Learn More About the New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty at the 2017 DEMA Show

Written by John Kinsella

There are dozens delights to distract you at the 2017 DEMA Show: shiny new gear, exotic dive destinations and great deals. But there’s one in particular that’s not only a delight, it is simply a great opportunity to grow as a dive pro – the debut of the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty. You have two good options to find out what it’s all about.

The best of these is the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Orientation on Wednesday, 1 November starting at 8:00am. This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty to PADI Course Directors and Instructors. In it you’ll learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers with physical and mental challenges. Through focused practice, you’ll improve your ability to adapt and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. In addition, many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training.

When you complete the orientation, you’ll be certified as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience (documentation of training/working with divers with disabilities) is verified. As a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor, you’ll be qualified to teach two courses: The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course to dive professionals and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

The program is filling fast, so register today to secure a spot. The registration fee is $225 US. Contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to register.

If for some reason you can’t make the half-day orientation, be sure to go to the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Miniseminar. It’s on Wednesday, 1 November at 1:00pm and Friday, 3 November at 4:00pm. You’ll learn a bit about PADI’s newest specialty course and how it’s designed to enhance your teaching and supervision techniques to meet the needs of all student divers, not just those with disabilities. While the emphasis is on working with divers with physical and mental challenges, the techniques you’ll learn apply to teaching all 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.

All PADI Miniseminars are offered free of charge. View the complete PADI Miniseminar schedule for additional programs, locations, times and details.

 

Join PADI at Surf Expo Sept 7-9

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Calling all Florida divers! Join us at Surf Expo on Saturday, September 8th to learn more about the value of the PADI Freediver course for your business and meet some of our team!  The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards ceremonies, and demos.

In addition to our freediving booth, PADI will be offering a free discover static apnea course for those interested in the experience.

PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer, Forrest Simon, PADI AmbassaDiver Andre Miller,  PADI Freediver Instructor Kristofer Landers, and Cressi’s Caribbean Manager, Theo Knevel will be leading the static apnea freediving course.

Contact theo.knevel@cressiusa.com or dial +1 (201) 594-1450 to reserve your spot!

New PADI Course Directors

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During the July 2017 Course Director Training Course in the Dominican Republic 42 candidates from 18 different countries earned their PADI® Course Director ratings. The program was translated into Arabic, French, Korean and Spanish.

The lively group of experienced Master Instructors spent an intense nine days in the classroom, pool or open water, refining their knowledge of the PADI philosophy, instructor candidate counseling, instructor-level presentations and teaching evaluations. Working in teams, candidates exchanged ideas through hands-on workshops and discussions, and forged lasting friendships and business relationships.

Congratulation to PADI’s newest Course Directors!

Countdown to the 2017 DEMA Show

Room block and PADI Programs are filling up – reserve your spot today!

Don’t forget to book your room for 2017 DEMA Show at The Rosen Centre Hotel – just steps away from the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Call PADI Travel Network to secure the special room rate of $189 US per night (plus tax and resort fee) and you’ll receive complimentary parking, internet and access to the hotel’s fitness center.
Contact PADI Travel Network at 800 729 7234 ext. 2539 (US and Canada) or email Christine.Grange@padi.com to book your room today. *Rates subject to change without notice.

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PADI Program at the Rosen Centre Hotel

PADI Social

Tuesday, 31 October – 6:00-8:00 pm
Room: Grand A, B, C

Kick off the DEMA Show week with the PADI Social in the Rosen Centre Hotel Ballroom. Mingle and network with scuba industry colleagues, PADI staff and your friends as together we celebrate the year’s successes and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

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Check out all the PADI Miniseminars and register for the following programs:

Course Director Update

Tuesday, 31 October – 7:30am-12:00pm
Room: Grand A, B, C

IDC Staff Instructor Update

Friday, 3 November – 7:30am-12:00pm
Room: Orange County Convention Center* S330 A, B, C, D

Early-bird registration fee: $310 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $325 US (after 25 October)

This year’s Course Director Update and IDC Staff Instructor Update centers on the highly anticipated revision of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). Get a sneak peek at some of the IDC components in development including the “Think Like an Instructor” concept and the enhanced knowledge development, confined water and open water evaluation criteria. The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI® staff.
Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors and renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • What’s New: IDC Revision – a preview of this PADI flagship program
  • Evaluation Training Workshop and the New Evaluation Criteria
  • Risk Management in Instructor Development

