PIC Online Worksheet and Project AWARE Donations

The PIC Online Worksheet (519DT) is a form designed to help dive centres and instructors collect the information needed to complete the PIC online process when certifying students. As with paper PICs, student divers have the opportunity to support Project AWARE with a donation. However processing Project AWARE donations through PIC Online is not as straight forward as with paper PICs.

PIC Online Worksheet

What is the PIC Online Worksheet and how should it be used?

The PIC Online Worksheet includes 2 sections: Part 1 is where all the information about the certification itself is entered and Part 2 is where your student personal details are captured. The form also includes a Project AWARE section where payment details can be added to support ocean conservation by choosing the AWARE limited edition version of your student certification card. Unlike the paper PIC and Project AWARE insert, the PIC Online Worksheet does not need to be returned to PADI. The worksheet is a tool for you to use to collect student information that need to be entered online as part of the PIC Online process. However, like with any forms used to collect personal data including payment details, it is important to follow best practices in how this data is handled. In practice, it means that if you use the PIC Online worksheet, it’s important to:

  • Be transparent with your students about how you intend to use their data;
  • Keep the data safe and secure at all times;
  • Ensure that the information on the form is securely discarded;

Why is the CVV number field missing?

Even though the PIC Online Worksheet is a tool for you to help you collect all the information needed to process your student certifications online, some information such as the CVV (Card Verification Value) must be collected separately from the rest of the card details due to PCI regulations. We understand this adds to the administrative burden of collecting Project AWARE donations when processing certification cards online. We know some dive centres and instructors are collecting the Project AWARE donation from their students by cash and use the stores or their personal credit card details to process the donation via the PIC Online Process. We understand that this may not be a suitable option for all instructors or dive centres.

How do I make it easy for my students to support Project AWARE?

With more and more PICs now being processed online, less certification cards are being processed with Project AWARE donations. Yet, the threats facing our oceans continue to grow. With these issues in mind, Project AWARE launched 100% AWARE – A Partner Giving Programme exclusively for PADI Members. 100% AWARE means that you can:

  • Streamline PIC Online Process – give all of your students the AWARE certification card, in one easy step. All your students receive a Project AWARE card and you no longer need to process your students’ credit card details through the PIC online process.
  • Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification.
  • Create loyal customers who appreciate and value your commitment to conservation.
  • Partner with Project AWARE to protect the underwater world your business relies on.
  • Gain positive exposure to a movement of millions of scuba divers worldwide.

2014 Project AWARE certification card

Project AWARE relies on financial support from environmentally concerned divers to achieve its mission and work towards a return to a clean healthy ocean for us today and future generations of divers. Donations through the PADI’s certification process is critical to secure funds to support Project AWARE’s ongoing battle to protect vulnerable shark and ray species and protect marine life from the onslaught of marine debris.

Make it easy for your students to support ocean conservation and make it easy for you to show your commitment to Project AWARE. Become a 100% AWARE partner today! Go to: http://bit.ly/100PercentAWARE to download an application form.

For more information about the PIC Online Worksheet, contact Customer Services or visit the Online Processing Center in the PADI Pros’ Site to download the Step by Step Guide to PIC Online processing.

PADI Member Renewals Season – Renew Your Support for the Ocean!

2015 PADI Member Renewal The PADI Member Renewal season is here! Our ocean needs your renewed support and you can help protect the ocean you love with a donation to Project AWARE.

When you make a donation of £15, €15, 20CHF or more with your PADI Member Renewal you’ll receive a limited edition Project AWARE eco mask strap as a special thank you. There’s 4 Easy Ways to Donate:

1)      Setting up Automatic Renewal for the first time? You canadd your donation amount online on the PADI Auto Renewals page.

2)      If your Auto Renewal is already set up simply email your PADI Team to add the donation for you.

3)      Choose the donate option when you complete your renewal online.

4)      Complete the PADI Member Renewal 2015 Form which will be mailed directly to you.

Together, with each victory, we’re giving the ocean a voice and placing marine species on the global agenda. Your donation will help protect vulnerable sharks and rays from the biggest threat they face today – overexploitation.

With your support, Project AWARE can take every opportunity to ensure that sharks and rays will not disappear on our watch.

Ask your PADI Team to add the donation for you: [email protected]

Project AWARE is an award winning non-profit that truly appreciates your support with a commitment to efficiently using your funds for maximum marine conservation impact with innovative global programs.

Historic Advances in International Shark and Ray Conservation

Facebook CMS Banner SuccessFINtastic News from Project AWARE: The Voice of the Dive Community has been Heard – 21 Shark and Ray Species Listed Under Convention on Migratory Species!

On Sunday 9 November,The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, at their 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Quito, Ecuador (CMSCoP11), agreed to adopt all 21 shark and ray proposals.

