Request for Your “Best Teaching Tips Ever” Feature

The Undersea Journal  is currently accepting contributions for a “Best Teaching Tips from the Field” feature that will publish in the fourth quarter issue. This article will detail the best tips, tricks, strategies, pointers, words-to-the-wise and any other expert advice you can offer to fellow pros based on your experience as a passionate diver and professional.

Here’s a list of basic topics: Travel, Equipment, Skills, Training, Photography, Marine Life and Lifestyle. Any aspect of the dive life is open. Here are a few examples:

  • Travel: When planning a group trip to a new destination, partner with a PADI Dive Center or Resort in that destination to help co-host your event.
  • Equipment: Always know the latest scuba gear, so if your student divers have questions about their new BCDs, you can easily help them.
  • Lifestyle: To get divers interacting on your next dive boat adventure, bring along a bag of candy to pass around during surface intervals.

Please submit your tips by 1 July and, if your tips are used, your name, location and dive center (if applicable) will be included in the magazine.

First South African to complete the PADI Rebreather Diver and Instructor Courses using the Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather

DCIM100GOPROPeter Herbst, Aka, BigB, PADI CD and Rebreather IT, and a string of other diving credits both at technical and recreational instructor level to his name has just returned to South Africa from Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean after completing his Instructor crossover course on the latest Hollis rebreather – the Explorer Sports. Well done BigB and we looking forward to hearing more of your tales.

I asked him to tell me about his experience:

By Peter Herbst

The Hollis Explorer Sports Rebreather training was offered by Hollis’s Director of Training, Matthew Addison, as part of the prestigious Innerspace event’s 10 year anniversary at DiveTech on I completed the training and the necessary hours on the machine to fulfil the requirements to become a PADI Instructor on the unit – this meant arriving a week early for the event and doing and average of 3-4 hours of diving per day –Luckily the ease of entry and perfect Caribbean conditions allowed for this type of intense diving!

DCIM100GOPROAll the divers on the training course were already qualified as technical Closed Circuit Rebreather Divers and the comments and perceptions were quite interesting to say the least! At first they could not believe the small size of the sorb canister, but after that shock the simplicity in setting up the machine, the ease of diving and the VERY advanced electronic checklist blew all away! As a sports rebreather aimed specifically at the recreational market, this is exactly what is needed to bring rebreathers to the general diving community.

The Explorer, being a semi-closed unit, uses Nitrox only – a opposed to CCR’s which use pure Oxygen and a diluent for the oxygen (air normally) –  It uses a 6l cylinder and comes complete with its own BCD. Advanced safety features include the fully electronic checklist, idiot proof locking mechanisms for sorb canister and electronics units, a CO2 tracker, sorb tracker, an enforced pre-breathe sequence and even an automatic dump should you get water in the loop!

The obvious advantages of rebreathers are always extended bottom, quiet, bubble free and warm diving – this unit has just added simplicityBig B22

PADI members interested in completing the PADI Rebreather and the PADI Advanced Rebreather course on the Hollis Explorer, Poseidon Discovery or the AP diving Evolution – all PADI “type R” registered units – are welcome to contact me Peter Driessel, [email protected] and he will put you in touch with me.

Current Rebreather Instructors and divers can also do   additional unit certification courses to be able to either teach or dive the new units.

Get Involved With ScubaEarth™

Get Involved With ScubaEarth™

Use ScubaEarth to help increase entry-level diver certifications.

PADI Members are the hub of ScubaEarth, the new PADI online scuba resource and social community for divers and other water lovers. As a PADI Member, there are numerous opportunities to promote your ScubaEarth presence and use it to help grow your business.

Here are three ways to do so:

Target PADI Discover Scuba Diving Participants

PADI Discover Scuba Diving participants are an ideal group to introduce to ScubaEarth, since they are looking to learn what scuba diving is all about before taking the full certification course. Use the customizable materials available on the PADI Pros’ site, such as the flyer template, to outline directions on how to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth. Pass these flyers out before or after your Discover Scuba Diving classes, and let participants know how they’ll benefit from joining your crew, such as being the first to know about gear specials, upcoming dive trips or other store promotions.

Hold an Open Day

Open days are an excellent occasion to showcase your dive operation and market ScubaEarth. Consider a call-out on your invitation for attendees to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth, or download signage—such as ScubaEarth posters from the Pros’ Site—to hang or display during your event. Another way to encourage visitors to join your Dive Crew on ScubaEarth is to have a computer or laptop available for people to sign up at the open house. You can even offer an incentive for those who do, such as a free air fill or small incentive on a future gear purchase.

Local Schools and Colleges

This is the perfect market to reach out to help you grow your business through ScubaEarth. Students are highly active on social websites and ScubaEarth is a perfect for those interested in diving or those who are already divers. For example, let students know how they can join your Dive Crew to get more information about activities you offer, such as group specials or promotions.

Get creative! Regardless of how you choose to market ScubaEarth to new and potential divers, identify the opportunities and use the resources you have available to communicate your ScubaEarth presence every chance you get to keep your customers engaged and excited about diving.

