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MUST READ for ALL Pro Memebers
The SDI/TDI/ERDI HQ Training Department have released a Training Update for the First Quarter 2012. It is posted in the Members Area of https://www.tdisdi.com or may be viewed via the following link: https://www.tdisdi.com/userportal/files/trainingUpdates/Update_1Qtr_2012_0112_fnl.pdf.
This is required reading for all TDI/SDI/ERDI Members. Please make any necessary revisions in your printed SDI, TDI or ERDI Standards & Procedures upon reviewing this update.
SDI/TDI/ERDI Standards & Procedures Current Version is Revision 12.0, issued 01/01/2012, also available in the Members Area of the website.
Feed your curiosity and increase your knowledge base
For anyone that has attend a local dive show, read any diving news or has just spent some time surfing the internet, they have seen that rebreathers, and particularly Closed Circuit Rebreathers (CCR), are all the buzz. Technical Diving International (TDI) heard that buzz in 1995 with the Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather (SCR) and then again in 2001 with the CCR. Since 1995 a lot of rebreathers have been added to the approved list for TDI training – so many, in fact, that we thought it was time for a review.
Before we get into that review, though, we thought it might be helpful for you to understand why some rebreathers are not on our list. This is by no means a negative reflection on any rebreather manufacturer. TDI selects rebreathers based on the following criteria: annual production of units, user manual and third party testing. That is just a short list of some of the key areas that are evaluated. We have also never authorized the training on “modifie” or “home-built” units. Why? For two of the reasons just listed: there would be no user manual to explain how the unit would work with the modifications or as a home build, and there would be no third party testing. The end goal in everything we do – including approving education on rebreathers – is diver safety.
The first SCR in TDI’s course list was the Draeger Atlantis. The first CCR unit TDI ever approved was the Inspiration Classic; for you old timers that should bring back some memories! These RBs, in hindsight, were pretty straight forward and, of course, not nearly as sophisticated as today’s units. The Atlantis when first released did not even have a PO2 monitoring device; everything relied on a pre-dive checklist that had to be followed. This was also the case with the original Inspiration; however, it did have two (primary and back-up) monitoring devices for PO2.
TDI now has 11 CCR rebreathers on our list. We have come a long way since 2001:
- Poseidon MK VI Discovery,
- KISS (Classic and Sport),
- Pelegian and
Each of these units has their own unique features and applications, and just like open circuit (OC) equipment, each competes to appeal to your personal preferences. For the first time in many years, we have also added a new SCR, the KISS GEM, along with three other SCRs. SCRs certainly have their place in our industry and a market that enjoys their use and simplicity.
We are also very proud to announce that we will be adding two more units to our list: the PRISM II and the Explorer (an active SCR). The PRISM II is an updated model of the PRISM TOPAZ and is now being built and distributed by American Underwater Products (AUP).
So where does all this leave you, the diving professional wanting to step into the world of rebreathers? It leaves you in a position with a lot of good choices but ones that need to be researched… which means you get to do some diving! Most, if not all, of these manufacturers put on events that allow you to try the rebreathers, or you could contact a local TDI rebreather instructor and see if they are putting on a try dive for the SCR or CCR that they are certified to teach on.
Where does this leave the already certified TDI SCR or CCR instructor? You are also in a very good place. Lots of marketing effort is being put into the new products to create brand awareness which means that customers are hearing about them. Your job is to partner with and capitalize on those marketing efforts by the manufacturers and start to capture those customer leads.
TDI will continue to stay on the leading edge of the rebreather training market, and as we do we will send out releases of approved units. We will also add them to our unit specific standards so you can find the list in the member section of our website.
To learn more about the benefits that rebreather training will bring to you and your facility contact your Regional Manager in the US or internationally – visit https://www.tdisdi.com for the Regional Office serving you.
Once you run deep and you run silent, it will be difficult to turn back!
Come by and say “Hi,” at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto on Feb 24th-26th at the International Centre – Hall “5” (Booth 719).
During the consumer show hours, we will be there primarily to support our dive centers in the area as well as answer questions about the agency and promote the different scuba courses offered by our facilities.
SDI will have Steve Moore, Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, available to discuss how you can increase the different avenues of opportunities with SDI, TDI and/or ERDi. Find out if one or all three agencies fit your business model.
On Friday at 6pm, we will have a “meet and greet” opportunity for all the dealers to meet up and share questions, discussions and find out what is in store for 2012 in our private suite.
Contact Steve Moore for more questions; email@example.com or (888) 778-9073.
For additional information, please also see the article from this month’s SDI News.
February 17 – 19, 2012
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
Plan now to visit the SDI™, TDI™ and ERDI™ at this classic show! Visit booth number 711 to learn what is new and what is coming soon to a training center near you!
