martes, 13 de junio de 2017

Un mensaje de Drew Richardson, PADI President and CEO.



Ha habido un emocionante cambio en el control de PADI® a un grupo de inversores preocupados con la preservación del medioambiente. Este conglomerado de inversores dedicado a administrar patrimonios familiares, con sede en Estados Unidos, se maneja como una fundación e invierte a largo plazo en marcas premium con una cuota de mercado dominante que muestran un crecimiento continuo.

Como presidente de PADI y CEO, me comprometo a liderar a la organización en sus próximos 50 años, al igual que todo el equipo ejecutivo de PADI. Juntos, continuaremos a hacer con que se desarrolle la marca PADI y con nuestro esfuerzo nos aseguraremos de que PADI no solo es la mejor del mundo, sino también la mejor para el mundo.
Este es un cambio positivo para la organización ya que estos inversores se quedarán con PADI y la nutrirán durante muchos años. Este grupo está relacionado de cerca con la misión de PADI y apoya los esfuerzos de esta increíble marca que todos amamos. El nuevo grupo de propietarios incluye a filántropos atraídos por el compromiso de PADI con la preservación de los océanos. Y lo más importante, ellos respetan a la dedicación de la organización hacia el apoyo de miembros PADI.
Se mantiene el centro de la atención en las siguientes prioridades globales:
  • Soporte de primera para asegurar la prosperidad y el crecimiento de miembros PADI.
  • Iniciativas para nuevas adquisiciones de buceadores que atraigan a clientes al deporte y entrenarlos para que se sientan cómodos y seguros como buceadores.
  • Compromiso y retención a largo plazo a través del incentivo a buceadores a que exploren y busquen aventuras en el mundo bajo el agua.
  • Una visión de propósito más profunda que inspire a todos los buceadores a que de verdad se involucren con la preservación del océano, la protección de animales marinos, el apoyo a la comunidad y los poderes curativos del buceo.
Esta transición marca la siguiente evolución en la organización PADI y es un paso positivo para miembros PADI y toda la industria del buceo. Puedo decir con certeza que los fundadores de PADI y mis amigos, John Cronin y Ralph Erickson, estarían orgullos de este nuevo paso para la organización PADI y contentos de ver que se ha transformado en una fuerza mundial para el buen buceo y el planeta océano.
Agradezco que le hayas dedicado un momento para leer este mensaje. A todos los miembros PADI, quiero reiterar mi apreciación personal por vuestro papel y contribuciones para la excelencia en el entrenamiento en buceo y apoyo a la preservación acuática. Sois el corazón de la organización y todo el personal PADI sigue centrado en proporcionar el mejor servicio y soporte para ayudarte a triunfar. Juntos, somos (y seguiremos siendo) The Way the World Learns to Dive® (la forma en la que el mundo aprende a bucear). Sé el mejor. Sé PADI.
Un saludo,
Drew Richardson
Drew Signature
President & CEO
PADI Worldwide

lunes, 5 de junio de 2017

10 Questions Every Instructor Has Been Asked

Posted by Sarah Wormald




Experienced instructors hear many of the same questions time and time again from student divers. If you are having any of the same concerns or are wondering about the answers to any of these questions then you are not alone!

1. What happens if I run out of air? 
Firstly, it is highly unlikely that this will ever happen. During your
PADI Open Water Diver course you will be taught how to monitor your air supply frequently and you will learn that we never dive until the tank is empty, we always end the dive before air supply becomes an issue. You will also learn several different ways to deal with an “out of air situation” safely so in the unlikely event that you did run out you will have the skills required to manage the situation.

2. How long will my dive last for?
This one is tricky to answer because it depends on how quickly you breathe your air. Most people have some nerves before their first dive which means beginners use their air faster than experienced divers. Other factors also affect air consumption; body makeup, depth, fitness, sea conditions, how effectively you use your fins and even water temperature! Your first dive should be a minimum of 20 minutes and on average first dives usually range from 25 – 40 minutes but some first timers manage a full hour. You won’t know until you try but one thing’s for sure, your air consumption will improve the more you dive.


3. How deep will I have to dive?
The first 2 dives of the PADI Open Water Diver program are a maximum of 12 meters and the 3rd and 4th dives are a maximum of 18 meters (or 12m for 10-11 year olds). Your dives should be more than 5 meters but you do not HAVE to go to 18 meters. Talk to your instructor if you are anxious about depth.


4. I wear glasses, can I still dive?
Yes absolutely. One option is to dive in contact lenses – daily disposables are best in case you lose one during some of the mask skills which can happen from time to time. If you are not a contact lens wearer then a prescription mask is a great option. Some dive centers have prescription masks available but it can be difficult to hire one that matches your eyesight requirements exactly so it’s a good idea to invest in one of your own. If you are long sighted (have difficulty reading but are okay with distances), then you can buy prescription stickers that you apply to the lower section of a regular mask – much like wearing reading glasses.


5. I’m not much of a reader, will I manage the theory?
Yes. The PADI Open Water Diver course is designed to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what your preferred learning style is. The program is not just reading (although there is some), you will also be able to learn the theory through video presentations, practical demonstrations and practice and instructor presentations. If you are worried about “cramming” the
PADI eLearning options allow you to study from home, at your own pace prior to going to the dive center. If you are smartphone or tablet user then try the PADI Open Water Diver Touch Version which you also complete at home and provides a more interactive way of learning.

6. Will there be dangerous marine life?
This depends entirely on where you are diving and what you understand by “dangerous”. In some areas there are corals or plants which may sting if you brush up against them. Most marine animals do not attack and have stingers for defensive reasons only. Your instructor will explain to you how to interact with marine life in an observatory way which means you will experience some great encounters with many wonderful species. The golden rule is not to touch anything – most humans would be annoyed if something they didn’t know came into their environment and poked them!





