PADI Business Academy- Cebu

Join us on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October 2018 in Cebu, for our two day PADI Business Academy!

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This two day PADI Business Academy will aim to highlight the importance of understanding and evolving your business model to meet the needs of today’s consumers.

Over the course of the two days, attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • Website
  • Customer Service
  • Sales & Pricing
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Tourism & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time at the conclusion of the day, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

BONUS – EARLY BIRD OFFER
Register your place before Tuesday 4th of September 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

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The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming PADI Business Academies for 2018 here.

Last Chance to Register for PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism, Cebu.

This is your last chance to register for the upcoming PADI Business Academy- Outbound Korean Tourism (OKT) in Cebu on Monday 28th of May, 2018.

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There are over 26 million outbound tourists each year from South Korea. With the rapid growth of Koreans travelling into the Philippines and Asia, this program is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Korean market and ignite growth.

Over the course of the day attendees can expect to gain further knowledge on the following topics:

  • Website
  • Pricing & Sales
  • Social Media
  • Customer Service

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

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The presentations will be in Korean– some sections will be delivered in English however, these will be translated in Korean.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

PADI Business Academy Lite, Chennai

We are excited to announce that the PADI Business Academy Lite will be held on Tuesday 26th June 2018 in Chennai.

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The PADI Business Academy aims to revitalise and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Customer Service, Pricing & Sales
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Market Segmentation & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

BONUS – Early Bird Offer
Register your place before Sunday 27th of May 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

Are You Aware of the Emerging Market That is India?

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Rob Scammell

In recent years we have heard a great deal about the ‘waking lion’, aka China, with many businesses showing incredible growth by expanding into this emerging market that has taken the world, including the diving industry, by storm.

We now have the awakening of the ‘sleeping tiger’, which is India. This is a market that is growing rapidly in both domestic and international regions with many dive businesses in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka reporting a rapid growth of inbound tourists from India.

According to a CNN Money report, India has the fastest economic growth in the last quarter of 2017 showing economic growth of 7.2%, which is faster than China’s growth in the same period and a big jump from the 6.5% India recorded in the previous quarter. India is further expected to widen the gap over China with the international monetary fund predicting it will grow by 7.4% this year.

Given the economic growth and the increased outbound tourism from Indian nationals, this is a fantastic opportunity for PADI Members to get on board and offer services to this interested group.

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There are some advantages to this market over others. Firstly language; although India has 22 official languages and another 1652 mother tongues, English is widely used as a key language of communication. This obviously helps with communicating your messages.

Secondly, people from India rarely travel alone and quite commonly they travel in groups with family or friends, creating an opportunity for you to introduce diving to more than one person at a time.

Many established dive centres in India already have outbound tourism departments specialising in overseas dive travel experience. A great way to increase your customer base would be to establish links with these businesses to encourage them to bring their diving groups to your operation. Dive shows are also appearing in India which are a great opportunity to visit, make contacts and have a business presence.

So now, in fact, could be the time for your business to enjoy the ride, which is the ‘awakening tiger’ of India.

For more information on this market you can contact Robert Scammell, PADI Regional Training Consultant for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – robert.scammell@padi.com.au.

 

Last Chance to Register For PBA Bali

This is your last chance to register for the upcoming two day PADI Business Academy in Bali on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May, 2018.

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This two day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Customer Service, Pricing & Sales
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Market Segmentation & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

Click here to register

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

How Diving Affects Your Health and Circulatory System

By the Divers Alert Network Medical Team www.danap.org

Scuba diving exposes you to many effects, including immersion, cold, hyperbaric gases, elevated breathing pressure, exercise and stress, as well as a post dive risk of gas bubbles circulating in your blood. Your heart’s capacity to support an elevated blood output decreases with age and with disease. Having a healthy heart is of the utmost importance to your safety while scuba diving as well as to your ability to exercise generally and your life span.

In this article, we explore how the various aspects of diving affect your heart and cardiovascular system.

Effects of Immersion

Immersion in water near the temperature of the human body exposes your body to a pressure gradient, which shifts blood from the vessels in your legs to those in your chest cavity. This increases the volume of blood within your chest by up to 24 ounces (700 milliliters).

Your heart thus takes in an additional 6 to 8 ounces (180 to 240 milliliters) of blood, resulting in an enlargement of all four chambers, an increase in pressure in your right atrium, a more than 30-percent increase in cardiac output and a slight increase in your overall blood pressure.

