Want to Plan a Dive on Your Mobile Device? Well here’s how…

By using PADI’s eRDPml Touch you have the ability to plan a single or multilevel dive through interactive Dive Tables.

Accessible on mobile devices and tablets, the eRDPml makes Dive planning more convenient than ever. Whether you are teaching a course or wanting your students to plan their Dive, this is for YOU!

erdpmlFor use on: Tablets and mobile devices

Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android based devices

Where to Find: PADI Library App

Internet: Necessary only for downloading to the PADI Library App.

Course – All courses

Components: Electronic, interactive dive planner that includes instructions and practice exercises.

Sold To: PADI Members a la carte and as part of the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Paks – Offline (via PADI Sales Consultants and the Online Shopping Cart). It is also sold to divers a la carte (via padi.com and the PADI App.)

For more information – contact your PADI Sales Department (Tel +44 (0) 117 300 7234) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

Free online course by Southampton University – Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology

This unknown 19th shipwreck appeared on the East Winner bank following the January 2014 winter storms. Rights: Maritime Archaeology Trust Find out more: http://www.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/

This unknown 19th shipwreck appeared on the East Winner bank following the January 2014 winter storms.
Rights: Maritime Archaeology Trust Find out more: www.maritimearchaeologytrust.org

FutureLearn are offering a free online course on maritime archaeology developed by Southampton University: Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology.

The four-week course started on 25th May but is open for registrations until the 20th June 2015. The free course is available to anyone from anywhere in the world who can log on to complete the course in their own time and broaden their knowledge of the underwater world.

What the course covers:

Over the length of the course students will learn what maritime archaeology is and how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the world’s oceans and seas, from 2.5 million years ago until today.

Students will also be introduced to the pioneers of the discipline and will learn about maritime archaeology together – exploring underwater landscapes from the ancient Mediterranean to the prehistoric North Sea, and consider Shipwrecks from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast of the Americas.

Students will also explore the technologies used to investigate these challenging environments and the new opportunities that are opening up.

A Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter, a long range fighter-bomber aircraft, that was ditched in St Julian’s Bay in Malta on St. Patrick’s Day 1943. Rights: Dr.Timmy Gambin/University of Malta. Find out more: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/timmygambin

A Royal Air Force Bristol Beaufighter, a long range fighter-bomber aircraft, that was ditched in St Julian’s Bay in Malta on St. Patrick’s Day 1943.
Rights: Dr.Timmy Gambin/University of Malta. Find out more: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/timmygambin

The course educators include:

Run on a social learning platform, students are encouraged to interact and learn with other students and take part in conversations around the learning material. Incorporating distinctive storytelling elements, students are guided through compelling narrative made up of videos, articles, imagery, case studies and audio.

The course requires around four hours of online study per week and has no set weekly deadlines. On completion students who wish to receive formal recognition can apply for a course certificate for £24.

Click here to find out more and register for free today.

Awards for Kuopion Seikkailukeskus OY S-31012

Award EFR 2015 - kuopion seikkailukeskusRecently owners Jani & Kalevi from Kuopion Seikkailukeskus OY S-31012 from Kuopio in Finland have recieved an two Awards!! One for 15 years of membership of The PADI Retail & Resort Association. 15 years is a long time of commitment and we would like to thank the whole team for their hard work and trust in our organisiation and we are looking forward to keep on working together!

The second award is for excellence in the field of promoting and teaching EFR courses in the Finnish market. They have grown really fast to the top of the EFR certifiers in the world!!

We would like to applaud the whole team of Kuopion Seikkailukeskus OY S-31012 for their dedication in growing EFR so fast. Currently they are the number one in the world!!

You can find more information about Kuopion Seikkailukeskus OY S-31012 here!

Are you ready to join the digital trend?

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We recently published a list of 5 reasons why you should Go Digital with PADI’s Digital Product offering. With reasons including meeting customers’ expectations, enriched learning and environmental awareness, it’s the new way that the world learns the dive.

