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.
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.