PADI eLearning Performance Improvements

By John Kinsella

This June, PADI partnered with Akamai, a global leader in content and media distribution, to turbo charge the PADI eLearning® experience with cutting-edge server technology. People the world over have become increasingly accustomed to fast, high-quality, online experiences, and it’s vital that the dive industry continues to stand out in this ultra-competitive landscape.

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Akamai works with companies (including Apple, Verizon, Sony, Disney and Yahoo) who distribute massive amounts of content globally. Their vast network comprises 216,000 servers housed in data centers spread throughout 120 countries around the world. Somewhere in the region of eighty-five percent of the world’s Internet users are within a single network hop of an Akamai server.

They will host PADI eLearning courses in a local data center, which means that divers in London, Sydney or Hong Kong won’t have to wait for a US-based server, they’ll pull content locally. This dramatically speeds up eLearning course performance. Some users could potentially see a several hundred percent improvement in speed. The most notable improvement will be video load time.

This technology is deployed in the background and is now fully propagated around the world; you will experience the improvement immediately on login to any eLearning course.

More improvements are in store later this year when PADI will upgrade the Learning Management System (LMS) that powers eLearning. This will enable features such as mobile-first responsive design, which fully supports mobile devices, phones and tablets, including iOS devices which are currently only supported by the Touch product line. This upgrade supports larger video resolutions so that divers using eLearning products on a desktop or laptop computer can size video all the way up to full screen in most cases.  In addition, reduced file sizes will make PADI digital products load faster on mobile networks, and later in 2017, courses will run even when devices are not connected to the internet.

PADI eLearning courses will migrate to the new platform from late 2016 throughout 2017. Keep an eye out for details closer to the launch and make sure to let your divers (and potential divers) know about the state of the art learning experiences that await them.

PADI Rescue Diver Product Updates

PADI Rescue Diver Manual Updated

New Online Processing Center Coming Soon – Old PIC Online Being Retired

UPDATE: The new Online Processing Center has launched as of 1 Sep 2015. Read more about using the new online processing center.


Based on PADI Member feedback, the Online Processing Center is currently being enhanced to improve usability and digital product management. The improvements affect both design and organization of the site, making standard PIC processing and processing student divers with digital codes easier and more intuitive. Once the new Online Processing Center goes live in August, the old PIC Online application will be retired, and all online certifications will need to be processed via the revamped Online Processing Center.

You will want to start using the current Online Processing Center since the old PIC Online application will be deleted soon, which will be a much easier transition for you once the revised version launches.

The revised Online Processing Center will be available in multiple languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.

The enhancements provide a better user experience with a more structured platform and simplified navigation. The platform is also mobile optimized, which means you can process certifications using your mobile device from anywhere you have an internet connection.

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Some of the exciting enhancements to the Online Processing Center are:

  • Reorganization and simplified navigation (all digital codes are managed under one section).
  • Mobile optimization of all screens.
  • Simplified language and wording throughout the portal.
  • Digital codes scoreboard for a quick reference of your available codes.
  • Integrated tooltips to provide descriptions of each section or application.
  • Improved filtering and sorting options of digital code data.
  • Drop-down menu of languages.

If you haven’t already, start using the current Online Processing Center and becoming familiar with processing both your standard PICs and students with digital codes through this portal, so you will be ready for the launch of the revised site. If you have any additional questions, please contact your PADI Regional Headquarters Training and Customer Service team.

Get Familiar with PADI’s Digital Product Line

The PADI Digital Product Suite is a collection of industry-leading digital products designed to modernize and enrich the learning experience of students and PADI Professionals.

To get the most out of each product, whether it’s the PADI App or course materials, make sure you’re familiar with what’s available by reading the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure. This handy reference guide provides the key facts about each Digital Product, including:

  • Product components – what’s included
  • The languages available or coming soon
  • What PADI courses are supported
  • Whether it’s for use on computers, tablets or both
  • Which operating system it’s compatible with
  • Whether internet access is required
  • Who can purchase the product (consumers / PADI Pros) and how

Digital Product Suite Brochure

The PADI Digital Product Suite Brochure also features a comparison between PADI Certification Paks in the form of a handy one-page summary. You’ll see at a glance what’s included in the online and offline versions for the PADI Open Water Diver course, ensuring that you can easily choose the right product for you and your students’ needs.

Click here to download the PADI Digital Product Suite brochure today.

PADI Equipment Specialist for Tablets

The PADI Equipment Specialist Touch is a new tool for instructors teaching the Equipment Specialist course, or any other course where you’d like to show students what it’s like under the hood of their dive gear. The Equipment Specialist Touch is an interactive, multimedia, tablet-based program that showcases the features and functions of current dive equipment.

The tablet-based product includes short video clips and interactive images such as an “exploded” regulator (see demo video).  Topics covered include:

  • How to choose dive gear
  • How to maintain scuba equipment
  • Different equipment options available (including rebreathers)

This product does not include any knowledge reviews or exam. It is a supplemental tool for teaching demos, or to sell to students interested in learning more about their scuba equipment. Our 2015 MSRP is $49.95 US, order product no. 71925-1.

