A few days ago I got my new PADI Diving Society card with the member directory and I had to stop and ask myself, what is the PADI Diving Society exactly? The member directory looked like a book full of advertisements.
What I didn’t realize, and I’m sure many divers don’t, is that Sport Diver magazine is a part of your Diving Society subscription. (Sidebar: I wonder if PADI is going to have a digital version out soon?) The Society also offers free gifts with the specialty of the month promotion and exclusive events, that either I’ve never seen or paid attention to. Personally I don’t find the hard copy handbook and benefits directory to be of much use and the PADI Diving Society online benefits webpage leaves quite a bit to be desired.
I think there’s a lot of benefit in bringing divers and dive organization’s together I just think there’s probably a better way to do it than it is currently being done. In the meantime, read your Sport Diver magazine!