How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI's eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.
What online courses are currently available?
- PADI Open Water Diver Course Online - available in English, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Dutch
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online - English
- Enriched Air Diver Course Online - English, Japanese
- Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online - English
- Scuba Tune-up Online - English
- Dive Theory Online - English, Japanese
- Rescue Diver - English
- Dive Master - English, Japanese
How long does it take to complete the PADI eLearning home study program?
Simply put, it takes as long as you make it! The PADI eLearning system is a totally self-paced training solution for the beginner diver. This is the most important part of the program. You get to spend as much time as you desire on each section. You are free to listen, read, review, and repeat any section or subsection of the material as you need for full comprehension. Throughout the PADI eLearning program, there are video and audio components to explain almost every important academic element. You spend the time that is necessary to fully comprehend each element. You are then tested with section and chapter quizzes to determine what you know and what you need to learn more about. At each testing phase of the program, remedial training steps are built in to make sure you complete the necessary learning. When you are completely finished with all the material, a final examination is administered and immediately scored to allow you to remediate your training and move on to the water skills portion of your training. Once you register for eLearning, you have one year to complete your academic study. Of course, most people will finish in a very small fraction of this time. After all, the real fun begins when you complete the eLearning program!
How do I sign up for the PADI eLearning program?
That is the easy part. You can click this SIGN UP NOW! link. When you sign up for the PADI eLearning program, you will create a My PADI account on the PADI website and provide the information necessary to establish your credentials as a PADI eLearning customer. At this stage of the process, you will provide your credit card information and PADI will reserve YOUR seat in the virtual eLearning classroom. You can then immediately begin your study process or you can wait until later to begin. Sinai Blues and PADI have made this extremely simple for you.
What is the importance of being linked to a PADI dive store from the beginning of the eLearning training?
This is a key - in fact, possibly the most important - aspect of the PADI eLearning program. As we have stated before, you cannot learn to scuba dive over the internet. While you could complete your home study without help, you will eventually need the services of a PADI Dive Center to complete your scuba training. The professional PADI instructors in a PADI Dive Center are your resource for questions about your academic learning. They are your contact for scheduling the eventual water skills sessions necessary to complete your dive training, and are your primary resource for advice on the purchase of the personal equipment necessary to continue your learning adventure. From the moment you sign up for your eLearning class, you will be in communications with Sinai Blues. A number of communications channels are embedded in the eLearning program and all of these begin with Sinai Blues. Without Sinai Blues and the services of their professional PADI dive instructor, your eLearning program would be an empty information shell, not unlike any other website you might visit.
What does it cost?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online is just $120.00 (US), billed to you by PADI. The fee covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook). Sinai Blues charges then a reduced fee for the in-water portion of your certification. This fee covers 5 pool sessions, rental of the equipment and 4 dives in the sea.
- Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online $120
- Enriched Air Course Online $195
- Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online $120
- Scuba Tune-up Online $50
- Dive Theory Online $100
- Instructor Development Course Online $320
Mentioned prices might be subject to change.
What proof do I have that I completed the PADI eLearning program?
When you complete the entire eLearning program and register a passing score on the final examination, you will print out a PADI eLearning Open Water Referral document. This document can be presented to any PADI Dive Center or PADI professional dive instructor and serves as proof that you have met all of the training standards for academic study. This will be all you will need to move directly to the water skills portion of your dive training. Prior to being awarded your PADI Open Water Diver certification card, you will be required to take one additional written Quick Exam. Of course, the PADI offices will always be able to provide proof of your eLearning completion should you lose or misplace this referral document.
Is eLearning a suitable study method if I want to continue my training in Sharm el Sheikh?
It is absolutely the BEST method for this type of student diver. The popularity of learning to dive during vacation is growing enormously. PADI eLearning is going to make this type of diver education even easier. In the past, if you wanted to complete your academic study at home and do your water skills work at a dive destination, you were required to purchase a PADI Go Dive Crew pack. During your home study the traditional way, you lacked the support of a PADI professional instructor during the study process. With Sinai Blues Online and the PADI eLearning program it is simple. During your home-study using the PADI eLearning system, the Sinai Blues instructors will be in constant communication with you through a variety of communication techniques built right into the PADI eLearning program. We will help you complete your academic study and will assist you in preparing for your water work.