Archive | September, 2013

New PADI Go Pro Video

29 Sep

PADI has recently released a short new Go Pro video! It gives an insight into what it is like to become a PADI Professional. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

New PADI Go Dive Video

27 Sep

PADI has recently released a short new PADI Go Dive video. This gives a quick insight into what to expect when you become a certified PADI Diver. As a PADI Professional or PADI Dive Shop, please feel free to share and promote this video. You can even embed the video from YouTube into your website.

A massive thank you to the PADI Professionals involved in shooting this video!

A Day in the Life of a Divemaster

26 Sep

An interview with Bradley Cornish
PADI Divemaster
Devocean Dive
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center
Southport, Queensland

dm-bradley-cornish-sept13Describe a typical day in your working life.
A typical work day would start with me opening the shop and setting up gear for the days’ diving. I would then be greeting students as they turn up and kitting students with the appropriate gear. When all our students have arrived, we conduct dive briefings before heading to our dive site. In the water, I could be doing anything from assisting our instructors with PADI Open Water courses to leading certified divers on a tour of our magnificent site. As well as diving almost every day of the week; my work also entails me being very involved in the retail side of the business.

When did you start diving?
I started diving in January 2012.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I became a PADI Divemaster in March of this year at Devocean Dive, where I am currently working. I completed my PADI Open Water Course with Devocean Dive, fell in love diving and knew instantly I wanted to go all the way through to becoming a PADI Divemaster.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
When I became PADI Divemaster, I felt a great sense of accomplishment and knew – with absolutely certainty – I had made the right decision in pursuing a career in diving.

What highlights do you recall from your PADI Divemaster Course?
The biggest highlight for me was when I reached the point where students and new divers would naturally come to me for assistance, advice and a knowledge base for anything diving related. That was when I knew I was ready to be a PADI Dive Professional.

Where have you worked as PADI Pro?
I have worked solely at Devocean Dive, where I have completed all of my diving certifications and was blessed with a job upon completing my PADI Divemaster course.

What is one of your favorite memories in your diving career?
It is hard to pick just one, but I will have to go with a drift dive I was doing through the Gold Coast Seaway earlier this year. The visibility was 20m and we were drifting through at a depth of about 15m. We had only been down for five minutes when a squadron of about 30-40 devil rays flew straight over us. The sight of so many of the amazing creatures flying above me is one I will never forget.

What words of advice would you give to new PADI Dive Professionals?
Not to take any day for granted. Living your life doing something you love is not something the majority of people can say they do. Always be grateful and pass on your love of the underwater world to every customer that walks through your door.

Save time logging your dives with the new ScubaEarth Dive Computer Import Tool!

24 Sep

August was a big month for logging dives on ScubaEarth and this month should be the same with the launch of the new ScubaEarth Dive Computer File Import Wizard.

You can now upload data from multiple dives at the click of a button and share these dives on ScubaEarth! Research shows that the number one reason users want to visit ScubaEarth is for real-time dive information, and now you can get this information to them quicker and more accurately!

Remember, every logged dive is an opportunity to get your store profile in front of users and potential customers.

Follow these few simple steps to start logging your dives today:

1. Transfer dive information from your dive computer to your personal computer using the dive computer manufacturer’s (or another third party) software that supports DL7 exports.
2. Export the dive data using the export function of the manufacturer’s software.
3. In ScubaEarth, click ‘Log a Dive’, then ‘Upload Dive Computer File’ and browse to your exported file.

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4. After a successful upload, you’ll see dives from the imported file and can choose what you would like to log on ScubaEarth.

scubaearth25. Complete logging by selecting ‘log this dive’ and following the log a dive wizard steps. You will need to enter some additional required information such as dive site association and dive visibility.
6.  View your profile

scubaearth37. Easily share your logged dives with your dive crew on ScubaEarth as well as on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

The import tool is compatible with DL7 file formats and additional formats will be available soon.

Visit ScubaEarth to try out this new feature today!

Using Facebook Insights to Maximise Your Facebook Exposure

16 Sep

Recently Facebook has made a number of updates, but for those using Facebook as a business tool, one sticks out.

Facebook Insights;

Have you ever used the insights tab on your Facebook business page? If the answer is no then now is the time to start taking it serious as a powerful tool to help maximise your business profile on Facebook.

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You will then be asked to click on a large green button that asks if you want to try new insights now. Once in the new Facebook Page insights, take a moment to go through the tour that helps explain Insights.

Maximum exposure;

Why a Facebook business page?  Simple, to increase your business and create a relationship with your customers past, present and future. Every time you post as your Facebook business page you are trying to get that particular post to as many fans as possible. The more people who see it the more exposure you get.

Do you just post an update when you have time? Have you ever considered when your users are online? Every time you post to your page you want as many people as possible to see the post. This is where the new insights becomes a powerful tool you can use to maximise your post exposure.

Once you have new Insights on your account click on “Posts”, then on “When Your Fans Are Online”

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This then gives you an overview of when your pages fans are online. You will be able to see a break down for each day of the week and also over a 24hr period. An example is given below for a particular page. In this case Wednesdays at 17:00 would ensure a post would get maximum exposure to fans.

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From experience it seems late afternoon till late evening are the prime times across a number of countries, 17:00 – 21:00 seem to be prime Facebook times. Make sure you check yours, see when the best time is and use this to your advantage!

Don’t worry if it’s late at night or out of business hours, you can use the schedule post function in Facebook quickly and easily. Just click on the clock symbol on the bottom left of the status update box and add the time you require.

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Product Announcement – PADI Tec CCR Material

11 Sep

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The full range of PADI Tec CCR Course Materials are now being shipped from PADI Asia Pacific.

This includes Student, Instructor and Instructor Trainer Materials for the Tec 40, 60 and 100 CCR Courses.

The Diver Manuals, Instructor Guides and Lesson Guides are on CD ROM, allowing convenient access on a laptop or tablet during training and after the course.

For more information and to order – contact the PADI Sales Department  (tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or you can order anytime from the online shopping cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.

New PADI Regional Manager for Indonesia and East Timor

10 Sep

PADI is pleased to announce that Paul Tanner has been appointed as the PADI Regional Manager for Indonesia and East Timor. Paul is a PADI Master Instructor and has extensive experience in resort environments.

Paul has been a PADI professional since 2000 and has worked in key resort markets in both the Caribbean and Asia Pacific regions. As a result, Paul has a wealth of experience to draw on when assisting PADI Members in his new role.

We welcome Paul to the PADI Regional Manager team.

Paul Tanner

Paul Tanner