Make sure to ask for an invite to attend the informative seminar about SDI™ TDI™ and ERDI™.
Many area Dive Centers and Training Facilities will also be offering informative seminars at the show regarding SDI™, TDI™ and ERDI™ programs.
Our World Underwater starts to give us hope that not too far down the road we will be stowing our ice diving gear, storing the dry suit and soon breaking out the appropriate neoprene!
Check out the GREAT selection of eLearning options from SDI™, TDI™ and ERDI™ – a wonderful way to get past cold winter nights and get ready for SPRING!
Many will be packing up to visit SDI™, TDI™ and ERDI™ Resorts long before the hard water (read ice) returns to its fluid state. Ask us where you may want to go…
Meet Shawn Harrison, Regional Manager for the Midwest on Sunday at 1:00 PM Room #56 for a meet and greet. Shawn will be going over a Members’ Update as well as discussing use and functionality of our new website. Not a member? Not to worry…stop by anyway and we will be more than happy to introduce SDI, TDI and ERDi to you as a diver or a diving professional.
To learn more about this show visit https://www.ourworldunderwater.com/ or contact Cris.Merz@tdisdi.com for additional information. Tell your non Pro Member friends to give us a look… we’re confident they will like what they see!
Excellent Worldwide Regional Offices Attend Shows to Support Local Members
SDI™ TDI™ Regional Offices are making a splash at two major European Dive Shows.
Over the next 4 weeks, SDI™ TDI™ will be participating and displaying at two major European Dive Shows: BOOT Show in Dusseldorf, Germany and EUDI in Milan, Italy.
Messe Dusseldorf will be the location of BOOT 2012 where SDI™ TDI™ Germany will be displaying from January 21st through January 29th on stand 3F60 in Hall 3. Spread amongst 17 halls, BOOT Dusseldorf expects 1600 exhibitors from over 50 countries and SDI™ TDI™ will be there!
Fiera Milano Rho will be the location of EUDI 2012 where SDI™ TDI™ Italy will be displaying from February 16th through February 19th. This will be the 20th EUDI show in Milan where SDI™ TDI™ Italy will be found in Pavilion 6 on stand K37.
For more information about either of these shows or other International happenings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.tdisdi.com/contact to contact either SDI™ TDI™ Germany or SDI™ TDI™ Italy.
To learn how you can join the worldwide growing family of SDI™ TDI™ Professionals please visit https://www.tdisdi.com or call 207.729.4201.
Be part of this historic program … if you are ready to accept the challenge!
We are extremely pleased with our move, and now it is time to continue business as usual with our 1st ITW located in our new office at Jensen Beach, Florida. We know many Pro Members are eager to further advance their professional credentials and ratings in education. Now you can further your training as a leader in scuba and enjoy the Florida sun at the same time.
We have selected the following dates for the ITW which will be held in Jensen Beach, Florida –
For more information, please contact Cris Merz (email@example.com) at HQ or your Regional Manager for details. To learn more about all of the programs available visit https://www.tdisdi.com or call 207.729.4201
Join Scuba Diving International (SDI) Team at BTS show later this month for informative FREE seminars!
Take a look at the response/ click through rate of divers “just like your customers” from stories in our Monthly Dive Log for February 2010.
You can use this information to help you decide what courses and other dive-related activities to promote in your store to help you earn greater profits for you and your facility!
After each distribution of The Dive Log, The Official Associate Member Newsletter we compile the results and report and share them with you. They say that knowledge is POWER so more power to you! Need help bridging how to make this information pay off for you but not quite sure how? Contact us, we can help, reach out for your Regional Manager or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
|17.2||DIVE TIPS: Boat Diving
|TECH WEEK: Diving with TDI in the Florida Keys|
|13.4||FIND BRIAN PROMOTION: Win a prize by finding our company president on a dive boat
|IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START CCR DIVING: Discovery Rebreather
|11.1||TECH TRAINING WITH RICHIE AND CAPT GARY: Tech Training in the Upper Keys
SEE US AT THE SHOWS: Schedules for local consumer dive shows across NA
|08.2||CCR BAILOUT STRATEGY: Guest Column from Lamar Hires|
|07.3||NOW WAVING THE FLAG: Belize dive operation offering SDI and TDI|
Figures reflect percentage of total “hits” for specific web pages on our site https://www.tdisdi.com
- 1. Fewer vendors means easier to hit higher buying levels, therefore more gross profit.
- 2. You and your business become more important to the brands you do support.
- 3. FFA is now more obtainable
- 4. Less paperwork to process, easier faster receiving, faster bill pay, less bookkeeping
- 5. Narrower selection means greater depth, helps avoid “out of stock” situations.
- 6. Helps avoid extra charges for “expedited freight” to remedy stock shortages.
- 7. Permits greater focus to “specialized equipment” that fits your geographic region and your training philosophy.