5 Tips for Pros: How to Maintain Your Scuba Gear Properly

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As a PADI Professional, your scuba gear is exposed to heavy use – much more than the average recreational diver. Three or five dives a day teaching students or guiding certified divers will quickly leave their mark, and you’ll notice your diving equipment ageing much quicker than usual.

Of course, you can help to counteract this wear and tear with proper maintenance of your dive equipment, allowing you to get the best results from your gear despite the high strain.

Above all you shouldn’t forget that you always have a role model function as a PADI Pro, and your scuba gear in particular should always be exemplary: clean, well maintained and fully functional. This way you show your students and other divers that you’re a conscientious diving professional, and demonstrate the importance of well-maintained diving gear.

Here are 5 tips on properly caring for your scuba equipment:

#1 – Rinse your diving equipment thoroughly after every dive

It doesn’t matter if you’re diving in fresh or salt water; clean your scuba gear with clean water after every dive. This will help to remove dirt and other contaminants like micro-organisms or stinging particles from coral or jellyfish. It also helps to prevent the unwanted formation of salt crystal build-up after open water dives in the ocean.

#2 – Dry your diving equipment after every dive

neoprene-careSure, it can difficult as a PADI Pro to do this if you use your diving equipment multiple times during the day. But in between your dives, try to dry out your gear as well as you can. When dive gear is kept damp (especially when stored), bacteria or fungi can quickly develop and spread, which not only damages your diving equipment but can also trigger infections and irritations to your skin.

To dry your scuba gear hang it up outside, ideally in a dry and breezy place but not directly in blazing sunshine. Sunlight can cause faster ageing of materials and can make neoprene and rubber parts brittle.

scuba-equipment#3 – Check any moving parts regularly for dirt and defects

At least once a day, you should make sure that all moving parts on your diving equipment (such as buckles on your BCD, inflator buttons, regulator purge buttons etc.) are clean and working properly. That way you’ll be reassured that there are no dirt, sand or salt crystals stuck in your diving gear that might cause a malfunction during a dive.

#4 – Deep-clean and maintain your diving equipment on a regular basis

In addition to rinsing your kit with clean fresh water after each dive, you should also wash your gear thoroughly at least once a week with a special cleaner designed for dive equipment. This applies not only for neoprene suits, but also for your BCD.

scuba-gear#5 – Store your diving equipment properly

Between dives – and especially if you’re taking some time away from teaching – you should ensure that your gear is stored properly to avoid damage and deformation of the material. Make sure it’s completely dry before packing it away (see #2), don’t stand your fins on the blade-end (as they’ll bend out of shape), and ensure the glass in your diving mask is protected from being scratched.

In addition to these 5 tips, you should always be very careful when carrying and using your diving equipment. Strong impact can easily damage your gear, especially the small components in your BCD and regulator.

PADI’s Equipment Specialist Touch is a great tool to help refresh your memory on maintenance techniques, even as a PADI Professional. It’s also a valuable teaching aid to use with your students to help them learn the importance of caring for their scuba equipment.


christian_huboThis article was written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

Congratulations to PADI’s Top Certifying Instructors in 2015

Go_Pro_CAY07_1136_TS_KingWorld_LGTop certifying PADI Instructors will soon be receiving their Elite Instructor Award. This award celebrates the achievements of PADI Instructors who issued 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300+ certifications during 2015.

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives them the means to promote their elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others. Elite Instructor Award recipients receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (both signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor cards, and an e-badge they may use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages. Elite award instructors may authorize PADI Dive Centres or Resorts with which they associate to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’ digital site as well.

Check out the 2015 Global Elite Instructor Recipient List to see who earned an award for their 2015 certifications. Listed PADI Instructors can go to the “My Account” tab on this site to download their 2015 Elite Instructor e-badge, and should also be able to see their e-badge on their PADI Pro Chek results page.

Visit the PADI Elite Instructor information page to read about the program.

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PADI Pro Member Benefit #8: Free Digital PADI Instructor Manual

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All PADI Professionals who have renewed their PADI Pro membership for 2016 will automatically get free access to the digital edition of the latest PADI Instructor Manual.

The PADI Instructor manual provides all PADI Standards and performance requirements for core PADI courses and programs in a simple, user-friendly format. The digital edition benefits from navigation menus to help search for specific terms or standards with the click of a button.

To download the PADI Instructor Manual, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and select ‘Training Essentials > Digital Instructor Manual’.

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You can then choose to download:

  • The latest edition of the PADI Instructor Manual (*2016 edition coming soon)
  • Versions from previous years
  • Summaries of the changes between each year
  • PADI Instructor Manuals in other languages

PADI Professionals who would still prefer a paper-based copy of the PADI Instructor Manual can order theirs from their PADI Sales Consultant or eShop.

