PADI Instructor Examinations for April 2019

3-Apr-19 | Mabul, Malaysia

4-Apr-19 | Khao Lak, Thailand

6-Apr-19 | Bali, Indonesia

6-Apr-19 | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

8-Apr-19 | Moalboal, Philippines

8-Apr-19 | Lembongan, Indonesia

9-Apr-19 | Gold Coast, Australia

9-Apr-19 | Gili Islands, Indonesia

11-Apr-19 | Malapascua, Philippines

12-Apr-19 | Amed, Indonesia

13-Apr-19 | Sanya, China

13-Apr-19 | Bohol, Philippines

13-Apr-19 | Semporna, Malaysia

14-Apr-19 | Dumaguete, Philippines

20-Apr-19 | Phuket, Thailand

20-Apr-19 | Shenzhen, China

23-Apr-19 | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

23-Apr-19 | Koh Tao, Thailand

26-Apr-19 | Koh Lanta, Thailand

27-Apr-19 | Jeju Island, South Korea

27-Apr-19 | Jakarta, Indonesia

Teaching Status

By Quality Management Consultant Don McFadden

Being a renewed PADI Member means having access to a vast array of benefits in areas such as educational, business, marketing, risk management, product support, live and recorded seminars & webinars, and superior year round support provided by the experience PADI staff located in offices all around the globe.

But what does renewing as a PADI Member mean when looking at it from a risk management perspective?

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, when renewing as a PADI Member there is an agreement which is made. Members agree to abide by the PADI Membership Agreement and License Agreement for PADI Members, and in return PADI authorises the member to act as a PADI Member, receive membership benefits and use PADI training materials for that coming year.

When a member’s membership lapses it means PADI has not documented the member agreeing to the PADI Membership Agreement and License Agreement for PADI Members for that upcoming year, therefore the member is not permitted to act as a PADI Member.

If a PADI Instructor tries to teach a PADI course while non-renewed they run several risks to themselves as well as their students. Throughout the membership year members are updated with the latest training standard changes which are often implemented to increase safety for students. Missing out on these implemented changes can mean you are missing out on critical information which may assist you in reducing the overall risk for students. 

So where does the instructor stand if an incident occurs resulting in injury or worse to a student of a non-renewed member? The level of competence of the instructor will always be taken into account, but why risk the chance that something has changed you were unaware of? The question you must ask yourself is “would a prudent dive instructor in the same circumstances have acted in the same way?” If they would answer collectively ‘No’ then you may be failing in your duty as a competent and reasonably prudent instructor.

What happens if the instructor teaching the course is not qualified to conduct the specific PADI training? An example would be an instructor teaching a PADI speciality diving course without the appropriate training. Taking students inside a wreck during a PADI Wreck Diver Specialty dive when you do not hold the Wreck Specialty Instructor rating yourself not reasonable and prudent behaviour. In the event of an incident serious questions would be asked by the authorities and by PADI about the instructor’s competence to undertake the training. So why take the risk? Always work within your limits and never agree to conduct a programme are not qualified to teach.

What about another scenario where a Divemaster or Assistant Instructor teaches Open Water students? Divemaster and Assistant Instructors are, of course, not authorised to teach the PADI Open Water courses nor have they received the necessary training which would prepare them to conduct the course. The roles a certified assistant may take during the Open Water course are outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual on page 53:

3. Instructor conducts and directly supervises all open water dives.

Exceptions — instructor indirect supervision:

• Certified assistants supervising student divers during surface swims to and from the entry-exit point and during navigational exercises, as well as when remaining with the class when the instructor conducts a skill such as an ascent or descent with a student or student team.

• Certified assistants guiding student divers (at a ratio of 2:1) on Dives 2-4 when exploring the dive site.

• Assistant Instructors evaluating dive flexible skills at the surface in open water and conducting air pressure checks underwater.

Acting outside of these limits places the Divemaster or Assistant Instructor in a precarious position. They are acting outside of established standards and if there was to be an incident could find themselves facing serious consequences.

The member would find themselves answering questions from the Quality Management team and face some Quality Management action, possibly punitive. Why risk it? The PADI Instructor Manual is our foundation document and the minimum qualification required to teach each programme and course is clearly defined within it. Make sure before you enter the water you know you are able to conduct the programme.

If you have any questions about these topics consult your PADI Instructor Manual or get in touch with your Regional Training Consultant or Quality Management team. If you ever have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

Sign up for 2019 Course Director Preparatory Course

As scuba diving becomes more and more popular in China the number of Chinese divers wanting to become PADI Instructors grows and fuels demand for Chinese Course Directors.

Becoming a PADI Course Director opens many doors for diving professionals and as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you are already on your way.


To help you on your journey PADI will be conducting Course Director Preparatory Courses in 2019 (Please note that this Course is designed for the Chinese speaking members, and all presentations will be in Mandarin Chinese). This course is based on similar programmes in 2018. Attendance will enhance your Instructor Development skill and knowledge level and improve your chances of earning a place on the Course Director Training Course (CDTC) of your choice.

Dates:  14 – 18 June 2019

Venue: Intercontinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort

128 North Haitang Rd., Haitang Bay, Sanya

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Fee:     AUD 3,327 per person

For Attendees Registration outside of China, payment must be done through Eventbrite.
The Course Director Preparatory Course focus is on practical techniques for use in Knowledge Development, Confined Water and Open Water environments, IDC lesson plan development, understanding and use of the evaluation criteria and skill development.
As an attendee you will receive mentoring on which CDTC to apply for, the application process and guidance regarding the preparation of your application.