But don’t just take our word for it – many PADI Dive Centers around the world are already making the switch to be 100% digital, such as Hamish Taggart, Managing Director of Ocean Paradise, a company that operates three PADI Dive Centers in the Maldives:

“The release of both PADI Open Water e-Manuals and Touch packages has streamlined our business by reducing shipping costs and the need to stock an excess of manuals in multiple languages. It provides a state-of-the-art experience for our diving clients who are learning in a clear, fun and interactive manner. As a business we look forward to the continuing cutting-edge approach of PADI, with their easy, customer orientated teaching innovations”

Ready to Go Digital? Make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

How to Become Part of the Diving Dream Team (And Other Useful Tips)

Alexandra DimitriouAlexandra Dimitriou-Engeler is a PADI Dive Center owner in Agia Napa, Cyprus. She became a diver in 1992 and received her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography at Plymouth University in 2003. Her love of the ocean has always been her driving force, and this has led to the natural progression of becoming a diving instructor in 2005. She is currently a PADI staff instructor and owner of Scuba Monkey Ltd and is writing a series of guest blogs for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her latest article focuses on what dive center owners look for when hiring scuba staff…


Scuba diving Instructors and Divemasters are considered to have the “Dream Job”. This year marks my 10th anniversary as a diving instructor. I have worked for countless dive operations before becoming a dive center owner, so I know both sides of how the staffing cookie crumbles….so let me share a few insider tips and tricks to a successful application.

So…..you are now a PADI Professional – but how do you get the job?

How many people were on your IDC? How many successful instructors did your examiner see this year? How many in the last 5 years? Ask the same question about becoming a PADI Divemaster. Just how many PADI professionals are there in the world anyhow?

I think you will find that the answer is “a lot” – close to 150,000 professionals in fact, and they are all competing for that “dream job”. What makes you so special? What makes you stand out above the rest? What are dive center owners looking for?

Dive Center Needs

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Diving is ever-evolving, as it now competes with countless other “extreme” sports in the leisure tourism market. Diving has responded by diversifying its menu, offering new practices like sidemount, technical and countless other distinctive specialties. Dive centers also compete with each other in each region in the hope that they too will stand out above the rest. Targeting niche markets is a great way to increase turnover, diversifying again and again as the market changes from year to year.

“Staff are the most vital element of any dive operation.”

Without staff we are dead in the water. Without you we cannot function. It is very well to stock your shelves with the best gear, state-of-the-art tech and offer every specialty under the sun – but if you do not have the support of the right staff then you are going to have problems.

When I look for dive center staff I look for six things:

#1 Training

When did you become an instructor/divemaster? What can you teach?

#2 Experience

This is a tricky one. Which is the better choice – the seasoned instructor or the newly qualified OWSI? Both have their benefits. Both have their drawbacks.

On one hand, a seasoned instructor who can teach 10 specialties is an awesome asset for the dive center, but how set in their ways are they? Can they teach each program and course with equal enthusiasm? Can they gel themselves into the team to become part of a well-oiled machine when the season kicks into full swing? In my experience the main advantage of hiring an instructor with experience is that they know how to get the methods of each PADI component in to an actual time schedule that is workable for the dive center.

DSC00740 copyThe newly certified instructor on the other hand, who is fresh off their IDC and has not yet worked in a dive center, is yours to mold. They have no experience, but sometimes this is a benefit as they have yet to pick up any bad habits. They are still in “learning mode” and absorb every molecule of information. The main advantage of hiring a “newbie” is that they are the most up to date instructor on the market. Latest IDC = Latest standards. Thanks to the IE they have very recently had these standards drilled in to them, repeatedly…

#3 Languages

Cyprus is a holiday destination with visitors from all walks of life. Learning and listening is much more comfortable for a guest if it is in their mother tongue, or at least one they understand. For this reason my main motivating factor when looking for staff is to fill this need. The more languages that you can teach in, the better. I worked for one dive center who paid their instructors an extra 50 dollars a week for every additional language that they spoke outside of English. That was pretty cool.

#4 Personality

IreEng06_0810The diving lifestyle is a dynamic one, full of energy and passion. I need my team to be full of it. Full of infectious enthusiasm that will keep our guests coming back again and again, year after year. Smiling is a uniform in my book, and there is no such thing as a bad day. I need to feel this energy. It needs to be oozing out of you. I love my job, and I want like-minded people around me. A good dive team bounces off each other, and we become a family, fast. You can have all the training in the world, but it is of no use to me or my dive center if you cannot smile.

#5 Local Knowledge

It is common sense that it takes a little time to learn a new dive site, and new staff require an orientation just like the rest of us. It is valuable to hire someone who is at least familiar with the sites where we take our customers as time is, after all, money. It is not essential however. A good divemaster or instructor should have a good sense of direction, a good memory of dive routes and therefore would be able to pick things up quickly – but prior knowledge is definitely a bonus.

#6 What can you do that I cannot?

As a team we each have our strengths and weaknesses. Together we are stronger. I will often hire someone who can teach specialties that I cannot, or have some other additional skill that will help the dive center as a whole. We never stop learning, and each addition to the team will bring something to the table, and we will learn from each other.

How do I evaluate prospective team members?

