Posts Tagged ‘Divemaster’

How to Be Your Dive Guide’s Favorite Diver

Monday, February 29th, 2016

If you’re the kind of person who was the teacher’s pet in school, you might wonder what the equivalent is in the scuba world. Besides tipping fairly, there are various other things you can do to warrant being the dive guide’s favorite diver. #1 Appreciate the rental gear. If you’ve booked […]

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Divemaster and Jedi Master: The Force is Strong with Both

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

After waiting for 10 long years, Star Wars fans are finally able to watch the seventh installment in the Star Wars series, The Force Awakens. All the hype has us thinking: Have you ever thought about how many similarities there are between a Jedi Master and a Divemaster? Both Jedi Masters and […]

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New PADI Divemaster promotional video available

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

PADI has just published a brand new promotional video on the PADI Producer YouTube Channel. The video focuses on the PADI Divemaster course, inspiring new and existing divers to take the next step and Go Pro.

Here’s a few ideas on how you can use this great new tool to help drive your business:

  • Share the video across your website and social media channels to inspire existing customers and even their non-diving friends to choose the PADI Professional lifestyle.
  • Play the video on-screen in your store to attract the attention of visitors to your shop who might be thinking of their next steps in diving.
  • Show the video as part of a final presentation at the end of the PADI Rescue Diver course to inspire your new Rescue Divers to  continue their adventures with you.
  • Include the video in an email newsletter targeted at your existing Rescue Divers along with a limited edition promotional offer to encourage course bookings.

The video link can be copied here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE26EF5fy6Y

Check out the video below!

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How To Get Divemaster Applications Processed Without Delay

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Divemaster candidates have been working hard all summer and applications have been streaming in to the PADI EMEA Office. We strive to process all applications promptly; however, they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common reason for a delay is missing first aid and CPR course documentation.

EFR_4C-Black-WhtTrap®_09The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training, provided they have been completed within 24 months of the application date.

Please note that non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can also meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Department via email on training.emea@padi.com to verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify the certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organisations, including CPR/first aid course completions, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver equivalents; make sure that copies of these are attached to the application
  5. Provide payment information

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organisation’s certification card
  • A copy of the certifying organisation’s wall certificate
  • A letter on the certifying organisation’s letterhead verifying the certification

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly states the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible for ensuring that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (even if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a “fit to dive” medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A “fit to dive” medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

Tips to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
  • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
  • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
  • Full name and contact details of the physician
  • Physician’s signature and date
  1. Keep a copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

If you have any questions about the Divemaster Application process please contact Customer Services by email (customerservices.emea@padi.com) or by phone (+44 (0)117 300 7234).

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PADI Master Scuba Diver vs PADI Divemaster

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

What’s the Difference Between PADI Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster?

Posted by Andrew Jenkins

Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster… sometimes it all sounds the same, doesn’t it? You may ask, what’s the difference? While these two diving qualifications seem comprised of the same words, they are quite different.

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) and a PADI Divemaster (DM), let us explain.

Think about the relationship between a great home cook and an apprentice chef. Both know a lot about cooking and both can make a delicious meal, but one prepares meals as a hobby, and the other is a chef in the making.

PADI Master Scuba Diver: a Recognition Rating

If someone is a Master Scuba Diver, that means he or she has significant experience and scuba training.

Fewer than 2% of divers ever achieve this rating, which makes them an elite group.