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5 Tips for Pros: How to Maintain Your Scuba Gear Properly

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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As a PADI Professional, your scuba gear is exposed to heavy use – much more than the average recreational diver. Three or five dives a day teaching students or guiding certified divers will quickly leave their mark, and you’ll notice your diving equipment ageing much quicker than usual.

Of course, you can help to counteract this wear and tear with proper maintenance of your dive equipment, allowing you to get the best results from your gear despite the high strain.

Above all you shouldn’t forget that you always have a role model function as a PADI Pro, and your scuba gear in particular should always be exemplary: clean, well maintained and fully functional. This way you show your students and other divers that you’re a conscientious diving professional, and demonstrate the importance of well-maintained diving gear.

Here are 5 tips on properly caring for your scuba equipment:

#1 – Rinse your diving equipment thoroughly after every dive

It doesn’t matter if you’re diving in fresh or salt water; clean your scuba gear with clean water after every dive. This will help to remove dirt and other contaminants like micro-organisms or stinging particles from coral or jellyfish. It also helps to prevent the unwanted formation of salt crystal build-up after open water dives in the ocean.

#2 – Dry your diving equipment after every dive

neoprene-careSure, it can difficult as a PADI Pro to do this if you use your diving equipment multiple times during the day. But in between your dives, try to dry out your gear as well as you can. When dive gear is kept damp (especially when stored), bacteria or fungi can quickly develop and spread, which not only damages your diving equipment but can also trigger infections and irritations to your skin.

To dry your scuba gear hang it up outside, ideally in a dry and breezy place but not directly in blazing sunshine. Sunlight can cause faster ageing of materials and can make neoprene and rubber parts brittle.

scuba-equipment#3 – Check any moving parts regularly for dirt and defects

At least once a day, you should make sure that all moving parts on your diving equipment (such as buckles on your BCD, inflator buttons, regulator purge buttons etc.) are clean and working properly. That way you’ll be reassured that there are no dirt, sand or salt crystals stuck in your diving gear that might cause a malfunction during a dive.

#4 – Deep-clean and maintain your diving equipment on a regular basis

In addition to rinsing your kit with clean fresh water after each dive, you should also wash your gear thoroughly at least once a week with a special cleaner designed for dive equipment. This applies not only for neoprene suits, but also for your BCD.

scuba-gear#5 – Store your diving equipment properly

Between dives – and especially if you’re taking some time away from teaching – you should ensure that your gear is stored properly to avoid damage and deformation of the material. Make sure it’s completely dry before packing it away (see #2), don’t stand your fins on the blade-end (as they’ll bend out of shape), and ensure the glass in your diving mask is protected from being scratched.

In addition to these 5 tips, you should always be very careful when carrying and using your diving equipment. Strong impact can easily damage your gear, especially the small components in your BCD and regulator.

PADI’s Equipment Specialist Touch is a great tool to help refresh your memory on maintenance techniques, even as a PADI Professional. It’s also a valuable teaching aid to use with your students to help them learn the importance of caring for their scuba equipment.


christian_huboThis article was written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

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PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Applauds its 2015 Frequent Trainers

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.

Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career.  Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC).  While many PADI Pros aspire to taking part in the CDTC and becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected.  The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business.  Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in the water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.

This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest calibre of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.  Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Speciality Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors.  The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.

To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP).  Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa proudly announces its list of 2015 Frequent Trainers.  This select group of Course Directors, from all over the EMEA territory, have been busy creating future PADI Instructors – who will in turn create new PADI divers in 2016.

Join us in congratulating the 2015 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.

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Why you should attend a PADI Business Academy!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

We think that PADI Business Academies are a great opportunity for dive centres to get the latest on social media, website and all things dive business related. But don’t take our word for it! Here are a few testimonials from our PADI Business Academy graduates!

“We attended the PADI Business Academy this year in Durban and we found it to be very worthwhile and informative course. If you are wanting to take your business to the next level then this is one course you need to try! The PADI staff were efficient, knowledgeable and very open to discussion and helping in whatever way they could. We found that we learnt to use tools we knew existed, but we didn’t know how to use effectively. They helped to provide us with some very useful tips on Social Media, Website Development, Customer relationship management and Pricing Strategies along with a few others.

Since attending the PADI Business Academy we have seen some really positive increases in sales and especially an increase in awareness of our centre. We are getting enquiries from all over the world now for courses and information about our local diving area. Our website has been more effective and gained attention due to the changes implemented and we are expecting the business to continue to grow. We really appreciate all the time and effort that the EMEA team put in during the course and also all the follow up assistance after the course. We would highly recommend the Academy to anyone who is wants to improve or expand their dive centre.”

