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
PADI Four Pillars of Change – Mission, Commitment,
Key point of development.
Consumer’s Profile – Industry Health Check &
Digital Product Update, OLPC Update and IDC
PADI Asia Pacific Outbound Chinese Tourism Team Introduction.
Quality Management & Risk Management.
Member Forum – Outbound Chinese Tourism Schedule
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao Regal Resort
Pura Vida Resort
Linaw Beach Resort
Puerto Galera, Philippines
La Laguna Beach Club
Swiss-bel Resort Sanur
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
Registration links will be released soon to all the members for our
remaining PADI Member Forums. If you have any further questions please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
your PADI Regional Manager.
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.
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.
Written by Mark Wastall, PADI Regional Training Consultant.
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.
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.
As early as the 1950s, scientific research began demonstrating that sports have significant benefits. Early research focused on physical activity in team sports, but today, research is broader and looks at mental as well as physical changes. It also looks beyond team sports to include adventure/extreme sports like mountain biking, kayaking, base jumping, and (of course) scuba. The latest findings suggest that sports that give an adrenaline rush develop skills that apply to everyday life.
Life Lessons: Confidence, Self-Reliance, Self-Control
Adventure sports tend to be more individual and have a perceived higher degree of risk than competitive team sports. This helps participants learn to rely on themselves as they stretch beyond their comfort zones, which builds confidence. But, many adventure sports (including diving) have strong teamwork aspects, which develops socialization and cooperative interaction skills much as do team sports. Anecdotal and research evidence finds that adventure-sport participants tend to be calmer, more confident, mentally stronger, more self-disciplined and better able to handle stress situations. One study found that extreme sport participants who experience fear and close calls not only exhibited more ability to manage fear, but also more humility.
Connected to the Environment
Unlike field/stadium team sports, which are usually played on constructed ball fields, stadiums and parks, adventure sports take participants into the environment because almost all of them require relatively natural settings. The benefit of this is that adventure-sport participants tend to develop a positive, protective relationship with the environment because their activities are integrated with it rather than separated from it. This social benefit, many argue, develops learners who are environmentally aware and sensitive, which is important because our collective future depends upon our relationship with the environment.
Old Dogs Do Learn New Tricks
Physical activity is known to benefit our health in our senior years, and now it seems that suitable mental challenges prevent – and in some ways can reverse – mental decline. Studies find that older adults who keep learning new skills tend to stay more active and enjoy better cognitive and memory performance. But, research finds that this learning must be challenging with demands on both thinking and memory. Most adventure sports require new skills, planning, assessing conditions and social interaction, making them good fits for the purpose of helping slow mental decline in older adults, as well as providing physical activity. The limiting factor for seniors is the ability to meet the physical requirements of a given adventure sport.
Of all adventure sports, diving is probably open to the widest range of age, culture, physical abilities and other demographic characteristics. It is likely the adventure sport with the widest access for senior participants. These characteristics make diving suited to offering benefits to -divergent markets with differing, specialized interests and needs.
You’re not just “teaching scuba.” You’re teaching skills that have broad personal applications. This can be a useful message when presenting learn-to-dive opportunities to different groups as well as individuals.
Market these “extra” benefits. Especially with institutions like youth, senior and environmental groups, it is exactly these developmental and environmental connections that add a reason to participate in diving or allow you to offer it to their members.
Target the “nonteamers.” Scuba will appeal to many people who can’t or don’t want to participate in team sports, yet offer many of the same benefits.
Target the “teamers,” too. Diving will also appeal to people who do like team sports. Scuba gives such groups something more individual in nature that they can do together, with some distinct challenges and benefits.
Continue education. Senior divers may feel like they “just” want to be PADI® Open Water Divers, but continuing education offers new, deeper mental challenges, socialization and physical activity – all associated with benefits for older adults.
Association for Psychological Science (2013) Learning new skills keeps an aging mind sharp. (psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/learning-new-skills-keeps-an-aging-mind-sharp.html)
English Outdoor Council. Values and benefits of outdoor education, training and recreation. (englishoutdoorcouncil.org/Values_and_benefits.htm)