It isn’t too uncommon for dive professionals to be kitted with worn or discoloured scuba diving gear. Sometimes this can give off an impression that the Pro is a well-qualified and experienced diver, however it can also portray a negative image of carelessness, negligence or sloppiness.
For some divers, professional or not, using older equipment is a way to make a statement of being an experienced diver who has been breathing underwater for many years. Some like to collect old dive gear and use whenever possible however it can be a fine line between ‘antique’ and just plain old equipment, so be sure to not get these crossed.
Most scuba equipment manufacturers, dealers or distributors will have special packages for PADI Professionals in the hope that your use of it will leave a good impression on your students and help boost sales. As a dive professional, a KeyMan program is well worth consideration as you can earn some great commission by providing information, advice, recommendations and making sales ofthe brand you are wearing.
Recently, SUUNTO ran a KeyMan program in Malaysia and Singapore which many professional divers jumped on. Keep your ears peeled for any similar programs in your area, or contact a scuba gear manufacturer to find out more information.
To find out more about Scuba Gear sales best practices, contact your PADI Regional Manager.
We’ve asked a few members of the PADI team to share their best piece of advice for a new scuba instructor… Below are their responses.
Brigit Jager – PADI Asia Pacific Training and Quality Management Educational Consultant
When applying for a job, if at all feasible, make the effort to visit your potential employer in person – look and be the enthusiastic dive professional they would like to employ, and don’t forget to highlight any additional skills or experiences you bring, e.g. in boating / engineering / technician / IT / sales / multiple languages, etc. Choose only an employer you would go dive with or learn to dive with yourself.
Alan Jan – PADI Americas Supervisor, Instructor Development
Start your teaching career by working with an experienced instructor for the first few courses. This will cut your learning curve in half.
David Scanlan – PADI Asia Pacific Graphic Designer
It is the students that don’t master everything the first time that are the most rewarding to teach – a good balance between patience and persuasive encouragement will be the key to success in these cases.
Nancy Fisher – Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Observe different instructor’s classes and take-away great ideas that will work for you. And ‘practice teach’ before your first real class so sessions flow smoothly, especially confined and open water skills.
Mary Kaye Hester – PADI Americas Training
Never forget what it was like to breathe underwater for the very first time. It’s astounding!
Andy Kunig – PADI Americas Training Consultant
Work with experienced colleagues to get your feet wet for your first few classes.
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Blue Season Bali, Crystal Divers and Joe’s Gone Diving in Bali have joined forces with the united goal of raising funds and awareness for shark conservation.
Giving Project AWARE’s Finathon® concept a unique twist the trio of dive centres are hosting the Funathon and putting the fun into fundraising!
Events include water volleyball tournament spanning two months, a FINtastic flea market and a Funathon party style family BBQ with games, raffles and an auction.
The Bali flea market raised $1000USD to protect sharks. Old clothes, books, DVDs and jewelry all reused to stop over consumption. With the so much pressure facing the resources of our natural planet it’s important to think about our clothes, where they come from, what they are made of, who makes them and the consequences of production.
Events like the Bali Funathon aim to inspire the entire community of Sanur to think twice and also get involved in marine conservation.
“We’re delighted to unite the Sanur Bali dive community for the first Project AWARE Volleyball event. After the successful Crystal Bali Divers Funathon in 2013 we were looking forward to doing it all again and raising funds to support sharks. Collaborating with likeminded dive professionals is a great way to build the movement to protect our ocean planet.” Funathon Event Team: Blue Season Bali, Crystal Divers and Joe’s Gone Diving.
Project AWARE relies on support from divers to fund critical conservation, all funds raised will help:
- Fight to stop finning
- Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
- Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks
Together divers have a powerful, collective voice to secure protection for endangered shark species worldwide. A big thanks to all the dive centres and supporters in Bali. Get down to the Funathon at Crystal Divers – October 11th 2014.
Proudly supporting ocean protection with Project AWARE
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Do you teach Dutch Students? Need some more Dutch PADI Teaching Materials?
PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department is very pleased to announce a special promotion on Dutch Products. So be sure to contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department on +61 2 9454 2888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this exciting, money saving opportunity!
Other languages are also available at promotional prices, ask your PADI Sales Representative for more information on these.
With scuba diving holidays in Bali on the rise, AquaMarine Diving – Bali believe that the need for more professional and well-trained dive staff is more crucial than ever. That is why they created their annual 11 Month PADI Divemaster Internship Programme for Indonesian citizens who are interested in starting a career within Indonesia’s fast-growing dive industry.
During the 11 month internship, each intern is assigned a mentor to guide them through the steps from PADI Open Water Diver, right through to PADI Divemaster level. AquaMarine’s current Dive Team – who are all Indonesian – are keen to ‘give back’, offering the same opportunities they’ve had at AquaMarine Diving – Bali.
After 6 months of training and having passed the PADI Divemaster course, the interns then work for a further six months with AMD-B, under the direct supervision of AMD-B’s senior dive staff. This gives them a solid grounding to become dive guides with a professional, positive, and safety-oriented approach to scuba diving, ready to be employed in Bali or at other world-class dive resorts around the country.
AMD-B began this programme in 2012, making this the third successful year of supporting the local dive community.
In order to be eligible for the internship in 2015, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an Indonesian citizen
- Be available for an interview at AquaMarine Diving in Bali
- Minimum 20 years of age
- Must be a strong swimmer
- Must speak English
- Able to socialise with tourists
- Pass a medical examination
If you know anyone who might be interested to join AquaMarine’s award-winning dive team and be part of the ‘11 Month PADI DM Internship for Indonesian Citizens Programme’ starting in January 2015, please advise them to e-mail Dive@AquaMarineDiving.com for more information.
Applications are open now until 3rd November 2014.
AquaMarine Diving- Bali’s current 2014 Interns – (L-R) Jaka, Farhan and Liza are now PADI Rescue Divers, pictured on Pbai Beach, Bali.
In 2013 the PADI Regional Managers supported PADI employees Clare White, Tom Daley, Jeremy Coleman and the Project AWARE team for a 1km swim from Manly to Shelly Beach. The truth is though, the Regional Manager Team supported these brave souls from the beach. Well that’s not the case in 2014!
Now is your chance to get your Regional Manager wet and make him/her swim to protect the sharks! On October 6th, 2014 the Asia Pacific RM team will be swimming in Manly Australia along side the Project AWARE team.
Tim Hunt, Giovanni Cacchione and Jen Clent have previously set up private pages committing to this challenge but donating on this page shows support to Hans Ulrich, Ian Cumming, Johnny Chew, Andy Auer, Jimmy Christrup, Boo Kyung Kim, Jimmy Kim, Roger Sun, Tommy Pan.
If you don’t believe it can be done, rest assured photographic and video evidence will be supplied to you.
We thank you very much in advance for all your support.
Help the Regional Managers reach their goal!
Visit their Finathon donation page.