Ordering PADI Materials Online

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robin Bylund.

Have you ever wanted to order your Digital PADI Products online and receive them into your account with minutes? With our PADI Online Shopping Cart, you can now place your Digital PADI Product orders online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and receive your products almost immediately into your account.  The PADI Shopping Cart was updated back in 2018, making it by far the fastest and easiest way to order any PADI Digital Products. So if you haven’t had the chance to try the PADI Shopping Cart, give it a try as it will save you a lot of time while eliminating any potential delays from traditional order forms or back and forth emails.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

  1. Your PADI store or PADI Pro login details.
  2. Access to internet and one of the following devices: computer, mobile or tablet.
  3. For payment you will also need Credit card or PayPal account .

What is the Fastest Way to Order?

The Fastest way to order is to use “Saved Carts” for your standard digital orders which will allow you to simply click “re-order”. This will process the order right away based on the products and quantities you have set up your “Saved Cart” with. The first time you do this, it might take an extra few minutes but once setup, it will take you no more than 1-2 minutes to place the same order again.

How Do You Set Up Your “Saved Cart”?

  1. Click “Account” in the top menu.

2. Scroll down and click on “Quick Order form”.

3. Enter the product code (1) and adjust quantities you wish (2) and click “Add item” (3). Once you entered all the products you wish to have for this specific cart.

4. Once you have clicked “add items” you will get to the “order summary” page, where you can see total costs etc. This is where you can “save cart” (1) meaning this will be a pre-set order that can be reordered with just a few clicks. Save the cart with an appropriate name and you can go directly to the “checkout”(4) for identical orders in the future. If you forgot to add an item you can “add item” (2). Here also If you wish to remove items from your order/ saved cart you can remove it and then update the order. Finally if you’re happy with the products and quantities you simply move on to “Checkout” (4).

5. After clicking on “Checkout” in picture above it will ask you what payment method you use PayPal or Credit Card. When selecting PayPal it will redirect you to PayPal to place payment with your PayPal account or if selected credit card it will bring you to the page where you can input your credit card details.

6. If you use Credit card did you know you can also save your Credit Card on file so that next time you order, you simply select “use saved credit card“. This will speed up your orders once again.  

Now let’s pretend that you have placed your initial order and a week down the line you need to go in and order again. Below I will show you in 2 easy steps how to process your order using your previously “saved cart”.

How To Access Your Saved Carts

  1. Accounts – Saved Carts

2. Cart – View Saved carts

When you have done one of the 2 options above, it will show you all your “saved carts”. In the example below, I have set up multiple carts for various products and order types. This way once you have setup the carts, your ordering will take less than a few minutes to process as the products you want are already there. All you need to do is adjust the quantities you need to order.

So you can either simply click “order” (1) which will bring you to the order summary. Here you can choose to checkout and pay or you can  “edit” the order (2).

How to Locate an Old Invoice

Another function that is often over looked is your invoice history. The shop online feature allows you to see any past invoices that have been invoiced or ordered from your Pro account. To find these invoices simple go to “Account” in the top menu bar on the front page, then look at the Order history section and click on “orders”.

Important Note: for physical orders outside of Australia please contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant for best practices in your region. Please double check this prior to placing an order as these are often available locally.

I hope this gives you a bit more of an idea of how easy it can be to order PADI materials on the shop online. I challenge you all to give it a try as it will not only save you time but will allow you to place an order online at anytime, with digital product orders arriving into your account within minutes of checking out.

If anything is unclear or if you need assistance with starting to use the shop online please contact you PADI Regional Training Consultant.

2019 PADI Member Forum – Outbound Chinese Tourism Schedule

Join us at one of our upcoming 2019 PADI Member Forum – Outbound Chinese Tourism events in your region. The event will be delivered in Chinese to cater to all the Chinese speaking members in each region.

The 2019 PADI Member Forums will be conducted by PADI Territory Director, Roger Sun, and PADI Regional Training Consultant, Tinsley Li. During the Member Forum they will share the following topics and information with all PADI Members:

  • PADI Four Pillars of Change – Mission, Commitment, Key point of development.
  • Consumer’s Profile – Industry Health Check & Customer Analysis.
  • Digital Product Update, OLPC Update and IDC Revision.
  • PADI Asia Pacific Outbound Chinese Tourism Team Introduction.
  • Quality Management & Risk Management.
  • Project AWARE.

