Archive | June, 2014

ScubaEarth® GoPro Video Contest Enters Final Month

30 Jun

Use the ScubaEarth GoPro Video Contest to increase your PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course enrolment.

The ScubaEarth GoPro Video Contest entrants have the chance to win a new GoPro Hero3+ camera with underwater housing and filters by submitting a video (five minutes maximum) promoting the scuba diver lifestyle.

The contest ends 31 July, so don’t miss this chance to use the contest to boost upcoming digital underwater photography or videography courses. Here’s how:

  • Post announcements on your ScubaEarth and Facebook pages.
  • Send customers an email encouraging them to join your upcoming PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and Videographer courses to increase their chances of winning.
  • Add a banner or link to your website.
  • Add an article or banner to your newsletter or blog.

ScubaEarth Go Pro contest

Check out some of the previous winning videos:

For details, including the official rules, visit the GoPro Video Contest details page.

New PADI Product Reminders

29 Jun
  • Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch

Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide

PADI Discover Scuba DivingTuesday 1st July 2014 is the implementation date of the Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide exclusively (product #72200).

The new DSD Participant Guide is available in the following languages – English, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Please note that the Discover Scuba Diver Brochure (product #61200) will no longer be sold to PADI Members outside of Queensland, Australia.

PADI Open Water Touch

Open Water TouchFollowing on from the release of the iOS version, the Android tablet version of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch is available now to download from the PADI Library.

Take a couple of minutes to watch the OW Touch Demo Video which will give you a good understanding of just how great this new product is!

For more informationon the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, you can contact your PADI Regional Manager, Sales Representative and/or Educational Consultant.

To order either the DSD Participant Guides or PADI Open Water Diver Touch – Please contact the PADI Sales Department – padisales@padi.com.au, (tel + 61 2 9454 2888)

Don`t forget you can order anytime from the Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Siteand click Shop Online.

 

Scuba Diving on Honeymoon

26 Jun

A honeymoon is the perfect time for happy couples to start diving together, or continue their scuba adventures at their honeymoon destination.

To help inspire people to become divers with you either before they go, or whilst enjoying their holiday of a lifetime, we have created the following video: ‘How Deep is Your Love? Go Scuba Diving On Your Honeymoon’ for you to share on your website, social media and email templates.

Looking to advertise your content on Facebook?

20 Jun

Despite the dramatic decline in Facebook reach seen across many Facebook Pages, it remains one of, if not the most important online platform for businesses to reach out to their audience.

By boosting your posts and utilising the advertising manager, you can help your most important content reach a greater proportion of your Page Fans or even users who do not currently follow you. These options both require investing a small, or large, amount of money so it is important that you set things up correctly from the beginning of your campaign.

As a newcomer to Facebook Advertising, you may not know of the text-to-image ratio that determines whether you image can be used.

Your promoted image cannot include more than 20% text. This applies to promoted Page posts, offers, App advertisements and all other Ads that will show in the Facebook News Feed. Sometimes if you have more than 20% text in your image you may find that Facebook reject your image immediately or that it takes a few hours before their review process finds yours does not meet guidelines.

An easy way to test whether your image meets guidelines is to use their Grid Tool.

To use the grid tool:

  1. Go to the grid tool.
  2. Click Browse to upload an image you want to use in your ad.
  3. Click Show grid to display the image within the 5×5 grid.
  4. Click on the boxes that contain text. If text is present in 6 or more boxes, then the image more than likely has more than 20% text and may not eligible to be used in an ad in News Feed.
  5. If your image has more than 20% text, you will need to edit your Ad and replace the image.

For more tips on how Facebook and other social media platforms can be used for your dive centre or resort, contact your PADI Regional Manager.

Improve your skills and become a better PADI Professional

20 Jun


Improve your skills and become a better PADI Professional

Ask the question, “what is a good PADI Professional?” and you will have many variances of an answer. Usually, the conversation will end up in some sort of passionate discussion.

What sort of skills should a PADI Professional possess in order to stand out from the rest? In this blog, we will touch on the subject of scuba diving equipment maintenance, repair and technical savvy. Whether you work in a large or small PADI Dive Centre or Resort or own your own, having these skills are an incredible advantage.

Why are they important?

In general, having good dive equipment maintenance, repair and technical skills will result in reduced business costs, allowing you to immediately rectify any equipment or technical issues, experience longer equipment life time and increase your chances of making a sale based on product knowledge. Along with these benefits, your image will be one of knowledge and professionalism; highly regarded attributes in any industry.

