Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

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Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

In order to meet our member’s needs and to streamline the process as much as possible, we have been working on the first series of modifications of the eLearning platform. There will be several changes that we would like to inform you about that may affect the way you do business.

The following changes will be effective as of tonight around 10.00 am PST / 19.00 CET / 18.00 UK.

Changes for PADI Members

  • Once the consumer has registered to eLearning, the PADI Dive Center/Resort chosen by the consumer will be receiving a self-billing invoice for their share within approximately 24 hours. There is no longer a need to send an invoice to PADI to receive your share.
  • The Member’s share will be credited to the respective Member account within 24 hours.
  • Members will receive a monthly eLearning statement, giving you an overview of how many eLearners you had last month and the total amount you got credited. To use this credited money, three possibilities offered:
    • Use the credit for purchases of PADI material, renewals, applications etc. (does not work with eShop orders)
    • Claim the money back via PayPal within seven days
    • Reimbursement via bank transfer (there will be a minimum amount for a bank transfer due to bank fees and charges may apply)
  • The invoice will include 20% VAT for PADI Members based in EU countries that do not have a registered VAT number with PADI
  • Members with home address outside of European Union and all Members with registered VAT number will not pay any VAT
  • PADI eLearning Gift Pass purchases are following the same rules
  • The PADI eLearning course prices for consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain the same as per their numerical figure however the currency will change from US$ to EUR, GBP, CHF and AU$. i.e The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online will now be EUR 102.00, GBP 84.00, CHF 126.00 and AU$ 130.00, rather than US$130.

You will find here all course prices in all three currencies.

Changes for consumers:

  • Instead of charging eLearning transactions in US$ only, PADI eLearning transactions will now be processed in EUR (Euro), GBP (British Pound), CHF
    (Swiss Franc), US$ (American Dollar) or AU$ (Australian Dollar) depending on the home country of the eLearning purchasers and consumers. You will find
    all course prices here.
  • Consumers with a registered home address within a member country of the European Union will be charged 20% VAT.

There will be no changes to the PADI Member revenue share percentage for PADI eLearning. PADI eLearning continues to grow
in importance for PADI Members and this is represented in the US$8.3 million that has been paid out to PADI Members so far.

The changes will make PADI eLearning even more attractive for consumers and be much easier to handle for PADI Members.

We will keep you updated with any further information in regards to these changes as they are implemented. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for further clarification

If you have any questions please email [email protected].

Underrätta om farlig vara eller tjänst

Här är viktig information till verksamma Instruktörer och Dykcenter i Sverige.

Vid en eventuell olycka eller tillbud, så vet vi från Instruktörs utbildningen, att en Olycks/Inscident rapport skall skickas in till PADI EMEA. För att förtydliga den specifika svenska lagstiftningen; så skall även en rapport skickas till Konsumentverket.

Texten nedan är tagen från Konsumentverkets web sida.

Enligt produktsäkerhetslagen måste företag underrätta Konsumentverket när de får kännedom om att en vara eller tjänst, som man säljer eller har sålt, är farlig. Företag är också skyldiga att samarbeta med varandra och med tillsynsmyndigheter gällande produkters säkerhet.

För underrättelse om farliga varor eller tjänster som enbart säljs i Sverige ska två olika blanketter användas, en för varor och en för tjänster.
  • Varor: Underrättelse om vara med säkerhets- eller hälsorisk
  • Tjänster: Underrättelse om olycka/tillbud inom tjänsteområdet

Blanketterna hittar du på:

http://www.konsumentverket.se/foretagare/foretagsakerhet/Underrattelser/

. När du fyller i blanketterna i Word kan den ursprungliga texten förändras. Det är viktigt att du inte ändrar i de förskrivna texterna utan endast skriver in dina egna uppgifter.

Supervising Students

 

Added Supervision

Adding certifi ed assistants whenever you can is a huge benefi t to everyone. Make sure you use a PADI Certifi ed Assistant – an Active status PADI Divemaster or Teaching status PADI Assistant

Instructor/Instructors.

Strategic Positioning

To supervise and monitor, you must be able to clearly see the participants. One way to measure the ability to immediately make physical contact with someone in the water, is to keep them within

arm’s reach. If you can’t see and easily reach every person in your group, you have too many people.

Reduce your ratio.

One common misunderstanding is that to lead people on a tour, you must be in front of them, face forward, with the participants trailing behind you. This option makes it more diffi cult to

constantly monitor or reach each person in your group when you are looking ahead and away from them most of the time. Chances are you swim a lot faster and more effi ciently than they do, so

quite naturally, there is a tendency to get too far ahead. Consider the advantages of other positioning techniques. If you have one participant, it’s easy to swim side-by-side and enjoy the dive together.

If you have two participants, positioning yourself between them allows you to be within easy reach of both.

