PADI eLearning Environment Update

In the effort to provide PADI Divers an elegant customer journey from point of purchase to product completion, PADI is on a digital product mission. PADI has always been a world-class leader in diver education and has always been committed to creating the best diver training materials in the world and delivering them to the global network of PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals. PADI Members have always offered the world’s most sought-after diver certifications and have always enabled people to explore our water planet confidently and competently. So what is new? This has just become significantly easier. PADI is rolling out some major updates to the (newly named) eLearning Environment.

Today, PADI Members send a code from the online processing centre to their students to allow those users to access eLearning products. Users then get an email with a link to access the product and an option to choose communication emails in a language of their choice. None of these steps have changed.

But now, when users click the link in that email, they are then taken to a freshly designed page where they create accounts to access their digital products. (If they already have an account, they simply use their login credentials to access their new materials.) The speed and efficiency of the login and sign up processes has been significantly improved too.

The new environment is clean and uncluttered. There’s a menu bar across the top, which makes it nice and simple for users to find their way. It’s easy to access PADI.com (by clicking either the logo or the PADI.com item in the menu bar). It’s easy to change languages. There’s a help option where users can find the number to call (or click a link to send an email directly to) the PADI office that supports them. There’s also the ever-popular forgotten password option where users can enter their account email and get a link to reset their passwords. Information icons provide additional information should users need it. It’s a clean simple interface and it’s difficult to get confused.

Once users sign in, they have the option to confirm or change their address. Now the icon in the top left changes from PADI to PADI eLearning®, confirming users are in the eLearning Environment where all their courses reside. (A My Courses subhead confirms this). A simple, clean, panel identifies each course. Users can either click on the panel image or the View Courses box to access everything in their certification paks. All this content is clearly listed and seamlessly accessible, with user-friendly links and, one of the big improvements is that there is now only one single login to access the eLearning environment.

In their eLearning materials, users can see all the components in their certification paks: the tablet product, the low-resolution manual, the eRDPML and the eTraining Dive Log complete with a link straight to ScubaEarth where that log lives (instead of having to login yet again for ScubaEarth). Obviously, the components vary with the course.

The bottom line is that it’s a much cleaner, more organised, user environment. The menu bar follows users wherever they go, so they always have those options. Things just got a lot easier for eLearners. There’s a lot more in store, expect other features to roll out regularly.

The Small Print/Technical Requirements

Tablet & Mobile Devices

  • iOS tablet and phone operating system 9 (limited support) 10 and 11. Current Version and two previous versions
  • Android tablet and phone operating system Nougat and Oreo. Current version and two previous versions.

Desktop/Web Viewer

  • Mac OSX 10.10 or later, with the two most recent browser versions of Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Windows 7 or 8.x with the two most recent browser versions of Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Desktop Web View not supported on tablets or phones.

2018 Course Director Preparatory Seminar Conducted in Chinese

Click here to read this article in Chinese.

PADI Asia Pacific and PADI China are pleased to announce a 2018 Course Director Preparatory Seminar that will be held in Chinese. The CD Prep Seminar will take place over 5 days between mid-June to early July in Sanya, China – dates to be announced.

If you or a PADI Instructor you know are considering the next step in your career development path as a PADI Instructor, this seminar is highly recommended for any aspiring Chinese-speaking Course Director wanting to reap maximum benefits from their PADI Course Director Training Course. Many of today’s most successful Chinese Course Directors attended a Course Director Preparatory Seminar and credit it with making the transition from IDC Staff Instructor to Course Director much smoother and simpler.


Argos Diving – Kaka, PADI Course Director

What do you get from Course Director Preparatory Seminar?

PADI Course Directors, Instructor Examiners and CDTC staff members will be present to show you career pathways with a particular focus on becoming a PADI Course Director. The CD Prep Seminar includes:

  • Evaluation workshops
  • IDC and Instructor Continuing Education lesson preparation workshops
  • CDTC application mentoring
  • Rescue and teaching skills development

Participation in the upcoming CD Prep Seminar ensures your readiness for the CDTC and help you graduate with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective Course Director. At the CD Prep Seminar you will have the option of taking the Emergency First Response Instructor Course and PADI CDTC pre-requisite exams.

PADI Course Directors are the most elite, highly trained and respected instructor trainers and opinion leaders in diving. Don’t miss the Course Director Prep Seminar and find out what it takes to become a Member of the world’s most highly respected group of diving educators.

CD Prep Seminar pre-requisites;

  • Renewed PADI IDC Staff Instructor or higher.
  • Renewed EFR Instructor

What to bring;

  • Your personal diving equipment, appropriate exposure protection, PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Course Director Manual, PADI Guide to Teaching, Confined Water and Open Water Evaluation slates, Instructor Cue Cards for all course levels.

2018 Course Director Prep Seminar Venue, Location and Cost to be announced soon.

Click here to read this article in Chinese.

For more information, contact your Regional Manager today.

 

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blueor a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.

PADI Wins TAUCHEN Award Again for 2018

For the 20th consecutive year, PADI has been awarded the prestigious TAUCHEN Award for Best Diver Training Organisation. The TAUCHEN Awards are often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the Dive Industry’ and each year the highly popular German diving magazine, which focuses on dive travel, equipment and industry news, invites its readers to vote for their preferences in 17 different industry categories. PADI has been the unwavering favourite diver training organisation, taking home the coveted bronze dolphin statuette for the Best Diver Training Organisation every year, since the award’s inception.