The Equipment Specialist Touch was designed for iPads running iOS6 or newer and Android tablets running the two most recent versions of that OS (Kit Kat and Lollipop at time of writing).

 

 

Personalized Tank Decals and Logbook Binders – Last Chance to Order in 2014

Wednesday, 10 December, is the last chance to order custom logbook binders or tank inspection decals for delivery in 2014. Orders received after that date will be shipped in 2015.

Below is some more information on customizable products available for PADI dive shops.

Tank Inspection Decals

PADI tank inspection decals can be customized with up to five lines of text. For example:

50106_10m1XYZ Dive Center
Portland’s Diving Headquarters
– Since 1982 –
503-123-4567
http://www.xyzdivecenter.com

Five Star PADI Dive Centers can order tank inspection decals with a special five star version of the PADI logo. The custom decals are 25 cents each – which is actually cheaper than the generic version (60 cents each).

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Custom decals must be ordered in batches of 250 or more. Turn-around time for the custom printing is about three weeks.

Logbook Binders

PADI custom logbook binder
product no. 79137

We can also print your dive shop logo on our logbook binders. Students will be reminded of your business whenever they log a dive! The minimum order for custom binders is 12.

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Custom logbooks and tank decals are a benefit of PADI Retail / Resort Membership and must be ordered from a PADI Americas Sales Consultant. They are not available from the online shopping cart.

Now Available for Android: PADI Open Water Touch and ScubaEarth app

PADI Open Water Touch™ now available for Android and iOS

The Open Water Touch is now available for Android tablets as well as iPads (iOS). You can read about the PADI Touch student set-up and knowledge reviews and a follow up article which talks about eRecords and referrals as well as the mRDPML.

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ScubaEarth® App now available for Android and iOS

ScubaEarth App for iOS and Android

The ScubaEarth App is now available on iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android platforms. It’s a free download and includes the following features:

  • Locating dive sites and PADI dive shops
  • Log a dive then share via Facebook and other social media channels.
  • Connect with student divers by sending and receiving buddy requests.
  • Access your ScubaEarth logbook to view previous dives

Coming soon: new features – including photo and video uploads will be added over the coming months.

Download the ScubaEarth Mobile App today.

PADI Sidemount Diver manual

PADI Sidemount Diver manual product no. 70491
product no. 70491

The PADI Sidemount and Tec Sidemount student manual is now available for PADI Americas Members (product 70491). Suggested retail price is $37.30. Contact your PADI Sales Consultant to order today. This product will be available to order online in early May.

Canadian members can place a pre-order today. This item will begin shipping in Canada on 13 May 2014.

Related products:

  • Recreational Sidemount instructor outline – product no. 70490
  • Tec Sidemount instructor outline – product no. 71055
If you or someone you know is feeling “meh” about sidemount – check out the video below (email subscribers may need to click through to view the video below)

Need Logbook Binders or PADI Tank Inspection Decals?

 The last day to order custom logbook binders or tank inspection decals is Thursday 13 December 2012.

Orders received by Thursday allow enough time for our vendor to print the items and make a delivery before the end of the year. Please contact your sales rep directly to order custom logbooks or decals, as they are not available from the online shopping cart. Orders received Friday 14 December or later will be shipped in 2013.

Custom Logbook Binders
for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts
PADI custom logbook binder
this product includes the binder only, pages, patch, etc not included
Did you know…?
Custom tank decals  cost less than the generic decals.

Custom PADI decals are 25 cents each versus 60 cents each for generic.  There is, however, a minimum order of 250/time for custom decals.

Each sticker includes your store name at the top and four lines of custom information such as your website address or tagline.

PADI custom tank inspection decals
Custom logbooks and tank decals are a benefit of PADI Retail / Resort Membership.

Scuba Diver Gift Ideas for $20 or less

Looking back over the past year – were there any folks who made your life a little easier, or students who went above and beyond? Special recognition means a lot; with that in mind, here are some fun but inexpensive gifts ($20US or less) to say thanks to the VIPs in your life.

Shark Pencil or Toothbrush Holder

Whoever said sharks aren’t friendly to humans? This little guy is happy to keep your toothbrush or writing implements safe from harm.

Scuba Diver gift idea: Shark Pencil Holder Toothbrush Holder

PADI iPad / Tablet Cover
(while supplies last)

PADI iPad Sleeve Tablet Cover
Blue PADI Tablet Cover 82362
Black PADI ScubaEarth 82631

Deep Tea Diver
(metal or silicone)

Tea Caddy in Scuba Diver shape
Silicone Deep Tea Diver
Metal Scuba Diver Tea Infuser
Metal, Diver-shaped Tea Infuser

Bubblemaker Water Toy
(PADI product no. 50253)

PADI Bubblemaker purple and blue water toy
product number 50253

Shark Coffee Mug

Coffee Cup with Shark in the bottom

Octopus Coffee Mug

Mug with surprise octopus in the bottom

Shark Playing Cards
(3-D Lenticular)

Shark Playing Cards with 3-D Lenticular images