The updated PADI Dive Shop Locator (DSL) is now live in eight languages (with more to come) and makes it even easier for divers to find you. Here’s what’s new:
Responsive Design for Mobile Devices
The DSL was redesigned with mobile users in mind and is responsive to any device screen with familiar touch navigation.
The map uses familiar mapping functions like dragging, zooming and selecting a map entry for more information. Users can redo searches in new areas and rest the map to their current location. Plus, hovering in the results pane highlights the dive shop flag for that particular dive center on the map as a visual indicator of its location.
Premium upgrade listings are given higher priority in searches and are shown at the top of search results. These listings also provide a more detailed dive shop profile and display the dive store’s logo. Plus, you can now list the courses available at your dive center by editing the account tab under Premium Listing at the PADI Pros’ Site.
Sponsored Ads are now displayed with a yellow border in the results pane and yellow dive flag in the map area. As of 1st January 2019, advertisement display order will be randomized, which means anyone may be at the top of the results.
To take advantage of Premium Listing or Sponsored Ads, sign up via My Account > My Store Applications within your PADI dive shop PADI Pros Site account
While all dive centers and resorts are shown in an unfiltered search, Five Star and Premium listings are given weighted priority. There are numerous filters available but to improve search results, dive centers can purchase a Premium Listing or Sponsored Ad or upgrade to a Five Star membership level. The weighting system is a balance of Five Star status, Premium Listing status, distance from center and search keywords.
Check out the improved PADI Dive Shop Locator today and be sure to provide your comments by using the feedback button.
Before conducting any PADI® course inwater activities, you must make sure student divers complete required administrative forms, such as PADI Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/ Non-agency Acknowledgment Form – General Training or PADI Statement of Risk and Liability/Non-agency Acknowledgment Form – General Training, EU Version, the PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding and the PADI Medical Statement (RSTC Medical form). Now, you can get this “paperwork” done efficiently online and manage it all in the PADI Online Processing Center (OLPC).
When a customer signs up for a PADI course, the dive center/resort or instructor uses the OLPC to send a digital invitation to the student to set up an account to receive digital forms and/ or an eLearning code. The student then receives the appropriate forms package for the course. This initial connection is a two-step process.
Getting Forms to Students
Step 1: Log on to the PADI Pros’ Site and go to the OLPC. There you’ll see two versions:
OLPC 2.0, the current OLPC without the digital forms option. Use 2.0 while you get comfortable with OLPC 3.0, or for processing non-English speaking students until digital forms become available in other languages.
OLPC 3.0, which has the new digital forms packages. In OLPC 3.0, go to Assign Codes, choose the eLearning code you want and whether you want to send digital forms.
Step 2: There are currently forms packages for: Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Specialty Diver, and Other Courses. If you select any of the first five, you finish Step 2 by simply clicking Send Forms and then Confirm. The digital forms packages are not available for all courses, yet, so if you selected Other Courses in Step 1, a drop-down menu appears with all other PADI courses. Choose the course you’re teaching, and Step 2 will default to select the No Forms option for you to Confirm – by selecting this option, the student must complete paper versions of the required forms.
Managing/Processing When Students Reply
To manage and process your students, log back on to OLPC 3.0. Under Process/View Your Students you’ll see several columns including:
First Name, Last Name, Course, Created Date, Forms, Action Date, and a column for Process or Manage.
Pay special attention to the Forms column. There, you will see a word or phrase, conveniently color coded, which describes what step of the process the student is in. Green means complete; orange and red require action.
If the student filled out all the information and digitally signed the required forms – in essence pre-populating the Positive Identification Certification (PIC) – with no need to have a physician sign the Medical Statement, you will see a green box with “Signed.” This indicates that the student is ready to be processed once all training is complete.
Here are a few other form status labels you may see, along with their meanings:
Status & Label Meanings:
Waiver: The PADI Pro sent an invitation for the student to use digital forms, then the PADI Pro changed it to use paper, not digital, forms.
No Forms: The PADI Pro opted to use paper instead of digital forms when sending the invitation.
Email Sent: Digital forms have been sent to the student, but no action yet taken by the student.
