PADI App Now Available in Multiple Languages

23 Apr

PADI App Image

The PADI App re-launched in late 2014, bringing a number of invaluable scuba diving tools to the fingertips of PADI Divers and PADI Professionals.

With the latest update release, the PADI App is now available to download free of charge in eight different languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish – and there’s more to come in the future!

With the benefit of reading content in their local language, divers and potential customers will be able to enjoy a one-stop mobile experience for everything related to learning – and continuing – to dive. PADI Professionals are able to use the variety of integrated tools to help inform customers and enrich their learning experience.

Key Features include:

  • PADI Dive Shop and Resort Locator
  • Integration with ScubaEarth dive sites
  • Information on the top diving destinations around the world
  • The ability to log and edit dives on ScubaEarth – within the PADI App
  • News feeds from PADI social media and blogs
  • Access to PADI Gear™ collections.
  • Useful dive tools including knots, hand signals and dive checklists
  • PADI course information including the ability to purchase PADI eLearning and Touch programs.
  • 24/7 Access to PADI eCards
  • Direct link to the PADI Pros’ Site

The PADI App is the hub of the PADI Digital Suite – a place for further information and access to purchased digital products via the PADI Library App, which is integrated into the PADI App.

How to access new language versions:

The PADI App will automatically match the language which the mobile device is using, as long as that language is available (otherwise, it will default to English). Current PADI App users will see the new language setting on their next update, while new users can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download the application.

The updated version of the PADI App is available for Apple iOS and Android-based devices. If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the Google Play or iTunes App Store where you can download it free today!

PADI Email Templates – Use with Eve, MailChimp, Outlook

13 Apr

PADI email templates

Email remains a key tool in diver recruitment and retention. To help PADI Members save time, we’ve created dozens of free email templates you can download and use with MailChimp, Outlook and of course EVE.

Here are a few of the email topics to choose from:

  • Learn to dive
  • Take the next step (Advanced, Rescue, etc)
  • Reminders to purchase mask, fins and snorkel
  • Monthly eNewsletter template
  • Learn to dive inquiry
  • Course completion congratulatory emails
  • Gear service reminders
  • “Here’s your receipt”
  • Birthday and holiday-themed
  • GoPro, TecRec, etc.

PADI email templates EVE MailChimp Outlook

Our email template offerings can be found in two locations.

  • The PADI email templates found here can be used with EVE and/or Mail Chimp.
  • Additional email templates can be found on the Pros Site and used with EVE, MailChimp* or Outlook.Please be sure you are logged into the PADI Pros Site before clicking the link above. You can also access the templates by clicking on: Toolbox –> Marketing –> Web and Email Marketing –> (scroll down)

EVE is the most convenient way to automatically send out emails to your customers based on their certifications, equipment service history, birthday etc. If you are not an EVE user, you can still use these templates if you are a MailChimp our Outlook user.

How to Use PADI email templates with Outlook

#1 Click on the email template you’d like to use and save as an HTML file to your desktop.

#2 Send page by email (File > Send > Page by E-Mail…)

#3 Edit the message: add your eLearning and Facebook links by right clicking the links once, edit the text, update your contact details, etc.

#4 Send the email to yourself as a test. Then, send to the relevant customers  (remember to use ‘BCC’ rather than ‘To’).

We have a how to video detailing the entire process of sending the emails via EVE or Outlook. The templates work with Mail Chimp as well.

How to Use PADI email templates with MailChimp

#1 Click on the email template you’d like to use and save as an HTML file to your desktop.

#2 Upload to MailChimp by selecting Create a Template and the choose Code Your Own. Now, upload the file from your desktop.

#3 Customize with your eLearning links, contact info, etc.

#4 Proceed to preview and test, then send out as you would any other MailChimp message.

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*The email templates on the Pros Site (only those found on the Pros Site) need a small modification to work with Mail Chimp. Please see image below showing the place where you need to change the mail merge tag. It’s a simple change that will allow your messages to include the recipient’s name.

using PADI email templates with Mail Chimp

Make sure you’re employing the *[FNAME]* merge tag

PADI Equipment Specialist for Tablets

7 Apr

The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch is a new tool for instructors teaching the Equipment Specialist course, or any other course where you’d like to show students what it’s like under the hood of their dive gear. The Equipment Specialist Touch is an interactive, multimedia, tablet-based program that showcases the features and functions of current dive equipment.

The tablet-based product includes short video clips and interactive images such as an “exploded” regulator (see demo video).  Topics covered include:

  • How to choose dive gear
  • How to maintain scuba equipment
  • Different equipment options available (including rebreathers)

This product does not include any knowledge reviews or exam. It is a supplemental tool for teaching demos, or to sell to students interested in learning more about their scuba equipment. Our 2015 MSRP is $49.95 US, order product no. 71925-1.

The Equipment Specialist Touch was designed for iPads running iOS6 or newer and Android tablets running the two most recent versions of that OS (Kit Kat and Lollipop at time of writing).

 

 

PADI ReActivate Overview and How To for PADI Pros

1 Apr

PADI ReActivate

The purpose of this article is to explain how to send PADI ReActivate™ codes and process students. For general information on the program, please check out the links below. Scroll down to learn about sending codes and processing ReActivate certs.

Information for consumers
ReActivate overview from PADI blog
ReActivate course overview from PADI.com

Information for PADI Pros
ReActivate overview for PADI Pros
ReActivate Training Bulletin Special Edition
What’ll happen to Scuba Review?

