New and Upgraded PADI Businesses – September 2015

New PADI Businesses

This August, PADI has welcomed 11 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 6 membership upgrades for businesses achieving new awards or committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

New PADI Businesses

  • Buceonaturas, S-25003, Spain
  • 4 Divers, S-25035, Netherlands
  • Piraeuscuba Diving, S-25028, Greece
  • Euro-Divers Utopia Beach, S-25041, Maldives
  • Shop4Divers, S-24994, Poland
  • S/Y Amazing Grace, S-25062, Seychelles
  • Diving Dragonera, S-25042, Spain
  • Dorset Diving Services, S-25061, England
  • Bateel Diver, S-25036, Saudi Arabia
  • Atmosphere Aqua Club Helengeli, S-25045, Maldives
  • Learn to Dive Today, S-25060, South Africa

Upgraded Businesses

  • Gran Canaria Divers, S-22677, Canary Islands
  • Diving Academy By Mandel Diving Center, S-23609, Italy
  • Adventure Diving Malta, S-24264, Malta
  • Dive&Drive, S-22134, Russia
  • Arab Diver, S-22719, Saudi Arabia

Awards Received

  • Island Divers, S-23318, Maldives – Green Star Award

Welcome and congratulations to all of the above PADI businesses! For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

PADI EMEA Regional Manager Vacancy – UK

PADI EMEA has a vacancy for a Regional Manager to service our Retail and Resort Members in the UK.

The purpose of this role is to be a Business Advisor to PADI members in the assigned region and acting as a key representative of PADI in the field. The role involves delivering a high level of consulting service and support to our RRA Members, assisting Dive Centres to implement the PADI Strategies and exceeding prescribed sales goals.

We are looking for PADI Course Directors with extensive dive store experience, sales background and who have a deep knowledge of the PADI Education philosophy as well as market tendencies. Language requirements are fluent English as essential and any additional European languages could be an advantage.

To apply for the Regional Manager position please send your CV by email to [email protected] and [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Thursday 8th October 2015.

New and Upgraded PADI Businesses – August 2015

New PADI Businesses

This July, PADI has welcomed 11 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 3 membership upgrades for businesses achieving new awards or committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

New PADI Businesses

  • Scuba Place, s24992, England
  • Ras Musandam Diver, s24996, Oman
  • Cipreia LDA – Sesimbra, s24439, Portugal
  • Cipreia LDA – Lisboa Alfragide, s24438, Portugal
  • Cipreia LDA – Algarve Lagos, s24707, Portugal
  • Skegness Aquarium, s24997, England
  • DiscoveryDivers Veenendaal, s25005, Netherlands
  • Cool Divers, s25008, Egypt
  • AegeanSeals Diving Center, s25009, Greece
  • Alphonse Island Lodge Ltd, s25007, Seychelles
  • Gold Stars Diving Center, s24819, Egypt

Upgraded PADI Businesses

  • SeaOman Dive Academy Mussanah, s23348, Oman
  • Island Divers, s23318, Maldives

Awards Achieved

  • 4Sub, s23406, Italy (TecRec)

Welcome and congratulations to all new and upgraded PADI businesses! For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

New and Upgraded PADI Businesses – April 2015

New PADI Businesses

So far this year in just the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, PADI has welcomed 100 new centres as members of the PADI Retailer and Resort Associations, and processed 62 membership upgrades for businesses committing 100% to PADI as Five Star or Instructor Development centres.

Last month alone, an impressive 22 new members were welcomed, and 13 upgrades processed. Welcome and congratulations to all new and upgraded PADI businesses!

For the latest list of new and upgrading members click the ‘New PADI Retailer and Resort Members‘ link.

Show Your Support – AWARE Certification Cards & Poster

PA certification cardsShow your support by encouraging your student divers to make a donation to Project AWARE whenever they take a PADI diving course.

Display this poster in your facility and have your divers choose the limited edition Project AWARE version of the PADI Certification Card. 100 percent of their donation will go towards protecting our ocean planet.

Better yet, become a 100% AWARE partner to ensure all your certifications support ocean protection through Project AWARE.

Certification cards poster 2015

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.

PADI at Eurotek 2014

PADI at 2014 Eurotek

Eurotek 2014 is ready to kick off at the ICC, Birmingham, England, where international technical diving exhibitors and experts have come together for a weekend of seminars, sharing their knowledge and expertise.  PADI EMEA’s Director, Rebreather Technologies, Technical Diving Division, Vikki Batten, is joined by PADI Regional Manager, and TecRec IT, Jonas Samuelsson for this two day event. Vikki will be talking about the aftermath of diving incidents and both will be available on the PADI TecRec stand to answer questions about the ever growing, cutting edge, PADI suite of technical courses

PADI Member Photos Wanted for The Undersea Journal

PADI Americas CDTC 2013Do you have a great photo of yourself and/or other PADI Members you’d like to see in The Undersea Journal? Email the photo to journal at padi dot com with the following information:

  • Names of everyone in the photo
  • Photographer name
  • Location where the photo was taken
  • Dive center name (if applicable)
  • A very short description of the photo and its importance.

Send your email to [email protected] with the subject line Undersea Journal Family Additions. You can also send the image as a private message to the PADI Pros Facebook page. Please also include the details listed above (names, location, etc).

Important:
We’re looking for photos of specific events: an Instructor Exam (IE) group shot, Project AWARE Dive Against Debris, or other special occasion. Please do not send images of marine life, club dives, people studying, or dive classes (unless the class has a special significance). View examples(PDF).

Photos should be minimum 2MB in size to ensure they will be print quality. Don’t forget to include the names of everyone in the photo and where the photo was taken.

Product Announcement – Android version of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch now available

The PADI Open Water Diver Touch is now available (product 60460).

Following on from the recent release of the iOS version, the Android tablet version of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch is available now to download from the PADI Library.

Take a couple of minutes to watch the OW Touch Demo Video which will give you a good understand of just how great this new product is!

For information about the PADI Open Water Diver Touch, you can contact your PADI Regional Manager, Sales Representative and/or Educational Consultant, but the best way to have a full understanding of this product is to have your own!

For more information have a read through the PADI Open Water Diver Touch FAQ`s, this provides you with all information you need on purchasing, processing and redeeming the OW Touch.

If you want to place an order – contact the PADI Sales Department

Don’t forget you can order anytime from the Online Shopping Cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click ‘Shop Online’.

 

Open Water Touch