Declined: The student received the digital forms, but declined to sign them. The PADI Pro contacts the student to find out what happened, and can then opt to change to paper forms, or resend the digital forms to the student.
Clearance Required: The student has answered “yes” to one or more medical statement question and must be cleared to dive by a physician.
The Process option allows you to complete your student processing as usual with certification card processing. The Manage option provides several options depending on the student’s status including Update, Upload/Clear for Primary Medical, and even Re-send Email. If a dive center or resort has its own forms for certain activities, those can be scanned and uploaded using the option labeled Add/Delete Additional Documents.
Additional languages are being developed for release soon. Until other languages are added, Members using non-English forms will continue to use OLPC 2.0. Stay tuned for more updates on digital forms in OLPC 3.0 and for other features as they are added.
New PADI digital forms are convenient and time-saving. You continue to have a paper option using printed forms or those on the PADI Student Record File.
Great PADI ReActivate™ News – English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian languages are now available with more languages coming soon. This great product is meant as a useful tool for instructors to get inactive divers back in the water as happy divers.
So what does this mean for you?
How often do you find yourself conducting guided dives with divers who are a little rusty? Even though they have not booked time with a PADI Divemaster, during the dive you help them polish their buoyancy skills and remind them of some key concepts.
Wouldn’t it be great if they came to you with updated knowledge and an expectation of diving with a PADI Divemaster or Instructor and improving their skill level?
Well now you can make this happen with ReActivate in 5 languages, with more languages coming soon.
When the diver books with you, ask them when their last scuba dive was and offer them a ReActivate should they want to refresh their skills. They can start ReActivate at home so when they get to you they just need to go diving.
Simply put, the best way to ReActivate diving skills is to get in the water and dive, rather than having to make time for a confined water session. After the diver has completed the short Academic session there are only few mandatory skills and then the rest of the skills are prescriptive.
Using this great Touch product, Reactivate, means they don’t have to participate in any lengthy classroom sessions, creating more time to go diving.
You just need to select an initial dive site that is going to provide a nice safe environment to blow away the cobwebs.
Some useful tips:
When redeeming the code, you will need to select a language option.
ReActivate Product No. 71926-1
ReActivate Marketing tools – Visit & download the ReActivate Marketing information on PADI Pros’ Site > Toolbox > Marketing > PADI Re-Activate.
Do divers want this product?
A recent PADI survey asked divers what would get them back in the water if they had not been diving for a while. Two popular responses were: “a refresher course that I can complete quickly” and “a prescriptive approach that refreshes only what I’ve forgotten.”
PADI has created a great product alongside an incredible program to get YOUR divers back into YOUR shop.
Provide them the opportunity to ReActivate. Once the diver had finished ReActivate, the instructor will register the program and the diver will receive a new certification card at the present certification level with a ReActivate remark in the bottom of the card.
How do I get this product?
You can purchase ReActivate on the Online Shopping cart on the PADI Pros’ site or you can contact PADI’s Sales Support team on firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase the ReActivate Touch manual that comes as a code you will provide to your customer.
Is there any credit in it for the instructor?
Yes, actually there is. You will receive credit for one Open Water Diver certification for every five ReActivate programs completed with divers. This is in line with the system that is well known from Discover Scuba Diving credits.
PADI has just released the Adventures in Diving Certification Pak – Lite and the Rescue Diver Certification Pak – Lite, both courses are available today in multiple languages! See below for the lists of languages.
With a growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry.
Both Paks take the form of the Lite Digital Certification Pak and include Certifying Credits for your Students. Your Student has the opportunity to choose their desired language during their online registration process, therefore you do not have to make a choice of language when purchasing, it is one Product Code for all!
These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crew Pak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite.
Adventures in Diving Certification Pak – Lite
Product Code 60395-1 (Includes a Certifying Credit)
Adventures in Diving eManual (offline PDF Manual)
eTraining Log Book
Digital Deluxe Data Carrier Slate
Certifying Credit (PIC)
Where do I find it?
PADI Library App, online Web Viewer and ScubaEarth for eTraining Dive Log.