Archive | April, 2013

New ScubaEarth how-to videos!

28 Apr

ScubaEarth now boasts more than 30,000 users and adding more every day. Visit PADI Pro TV to find out how to establish or enhance your presence on ScubaEarth and start engaging with the community.

Short how-to videos show step by step how to:

  • Set up your profile
  • Promote staff and equipment
  • Link to social media sites such as Facebook
  • Submit feedback
  • Add or Edit a dive site
  • Leverage featured destinations to promote travel

You can also find videos to embed on your website that show customers how to sign up, log a dive, or join your crew. Your dive crew is a collection of ScubaEarth users following your account. They’ll see all your updates include new gear, photos or logged dives.

ScubaEarth was designed with the PADI Member in mind. New features such as buddy search by activity and critter watch will expand the opportunities for divers to engage with your business. Have questions or feedback about ScubaEarth? Click the feedback link at the bottom of any page on scubaearth.com .

PADI Divemaster Exchange Thailand April 2013

28 Apr
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PADI would like to applaud the efforts of two PADI Instructor Development Centres in Thailand – Sunshine Divers (Koh Tao) and Sail Rock Divers (Koh Phangan) who offered a recent Divemaster in Training exchange. The energetic owners, managers and dive crews of these centres created an opportunity for four PADI DMTs to spend 3 days experiencing life at a different dive shop. The exchange allowed these soon-to-be PADI pros to gain a greater appreciation for the training and operations offered by these reputable 5 Star facilities.

Olly and Nadine of Sunshine Divers were the first to head off to a new location and were greeted by the Sail Rock Divers crew who are famous for their hospitality. During the exchange they were spoiled with multiple dives at Sail Rock dive site which were “truly incredible” offering countless barracuda, trevally, batfish and triggers. The 30 metre visibility and abundant aquatic life didn’t distract them however from their Divemaster responsibilities which included boat briefings, role calls, tank checks, assisting and leading.

During the next instalment of the exchange, Gemma and Emma of Sail Rock Divers had a chance to be part of the Sunshine Divers family. The impressive list of dive sites which these DMTs experienced over 3 days included the HTMS Sattakut, Buoyancy World, Southwest Pinnacle, White Rock, Red Rock, Chumpon Pinnacle, Mango Bay and Lighthouse. The great visibility helped them perform in their various roles of boat master, dive master and pretend ‘bad students’ for the Instructor Development Course.

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PADI Regional Manager Tim Hunt had the pleasure of meeting all participants and was thrilled to receive such positive feedback about this unique initiative. After sharing his praise for the efforts that the dive centres had put into the program, DMT Olly from Sunshine Divers wrote… “I really just wanted to emphasize how beneficial it was for both myself and Nadine, and for the girls from Sail Rock also to see a different dive operation for a few days.  I think it would make a great part of all Divemaster programs..”    

For more information about the DMT exchange please read the following blog posts:

http://sailrockdiversresort.com/blog/sail-rock-divers-sunshine-divers-dmt-exchange/

http://blog.sunshine-diveresort.com/sunshine-divers/olly-steels-divemaster-exchange-experience-april-2013

Project Aware Event raises awareness for the protection of baby sharks in Phuket

23 Apr

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On Sunday 22nd April, the evening before Earth Day, PADI members attended a Project Aware evening held in Phuket, Thailand.

The event was held at PADI Resort RNRR Eco Adventures Ric “N” Roll, to help create more awareness regarding the importance of baby sharks being used as decorative decorations in some local restaurants. Both Professionals and recreational divers united together for a fun packed evening containing a marine themed pub quiz, a Project Aware auction, and then finishing of the evening with a marine themed karaoke (oh, and the special fire house Chilli con carne was provided for all those who attended).

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Throughout the evening over 50 signatures were collected for Shark Awareness Protection, as well as a huge separate donations of $800AUD were raised, which will be donated and split 50/50 between Project Aware and Go Eco Phuket, to help fight to keep our sharks free!

PADI Regional Manager Tony Andrews, And Go Eco Phuket chief officer Khun Tee, quoted the evening as being such a huge success, and applauded all those involved.

Special thanks to, PADI Examiners Rob and Dan, PADI Course Director Chris Owen and Thien x Do, and to Ric, Gary and Joe for arranging the successful evening.

For more information on Shark Awareness and Marine Debris, the please contact Tony.andrews@padi.com.au or Joanne.Marston@projectaware.org

For information on PADI centres, please visit http://www.padi.com/scuba/locate-a-padi-dive-shop/default.aspx

Escape, Explore and Experience with ScubaEarth™

21 Apr


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ScubaEarth™, your one-stop resource for everything scuba, is now open. Escape, explore and experience everything this all-inclusive site has to offer.

Share diving experiences on ScubaEarth and explore the interactive community for scuba divers and water enthusiasts alike. ScubaEarth offers more than 50,000 dive sites and 60 dive destinations to help you research your next vacation—and that’s just the beginning. You can also:

  • Log your dives
  • Show off your latest photos and videos
  • Join the dive crew of your favorite PADI dive shops
  • Find current weather and recent dive conditions
  • Use your gear locker to track when your gear is due to be serviced
  • Keep up with dive buddies and meet new dive buddies

Dive in and join today:

  • Go to www.ScubaEarth.com
  • Select your experience level and click Register
  • Enter your details and click Register

Log on at www.ScubaEarth.com to set up your profile today.

