Will You Rise to the Challenge?

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Written by Megan Denny

Want a free PADI Membership renewal?
Need a break from doing entry-level classes?
Like a challenge?

PADI’s 2018 Master Scuba Diver™ Challenge can help you increase your continuing education certifications and gives you the chance to earn a free 2019 membership renewal. You may also receive widespread recognition in PADI’s Surface Interval™ e-newsletter.

Here’s how it works: Between 1 May and 30 September 2018, the PADI Instructors who have the highest percentage growth in Master Scuba Diver (MSD) certifications compared to the same time period in 2019 will win a free renewal.

Register for the 2018 Master Scuba Diver Challenge.

You’ll only compete against other instructors with similar MSD certification numbers. The competitor groups are as follows:

  • PADI Individual Members with 0 MSD certifications 1 May – 30 Sep 2017
  • PADI Individual Members with 1 MSD certifications 1 May – 30 Sep 2017
  • PADI Individual Members with 2-4 MSD certifications 1 May – 30 Sep 2017
  • PADI Individual Members with 5+ MSD certifications 1 May – 30 Sep 2017

Each competitor group listed above will have one first place winner – a total of four prizewinners. View the official rules or register for the 2018 PADI Pro Master Scuba Diver Challenge.

It’s Not Too Late. . .

The Master Scuba Diver Challenge started 1 May 2018 and runs through 30 September 2018, but you can register at any point during the contest period. Any MSD certifications will be counted retroactively back to 1 May 2018.

If you’re not sure how to boost your Master Scuba Diver certs, read on for some proven tips:

An essential, but often overlooked way to certify more Master Scuba Divers is to simply educate students about the program. One of PADI Blog’s most read posts is What’s the Difference Between Divemaster and Master Scuba Diver? Many of your student divers likely don’t understand what a Master Scuba Diver is.

To explain, you can show divers the PADI course flowchart and/or this short video:

Be sure to emphasize that Master Scuba Diver is an elite rating. Fewer than 2 percent of divers ever become MSDs. You might also refer to it as the “black belt” of diving. For some people, this exclusive designation is reason enough to sign up.

Here are few additional ways to boost your Master Scuba Diver numbers:

  • Connect with prior students. Advanced Open Water Divers and above are closer to becoming MSDs than they may realize. Remind them each Adventure Dive may be counted towards Dive One of the corresponding specialty.
  • Share the diver-level Master Scuba Diver Challenge. The winner receives a trip for two to Anthony’s Key Resort in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. The prize package includes round-trip economy airfare, airport transfers, seven nights’ lodging and a dive package at Anthony’s Key Resort.
  • Integrate the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty into your PADI Rescue Diver courses. Emergency Oxygen Provider can replace Exercise Nine (first aid for pressure-related injuries and oxygen administration), and it puts students one step closer to their Master Scuba Diver rating.
  • Download social media graphics as well as posters, punch cards and other artwork from the Marketing Toolbox on the PADI Pros’ Site.

You Must Register to Win

To qualify for a chance to win a free renewal, you must register online. View the official rules for additional details and information. If you aren’t a Master Scuba Diver Trainer or don’t have at least five specialty instructor ratings, contact a PADI Course Director to enroll in specialty instructor training.

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