The Magic of Multiple-Level Dive Training

Written by John Kinsella

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It’s not too often you come across something that gets absolutely no hits on Google. Multiple-Level Training is one of those things. Where you will find it is under Organization in the Teaching Techniques section of PADI’s Guide to Teaching. If it’s been a while since you checked it out, take a moment to read it again, especially if you want to boost your Divemaster and IDC enrollment.

The basic idea is to have several different levels of training happening at the same time and at the same place. Done right, multiple-level training is not only an efficient use of resources; it’s a powerful way to motivate existing divers to consider going pro.

The key is planning and careful scheduling (there’s a great sample schedule in the Guide to Teaching) and to build in time for divers to mingle and socialize. It also helps to have a few certified assistants. Consider these strategies to maximize the cross promotional benefits of multiple-level training:

Have all divers together for the area orientation. Let everyone know what’s going on and take some time to introduce the divers to each other: “Welcome to the dive site, we have three activities going on this morning, the Divemaster Mapping exercise, the Advanced Open Water Diver Navigation Dive, and Open Water Dive One.” Cover the usual points, make sure to mention who is doing what (by name), then split up into individual course groups to finish the briefings.

Keep people moving and don’t waste their time. In this example, you could overview the Divemaster Mapping exercise seamlessly with the area orientation before breaking up the groups. This has the benefit of clearly highlighting an interesting part of Divemaster training to both the AOW and OW divers. Then have a certified assistant keep an eye on the Open Water Divers while they assemble their gear and get ready for your predive brief. Meanwhile you’re running through the (detailed) brief for the AOW Navigation dive and setting the divers up to practice their navigation patterns on land. (Which will certainly get the Open Water Divers attention.)

Make good use of your own time. Once you’ve covered the AOW brief, have those divers assemble and set up their gear and present themselves for the dive at a specific time. Head over to the entry point where the OW Divers are ready to go and your certified assistants have the shot line already positioned. Enter, run the dive and when you exit you find the AOW divers ready to go. You supervise that dive from the surface and while the AOW divers are breaking down their gear post dive, you debrief the OW divers before you debrief them.

By now the Divemaster candidates are wrapping up their mapping exercise and you check with them before everyone settles down to enjoy lunch.

All you have to do now is sit back and let the buzz do your marketing work for you.

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Help Improve Our Oceans

Written by Megan Denny

National Geographic estimates 5.25 trillion pieces of trash end up in the ocean every year. That’s about 700 pieces of trash for every man, woman and child on the planet. And, a lot of that rubbish is plastic. The volume and types of trash in the ocean affects all marine creatures, from the smallest zooplankton to the largest whales.


As a dive professional, you’re uniquely qualified to help turn the tide toward a healthier ocean. There are many ways to make a difference including participating in year-round Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® surveys or organizing a special event on Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Here are a few suggestions and examples of what other PADI® Pros are doing for International Coastal Cleanup Day this September.

Saturday, 16 September

International Coastal Cleanup Day is an ideal way to do important work for the local community and raise awareness about your business. Here are some tips for running a successful cleanup event:

  • Get the word out – Send a short press release to local news organizations (templates and tools are available on the PADI Pros’ Site).
  • Stock up – Encourage divers to get equipped with mesh collection bags, knives and gloves. Invite topside participants to bring gardening gloves, but bring extra gloves for those who forget.
  • Buddy up – Invite local environmental organizations to participate and help get the word out.
  • Create incentives – Jack’s Diving Locker in Hawai’i offers a free rental tank and half off rental gear to divers participating in their shoreline and underwater cleanup. Their 2017 event takes place on International Coastal Cleanup Day at the Kailua-Kona Pier from 9am – noon.
  • Document your activities: create a recap video or slideshow to share on social media and with local news outlets. Here’s an example from Eco Dive Center in California.

This year, Eco Dive Center is working together with two fellow clubs from PCH Scuba and In2Deep Scuba for the 13th Annual Underwater Santa Monica Pier Cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Take Action Year Round

You don’t need to wait for International Coastal Cleanup Day to take action. Through Dive Against Debris surveys, divers can remove debris throughout the year at any dive location across the globe. If you dive at the same site frequently, why not adopt it? Project AWARE provides a suite of survey tools and a yearly report on the state of your local dive site. Simply conduct Dive Against Debris surveys once a month and report the marine debris you find. Receive special recognition for your efforts in addition to the feel-good benefits of helping the planet and local community. Learn more at:


Make Good Choices

While out of the water there are things you can do to support a clean and healthy ocean.

