You can improve PADI dive theory and prepare for your course exams by studying the principles of scuba diving in cyberspace.
Six sections cover the basic concepts, science, and laws for physics, physiology, diver skills, scuba equipment, and planning for the diving environment.
The main reason is because professional level candidates will be able to use the web based program to prepare for the course exams.
The PADI eLearning™ system provides a range of excellent interactive presentations, including video, audio, assorted graphics, and easy-to-understand reading sections.
Here's how it works:
Completing the short quizzes will confirm whether you understood all of the information. As a result, you can move through the program at your own pace.
An exam at the end of each section in the Dive Theory course is scored by automatic process, and verifies mastery of the entire sub-topic.
There are no in-water practical components allocated to the Dive Theory Online course - which is different to most PADI eLearning courses. So, access to the Internet is all you need to complete the course material.
After you pay the fee for the PADI Dive Theory Course online segment (around 3,000 THB), there will be no refund available.
PADI will notify the relevant dive shop once you finish the eLearning portions. So, the staff will know that you have finished and you are ready to enjoy practical aspects of the program (if applicable).
You can also print out your personal eRecord at the end of the program and take a copy to the PADI Dive Center or Resort.
Divers who want to learn more about scuba science and history can do so through interactive presentations and video footage. But, aspiring divemasters and wannabe scuba trainers will find this a convenient method of gaining professional-level knowledge.
You need to complete the eLearning segments within one (1) year of registering for the course. The minimum time needed to complete the knowledge development for all six sections is around fifteen (15) hours.
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of professional-level training. The course focuses on preparing you to function as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor by introducing you to the complete PADI System.
After completion of the OWSI course (and full IDC), you must successfully complete a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). You also need to be a CPR and First Aid Instructor before getting your certification as an Open Water Scuba Instructor.
There are additional fees for the Assistant Instructor application (or IDC registration) and Instructor Examination, along with the practical sessions of the training, usually conducted by (any):
You may need to purchase an IDC Crew-Pak and have a current PADI Instructor Manual. It will depend on how recently you completed the PADI Divemaster course.
Note: A Course Director (or IDC Staff Instructor) will guide you through the process. They may suggest buying additional materials and dive equipment if they need to be upgraded.
The 'Free Introduction to Open Water Course' is an great way of starting a scuba diving certification online. There is no credit card required to create an account online. But, there is a nonrefundable charge (around 7,000 THB) for many online versions of the normal scuba courses.
All PADI scuba diving courses combine some knowledge development with practical training exercises. This helps students understand the basic principles and safety aspects involved.
A review of the final test must show that you scored at least seventy five percent (75%). Nonetheless, you will be able to retake the test if you don't pass it on the first attempt.
Note: The short PADI video [2:19 seconds] outlines what to expect when you try scuba diving for the first time. Click here to contact Private Scuba in Pattaya, Thailand.