PADI Pro Member Benefit #2: Consultant Services

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As a renewed PADI Professional, you have a full team of industry experts at your local PADI office who are ready to support you in your diving, teaching and career development activities.

You have access to consultants specialising in:

  • Training
  • Quality Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Product Integration
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • …and more

Our team will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have. Click here to view contact information and take advantage of the wide expertise that is available to help you maximise your opportunities as a renewed PADI Professional.

Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234)

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 3: Who are your potential Adventure Divers?

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Any qualified diver can choose to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Adventure Dives linked to Specialty Diver courses teach existing divers new techniques and give them the tools and knowledge they need to enhance their diving exploration.

There are over 25 Specialty courses available, covering a vast range of topic from photography to dive equipment and from marine life to wreck diving. There really is something to suit every diver!

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old can enrol in an Adventure Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check the PADI Instructor Manual for more information on pre-requisites.

Top tips to attract new Adventure Divers

  • Use your existing customer database to send email newsletters and offers to promote upcoming adventure dives or special offers.
  • Make sure you include plenty of information during your PADI Open Water Diver courses so that your new, keen students will know what their next step will be and how easy it is for them to carry on their training. Many divers will get the bug after their first course and this is a great time to encourage them to book the next one.
  • Offer special packages to help cross-sell your courses and equipment, for example:
      • Digital Underwater Photographer adventure dive bundled with a new camera and accessory sales offer
      • 2.7.12.1-scuba-accessoriesDeep Diver and Wreck Diver adventure dives bundled with a discounted dive trip to a local deep wreck site
      • Drysuit Diver and Ice Diver adventure dives plus a discount on new drysuits
      • Underwater Navigator adventure dive plus a compass and slate accessory set
  • Make sure you have plenty of promotional materials inside and outside your store to advertise your adventure dives. You never know when you’ll spark the interest of divers who are passing by. Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers.

For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

PADI Pro Member Benefit #1: Free eCards

PADI_eCard_phonesAs a renewed PADI Professional, you’ll have access to all of your recreational-level and professional-level eCards – for free!

To access your eCards, simply download the latest version of the PADI App, log in with your SSO username and password. Click on ‘eCards’ from the main menu and you’ll see a list of your certifications.

With access to your eCards in one handy place on your smartphone or mobile device, you’ll be ready to demonstrate your credentials whenever and wherever you need to.

You can also log in to ScubaEarth and click on “My Certifications” from the left hand menu to see a list of your current ratings along with badges, share options and a link to replace each card.

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Remember: renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st December 2015 and you’ll be able take advantage of our special renewal offers. Find out more here.

Ready to renew? Click here to renew your membership online, or contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or telephone (+44 (0)117 3007234).

Online Renewal Now Open for 2016 PADI Professional Membership

PADI online renewal is now available! Take advantage of the special online discount by renewing your membership on the PADI Pros’ Site today!

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Don’t forget that PADI’s Automatic Renewal service saves you even more money and registering is easy – sign up for this service during your online renewal and start enjoying the benefits straight away.

Complete your renewal before 31st December and you’ll be able to take advantage of our free digital product renewal offer as a thank you for renewing, by choosing from either a free PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF to you straight away.

That’s not all! You can get an additional 5 for 4 offer on all digital products; that’s a saving of 20%!* Don’t miss this chance to save on PADI’s latest digital products – Renew your membership and contact your PADI Sales Representative to claim your free Open Water Diver Touch or Equipment Specialist Touch today!

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Together We’re #1 In Diving!

It’s no mystery why PADI is the world’s leading diver training organization. Members value the high quality of PADI materials and excellent customer service while divers get the benefits. All of this has made PADI the global leader and most trusted source for diver training since 1966.

*Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

Get to Know Your PADI Office: Sales Team

In this article, you can find out more information about the PADI Sales Team, who are ready to support you by placing sales orders, providing product advice (including content, recommended use, benefits to students and pricing) advice on maximising sales (through course offerings, marketing products and pricing courses) and by helping you to meet your customers’ product needs.

You can find out more about each of the team below, including contact information. Alternatively for general enquiries please contact the sales department at: [email protected].


Terry Johnson – Sales Manager

terry198x300An established PADI Course Director, manages the PADI Sales Department for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Languages: English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007398

Barry Fudge – Supervisor, Sales and Corporate Accounts

Barry supports Redistribution customers, sales within the South African region, and the day-to-day running of the sales department and consultant team.

Languages: English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: barry_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007322

Simona Barravecchia – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

SimonaSimona provides product advice and sales support to the Greek and Italian regions (including Italian Switzerland).

Languages: Italian (native), English, Spanish
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: simona_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007807

Ola Fraser – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Olga-Fraser-150x150Ola provides product advice and sales support to the Central Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Nordic and Croatia/Slovenia regions.

