familiar with the latest skills and standards. We have similar levels of retraining for PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, EFR Instructor and PADI Freediver Instructor. It really is that easy to get back to what you love doing! Give your Regional Training Consultant a call and come back to the PADI family.

For more information on renewing as an inactive member call +61 2 9454 2888 or email a PADI Regional Training Consultant.

Divemaster Application Tips

Divemaster Applications and CPR – First Aid Training

Many Divemaster candidates have been working hard all year and the applications have been streaming in. We strive to process all applications promptly, however they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common issue is missing documentation when the applicant has completed a non-EFR first aid and CPR course. Non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application.

The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Departmentvia email traindep@padi.com.auto verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify that all certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organizations, including CPR/first aid coursecompletions, make sure that copies of these are attached to the application.
  5. Provide payment details is required.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organization’s certification card.
  • A copy of the certifying organization’s wall certificate.
  • A letter on the certifying organization’s letterhead verifying the certification

For current DM fees, please contact the PADI Asia Pacific Membership Department via email at memdep@padi.com.au.

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly list the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible to ensure that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (also if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a fit to dive medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A fit to dive medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

TIPS to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
    • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
    • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
    • Full name and contact details of the physician
    • Physician’s signature and date
  2. Keep a clear copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

divemaster application tips

Instructor Exams for November & December 2014

NOVEMBER

SEMPORNA, Malaysia 21-11 NOV

 

 

 

 

 

 

21-22 November – Semporna, Malaysia

 

KHAO LAK, Thailand 25-26 NOV

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-26 November – Khao Lak, Thailand

 

SINGAPORE, 29-30 NOV

 

 

 

 

 

 

29-30 November –  Singapore

 

DECEMBER

Moalboal, Philippines 3-4 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-4 December – Moalboal, Philippines

 

KOH LANTA, Thailand 3-4 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-4 December – Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

CAIRNS, Aust  5-7 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-7 December – Cairns, Australia

 

SYDNEY, 6-7 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-7 December – Sydney, Australia

 

MELBOURNE, 6-7 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-7 December – Melbourne, Australia

 

PHUKET, Thailand 6-7 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-7 December – Phuket, Thailand

 

GILI ISLANDS, Indo 9-10 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-10 December – Gili Islands, Indonesia

 

KOH TAO, Thailand 9-10 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-10 December – Koh Tao, Thailand

 

BALI, Indo 12-13 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-13 December – Bali, Indonesia

 

Sihanoukville, Cambodia 13-14 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

13-14 December – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

 

GOLD COAST, Aust  16-18 DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-18 December – Gold Coast, Australia

It’s a great time to be a PADI Pro – set yourself a goal in 2013!

There are many benefits when you become a PADI Instructor.  Luke Saunders 20.12.12

One of the most exciting is travel. It’s reassuring to know that – as PADI Instructor you not only have a fabulous career – the world is your oyster. You are one of the most sought-after dive professionals on the planet, you have the opportunity to travel and work in some of the most fascinating places on earth – and with more than 6,000 PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in 183 countries worldwide – the world is also your office and playground!

PADI recently interviewed Luke Saunders – 21years -from Victoria who is currently working as a PADI Open Water Instructor at Quicksilver Group in Port Douglas. 

As a student of PADI Course Director, Damian Jones in late 2011 Luke graduated from the William Anglis Institute in Melbourne earning the prestigious Diploma of Resort Management – DIVE. Luke recalls, “As soon as I passed my PADI Instructor Exam I got this rush to start teaching friends and family and show them my office”.

About a month later, Luke relocated to Vanuatu where he certified his first PADI Open Water student, “to begin withI was very nervous but once we got into it, I found it rewarding.  My student had no qualms – given it was my first course and we both had an awesome time”.

A major highlight in his relatively new career was when Luke was selected to take the 2012 Melbourne Cup for a dive. He spent a couple of hours underwater holding the iconic Cup which had been protected in a waterproof case as part of a marketing campaign.

And his ‘memorable moment’ so far as an instructor?  “That was with an open water student on their first ocean dive. We met with a playful Dugong who stayed with us for about 15 minutes.  I can’t repeat his words of excitement when we got out the water, but we were both ecstatic! 

Currently, his ideal day is spent taking novice divers out on the GBR and seeing their initial reactions on surfacing from the dive.  “The students do have an awesome time which makes me realise I’ve done a good job- sharing what the underwater world has to offer – it’s extremely satisfying”.

Being a young man of the world, Luke imparts his words of advice to future PADI Professionals…  

“Becoming a professional diver has many advantages and if you’re given the opportunity – take it!   Within a year of becoming an instructor, I’ve worked in places I’d never dreamt of visiting – experiencing unique underwater environments and aquatic life.  During my travels, I’ve made great friends – many being students.  In the professional diving industry, I’ve never had a dull moment and every day brings a new experience.

And where to from here?  “I hope to work with Quicksilver for another few years and then travel as a dive professional to new destinations.  As I gather more experience, I’m keen to try Technical Diving and see where that takes me.”

PADI Members in Asia Pacific certified more divers in 2012 than any year in PADI’s history, so what are you waiting for?  2013 is a great time to be a PADI Pro!

PADI Professionals have access to the PADI Pro’s Employment Board – it’s easy to check out great employment opportunities worldwide.

Contact your nearest PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre or visit padi.com

Diving Holiday Photo Contest

The PADI ‘Diving Holiday Photo Contest’ has now launched! http://ow.ly/cK5gQ

AsPADI Pros, you can use this competition to help with your marketing and promotional efforts. Its also a great opportunity to promote the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course for those who are interested in underwater photography.

Your divers can enter for a chance to win a SeaLife ReefMaster Mini camera. The most popular ‘underwater photo’ and the most popular ‘above the surface photo’ will win this great prize!

Submissions end, and voting  begins, on the 24th August. So get your divers snapping away and they might win a great prize!

Divers can enter here: http://ow.ly/cK5gQ

Diving Holiday Photo Contest