PADI Pro Member Benefit #3: Business Training

In order to operate a thriving business within the scuba industry, diving professionals need to be more than just experts in the water – they’ll need to have specialist business knowledge, too.

As a renewed PADI Professional you have access to a wide selection of tools and training opportunities to help equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to manage and grow your diving business efficiently and successfully.

These tools include courses such as the PADI Business Academy, print and online publications and live or pre-recorded webinars, and cover a variety of topics including:

  • Selling and conducting PADI courses and training
  • Marketing, eMarketing, advertising and social media tips
  • Boosting sales opportunities for courses, merchandise and equipment
  • Customer and stock inventory management with EVE
  • Developing and expanding your business into the wider market

To find out what support is available, contact a consultant in your local PADI Office or speak to your local PADI Regional Manager.

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)

EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Day Month Course City Country
23 Jan EFRIT Dusseldorf Germany
29 Feb EFRIT Bristol UK
24 April EFRIT Krakow Poland
29 May EFRIT Lanzarote Canary Islands
5 June EFRIT Mechelen Belgium
26 June EFRIT Limassol Cyprus
31 July EFRIT Moscow Russia
7 August EFRIT Jeddah Saudi Arabia
12 September EFRIT Bristol UK
9 October EFRIT St Raphael France

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!

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For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email [email protected], quoting EFRIT15.

PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic: 27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

Russian:  3rd December 11:00-12:00 MSK (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact [email protected].

PADI Pro Member Benefit #2: Consultant Services

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As a renewed PADI Professional, you have a full team of industry experts at your local PADI office who are ready to support you in your diving, teaching and career development activities.

You have access to consultants specialising in:

  • Training
  • Quality Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Product Integration
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • …and more

Our team will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have. Click here to view contact information and take advantage of the wide expertise that is available to help you maximise your opportunities 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)

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 3: Who are your potential Adventure Divers?

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Any qualified diver can choose to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Adventure Dives linked to Specialty Diver courses teach existing divers new techniques and give them the tools and knowledge they need to enhance their diving exploration.

There are over 25 Specialty courses available, covering a vast range of topic from photography to dive equipment and from marine life to wreck diving. There really is something to suit every diver!

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old can enrol in an Adventure Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check the PADI Instructor Manual for more information on pre-requisites.

Top tips to attract new Adventure Divers

  • Use your existing customer database to send email newsletters and offers to promote upcoming adventure dives or special offers.
  • Make sure you include plenty of information during your PADI Open Water Diver courses so that your new, keen students will know what their next step will be and how easy it is for them to carry on their training. Many divers will get the bug after their first course and this is a great time to encourage them to book the next one.
  • Offer special packages to help cross-sell your courses and equipment, for example:
      • Digital Underwater Photographer adventure dive bundled with a new camera and accessory sales offer
      • 2.7.12.1-scuba-accessoriesDeep Diver and Wreck Diver adventure dives bundled with a discounted dive trip to a local deep wreck site
      • Drysuit Diver and Ice Diver adventure dives plus a discount on new drysuits
      • Underwater Navigator adventure dive plus a compass and slate accessory set
  • Make sure you have plenty of promotional materials inside and outside your store to advertise your adventure dives. You never know when you’ll spark the interest of divers who are passing by. Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers.

For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 2: How easy is it to teach the theory?

How easy is it to teach the theory for these adventure dives?

Very! The easiest way to get started is to have your students register for Advanced Open Water Diver Online (PADI’s eLearning option) to get started immediately.

The web-based system will allow them to learn about seven of the most popular Adventure Dives via an easy to use, interactive online program. The program inclddes videos, audio, pictures and text, plus short quizzes to allow them to gauge their progress and review and correct anything they might happen to miss. This lets them move through the program efficiently and at their own pace.

The adventure dives included in the PADI Open Water Diver Online modules are:

  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

They will also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by you, the PADI Instructor.

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration (though they will have permanent access to their online Adventures in Diving manual).

Once completed, you will be notified that the student has finished and they will be given an eRecord which they can print and bring with them to the dive center.