“We are elated by the overwhelming commitment expressed by CMS Parties for safeguarding some of the world’s most imperiled shark and ray species, including the highly endangered sawfishes,” said Sonja Fordham of Shark Advocates International, a project of The Ocean Foundation. “Today’s unprecedented actions more than triple the number of shark and ray species slated for enhanced conservation initiatives.” (…)

“From hammerheads of the Galapagos to threshers in the Philippines, sharks are incredibly popular attractions for divers,” noted Ania Budziak of Project AWARE.“With increasing recognition of the economic benefits of associated tourism, divers’ voices are playing a key role in winning protections for these iconic species.” (…)

Read the Full Press Release Here

CMS listing is just the beginning – help Project AWARE continue its work. Support Project AWARE TODAY! www.projectaware.org/donateCMS2014 #SharksWithoutBorders

Showcase Your Local Diving – New Facebook Video Contest

Video ContestWe all know that a photo is worth a thousand words, but a great video can leave one speechless!

This is your chance to share with us and the diving community just how good your local diving spot is. Whether your local dive site is in the diverse waters of Australia, the tropical Bahamas or the surprise-packed United Kingdom, we want you to share it with us.

What should your video look like? We’re looking for video that…

  • Represents your local diving
  • Showcases your local marine life and top dive sites
  • Is short, sharp and engaging

How to enter:

Entries must be submitted via the PADI Facebook Page and should include video of between 60 – 90 seconds. To be able to enter, your video will need to be hosted on a video hosting website such as YouTube or Vimeo. Only one entry is allowed per person.

Entries open November 3rd, 2014 and close on November 26th, 2014.
The winner will be chosen by popular vote by December 10th, 2014.

There will be three great prizes, with one winner and two runner ups receiving scuba diving gear from our friends at Huish Outdoors. Full prize details will be available soon.

Need some inspiration? Check out our 2013 winner:

Manuel Bustelo submitted his video from Ibiza, Spain and showcased a different side to the Island that it is commonly known for. You can view and be inspired by Manuel’s 2013 winning video atwww.vimeo.com/79833995.

Contest Terms & Conditions and Prize Details available on the contest tab on the PADI Facebook Page.

PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ Wins Attention of Adobe Systems

OWDT_FPADI, the largest scuba diving training organization with over 136,000 members worldwide, is well known for embracing the latest technology within the diving industry. Products such as ScubaEarth and the PADI App pave the way for digital divers and support the core mission of helping people worldwide learn how to scuba dive.

PADI course materials have continually evolved with emerging technologies, and are developed with student divers’ learning and convenience in mind. Over the decades PADI has published a range of materials including face-to-face presentations, manuals, workbooks, CD-ROMS, DVDs, PADI eLearning and more.

“Mobile devices have had the most rapid acceptance of any technology in history and people expect to do everything — including learn to dive — with them.” – Drew Richardson, CEO and President, PADI Worldwide

Today, more and more consumers are using mobile devices to download, view and interact with content. iOS and Android tablets have become the new classroom and PADI’s move towards tablet-based training makes it easier than ever to reach student divers wherever they go.

“We have always been on the cutting edge with adapting technology to our educational system so creating an app was a natural next step for our materials”– Drew Richardson, CEO and President, PADI Worldwide

Continuing to innovate the way the world learns to dive, the revolutionary PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ is a tablet edition of the PADI Open Water Diver course. It combines cutting-edge software with expert instruction to bring the most popular scuba diving course in the world to the fingertips of aspiring underwater explorers.

With course content available offline without need for Wi-Fi access, the PADI Open Water Diver Touch is perfect for recapping dive theory in remote diving destinations or during flights. It supports educational studies which show that immersive, interactive material such as tablet content is more readily absorbed compared to traditional print materials.

Even PADI Instructors are noticing the benefit; many state how PADI Open Water Diver Touch students seem better prepared for practical sessions, undoubtedly a result of the accessible, hands-on and fun approach – the secret to successful learning.

“Students love the folio, and I think it was only available for about 10 minutes when instructors were calling me and telling me they love it too. The folio is education that entertains and holds people’s attention.” – Karl Shreeves, Technical Development Executive, PADI Worldwide

A student diver’s journey starts by downloading the free PADI Digital Library App (available from the iTunes App Store for iOS and Android Apps on Google Play) and registering for the PADI Open Water Diver Touch program via their local PADI Dive Center or Resort. When updates are available, the PADI Digital Library App will send a push notification to alert the user so they can stay up to date with the latest downloads.

The PADI Open Water Diver Touch uses the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to integrate compelling text with fun videos, audio clips, animations, illustrations, quizzes, photos and other highly interactive elements. Supporting interactivity and gesture-led navigation, the use of Adobe DPS made it easy to deliver an intuitive, content-led learning experience to student diver, ensuring they access the right content at the right time in their training.

