Member Forum 2015 i Norge


Det er planlagt noen Member Forum i Norge denne våren. Det vil gå ut en epost fra kontoret til alle individuelle medlemmer, samt til Dive Center og Resorts. Denne mailen er for at dere skal få et lite varsel via vår blog.

Jeg håper dere kan distribuere den videre til andre Divemastere og instruktører.

I tillegg til lokal informasjon vil hovedpunktene på dette Member Forum være de nye digitale produktene, samt endringene i Open Water Diver kurset.

Du kan melde deg på ved å trykke på navnet på den byen der du ønsker å delta.


Tidspunktene er:

25. mars kl. 18.30 – 21.30
Anker Hotel Storgata 55
0182 Oslo

9. april, 18.30 – 21.30
BEST WESTERN Nova Hotell, Kurs og Konferanse
Cicignons Plass
7011 Trondheim

16. april, 18.30 – 21.30
First Hotel Marin
Rosenkrantzgaten 8
5003 Bergen

Get the Competitive Edge: Earn the PADI Elite Instructor Award


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].

Project AWARE: Get the business edge by becoming 100% AWARE

100% AWAREJoin dive centres worldwide in this unique partnership programme.

More than 200 PADI Members and Dive Centres worldwide are putting ocean protection at the heart of their businesses. You can join them and become 100% AWARE – Project AWARE’s Partnership Giving Program exclusively for PADI Members.

For your business 100% AWARE means you can:

  • Streamline PIC Online Process – give all of your students the AWARE certification card, in one easy step.
  • Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification.
  • Create loyal customers who appreciate and value your commitment to conservation.
  • Partner with Project AWARE to protect the underwater world your business relies on.
  • Gain positive exposure to a movement of more than 1.5 million scuba divers worldwide.

Many dive professionals support ocean protection, but 100% AWARE dive centres and instructors have a special commitment. They partner directly with Project AWARE to support a clean, healthy ocean planet by making a donation for each certification onbehalf of their dive students.

You can be part of Project AWARE’s 20 years of successful marine conservation programs by joining 100% AWAREthe only environmental partnership program of its kind.  Email i[email protected] or download the agreement form today.

What are the benefits?

You can promote your commitment to conservation with AWARE’s fantastic marketing tools:

  • Posters, flyers, decal, certificate, web banners and social media tools to promote your support.
  • Listed as a 100% AWARE Partner and featured on the global map
  • Broad reach – Project AWARE has a reach of approx 1.5 million globally.
  • My Ocean Online Badge and a shout out on Facebook – Project AWARE has over 123,000 followers and growing.
  • Your partnership contributes 10 points towards the PADI Green Star award and waives the usual fee.
  • Connect directly to customers who want to dive with centres who are environmentally responsible

New 10 Tips for Divers Benefit the Ocean

10 Tips Dutch Sign

Divers pledge to harness the power of scuba for conservation

Project AWARE  launches its modernized 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet – a code of conduct for scuba divers to safely interact and protect underwater environments at the same time. The eco ethic aims to harness the power of scuba to influence environmental change – one dive at a time.

10 Tips for Divers is an ethic to live by. Just as climbers and campers have a code, so do millions of certified divers around the world. Also incorporated into PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) training courses and materials, Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet will reach millions, from professional to recreational level scuba divers.

“Small conscientious acts for conservation, multiplied by many like-minded people, can add up to something big,” said Alex Earl, Executive Director for Project AWARE. “The ocean faces ever-increasing threats today. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips focuses on top ocean issues globally where divers can specifically make a difference. Thanks to corporate partnership with PADI, Project AWARE is able to extend our nonprofit reach to educate and engage divers globally and advance our critical mission for ocean protection.”

Scuba divers everywhere can boost their eco by taking this ocean ethic to heart and take the pledge to follow 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet every time they dive and travel.

  1. Be a Buoyancy Expert
  2. Be a Role Model
  3. Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles
  4. Protect Underwater Life
  5. Become a Debris Activist
  6. Make Responsible Seafood Choices
  7. Take Action
  8. Be an Eco-tourist
  9. Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
  10. Give Back

Discover and share the full version of 10 Tips for Divers with recommendations for divers and ocean advocates of all levels at

The new 10 Tips for Divers poster is available to order from the PADI EMEA eShop.

Ocean Action Project Winners 2013 Announced

Ocean Action Project Winners84 applicants worldwide, 10 finalists and six winners. A new wave of Ocean Action is about to begin thanks to your vote.

Nearly 3,000 of you voted in the 2013 Ocean Action Project helping to deliver much needed support to six new conservation projects strongly focused on manta ray and shark protection as well as educational projects targeting marine debris.

The 2013 winning Ocean Action Projects are:

  • Ecotourism and Awareness for Manta Ray Conservation, Planeta Oceano, Peru
  • Protecting Sharks and Rays from Fishing Boats in the Andaman Sea, Blue Guru Conservation, Thailand
  • What Goes Around Comes Around – Communicating Marine Debris Science Through Visual Arts, The Plastic Ocean Project, USA
  • Thailand eShark Project, Shark Guardian, Thailand
  • The Great Fiji Shark Count, Fiji Dive Operators, Fiji Islands
  • This Project is Rubbish! South African Shark Conservancy, South Africa

“Every day our conservation leaders face new and difficult battles to protect our ocean. Thanks to our donors Project AWARE is able to deliver support to six Ocean Action Projects building a new wave of protection on the ground and in the water,” says Joanne Marston, Associate Director, Project AWARE Foundation.

All Ocean Action Projects are required to keep a log on their My Ocean profile page so you can keep up to date with the progress. You can read all about the actions and progress of last years winners.

Thank you to everyone who applied.

Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

eLearning PADI

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:

. 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


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, 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.