PADI Renewal Prize Draw – Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Duncan Pattenden who renewed his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor membership for 2016 and has been selected as the winner of our 2016 Renewal Prize Draw.

Duncan, from South Africa, is the lucky winner of a Suunto D6i dive computer.

We’ll be catching up with him soon to find out more about his plans for 2016 as a renewed PADI Professional – watch this space!

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World ShootOut 2015 Winners – Live Broadcast this Weekend!

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The World ShootOut 2015 underwater photo competition, which hosted 448 photographers from 37 different countries around the world, concluded at the end of last year, and now it’s time to announce the winners!

Two winning ceremonies will be taking place this weekend at boot Dusseldorf 2016, on the central stage of the diving arena, hall 3. Both events will be broadcasted LIVE in HD via YouTube, allowing audiences across the globe to enjoy this exciting event.

Scroll down to view each event and watch the live stream from this page:


WORLD SHOOTOUT 2015

Friday, January 29th, 2 pm GMT+1

On January 29th, all World ShootOut 2015 winners will be announced and awarded with prizes, including a special award for 1st place: a dreamy diving vacation for two in Papua New Guinea including flights from Europe (worth $25,000!).


UW PHOTO GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

Saturday, January 30th, 2 pm GMT+1

Live judging and awards ceremony for the UW Photography Global Championship 2015 will be held on January 30th. The winning team will be awarded with a prize worth $9,000 courtesy of SEACAM and PADI.


Learn more about the World ShootOut and the UW Photo Global Championship at www.worldshootout.org

Päijänne on the Rocks 2016 – Ice Diving in Finland

Antero Joki and EW-Dive will be hosting their traditional winter event for freedivers and scuba divers, Päijänne on the Rocks 2016. This fun ice diving event takes place on 19th March 2016 in Asikkala, Finland.

Lake Päijänne has drinkable water and offers beauty and silence across an incredible ice diving environment. Situated in Lehmonkärki, there are lakeside villas with saunas, fireplaces and cosy fireplaces for après-dive relaxation, and every participant has the chance to win some fantastic prizes from Suunto.

Freedivers can also take part in a challenge: form teams of three and, within safe practices, dive the furthest distance under the ice as possible in 15 minutes. There will be 25 meter distances between holes and only one diver can be under the water at any one time. Last year the record was 650 meters – can you do better?

Due to the nature of the event, spaces for participants will be limited. Bookings should be placed before 31 January 2016.

Prices:

  • Participation fee 30 € (includes the chance to win Suunto prizes)
  • Accommodation for two nights 110 €
  • Evening meal 35 € (gourmet chef in Lehmonkärki)

For questions and to book your space please contact the organiser directly: [email protected]

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Celebrate 50 Years of PADI & Our Shared Passion for the Ocean

PADI Limited Edition cards 50-Year Anniversary Project AWARESince Project AWARE started in 1992 as a marine conservation nonprofit organisation, many PADI divers have shown their support for ocean protection when completing a PADI training course by making a small donation to receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card.

In 2016, as PADI celebrates its 50th Anniversary and long-term commitment to teaching divers the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems, you can join in the celebrations by taking action with Project AWARE, PADI’s preferred environmental partner. We are prouder of what Project AWARE has achieved thanks to the support of its growing movement of divers protecting the ocean one dive at a time.

  • Celebrate 50 Years of PADI and show off your support for ocean protection, visit www.padi.com to request a replacement card and encourage your student divers to choose the Project AWARE Limited Edition PADI cards.
  • Show off your support on Twitter and Instagram: Share the Project AWARE version of your PADI card with the hashtags #MyPADI #MyOcean

2016 CardsAlso available in 2016 is a special Project AWARE limited edition PADI Freediver card only available if you complete a PADI Freediver™ Course and the Project AWARE Manta Ray PADI card. All card choices are subject to stock availability.

Whale and Manta photos courtesy of David Valencia

PADI Pro Member Benefit #8: Free Digital PADI Instructor Manual

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All PADI Professionals who have renewed their PADI Pro membership for 2016 will automatically get free access to the digital edition of the latest PADI Instructor Manual.