South Sea Divers in Puerto Galera – 10 years anniversary

18 Apr

A big congratulation goes to owner of South Sea Divers – David Tellmann (Sky). PADI is very proud of your loyalty and support. We hope to get many more years of good relationship. 10 years anniversary plaque presented by Regional Manager Jimmy Christrup.FB blog SSD

Social Medias in the Dive Industry

17 Apr

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We are these days being surrounded by many Social Media platforms and ScubaEarth is the latest.

It’s not always that easy to know what Social Media is more important and where to spend the time on them the best. Well, don’t despair – there is help to get.

Dive operators are experiencing increased demands/pressure to use these Social Medias and why is that?

First we need to look at the facts. The consumers are using these Social Medias more and more and for us to communicating with them effectively, we need to use the same Medias. If we don’t use them, then the message might be lost and who wants that? So, we have already established that Social Medias are really important. Social Medias are being widely used, because they are fun and entertaining. Websites are more factual and being widely used for specific information. Given this, it’s not hard to see why consumers have Social Medias as their favourite.

But there are so many and which one is more important to use? Below are various tips to make the choice easier.

Especially the younger generation X and Y are extremely happy with Social Medias and not so much websites these days. Many of them don’t even like to have a traditional email account. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are probably the most popular ones in the western world. Websites are definitely still very useful, but they have taken a very different role over the last few years. When Social Medias like Twitter and Facebook were new, they needed support from websites go get going and we all added Twitter and Facebook icons to our websites. We still do that but for very different reasons – not because the Social Medias needs any support. Now, everything is turned around and websites need support from Social Medias and this is where the Blog is getting into the picture as well. Blogs needs to be hosted on websites and need to be connected to Social Medias, such as YouTube, Twitter and facebook.

Did you know that you can automatically share a Facebook posting on Twitter for example?

PADI did a posting about this topic a few days ago. By sharing a facebook post with Twitter, you only need to post in one place, but get the double effect. There is no need to make things complicated when they can be done simple.

Did you know that by blogging more and share the content on for example Facebook and Twitter, then you aim even more for simplicity and your website gets more support?

Giving you website more support also increases the probability that your website will get a higher SEO ranking and for no money at all. As mentioned above – hosting the Blog on your website is a must. Blogs are already extremely popular amongst the consumers, so your time is well spend by using them.

How do we get time in our dive shop to do all this work with Social Medias and websites?

We also have to do boat overhauling, compressor maintenance, fixing up the shop and many other important tasks in a dive shop. Well, it comes down to priorities and probably also “the chicken and egg” situation. If we don’t get the customers into the business, how many important things are there left to do? Sometimes it might pay off to hire someone for these Social Media tasks, just like we hire a captain to run our boat.

ScubaEarth is here and now we have to deal with one more Social Media platform.

Well, it’s true but there are benefits. ScubaEarth is not only a way to target new customer, but also an easy way to keep in touch with the existing customer base. The difference between ScubaEarth and other Social Medias is that we are dealing with consumers that are divers already. Interest in diving doesn’t need to be created, like when we are trying to reach out to new customers through the Social Medias we already know. The users of ScubaEarth already have the passion and fire. All we need to do is to keep it going and increasing it.

How and where can we learn about all this?

This is where PADI comes into the picture, if any assistance is needed to utilize the above mentioned opportunities. Your first choice will obviously be to sign up for the PADI Business Academy, where all the above mentioned topics will be covered to increase your business. Ask any of your peers who have participated already, if it’s worth your time and efforts. This unique Diving seminar is by far the most successful seen ever anywhere in the diving industry. This is not what PADI says, but the members.Your next choice is to contact the PADI regional Manager in your area for assistance. The demand for this service is already quite high, but if you have attended the PADI Business Academy, you will automatically get first priority in receiving this service.

Thanks for taking the time reading this article and if you found just one new useful piece of information here, then mission is accomplished.

 Jimmy Christrup

PADI Regional Manager, Region 25

Linking your Facebook account with Twitter

16 Apr

Have you ever considered auto feeding your Facebook posts to Twitter? This means that whenever you post on Facebook, that message will automatically display on you Twitter page as well. The benefits are that you increase you audience and save time posting across both mediums.

To have your Facebook posts fed to Twitter, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your Facebook account
  2. Open a second browser
  3. Login to you Twitter account
  4. Click on this link https://www.facebook.com/twitter/ and be sure to check that Facebook is going to link to the Twitter account that you desire.
  5. You now have the option of selecting what type of Facebook posts display on Twitter (e.g. status updates, photos, video links, notes and events).
  6. Last, click on the button ‘Link to Twitter’.

Your Facebook page will now be linked to Twitter.

For more information on this process click on the Big Fin article here: http://www.bigfin.com/blog/post-facebook-to-twitter/