Remember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

Improved Delivery for The Undersea Journal

UJ-560x200PADI’s flagship publication, The Undersea Journal, is about to join the digital evolution.

Beginning with the first quarter 2016 issue, The Undersea Journal will migrate to a primarily digital delivery format for all PADI Members with a non-US mailing address. This change is to provide immediate access to the latest PADI news, updates and training standards.

Long delays waiting for your publication to arrive will be a thing of the past as The Undersea Journal will be delivered via the popular Zinio platform on your favorite digital device. Once downloaded, you can enjoy the publication online or offline – the choice is yours.

In addition to expedited delivery, migrating The Undersea Journal to a digital format also supports the PADI organization’s commitment to green practices and contributes to the conservation and preservation of our planet.

The Undersea Journal will continue to include all of the content you’ve come to expect including the latest industry updates, member recognition, environmental achievements, dive business education and training standards. It will also continue to include the Training Bulletin, which is required reading for all PADI Members.

If you prefer to continue receiving a print edition of The Undersea Journal, you may change your delivery preference at any time by visiting the Preference Center in the Your Account section at the PADI Pros’ Site. Please note that a change from digital to print delivery is not instantaneous as mail labels may be printed up to six weeks in advance of a mailing.

Expect to receive an email notification of The Undersea Journal’s availability next week. Accessing your magazine from your favorite digital device is easy. From your computer, simply click on the link in the email, create a Zinio account if you don’t already have one and you’re ready to go. For an enhanced experience on your mobile device, download the Zinio app available from the Android, Apple and Microsoft stores. Visit the Zinio Help Center for more details on how to access your magazines.

The Undersea Journal digital version is just the latest in the PADI digital evolution of products and services to help you succeed as a dive professional. For questions regarding the digital Undersea Journal, contact PADI Customer Service.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #7: PADI ProChek and DiveChek Tools

As a renewed PADI Professional, you get the benefit of both PADI ProChek™ and PADI DiveChek™ via the PADI Pros’ Site.

PADI ProChek™

You can use the ProChek™ tool to check the details of other PADI Members you might be working with, or to show your potential students your own information in order to provide them with instant reassurance of your credentials as a PADI Professional.

The ProChek™ tool is located on the PADI Pros’ Site under ‘Online Services’. Enter a PADI Professional’s membership number to see their highest core rating, current status and the year they were last renewed.

prochekThis information can also be accessed on-the-go via the PADI App (available to download for free on iOS and Android mobile devices) and the PADI.com consumer website.

PADI DiveChek™

If your customer’s have arrived but without their certification cards, the DiveChek™ Online tool is an easy way to help verify their details and save valuable diving time.

The DiveChek™ tool is available on the PADI Pros’ Site under ‘Online Services’. Enter your customer’s full name and date of birth, and you’ll be able to confirm their certification history, the date they completed the training and with which PADI Member/Dive Shop.

You can use the DiveChek™ tool 365 days a year, 24/7 so you can verify your customer’s information instantly without waiting for replacement cards or contacting your local PADI office.

divechek-exampleRemember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pro Member Benefit #6: Employment Board

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Are you looking for a dream career in the diving industry? If so, visit the Employment Board (one of the fantastic benefits available to renewed PADI Members).

The Employment Board is located within the ‘Classifieds’ section on the PADI Pros’ Site and lists details of the latest openings around the world – from dive guiding and teaching positions through to administration, boat captaining, equipment maintenance and more. There’s also a section where you can find opportunities to buy or sell existing Dive Center businesses, resorts or boats.

Within the Employment board, you can even add your own advertisement offering your services as a PADI Professional to others in the diving industry, or check out the latest career openings are in your local PADI Regional Headquarters.

Don’t miss the chance to get your dream job – make sure you’re renewed for 2016 and check the Employment Board regularly for the latest openings!

Remember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

PADI Pros: 2016 Membership Renewal Offers Extended to 31 January

Renew your 2016 PADI Professional membership before 31 January 2016 and you’ll be able to take advantage of several exciting renewal offers which we’ve extended from the original deadline from the end of last year.

#1 – Free PADI Digital Product

Complete your renewal before 31st January 2016 and you’ll be able to take advantage of our free digital product renewal offer as a thank you for renewing, by choosing from either a free PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF to you straight away. Find out more about PADI Digital products here.

To claim this offer, simply renew your membership and contact your PADI Sales Representative to claim your free Open Water Diver Touch or Equipment Specialist Touch today!

Renew Online and Get Your Free PADI Digital Product!

