Where is my logbook?

“Where is my logbook?”

Is this the first question you ask yourself when you are preparing to go diving? As a PADI Pro, perhaps it’s the first question your customers ask themselves after the meet and greet? Despite putting them in a ‘safe place’, our logbooks and certification cards have a tendency to disappear – especially after a long break from diving over the winter or between holidays.

To help avoid frantic searches, here’s 5 tips to help you – and your customers – keep hold of this essential diving accessory:

#1 – Logbook Binders

PADI training logbooks have three punch-holes for a reason: so that they can be stored safely in the PADI logbook binder. Get your students into the good habit of using the binder for storing their logbook and a pen so they are ready to log their dives at any time. Plus, in the front and back are spaces to store certification cards and the RDP.

2 – Logbook Pages and Card Holders

More experienced divers (including PADI Pros) who want to log their recreational dives can also add the red logbook or refill pages to the logbook binder (which also comes with three punch holes for this purpose). If you need more storage for certification cards you can get vinyl card holders, keeping everything tidy and safe in one place.

#3 – PADI eCards

Another possibility is to get an eCard. With an electronic certification card (eCard) on their mobile device, students can easily have their certification verified by any PADI Instructor or PADI Dive Center they are planning to dive with.

PADI eCards are stored in the PADI App so your students won’t need to worry about losing or forgetting their plastic certification card, and will be prepared for any impromptu diving opportunities whilst travelling.

PADI Open Water Diver students get an eCard for free for 30 days, after which time they can easily purchase one should they wish to. Renewed PADI Pros get pro-level eCards included as part of their membership benefits.

#4 – Digital Logbooks

Don’t forget, there’s also the option to log dives digitally via the PADI App and ScubaEarth. Just download the PADI App and show your student how easy it is to log their PADI Open Water Diver training dives, and recreational dives – straight from their mobile device.

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#5 – Keep Diving!

But the best tip is… don’t have a break! Keep diving! Don’t give your logbook the chance to disappear into the depths of your cupboards. Give your divers the opportunity to join you for fun dives, continued education or diving holidays. Keep them involved with socials and local events. You could even run a “logbook of the year” competition! No more lost logbooks for you and your divers!

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Order PADI sales products and training materials 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.

5 Reasons why PADI Open Water Diver Touch Benefits You as a PADI Pro

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PADI Open Water Diver Touch is part of PADI’s revolutionary collection of digital products designed to enhance and modernise the way divers learn today. Here are 5 reasons why you, as a PADI Professional, will benefit from this new teaching tool:

#1 – It’s the modern way for divers to learn. With a sleek, interactive interface designed especially for the mobile platform (PADI Open Water Diver Touch is available for Android and iOS devices), students will enjoy a style of learning that’s in tune with the rest of their digital life and in line with their modern learning expectations.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Meeting expectations = satisfied customers who will enjoy the learning experience and therefore be more likely to re-visit and recommend your dive operation to others.

#2 – Digital delivery eases stock control and shipping. Because there’s no physical product to stock or ship to customers, you don’t need to worry about stock levels or shipping times and costs. Instead, you can order 24/7 365 days a year from the PADI e-Shop and the product will appear almost instantly into your PADI Online Processing Center account, ready for you to register to your next student – anytime, anywhere.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: A quicker, cheaper way to provide PADI Open Water Diver course materials will save your business money = more profit in the long term.

trraining dives#3 – Logging training dives just got easier. Your Open Water Diver students will be able to log their training dives on ScubaEarth (via the website or using the free PADI App). From there, the instructor will be able to review and verify the information is correct. This digital approach to logging dives eliminates the need for bulky books and, with mobile devices often at students’ fingertips, is way for them to reflect and capture their diving memories straight after the event.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Making it easier for students to log their dives = more accurate dive logging and happier customers who’ll want to come back and dive with you again.

#4 – Interactive format will enrich the learning and teaching experience. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch takes the existing high-quality course material and mixes it together with a range of videos, interactive quizzes and an intuitive navigation style that’s designed for mobile devices. This immersive format will help turn potentially tricky topics into fun and engaging sessions.

The Benefit to PADI Pros: Enjoyment and understanding of the dive theory will lead to rewarding sessions for both students and their instructions = positive experiences, which students will remember when booking their next course with you.

