Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaching the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course

new PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy book and DVD
From the Training Bulletin

PADI's Peak Performance Buoyancy course is PADI's second most popular specialty after Enriched Air. The recently-updated materials incorporate advances in technology (such as the the unique buoyancy control demands of technical diving / CCRs) - as well as cosmetic changes.

Teaching Tips for Peak Performance Buoyancy

Use the new PPB Instructor outline (part no. 70236 rev. 2011) to offer three buoyancy training options:
  • a buoyancy clinic in the pool
  • an adventure dive
  • the two-dive specialty course.

Begin by dialing in the student's weight at the surface. The student should float at eye level while holding a normal breath and having an empty, or near-empty BC. Be sure to have a variety of weights nearby to make adjustments. It's important to repeat this exercise at the end of the dive when the student has 750-500 psi.

The next step is to have the diver fine-tune weighting by positioning and distributing weights for different applications, for example:

  • A wall dive: head-up, feet-down position (weights placed towards the middle of the back).
  • Taking photos: slightly head-down, feet-up position (position weights towards the chest away from the hips and/or adjust tank position tank higher or lower in the BCD).
  • Using a CCR: rebreathers should be at minimal loop volume and the top of the diver’s head should float level with the surface.
Have divers try different weight configurations while performing simple skill challenges. Some supplies you may find helpful to have on hand:
  • hula hoop from Hudsucker ProxyHula hoop(s)
  • Ankle weights
  • Rope
  • Toypedo
  • Small plastic toy
  • Underwater camera

Suspend the hula hoop in the water using the rope and weights and have divers swim through it. Or, suspend a plastic toy in the water and have divers hover next to it / take photos of it. Challenge divers to throw the toypedo around without touching the bottom (while hovering or swimming).

Don't forget to repeat the buoyancy check at the surface (described above) at the end of your confined water session.

We recently published a PPB teaching tips article in the Surface Interval e-newsletter. Read the complete Surface Interval article. Additional game and skill practice ideas are included in the new instructor guide (product no. 70236 version 2.0 from 2011)

Did You Know...?

You can integrate the PPB specialty into the Open Water course. It requires some additional skills and one extra dive.* See page 33 of the 2011 PADI Instructor manual for details. Please note, you may only integrate one specialty course with Open Water.
2011 instructor manual page 33
You can also introduce the PPB adventure dive after dive four of Open Water.* Most new divers need a little extra buoyancy practice and you can start them on the path to adventures in diving. In a recent reader survey, PPB ranked as one of the top four adventure dives.

* There is a limit of three training dives per day. You can only add the PPB dive if the student completed (at least) OW dives one and two on the previous day.

New PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Materials

The Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty provides great benefits for the diver: conserve air, lose weight, and protect the marine environment. "PPB" is also PADI's second most popular specialty after Enriched Air.

It's been more than ten years since we added PPB to the PADI specialty roster, and the new materials include some useful updates. There is a new student manual (we only had a booklet before) and a completely updated DVD (now with 50% less neon in the wetsuits).
There is a new instructor guide (product no. 70236). It's not mandatory to switch to the new guide, but there are two sets of knowledge reviews in the new student manual and only the new guide has both sets of knowledge review answers. Similarly, you may continue using the prior version of the student materials.

About the PPB Knowledge Reviews
Knowledge Review Part I is the same as the Peak Performance Buoyancy section of the Adventures in Diving manual. The answers can be found in the PPB instructor guide or downloaded from the PADI Pro's Site (Curriculum - Exams and Assessments - Adventures in Diving)

There is a second set of knowledge reviews in the new student manual. The answers are only available in the new instructor guide.

What Else is New?The new student materials and instructor guide include useful information about buoyancy training for students using rebreathers.
The new materials are available starting today. Contact your PADI Sales Rep or order online from the PADI Pro's Site. Here are some useful part numbers:

Revised PPB instructor guide: part no. 70236

New student crewpak: 60177. Includes:
  • New PPB student manual: 79315
  • Revised PPB student DVD: 70858

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PADI Announce the soon to be launched eCard

As a 2012 membership renewal benefit all PADI Members will receive a free PADI eCard for their highest core level (including Course Director and IDC Staff). The PADI eCard is an electronic version of the PADI certification card.

The eCard will be available for diver replacement cards in fourth quarter 2011. Initially, the eCard will be available through Replacement Card Online only. Divers obtaining a replacement card will have the choice of an eCard, a plastic card or both. In addition, PADI Members can use PIC Online credits to sell eCards to existing PADI Divers through the Online Processing Center on the PADI Pros’ Site. PADI Members can then utilize the power of smartphone technology when certifying divers.