7. Can I still learn to dive if I don’t have a buddy?
Yes, no problem! You may find that you have a one on one program with the instructor who will also be your buddy or you may form part of a group so you’ll meet new buddies. Divers are sociable and welcoming!


8. I’m not a strong swimmer, is this going to be a problem?
You don’t need to be Michael Phelps to learn how to dive but there are some minimum requirements for safety reasons. You will need to complete a 200meter swim (any stroke and it is not timed), you will also need to “float” for 10 minutes (this can be laid on your back, swimming or treading), you will also complete some snorkelling skills. The most important consideration is that you feel comfortable in the water. If you are not there yet then taking a couple of swim classes will improve your confidence and overall enjoyment.


9. Do I need to have my own scuba gear?
No, check with your chosen dive centre that equipment hire is provided. If you are thinking of investing in your own gear check out our blog –
Buying Your Own Scuba Gear: Pros, Cons and Practical Advice.

10. How long does the PADI Open Water Diver course take?
It depends on you and the dive center but usually 3 – 4 days.  Learning to dive is skill based, so the duration of the course is really determined by your progress in developing your skill level, comfort and confidence. If you choose PADI eLearning prior to your program this will reduce the amount of time needed at the dive center. If you don’t want to study on holiday you can always take the theory and pool sessions at a dive center at home and just make the open water dives on your holiday (your instructor will give you a “referral document” to take with you). Some dive centers offer programs over 2 weekends so you don’t need to take time off work. There are lots of options but if you are planning to take the program on holiday remember that you need at least 18 hours after diving before flying home.


Still have questions or ready to dive in? Don’t hesitate to ask your local PADI Dive Shop.

jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

Coral Bleaching

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sábado, 1 de abril de 2017


Ahora es oficial
En nombre de Lanzarote Non Stop Divers, nos gustaría agradecer a PADI por confiar en nuestro trabajo. Por aceptar que seamos un PADI IDC 5 STAR CENTER.
Gracias a Saschay a Paco por estar hay tan presente en nuestro camino y a todos los que están participando indirectamente en las oficinas Padi.

Now it's official
On behalf of Lanzarote Non Stop Divers, we would like to thank PADI for relying on our work. By accepting that we are a PADI IDC 5 STAR CENTER.
Thanks to Saschay Paco for being there so present on our way and to all who are participating indirectly in the Padi offices.

domingo, 19 de febrero de 2017

La ventana de oxígeno




Cuando es una necesidad para acortar la descompresión


En los últimos años, se ha presentado un punto de dicusión entre los buzos, y está referido a los beneficios relativos de utilizar nuevas estrategias en la velocidad de ascenso y en la realización o no de paradas profundas. Esto guarda íntima relación con la presencia y el comportamiento de las microburbujas o burbujas silenciosas, durante la descompresión.

Para la mayoría de los buceos que realizan los buzos recreativos, los tejidos "rápidos" son los que rigen el perfil de descompresión. Este modelo presupone que durante la descompresión, todo el gas inerte se encuentra inicialmente disuelto en los tejidos, difunde de éstos hacia la sangre, y sólo pasan a la fase gaseosa, una vez que han atravesado la membrana alveolar en los pulmones. Sin embargo, este tipo de perfiles pueden ser "agresivos", los que normalmente conllevan a la formación de microburbujas.

Entre los buzos que practican buceo técnico, es muy común incluir paradas profundas en sus perfiles descompresivos. El primero en describir este precedimiento, fue el Dr. Richard Pyle, quien circunstancialmente, después de realizar "paradas profundas" con la finalidad de descomprimir la vejiga natatoria de los peces que llevaba a superficie, notaba que una vez en superficie, él se sintía mucho menos cansado.

Ahora bien, realizar este tipo de paradas arbitrariamente no siempre es beneficiosa, sino que otras, por el contrario, puede empeorarlas, ya que si bien los "tejidos rápidos" eliminarán gas disuelto, pero lo "lentos" segirán cargándolo, lo que puede desencadenar serios compromisos durante la descompresión.

Ahora, si utilizamos una mezcla respiratoria de gas de ascenso apropiada (es decir, para abrir lo que muchos denominan "la ventana de oxígeno”, el gradiente de tensiones de los gases inertes del tejido y de las venas, aumentará lo suficiente como para ayudar a que éste se elimine mucho más rápido.
Este término “ventana de oxígeno”, “vacante de presión parcial” o “desaturación inherente”, es lo que desarrollaré en el video a continuación

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La Ventana de Oxígeno

domingo, 5 de febrero de 2017

Providence Plans $1 Billion Sale of Diving Group PADI


Providence Plans $1 Billion Sale of Diving Group PADI

  • Buyout firm is said to be work with Deutsche Bank on process
  • Providence acquired stake in scuba diving association in 2015

A freediver plays with a stingray.
Photographer: James Morgan/Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery
Providence Equity Partners is exploring a sale of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors that could value the company at about $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
The private equity firm is working with Deutsche Bank AG to find buyers for the Rancho Santa Margarita, California-based organization, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. A sale process is planned for the first quarter of 2017, the people said.
Providence, which bought a majority stake in PADI from private equity firm Lincolnshire Management in 2015, has focused on expanding the company in Asia, including in Indonesia and Malaysia, one of the people said. Asian buyout firms may be among interested bidders for the company, the people said.
Representatives for Providence and Deutsche Bank declined to comment. A representative for PADI didn’t immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment.
PADI was founded in 1966 by John Cronin and Ralph Erickson with the aim of improving standards and widening access to scuba diving through accredited courses. The company employs about 400 employees globally, according to its website.