The International Technical Diving Agency (ITDA) the International Diving Association (IDA) and the Diving Instructor World Association (DIWA) have begun to adopt Deepblu to extend their reach and complete their e-learning programs.
Keeping up with the times, the three European agencies had already begun offering electronic resources to their instructors and students, allowing part of the learning to take place at the students’ own convenience.
As a free social platform where divers can log their dives and discuss anything diving-related, Deepblu completes the agencies’ digital learning resources. Seeing the value of a global online diving community, the agencies now officially recognize Deepblu digital dive logs for certification training and are encouraging their students to join the Deepblu community.
IDA founder Karsten Reimer says:
“The International Diving Association is convinced that the new Deepblu app will hit the mark. Many divers are still posting their photos and adventures on Facebook where the majority of users aren’t divers! Deepblu offers a much better audience.”
Wilfried Dickes, DIWA’s president, is confident that:
“Integration with Deepblu adds value for our dive instructors and divers. Deepblu combines a modern diver community with an online dive log solution and we are glad to be one of the first training agencies to be on board.”
With dive logging is a crucial part of the certification process, the conventional paper logbook has many drawbacks. Not only is logging dives by hand tedious and time-consuming, the logbooks and instructor stamps are also likely to get soggy, illegible or lost.
Deepblu digital dive logs solve this problem by storing all dive-related information safely in the cloud. Instructors can easily certify the dive log online and students can enrich them with photo- and videography to serve as a memory of their dives.
The agencies also recognize the value of staying in touch with their students and instructors, which is facilitated through Deepblu, where every diver can create their own profile, and tag their diving buddies and instructors in dive logs or other posts that concern them. Divers can also easily find instructors and divers based on their agency association.
Deepblu CEO James Tsuei says:
“Deepblu not only enables certification bodies to digitize their training processes but it also helps new divers to start capturing their adventures from day one. Our community welcomes divers of all experience levels to stay immersed in the lifestyle.”
As part of the cooperation between Deepblu and the diving agencies, Deepblu is also piloting the organization profile. With full social media functionality, this new, customizable profile allows businesses and organizations to engage with to their members and the larger diving community.
IDA, ITDA and DIWA, along with non-profit organizations Green Fins and The Watermen Project, as well as a select number of Deepblu COSMIQ resellers will take part in the pilot program. Later this year, every ocean-related business or organization will be able to sign up for an organization profile.
Stephen Craig-Murray, CEO and Chairman of ITDA, says:
“We are very excited to connect ITDA Members, Divers and Professionals through this innovative platform. This is a big step forward and opportunity for our divers to share and be a part of a global community.”
You can sign up to Deepblu at deepblu.com.