PADI eCard is hosted, managed and displayed using the PADI App, initially accessible on Apple, Android and Blackberry smartphones, but development for other operating systems will follow. Security of the eCard is a primary concern, so PADI has integrated features such as QR coding (a specific, two-dimensional code) to make authentication straightforward and easy.


PADI eCard development demonstrates PADI’s commitment to positive identification certification cards and sets a new bar for delivery, embracing environmental stewardship by reducing the amount of plastics, paper and transportation used to deliver certifications to divers, for those who choose to use it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New PADI Regional Headquarters Delivers Expanded Benefits to Members

Launch of new office will increase product and customer support offerings for local members.

BRISTOL, GÖTEBORG, HETTLINGEN 01.01.2011 -- PADI Members in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will enjoy a higher level of customer service and support as PADI International Ltd., PADI Europe and PADI Nordic prepare to combine forces in 2011. The new regional headquarters, PADI EMEA (PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa), unites the talent and resources of the three offices to provide PADI Members with an unparalleled level of support, services and products.

“Trends in the dive market are changing, so the PADI Offices are responding to meet changing member’ needs,” says PADI Europe Executive Director, Jean-Claude Monachon. “The goal of the new regional headquarters is to move PADI Members ahead as market leaders through a broader range of products and services than currently available, and by leveraging resources to make it easier and more convenient to access products, services and support through PADI EMEA.”

PADI EMEA will be the largest PADI Regional Headquarters and serve more than 2,000 retail and resort members and 57,500 individual members, who in turn certify more than 380,000 divers annually. To meet the demands of this culturally diverse membership, PADI EMEA will extend its service hours, centralize its phone system, expand online services and provide customer support in more than twenty languages. The centralization of services will allow for faster member and diver certification processing, consistent marketing campaigns, enhanced PADI eLearning® support, simplified pricing, broader job search and placement options, easier instructor mobility and more. In addition, the regional headquarters size will significantly increase its ability to interact with and influence media, government and industry relations.

“The size and scope of PADI EMEA creates tremendous bargaining leverage on behalf of PADI Members and opens the door to new partnerships and exciting opportunities for attracting new divers,” says PADI President and Chief Operating Officer Drew Richardson. “PADI EMEA’s reach will help bring new people into diving -- potentially in unprecedented numbers.”

Mark Caney, VP, Training, Education and Memberships at PADI International Ltd, emphasized the value in pooling the talent of the three offices: “We are excited about the expansion of capabilities PADI EMEA represents for our members. Among the staff of the new office we will have an extraordinary range of talents, with specialists who have run thousands of Discover Scuba sessions in the Maldives or those who have conducted tec diving courses in the frozen Baltic Sea. The breadth of diving experience and language support now available to PADI Pros is unmatched in the industry”.

PADI EMEA will lead the regional dive industry in customer service, sales, business education, marketing and training consultancy. To ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted member support and customer service, the three offices will integrate their services in stages throughout 2011, with full integration scheduled by 2012. For more information regarding PADI EMEA, please contact Jean-Claude Monachon, tel: +41 52 304 14 14, email: jcm@padi.com or Mark Caney, tel: +44 117 300 7309, email: mark.caney@padi.co.uk.

PADI – The Way the World Learns to Dive®

PADI TecRec Instructor Trainers

PADI’s TecRec range of courses has become extremely popular since the recent revision of the range, and demand among divers who want a TecRec credentials has been high. Technical diving is still a specialist type of diving that is embraced by a relatively small number of instructors and instructor trainers. The majority of PADI Instructors and Course Directors don’t emphasize teaching tec diving, instead focusing marketing efforts on the wider field of recreational diving.

In most regions, relatively few experienced individuals have instructor trainer level experience in technical diving, but those who do often specialize in technical instructor training rather than recreational instructor training.

We recognize that there are suitable, highly experienced specialists within the PADI family who meet the requirements of DSAT Tec Deep or Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer, but who are not PADI Course Directors. To better meet the demand for PADI TecRec Instructor training, some of these individuals will now be eligible to qualify as TecRec Instructor Trainers.

To accommodate these specialists, PADI Technical Diving Division staff will conduct several orientation courses during 2011 for selected individuals, who, if successful, will become TecRec ITs. Course entrance will be very limited and on an invitation-only basis, with only very experienced instructor trainers from other technical organizations who are also at least PADI IDC Staff Instructors accepted. Those who succeed in the course will only be able to teach instructor-level TecRec courses; they will not be able to conduct PADI recreational instructor courses such as the IDC.