This award is a tribute to the excellence of PADI Members around the world and the quality training they deliver every day.

This year the awards were presented on 25th January, 2018, in conjunction with the BOOT Trade Show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to PADI Members throughout the globe and thank them for their continued support of, and loyalty to, the PADI organisation. Thank you also for your expert diver training, contribution to diver safety and outreach to the diving community. Together we are the way the world learns to dive.”

– Mark Spiers, Vice President of Training, Sales and Field Services for PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Save the Date for PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018

Following its success over the past three years, PADI Women’s Dive Day will be back in 2018 – and this year we’re gearing up for it to be bigger and better than ever.

So now’s the time to put the date – 21st July, 2018 – in your diary, calendar, outlook, iCal, blackberry or whatever you’re using so you can join us in celebrating PADI Women around the world. Or if you want to get ahead of the game, you can register your event by going to the My Account page of the PADI Pros Site. 

What’s PADI Women’s Dive Day all about?

PADI Women’s Dive Day was created to grow and strengthen the female dive community, encourage more women to experience the underwater world for the first time, dive back into diving or continue their training and to help PADI Dive Shops attract new customers.  Overall, this day is about bringing together the diving community and creating new ambassadors for our ocean.

How can I get involved?

Taking part in PADI Women’s Dive Day is super simple. Just follow the steps below to be involved:

  1. Choose your event. The type of event you choose to host is completely up to you. You could conduct themed courses, Discover Scuba Dives, host a BBQ, fundraiser or girls night in – it really is up to you. Keep in mind, that men aren’t excluded from the fun! They’re more than welcome to join in the celebrations.
  2. Register your event. If you’re a PADI Retail & Resort Member, visit the ‘My Account‘ page of the Pros Site and click ‘Register your Women’s Dive Day event(s)’ and follow the instructions on screen. If you’re a PADI Professional and not affiliated with a dive centre/resort, get in touch with us to register your event.
  3. Promote your eventUse your social channels, email lists, store fronts and your voices to promote your event. Keep an eye on the Pros Site and Facebook Page as we’ll be sharing images and posters that you can use to promote your event.

It’s really that easy! So what are you waiting for?

Register your event today, or if you have any questions, get in touch with us.

Introducing the All-New PADI Travel

The all-new global PADI Travel™ features an online travel platform and full-service team dedicated to providing top-notch travel services – inspiring divers to explore more of the underwater world and take care of our oceans. PADI Travel is designed to energise and grow the overall diving community for the benefit of everyone in the dive industry, offering hundreds of dive destinations around the world and poised to expand over the coming months with more dive resort offerings.

With each dive operator’s unique business model in mind, PADI Travel is available to augment, support or enhance a PADI Dive Centre’s current travel program. Catering to groups and individual travellers alike, PADI Travel combines the best of online booking with concierge-level travel consultancy, offering:

  • The highest customer satisfaction with expert customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • One of the largest online selections of liveaboards and dive destinations in the market.
  • Dedicated dive travel experts with in-depth dive knowledge and experience to provide personalised advice; the team averages 2,500 dives per customer service representative, with dive experience spanning a total of 80 countries around the world.
  • Eco-friendly trip options to help people dive with a purpose.

PADI Travel launches as a leading online travel provider for divers, offering a user-friendly experience to research, compare and book dive vacations anywhere in the world. In today’s digital world, travellers have high expectations with respect to their ability to find information and book online. The new travel platform is made possible by integrating tried-and-tested technology from a startup dive travel company that has been successfully operating in the online scuba travel space since 2015.

There are many ways that PADI Members can benefit from PADI Travel, including:

  •  Liveaboards and PADI Resorts can tap into new customer sources, increase bookings and reduce administration.
  • PADI Dive Centres can get assistance organising and marketing group trips, earn travel agent commissions on trips booked for their customers with PADI Travel, or earn affiliate commissions for divers referred to PADI Travel.
  • PADI Professionals can earn valuable incentives for divers referred to PADI Travel.
  • PADI Dive Centres will be able to receive direct online bookings for their day trips and PADI courses (COMING SOON!).

Explore travel.padi.com to discover all that PADI Travel offers to the dive community.

To learn more about joining the PADI Travel affiliate program, visit travel.padi.com/affiliates.

If you’re interested in listing your dive resort on PADI Travel, please contact sales.travel@padi.com.

To get support in organising group trips contact travel@padi.com.

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Congratulations Paul ‘Tosh’ Tanner – PADI Asia Pacific Territory Director

We are very excited to announce that Paul “Tosh” Tanner has been promoted to Territory Director for PADI Asia Pacific effective from 1st January 2018.

Paul’s appointment will help ensure superior personal customer service to PADI Dive Centres, Resorts and Members within the Territory which will encompass Region 12 (Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei), 29 (Indonesia & East Timor) and 30 (India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan).

Paul is a PADI Course Director with over 15 years’ of experience as a PADI Instructor, he is a PADI Instructor Examiner and EFR Instructor Trainer and holds a Diploma in Business Communication and Diploma in Business Operation Management.

For the past four years he has served as Regional Manager for Region 29. During this time, he has developed a keen understanding of the Asia Territory market and has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders.

To ensure continuity of service levels Paul will continue to support PADI Members in Region 29 until a new Regional Manager is appointed and he remains contactable at paul.tanner@padi.com.au.

Please join us in congratulating Paul on his appointment and wishing him all the very best of success in his new role.