#2 – 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products

Renew your PADI Professional membership and get the 5 for 4 offer on all digital products; that’s a saving of 20%!* Don’t miss this chance to save on PADI’s latest digital products – contact your local PADI Sales Representative to place your order and take advantage of this benefit for renewed PADI Professionals!

Renew Online and Get 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products!

#3 – Automatic Renewal Discount

PADI’s Automatic Renewal service saves you even more money and registering is easy! Sign up to have your membership automatically renewed for 2017 and you’ll still get the discounted rate for your 2016 PADI Professional membership! Simply select the option to register for Automatic Renewal during your 2016 Online Renewal process to take advantage of this fantastic benefit.

Renew Online and Sign Up for Automatic Renewal Today!

If you have any questions about your PADI Professional renewal for 2016 please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers above – click here to Renew Online Now

Together We’re #1 In Diving!

It’s no mystery why PADI is the world’s leading diver training organization. Members value the high quality of PADI materials and excellent customer service while divers get the benefits. All of this has made PADI the global leader and most trusted source for diver training since 1966.

*5-for-4 Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

PADI Pros: Renew Your 2016 Membership Before 31 Dec and Get These Offers!

Renew your 2016 PADI Professional membership before 31 December 2015 and you’ll be able to take advantage of several exciting renewal offers:

SS021949000_D6i-Novo_Stone_Front_Metric_Airtime#1 – Win a Suunto D6i

Renew before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a Suunto D6i dive computer in one of four colour options (stone, stealth, black or white excluding metal strap variants). PADI Pros that have already renewed their 2016 individual PADI membership will also be entered into the prize draw. Terms and Conditions apply.

Renew Online and Enter the Prize Draw Now!

#2 – Free PADI Digital Product

Complete your renewal before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able to take advantage of our free digital product renewal offer as a thank you for renewing, by choosing from either a free PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF to you straight away. Find out more about PADI Digital products here.

To claim this offer, simply renew your membership and contact your PADI Sales Representative to claim your free Open Water Diver Touch or Equipment Specialist Touch today!

Renew Online and Get Your Free PADI Digital Product!

#3 – 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products

Renew your PADI Professional membership and get the 5 for 4 offer on all digital products; that’s a saving of 20%!* Don’t miss this chance to save on PADI’s latest digital products – contact your local PADI Sales Representative to place your order and take advantage of this benefit for renewed PADI Professionals!

Renew Online and Get 5-for-4 on PADI Digital Products!

#4 – Automatic Renewal Discount

PADI’s Automatic Renewal service saves you even more money and registering is easy! Sign up to have your membership automatically renewed for 2017 and you’ll still get the discounted rate for your 2016 PADI Professional membership! Simply select the option to register for Automatic Renewal during your 2016 Online Renewal process to take advantage of this fantastic benefit.

Renew Online and Sign Up for Automatic Renewal Today!

If you have any questions about your PADI Professional renewal for 2016 please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers above – click here to Renew Online Now

Together We’re #1 In Diving!

It’s no mystery why PADI is the world’s leading diver training organization. Members value the high quality of PADI materials and excellent customer service while divers get the benefits. All of this has made PADI the global leader and most trusted source for diver training since 1966.

*5-for-4 Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #5: New Online Processing Center

Recently re-launched with a brand new, user friendly design, the Online Processing Center is an online service available to all renewed PADI Professionals

The Online Processing Center can be accessed via the PADI Pros Site, and the responsive design ensures it can be easily accessed from your mobile or tablet via the PADI Pros’ Site Lite.

As a renewed PADI Professional you can use the Online Processing Center to:

  • Manage and allocate Digital Crewpak codes
  • Process student certifications
  • Process replacement card and eCard orders
  • Download reports for digital products in each status
  • View the digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes
  • Filter and sort options of digital code data

The Online Processing Center is available in multiple languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

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Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

Missed Auto Renewal? Sign up during your Online Renewal and you’ll still get the benefits!

The Auto Renewal option for 2016 PADI Professional membership renewal has now finished, but if you didn’t register in time or your card details were not up to date, don’t worry!

Simply sign up for Auto Renewal at the same time as completing the online renewal option. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the reduced fee for 2016 and you’ll be re-registered for Auto Renewal next November.

Click here to complete your online renewal

About Auto Renewal

PADI’s Auto Renewal service entitles you to a reduced annual membership fee, saving you both time and money. Once registered, PADI will renew your professional PADI membership every year using your credit card information. If applicable, we’ll also renew your EFR credentials at the same time.

With Auto Renewal, you don’t need to complete any paperwork or worry about your renewal date – we’ll take care of everything so you can continue to enjoy all of your benefits as a renewed PADI Professional.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)