Languages: Polish (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: ola_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007359

Amir Khalil – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Amir provides product advice and sales support to the Middle East (Region 14) and Egypt (Region 20) regions, and Arabic-speaking members located in other regions.

Languages: Arabic (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: amir_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007317

Linq Mussers – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Linq provides product advice and sales support to the Netherlands, Flemish-speaking Belgium, UK (South) and Ireland.

Languages: Dutch (native), English, German
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: linq_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007318

Gorka Otaola – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Gorka-OtaolaGorka provides product advice and sales support to Spain, Canary Islands and Portugal. He also looks after the e-Shop and the publication of the annual price list.

Languages: Spanish (native), English
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: gorka_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007315

Margriet Schuur – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Margriet provides product advice and sales support to the UK (North), Cyprus, Israel and Turkey.

Languages: Dutch (native), English, German
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007355
Sarah Williams – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Sarah provides product advice and sales support to France, French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland, the French West Indies, Austria and Malta.

Languages: English (native), French, German, Italian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Skype: sarah_padi
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007320

Julia Wratschko – Sales Representative and Product Consultant

Julia provides product advice and sales support to German-speaking regions as well as the Maldives.

Languages: German (native), English, Spanish, French
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Telephone: +44 (0) 0117 3007324

 


Your PADI Office

Located in Bristol, UK, the PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Headquarters is your local PADI Office. Here you’ll find a dedicated team ready to support you with the diverse aspects of your business, from Membership and Customer Service enquiries through to Sales, Marketing and Training.

As the largest of the PADI Regional Headquarters, speaking more than 10 different languages and having a spectrum of cultures within our region, we believe it is important to maintain a personal touch and ensure you know who you are working with on a daily basis, and who to contact to assist with your enquiries.

Opening Hours & Contact Information

Mon 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Tue 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Wed 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Thu 08:15 (GMT) to 17:30 (GMT)
Fri 08:15 (GMT) to 16:00 (GMT
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa
The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road
Bristol BS13 8AE
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 300 7234
Fax: +44 (0) 117 971 0400

Email: [email protected]

September Winner for PADI Member Recognition: Orangeshark Diving Centres

Every day – from around the world – divers send PADI a steady stream of correspondence complimenting PADI Dive Centers and Resorts for outstanding customer service.

Each month, the PADI Member Recognition Committee reviews these submissions and selects one PADI Dive Center or Resort Member to be recognized as a global winner, an achievement which also features on the home page of the PADI Pros’ Site.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa is proud to announce that Orangeshark Diving Centres (S-22593, Malta) were selected as the Diver Education Center of the Month for September.

Their achievement follows a nomination by customer Andrew Rafferty:

I would like you to record my formal congratulations for the centre manager Steve Watkinson and Instructor Oliver Weissensteiner for the way in which they delivered the Scuba Diver course at the Orangeshark resort at Golden Sands, Malta.

As a headteacher I was impressed with the way in which the team balanced the elements of learning new skills, enjoyment, and ensuring the health and safety of the participants, which in this case meant meeting the expectations of my 16 yearold stepson and me, some 40 years older.

I also appreciated the communication between team members. After each dive and returning to centre it was obvious that the centre manager, Steve, had already been briefed by his instructor and had made decisions about how the next part of the course should run.

Our Instructor, Oliver, I feel, should be commended for his attention to detail and his thoroughness at every point in the course. He is obviously a skilled diver, but a patient teacher too. On a related note, the trainee Alex who accompanied us was also very supportive.

Their combined skills made our first diving experience memorable. Indeed we were so impressed with Steve and Oliver that we intend to return to Malta to further our skills and attain Open Water Diver standard.

Congratulations to Orangeshark Diving Centres for this exceptional achievement and for their professionalism and dedication to diver training and customer satisfaction!

Want to nomination someone for a future award? If you have experienced outstanding service, or have received praise from a customer and would like to nominate a PADI Member for the PADI Member Recognition awards, please send your nominations to [email protected].

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 2: How easy is it to teach the theory?

How easy is it to teach the theory for these adventure dives?

Very! The easiest way to get started is to have your students register for Advanced Open Water Diver Online (PADI’s eLearning option) to get started immediately.

The web-based system will allow them to learn about seven of the most popular Adventure Dives via an easy to use, interactive online program. The program inclddes videos, audio, pictures and text, plus short quizzes to allow them to gauge their progress and review and correct anything they might happen to miss. This lets them move through the program efficiently and at their own pace.

The adventure dives included in the PADI Open Water Diver Online modules are:

  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

They will also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by you, the PADI Instructor.

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration (though they will have permanent access to their online Adventures in Diving manual).

Once completed, you will be notified that the student has finished and they will be given an eRecord which they can print and bring with them to the dive center.