ReActivate Online How To…

First, purchase a ReActivate course from your PADI Sales Consultant or from the online shopping cart (TIP: type in 71926-1 into the search box).

About an hour after purchase, the code will appear in the online processing center area of the PADI Pros Site.

To send a code to a student, scroll down to the ReActivate row. Click the available codes button.

Using PADI ReActivate code

When you are ready to send a ReActivate course to your student, you will need to look up their student record. Purchasing ReActivate includes a replacement card, and the student can choose any of their certs to ReActivate (Rescue, Enriched Air, etc).

PADI ReActivate How To

Pull up the diver record by entering a student number, or search for the student using the student’s name and date of birth. Click ReActivate to continue.

Enter the student’s email address in the box that appears. Click Confirm to generate an email to the student inviting them to download and start ReActivate. The student can download the program to their Android or iPad and/or view in a web browser.

PADI ReActivate how to send code

Processing ReActivate Students

When your student has completed their online and in-water training, go back to the online processing center to submit their information to generate a new card.

  • Go to the ReActivate row and click the Redeemed Code(s) button.Using PADI ReActivate code
  • Next, use the filters to pull up your student’s info OR run a search using the PADI ID on their completion form.

Process PADI ReActivate card

  • Confirm the student’s information (name, address, etc).
  • Upload a new photo or use the photo on file (shown if available)
  • Enter the ReActivated date and you’re done!

Fun fact: if the student ReActivating was a Junior Open Water Diver but is now old enough to be a regular Open Water Diver, the card will automatically come out sans Junior.

 

ReActivate Marketing Tips

  • PADI ReActivate imagesReActivate web banners are available on the PADI Pros’ Site in various sizes.
  • Offer ReActivate as an upsell to a replacement card request -if divers can’t find their card, they probably haven’t been diving in awhile.
  • Contact divers you haven’t seen in awhile – mine your customer database for divers who haven’t been active recently.
  • Package ReActivate with group trips – Include a special offer in travel documents or confirmations for divers to refresh their skills prior to leaving on the trip. That way they get to practice their skills and meet their travel companions.

Are you doing something special to promote PADI ReActivate? Email Adrianne.Miller@padi.com and you may be featured in an upcoming Surface Interval article.

The Current: Host a Benefit Screening

26 Mar

Make a HeroPADI Dive Centers and Resorts looking to fill their facilities with potential new customers in a new and innovative way should consider letting everyone get swept away by The Current. The man behind the film, Kurt Miller, and his Make A Hero organization focus on maximizing the impact of adaptive sports (think scuba diving) on the well being of individuals with disabilities. This latest project is a beautiful film, well shot, with a wonderful soundtrack, chronicling the experiences of an inspirational group of people as they learn to scuba dive and feel first hand the healing powers of the ocean. The Current is an immensely emotional, and motivational, ride.

It’s now available for PADI Members to use at events or dedicated benefit screenings. One successful model is for dive shops to use the film as a way to raise funds for local charities. The dive center or resort hosts a movie night and charges a minimal fee for attendance, which is then donated to charity. Scott Taylor screened the movie, and served bucket loads of popcorn, with good results at his PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center A-1 Scuba in Colorado, USA. In the process he increased awareness of the business, generated really positive PR and raised significant funds for a worthy cause. The A-1 Scuba screening raised $3000 US for a local adaptive group and Craig Hospital.

For a hosting fee of $150 US, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts get a high-definition DVD of The Current, fully customizable promotional materials including posters, flyers, action footage for local television, cast interviews and press releases for local radio and newspapers. Also included are a high-definition preview of The Current and segments on cast members to publish on websites and social media. Needless to say, The Current has been adapted to meet vision and hearing impaired accessibility requirements. In short, this is a full package to not only screen the film, but also to generate real buzz and interest locally.

Make a Hero

To get going on this now, contact Kurt Miller (email: kurt@makeahero.org or phone: +1 303 818 7901) and learn more about how to host a dedicated benefit screening or enhance an existing event or sale.

Sharing a love for the ocean and its healing powers is a core PADI Member ethos; allowing new divers to be overcome by The Current will help spread this message.

Help Us Create a PADI Pro Infographic for the Undersea Journal

9 Mar

Help us create the next PADI Pro infographic for 3rd Quarter 2015 The Undersea Journal. Give us your input by completing this five question, multiple-choice survey.

See below for an example of how we turn the question answers into a graphic for the magazine. To ensure we get a diverse group of respondents, feel free to share the survey link below with other PADI Pro’s (Divemasters, Instructors, etc):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXLLKZN

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2015 DEMA Hotel Room Block is Open

25 Feb

PADI DEMA 2015 hotel block

DEMA hotel room block is open and PADI Travel Network is standing by

Be one of the first to book your room for DEMA Show 2015 (4 – 7 November) at The Rosen Centre Hotel– just steps away from the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center.

PADI Travel Network has secured the room rate of $175 US* per night (plus tax) which includes complimentary parking, internet access and unlimited use of the hotel fitness center.

PADI programs, such as Course Director Update, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and the PADI Social will take place in the Rosen Centre Hotel so you’ll be staying in the center of the action.

Contact PADI Travel Network at 800 736 7021 (US and Canada) or email ptn1@padi.com to book your room today.

 

*Rates subject to change without notice.

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