Step 1: Facebook

shutterstock_204633139Today, privacy is a luxury that has to be guarded vigilantly. The first thing I do when I receive an application is to cut and paste the applicants name straight into the Facebook search bar. You would be surprised how few people know how to use their privacy settings effectively. Public posts of drunken behavior, inappropriate material and not-politically-correct attitudes are not going to impress a prospective employer…..so pay close attention to this when looking for your dream diving position. What I do love to see on Facebook is an applicant’s enthusiasm for diving. Lots of smiles in dive gear repetitively posted shows a history of passion. That’s a good thing.

Step 2: CV

Your CV is your first contact with your potential employer. First impressions count. I like applications that also include a cover letter telling me a little bit about themselves before getting down to the sterile format of the conventional CV. Include a photograph too – after all, if you get the job you will become part of a family, and I like to see you as soon as possible. Ensure that your CV is in a format that is easy on the eye and above all, keep it brief and relevant. I do not want to have to search for information or read over 1000 words on why you like pickles. You also do not have to include every last job that you have ever had – your diving experience and training is what I am interested in, so that is what you should focus on. Include a reference if possible, and don’t forget the (correct!) contact details.

Step 3: Skype interview

If I like the look of your CV I will want to meet you. Face to face is ideal, but this is rarely possible, so Skype is a good alternative. I want to see the energy. I want to see the smiles. I do not want to see you in your underwear, in a bedroom that looks like scientists could find the missing link to human kind somewhere among your piles of dirty laundry. Impressions are very important, so be clean, on time and make sure your internet connection is not having any problems. You can be the happiest, most experienced candidate in the pile – but if I struggle to hear a whole sentence without the beeps and squeaks of a bad connection it will be hard for me to judge your character.

So what now?

PADI University Program Channel Islands Shoot March 24-29, 2007I think above all the right job for you as an instructor or divemaster is out there, you just have to find it. There is a dive center who is waiting for what you can bring to their mix. I think the best bit of advice I can give you above all is to be upfront with everything. Don’t oversell yourself and be honest. Don’t pad out your CV. Get as much experience as you can and be as flexible as possible. Let your personality show in your application – diving is high in people skills and even higher in passion, it is not a normal job and we hate the mundane…so don’t be afraid to shine.

Don’t be afraid of rejection either. Apply, apply, and apply!

“If a dive center does not accept you it does not mean that you are unsuccessful, it means that your journey to achieving your dream job is simply not over.”

They were just looking for something else and it is not an attack on your personality so don’t take it personally or let it get you down! Diversify your skills, take an instructor specialty course that is less common, or learn a new language. Get your PADI Course Director or student to write you a current testimonial – everything helps.

Who knows, I may even hire you at Scuba Monkey!


Looking for your dream scuba job? Check out the PADI Pros’ Site today for the latest dive industry vacancies – find them in the Classifieds Employment Board section.

PADI Online Business Service #3 – Image, Logo and Video Gallery

If you’re designing your latest marketing campaigns and need images, videos and PADI logos to use on posters, flyers, banners, website or other artwork then look no further – the PADI Pros’ Site has a free online library that you can browse and download from:

  • Images – covering entry level, continuing education, tec and professional
  • Videos – includes entry level, continuing education and advertising templates
  • Logos – Access to the logo files for PADI, EFR and Project AWARE

To access the library just visit the PADI Pros’ Site and click Toolbox > Image / Video. You’ll need to agree to the terms and conditions of using the materials by clicking “I agree” before being taken to the list of resources to choose from.

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For any enquiries about the library please contact [email protected]

Win With PADI…

PADI is committed to the growth and prosperity of the scuba diving industry. Whether it’s through preserving the ocean we explore or creating innovative ways to teach the sport, PADI’s main focus is its members. PADI develops, maintains and supplies our industry with the most advanced dive training materials found worldwide.

Specifically, the PADI Retail and Resort Association provides its members with techniques and solutions to staying competitive and successful in today’s marketplace. As a member of the PADI Retail and Resort Association you benefit from more than just the prestige of the PADI brand. You also get a comprehensive suite of benefits guaranteed to drive more divers through your doors.

Find out more in the PADI Retailer and Resort Association Benefits Guide – click here to download.

Together We’re #1 In Diving!

Blue Abyss aims to build world’s largest, and deepest, research, training and development pool

Blue Abyss is an exciting project with the aim of building the world’s largest, and deepest, research, training and development pool. For use by divers, marine researchers and aerospace communities.

