New Contest: 12 Days of Scuba

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Between 1st and 12th December, take part in our brand new “12 Days of Scuba” contest and share with your students to get them excited about diving, too!

Every day an exciting new challenge will be unlocked – from photo competitions to creative tasks – and there’s a total of over $2,200 worth of Aqua Lung scuba goodies to be given away over the 12 days.

Prizes sponsored by Aqua Lung include: PRO HD BC, CORE Regulator, Alu Trio Torch, Impression/Linea Mask, Rashguards, Defense Dry Duffel and more!

To enter, simply visit 12 Days of Scuba contest via the PADI Facebook Page.

Click on the daily gift box to see the latest challenge and prize, and submit your entry before midnight each day to be in with a chance to win. You can complete as many or as few as you like, and winners will be announced throughout the 12 days on the contest page.

Make sure you bookmark the contest page and check back each day to enter the next challenge and see the latest winners.

Can YOU complete all twelve days?

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PADI Pro Member Benefit #5: New Online Processing Center

Recently re-launched with a brand new, user friendly design, the Online Processing Center is an online service available to all renewed PADI Professionals

The Online Processing Center can be accessed via the PADI Pros Site, and the responsive design ensures it can be easily accessed from your mobile or tablet via the PADI Pros’ Site Lite.

As a renewed PADI Professional you can use the Online Processing Center to:

  • Manage and allocate Digital Crewpak codes
  • Process student certifications
  • Process replacement card and eCard orders
  • Download reports for digital products in each status
  • View the digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes
  • Filter and sort options of digital code data

The Online Processing Center is available in multiple languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

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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)

New Rules in Europe covering Alternate Air Sources

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EN250 StandardThe main changes that will affect any regulators manufactured in accordance with the new (2014) version of the standard are as follows:

  • An octopus rig is not a preferred option if the depth is greater than 30m or the water temperature is less than 10°C, instead an alternative fully independent system is advised.
  • Regulator first stages which are not designed for cold water performance shall be marked with “>10°C”.
  • Regulator first stages may be marked with a lower working temperature if specified by the manufacturer.
  • Regulators first stages will be stamped with an “A” if they are compatible to be fitted with an alternate air source (octopus rig).

These changes will come into effect gradually as more regulators are manufactured according to the revised standard. If you have any questions on how you can use a particular regulator, you should approach the manufacturer for advice.

Enjoy More of the PADI Family Benefits!

For a limited period PADI is offering IDC Crewpak bolt-on merchandise packages to Individual PADI Pros and Dive Centres. Whether for yourself, your Dive Centre or for IDC candidates, take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold packages on offer. And when bought together with an IDC Crewpak enjoy a further discount.

Bronze package:

  • 85209 – iContour pen
  • 85202 – Key fob
  • 85201 – Bubbles lanyard
  • 85207 – Water bottle (black)
  • 82019 – Mouse mat
  • 82713 – Yellow sunglasses
  • 85200 – Wrist band
  • 85212DB – Carabiner clip
  • 80079 – EFR keyring
  • 80555 – Orange Eynsford bag

Price with IDC Crewpak (60038) – £20/€28
Price without IDC Crewpak – £25/€34

Silver Package:

  • 85209 – iContour pen
  • 85202 – Key fob
  • 85201 – Bubbles lanyard
  • 82019 – Mouse mat
  • 82290_l82713 –  Yellow sunglasses
  • 85200 – 5 Wrist bands
  • 85212DB – Carabiner clip
  • 82290  – Red water bottle
  • 80026 – EFR mug
  • 80079 – EFR keyring
  • 80555 – Orange Eynesford bag
  • 85210 – Valencia silver pen

Price with IDC Crewpak (60038) – £32/€44
Price without IDC Crewpak – £37/€50

Gold package:

  • 80026_l85209 – iContour pen
  • 85202 – Key fob
  • 85201 – Bubbles lanyard
  • 82019 – Mouse mat
  • 82713 – Yellow sunglasses
  • 85200 – 5 Wrist bands
  • 85212DB – 3 Carabiner clips
  • 82110 – Instructor hat
  • 82285 – Blue water bottle
  • 80026 – EFR mug
  • 80079 – EFR keyring
  • 80555 – Orange Eynesford bag
  • MKT82717 – Green sunglasses
  • 85210 – Valencia silver pen
  • 82299 – Flexi clock
  • 82619 – Shark key ring
  • WX1303PI10 – A4 folder with notepad and pen
  • 82714 – Black mug

Price with IDC Crewpak (60038) – £45/€62
Price without IDC Crewpak – £50/€68

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

Missed Auto Renewal? Sign up during your Online Renewal and you’ll still get the benefits!