Using PADI’s Youtube to help market your business

YouTube is ranked 2nd for all searches on the internet, and its not even a search engine in the traditional sense.  So we know that video is big.  In fact who has’t watched a video on YouTube be it the Evolution of dance, or what happens when you combine a popular drink with a brand of soft mints or even a keyboard playing cat (yes thats right 31,199,425 views!)

Did you know PADI has 2 Youtube channels?

PADI Pro TV  is a great resource for PADI members to check out How to videos or to find videos promoting PADI products in various languages, check it out.

We also have PADI consumer YouTube channel where you can find a selection of videos  either from our Video of the Week playlist, videos promoting PADI Courses,  the Pro Lifestyle or amazing scuba snack videos.

We’ve just published our brand new Go Dive video, to help inspire people to go Dive the PADI way.  Check it out:

All PADI’s videos can be used by you to promote your business.   Do you have a YouTube Channel? If so you can create playlist of our videos, this means you get new content for your channel without having to spend hours filming and editing extra material.  Save time but get new content.

No YouTube channel?  Then why not embeb our videos in your Website or send a link via your eNewsletter.   Use out new Go Dive video to engage new and existing customers to dive with you!

Remember to check back often to see what new videos we have that you can use to promote your Business.


Dive for Charity this winter in South Africa

IMG_2075 (Medium) (2)Conrad Lamond PADI Instructor and owner of Aquamania, Mooivaal & Basslake Adventure are hosting an annual charity event called the Ice Breaker & Potjie Kos competition. The Sole purpose of this event is to try and raise non perishable food items & old clothing for less fortunate people in our area, while it’s a fun day for divers. Entries received this year so far is from areas of Pretoria, Alberton, Kroonstad & Vaal Triangle. We are very lucky that so many dive schools support this initiative.

After the huge success of last year’s Ice Breaker & Potjie Kos Competition, we will again be organising this ‘Dive for Charity’ event on the 7th July 2013 at Bass Lake. 2012 saw 53 divers from 7 different dive schools brave the rather cold water; we managed to collect over 600 items of non-perishable food, which along with the leftover food form all the potjies was distributed to a number of needy homes in the Vaal Triangle.

For the day itself we invite teams of max 6 people to enter the potjie kos competition, each team member pays a competition entry fee in the form of a non-perishable food item. Each team must have at least one diver completing a dive, if they don’t have a diver they can “buy” a diver with a 10liter bucket filled with non-perishable food. The excess food that is prepared for the potjie kos competition also needs to be donated to charity, that will be distributed on the day to less fortunate homes with the help of the staff at Mooi Vaal media. Divers then also enter lucky draws by completing a dive, supplying us with their dive info (for stats purposes).

A number of prizes were given out last year:IMG_2085 (Medium) (2)

3rd Place – Dive Buddies from Kroonstad

2nd Place – Team Secmec from Vereeniging

1st Place – Scoobadoo from Pretoria

Best Team Spirit – The HandiCAPABLES from Pretoria

We also had 13 lucky draw prizes.

IMG_2003 (Medium)We are working hard to make the 2013 event bigger and better than last year, and would like to ask if you would be interested in supporting us, by either entering a team or sponsoring some prizes (or both). Your company is invited to exhibit your products with strict terms & conditions. Please contact us if you are interested: [email protected].

We are planning to give goodie bags to the first 200 entries; your company is more than welcome to add to this goodie bag.

For more information regarding the event, and to see some photos of Ice Breaker 2012 please visit

ScubaEarth Update – New Features & Improvements

ScubaEarth Update – New Features & Improvements

As you know, every day around the world, divers are exploring the underwater world by logging dives, taking photos, encountering amazing marine life and exploring fascinating sites. ScubaEarth is the online destination where all these things come together so divers can easily research and share their passion for diving. Importantly, PADI Members benefit from being at the center of this new and exciting online community.

The ScubaEarth team have been working tirelessly to improve the ScubaEarth experience for PADI Members and consumers since the BETA launch. Your feedback has helped us make important upgrades and refinements on the last few months. These include an overall faster site, improvements to logging a dive, general website fixes, and the ability to log in through Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn.

There are also some exciting new features launching in the next few weeks as part of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving updates which will help you promote this. These Discover Scuba Diving participants will enjoy having access to a trial of the new ScubaEarth Dive Dashboard and PADI eCards benefits. The Dive Dashboard is a dynamic real-time feature that lets divers track dive sites, marine species, buddies and destinations on interactive slates. They can easily add and customize slates to their preferences and keep track of what’s most important to them. They also have the great benefit of free access to all their PADI eCards, such as if they completed their PADI Open Water Diver course after their Discover Scuba Diving experience.

What’s New Snapshot:

  • Faster Website Speeds.
  • Logging A Dive Improvements.
  • Multiple Website Fixes.
  • Social Media Log In.
  • Advanced Search.
  • Profile Edit Refinements.
  • FAQ & Help Sections.
  • Photo Improvements.
  • Dive Site Refinements.
  • PADI Updates.

You can register for ScubaEarth via the PADI Pros’ Site or if you haven’t logged in for a while, please take the time to log in via to view all the latest updates and see what’s new on ScubaEarth this month!