  • Donate to Project AWARE – Challenge friends, family and your student divers to do the same by creating a fundraising campaign. Get started at org/support. You can also peruse fundraising campaigns from fellow ocean-lovers at

Do Your Part – Dive Against Debris®

Written by Megan Denny

For most people, ocean pollution is out of sight, out of mind, but as a dive professional you know that in many places there are significant debris problems lurking beneath the waves. That’s why Project AWARE® created Dive Against Debris® as a citizen science program that empowers you and your fellow divers to deliver critically needed data about the marine debris found in underwater habitats.

Since Dive Against Debris began in 2011:

  • More than 30,000 divers have participated
  • 900,000+ pieces of trash have been collected and reported
  • Thousands of entangled marine animals have been discovered


The marine debris data reported by divers is essential to addressing and preventing ocean pollution. For example, last year, 26 percent of all debris items reported through Dive Against Debris was abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG). ALDFG, also known as ghost gear, refers to derelict fishing gear that continues to capture fish and other marine animals long after it’s been lost or abandoned by fishermen). Ghost gear is devastating to marine habitats, entangling and killing hundreds of species including seals, turtles, dolphins and whales.  In a 2007 survey, NOAA estimated there are 85,000+ lobster and crab ghost traps in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary alone.

Through their Partnerships Against Trash, Project AWARE is committed to developing solutions with individuals, governments, NGOs and businesses including alliances such as the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI). Just this year, GGGI initiated ghost gear prevention and recovery programs in Alaska, Maine and the United Kingdom.

The ocean we love needs all hands on deck to protect it. By encouraging your student divers and customers to Dive Against Debris, we can improve the health of ocean ecosystems and provide valuable information about underwater debris to policy makers.

Reporting Marine Debris Just Got Easier

Project AWARE’s new Dive Against Debris app for Android and iOS makes it easy to report marine debris data. With the Dive Against Debris app you can:Open Water Manual (Redesign)

  • Quickly report debris by choosing from a list of common debris items
  • Easily add a dive site location using your mobile device’s GPS
  • Copy information from a previous submission at the same dive site.
  • No data connection? No problem. The app will store your data as a draft for you to complete and submit once connectivity is restored.

The free app is available for download after August 21 from the App Store or Google Play. Download it to report marine debris data and help spread the word.

PADI Women’s Dive Day – A Huge Success

A special thank you to all who took part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017. You helped strengthen and grow the dive community while attracting new people to diving and freediving. You also helped motivate female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive adventures. The success of PADI Women’s Dive Day is only possible due to your enthusiasm and participation.


PADI Members in 85 countries hosted a record 884 events celebrating the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 15 July 2017. Showing continued growth since the inaugural event in 2015, this year’s special day garnered more than 90 million media impressions reaching millions of people via social media. On Instagram alone, posts tagged with #padiwomensdiveday, #womensdiveday and #padiwomen reached more than five million people with eight million impressions.

Each PADI Women’s Dive Day event was one-of-a-kind, catering to the specific interests of female divers (or soon to be divers) in the community. Events included everything from underwater cleanups and fundraisers to shark dives and travel adventures. Some events included female-only dive courses or excursions while others encouraged the whole family to participate. All the events had some common goals – to strengthen bonds within the dive community, get more people actively diving and create more ocean ambassadors.

Here are just a few examples from Women’s Dive Day:

Supporting the Next Generation

Malé City, Maldives – Moodhu Bulhaa Dive Centre, Dive Desk, Dive Club Maldives, Divers Lodge Maldives and Marine Faculty Villa College all came together to inspire the next wave of women divers across the Maldives. The event was so successful, they’re already planning ahead for #PADIWomensDiveDay2018. Check out their video.

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA – More than 80 people across New England rallied support for the next generation of female divers in an event that raised more than $3800 US for the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Program. “The group empowerment was ever present, but helping out the next generation of ladies was even more what people were all about,” says Susan Copelas. “I am truly speechless with this awesome group of women who came together to find new dive buddies and network, and left with a more enriched life and a better awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans.”