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Abut Blue Abyss:

Their plan is to create a state-of-the-art space; with hyperbaric chambers, a wide range of commercial diving and even micro-gravity facilities. The pool alone will be 50 m long, 40 m wide and have a maximum depth of 50 m. The provision of a large ‘table-like’ area within the main pool allows for a variety of uses, with tie-down points enabling the inclusion of mock wrecks, a simulated cave system, etc. Simulated darkness can be achieved during the daytime or daylight created during the hours of darkness. The pool is even big enough to allow the use of a full-size rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with an electric outboard to provide additional training opportunities.

There will be at least two hyperbaric chambers on site to provide onsite safety and to be used for research purposes. The overall complex will also feature six well-equipped training rooms. High definition video is available, with feeds from the pool allowing all training and exercises to be recorded for subsequent evaluation by trainees and staff. A 120-bed hotel, 150-seat amphitheatre-style lecture theatre and free on-site parking or free pick-up from local railway stations completes the planned development.

How you can get involved:

Blue Abyss are now seeking support to keep the project moving forward, and have set up a crowd funding page where you can pledge a contribution from anywhere between £5 and £20,000 to support the project in return for a variety of rewards.

To pledge your support and find out more about the project, visit:
Blue Abyss @ Crowd Funder

 

Training Insights… PADI Rescue Diver Part 3: What does the Rescue Diver course consist of?

Before you teach your first PADI Rescue Diver course (or as a review before further courses) check out the relevant section on the course within your Guide to Teaching. This reviews the fundamental course philosophies, ideas on how to schedule the various components of training, and methods of conducting the skills and scenarios.

We’ll look at one section at a time, starting with the theory.

Knowledge Development

Tip #1 Provide time for student discussion

shutterstock_184205429Allow plenty of time for open discussion when you review Knowledge Reviews. Rescue Diver is one course where there is often more than one way to achieve goals, and encouraging divers to think about the pros and cons of their answers is a great learning tool, both for them and for fellow students.

Tip #2 Give them time to apply their learning before the exam

The PADI Rescue Diver exam can be quite a toughy for the students – so give them plenty of time to absorb and apply the information before they complete it.

rescueoutlineTip #3 Use the resources available to prepare

Make sure you also check out the Rescue Diver course presentation notes on the PADI Pros’ Site, which can be found under Training Essentials > Curriculum > Diver Training under the ‘Rescue Diver’ heading. These will help you prepare for and structure your knowledge development sessions effectively.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download your free marketing toolkit to help promote the PADI Rescue Diver course to additional divers. For any enquiries about the toolkit please contact [email protected]

For more information on the training requirements for PADI courses, please contact [email protected].

Dykevenemang i Norden under de senaste veckorna

Dykevenemang runt om i landet
Det har varit ett par händelserika veckor i Sverige och resten av Norden de senaste veckorna. Många arrangemang har tagit plats runt om i landet och många fler planerade. PADI var medarrangör av flera av dessa event och här delar vi med oss av några av dessa.

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Den 30 Maj så samlades många dykare och support staff i Nynäshamn och deltog i ett städningsdyk in Nynäshamn. Många företag som NOC Dyk och Marin, ECO Dive, BigBag, Nynäshamns Kommun och andra deltog och sponsrade dagen. Dagen var späckad med dykning, tävlingar och god mat. Inspirerande och kul dag. Tack till alla Project Aware dykare som deltog.

GoPro Presentation
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Många var samlade på Dive Team Lysekil under första helgen i Juni för att lyssna på hur man ska gå tillväga om man är intresserad av att arbeta inom dykning runt om i världen. Tack till Dive Team för organisationen och alla som deltog.

11403213_10152879209415848_9100167832359351274_nTeknisk dykning och expeditioner
PADI TecRec organiserade en presentation angående TecRec och hur man går till väga for att organisera och sponsra en expedition. 50 personer kom till Havets Hus i Lysekil för att lyssna och ställa frågor.

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Dykning.net deltog i en kul dag i Köping med musik och tävlingar den 30 Maj. Dykningen fick mycket uppmärksamhet och många visade  intresse av att lära sig dyka.

 

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Många intresserade kom för lyssna och ställa frågor hur man kan göra sin passion till ett jobb.Trevlig kväll på H20 Lund.

 

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Grattis till Martin på Ocean Adventures i Danmark som fick pris för allt han har gjort inom dykindustrin i Danmark de senaste året.

padi-women-scuba-divers-wetsuitsWomen’s dive day, 18 Juli
Missa inte att arrangera en dykdag under Women’s dive day den 18 July 2015. Dyk säkert och Dyk väl. Vi hörs snart.

Jonas Samuelsson
PADI Regional Manager
Sverige och Danmark