#5 – It supports the values of Project AWARE. In the age of eco-awareness, divers are encouraged to help protect the underwater environment by all means possible. By teaching with PADI Open Water Diver Touch instead of paper materials (where available), you’ll be using less paper, helping to combat marine debris and deforestation issues.

The Benefit to You: Helping your customers contribute positively towards conservation issues that are close to divers’ hearts = a feel-good factor that will encourage divers to choose your business.

Want to see more? Check out – and share with your potential customers – our PADI Open Water Diver Touch video.

To purchase or learn more about PADI Open Water Diver Touch, contact your PADI Sales Consultant at [email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours, or visit the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pro’s Site where you can place orders 24/7, 365 days a year.

ScubaEarth Reaches 200,000 Users Worldwide!

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We’re pleased to announce that ScubaEarth has now reached 200,000+ users, with this number continuing to grow at a rapid pace.

We love seeing the passion for diving shared around the world. Whether that be through the 165,000+ dives that have been logged, the 58,000+ photos or dive videos that have been shared, or the 84,000+ pieces of gear that have been added to the gear locker, it’s great to see PADI Divers and PADI Professionals all over the world getting involved.

If your business is not taking advantage of this active community yet, make sure you head over to www.scubaearth.com and create a free account today. Here’s some reasons why:

  • IMG_193With the free ScubaEarth mobile app and integration into the PADI App, ScubaEarth is available at the fingertips of your customers 24/7
  • Divers can log their recreational dives, including photos and videos of their memories. When they read back through their favourite dives, they’ll be inspired to want to come back and visit you in the future.
  • Students can also log their training dives (currently PADI Open Water Diver only, other courses being added in the near future). The dives can be digitally verified by their PADI Instructor, providing a quick, fun and eco-friendly way to fulfil this training requirement.
  • By adding dive sites to the ScubaEarth directory, you can put your local diving on the map and inspire divers who are planning their next trip.
  • By connecting with your customers on ScubaEarth using the Wall and Announcements, they’ll be able to follow you latest news on courses, trips, promotions and general fun stuff that will keep them wanting to come and dive with you in the future.
  • Showcase equipment brands available at your store in the Gear Locker, helping customers to identify what services you can assist them with.
  • certsDivers and PADI Pros can view lists of their PADI certifications, including the certification date, fun badges, links to share the certification with their friends on social media and links to order a replacement for any of their individual cards.
  • A directory of underwater marine life is a great way to help students learn more about what they’ve found on their last dive, or find new ones that they’d like to try to find next time.
  • Weekly Featured Destinations help spotlight different travel locations around the world, helping to inspire divers to visit both your local dive sites and book onto trips abroad.

The following Infographic highlights some key statistics from the ScubaEarth community and logged dives. Want to help shape the future of ScubaEarth? Go online (and encourage your customers to do the same) and log your dives today!

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5 Reasons why the PADI App Benefits YOU as a PADI Professional

The PADI App is a one-stop hub for the scuba diving world, delivering a mix of useful tools and reference guides to the fingertips of both recreational and professional divers. Here are 5 things that divers can do using the PADI App which will benefit you as a PADI Pro:

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Divers can log both recreational and PADI Open Water Diver training dives on ScubaEarth via the PADI App, and with many reaching for their mobile devices as soon as they surface from a dive, they’ll have all of the tools they need to log – and share – their dive whilst it’s fresh in mind – right at their fingertips.

The Benefit to You: Divers logging accurate dives makes it easier for them to remember great experiences in the future, reminding them to come back to dive with you again. If they’ve shared their dives, their friends might even be inspired to join them!

#2 – Access content in multiple languages

The PADI App is currently available in English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Thai – and there’s more to come in the future.

The Benefit to You: Offering content in more languages helps meet the needs of an even wider range of the customers you may receive in your business. Meeting needs = happy customers.

#3 – Find their nearest PADI Dive Shop

Using location based services, the PADI App’s Dive Shop Locator tool will enable users to find their nearest PADI Dive Center. Potential customers who are travelling or living in your area will be able to see that you are their nearest dive shop, encouraging visits and helping to boost the footfall of your business.

The Benefit to You: More potential customers through your door = more potential for sales of courses, trips and equipment which helps increase your business profit.

