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PADI launches essential business survival webinar series to fortify your business



PADI® has always believed in the power of community and the strength in coming together, especially during difficult times. For most of us in the industry, our world has been turned upside down, so we must remain focused and work toward a not-so-distant-future where operations and diving resume. With this in mind, PADI Member support teams across the globe are working around the clock to help PADI Members recover with strength and velocity.

As part of PADI’s immediate membership support package to help stimulate business, the organization has created a series of “survival training” webinars to help PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals through this challenging period and emerge stronger once the crisis wanes. These interactive presentations will cover resources and programs available to assist dive businesses, online marketing, adapting training techniques for the current reality, staff and instructor training, EFR®, practical tips for maximizing opportunities for the current market, and strategies to shape our post-COVID-19 future. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions they may have specific to their market and business.

Realizing this pandemic is impacting various parts of the world in different ways and at different times, webinars will address a range of business, training and marketing topics with a regional focus:

PADI Americas – Visit PADI America’s Member resource hub for information about upcoming webinars, as well as an extensive array of tools and solutions to keep you active, informed and prepared during this crisis.

PADI Asia PacificClick here to learn more about and register for upcoming webinars hosted by the PADI Asia Pacific team. The PADI Asia Pacific Pros COVID-19 Resource Hub offers additional information to help PADI Members through the COVID-19 pandemic and will be regularly updated with the latest available information.

PADI Europe, Middle East and AfricaClick here for further details about the webinar series hosted by PADI EMEA Regional Managers. With all the uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic, the PADI EMEA team has also created the PADI EMEA Pros COVID-19 Resource Hub with additional resources.

“We understand the immense burden and concern you are currently being challenged with, led by an uncertainty about tomorrow and how best to make it through,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “We’re in these trenches with you, shovel in hand. The PADI family has soldiered through difficult circumstances many times before. Our united resilience during these challenges shows that we have the strength and endurance to make it through this one, too. The entire PADI team stands with you throughout this historic chapter in history and beyond, and will continue to evolve resources and strategies to fight through this together.”

More than 2,000 dive retailers, resort operators and PADI Professional have already taken part in the webinar series. The number of attendees is growing with each webinar, as is the expanding educational content. PADI will continue to develop and deliver this community informational series as the global situation continues to shift.

All webinars allow PADI Professionals to obtain PADI training credits. Advanced registration (free) is required.  If you have any questions regarding the webinar series or other business and training needs, please contact your PADI Regional Team.



Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap



The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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