At the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register, complete and submit a Course Director Update Registration Form or IDC Staff Update Registration Form, or contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Programs Orientation

Wednesday, 1 November – 8:00am-12:00pm
Early-bird registration fee: $199 US (before 25 October)
Registration fee $225.00 US (after 25 October)

This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience (documentation of training/working with divers with disabilities) is verified. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders, and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register, complete and submit an Adaptive Techniques Registration Form, or contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer

Thursday, 2 November – 8:00am-1:00pm
Room: Salon 7/8
Registration fee: $625 US

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register, complete and submit an EFR Instructor Trainer Registration Form, or contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

PADI Business Academy: Mastering Online Advertising

Saturday, 4 November – 8:00am-12:00pm
Room: Salon 5/6
Registration fee: $100 US for Individual Members and $75 US for Retail and Resort Association Members

The seminar is a step-by-step interactive guide to implementing the latest online ad trends. Learn how to tackle and master the most important online advertising trends during this hands-on workshop. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to use online advertising to acquire new divers and keep your existing ones coming back.
What will you learn to implement?

  • Facebook ads, including custom and look-alike audiences
  • Instagram ads
  • Google AdWords
  • Google display ads
  • Google call-only ads

Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

To register, complete and submit a PADI Business Academy Registration Form, or contact Lisa Joralemon at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2552.   

EVE Seminars

Register for all EVE Seminars

EVE SPLASH

Wednesday, 1 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Learn how EVE SPLASH can take care of the marketing and communications to help you grow your business. Attend this seminar and walk away with easy-to-implement processes to help you place ads, attract new students, take bookings, manage leads, certify divers, automate follow-up communications and automatically distribute your campaigns using the powerful EVE Agent. This is the perfect starting point for any store owner or manager new to any aspect of EVE DIVING SERVICES.

EVE Marketing

Wednesday, 1 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Discover new campaigns and new designs customized for your store and your customer. Get set up with more than130 ready-to-go, high-end, customizable templates as well as a delivery platform for you to target the right customer at the right time with the right message. Come learn how these sites integrate with your marketing, schedules and your sales goals.

EVE Instructor App Integration

Thursday, 2 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Empower your instructors to drive your business with the new EVE Instructor App for iOS/Android/Web. Learn how the EVE Instructor App can directly connect to EVE in your store, which helps provide your instructors with a range of applications and tools necessary to successfully manage your business and promote your services.

New EVE Online Store

Thursday, 2 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Come learn how to use the online store for e-commerce, online courses and event bookings. Learn about the EVE online store hybrid operations such as “Scuba and Swim” and “Fish and Dive,” which are easily managed with this completely new product architecture.

EVE Marketing Agent

Friday, 3 November – 8:00-10:00am – Salon 5/6

Keep in touch with your customers using the right message at the right time with EVE Marketing Agent. Attend this seminar to learn how to use EVE Marketing Agent to increase bookings, continuing education, dive trip sales and servicing.

EVE Synergy

Friday, 3 November – 10:00am-12:00pm – Salon 5/6

Discover the complete system in which EVE Cloud hosting brings every feature and application of all of these products and services together in one place. There is a place for you and your customers, wherever they may be. Discover why EVE Synergy is the best award-winning system for the very best price.

PADI Program at the Orlando YMCA

Basic Freediver Course

Saturday, 4 November – 8:00 am-12:00pm
Orlando YMCA pool
Registration fee: $199 US

Have you tried the PADI Freediver™ program yet? You can learn more about it, give freediving a try and get started on the PADI Basic Freediver course rating in just a few hours while at 2017 DEMA Show. This half-day event covers the knowledge development and confined water portions of the PADI Freediver course, and successful completion result in certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. At a later date you can complete the two remaining open water sessions to become certified as a PADI Freediver.

Program registration incudes the PADI Freediver Touch™, confined water session and certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. Please register no later than Monday, 16 October, to receive the Touch code to complete independent study in time for the confined water session on Saturday, 4 November. You don’t need special freediving equipment to participate – just bring your regular fins, mask and snorkel. It’s a great, fun way to learn by doing. Find out why so many PADI Pros are jumping into PADI Freediving.

To register, complete and submit a Basic Freediver Registration Form, or contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296 to register.

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.

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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.

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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.

PADI Miniseminars

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 padi.com 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 – 2:00-3:00 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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PADI Attractions at 2017 DEMA Show

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Excitement builds as the 2017 DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida, USA approaches. For the PADI®  family, the fun begins with the ever-popular PADI Social and continues throughout the show with a slate of top-flight training seminars and programs.