Mark Weaver – Manta Marine, S-23980
East London, South Africa –South Africa Business Academy

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“The PADI Business Academy is a turning point. In two consecutive days, we were provided with the knowledge, guidelines, workshop & secrets related to the business of dive industry. You benefit from the social media to upgrade our private business. It was conducted in fluid manner taking a shape of specific presentations & workshops based on realistic business cases & accumulated experience. All were employed to raise the level of business management of the dive industry & was delivered in a very professional and effective manner. Thank you PADI for your unprecedented care, thank you all expert presenters & thank you all participants. I highly recommend this program for dive centres and resorts, it is an exciting experience.”
Mohamed Buhemdi
Nautilus Diving Kuwait, S-23042, Kuwait – Dubai Business Academy

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“The two days that I spent at PADI Business Academy could not have been spent better. Over the duration of the course we covered many different aspects of running and developing a successful Dive Centre, which has enabled me to implement changes and in turn should see an increase in profits and productivity for my center.”
Michael Turner Reefers and Wreckers Ltd., S-35023 United Kingdom – UK Business Academy 2014

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a PBA near you!

To register, please send an email to serena.scatteia@padi.com

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Why you should attend a PADI Business Academy!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

We think that PADI Business Academies are a great opportunity for dive centres to get the latest on social media, website and all things dive business related. But don’t take our word for it! Here are a few testimonials from our PADI Business Academy graduates!

“We attended the PADI Business Academy this year in Durban and we found it to be very worthwhile and informative course. If you are wanting to take your business to the next level then this is one course you need to try! The PADI staff were efficient, knowledgeable and very open to discussion and helping in whatever way they could. We found that we learnt to use tools we knew existed, but we didn’t know how to use effectively. They helped to provide us with some very useful tips on Social Media, Website Development, Customer relationship management and Pricing Strategies along with a few others.

Since attending the PADI Business Academy we have seen some really positive increases in sales and especially an increase in awareness of our centre. We are getting enquiries from all over the world now for courses and information about our local diving area. Our website has been more effective and gained attention due to the changes implemented and we are expecting the business to continue to grow. We really appreciate all the time and effort that the EMEA team put in during the course and also all the follow up assistance after the course. We would highly recommend the Academy to anyone who is wants to improve or expand their dive centre.”

Mark Weaver – Manta Marine, S-23980
East London, South Africa –South Africa Business Academy

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“The PADI Business Academy is a turning point. In two consecutive days, we were provided with the knowledge, guidelines, workshop & secrets related to the business of dive industry. You benefit from the social media to upgrade our private business. It was conducted in fluid manner taking a shape of specific presentations & workshops based on realistic business cases & accumulated experience. All were employed to raise the level of business management of the dive industry & was delivered in a very professional and effective manner. Thank you PADI for your unprecedented care, thank you all expert presenters & thank you all participants. I highly recommend this program for dive centres and resorts, it is an exciting experience.”
Mohamed Buhemdi
Nautilus Diving Kuwait, S-23042, Kuwait – Dubai Business Academy

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“The two days that I spent at PADI Business Academy could not have been spent better. Over the duration of the course we covered many different aspects of running and developing a successful Dive Centre, which has enabled me to implement changes and in turn should see an increase in profits and productivity for my center.”
Michael Turner Reefers and Wreckers Ltd., S-35023 United Kingdom – UK Business Academy 2014

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a PBA near you!

To register, please send an email to serena.scatteia@padi.com

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PADI AmbassaDivers: Get your application to stand out!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Have you applied for our PADI Ambassadiver program yet? No? Here are a few pointers to make sure you stand out!

  • First of all download the PDF here. Don’t worry you can send your answers in a word document, a scan or even take a picture as long as the writing is clearly readable
  • Talking about writing… Make sure to write clearly if you are printing then scanning the document!
  • Show us your passion for diving! Tell us how you fell in love with diving, what it means for you to be a diver and how you are making a difference in the diving world every single day. AmbassaDivers believe that getting ‘myPADI’ is a life-changing experience they want to share with others.
  • We want to know your story. Not enough space on the form or felt you wanted to add something else? Don’t be shy! In your email, tell us more about yourself, with any links, documents (e.g.: newspapers articles, blogs etc…) or any anecdotes you think are relevant.  AmbassaDivers are the most passionate PADI Divers on the planet and they are motivated to get more people doing what they love.

Send the form in an attached document to ambassadiver@padi.co.uk Think you’ve got what it takes? Send us your application today!

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