PADI E-Learning Course Descriptions

PADI E-Learning Course Descriptions

Explore the underwater world in exotic locations, discover fascinating marine animals and live a generally more exciting life as a diver! You can change your whole world with just the click of a button with the industry’s most advanced digital learning system – PADI E-Learning.  Bring the ocean planet into your living room with self-study portions of the PADI courses listed below.

Please note: the price of all e-learning courses listed here covers self-study material only. Your local dive shop will charge training fees.  We have mentioned the confined and open water dives only to ensure you understand what is required of you to complete each course.

PADI Open Water Diver E-Learning Course

Open Water Diver

Underwater adventure awaits! This beginner course gives you a certification for life (considering you stay fresh and practice).  It consists of 5 online knowledge development sections to help you understand the basic principles of scuba diving.  Topics include pressure-volume relationships, equipment, the diving environment and the how to plan dives.

Following the academic part, you can then enroll at your local dive shop.  They will help you   complete 5 confined water and 4 open water dives where you will practice and master the skills needed to become a diver.

Once certified you will be trained to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres with a buddy in conditions similar to those where you learned.

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PADI Advanced Open Water E-Learning Course

Advanced Open Water Diver

This course helps you build confidence and introduces you to different diving activities.  You will complete a series of knowledge development sessions which include the 2 core dives - Deep and Navigation.

Afterwards, put your new knowledge into practice by making 5 exciting adventure dives with skills assessed by an instructor.  Choose 3 elective subjects from 22 possible dives including Drift, Boat or Dry Suit for example.

Once certified you will be able to dive to a maximum depth of 30 metres with a buddy, allowing you to access a wider variety of diving environments. Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course.

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PADI Emergency First Response E-Learning Course

Emergency First Response

This non-stressful CPR and first aid training course enables you – the lay rescuer – to be confident in responding to a medical emergency.

The academic side of this course is split into 2 parts: Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid).  You will work through the digital Skills Workbook and video to prepare you for later practice of primary care skills (for life-threatening injuries and illnesses) and to give secondary care (for non life-threatening conditions).

Once complete you will have met the requirements to go on to the Rescue Diver course and all professional PADI ratings.

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PADI Rescue Diver E-Learning Course

Rescue Diver

Be a better buddy and build confidence by learning to cope with (and avoid) dive emergencies.  The Rescue course knowledge development covers self-rescue, stress, panic, helping unresponsive divers and managing both emergencies and equipment.

This quite possibly the most fun and rewarding course you will do! Once completed you will go on to conduct a number of practical rescue exercises and scenarios with your local dive shop.  When certified you will have been trained to identify potential problems and practice emergency protocol.

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PADI ReActivate Scuba Refresher Program

ReActivate Scuba Refresher Program

If it has been a while since you were last under the waves, get yourself a refresher of scuba principles with ReActivate. The e-learning consists of 20 sections with dive scenarios for you to work through at your own pace.  There is also a Quick Review, Recreational Dive Planner exercises and a  skills review video.

Following the successful completion of the theory you will go on to book a skills refresher with a PADI professional. Once assessed you will receive a new certification card showing a “ReActivated Thru” date.

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PADI Dive Theory E-Learning Course

Dive Theory

This e-learning program is very useful for any professional needing to prepare for dive theory examinations. The 6 sections will broaden or refresh your knowledge of diving physics, physiology, skills, equipment, the diving environment, decompression theory and the Recreational Dive Planner.

Each topic is supported by informative images and graphics with an end-of section assessment. Upon completion you can get credit towards the dive theory section of the PADI Divemaster, Instructor Development Course, IDC Staff Instructor or Course Director Training Course exams. 

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PADI Divemaster E-Learning Course


Begin the journey to become a PADI professional by learning to organise and assist with a variety of diving activities.

The 8 knowledge development sections of the Divemaster course teach you risk management, mapping, briefing and how to supervise both student and certified divers (among other topics).

You will go on to work closely with other PADI instructors to broaden your abilities both underwater and topside, during workshops and practical water skills exercises/assessments.

Once certified you will be able to supervise training and non-training related diving activities, conduct dive briefings, Scuba Reviews and the Skin Diver Course, lead the Discover Local Diving program and assist in Discover Scuba Diving programs (and lead additional dives).

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PADI Boat Diver E-Learning Course

Boat Diver

The advantage of diving from boats is the accessibility to more dive sites.  The online theory of this course will teach you the etiquette, terminology and procedures for diving from a small inflatable right up to a large charter boat.

When complete you will go on to schedule 2 boat dives with your PADI instructor in the local environment.

You will be more proficient in boat diving techniques once certified and may use the first dive of this course as credit towards the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

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PADI Deep Diver E-Learning Course

Deep Diver

Some underwater features or historical wrecks can only be seen at depth.  The Deep specialty e-learning covers topics including how to manage nitrogen narcosis, gas supply, buoyancy control - affected by increased pressure - and dive planning (among others).

Afterwards, you will complete 4 open water dives with a PADI instructor, demonstrating your understanding of these safety considerations.

Once certified you will be able to safely scuba dive within recreational limits to 40 metres with a buddy of a similar level.