As an individual looking for a job, your profile will immediately stand out with a detailed ‘skills’ section on your resume.

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How can you build these skills to increase your value in the dive industry?

Find and partake in a local distributors’ Servicing Clinic event. Of course, the priority is to attend a training session from a brand that your current, or potential PADI Dive Centre or Resort offers. Brands such as Aqualung, Cressi Sub, Scubapro, Sherwood, Sub Gear and TUSA all have their unique training programs and you may be able to locate these via online videos or live training.

Be prepared to learn from those around you. Your colleagues who possesses valuable skills will also be a great source of information. Being hands on and assisting in servicing and repairing your PADI Dive Centre or Resort rental sets is a good way to learn and retain the skill and knowledge.

Before performing any repairs yourself be sure to check first that what you are doing is in fact the right way to do it. Many scuba equipment brand and models and unique methods of repair and servicing. As examples, the Sherwood regulator design means they are built with the dry bleed system where one of the parts called ‘control flow element’ can’t be soaked in any solution or come in contact with any grease or liquid. Another example is the Scubapro 50 Year Edition Regulators where soaking the ultrasonic is not required and is generally avoided.

It will take time to improve your scuba diving equipment maintenance and repair skills, however the time you put into building these the better the outcome for you as a PADI Professional in the dive industry.

Should you wish to find out any more information about how you can develop your skills to become a more valuable and attractive diving professional, contact your local PADI Regional Manager.

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Instructor Development Update 2014 in Manila, Philippines

16 Jun

Instructor Development Update 2014 in Manila

The Instructor Development Update 2014 in Manila on Saturday 14 June was a great success and we had a record breaking audience of 21 CD’s and 17 IDCS Instructors attending.

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Following the success of 2013’s ‘Get Wet’ sessions, PADI is back in the pool as well as the classroom at this year’s Updates to provide tips on how to conduct the new skills from the Revised Open Water Diver Course. The pool session was truly FUN and we had many great discussions during the evaluation session that included a Rescue Workshop as well.

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Knowledge development sessions provided the opportunity to learn and evaluate these new skills, whilst the confined water sessions allowed you to experience these new skills on the day. All changes to the course and course materials, as well as tips on updating your Instructor Development Course and keeping your candidates informed,  covered.

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Materials included in the Update are:

Course Directors Open Water Diver Manual and video
Open Water Diver PLGs
Open Water Diver Course Quiz and Exam Booklet
Open Water Diver Course Open Water Cue Cards
Open Water Diver Course Confined Water Cue Cards
Skill Practice & Dive Planning Work slate

 

IDC Staff Instructors Open Water Diver Manual and video
Open Water Diver Course Quiz and Exam Booklet
Open Water Diver Course Open Water Cue Cards
Open Water Diver Course Confined Water Cue Cards
Skill Practice & Dive Planning Work slate 

 

In addition to the Evaluation Workshops, the Update included valuable information on:

  • Utilising Social Media to help grow Instructor Development
  • PRO topics, covering any changes to PADI procedures and policies as well as ideas and techniques to ensure the success of Instructor Development.

Instructor Development Manager Colin Melrose and Regional Manager Jimmy Christrup, who conducted this program, would like to thank the Elite of PADI members for their participation and also for their enthusiasm and passion shown on this Instructor Development Update. See you all again next year.

ScubaEarth® App Now Available!

13 Jun

The ScubaEarth App has launched on iOS and Android platforms. All ScubaEarth users (including PADI Members like you), now have the flexibility of accessing specific ScubaEarth features in the palm of your hands and while on the go. Here are some ways you and your divers can use the mobile app:

  • Locate PADI Dive Shops and dive sites.
  • Log new dives at over 8,000 dive sites and share on other social media sites.
  • Connect with divers, dive shops and potential new divers by immediately sending and receiving buddy requests.
  • Access your ScubaEarth logbook and reference all past logged dives.

If you’re an instructor, this is a great way to spend your surface intervals – researching, planning and sharing your dive experiences.

Many new features – including photo and video upload capabilities, enhanced profiles and greater communication avenues between divers and dive shops – will be added over the coming months.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with your divers, potential new divers and be a part of the growing ScubaEarth community.

Download the ScubaEarth Mobile App today.

ScubaEarth App