Medications and Diving

Written by DAN staff

Few divers can claim to have never used over-the-counter (OTC) drugs before a dive. Whether it’s a decongestant to deal with allergy symptoms or aspirin to deal with sore muscle, OTC drugs are perceived be less of a concern than prescription drugs. As a dive professional, you know there are risks associated with using OTC drugs before diving. What you don’t always know, however, is when students are self-medicating to make it possible to complete a dive or finish a course. By being clear about the effects of OTC drugs and sharing that information with your student divers, you can help them make good decisions during and after training.

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Antihistamines

Antihistamines, like diphenhydramine, are most often used to provide symptomatic relief of allergies, colds and motion sickness. Antihistamines often have side effects that include dryness of the mouth, nose and throat, visual disturbances, drowsiness, or undesired sedation and depression. They can also depress the central nervous system (CNS) and impair a diver’s ability to think clearly.

Decongestants

Decongestants are vasoconstricting drugs that narrow the blood vessels of the nasal airways and often temporarily improve breathing. Common active ingredients include pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine. Decongestants may cause mild CNS stimulation and side effects like nervousness, excitability, restlessness, dizziness, weakness, and a forceful or rapid heartbeat. These drugs may have significant undesirable effects on divers, and should be avoided by individuals with diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease.

Anti-Inflammatories and Analgesics

These drugs are typically used for temporary relief of minor aches and pains. Keep in mind that these may relieve symptoms, but the injury is still present. Limitations in range of motion due to an injury, swelling or pain can put a diver at risk of additional injury. Active ingredients include naproxen sodium and ibuprofen, with side effects such as heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness and drowsiness. These should be avoided by individuals with heartburn, ulcers, bleeding problems or asthma. They may also have interactions with individuals using anticoagulants, insulin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).

While in many cases the use of these drugs is warranted and relatively low-risk, unwanted side effects, drug reactions and reactions to increased partial pressures of nitrogen can raise injury risk during a dive. Susceptibility to adverse side effects can vary greatly from person to person, and divers should refrain from taking a new medication for the first time before diving. Many medical professionals will advise anyone who requires medication in order to dive to wait until symptoms resolve to resume diving. If you have any questions about the safety of an OTC drug, seek an evaluation from a qualified healthcare professional.

For more information on OTC drugs and diving, or safe diving practices, visit DAN.org/Health

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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!

Updated Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide

DSD CoverThe revised Discover Scuba® Diving Participant Guide includes new images, updated calls to action and new descriptions of special benefits. Throughout the guide, Discover Scuba Diving participants learn how to keep exploring by taking steps to earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

They also learn about staying connected through My PADI Club™ and how PADI’s Four Pillars of Change initiative links the worldwide network of PADI Divers to the causes they care about.

The “Something Special for You” page explains the benefits participants can claim including a DSD eCard, a digital download of the first PADI Open Water Diver Course section, and a digital guide describing how to earn certification.

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The knowledge development content did not change, but is clearly illustrated with new photos and diagrams. Releasing in late September, this required guide is available in multiple languages. Contact your PADI Regional Headquarters about availability and to order your new guides.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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: projectaware.org/adoptadivesite.

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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 Finathon.org.

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

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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.