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International Educational Events – Broadreach celebrated PADI Women’s Dive Day with events in the Caribbean, Fiji, Curaçao, Bali, Bonaire, Bahamas and Grenadines that introduced young women to diving and for those already certified, further developed their love for scuba. Activities included group dives, new PADI Open Water Diver certifications, a thank you celebration for female scuba instructors and dive demos for local communities. Each event was dedicated to empowering girls to be smart, confident divers, role models and future scuba leaders.

Inspiring Ambassadors for the Ocean

ExcelScubaEl Puertito, Tenerife, Canary IslandsExcel-Scuba joined the global Women’s Dive Day celebrations by taking action for a clean ocean with a Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® survey – collecting critically-needed data to reveal the extent of the global marine debris crisis and help conservationists advocate for change. The day was followed by a well-deserved sunset barbeque on the beach.

Lazarus Island and St. John’s Island, Singapore – GS-Diving spread awareness for clean oceans and the environment by, incorporating a beach and underwater cleanup into their Women’s Dive Day trip to Lazarus Island and St. John’s Island. The event concluded with a celebratory beach barbeque.

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Introducing People to Diving

Izmir, Turkey – 300 BAR Dive Center partnered with Karşıyaka Municipality to host a two-date event for new and existing divers. PADI Instructors, commercial divers, yoga instructors and even a Guinness World Record-holding athlete led inspirational and educational seminars. Attendees then took part in a yoga class as well as both freediving and scuba diving in the pool.


Anda, Philippines – Magic Oceans Dive Resort invited nondivers to try diving in the pool and then embark on a boat adventure and snorkel trip with PADI Professionals.

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Sharing Bubbles, Great Times and More Dive Adventures

Glenelg North, Australia – Adelaide Scuba hosted a ladies-only event for its female divers to connect out on the water, go diving and bond over a special barbeque lunch.

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Key Largo, Florida, USA – Rainbow Reef teamed up with the History of Diving Museum for a Ladies in Diving seminar followed by yoga, a barbeque lunch and incredible reef diving. Women Diving Hall of Famers and female conservation leaders joined in to inspire, educate and motivate all involved. “On PADI Women’s Dive Day, I was surrounded by female divers, which meant I was simultaneously surrounded by my peers and my heroes,” says Shayna Cohen, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Rainbow Reef Dive Center. “I giant-strided into an ocean brimming with female buddies, divemasters and instructors, off the stern of a boat run by a female captain and first mate. As I watched an 11 year-old girl follow behind me, I could see the dive industry changing from its historically male-dominated past. It’s important for the world to know that female divers are great divers: they’re strong, smart, courageous, adventurous and compassionate, and they’re here to make waves.”


See more of #PADIWomensDive as told by you in the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 photo album on Facebook.

Take part in the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Share a video of your event with the PADI Marketing Team and be entered to win a free 2018 PADI Membership Renewal. Click here for additional information and Official Rules.

Save the date! Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day will be on Saturday, 21 July 2018.


PADI Miniseminars at the 2017 DEMA Show

Besides learning about new PADI® programs and initiatives, by attending PADI Miniseminars at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, you can earn seminar credit toward regaining Teaching status or higher PADI Instructor ratings. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.

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Mastering PADI’s Paperless Registration Process (required for credit)

Learn about changes to the PADI Online Processing Center and how digital forms and My PADI ClubTM will integrate seamlessly into the student diver registration process. Also gain insight into the new and get a sneak peek at new download options for the Open Water Diver Certification Pak.

Wednesday, 1 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 1:00-2:00 PM – S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220C


Risk Management 2017: Protect Your Divers and Yourself (required for credit)

Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

Wednesday, 1 November – 10:00-11:00 AM– S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM– S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM– S220A/B


CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the Course Director Training Course.

Wednesday, 1 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 2:00-3:00 PM -S220A/B


PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program

Learn about PADI’s newest specialty course designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers. Emphasis is on techniques for working with divers with disabilities, but can apply to teaching all student divers as a way to personalize their diving experience in the PADI Open Water Diver course and beyond. Learn how making small changes to your courses will make a big impact on each diver’s scuba journey.