The Auto Renewal option for 2016 PADI Professional membership renewal has now finished, but if you didn’t register in time or your card details were not up to date, don’t worry!

Simply sign up for Auto Renewal at the same time as completing the online renewal option. You’ll still be able to take advantage of the reduced fee for 2016 and you’ll be re-registered for Auto Renewal next November.

Click here to complete your online renewal

About Auto Renewal

PADI’s Auto Renewal service entitles you to a reduced annual membership fee, saving you both time and money. Once registered, PADI will renew your professional PADI membership every year using your credit card information. If applicable, we’ll also renew your EFR credentials at the same time.

With Auto Renewal, you don’t need to complete any paperwork or worry about your renewal date – we’ll take care of everything so you can continue to enjoy all of your benefits 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)

Pro Dive-PE Reaches its 10,000 PADI Diver Certification Milestone!

Pro Dive-PE (Port Elizabeth), one of South Africa’s largest dive centers, has recently reached its 10,000 PADI Diver Certification Milestone. Pro Dive’s passion for diving means it has become one of South Africa’s most popular diver training facilities, offering a full range of PADI courses from entry level to Instructor, including PADI Specialties.

Pro Dive also has a facility in Plettenberg Bay, within the Beacon Isle Hotel, which offers shore dives, boat dives and on-site introductions to diving.

As well as superb diver training and diving experiences, Pro Dive offers those who want to dive regularly, a dive club. The Pro Dive Club rewards its divers with special offers and deals on equipment and dive packages, making it very affordable for people to log dives.

PADI is proud to call Pro Dive a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre and looks forward to working with the Dive Centre to achieve its next 10,000 certifications!

Dive into the Digital Age in 2016

The PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading products designed to modernise and enrich the learning experience of students and PADI Professionals. Make the switch to Digital Products in 2016 and you’ll see immediate benefits:

  • Give your students a fun, interactive way to learn
  • Purchase and receive products on-demand, straight away
  • Save on stocking and shipping costs with digital delivery
  • Help the environment by cutting back on paper

PADI Touch Products

PADI’s Touch Products in particular will catapult your diving business into the digital age, offering a rich and immersive experience to students that’s available straight from their mobile or tablet device anytime, anywhere. Using a highly intuitive navigation style, they’ll be able to interact and expand their diving knowledge through text, images, videos, quizzes and more.

PADI ReActivate Touch™ – students will be encouraged to jump back into diving or simply refresh their knowledge with a fully prescriptive approach and a ReActivated certification card included.

PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ – as the first step, new divers will be able to learn the PADI Open Water Diver course syllabus on a modern platform, as well as log their training dives electronically.

PADI Equipment Specialist Touch™ – students will see how equipment works and fits together by exploring 3D diagrams, helping to drive new equipment sales and the importance of servicing.

PADI Freediver Touch™ – new or existing divers can learn about the principles of freediving with this brand new product which accompanies the recently-launched PADI Freediver program.

PADI Touch products can be purchased from your PADI Sales Consultant or via the e-Shop, and are allocated to students via the Online Processing Center. Students can then download their copy onto their iOS or Android device via the free PADI Library App.

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PADI App

The PADI App, available in multiple languages, is another Digital Product designed to deliver valuable content to divers and PADI Pros on the go.

Divers can use this one-stop diving hub to search for their nearest dive shop, browse travel destinations, remind themselves of important items with checklists and even log their dives. They’ll also have access to any of their purchased eCards, whilst renewed PADI Professionals automatically get these for free for all of diver- and professional-level certifications.

PADI Digital Product Tools

To help you make the most of PADI’s Digital Product range, we’ve created some useful tools to allow you to find out more about each product and how to sell them, as well as marketing tools to help promote them to your students.

Renew before 31 Dec and get a FREE Digital Product

If you’re a PADI Professional and renew your PADI Membership for 2016 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!

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.

