PADI Instructor Examinations for May & June 2015

We extend our congratulations to all those who participated in the PADI Instructor Examinations throughout Asia Pacific in May and June, 2015.

May

29-30 May – Malapascua, Philippines

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June

1-2 June – Dumaguete, Philippines

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5-7 June – Shanghai, China

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10-11 June – Airlie Beach, Australia

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13-14 June – Cairns, Australia

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13-14 June – Sydney, Australia

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14-15 June – Pondicherry, India

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16-17 June – Gold Coast, Australia

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16-17 June – Nanning, China

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17-18 June – Gili Islands, Indonesia

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20-21 June – Bali, Indonesia

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20-21 June – Phuket, Thailand

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20-21 June –  Koh Samui, Thailand

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20-21 June – Kunming, China

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23-24 June – Koh Tao, Thailand

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23-24 June – Manado, Indonesia

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26-27 June – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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27-28 June – Perth, Australia

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New Online Processing Center Launching in August

The new Online Processing Center is launching in late August. The new center is being enhanced based on PADI Member feedback to ensure a more user friendly experience. It will also be responsive in design so that it can be easily accessed by your mobile or tablet.

Importantly, once the new Online Processing Center goes live in August, the old PIC Online application will be retired, and all online certifications will need to be processed via the revamped Online Processing Center.

Some of the exciting enhancements to the Online Processing Center are:

  • Reorganization and simplified navigation.
  • Mobile optimization of all screens.
  • Simplified language and wording throughout the portal.
  • Downloadable reports for digital products in each status.
  • Digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes.
  • Integrated tooltips to provide descriptions of each section or application.
  • Improved filtering and sorting options of digital code data.
  • Drop-down menu of languages.

The revised Online Processing Center will launch in multiple languages including English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters Training or Customer Service team.

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Eight New PADI Course Directors from the Asia Pacific Region

Success comes from striving to be the best and for a select group of PADI Master Instructors this motivation has led them to the PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC) in the Dominican Republic. Conducted from the 9th to 17th June, 2015, these PADI Professionals joined PADI staff on the final part of their journey to attain the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving.

The CDTC trains experienced PADI Master Instructors from all over the world in the responsibilities and duties of a PADI Course Director.

“The PADI organization has offered the PADI Course Director Training Course for over 35 years,” said Thomas Knedlik, Director of Training and Quality Management at PADI Asia Pacific. “This program is unique in the dive industry and it offers the broadest scope of training and education available. PADI Course Directors teach PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and other instructor-level training, and thus are the industry’s most influential leaders and role models. Candidates use what is a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to earn this rating. The entire PADI organization proudly welcomes them into the family of PADI Course Directors worldwide.”

The course comprised of six and a half days of developmental work followed by two and a half days of evaluation by PADI staff from all Regional Headquarters. From day one, candidates learn from a variety of presentations, workshops and exercises, and complete intensive classroom and in-water evaluations. Each day, future PADI Course Directors develop the tools to help them thrive in today’s business climate, including sessions on marketing instructor development courses.

PADI Asia Pacific are delighted to congratulate the eight PADI Members from the Asia Pacific region who travelled to the Dominican Republic to successfully complete the CDTC.

  • Tim Bradley
  • Nicolas Di Costanzo
  • Chris Hailey
  • Justin He
  • Stephen Hemstalk
  • Steven Schwankert
  • Paul Tanner
  • Joeri Van Hal

If you dream of joining this elite team of PADI Professionals and want to learn about the PADI Course Director Training Course visit the PADI Course Director section of padi.com or contact your PADI Regional Headquarters.

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Left to Right: Nicolas Di Costanzo, Justin He, Chris Hailey, Tim Bradley, Paul Tanner, Steven Schwankert, Joeri Van Hal & Thomas Knedlik.

5 Reasons to Go Digital with PADI

padi-digital-productsThe PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading products designed to modernize and enrich the learning experience of students and PADI Professionals. Here are 5 reasons why you should make the switch from paper to digital, if you haven’t already…

#1 – It’s the way divers learn today.

These days, many customers are permanently attached to their digital devices: mobile phones, tablets and laptops. By offering PADI’s Digital Products, you’ll be able to offer these students a fully interactive and highly engaging way of learning that will live up to their modern day expectations of learning in the fast paced digital world.

The Benefit to You: Engaged customers will enjoy their experience and be more likely to recommend your business!

#2 – You’ll have the flexibility to order on-demand.

PADI Digital Products can be purchased through the PADI Online Shopping Cart, (available via the PADI Pros’ Site), so you’ll be able to enjoy 24/7 access 365 days a year.  Being as the products will appear in your PADI Online Processing Center account almost instantly you’ll be ready to register your next student without interruption – anytime of the day or night. This means you can order products to suit your student’s demands.

The Benefit to You: Purchasing materials as and when you need them and removes the need to tie up business resources in supplies of extra stock.

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#3 – No shipping means less costs.

Due to PADI Digital Products being digital, it means there’s no paper involved – the products are delivered to you electronically via the Online Shopping Cart/Sales Department and PADI Online Processing Center and from there, delivered to your student via the PADI Library App.

The Benefit to You: No physical product means no need to ship products, which reduces overheads and helps keep your costs to a minimum.

#4 – Staff and students will benefit from enriched teaching opportunities.

With interactive content, quizzes, videos and intuitive gesture-based navigation, PADI Digital Products offer an enriched learning experience. Excited students are usually waiting for knowledge development to finish so they can get to the water, but with this engaging way of learning, they’ll be immersed in the theory and potentially tricky topics will be transformed into a fun experience for everyone.

The Benefit to You: Not only does it lead to more effective teaching schedules but students will want to keep on learning – and diving – with you!

#5 – It’s kinder to the environment.

With the ever-growing impact of conservation charities such as Project AWARE, and with divers’ being encouraged from all sides to protect and preserve the natural environment, it makes sense for Dive Centers to conduct themselves in line with the greener values of the diving community. By using PADI Digital Products, you’ll be using less paper, and using less paper will reduce physical waste as well as help to save the world’s rainforests.

The Benefit to You: You and your customers will appreciate – and feel good about – being able to teach and learn in a way which reduces the impact on the environment.

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Are You Now Ready to Go Digital?

Make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure or contact your PADI Sales Department  – (tel + 61 2 9454 2888) for more information and to order. Don`t forget you can order anytime from the PADI Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online.