“PADI’s presence at the DEMA Show is dedicated to giving PADI Members the tools they need to propel their continued success. It’s a one-stop-shop for exploring their interest areas, discovering exciting new programs and then getting the training they need to implement them,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “This year, we’re introducing the PADI Adaptive Techniques specialty programs, rolling out multiple digital product updates and covering upcoming changes to the PADI Instructor Development Course. We also have a few wonderful surprises in store for members at the PADI Social.”

PADI Social

Kick-off your personal DEMA Show experience with a party! You’ll have a rollicking good time at the PADI Social, held at the Rosen Centre Hotel Ballroom on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. You can network with friends, connect with important industry contacts and hobnob with a veritable who’s who of the dive industry. You’ll also hear about some exciting new partnerships. “PADI is a global authority on diving and a powerful global force for good,” says Richardson. “In the past year, we’ve made huge strides toward forming partnerships that make our world-renowned environmental stewardship more tangible than ever. The PADI Social is the best place to get all the details and find out how you can be the first to bring these programs to your corner of the planet.”

PADI Business Academy/Rosen Centre Hotel Programs

For the first time, PADI Business Academy will be offered at the DEMA Show, with a special focus on mastering online advertising. “The ability to effectively promote your business online is essential in today’s world and when you’re paying for online advertising, it’s vital that you get it right,” says Richardson. “Learn about marketing and business support tools, and consultation that can help you gain a clear advantage over the competition. Get the inside story about advertising on Facebook, Instagram and Google in a hands-on, practice-based setting – one that is focused specifically on what works in the dive industry based on research and the real-world experience of fellow PADI Members.”

PADI Business Academy will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Other PADI programs to be held at the Rosen include the Course Director Update (which includes the PADI Frequent Trainer Award Ceremony recognizing Platinum Course Directors), EFR® Instructor Trainer course and EVE seminars.

PADI Adaptive Teaching Specialty Orientation

This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Teaching Specialty program to PADI Instructors and Course Directors. Learn techniques for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience is documented. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders, and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

PADI FreediverTM Program

Want to get in the water? Hop over to the Orlando YMCA where you can dive into your Basic Freediver rating in just a few hours by attending PADI Basic Freediver Course. This half-day event covers the knowledge development and confined water portions of the PADI Freediver course, and successful completion results in certification as a PADI Basic Freediver.  At a later date, you can complete the two remaining open water sessions to become certified as a PADI Freediver. You don’t need special freediving equipment to participate – just bring your regular fins, mask and snorkel. PADI Freediver TouchTM is included with your paid registration.

Programs at the Orange County Convention Center

Here are a just few highlights of this year’s PADI Miniseminars at the conventional center:

  • Managing Your Online Presence – Learn how to embrace and even leverage reviews on Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp and My PADI ClubTM to grow your business.
  • Tips to Increase Diver Conversions – Learn how to strategically link courses to increase continuing education certifications.
  • New Trends in Social Media – Learn how you can use virtual reality, 360 videos, Facebook Live, Facebook eCommerce and Instagram to increase exposure and drive traffic to your business.
  • Shark and Ray Tourism: Building a Better Future for Sharks and Rays – Shark- and ray- related tourism is on the rise. Join Project AWARE® for this interactive workshop and discover how you take advantage of shark and ray tourism opportunities while putting best practices at the heart of your business.

The learning opportunities don’t end here – additional miniseminars focus on everything from Chinese tourism to customer service and risk management. The IDC Staff Instructor Update also takes place at the convention center. Special technical diving seminars will also be held in the Tec Resource Center. Look for more information on the PADI Pros’ Site regarding the full roster of PADI courses, programs and miniseminars at 2017 DEMA Show, and then act quickly to sign up for your favorites while seats are still available.

Hurry and Reserve Your Room Today!
It’s not too late to reserve your room at the Rosen Centre Hotel, although rooms are filling up fast. The hotel is just steps away from the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center and your room comes with complimentary parking, internet hookup and access to the hotel’s fitness center. You’ll also be at the center of action because some of PADI’s most important programs and the PADI Social will take place in the Rosen Centre Hotel. To secure the special room rate of $189 US per night (plus tax and resort fee), please contact the PADI Travel Network at 800 729 7234 ext. 2539 (US and Canada) or email Christine.Grange@padi.com.