The opportunity to turn a recreation into a profession does not come along often. As an experienced PADI Instructor you are well positioned to take advantage of that opportunity by becoming a PADI Course Director. The PADI Course Director rating is the most respected and highest professional qualification in the diving industry.

Many of today’s most successful Chinese Course Directors attended a Course Director Preparatory Seminar and credit it with making the transition from IDC Staff Instructor to Course Director much smoother and simpler.

Need to hear more? Click below to view testimonials from previous attendees.

Kaka, Course Director from Argos Diving

Dylan – Course Director from Taiwan Dive Center

What do you get from Course Director Preparatory Course?

PADI Course Directors, Instructor Examiners and Course Director Training Course staff members will be present to show you career pathways with a particular focus on becoming a PADI Course Director. The benefits of Course Director Preparatory Course includes:

  • Evaluation Skills Workshop
  • Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Continuing Education Course Preparation Workshop
  • Course Director Training Course (CDTC) Application Guidance and Assistance
  • Improve knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching skills
  • Strengthen diving skills
  • Improve rescue skills


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Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Course

Fee:     AUD 710 per person

For Attendees Registration outside of China, payment must be done through Eventbrite.

PADI Course Directors are the most elite, highly trained and respected instructor trainers and opinion leaders in diving. Don’t miss the Course Director Preparatory   Seminar and find out what it takes to become a Member of the world’s most highly respected group of diving educators.

Course Director Preparatory Course pre-requisites:

  • Renewed PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher.
  • Renewed EFR Instructor

What to bring:

  • Your personal diving equipment, appropriate exposure protection, PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Course Director Manual, PADI Guide to Teaching, Confined Water and Open Water Evaluation slates, Instructor Cue Cards for all course levels.

For more information on becoming a PADI Course Director or attending the PADI Course Director Preparatory Course contact your Regional Manager or Herman Wong, Instructor Development Consultant,

Ordering PADI Materials Online

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robin Bylund.

Have you ever wanted to order your Digital PADI Products online and receive them into your account with minutes? With our PADI Online Shopping Cart, you can now place your Digital PADI Product orders online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and receive your products almost immediately into your account.  The PADI Shopping Cart was updated back in 2018, making it by far the fastest and easiest way to order any PADI Digital Products. So if you haven’t had the chance to try the PADI Shopping Cart, give it a try as it will save you a lot of time while eliminating any potential delays from traditional order forms or back and forth emails.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

  1. Your PADI store or PADI Pro login details.
  2. Access to internet and one of the following devices: computer, mobile or tablet.
  3. For payment you will also need Credit card or PayPal account .

What is the Fastest Way to Order?

The Fastest way to order is to use “Saved Carts” for your standard digital orders which will allow you to simply click “re-order”. This will process the order right away based on the products and quantities you have set up your “Saved Cart” with. The first time you do this, it might take an extra few minutes but once setup, it will take you no more than 1-2 minutes to place the same order again.

How Do You Set Up Your “Saved Cart”?

  1. Click “Account” in the top menu.

2. Scroll down and click on “Quick Order form”.

3. Enter the product code (1) and adjust quantities you wish (2) and click “Add item” (3). Once you entered all the products you wish to have for this specific cart.

4. Once you have clicked “add items” you will get to the “order summary” page, where you can see total costs etc. This is where you can “save cart” (1) meaning this will be a pre-set order that can be reordered with just a few clicks. Save the cart with an appropriate name and you can go directly to the “checkout”(4) for identical orders in the future. If you forgot to add an item you can “add item” (2). Here also If you wish to remove items from your order/ saved cart you can remove it and then update the order. Finally if you’re happy with the products and quantities you simply move on to “Checkout” (4).

5. After clicking on “Checkout” in picture above it will ask you what payment method you use PayPal or Credit Card. When selecting PayPal it will redirect you to PayPal to place payment with your PayPal account or if selected credit card it will bring you to the page where you can input your credit card details.

6. If you use Credit card did you know you can also save your Credit Card on file so that next time you order, you simply select “use saved credit card“. This will speed up your orders once again.  

Now let’s pretend that you have placed your initial order and a week down the line you need to go in and order again. Below I will show you in 2 easy steps how to process your order using your previously “saved cart”.

How To Access Your Saved Carts

  1. Accounts – Saved Carts

2. Cart – View Saved carts

When you have done one of the 2 options above, it will show you all your “saved carts”. In the example below, I have set up multiple carts for various products and order types. This way once you have setup the carts, your ordering will take less than a few minutes to process as the products you want are already there. All you need to do is adjust the quantities you need to order.

So you can either simply click “order” (1) which will bring you to the order summary. Here you can choose to checkout and pay or you can  “edit” the order (2).

How to Locate an Old Invoice

Another function that is often over looked is your invoice history. The shop online feature allows you to see any past invoices that have been invoiced or ordered from your Pro account. To find these invoices simple go to “Account” in the top menu bar on the front page, then look at the Order history section and click on “orders”.

Important Note: for physical orders outside of Australia please contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant for best practices in your region. Please double check this prior to placing an order as these are often available locally.

I hope this gives you a bit more of an idea of how easy it can be to order PADI materials on the shop online. I challenge you all to give it a try as it will not only save you time but will allow you to place an order online at anytime, with digital product orders arriving into your account within minutes of checking out.

If anything is unclear or if you need assistance with starting to use the shop online please contact you PADI Regional Training Consultant.