The PADI Business Academy in Cebu!

The PADI Business Academy Program has well and truly kicked off for 2015, and is already proving to be a great success. With the conclusion of the PADI Business Academy held in Cebu, 23 PADI Retail and Resort Association Members have been equipped with the knowledge of the latest business techniques and the tools to implement these.

This two day program is tailored specifically to the attendees businesses and is designed to help with diver acquisition and retention. Covering topics such as Email and Database Marketing, Online Advertising, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, ScubaEarth, Managing Social Media Pages, The PADI Online Processing Centre, Pricing and Sales, Visual Merchandising, Website and Blogging, the PADI Business Academy ensures attendees receive the most useful information to help implement new marketing strategies and business plans. After the PADI Business Academy attendees receive a follow up marketing consultation to ensure all the knowledge learnt over these two days has been implemented in the most effective way.

The 2014 PADI Business Academy saw a 13.6% increase in the certifications of the PADI Retail and Resort Association Members who were in attendance. We are confident that the 2015 PADI Business Academy will produce these same positive results. The next PADI Business Academy will be held in Bali on the 2nd – 3rd of June at the Sanur Plaza and is fully booked! We look forward to seeing all those who will be attending!

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Want to Plan a Dive on Your Mobile Device? Well here’s how…

By using PADI’s eRDPml Touch you have the ability to plan a single or multilevel dive through interactive Dive Tables.

Accessible on mobile devices and tablets, the eRDPml makes Dive planning more convenient than ever. Whether you are teaching a course or wanting your students to plan their Dive, this is for YOU!

erdpmlFor use on: Tablets and mobile devices

Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android based devices

Where to Find: PADI Library App

Internet: Necessary only for downloading to the PADI Library App.

Course – All courses

Components: Electronic, interactive dive planner that includes instructions and practice exercises.

Sold To: PADI Members a la carte and as part of the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Paks – Offline (via PADI Sales Consultants and the Online Shopping Cart). It is also sold to divers a la carte (via padi.com and the PADI App.)

For more information – contact your PADI Sales Department  (Tel + 61 2 9454 2888) or enter the PADI Online Shopping Cart by logging onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

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Kids Scuba host ‘A Day for Sharing’ in Kuala Lumpur

Every year, Kids Scuba – a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre – host an event to share their aquatic experiences with kids, teenagers and young adults from orphanage homes in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur. This year the event was held at the Maybank Training Academy swimming pool in Bangi, about 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

With 46 underprivileged kids, teens and youths from two orphanages, “A Day for Sharing” involved a one-day pool experience including education about the marine environment, swimming, snorkeling and Scuba Discovery for the young group of participants.

After an overview about the event, Hj. Syed Abd Rahman – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and founder, introduced the Kids Scuba Team and PADI Instructors to the group. After a local breakfast they were then split into four carefully organised groups to take part in the various activities – under the dedicated supervision of PADI Instructors and Divemasters from Kids Scuba.

During the program the groups were rotated between the four activities so everyone was able to learn, enjoy and experience all the water sessions. After a successful four hours, there were smiling faces and gleaming eyes as the kids shared their above and underwater experiences with the Instructors and Divemasters.

Kids Scuba “A Day for Sharing” ended with a group photo session with the team followed by a presentation of certificates to everyone and gifts of backpacks full of basic school necessities for the happy youngsters.The teachers and coordinators were also presented with gifts from Kids Scuba for their individual orphanages.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in the successful “A Day for Sharing” program, added Hj. Syed Abd Rahman, “and for the support and assistance from close and caring friends together with students of Kids Scuba and our dedicated PADI Instructors and Divemasters”.

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The Team from Kids Scuba pictured at the Maybank Training Academy swimming pool in Bangi, together with the large group of youngsters from local orphanages and their staff.

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Hj. Syed Abd Rahman – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and founder of Kids Scuba gives an overview to the young group about the “A Day for Sharing event”.

PADI App Now Available in Multiple Languages

padi-app-imageThe PADI App re-launched in late 2014, bringing a number of invaluable scuba diving tools to the fingertips of PADI Divers and PADI Professionals.

With the latest update release, the PADI App is now available to download free of charge in eight different languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish – and there’s more to come in the future!

With the benefit of reading content in their local language, divers and potential customers will be able to enjoy a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to learning – and continuing – to dive. PADI Professionals are able to use the variety of integrated tools to help inform customers and enrich their learning experience.

Key Features include:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator
  • Integration with ScubaEarth dive sites
  • Information on the top diving destinations around the world
  • The ability to log and edit dives on ScubaEarth – within the PADI App
  • News feeds from PADI social media and blogs
  • Access to PADI Gear™ collections.
  • Useful dive tools including knots, hand signals and dive checklists
  • PADI course information including the ability to purchase PADI eLearning and Touch programs.
  • 24/7 Access to PADI eCards
  • Direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site

The PADI App is the hub of the PADI Digital Suite – a place for further information and access to purchased digital products via the PADI Library App, which is integrated into the PADI App.

How to access new language versions:

The PADI App will automatically match the language which the mobile device is using, as long as that language is available (otherwise, it will default to English). Current PADI App users will see the new language setting on their next update, while new users can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download the application.

The updated version of the PADI App is available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download it free today!