All the existing procedures for PADI Course Directors seeking to become a Tec Deep Instructor and Tec Trimix Instructor Trainers remain unchanged.

PADI TecRec: New rebreather course range

Submerge Productions interviewed Mark Caney, vice president for Rebreather Technologies at Eurotek to ask about the latest rebreather developments.

For over 40 years, PADI has been offering a complete range of recreational diving courses. Ten years ago, the agency entered the world of technical diving. Today, PADI launches a brand new range of courses for Rebreather diving: from recreational courses to full tec.

Mark Caney is vice president for Rebreather Technologies with the Technical Diving Division of PADI. He knows exactly what they have in store. Obviously we wanted to know how their new range of CCR courses is structured, what kind of courses PADI will offer, and which rebreather they will work with.

You can find this video interview on Submerge Productions: http://www.submergeproductions.com/videos.aspx

Monday, November 8, 2010

Technical Diving Seminar

Η PADI διοργανώνει σεμινάριο TecRec και προγράμματα Discover Tec, την Κυριακή 28 Νοεμβρίου 2010 στην Αθήνα.

Παρακαλούμε διαδώστε τα νέα για αυτές τις εκδηλώσεις.
Για μη δύτες τεχνικής κατάδυσης: Τώρα είναι μία θαυμάσια ευκαιρία να δοκιμάσετε πώς είναι η αίσθηση να καταδύεσαι με πλήρη εξοπλισμό τεχνικής κατάδυσης. Το πρόγραμμα προσφέρεται δωρεάν. Ο κάθε ενδιαφερόμενος είναι ευπρόσδεκτος! H προεγγραφή είναι απαραίτητη.

Για δύτες τεχνικής κατάδυσης: (και για δύτες που θα ενδιαφερόντουσαν να γίνουν) Είναι το δεύτερο σεμινάριο TecRec στην Ελλάδα στο οποίο μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε τις πιο πρόσφατες εξελίξεις στην εκπαίδευση δυτών στην τεχνική κατάδυση και σχετικά με την τεχνική κατάδυση στην Ελλάδα και αλλού. Το κόστος συμμετοχής στο σεμινάριο είναι 10 ευρώ. Παρακαλούμε στείλτε e-mail για την εγγραφή σας.

Ημερομηνία: Κυριακή 28 Νοεμβρίου 2010
Ώρα: 09:00-12:00 Discover Tec – δοκιμάστε κατάδυση με πλήρη εξοπλισμό τεχνικής κατάδυσης που διεξάγεται από Εκπαιδευτές TecRec
         13:00-18:00 Σεμινάριο TecRec – παρουσιάσεις σχετικά με την τεχνική κατάδυση και εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα TecRec.

Τόπος Διεξαγωγής: Ξενοδοχείο ΟΑΣΙΣ, Λεωφ. Ποσειδώνος 27, Τ.Κ. 16675 Γλυφάδα, Αθήνα (τηλ: +30 210 8941724).

Το Discover Tec θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην πισίνα του ξενοδοχείου από Εκπαιδευτές TecRec χωρίς καμία επιβάρυνση. Θα υπάρχουν διαθέσιμοι πλήρεις εξοπλισμοί τεχνικής κατάδυσης. Ελάχιστες απαιτήσεις συμμετέχοντα: Πιστοποιημένος PADI Open Water Diver ή αντίστοιχη πιστοποίηση από άλλον εκπαιδευτικό οργανισμό, να είναι τουλάχιστον 18 ετών, να έχει 10 καταγεγραμμένες καταδύσεις. Επίσης χρειάζεται να φέρει μαζί του μάσκα, πέδιλα και καταδυτική στολή (η πισίνα δεν είναι θερμαινόμενη).

Το Σεμινάριο TecRec θα διεξαχθεί από τη Διευθύντρια Περιφέρειας της PADI, Immi Wallin, και προσκεκλημένοι ομιλητές θα παρουσιάσουν θέματα σχετικά με την τεχνική κατάδυση στην Ελλάδα.

Το κόστος συμμετοχής στο σεμινάριο είναι 10 ευρώ. Κατά τη διάρκεια του σεμιναρίου θα προσφέρονται καφές και αναψυκτικά. Το κόστος γεύματος ή δείπνου επιβαρύνει το συμμετέχοντα.

Παρακαλούμε, δηλώστε συμμετοχή το αργότερο μέχρι τις 20 Νοεμβρίου στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση immi.wallin@padi.co.uk

Παρακαλούμε ενημερώστε εάν επιθυμείτε να συμμετάσχετε
1) στο Discover Tec
2) στο σεμινάριο TecRec
3) ή και στα δύο!