Wednesday, 1 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C


How to Align your Business with PADI’s Four Pillars of Change

At last year’s PADI Social, Drew Richardson announced PADI’s Four Pillars of Change program supporting Healing and Wellness, People and Community, Marine Animal Protection, and Ocean Health. Learn how each of the pillars can appeal to new markets and diversify course offerings while helping to save our ocean planet.

Thursday, 2 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220A/B


Take a Deep Breath and Dive Into Freediving

PADI FreediverTM is gaining momentum and you can only benefit by adding freediving to your course offerings. Find out how you can become a PADI Freediver Center, Instructor or Instructor Trainer and reach a new market segment.

Wednesday, 1 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220A/B


Membership Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Are you taking advantage of all the perks that come along with your PADI Membership? Do you know what the Pros’ Site has to offer or that there are programs that reinvest in your marketing efforts? Come find out if you are making the most of your membership and what benefits you may be missing out on.

Wednesday, 1 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C


Managing Your Online Presence

With social media and online review sites, it’s easy for consumers to post comments whether they are positive or negative. Learn how to embrace and even leverage reviews on Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp and My PADI Club to grow your business.

Thursday, 2 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 11:00AM-12:00 PM- S220C


Tips to Increase Diver Conversions

What is your conversion rate from Discover Scuba® Diving to Open Water Diver? Open Water to Advanced Open Water Diver? Learn how to increase your diver conversion rates and how to strategically link courses to increase continuing education certifications.

Wednesday, 1 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B


Leveraging My PADI Clubto Engage and Grow Your Business

What is My PADI Club? How do you sell it? What’s in it for you? Come learn all about My PADI Club and discover how you can use it to attract new divers and keep current divers engaged.

Wednesday, 1 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C
Thursday, 2 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220A/B


New Trends in Social Media to Reach New Divers

You use social media in your current business, but are you using all the tools to reach new divers? Learn how you can use virtual reality, 360 videos, Facebook Live video feed, Facebook eCommerce and Instagram to increase exposure and drive traffic to your business.

Thursday, 2 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220A/B


Successful Conversion Tactics for Resorts

Discover new and different ways to increase conversions in resort markets by making small changes to your current efforts.

Wednesday, 1 November – 3:00-4:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220C


Top 10 Customer Service Complaints

When does customer service conflict with PADI Quality Management? We’ll discuss the top complaints that may or may not be Quality Assurance issues but can still create headaches for you. These include failing to provide agreed-to services, failure to disclose details and conditions of a divemaster internship program, and poor maintenance of rental equipment, to name a few.

Wednesday, 1 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 3:00-4:00 PM – S220C


Engaging with Chinese Consumers

With more than one in 10 international tourists worldwide from China, it’s no wonder more businesses want to know more about engaging with Chinese consumers. This year alone there were more than 120 million outward-bound journeys from China, of which around half were for leisure. If you wish to cater to the Chinese market, you need to tailor language, products and services. Join us and explore digital marketing strategies for your website and social media channels, as well as ideas and strategies for your business to supercharge your dive operation in the Chinese market now and beyond.

Wednesday, 1 November – 11:00-12:00 PM- S220A/B
Friday, 3 November – 10:00-11:00 AM- S220C


Shark and Ray Tourism: Building a Better Future for Sharks and Rays

One in four shark and ray species faces extinction driven by overfishing. Yet shark- and ray-related tourism is on the rise. Diving and snorkeling can offer powerful and sustainable economic alternatives. Join Project AWARE® for this interactive workshop and discover how you can put best practice at the heart of your business. We’ll share lessons from the field and work together to help create specific guidelines appropriate to your local community. If you want to use tourism to help conserve sharks and rays in your location then this workshop is for you!

Thursday, 2 November – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November – 1:00-2:00 PM- S220C


PADI Swim School: How to Grow Your Scuba Business

Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!

Thursday, 2 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220C
Friday, 3 November 10:00-11:00 AM- S220A/B


EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business

Come see how the EVE Complete System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training. This miniseminar will show you all the benefits of EVE including: EVE Splash, integrated website and marketing tools, the new EVE Instructor app, EVE online training and much more.