Baroreceptors (sensors that perceive a change in blood pressure) within your body’s major vessels react to all these changes by decreasing the activity of your sympathetic nervous system, which governs what’s popularly called the “fight-or-flight” response. As a result, your heart rate declines and the concentration in your plasma of norepinephrine, a hormone of the sympathetic nervous system drops; in response to the drop in norepinephrine, your kidneys excrete more sodium, and your urine production increases.

Effects of Cold

Water has high thermal conductivity — that is, your body loses more heat when you’re immersed in water than when you’re in dry air. You’ll feel more comfortable at a given air temperature than when you’re immersed in water of the same temperature. And when your body loses heat, that intensifies the narrowing of your peripheral blood vessels (a condition known as “peripheral vasoconstriction”). This in turn sends more blood to your heart, which increases the filling pressure on the right side of your heart and makes it pump more blood. Constriction of the body’s small arteries also increases the resistance to blood flowing through the periphery of your body, which raises your blood pressure, meaning your heart has to exert itself more to maintain an adequate flow of blood throughout your body.

Effects of Pressure

Breathing air under increased pressure, as you do when scuba diving, also affects your heart and circulatory system. Increased levels of oxygen cause vasoconstriction, increase your blood pressure and reduce your heart rate and heart output. And increased levels of carbon dioxide — which may accumulate in the body when you exercise during a dive, due to reduced pulmonary ventilation caused by dense gases — can increase the flow of blood through your brain, which can speed up oxygen toxicity if you’re breathing a hyperoxic gas mix (one with an elevated level of oxygen).

Effects of Exercise

Diving can be very physically demanding, but recreational divers have the option of choosing diving conditions and activities that typically do not require a lot of exertion. Nevertheless, any dive places some metabolic energy demands on your body. For example, slow, leisurely swimming on the surface represents a moderate-intensity activity, while swimming with fins on the surface requires up to 40 percent less energy than barefoot swimming. But the addition of scuba equipment increases drag on the swimmer and thus the energy cost of swimming. A 1996 paper in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that wearing just one scuba tank may increase a diver’s energy consumption by 25 percent over regular surface swimming at the same speed and that using a drysuit may result in another 25 percent increase in energy consumption.

Most dives at neutral buoyancy and with no current require only short intervals of intermittent swimming at a slow pace and thus represent low- to moderate-intensity exercise. Exercise intensity is measured by a value known as metabolic equivalent (MET), with 1 MET representing the amount of energy consumed when at rest. It is suggested that divers be able to sustain exercise at 6 METs for a period of 20 to 30 minutes. Since people can sustain only about 50 percent of their peak exercise capacity for a protracted period, it is recommended that divers be able to pass an exercise stress test at 12 METs.

Effects of Stress

Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) — the largely involuntary system that regulates internal functions such as your heart rate, respiratory rate and digestion — is affected by diving, too. Among the components of the ANS are the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems; while the sympathetic system governs your body’s “fight-or-flight” response, the parasympathetic system governs resting functions and helps your body conserve energy. In healthy individuals, diving generally increases parasympathetic effects, preserving the heart rate and a measure known as heart rate variability. A dive that is perceived as stressful, however, pushes the ANS in the other direction, meaning sympathetic effects prevail — resulting in an increase in the heart rate, a decline in heart rate variability and an increase in the risk of arrhythmia.

Serious Adverse Effects

Most of the effects that diving has on your heart and circulatory system fall within your body’s capacity to adapt, but sometimes serious adverse reactions can occur. A reaction known as bradyarrhythmia (a very slow and irregular heartbeat) can cause sudden death upon a diver’s entry into the water, especially in individuals with a pre-existing rhythm anomaly. Conversely, tachyarrhythmia (a very rapid and irregular heartbeat) can also cause sudden death, especially in divers with structural or ischemic heart disease. And overexertion or the effects of stress may strain the heart and result in acute manifestations of previously undiagnosed ischemic heart disease.

Breath-hold diving can have particularly serious adverse cardiac effects; these effects occur in quick succession in a response known as the “diving reflex.” Its most significant elements include bradycardia (a slowing of the heart rate); the peripheral vasoconstriction reaction described above; and progressive hypoxia (or lack of an adequate supply of oxygen). To avoid bursting a lung, scuba divers must not hold their breath during ascent.

2018 Course Director Preparatory Seminar Conducted in Chinese

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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.


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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.

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For more information, contact your Regional Manager today.