eLearning Open Water Coarse
The PADI Open Water Diver course is, by far, the world's most popular scuba certification course. Millions of people have started diving as certified PADI Open Water Divers. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and dive skills (techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course online provides the knowledge development portion you need. You develop the remaining skills by actually diving with a PADI Instructor from Signature Scuba.
Complete the classroom portion of several PADI courses at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. Whether you like it or not, the internet is here to stay and with that the “virtual life” most of us live these days. In today’s world one can practically do everything from the comfort of her home without ever leaving that comfortable couch. Why fight traffic and crowds, when one can do grocery shopping for the family (and have it delivered to the doorstep), book your next dive trip to PNG (orbitz.com), talk to three of your best friends at the same time in different time zones (skype) for free, pay bills, deposit your paycheck (chase) and pick a movie to watch instantly apple tv or netflix.
One can get a travel agent license, complete language courses with eLearning, so why not take a scuba class online? Scuba requires being in the water, many people say. Of course it does, everybody knows that. The online scuba programs are not replacing the actual diving, just enhancing it by allowing students to move at their own pace. Study in the morning, at night, at work, in the park, fast or slow… Not having to sit in a 6 hour class session... the options are up to the user.
Our instructors at Signature Scuba promote online learning. All our instructors notice a huge positive difference in students’ performance improvement that is credited as a direct result of the increased pool time (due to the reduced classroom time). Presently Available Online PADI courses: Click Signature Scuba eLearning and start your class today....
What are the PADI Open Water Diver course prerequisites?
To be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you need to be at least 10 years old*, fit for diving, and able to swim. To be able to participate in the PADI eLearning Open Water online program, you simply need to be at least 10 years old.
*In some regions the minimum age is higher.
You will need to sign a Medical Certification Statement (download here)
After enrolling, PADI's eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge 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 else is required to complete the course?
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll visit Signature Scuba to complete your training. You'll take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your PADI Instructor. You learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you've trained in.
What does it cost?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online is the course amount nonrefundable. 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). Signature Scuba will charge an additional fee for the inwater portion of your certification. You may also need to purchase a mask, snorkel, pair of fins and other personal dive equipment here at our store. Signature Scuba will help you choose equipment suited to your needs. You'll also need a Recreational Dive Planner (Table or eRDP version) or the How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual and a log book. Contact your Signature Scuba for all of these things and to find out the total course cost.
Please support our dive shop by purchasing your personal equipment through Signature Scuba. Students are required to have their own personal equipment: mask, fins, boots, gloves, snorkel, dive bag and a timing device. Students get special pricing from our store.
What does the course fee include?
*All class fees are non-refundable
5 Confined Pool Dives
Four (4) Open Water Dives
Study materials for eLearning: dive table, record folder and log book)
Lifetime “PADI Open Water Scuba Diver” certification card
Rental of primary scuba gear (wet suit, regulator, BCD, weights, cylinder) for the class
Signature Scuba Dive Club membership.
How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver manual.
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online will take approximately 12-15 hours to complete.
How do you document that you've completed the eLearning segment?
Once you finish the eLearning portion of the course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to Signature Scuba.