When you have three or four participants,

consider these techniques:

Hovering above

— position your divers threeor four across, or two teams of two, one team behind the other. You hover just above the two teams, where you can easily access any of their BCD infl ate/defl ate mechanisms. In this position, you’re ready to assist with divers who become a bit too buoyant. You can easily grab a cylinder valve to stop someone from descending too far or too fast. If you are hovering slightly back from the middle of the group, it allows you to see all of the divers quite clearly. This approach works particularly well when there is a natural visual progression to the dive – such as following a wall, sloping bottom or reef edge. The dive teams can naturally follow the features. It also makes sure the dive is at a comfortable pace for the participants, as they aresetting it.

In front, swimming backwards

— teaming up your divers three or four across or in two teams as before, you can position yourself in front of them, while you swim backwards. This allows you to face and monitor them most of the time, with only brief glances over your shoulder to check your direction. In this position you are leading and monitoring at the same time. If you do choose to use two teams, one behind the other, it is important to ensure you stay in close proximity to all participants, so you are able meet the supervisory requirements “… make immediate physical contact with, adjust buoyancy for, and render assistance to, participants.” Let the participants set the pace for the dive.

On the side

— if there is a barrier on one side of the divers, such as a wall, positioning yourself on the other side of the group makes you the outside “barrier” to keep divers contained as much as possible. Shifting from hovering on the top to the side is also useful when you are trying to get the attention of your divers for air checks or to observe marine life because people are less likely to look up.

Using assistants

— position your assistant in front, swimming backwards. Your assistant leads the dive and helps you monitor. This gives you the latitude to hover above and around the sides of the divers to monitor comfort, air supply and buoyancy. In this positioning, you are slightly back to clearly see the last part of the group, the assistant is in front, clearly seeing the front of the group,with all four supervisory eyes on the group. This positioning puts the majority of supervising and assessing diver comfort on you (instead of on a potentially less-qualifi ed assistant), and frees you up from having to think about leading the dive.

When everything is favorable

— adding participants beyond the four allowed to one instructor.

When all factors are favorable (including conditions, logistics, participants responding extremely well to the skills, etc.) you may consider taking an additional one or two participants along withyour assistant to make a total of fi ve or six participants in the group. This is the exception, not the rule. You can use the same techniques above with fi ve or six people. If you add a second assistant, one can lead the dive; the other can position to the side of the group and you can alternate hovering above to going on the other side. Alternatively, one assistant can be looking for marine life to observe and other points of interest while you and the otherassistant are responsible for monitoring and supervising the group. Have clear predive communication with assistants on supervisoryand dive expectations.

Reference PADI’s

Guide to Teaching for more conduct recommendations for Discover Scuba Diving programs.

Set Up Your ScubaEarth Profile…

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

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 and engage divers and potential divers. Now is the best time to register and set up your profile.

Log in Now

  1. Log in to the PADI Pro’s Site with your individual member username and password.
  2. From the PADI Pros’ Site home page, click on the SE icon to access ScubaEarth.

Scuba Earth for Individual members.

Set Up Your ScubaEarth™ Profile Today

Dear PADI Member,

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

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 and engage divers and potential divers. Now is the best time to register and set up your profile.

Log in Now

  1. Log in to the PADI Pro’s Site with your individual      member username and password.
  2. From the PADI Pros’ Site home page, click on the SE icon to access      ScubaEarth.

ScubaEarth hosts everything from current weather and dive conditions to photos, videos and more. PADI Dive shops are the hub of all this activity.

Update Your Profile Picture

After you log in at www.ScubaEarth.com, 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 (often interests      student divers).

ScubaEarth is poised to become the ultimate online dive resource. So, set up your profile, log dives, share content, and use ScubaEarth to engage other users.

 

PADI DIVE CENTERS/RESORTS CERTIFICATION RANKING.

All of you should now have received the certification ranking for each country.

This ranking is from January 1st to October 4th, 2012. And it is a flash picture of the certifications registered until this date.  May of you also have additional students, such as Referrals, these are not seen in the statistics provided.

Why?

Goals are important for us all, without goals we are lost and have difficulties with the direction of the Dive Center/Resort. The goals are also a very good tool to use when you make your budget. We have seen in many cases an increase of students when the DC /Resort start to use measurable goals, and involve both Divemasters and Instructors.

How you can you use the Certification ranking?

  1. Use it as a measurement for your goals on the number of students you have. Did we reach the goals for this period? Where do we need to focus to reach the goals for the next period?
  2. Involve your Staff. Have Staff meetings, explain and set up goals for month, quarter or year an example could be “For the next quarter we shall go from No. 7 to No. 5 in the total ranking”, or by just focus on a specific course “we shall next month increase Divemaster with 6 students”. This way you can keep the whole DC/Resort focused in the right direction.
  3. Do not forget to give feedback on the achievements, and when you reach your goals: Involve the Staff and enjoy a cake to celebrate the achievements.

This is just some ideas, you may have other ideas on how to use the ranking at your DC/Resort.

 

How can I get help in Goal settings?

If you need assistance in goal settings, support on how to set it up, measure of goals and how to praise your Staff, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mikael “Mox” Moberg.

mikael.moberg (at)padi.com

Phone: +46 70 777 66 32