PADI Pro Member Benefit #1: Free eCards

PADI_eCard_phonesAs a renewed PADI Professional, you’ll have access to all of your recreational-level and professional-level eCards – for free!

To access your eCards, simply download the latest version of the PADI App, log in with your SSO username and password. Click on ‘eCards’ from the main menu and you’ll see a list of your certifications.

With access to your eCards in one handy place on your smartphone or mobile device, you’ll be ready to demonstrate your credentials whenever and wherever you need to.

You can also log in to ScubaEarth and click on “My Certifications” from the left hand menu to see a list of your current ratings along with badges, share options and a link to replace each card.


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).

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.


#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!


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.

ScubaEarth Reaches 200,000 Users Worldwide!


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 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!



PADI App Feature: Logging Dives Part 1: Recreational Dives


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: Not just a diving certification…

In earning their scuba certifications with you, PADI divers have only just scratched the surface of the diving lifestyle. PADI enables millions of divers who share a common passion to come together – it’s all part of the PADI way of life.

PADI connects divers with each other in the world’s largest and most engaged communities – whether it’s the PADI Facebook page with more than a million fans or through ScubaEarth, Twitter, Google+, PADI Diving Society or the Project AWARE Foundation.

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Make sure your business is present and active in these same communities, where new divers are buzzing about the underwater realm every day. By sharing your latest news, and updates to top up customers’ newly discovered interests, they’ll keep coming back to you for trips, equipment sales/rental/servicing and continuing education courses that enable them to further explore and log more diving adventures with you.

Want to know more about how social media and online marketing can help you capture existing and new business? Book onto a 2015 PADI Business Academy today!

Download your PADI eCard for free!

Scuba Earth ExtrasAs a valued PADI Member, you now have free access to these ScubaEarth® Extras features and benefits to test before they are widely available:

  • Unlimited PADI eCards – Access all your PADI eCards. It’s a great way to display all your certifications via the PADI App. You update/ display all your PADI e-cards using your PADI Pro’s login details.
  • Critter Finder – In addition to detailed marine species information, you can see photos and find out where to spot your favorite critters.
  • Personalized Dive Dashboard – Manage your favorite ScubaEarth components, like dive sites, dive buddies, marine species and featured destinations, with these interactive slates

To access these exciting benefits, sign in now (or set up your ScubaEarth profile) and select the blue Extras button in your ScubaEarth profile dashboard for more information.

Your ScubaEarth Team

Webinar Scuba Earth 101 – join the revolution in real time!

se_flyertemplateAre you curious to know how Scuba Earth can benefit your daily business and how to use it in real time? What the benefits and connection between Discover Scuba Diving and Scuba Earth is?

Just register for the webinar Scuba Earth 101 and enjoy the explanation online in real time. All you need is a computer with high speed internet and a headset with microphone to login.

This webinar, special for members from Finland and Estonia, will take place tuesday evening the 29th of october @ 20.00 hours Finnisch/ Estonian time.  You can register here. After registration you will recieve an email with the login codes.

Join the revolution and see you online!

Getting the most out of the new PADI DSD programme!

se_flyertemplateWith PADI’s new Discover Scuba Diving® Participant Guide (product no. 72200) now a few months old and a number of great DSD events across some key European markets behind us, its a great opportunity to have a look at how best your centre can profit from the programme.

With the new guide PADI really helps you in getting those DSD to Open Wate Diver conversions. The guide has a number of benefits for the DSD participant which we think will make them much more open to conversion, plus they get some really great things to take away and remember the amazing DSD experience you have provided.

Each Discover Scuba Diving® Participant includes a special code that unlocks a number of benefits for the DSD participant; including a commemorative Discover Scuba Diving eCard (which has been a very popular item with participants), access to the PADI Open Water Diver Online Preview, 90-day trial access to PADI Diving Society and 90-day trial access to ScubaEarth Premium.

To claim these benefits participants need to sign up to ScubaEarth and select a primary dive centre – This is why its important for your centre to be registered on ScubaEarth.  If they can’t select you then your chances of conversion are lowered.  This is particularly important when it comes to the eLearning preview as participants can purchase the full version through this.  That means a potential extra revenue stream has now gone to a competitor.

Don’t forget its not just DSD participants that you can  engage—and convert – For example, when users log on to ScubaEarth, they can join your Dive Crew, check out what gear you recommend, keep up with your store’s announcements (including your events or specials), look at your photos and follow anything you post on ScubaEarth. This gives them a direct connection with your dive centre’s activities. If you haven’t logged on to or been active on ScubaEarth lately, take the time to do so now.

You can register via your stores PADI Pros Account logon.  You can find more information to guide you through this process on the Pros site also.   Once signed up you can access ScubaEarth directly via using the same logon as your Pros account.DSD email example

Remember one of the most effective ways to increase conversion is to send out course
completion emails, here you can push the upsell but also give the participant that special feeling that comes with completing a PADI course!  But thats not all, you can use this email to promote all your Social media, maybe newsletter or next club event.

If you are looking for some ideas on how to use ScubaEarth check out these other articles

4 simple and easy ways to build your ScubaEarth dive crew!

Utilising ScubaEarth to generate new enquires and bookings.

Get Involved With ScubaEarth

For more information, contact your PADI Regional Manager. To order the new Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide, contact your PADI Sales Consultant