#4 – eCards

The PADI App allows divers to carry their purchased PADI eCards on their smartphone or tablet device, anywhere and everywhere they go. This means they’ll be able to show you exactly what certification they currently hold or whether they’ve recently ReActivated any of them. You’ll spend less time trying to search and verify for divers’ details and more time giving them a great experience.

The Benefit to You: Customers who have a quick and easy check-in will be more impressed with their trip. Happy customers = potential repeat business and positive recommendations.

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#5 – Browse the Travel Section

Covering destinations across the globe, the PADI App travel section feeds from the PADI.com vacation spotlight pages and offers a wealth of inspiration for divers looking for their next adventure, whether on their doorstep or abroad. Use this information to help promote and sell upcoming trips as well as local diving opportunities.

The Benefit to You: Customers inspired by a destination provides opportunities to sell spaces on relevant upcoming trips.

The updated version of the PADI App is available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download it free today!

PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 2: Training Dives

In addition to logging recreational dives with ScubaEarth, the PADI App also makes it really easy for student divers to log training dives – and have them verified digitally by their PADI Instructor.

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Logging training dives is an essential part of any PADI course and part of PADI Standards, as it ensures the student diver has a clear record of completing the exercise as well as information about the conditions, equipment, scenario and any comments or feedback regarding the dive itself.

PADI Instructors are encouraged to sit with students to help them log their dives straight after the debrief so that the details are still fresh in mind. Gone are the days of soggy pages and pens that don’t work properly – many students will already be using their mobile devices to tweet, call and message their experience with friends and family, so the tools they’ll need to log their dive are ready and right at their fingertips.

Just like logging a recreational dive, adding training dives is quick and easy for students to do:

How to log student training dives in the PADI App:

  1. From the PADI App homepage, choose Log
  2. Select “+” to create a new dive log
  3. Choose “Training Log” from the options
  4. Select the Training Dive (Open Water Training Dive 1, 2 etc.)
  5. Enter the name of the dive site, and select from the list
  6. Enter the PADI Instructors Member number
  7. Complete the remaining options to describe the dive
  8. Click “Next” and that’s it – the log has been entered
  9. Click “Log” to revisit previously logged dives

Currently, only PADI Open Water Diver training dives are available to log via this process. Other courses will be available in the future – watch the blog for updates!

For the PADI Instructor, it’s also very easy to verify a training record that their student diver has entered:

How to approve your student’s training dives:

1. You will receive an email letting you know you have a new log waiting to be approved

2. Log onto the PADI Pros’ Site > Online Processing Center

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3. Click on the “eTraining Dive Log” button

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4. You will see a list of pending dive logs and can click to approve them, or reject it if something is incorrect

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5. If rejecting a log, you will be able to enter details of why it has been rejected and what the student needs to make the entry accurate. The diver will receive an email with this rejection, and details on how they can resubmit their entry.

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6. This process continues until the log has been approved – after which time it can no longer be edited.

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When student divers purchase and redeem their certification paks, they have access to the eTraining Dive Log in their ScubaEarth account and can also log dives on ScubaEarth via the ScubaEarth App or via a personal computer.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

PADI App – Now available in even more languages!

PADI_App_DFD_960x600The PADI App was updated in April to include support for multiple languages, and we excited to announce that an additional seven languages have just been added to the list!

The latest version of the PADI App is now available to download free of charge and supports the following languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai

With the benefit of reading content in their local language, divers and potential customers will be able to enjoy a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to learning – and continuing – to dive. PADI Professionals are able to use the variety of integrated tools to help inform customers and enrich their learning experience.

Key Features include:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator
  • Integration with ScubaEarth dive sites
  • Information on the top diving destinations around the world
  • The ability to log and edit dives on ScubaEarth – within the PADI App
  • News feeds from PADI social media and blogs
  • Access to PADI Gear™ collections.
  • Useful dive tools including knots, hand signals and dive checklists
  • PADI course information including the ability to purchase PADI eLearning and Touch programs.
  • 24/7 Access to PADI eCards
  • Direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site

The PADI App is the hub of the PADI Digital Suite – a place for further information and access to purchased digital products via the PADI Library App, which is integrated into the PADI App.

How to access new language versions:

The PADI App will automatically match the language which the mobile device is using, as long as that language is available (otherwise, it will default to English). Current PADI App users will see the new language setting on their next update, while new users can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download the application.

