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.

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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

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.


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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.

Click here to read this article in Chinese.

For more information, contact your Regional Manager today.

 

PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism, Bali

PADI_Business_Academy_2Did you know that more than one in ten international tourists worldwide are from China? Last year alone there were over 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure.

With the rapid growth of Chinese travelling overseas, ‘PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism’ is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn how to engage with the Chinese market and ignite growth in all operational aspects of your business.

This Business Academy is taking place on April 25th in Bali.

The presentation and support materials will be in English.

This one day program will focus on:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is Worth to Your Business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media –WeChat, Weibo and Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and its direct impact on business
  • Effective visual merchandising
  • Chinese Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services Available to PADI Members

PADI Business Academy Includes:

  • USB Drive filled with Business Academy materials
  • PADI Business Academy Polo Shirt
  • Lunch, snacks, tea and coffee

Tickets are limited so secure your place and register now

If you would like more information on the PADI Business Academy – Outbound Chinese Tourism, please email marketing@padi.com.au or contact your PADI Regional Manager.

*Price does not include airfare, hotel or transportation costs. All other expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the participant. Dates and locations are subject to change, please refer to the PADI Pros’ Site for the latest information.

PADI Business Academy Outbound Korean Tourism

 

PADI_Business_Academy_2Want to enhance your marketing and business strategies this year and improve the overall effectiveness of your initiatives specific to the Outbound Korean Tourism (OKT) market? Learn how by attending the only PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism (one–day) program.

We are excited to announce that there will be a PADI Business Academy – Outbound Korean Tourism Seminar in Cebu on the 28th of May, 2018.

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

This program is scheduled to be presented in Korean. If you are interested in attending but don’t understand Korean please contact your PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppson to discuss options.

BONUS – Early Bird Offer

Register your place before April 26th 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 early and register your spot today.

The  number of attendees is limited so get in early and reserve your seat!

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Join PADI at TDEX 2018

The Thailand Dive Expo (TDEX) will take place from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May 2018 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok.

Held in conjunction with the annual Thailand Golf Expo, TDEX has established itself as an important marketplace for divers, equipment manufacturers, training providers and dive resorts to meet and network. TDEX organisers aim to promote and support the diving industry, promote Thailand as a tourism hub of Asia and to promote dive and adventure destinations both inside and outside Thailand.

Many other PADI Dive Centres & Resorts will be exhibiting alongside PADI at TDEX with promotions and exciting competitions on offer throughout the show. In addition, PADI will be hosting a Member Forum at the expo. For more information, contact your PADI Regional Manager.TDEX 2016 - Logo 250x250px

Details
Thailand Dive Expo
10-13 May 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Website

You can view the full list of dive expos PADI will be exhibiting at in 2018 here.

PADI at ADEX 2018

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Join PADI at ADEX 2018 next month, from the 6th – 8th of April at the Suntec Convention Center in Singapore.

ADEX is the longest running dive expo in Asia and is celebrating it’s 23rd anniversary in 2018. This is a must attend event for anyone involved or interested in the world of diving.

PADI will be at booth Q01 – 02 in front of the main entrance and we look forward to chatting all things diving with you over the course of the weekend.

PADI Territory Director, Paul Tanner will be speaking about the PADI Difference on the main stage at 12.20pm on Friday, 6th of April.

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Paul is a PADI Course Director with over 15 year’s experience as a PADI Instructor. He is also a PADI Instructor Examiner and an EFR Instructor Trainer.

Prior to his appointment as PADI Territory Director, Paul was the PADI Regional Manager for four years, overseeing one of the world’s fasted growing regions.

Before joining PADI, Paul worked as a PADI Dive Instructor and Dive Operation Manager in Koh Tao, Thailand as well as the Caribbean Islands.

A number of PADI Dive Stores will also exhibit at ADEX 2018. See the full list below.

COMPANY NAME COUNTRY BOOTH NO.
WATERSPORT BEACH RESORT & DREAM DIVERS PHILIPPINES B01
NAUTILUS DIVING BALI INDONESIA D01 – 12
GARDEN ISLAND RESORT FIJI L22
SEA SAFARI CRUISES LIVEABOARD INDONESIA H19
ATLANTIS INTERNATIONAL BALI INDONESIA J09 – J10
FROGGIES DIVERS INDONESIA K20
7SEAS INDONESIA L10
ABYSS OCEAN WORLD INDONESIA L25
REEF SEEN DIVER’S RESORT INDONESIA L25
BUNAKEN OASIS INDONESIA P20
COOL DIVE SEMPORNA SABAH P21, P23
B&J TIOMAN MALAYSIA P22
BLUE CORNER DIVE INDONESIA Q03
FUN AZUL FLEET JAPAN Q05
AQUATICA DIVE RESORT TIMOR LESTE Q06
WORLD DIVING LEMBOGAN INDONESIA Q07
BALI HAI DIVING ADVENTURES INDONESIA Q08
KOMODO RESORT INDONESIA Q09
WHITE MANTA DIVING THAILAND Q12
PONI DIVERS BRUNEI Q14
GRAND LULEY MANADO INDONESIA R13
AQUAMARINE DIVING BALI INDONESIA R21
VIKING SCUBA / SCUBA FORCE MALAYSIA P24, P26
BEQA LAGOON RESORT FIJI F16
AIYANAR BEACH & DIVE RESORT PHILIPPINES E15
SUMMER DIVE CENTRE MALAYSIA F26
MERIDIAN ADVENTURE DIVE INDONESIA G27
EASY DIVE PHILIPPINES G22
SCUBA JUNKIE S.E.A.S MALAYSIA P21 P23
AQUA MARINE SOUTH KOREA R21
BLUE REEF SCUBA MALAYSIA S21
LUTWALA DIVE?? INDONESIA R13
SCUBADDICTION MALAYSIA Q20
CENINGAN DIVERS INDONESIA P16 P18
PAPUA DIVING INDONESIA J17
BLUE MARLIN INDONESIA J11 J12
SEA SAFARI INDONESIA H19
FAMILY DIVER JAKARTA INDONESIA H13
TAVEUNI DIVE RESORT FIJI H11
MARLIN DIVERS XDEEP SINGAPORE M01, M03, M05
LEGEND DIVING INDONESIA Q04
SIMPLY SCUBA MALAYSIA A19 A20
BLUE ORCHID RESORT & DIVE CENTER PHILIPPINES J01 – 08

If you’re planning on exhibiting at ADEX or any other show or expo this year, please get in touch with your PADI Regional Manager to discuss how PADI can support you with these events.