“We set out to invent the future of diver education. PADI Open Water Diver Touch is a fully interactive application that engages students with the materials. It combines the entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book all rolled into one.” – Karl Shreeves, Technical Development Executive, PADI Worldwide

Countless students around the world have already fallen in love with the PADI Open Water Touch; the interactive, immersive experience brings diving alive in a way never seen before, giving them a view of underwater life before they even reach sand or sea.

But the PADI Open Water Diver Touch hasn’t just turned the heads of students and dive professionals; it’s caught the eye of software giant Adobe Systems, too. Adobe – the name behind global products such as Acrobat Reader, Photoshop and Flash Player – were so impressed with the inventive use of DPS in bringing scuba diver training to life that they’ve created an entire case study on how PADI have taken the DPS to new levels.

Visiting the PADI Americas regional headquarters in California, Adobe filmed one-one interviews with the PADI staff who held key roles in the creation of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch. View the resulting video below and the online case study document here.

“Throughout the development stages of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, we knew we were creating a first-of-its kind technology for the industry, and ultimately changing the way people learn to dive. Leveraging Adobe’s DPS technology enabled PADI to achieve this goal with an amazing platform that pushes our content out across mobile channels. What we didn’t expect was to gain Adobe’s interest in learning more about our development of the program, and using it as a case study for DPS. We’re grateful to have developed a relationship with Adobe through this and look forward to leveraging its technology for future endeavors.” – Drew Richardson, CEO and President, PADI Worldwide.

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The case study will be distributed by Adobe Systems to promote the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to new and existing clients, but the resulting global exposure will benefit of PADI, PADI Members and the diving industry as a whole by opening doors to a wider audience of potential scuba divers.

By choosing the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, PADI development staff were able to create the PADI Open Water Diver Touch and PADI Digital Library App without the usual expense and time resources demanded by folio production. This has created opportunity for a series of PADI Touch programs to be rolled out in future, such as the newly-launched PADI Equipment Specialist Touch™ and PADI ReActivate Touch™. PADI Professionals who access the PADI Digital Library App can also download the “Win with PADI” folio which illustrates PADI’s unique value proposition.

Through Adobe Cloud, PADI have access to a built-in analytics dashboard, with insights that will prove invaluable to ensuring that student divers’ needs continue to be met and exceeded.

“We can learn how people are using and navigating through the folio and where they are spending their time. That helps us make the product better and continue to evolve it.” – Kristin Valette, Vice President Marketing and Communications, PADI Americas

Want to find out more about current PADI Touch products or what’s coming next? Visit www.padi.com/touch or speak to your local PADI Regional Manager or Sales Consultant.

PADI is the ‘Way the World Learns to Dive’ today, tomorrow and for the future. Join the PADI digital revolution now.

Danny Dwyer – New PADI Vice President for Asia Pacific

PADI Worldwide is pleased to announce the promotion of Danny Dwyer to the position of vice president of Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific.

Danny began his diving career in the cooler waters of the south east coast of Australia and then moved to the Whitsundays area of Queensland in the early 1990’s to work as a PADI Instructor on day boats and overnight vessels. He moved to the prestigious Hayman Island Resort to manage the dive operation for two years before returning to the Whitsundays town of Airlie Beach when appointed as dive manager for one of the largest PADI Dive Centres in the Asia Pacific Region. Managing both large and small dive operations and honing his skills on day boats, overnight vessels, resorts and sea planes, Danny gained valuable experience in the busy Queensland dive industry of the 1990s. He was appointed as PADI Regional Manager for north east Australia and Papua New Guinea in 1999 and was based in beautiful Cairns Queensland. During his seven years as a regional manager, Danny enjoyed meeting and working with PADI Members, many of whom were among the largest certifying dive centres in the world. Danny assumed the position of Sales and Field Services manager in 2005 and that of Marketing and Business Development manager in 2008. In 2012, Dwyer was promoted to director, and subsequently in 2013, to senior director of Marketing, Sales and Field Services and Business Development. During his tenure with PADI Asia Pacific, Danny has enjoyed working with strong, focused and results oriented teams in Marketing and Sales and a dedicated team of PADI Regional Managers. He has worked closely with his colleagues throughout PADI Asia Pacific and PADI’s international regional headquarters to create a unified approach to assisting PADI Members exploit market opportunities effectively.

Danny will be joining Henrik Nimb, vice president of Training, Customer Service and Business Development, and Jeremy Coleman, vice president of Finance and Operations on the PADI Asia Pacific top executive team.

In promoting Danny to the position of vice president in the PADI group, Richardson says, “We are both proud and delighted to have Danny join our top global executive team of vice presidents. The talent he brings to the PADI team will be of great value to our members and industry alike. With his expanded influence, Danny will add additional fuel to the number one diver certification brand with the most powerful business support and marketing muscle in the industry.”