To finish, simply schedule sessions with your students to review their knowledge development before going on to complete their Adventure Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

Plan the Dive – Dive the Plan with the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate

We all know the saying plan the dive, dive the plan. But what does this mean in reality and how can the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate help you introduce this vital habit to your student?

Planning the dive includes having the proper training, experience and equipment.

The training starts with the PADI Open Water Diver course. Using the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate enables you to assess not only if the student can perform the skill but also if they feel comfortable with it. It also teaches the student self-evaluation and makes them aware of the diving skills and activities they are about to engage in.

During the open water sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course, real-life dive planning is introduced. The Dive Team Check List on the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate is a great tool to assist you and your students in this process.

Start with the dive plan and make sure everyone in the group agrees to it, and is prepared for the planned dive. Evaluate the conditions, and check the dive is within your students training and experience. Research the dive site and what can be expected underwater – what potential risk and hazards might there be, as well as entry and exit points. Before the dive, complete safety checks: what to do in case of separation, hand signals, emergency procedures, buddy check (BWRAF), and make a depth, time and pressure plan.

Your students do this under your supervision, but they might find it helpful to have a checklist for themselves, and this will promote self-evaluation on future training and recreational dives they complete.

Students are not required to own a PADI Skill Practice and Planning slate, but make sure you’re ready to sell the product to those who’d like to have one. Not only will this mean extra sales for your business, but it will help them develop and maintain a vital habit. The better prepared they are, the more enjoyable a dive will be. Plan the dive – dive the plan!

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  • Single slate – 60258 – £5.50/€6.53
  • Pack of 4 – 60261 – £21.00/€24.95
  • Pack of 8 – 60262 – £42.00/€49.90

The price is the same for all member levels.

Place your orders for branded merchandise 24/7, 365 days a year by using the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pros’ Site, or contact your local Sales Consultant at [email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours.

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 1: Why teach Adventure Dives?

Have you always wanted to teach a wider variety of diving activities, rather than just DSDs and PADI Open Water Diver courses? If you have a favourite underwater hobby such as digital underwater photography, fish identification or wreck diving, there’s a long list of scuba adventures you can take part in by teaching this program. Not only does this mean you’ll get to do even more of what you love, but you’ll get to share your passion with your students, too.

Don’t forget that if your student completes three Adventure Dives they can earn the Adventure Diver certification (a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course). Each Adventure Dive may also be credited towards the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course and vice versa.

Teaching Adventure Dives is therefore not just a way to progress students’ training opportunities, but is also a great opportunity to encourage your students to try new things, build on their existing scuba skills and gain more confidence overall. Your enthusiasm will help them enjoy scuba diving more than ever.

* Do remember to check your PADI Instructor Manual key standards. PADI (Junior) divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

Training Insights… EFR: What are the different Emergency First Response courses?

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If you’ve been considering expanding your dive operation to include Emergency First Response (EFR) courses but are unsure of what courses are available, check out the guide below:

  • booth3541-cmykPrimary Care is a course covering life threatening conditions and focuses on a simple set of priorities (ABCABS) so that emergency providers know what to do and when.
  • Secondary Care is all about non-life threatening conditions. Providers learn how to look after victims until the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive, and how to monitor and prevent further injury.
  • Primary and Secondary Care is the most common combination and is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Emergency First Response Instructor levels.
  • Care for Children is a primary and secondary course focused on infants and children. It can be combined with other courses or run separately.
  • IMG0007-cmykCPR and AED is a short course focused just on CPR and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). It is an ideal introduction to first aid training.
  • Regional courses are courses that meet specific regional needs, such as workplace first aid requirements or training for child care professionals. Check out the EFR website to see what is available in your area.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact [email protected].

First PADI Instructor Examination in Gozo has 100% Pass Rate!

On the 19th and 20th September 2015, the first ever PADI Instructor Examination was conducted in Gozo. With candidates from Bubbles Dive Centre (Gozo) and Reefers and Wreckers (UK), it proved a great success with a 100% pass rate!

Congratulations to all of the new PADI Instructors, and many thanks to the Course Directors and Dive Centre owners who helped to arrange the event.

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