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PADI Digital Underwater Photography E-Learning Course

Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)

The interactive DUP program guides you through the principles of taking good underwater pictures and video, including composition and utilising accessories.

Once completed, get hands on experience from a PADI professional on 2 open water photography dives, using your newly learned techniques.

When certified you will be trained to operate an underwater camera system properly and take better images.  You may use dive 2 towards the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

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PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle E-Learning Course

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)

This continuing education course is for divers looking for a fun and thrilling way to cover more area.  The home-study materials will explain how to handle and maintain a DPV as well as deal with potential problems.

You will then undertake 2 dives with a PADI instructor practicing important skills, including how to ascend and descend safely and towing another diver.

Once certified you will be able to plan and conduct safe DPV dives and may use the first dive of this course as credit towards the Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

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PADI Drift Diver E-Learning Course

Drift Diver

Become proficient in the cause and effect of currents, drift diving techniques and necessary equipment.  This exhilarating course includes some reading and an informative video. You will then complete a review to demonstrate your new knowledge in communication, navigation and drift procedures.

You will put it all into practice later with 2 open water dives with a PADI instructor.  Once certified you will be well informed of drift diving methods and may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Dry Suit Diver E-Learning Course

Dry Suit Diver

Diving dry keeps you diving throughout the year and in more places.  The dry suit home study materials include an informative video and digital manual which demonstrate how to choose and maintain an appropriate dry suit and undergarments. You will also learn how to don and doff a suit correctly and practice proper buoyancy.

Upon successful completion of the knowledge checks you will go on to do 1 confined water and 2 open water dives with your local dive shop.

Once certified you can dive safely using a dry suit including in the colder months.  You will also be well-equipped for diving in cooler regions.  You may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Enriched Air Diver E-Learning Course

Enriched Air Diver

E-learning for the nitrox course can be completed in under a day. The academic part of this course will show you how enriched air gives you an extended bottom time thanks to its reduced nitrogen content.  You will learn how to manage oxygen exposure and plan dives using an oxygen analyser and dive computer.

Once complete, a PADI instructor can help you practice correct tank analysis and logging.  You then have the option of completing 2 open water dives on nitrox.

When certified you will be trained to obtain, test and dive with enriched air up to 40% oxygen on recreational scuba dives.

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PADI Equipment Specialist E-Learning Course

Equipment Specialist

Are you a technical geek who likes to know how things operate?  Then the Equipment Specialist is for you! The e-learning for Equipment Specialist shows you in some detail how each piece of scuba gear works.  You will find out how to care for and maintain your kit and how to identify common problems.

While this is not a technician course, you will go on to spend time with a qualified instructor who can demonstrate ways to stop minor issues and glitches with diving equipment. This course could help you avoid missing a dive in future.

When certified you will be able to manage basic repairs in the field.

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PADI Night Diver E-Learning Course

Night Diver

The Night diver theory introduces you to all the differences diving in the dark brings, such as navigating, marine organisms and communicating underwater.

Following successful completion of the knowledge development portion of this course, you will enroll with your local dive shop to undertake 3 open water dives after dark.

When certified you will be proficient in entering and exiting the water safely, not getting lost and how to handle and operate a torch.  You may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy E-Learning Course

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Arguably this is the course which changes you from being a diver to a skilled, careful diver.  The e-learning portion of PPB shows you how to work out your own weight requirements based on the environment and equipment you use; it discusses trim, streamlining and breathing techniques which will all contribute to improved diving practices.

When you meet your instructor, you can show them what you have learned by correctly assembling your equipment for 2 open water dives. They will then practice buoyancy skills with you.

When certified you will be able to hover effortlessly in any position!  You may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Search and Recovery E-Learning Course

Search and Recovery

Learn how to locate lost items or bring objects to the surface. This is an adventurous course that is both rewarding and fun. 

The Search and Recovery online Crew-Pak includes your manual and a video which will explain how to locate objects, planning a search, swimming search patterns and using a compass, how to use a lift bag and tying knots.

Following knowledge development completion, you will practice and master these skills over 4 open water dives. Upon certification you will have learned how to use new equipment and conducted successful recoveries of small, large and bulky items.  You may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Underwater Navigator E-Learning Course

Underwater Navigator

Save air and have a more effective dive plan. and be a more observant diver as an Underwater Navigator.

Your theory will include learning how to measure distance, using a compass, natural navigation references, communication and map making. Following a successful knowledge review you may enroll with your local dive shop to conduct 3 open water dives, where you will demonstrate accurate navigation techniques.

When certified you will be a more observant diver and will be able to use new equipment to help stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels. You may use the first dive of this course as credit towards Advanced Open Water.

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PADI Wreck Diver E-Learning Course

Wreck Diver

Becoming a Wreck Diver will not only introduce you to the history of a wreck but also to some fascinating marine life on these artificial reefs.

Read your online materials and watch a video about wreck diving. You will learn about researching, safely mapping and exploring wrecks as well as finning techniques to protect them and the visibility within them. Complete a successful knowledge check and prepare to meet with your PADI Instructor to schedule your 4 wreck dives, where you will put your training into practice.

Upon certification you will have learned responsible wreck diving practices and how to safely explore a wreck both inside and out within recreational limits.

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