The PADI Instructor manual provides all PADI Standards and performance requirements for core PADI courses and programs in a simple, user-friendly format. The digital edition benefits from navigation menus to help search for specific terms or standards with the click of a button.

To download the PADI Instructor Manual, visit the PADI Pros’ Site and select ‘Training Essentials > Digital Instructor Manual’.

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You can then choose to download:

  • The latest edition of the PADI Instructor Manual (*2016 edition coming soon)
  • Versions from previous years
  • Summaries of the changes between each year
  • PADI Instructor Manuals in other languages

PADI Professionals who would still prefer a paper-based copy of the PADI Instructor Manual can order theirs from their PADI Sales Consultant or eShop.

Remember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 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)

Improved Delivery for The Undersea Journal

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Beginning with the first quarter 2016 issue, The Undersea Journal will migrate to a primarily digital delivery format for all PADI Members with a non-US mailing address. This change is to provide immediate access to the latest PADI news, updates and training standards.

Long delays waiting for your publication to arrive will be a thing of the past as The Undersea Journal will be delivered via the popular Zinio platform on your favorite digital device. Once downloaded, you can enjoy the publication online or offline – the choice is yours.

In addition to expedited delivery, migrating The Undersea Journal to a digital format also supports the PADI organization’s commitment to green practices and contributes to the conservation and preservation of our planet.

The Undersea Journal will continue to include all of the content you’ve come to expect including the latest industry updates, member recognition, environmental achievements, dive business education and training standards. It will also continue to include the Training Bulletin, which is required reading for all PADI Members.

If you prefer to continue receiving a print edition of The Undersea Journal, you may change your delivery preference at any time by visiting the Preference Center in the Your Account section at the PADI Pros’ Site. Please note that a change from digital to print delivery is not instantaneous as mail labels may be printed up to six weeks in advance of a mailing.

Expect to receive an email notification of The Undersea Journal’s availability next week. Accessing your magazine from your favorite digital device is easy. From your computer, simply click on the link in the email, create a Zinio account if you don’t already have one and you’re ready to go. For an enhanced experience on your mobile device, download the Zinio app available from the Android, Apple and Microsoft stores. Visit the Zinio Help Center for more details on how to access your magazines.

The Undersea Journal digital version is just the latest in the PADI digital evolution of products and services to help you succeed as a dive professional. For questions regarding the digital Undersea Journal, contact PADI Customer Service.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #7: PADI ProChek and DiveChek Tools

As a renewed PADI Professional, you get the benefit of both PADI ProChek™ and PADI DiveChek™ via the PADI Pros’ Site.

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You can use the ProChek™ tool to check the details of other PADI Members you might be working with, or to show your potential students your own information in order to provide them with instant reassurance of your credentials as a PADI Professional.

The ProChek™ tool is located on the PADI Pros’ Site under ‘Online Services’. Enter a PADI Professional’s membership number to see their highest core rating, current status and the year they were last renewed.

prochekThis information can also be accessed on-the-go via the PADI App (available to download for free on iOS and Android mobile devices) and the PADI.com consumer website.

PADI DiveChek™

If your customer’s have arrived but without their certification cards, the DiveChek™ Online tool is an easy way to help verify their details and save valuable diving time.

The DiveChek™ tool is available on the PADI Pros’ Site under ‘Online Services’. Enter your customer’s full name and date of birth, and you’ll be able to confirm their certification history, the date they completed the training and with which PADI Member/Dive Shop.

You can use the DiveChek™ tool 365 days a year, 24/7 so you can verify your customer’s information instantly without waiting for replacement cards or contacting your local PADI office.

divechek-exampleRemember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 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)

5 Tips for your PADI Pro CV & Job Applications

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Are you searching for a job in the diving industry? As a PADI Pro, you’re already on the right path to your dream career, with incredible opportunities for PADI Divemasters/Instructors.

Of course, as with any “dream job”, there are a lot of other diving professionals who will be competing for the best and most interesting diving jobs in the world – just like you. So, it’s particularly important that you give the best possible impression with your application documents and stand out from the masses of candidates.

To help you succeed in being top of the shortlist, here are 5 tips for your professional CV and application:

#1 Make it look professional

As a PADI Pro you carry a lot of responsibility, and you’ll need to gain the confidence of your customers and guests with a professional attitude. Make sure your CV reflects your professionalism and follow the guidelines that potential employers will expect.

