PADI ReActivate- Common Questions

PADI ReActivate

If you have been to PADI website or read the training bulletins and Undersea Journals, you should have already come across PADI’s new ReActivate Program. It is essentially the new and updated version of the Scuba Review. If you have not completed a PADI IDC lately, you may not have actually encountered the complete PADI ReActivate yet, so here are the answers to a couple of the most commonly asked questions about it.

What is PADI ReActivate?

The PADI ReActivate Program is a semi replacement for the Scuba Review and it consists of 2 parts.

1. A fully Digital Knowledge Review – Online for Computers, or the Interactive Reactivate Touch for tablets or mobile devices.

2. In-water Skills – Much like a scuba review except now, they are more tailored to the diver’s needs, by conducting an interview with the diver to evaluate how comfortable the diver is, as well as to discuss what skills and techniques they want to practise.

The skills that must be conducted are:

  • Mask removal and replacement
  • Neutral buoyancy and hover
  • Emergency weight drop
  • Alternate air source ascent, with the diver acting as both donor and receiver
  • Any other skills the diver would like to practice, or the dive professional feels they should

Upon completion of the PADI ReActivate Program, we can issue a replacement certification card that shows the original certification date plus the new ReActivate Date.

Is the PADI Scuba Review no longer Valid?

No, it is still valid as a PADI Program for now, just that it is no longer in the Instructor Manual. It is meant to replace in Scuba Review in all ways, except that:

The PADI ReActivate minumum age is 13
This is due to child protection laws in the USA regarding the internet.

So hang on to your Instructor Manual 2014, the Scuba Review is still perfectly valid and in fact necessary for refreshing the skills of divers below the age of 13, until further notice.

ReActivate Thru Date
ReActivate Thru
What does ReActivate Thru Date Mean?

This date is more of a reminder to diver that basic knowledge and skills deteriorate over time so if they have dived in some time, they should consider taking a continuing education course to brush up their skills with a PADI Pro, or even take ReActivate again. PADI Certification Cards DO NOT EXPIRE.

Should I refuse Diving Services to a Diver when it is beyond the Reactivate Thru Date?

No, PADI Certification Cards DO NOT EXPIRE.

You can use this as a tool to access diver readiness along with the normal logbook and certification card checks and asking the diver directly about their recent dive activity.

3 things I never forget on Dive Trips!

This blog post has been lurking in the corner of my mind for some time and what better day to post it then on Women’s Dive Day.

I am going to tell you about 3 things that have made my life as female dive professional much easier.

Going for a dive trip not only entails diving, but also jumping off boats and jetties, snorkeling, freediving, beach volley ball, surfing, sun tanning, swimming, running, dancing, catching and cartwheeling, and hey, it is not uncommon for wardrobe malfunctions to occur.

What can can the lazy but active girl wear?



Crossback Bikini Top
If you tie lines, you will see that this is indeed a superior design in terms of strength and slippage.

It is has less points of failure (one knot only) and the turn changes the direction of the force required to hold your top up from vertical against to gravity, to horizontal. Love

Never flash your boobs accidentally to your students again!
So not professional. hahaha

Don’t you just hate it when you dive trip coincides with your period.

I get asked questions about this issue by students all the time.

Can I still dive?
Does having your period stop you doing other activities?

Can I wear a pad?
Yes, if you fancy feeling like wearing a waterlogged diaper.

Will seawater get in via the tampon string?
Sorta, not really.

If I just let it flow, will people be able to see my menstrual blood?
Call the police, it will be a murder scene! No, not really, don’t be paranoid.

Will I attract sharks?
I wish.

You can’t wear a pad, you don’t want to chum the waters, and you don’t want to die of Toxic Shock Syndrome either.

Meet the

Menstrual Cup

This is the BOMB!

I went on a quest to cut disposables and plastics from my life and I discovered the menstrual cup. If you care about the environment at all, you should invest in one of these. It’s

Reusable – Not Disposable.
Silicon – Not plastic with chemicals.
Safe – TSS not a big concern

It’s also great for lazy girls, like me.
Just put it in and leave it in all day, perfect!
Read here for more.

And finally, I always have
Menstrual Cop

There is always someone that loses their hair tie on a trip, having spare is part of everyday life for me.

Hairband And the flat wide ones are really great as hairbands, curbing the post-dive frizzle! Because I personally find bandannas a bit of hassle.

Apart from keep your hair at bay, I have used elastic bands in the following situations:

  • As spare snorkel keepers
  • As a spare octopus holders
  • Spare Bungees for cameras
  • Spare fin strap
  • Deep Dive Props – showing how colour disappears for Advanced Courses
  • A Quick SPG Holder
  • Line for knot-tying
  • Small Object – Search and Recovery
  • Small Object – Search and Recovery

And the list goes on…
Very useful.

That’s it for today – be well, earthlings!