Plus: Visit the PADI Online Shop and get 5 for 4 on all digital products*. That’s a saving of 20%! Click here for terms and conditions and more details on these offers.

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

PADI Pro Member Benefit #4: Social Networks for PADI Pros

Social MediaIn addition to the PADI Pros’ Site and other PADI Member publications (online and print), you can access relevant content from our PADI Professional social media channels.

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The PADI Pro YouTube channel not only provides a number of ‘how-to’ videos to help you make the most of PADI tools and training, it also features a range of promotional videos that you are able to share across your own networks to help boost new diver acquisition and sales.

In addition, the PADI Pros Facebook and PADI Pros Twitter pages will keep you up to date with global and regional news from your local PADI office and Regional Managers, as well as the latest sales offers, webinar sessions and other business, training and marketing tips.

scubaearth_ecardsFinally, ScubaEarth is PADI’s own social platform and has over 200,000 users with this number continuing to grow at a rapid pace. If your business is not taking advantage of this active community yet, head over to www.scubaearth.com and create a free account today. You can connect with your dive crew and customers, promote trips and promotions and showcase equipment brands in the Gear Locker, and view your certifications. Find out more about why you should join this expanding online dive community today.

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)

Project AWARE Success at DEMA 2015

Dive Against Debris Workshops DEMA 2015The annual DEMA Show put on by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association is more than just a scuba diving trade show – it’s the dive industry’s event of the year.

With diving equipment manufacturers, training and certification organizations, apparel producers, travel companies and philanthropies from across the globe in attendance, it’s a chance for all members of the dive industry to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Project AWARE has been honored to attend the DEMA show alongside PADI with great success in past years, and this year was no exception.

As we’re just now catching our breath after a whirlwind week of travel, meetings and Dive Against Debris training workshops, we’d like to take a moment to say, THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our supporters – dive centers, scuba instructors, ocean enthusiasts and marine conservation advocates – you helped make our presence at the 2015 DEMA show an incredible success.

Not only did we enjoy meeting many new members of our dive community in the Project AWARE booth, we were absolutely blown away by the attendance at our first-ever Dive Against Debris training workshops. Close to 200 of you attended! You asked pertinent data-reporting questions and worked together to find solutions. You listened intently and learned techniques and best practices for reporting more frequent, more accurate Dive Against Debris data. We shared our Dive Against Debris action kits with you so that you now have not only the knowledge, but also the tools to get the work done. We’re grateful to have shared that experience with you, and cannot wait to see your Dive Against Debris efforts expand in the coming year. You are our newest Dive Against Debris ambassadors.

Our community of empowered citizen scientists is growing, and now more than ever, we’re positively impacting our ocean environments through Dive Against Debris. Thank you to our dedicated community that makes this possible.

Activate your inner citizen scientist! Participate in Dive Against Debris today and join the growing number of Dive Against Debris Instructors.

PADI Open Water Diver Touch now available in Arabic

1112 Arabic Open Water Touch Blog GraphicWith the growing trend of consumers moving towards mobile devices and interactive displays, it was only natural for PADI to continue to lead the way in technological advancements within the dive industry. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch Digital Certification Paks are now available in Arabic, Dutch, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Korean and English.

These Certification Paks bring the traditional Crewpak to a fully integrated digital-delivery system and a welcome addition to the ever expanding PADI Digital Product Suite. To download the full PADI Digital Product Suite brochure click here.

Open Water Certification Pak – Offline (Touch) includes:
– Open Water Diver Touch
– Open Water Diver eManual
– Open Water Video clips
– eRDPml Touch/Digital RDP Tables
– eTraining Dive Log
– Certifying Credit (PIC)

Where do I find it?

PADI Library App, and ScubaEarth for the eTraining Dive Log

Who can purchase it?

PADI Members can purchase it via PADI Sales Consultants or the PADI eShop. Students can purchase it through padi.com.

For more information about how to buy and sell PADI Touch products click here

Do I need an internet connection?

This is only necessary for the initial download to the PADI Library App, to submit Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, Final Exam and to Log Training Dives on ScubaEarth.

For more information and/or to order copies of the Open Water Diver Certification Pak – Offline, contact [email protected], call your PADI Sales Consultant (+44 (0) 117 300 7234) or visit the PADI eShop.