To finish, simply schedule sessions with your students to review their knowledge development before going on to complete their Adventure Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

PADI Pros! Renew before 31 Dec and get a FREE Digital Product

If you’re a PADI Professional and renew your 2016 PADI Membership before 31st December 2015, you’ll be eligible to receive a FREE copy of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch or PADI Equipment Specialist Touch product. That’s a benefit worth up to £65 / 88€ / 96CHF straight away!

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The PADI Open Water Diver Touch is exciting, interactive and portable and leads the way into digital learning for your students. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch enables customers to prepare for their confined and open water dives anytime and anywhere without need for Wi-Fi access. They will be able to study the PADI Open Water Diver course syllabus, watch engaging videos that will enrich their learning experience, and test their knowledge with interactive quizzes. Learn more.

5PADI Equipment Specialist Touch

The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch is a fully interactive and comprehensive digital product that teaches students about scuba systems, cylinders, regulators, rebreathers, instruments and more. This valuable tool provides a beautifully immersive look into equipment through short video clips and 3D rotating images, giving students a clear representation of how components fit and work together. Learn more.

How to get the offer

Simply complete your PADI Membership renewal for 2016 and you’ll receive an email which will contain further instructions on how to get your free Digital Product.

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Want more digital madness?

Head on over to the PADI Online Shop and get 5 for 4 on all digital products*. That’s a saving of 20%! Just enter the following product codes when placing your order.

  • Open Water Diver Touch – RENDIG01
  • Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak Lite – RENDIG02
  • Adventures in Diving Digital Certification Pak Lite – RENDIG03
  • Equipment Specialist Touch – RENDIG04
  • RDPML Touch – RENDIG05
  • Rescue Digital Certification Pak Lite – RENDIG06
  • PADI Freediver – RENDIG16

Coming Soon – Rescue Diver Touch

For more information, contact your local Sales Consultant at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours.

*Offer ends 31st July 2016. Offer available only on multiples of five of the same product, not available as mix and match. Available to PADI Instructors who have renewed their PADI membership for 2016.

My Top 3 EMEA Dives – Part 3: The Zenobia, Cyprus (Guest blog by Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler)

In this article, guest blogger Alexandra Dimitriou-Engeler concludes her list of top 3 dives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Missed the previous articles? Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2.


Dive Site: Zenobia Wreck

Location: Larnaca, Cyprus
Description: Wreck
Length: 174 meters
Depth: 18 – 42 meters

The Zenobia wreck is one of the top wreck dives on the planet, originally a roll on-roll off (RO-RO) ferry, not unlike the ferries that service the Dover-Calais route between the UK and France.

She sank in 42 meters of water in Larnaca, Cyprus on her maiden voyage in June, 1980 after departing from Malmo, Sweden. Her final destination was Tartous, Syria but she never made it; after just a short while at sea her captain noticed severe steering problems. Investigations showed that the ballast tanks on the port side were filling with water, and there was nothing they could do to stop it.

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Plan the Dive – Dive the Plan with the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate

We all know the saying plan the dive, dive the plan. But what does this mean in reality and how can the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate help you introduce this vital habit to your student?

Planning the dive includes having the proper training, experience and equipment.

The training starts with the PADI Open Water Diver course. Using the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate enables you to assess not only if the student can perform the skill but also if they feel comfortable with it. It also teaches the student self-evaluation and makes them aware of the diving skills and activities they are about to engage in.

During the open water sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course, real-life dive planning is introduced. The Dive Team Check List on the PADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate is a great tool to assist you and your students in this process.

Start with the dive plan and make sure everyone in the group agrees to it, and is prepared for the planned dive. Evaluate the conditions, and check the dive is within your students training and experience. Research the dive site and what can be expected underwater – what potential risk and hazards might there be, as well as entry and exit points. Before the dive, complete safety checks: what to do in case of separation, hand signals, emergency procedures, buddy check (BWRAF), and make a depth, time and pressure plan.

Your students do this under your supervision, but they might find it helpful to have a checklist for themselves, and this will promote self-evaluation on future training and recreational dives they complete.

Students are not required to own a PADI Skill Practice and Planning slate, but make sure you’re ready to sell the product to those who’d like to have one. Not only will this mean extra sales for your business, but it will help them develop and maintain a vital habit. The better prepared they are, the more enjoyable a dive will be. Plan the dive – dive the plan!

60258_lPADI Skill Practice and Planning Slate – Product Codes and Pricing

  • Single slate – 60258 – £5.50/€6.53
  • Pack of 4 – 60261 – £21.00/€24.95
  • Pack of 8 – 60262 – £42.00/€49.90

The price is the same for all member levels.

Place your orders for branded merchandise 24/7, 365 days a year by using the PADI e-Shop via the PADI Pros’ Site, or contact your local Sales Consultant at [email protected] or +44 (0) 117 3007234 during business hours.