2019 PADI Member Forum – Outbound Chinese Tourism Schedule

Date Time Location Venue
25th April 19:00 Koh Tao, Thailand Koh Tao Regal Resort
09th May 19:00 Dumaguete, Philippines Pura Vida Resort
11th May 19:00 Bohol, Philippines Linaw Beach Resort
14th May 19:00 Puerto Galera, Philippines La Laguna Beach Club
25th June 19:00 Bali, Indonesia Swiss-bel Resort Sanur

Register now for our PADI Member Forum in Koh Tao, Thailand

Please scan the above QR code to register for our PADI Member Forum – Outbound Chinese Tourism in Koh Tao, Thailand on the 25th April 2019.  

Registration links will be released soon to all the members for our remaining PADI Member Forums. If you have any further questions please contact tinsley.li@padi.com.au or your PADI Regional Manager.

Transform and Diversify Your Training Abilities

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Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Young Hee Simpson.

As PADI Professionals, we’re in the business of transformation. Being able to influence our customer’s lives is a great privilege and a rewarding responsibility. However, the lifestyle we choose is sometimes bound by environmental factors that we must adapt to; the location we’re living, diving and teaching in. Our responsibility is to educate our students to dive safely while enjoying diving in their local environment.

Luckily, we have equipment readily available that will help us overcome some environmental challenges, such as diving in colder water. When the water temperature drops, there is nothing better than donning your dry suit to help you stay warm underwater. As a PADI Pro, you might be diving more than three dives a day with potentially longer bottom times. Diving in a dry suit opens the door for additional dives and a longer dive season. For you as a dive professional, using a dry suit could be a tool to conduct additional courses that will create income opportunities while also providing access to local dive sites, year round, for your customers.

To teach the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty, you will need to gain the relevant instructor rating. To become PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor, there are two ways; it is recommended you take a Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor Course with a PADI Course Director or you may apply directly to the PADI organisation. In addition to the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor rating, if you hold five specialty instructor ratings in total, you can also apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, which denotes one of the highest membership ratings within the PADI system of diver education.

You can order related materials through the Online Shopping Cart or you can email your Regional Trainer Consultant at training-sales@padi.com.au with any questions.

Membership Renewals for Inactive PADI Pros

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Written by Mark Wastall, PADI Regional Training Consultant.

“The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team” – Coach Phil Jackson.

It’s the time of year when PADI Membership renewal is on a lot of inactive dive professional’s minds. The PADI Regional Training Consultant team receive hundreds of questions regarding renewals from members across the Asia Pacific region. Let’s have a look at some of the common questions we get asked.

Q:  ‘I didn’t renew last year, do I have to re-sit my Instructor Examination?’

A:  No, we understand how hard the dive professional works to earn their status along with the time and dedication involved in becoming a respected PADI member. We also understand that sometimes life just happens, opportunities arise and diving can occasionally take a back seat. There is no reason you should be punished for that by having to start over again. Retraining varies depending on the circumstances and can be undertaken via several means.

Q: ‘I have been un-renewed for several years but have remained in the industry, is this taken in to account?’

A: Yes, again we appreciate that job roles can change and maybe your chances of teaching are reduced. If you have been running a dive store for a few years for example, this would be reflected in the retraining required.

Q: ‘How long can I be out of status before I have to re-sit by Instructor Examination?’

A: As previously mentioned, we do all we can to avoid this from happening. You would have to be out of status and away from the industry for a considerable amount of time before that would happen. Even in the event that you are required to complete your OWSI/IDC and IE again, we may be able to help with some of the costs involved as a thank you for coming back to us. It’s never too late!

So, if you want to take advantage of the many opportunities you have as a PADI professional once again, what are your retraining options if you have had a lapse in your membership?

The first option is to view a free Online Member Forum or attend a Live Member Forum in your area. Either of these will take around an hour of your time and are simply an update on PADI news, products, courses and standards. The next level would be a Status Update with a PADI Course Director, auditing an OWSI/IDC or an Online Status Update. To find your nearest Course Director, use the new PADI Dive Shop Locator. The Online Status Update will also include a Digital Product Suite (5 top of the range digital eLearning products) along with a digital PADI Guide To Teaching and digital PADI Instructor Manual to bring you back up to speed. If you have been out of status for too long to qualify for any of these options then it’s time for IDC/IE.

Once you have access to the PADI Pros’ Site, it’s a great idea to review the Training Bulletins that you will have missed since being away and to download the latest Instructor Manual to keep yourself familiar with the latest skills and standards. We have similar levels of retraining for PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, EFR Instructor and PADI Freediver Instructor. It really is that easy to get back to what you love doing! Give your Regional Training Consultant a call and come back to the PADI family.

For more information on renewing as an inactive member call +61 2 9454 2888 or email a PADI Regional Training Consultant.