Include an interesting cover letter, a curriculum vitae (CV) with the right amount of detail, and a professional portrait photo of yourself. Check your spelling and grammar, and make sure your documents are well-presented so that they are neat and clear to read.

#2 Keep it short and simple, but be creative

shutterstock_282305675Your potential employer – the owner of dive shop or liveaboard, or the personnel manager in charge – usually have busy days and very long working hours. So, they won’t have much time to make their first selection of candidates based on the applications they receive.

For this reason, it’s especially important for your application documents to be brief. Include all of your information and why you are the right person for the job – “short and sweet” and to the point. To get the added benefit, add some (professional) creativity to your application so that it will be unmistakable.

My tip: search the internet for a wealth of creative templates for your application that will help your structure and creativity whilst covering the main points in #1.

#3 Use a reputable photo in your application

T-shirts, shorts and sunglasses are, in many parts of the world, the work clothes for a professional scuba instructor… but on your application photograph you shouldn’t aim for “cool”. It’s essential your future employer can easily identify you from your photography and see – at a glance – that you would make a professional and respectable candidate for their PADI Divemaster or Instructor.

Use a normal passport photograph, and even better, add an additional full-length shot in smart, professional clothing.

#4 Watch your file size

imagesSome of the finest diving spots on our planet are often off-the-beaten-track and in isolated areas where the internet is not as fast as you might be used to back home. For that reason, make sure the file size of any digital applications – including your CV and any photos – are not too large. Avoid any applications which are larger than 1MB.

Sending your documents in PDF file format will help to keep the file size small and helps to ensure your future employer will be able to open and read it without needing special software.

#5 Don’t forget your additional skills

A lot of PADI Pros make the same mistake when applying for a new job: they only list their diving qualifications and skills. However, including your additional skills will say a lot about you as a person and could be crucial to helping you win your dream job.

Are you an experienced photographer or videographer – perhaps even underwater? Are you familiar with certain types of computers, applications or gadgets? Maybe you’re a carpenter, engineer or even a nurse? Make sure you’re showcasing all of your skills and talents – just in case!


christian_huboThis article is a translation of this article written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

PADI Pro Member Benefit #6: Employment Board

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Are you looking for a dream career in the diving industry? If so, visit the Employment Board (one of the fantastic benefits available to renewed PADI Members).

The Employment Board is located within the ‘Classifieds’ section on the PADI Pros’ Site and lists details of the latest openings around the world – from dive guiding and teaching positions through to administration, boat captaining, equipment maintenance and more. There’s also a section where you can find opportunities to buy or sell existing Dive Center businesses, resorts or boats.

Within the Employment board, you can even add your own advertisement offering your services as a PADI Professional to others in the diving industry, or check out the latest career openings are in your local PADI Regional Headquarters.

Don’t miss the chance to get your dream job – make sure you’re renewed for 2016 and check the Employment Board regularly for the latest openings!

Remember: Renew your 2016 PADI Professional Membership before 31st January 2016 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)

PADI Celebrates its 50th Anniversary during LIDS and TOATS Shows in 2016!

PADI will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary at Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show and London International Dive Show, at ExCel, London, UK, from 11th – 14th February.

Visit PADI stand OU815 and get interactive with the NEW PADI Freediver Touch as well as the full suite of PADI Digital Products and interactive tools.

Non divers will be encouraged to try a dive at LIDS and visitors who sign up for any PADI course with an exhibiting PADI Dive Centre at LIDS, will receive a FREE PADI gift while stocks last.

Take a look at the schedule of Seminars and Events taking place:

Date Time Seminar/Event Location Audience
11.02.16 15:50 – 16:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
12.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
13.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
13.02.16 12:10 – 12:40 ReActivate with PADI Ocean Theatre Divers
13.02.16 15:30 – 17:30 Member Forum PADI Gallery Room Pros
14.02.16 10:50 – 11:20 I Want myPADI Ocean Theatre Non Divers
14.02.16 12:10 – 12:40 ReActivate with PADI Ocean Theatre Divers

We look forward to welcoming you onto the PADI stand!