Wednesday, 1 November – 2:00-3:00 PM- S220A/B
Thursday, 2 November – 4:00-5:00 PM- S220C


Tec Seminars located in the PADI Booth Tec Resource Center

The Devil is in the Details: What Incident Data Tell Us

Excluding those with medical causes, most fatal dive accidents have violations of accepted practices that cause and/or contribute. Building on last year’s popular “The Mathematics of Diver Risk” presentation, this miniseminar dives into the who/what/whens of poor decisions cascading into catastrophic consequences, possible causes and what we can do about them.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Rebreathers But Were Afraid to Ask

Interested in diving a rebreather but don’t know where to start? Attend this informational seminar to learn the difference between eCCRs and mCCRs, back mount and over-the-shoulder counterlungs, radial and axial scrubbers and more.


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Make the Most of Pro Internships

Written by John Kinsella

Dive business internships are a very varied species. On one hand, you have your simple casual internships. These favor small dive centers and no two are ever the same. The interns are typically enthusiastic, and they’re happy to swap energy for experience and a good deal on education. On the other hand, large instructor development centers offer structured career-oriented internships that are typically well defined, well-advertised and well run. The interns are just as enthusiastic and may benefit from a formal structure that provides specific timeframes and clear, expected outcomes. In between, you find internship variants of every shape and size.

But all internships have a few things in common: They’re a key element of the instructor development process, they’re a great way to find future employees, they’re a great source of fresh new perspectives and ideas, and they’re a great way to increase productivity and business.

To make the most of internships consider these key points:

Clear Structure

With so many possible versions, it’s important the terms of the internship are crystal clear and reinforced in a written agreement. Ironically, this is often a bigger issue for the smaller casual internships in which it’s easy for assumptions and unmet expectations to cause misunderstanding and disagreements. Avoid this by using regular communication and review, and an exit interview when the internship ends.

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Hands-on Training

What separates an internship from a package deal on multiple courses is the expectation that the intern will benefit from real-world experience. It’s important to make the extra effort to integrate the intern into the enterprise. This benefits everyone: The intern gains experience and becomes a useful part of the team, and the operation benefits from a motivated helper (and an active promoter).

Instructor-Level Continuing Education

It’s a competitive world out there. Make sure professional-level continuing education is a key internship component so your interns are ahead of the pack when it comes to landing their dream jobs. These highly qualified professionals benefit the entire industry, and they help instructor development centers establish credibility as a source of well-trained dive pros.



There are a lot of options for potential interns, particularly for those who’ve made the decision to combine a dive internship with travel. Packaging pays off, but don’t get carried away. Studies show that too many options confuse people and make them indecisive. They also show that if you have three options, chances are people will choose the one in the middle.

Invest in internships and make sure to play your part in helping new pros be the best they can be.


Dealing with Decompression Sickness – Reducing Risk and Preparing for Response

Written by DAN Staff

Explaining decompression sickness (DCS) to student divers is a balance between emphasizing how serious DCS can be while focusing on how conservative diving practices help keep the incident rate low. Similarly, as a dive professional, you need to balance your preparedness to deal with a DCS incident with your focus on reducing risk for your student divers and yourself before, during and after each dive.

Reducing Risk

Low Resolution Preview -- not authorized for any other useMost training dives are likely to be conservative and well planned, especially for entry-level courses, thus the steps to reduce DCS are role-modeled and practiced by student divers in the water. However, post-dive DCS catalysts may be less frequently addressed. Dehydration, strenuous exercise and thermal stress can all increase DCS risk. It’s important to consider how much physical exertion may be required by student divers to move gear after a dive or hike out of a dive site. Because student divers are not as knowledgeable as experienced divers, share dive-related efficiencies, such as using a hand trolley or dive bag with wheels to carry gear. Inexperienced divers also need to be reminded to hydrate and apply sunscreen or find shade. Learning something new is exciting, but it can also be stressful for student divers. Part of dive safety is taking the time to instill good habits to reduce risks.

Prepare For The Worst

DAN_O2 Kit - BahamasYou know that even if you do everything right, you can’t completely eliminate DCS risk. This means that even on the most ordinary training dive in great conditions, you must be prepared for the worst. Having an emergency plan that includes contact information for emergency services and the location of the nearest medical facility is key. Also, preparing your response to an injury by having the proper equipment and emergency oxygen is critical. The more remote the dive site, the more oxygen you’ll need along with a reliable way to transport an injured diver to medical care. DAN can help you locate the nearest chamber and provide medical consultation as needed.

For more information on DCS and risk management, visit