Keep Learning

These days you hear “never stop learning” so much it’s practically a cliché, but for good reason. Today technologies and methodologies evolve rapidly so that more than at any time in history, continuous education is crucial to staying informed and relevant in every field. More than just keeping up, you also need it to open new opportunities and directions by expanding your capabilities and qualifications. Even in our retirement years, data show that life-long-learners tend to be more socially engaged, and (with good diet and exercise) have significantly slower age-related brain function declines. You’ve may have heard about these benefits, but there are at least two other continuing education benefits you don’t hear about as much.

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1. Discover and extend your passions. While we know what our passions are, life-long-learners know from experience that we often don’t know what they could be. A mild curiosity sometimes only hints at a deep, underlying interest waiting to emerge and grow. The only way to know is to pursue these, ideally through courses or programs that get you truly engaged. As an example, an instructor I know had a slight interest in cave diving. Almost on a whim though, he took a cave diver course and 20 years later, cave diving is still one of his primary, favorite underwater pursuits. If he’d decided that because he’s an instructor he didn’t need to keep learning, he’d have lost two decades of something he’s truly passionate about.

There’s another side to this, too. By continuing your education, you also learn what your passions are not. We’re usually pretty good at choosing things that interest us, but it’s not a waste when you miss the mark and learn about something that’s in the wrong direction because it redirects you to where your interests really lie. A diver I knew chose the search and recovery dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course thinking he’d really enjoy finding and floating lost stuff. While the dive went fine and he did well, he learned that it really wasn’t for him. So, having never dived a dry suit, he did that dive next and that hit his hot button because diving dry is way more useful for his diving.

But, we’re not just talking about diver courses. What you learn in diving takes you beyond diving, and vice versa, if you just run with it. I know several divers who started with underwater photography, but as their love for the art blossomed, soon they were studying the dry side of imaging. Today they’re professional-level photographers above water as well as below. Flipping it around, many public safety divers start as police officers and fire fighters, then keep learning so they can take their expertise underwater when needed.

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2. Share and pay forward. Public safety diving – a profession that helps solve crimes, save lives and bring closure after tragedy – demonstrates that continuing to learn isn’t just about you. Learning more is often part of giving more – directly or indirectly. If we train in diver rescue and CPR/first aid, we’re better able to help someone in serious emergency situations – diving and non-diving. Learn how to help people with physical or mental challenges dive, and you’re uniquely prepared to buddy with someone who has those needs. Take a course or courses in marine life survey techniques, debris collection, environmental science, wildlife resource management, coral restoration etc. (this can be a very long list), put what you learn into practice, and you become part of the solution for a cleaner and healthier world.

Qualify as a teacher and/or instructor in any of these areas, and you can help others help others with these kinds of courses. Add American Sign Language (or the sign spoken where you are), and you can teach people with hearing impairment challenges. You get the point – none of this happens if we don’t keep learning.

While continuing our education is more important than ever before, fortunately, in almost every endeavor it is also more accessible than ever before. It’s true in diving. You probably know you can start most PADI courses with a call, message or visit to your local PADI Dive Center and Instructor, and with many, just a click at padi.com. But, the life-long-learning door is wide open –in the modern world, the challenge isn’t finding, but choosing. Search “YOUNAMEIT courses” and you’ll almost always find multiple courses, programs and elearning opportunities to research further and pick from.

If you’re passionate about diving like I am, I’m sure you’ll keep learning about diving and the underwater world. Hopefully, your next course will uncover a new underwater passion or expand one you have now. But, please, don’t limit your learning to diver courses. You’re never too young or too old, so keep learning something to share and pay forward.

As Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Dr. Drew Richardson
PADI President & CEO

Exciting Changes to the PADI eLearning Courses for 2015

As of 1st January 2015, PADI Members will be able to purchase PADI eLearning through the Online Shopping Cart on the PADI Pros’ Site or PADI Sales Consultant at Member-Level pricing.

PADI eLearning programs and eLearning Gift Passes will, from the beginning of next year, include the certification processing fee (aka PIC), for all PADI courses aside from PADI Dive Theory, Divemaster and Instructor Development courses. This will mean you will no longer need to purchase an additional PADI eLearning Enhancement Pak for the inclusive courses, as the PIC comes with the program or gift pass.

Student eLearning purchases will continue to include a revenue share for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts however the certification processing fee will be excluded from this.

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When a student affiliates with a Dive Center or Resort the Certifying Credit (PIC) will automatically appear on your New Online Processing Centre on the PADI Pros’ Site. This is where you can certify the student once they have completed the course.

PADI Open Water Diver Online (eLearning) and the PADI Open Water Diver Gift Pass will be offered as part of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online. This will provide students with extra components, including the eTraining Dive Logbook and online eBook.

The initial launch of the PADI Premium Digital Certification Pak Online will include English, with others to follow in the first quarter of 2015.

Until this launch on 1st January 2015, the current versions of the PADI eLearning courses will remain available at 2014 pricing.

If you should have any questions, or would like to find out more please visit the PADI Pros Site, or contact the PADI Asia Pacific Sales Department.

PADI Refer a Friend 2014 Promotional Overview

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PADI Divers who share their love of scuba diving with friends can earn $10US towards their next eLearning course and their friends can save $10US as well. Here’s how it works in a nutshell:

  • Divers visit PADI’s Facebook page and click the Refer A Friend tab. After liking PADI’s page, the diver clicks a link to share the special offer to their wall. After sharing the promotion, the diver receives a claim code for $10US off a PADI eLearning course.
  • Friends and family members of that diver who would like $10US off a PADI eLearning course can re-share the deal and receive a code of their own… and so on and so on. Please note: the promotion begins the week of 4 August 2014.

Important details:

  • The special offer must be shared to the user’s Facebook wall in order to receive the discount code
  • To promote Refer A Friend on a Facebook page or eNewsletter use:cu.pn/padi (starting the week of 4 August)
  • The eLearning discount is the first of three special deals that will be offered in the coming months.
  • eLearning gift codes and Scuba Review are not eligible for the $10US discount

Refer a Friend Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Visit facebook.com/padi and click the Refer-A-Friend Tab
  2. The user must Like PADI’s Facebook page (if they haven’t already)
  3. The special offer will be revealed and the user must share the special offer to their personal Facebook wall in order to receive the deal.raf2
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  5. The user can add a personal message to their wall postraf5
  6. Once shared to the user’s wall, a promo code will appear. Each code can be used only once and it has a set, solid, no kidding expiration date. In the case of the eLearning promotion, the coupon must be redeemed during the month of August 2014.raf6
  7. This promo code is displayed on screen and also emailed to the student.raf8

The code is used during the eLearning checkout process to redeem the $10US discount. If redeemed in a country outside the US, the value will be at parity with USD.

Questions you may have:

  • Coupon codes cannot be combined. The max discount per user is $10US.
  • The coupon code will also be emailed to the address associated with the user’s Facebook profile
  • For issues claiming codes, contact support at coupsmart dot com. For issues specific to eLearning contact 800 729 7237 ext. 2495 or customerservice at padi dot com.
  • The $10US discount value is paid for by PADI