PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Applauds its 2015 Frequent Trainers

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PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.

Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career.  Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC).  While many PADI Pros aspire to taking part in the CDTC and becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected.  The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business.  Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in the water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.

This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest calibre of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Speciality Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors.  The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.

To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP).  Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa proudly announces its list of 2015 Frequent Trainers.  This select group of Course Directors, from all over the EMEA territory, have been busy creating future PADI Instructors – who will in turn create new PADI divers in 2016.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.

Changes in Attitudes

Attitude… Its a little thing that makes a BIG difference!

How often have you heard this? On your path to becoming a PADI Pro you would have realised that there are people that you have met along the way that have had such an amazing attitude and have positivity influenced you but just the same you have met people that just should not have got out of bed that morning.

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Enhance or change your attitude toward scuba instruction by identifying the importance of your role, and  professional duty, as a recreational diving counsellor…

A great instructor not only conveys knowledge and skills, but also transfers enthusiasm for our sport to the student. Why did you decide to become a PADI Instructor? At some point in your career there was probably a PADI Instructor that so inspired you or positivity changed you that all you could think about was one day becoming like that person.

In the dive centre or resort that you are currently working at or have recently visited there will be instructors and dive masters that you are drawn to and like to dive with or listen to them interacting with their students. You may noticed that these PADI Pros are truly living the dream. but what are the attributes that are making them successful?

Today’s diving consumer:

  • Interested in many sports
  • May only dive once/twice a year
  • Free time is at a premium
  • May be 5-10 years old!

So…

  • Challenge and thrill of new experiences is critical
  • Your experience and enthusiasm with regard to success in the experience is invaluable

Why do people come to us for our services? If you ask your students most of them will include high up in their list that they wanted to become a diver to have some fun. Too often the Instructors goal is to simply get the student certified and they forget about having fun themselves and with their students.

Change your attitude. Your new goal should be to create lifelong divers rather than certifying students.

What do we Sell?

What do we sell?

Fun

This is generated though a transfer of enthusiasm for our sport through proper equipment counselling, challenging and adventurous educational experiences. If the diver is enjoying himself/herself (having fun), the investment in equipment, further education and additional experiences is just the means to the desired end.

Equipment

The most influential person on when, where and what a student buys is…

The PADI Instructor!!!

Surveys indicate that 65% of PADI divers made buying decisions based on recommendations from their instructor.

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Prepare them for success with proper equipment outfitting

  • Will the students be more comfortable?
  • Is it critical to be more comfortable in initial training?
  • Might they progress better with consistency in their equipment?
  • Might it be safer?
  • Will they have more fun?

Education Counselling

  • Your attitude toward learning experiences is key to success
  • Must truly believe in benefit of training to achieving student’s goals
  • Challenging educational programs entwined with new equipment exposure and adventurous experiences will maintain the diver’s interest in our sport

Experience Counselling

  • Adventurous experiences may be the impetus to buy equipment and continue training
  • The thrill and allure of experiences could have been the spark of their interest
  • Extreme exposure is attractive
  • Extreme exposure requires equipment
  • Your experience contributing to theirs is invaluable

Have a look at how you are doing things in your dive centre. Have a look at your approach towards your students. When you arrive tomorrow morning try and have fun.

The Power of Attitude

“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.  A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.”

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Congratulations to PADI’s Top Certifying Instructors in 2015

Go_Pro_CAY07_1136_TS_KingWorld_LGTop certifying PADI Instructors will soon be receiving their Elite Instructor Award. This award celebrates the achievements of PADI Instructors who issued 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300+ certifications during 2015.

The Elite Instructor Award distinguishes PADI professionals by highlighting their experience as PADI Members and gives them the means to promote their elite status to student divers, potential students, prospective employers and others. Elite Instructor Award recipients receive an acknowledgement letter and recognition certificate (both signed by PADI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Drew Richardson), a decal to add to their instructor cards, and an e-badge they may use on emails, websites, blogs and social media pages. Elite award instructors may authorize PADI Dive Centres or Resorts with which they associate to display their Elite Instructor Award on the business’ digital site as well.

Check out the 2015 Global Elite Instructor Recipient List to see who earned an award for their 2015 certifications. Listed PADI Instructors can go to the “My Account” tab on this site to download their 2015 Elite Instructor e-badge, and should also be able to see their e-badge on their PADI Pro Chek results page.

Visit the PADI Elite Instructor information page to read about the program.

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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.

EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Day Month Course City Country
23 Jan EFRIT Dusseldorf Germany
29 Feb EFRIT Bristol UK
24 April EFRIT Krakow Poland
29 May EFRIT Lanzarote Canary Islands
5 June EFRIT Mechelen Belgium
26 June EFRIT Limassol Cyprus
31 July EFRIT Moscow Russia
7 August EFRIT Jeddah Saudi Arabia
12 September EFRIT Bristol UK
9 October EFRIT St Raphael France

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!

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For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email [email protected], quoting EFRIT15.

PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic: 27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

Russian:  3rd December 11:00-12:00 MSK (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact [email protected].

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].

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].

First PADI Instructor Examination in Gozo has 100% Pass Rate!

On the 19th and 20th September 2015, the first ever PADI Instructor Examination was conducted in Gozo. With candidates from Bubbles Dive Centre (Gozo) and Reefers and Wreckers (UK), it proved a great success with a 100% pass rate!

Congratulations to all of the new PADI Instructors, and many thanks to the Course Directors and Dive Centre owners who helped to arrange the event.

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