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Last chance to register for the 2016 Instructor Development Update Live events!

Friday, February 26th, 2016

IDupdate-560x200If you are a PADI Course Director, Master Instructor or IDC Staff Instructor and you have not yet attended one of the live ID updates this year, there is still time!

There are six Instructor Development Updates left during 2016:

Saudi Arabia (Arabic) – 9th April 2016

Egypt – (Hurghada) – 15th April 2016

Egypt – (Sharm El Sheikh) – 24th April 2016

Cyprus – 24th April 2016

Malta – 8th May 2016

Sweden – 16th May 2016

With information on PADI’s plans for 2016, teaching open water skills, live evaluation practice and a risk management workshop, the updates have been hugely popular. Attendees also receive a number of special gifts, including a 50th anniversary certification card, evaluation materials and a PADI rash vest!

If you are a Course Director, attendance will meet the requirement for your two year update, whilst the Instructor Development Updates count as credit towards CDTC for aspiring Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors.

The registration form for these events, and other updates, can be downloaded here:

Can’t make these events? Don’t worry – information on the online version will be released shortly!

 

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Have you got what it takes to be an EFR Instructor Trainer?

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to register for the EFR Instructor Trainer programme being conducted throughout 2016.

No doubt you’ve been busy teaching EFR courses but if you’d like to further expand your first aid business, why not become an EFR Instructor Trainer? Being able to train EFR Instructors will help you grow your business! The first aid industry is a highly competitive one so having the extra knowledge and skills can make all the difference to a potential client.

For more information or to register for this programme please contact the Instructor Development Department by emailing id.emea@padi.com

The program will teach you the skills required to effectively train and prepare future instructor candidates for the first aid industry. You will be shown counselling and coaching techniques for your classes and you will develop marketing techniques for use during your programs.

Price includes:

* EFR Instructor Trainer materials (digital)

* Online learning

* Live tuition

* Application fee

Further EFR Instructor Trainer programmes are scheduled throughout the EMEA territory during the remainder of 2016. Please refer to this registration form for a list of dates and locations.

Wishing you all the best with your first aid business during 2016!

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5 Tips for your PADI Pro CV & Job Applications

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Are you searching for a job in the diving industry? As a PADI Pro, you’re already on the right path to your dream career, with incredible opportunities for PADI Divemasters/Instructors.

Of course, as with any “dream job”, there are a lot of other diving professionals who will be competing for the best and most interesting diving jobs in the world – just like you. So, it’s particularly important that you give the best possible impression with your application documents and stand out from the masses of candidates.

To help you succeed in being top of the shortlist, here are 5 tips for your professional CV and application:

#1 Make it look professional

As a PADI Pro you carry a lot of responsibility, and you’ll need to gain the confidence of your customers and guests with a professional attitude. Make sure your CV reflects your professionalism and follow the guidelines that potential employers will expect.

Include an interesting cover letter, a curriculum vitae (CV) with the right amount of detail, and a professional portrait photo of yourself. Check your spelling and grammar, and make sure your documents are well-presented so that they are neat and clear to read.

#2 Keep it short and simple, but be creative

shutterstock_282305675Your potential employer – the owner of dive shop or liveaboard, or the personnel manager in charge – usually have busy days and very long working hours. So, they won’t have much time to make their first selection of candidates based on the applications they receive.

For this reason, it’s especially important for your application documents to be brief. Include all of your information and why you are the right person for the job – “short and sweet” and to the point. To get the added benefit, add some (professional) creativity to your application so that it will be unmistakable.

My tip: search the internet for a wealth of creative templates for your application that will help your structure and creativity whilst covering the main points in #1.

#3 Use a reputable photo in your application

T-shirts, shorts and sunglasses are, in many parts of the world, the work clothes for a professional scuba instructor… but on your application photograph you shouldn’t aim for “cool”. It’s essential your future employer can easily identify you from your photography and see – at a glance – that you would make a professional and respectable candidate for their PADI Divemaster or Instructor.

Use a normal passport photograph, and even better, add an additional full-length shot in smart, professional clothing.

#4 Watch your file size

imagesSome of the finest diving spots on our planet are often off-the-beaten-track and in isolated areas where the internet is not as fast as you might be used to back home. For that reason, make sure the file size of any digital applications – including your CV and any photos – are not too large. Avoid any applications which are larger than 1MB.

Sending your documents in PDF file format will help to keep the file size small and helps to ensure your future employer will be able to open and read it without needing special software.

#5 Don’t forget your additional skills

A lot of PADI Pros make the same mistake when applying for a new job: they only list their diving qualifications and skills. However, including your additional skills will say a lot about you as a person and could be crucial to helping you win your dream job.

Are you an experienced photographer or videographer – perhaps even underwater? Are you familiar with certain types of computers, applications or gadgets? Maybe you’re a carpenter, engineer or even a nurse? Make sure you’re showcasing all of your skills and talents – just in case!


christian_huboThis article is a translation of this article 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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EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Day Month Course City Country
23 Jan EFRIT Dusseldorf Germany
29 Feb EFRIT Bristol UK
24 April EFRIT Krakow Poland
29 May EFRIT Lanzarote Canary Islands
5 June EFRIT Mechelen Belgium
26 June EFRIT Limassol Cyprus
31 July EFRIT Moscow Russia
7 August EFRIT Jeddah Saudi Arabia
12 September EFRIT Bristol UK
9 October EFRIT St Raphael France

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!

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For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email sales.emea@padi.com, quoting EFRIT15. 

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PADI Freediver is here! Sign up to the webinar to learn more

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

FD_Bnr_600x315_notextPADI are proud to have launched the new PADI Freediver program at DEMA this year. With a full range of training options and instructor levels, this represents an exciting opportunity for PADI members throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

An overview of the courses is available in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin, however you can now listen to an in-depth review of all aspects of these courses by joining an upcoming webinar. These webinars are free of charge and are a benefit of your renewed PADI membership.

As always, these will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers – even if you cannot attend ‘live’, you’ll get the follow-up recording after the event.

Register today and don’t miss this free opportunity to learn more about the PADI Freediver program:

Freediver promotion webinar schedule:

English: 18th November, 19:00-20:00 GMT – click here to register

French: 19th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Italian: 23rd November, 19:00-20:00CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Spanish: 24th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

German: 25th November, 19:00-20:00 CET (GMT +1) – click here to register

Arabic:  27th November 19:00-20:00 AST (GMT +3) – click here to register

If you have any questions regarding the above webinars or the PADI Freediver program please contact training.emea@padi.com.

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