New PADI.COM website online!

Padi.com new websiteToday our new PADI.COM website has gone online! The new site offers many new benefits:

  • Simplified navigation so consumers can quickly find the information they’re seeking
  • Bold images and videos to enhance the user experience
  • Mobile-friendly design
  • Deeper integration of PADI online communities, including ScubaEarth, making it easier for consumers to connect with PADI
  • Clear call-to-actions making it easy for consumers to:

o   Locate a PADI Dive Shop

o   Sign-up for PADI’s eNewsletter

o   Join PADI Diving Society and ScubaEarth

o   Replace their certification card

o   Enroll in PADI eLearning

o   Download the Open Water Diver Touch and PADI App

o   Purchase PADI Gear

Enough reasons to go online and check out our new website!

We got a new PADI CD in Denmark

Congratulations to Jan Laurenborg Olsen at Diving 2000 in Odense of becoming a PADI Course Director this month in Dominican Republic. Jan performed great during the course. Congratulations from all at PADI EMEA. Celebrate with Diving 2000 on the 27th of June at 6 pm and onwards.

Jonas Samuelsson, PADI Regional Manager Denmark and Sweden

PADI Nordic Tour Juni 2014

PADI Nordic under Juni
Det har varit en intressant, rolig samt produktiv månad i Nordic Regionen. I denna lilla blog ska vi prata vad som hänt de senaste veckorna i PADI Nordic. Här är en lista av några ting som skett.

 PADI Tour Danmark
 PADI Member Forum Stockholm
 PADI Tour Göteborg och Lysekil
 PADI Regional Manager Conference

PADI Tour Denmark
Vi började med möten i Danmark dar vi träffade EasyDive, OceanAdventures samt MasterDive. Vi diskuterade nya PADI Open Water Kursen samt andra standards förändringar plus vi har schemalagt GoPro Presentationer under Augusti Månad. Vi kommer också att lägga in några PADI Update Meetings runt om i Danmark i slutet på Augusti.
PADI Member Forum Stockholm
Vi höll ett PADI Member Forum med 38 deltagare på Piperska Muren i Stockholm. Deltagare från Dykhuset, Alpin och Dyksport, Fantasea, NOC, Team Divers, Eco Divers och många fler var närvarande. Under forumet så diskuterades bl.a. nya PADI Open Water Kursen på Svenska som släpps senare under året.
PADI Tour Göteborg och Lysekil
Sedan fortsatte turen till Göteborg där vi träffade Oxygene Göteborg, Kon Tiki, Flying Divers and Scuba Divers. Många intressanta diskussioner om social media, nya kurser och mer. I Lysekil så var det Ursuit dag samt besök på Dive Team Lysekil. Kul att se 100 tals dykare både Tec och Rec som hoppade i vattnet denna soliga dag.
PADI Regional Manager Conference
Under 4 dagar i Venedig sa hade alla Regional Manager från PADI EMEA möte och det diskuterades hur vi bäst kan support våra medlemmar under de nästa 12 månaderna. Många intressanta presentationer och diskussioner. Vi hade också en chans att dyka i den djupaste inomhus poolen i världen under konferensen. Y-40 är som namnet indikerar 40 meter djup och innehåller 4.000.000 liter vatten.

I july så tar vi lite uppehåll och spenderar tid med familjer, men under Augusti så kommer det följande att hända och mer.
 PADI Member Forum i Göteborg
 PADI Update Meetings runt om i Danmark
 GoPro nights både i Danmark och Sverige

Glad Midsommar från hela PADI EMEA,

Jonas Samuelsson, PADI Regional Manager Danmark och Sverige

Get the Competitive Edge: Earn the PADI Elite Instructor Award

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Announcing the 2014 Elite Instructor Award!

The Elite Instructor Award started over with a clean slate as of 1 January 2014. So, if you’re a PADI Instructor who is actively training and certifying divers, you can, distinguish yourself by earning the 2014 PADI Elite Instructor Award. This programme recognises PADI Instructors like you for reaching specific milestones based on the number of certifications you issue annually, providing you with the opportunity to tout your “Elite Instructor” status to student divers, potential customers, prospective employers and your fellow PADI Professionals! Additionally, you’ll get an “Elite Instructor” decal to affix to your PADI Instructor certification card and an “Elite Instructor” e-badge for all your electronic communications. If you have a PADI eCard and you earn Elite Instructor status for 2014, your e-badge will also be automatically added to your eCard (if you have one) and your ScubaEarth page will also be automatically populated with your award during the first quarter of 2015, too!

Programme Summary

PADI Instructors who issue 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications in 2014 who have no verified Quality Management violations within 12 months of the date the award will be presented will be recognised with the Elite Instructor Award.

Qualifying certifications: (Certifications issued by you which will included in your tally)

Qualifying student diver certifications include Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and all student diver specialties including distinctive specialties. Junior diver certifications will be weighted on a one-to-one basis

Qualifying professional ratings include Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor and all Instructor Specialty and Instructor Distinctive Specialty courses.

Emergency First Response Participant courses, Discover Scuba Diving, Bubblemaker, Seal Team, Master Seal Team and Skin Diver will be weighed on a five-to-one basis. For example, five Discover Scuba Diving will be weighted the same as one Open Water Diver certification.

Referrals will be weighted on a two-to-one basis.

PADI Instructors achieving “Elite” status will receive a recognition decal to display on their PADI Instructor certification cards along with an e-badge to include on emails, websites, blogs, ScubaEarth® and social media pages. All award recipients will also receive a certificate recognising them for issuing 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 or more certifications in 2014.

PADI Pros with a rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor or above will automatically be included in the programme for 2014 and their productivity will be tallied by PADI.

Certifications issued 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2014 qualify for the 2014 award programme. Recognition will be awarded during the first quarter of 2015.

The Elite Instructor Award qualifying certifications winners are tallied on an annual basis. For 2014, Awards will be tallied and the winners will be notified during the first quarter of 2015.

Instructors associated with a PADI Dive Center or Resort may authorise the business to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’s digital site pages.

If you have any further questions about the Elite Instructor Award programme, please check out our 2014 Elite Instructor Award FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Or email us at [email protected].