The updated version of the PADI App is available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download it free today!

PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 1: Recreational Dives

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The PADI App features built-in support for logging recreational dives on ScubaEarth – and it’s really easy to do!

Many divers – students and experienced divers – often don’t realise (or just forget) that they can log their recreational dives in addition to their training dives. Others may choose to log their dives on paper when they return home.

When divers complete recreational dives with you, encourage them to log their dives using the PADI App straight away. Being able to enter their logs right after their dive means their memories will be fresh in mind and you’ll be available to help them fill out details such as dive site names or buddies, ensuring details are as accurate as can be for future reference.

Keeping up to date recreational logs is also important for new divers who might be keen to build up their portfolio of logged dives before undertaking further training or more experienced trips which have minimum requirements.

Plus, by keeping a log of their favourite dives that’s right at their fingertips, they’ll easily be able to read back over previous experiences. And, when they do, they’ll want to come back and do it all over again with you!

How to log recreational dives in the PADI App:

  1. From the PADI App homepage, choose Log
  2. Select “+” to create a new dive log
  3. Enter the name of your dive site, and search
  4. Choose the correct dive site from the list
  5. Enter the details of your dive for your log
  6. Click “Next” and that’s it – your log has been entered
  7. Click “Log” to revisit your previously logged dives

It’s also possible for student divers to log their PADI Open Water Diver training dives using the PADI App and for instructors to verify those dives digitally. Watch this space for Part 2 of this series which will provide information on logging training dives.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

PADI Digital Product Suite – Marketing Tools Available in Multiple Languages

The PADI Digital Product Suite is the new way the world learns to dive – a revolutionary set of digital products designed to bring rich, immersive learning to the fingertips of PADI divers and PADI Pros.

To help your business grow through promoting and using the PADI Digital Product Suite – both to new and existing customers – we’ve compiled a collection of free marketing tools which you can download for free from the PADI Pros’ Site by visiting Toolbox > Marketing.

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The marketing toolboxes are available in six languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. Each contains a range of materials such as flyers, posters and brochures to email headers, Facebook covers and even radio scripts!*.

Currently, there are individual toolboxes available for each of the following Digital Products:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch
  • PADI ReActivate
  • PADI Equipment Specialist Touch
  • PADI eRDPML Touch
  • PADI App

To find out more about the PADI Digital Products, talk to your local PADI Sales Consultant by email ([email protected]) or by phone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

*Toolbox content may vary according to language selected

PADI App Feature: PADI Pros’ Site

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The PADI App features a number of handy built-in tools to support student divers and PADI Professionals alike, but it’s also a central hub that brings the wealth of PADI membership knowledge straight to your fingertips whenever – and wherever – you might need it.

In addition to the travel, social links, eCards, training logs and other essentials, you can also view the PADI Pros’ Site straight from inside the PADI App. No more switching between apps on your phone or searching through bookmarks – just click on the “Pro” button from the main App homepage, and you’ll be taken to your usual PADI Pros’ Site login page. Enter your PADI Single Sign-On details and you’ll be able to conveniently access everything the PADI Pro’s Site has to offer, from the latest digital PADI Instructor Manual, to job vacancies, latest news and marketing updates.

The completely revamped PADI App is now available in multiple languages on Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!

PADI App Feature: Checklists

IMG_1155Planning a dive trip – whether it’s a short weekend for new Open Water Diver trainees, or a long vacation for regular customers – involves plenty of planning and preparation to make sure things run smoothly and to ensure a professional operation.

To help you get things organised beforehand, the PADI App has four handy checklists integrated within the Tools section which you can use to make sure you’ve got everything that’s needed, prepared and packed before you go, leaving more time to focus on students or enjoy the underwater view and less time trying to buy and borrow forgotten items and being teased by your students and fellow dive crew!

Just visit the “Tools” section and then “Checklists” – you will have four lists to choose from:

  • Dive Day – for the majority of regular short-term dive trips and local dive days
  • Dive Vacation – if you’re planning an expedition or trip abroad
  • Save-a-Dive Kit – tips on putting together the ultimate spares and repairs kit
  • First Aid Kit – essential items to assist with medical needs

IMG_1721The completely revamped PADI App is now available in multiple languages on Apple iOS and Android-based devices. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download it today!