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What is PADI SCUBA eLearning?

PADI SCUBA eLearning is a self-paced, online scuba diving course that you complete in your own time. It’s ideal for those who want to learn how to dive but don’t have the time or money to attend a traditional classroom course.

You can start by taking the PADI Open Water Diver course (OWD) or go straight into one of our specialty courses like Recreational Trimix Diver or Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).

The PADI eLearning program has been designed by industry experts with input from thousands of divers around the world – so it’s convenient, flexible, and affordable too!

Benefits of PADI SCUBA eLearning

The PADI SCUBA eLearning course is a great way to get started with scuba diving and has many benefits.

  1. First, the flexibility of this program allows you to study at your own pace. You can complete the entire course in one sitting or spread out over several days or weeks. This means that if you have limited time during the week and want to study on Saturday morning before going out for brunch with friends, go right ahead!
  2. Second, cost savings! The PADI SCUBA eLearning course costs only $49 USD (or equivalent) as opposed to $299 USD for a traditional classroom. Based PADI Open Water Diver certification course. Even though there is no instructor there to answer questions during class breaks or help guide you through difficult concepts like breathing techniques (which makes sense). We’ve found that most students can complete all modules without needing additional assistance due to the approachability of the video and learning material. You will go over the important concepts and skill practice with your instructor.
  3. Thirdly, safety! Because there are no instructors present during these online courses, safety becomes more important than ever before. However, when study materials are used correctly, they improve upon traditional classroom settings as they allow students greater freedom within their individual learning process. All the while maintaining strict standards regarding important procedures such as equipment checks before entering the water.

Getting Started with PADI SCUBA eLearning

Before you begin, there are a few requirements to consider. You must be at least 12 years old and have completed the PADI Open Water Diver course or have equivalent certification from another organization.

  • Step 1: Register for an eLearning account by visiting
  • Step 2: Complete the online registration form with your personal information, payment details, and dive history (if applicable).
  • Step 3: After submitting this form you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to access your account once it has been activated by PADI headquarters in Florida USA. Please allow up to 24 hours to activate your account if requested after business hours on weekdays or weekends due to time differences between locations worldwide!

PADI SCUBA eLearning Course Structure

The PADI Scuba Diver course is broken down into five sections:

  • Introduction to Scuba Diving
  • Equipment and Gear
  • Buoyancy Control and Buoyancy Inflate/Deflate (BCD) Devices
  • Navigation, Planning, and Environmental Awareness
  • Rescue

What You Need to Know Before You Start PADI SCUBA eLearning

Before you start PADI SCUBA eLearning, knowing what you need is important. The following information will help ensure your experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

  • Prerequisites: Before enrolling in PADI SCUBA eLearning, students must be at least 10 years old and able to swim 30 meters (98 feet) without stopping or assistance. If you don’t meet these requirements yet, other options are available through PADI dive centers near where you live, just ask!
  • Required Equipment: A computer with internet access; headphones or earbuds; an instructor who can help answer questions when needed; plenty of snacks/drinks/snacks, you get the idea 🙂
  • Recommended Materials: A good attitude!

PADI SCUBA eLearning Resources

  • Online Resources
  • Instructor Support
  • Tutorials

PADI SCUBA eLearning Testimonials

Student reviews have been very positive, with many students citing the convenience of being able to complete the course on their own time as well as the ability to go back and review areas they struggled with.

I have used it for all my courses besides my Divemaster and Instructor courses It is really easy to use and nice to have access anywhere at any time.

Instructor reviews have also been positive, with instructors praising PADI’s commitment to quality assurance by ensuring all materials are up-to-date before releasing them into the marketplace.

Statistics on PADI SCUBA eLearning

PADI SCUBA eLearning is a great way to learn about scuba diving. It’s also the most popular learning method for PADI, with over 150,000 students completing their courses through this program each year.
Here are some statistics on PADI SCUBA eLearning:

  • There are currently more than 1 million active student accounts in the system!
  • Course completion rates hover around 90% (which means that 9 out of 10 people who start a course finish it).
  • Student retention rates are also high, around 80% of those who complete their first course stay on as members and continue to take more courses with us over time.

Advantages and Disadvantages of PADI SCUBA eLearning


  • It’s a great way to learn the basics of scuba diving.
  • You can complete the course at your own pace and fit it into your schedule easily.
  • Cost-effective compared to traditional classroom-based courses.
  • Accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  • Allows for instant feedback and online support from PADI instructors.


  • Limited hands-on experience and in-person interaction with instructors.
  • May not suit those with limited internet access or low-quality internet connections.
  • Some learners may struggle with self-motivation and discipline in a self-paced learning environment.
  • The practical, in-water portion of the course still needs to be completed in person at a PADI dive center.
  • Potential for technical issues or difficulties navigating the online platform for some users.

In Summary

The PADI SCUBA eLearning course is an online training program that allows you to learn about scuba diving in your home. It’s an excellent way for new and experienced divers alike to learn about the sport, and it can be completed anytime during the year.  If you are doing the practical part of your course during a holiday, using eLearning will give you more time to focus on the fun. Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be ready for your Confined Water dives!

We have been teaching people how to dive for almost twenty years, if you have any questions at all about starting your scuba adventure or upgrading your certification, drop us a message.

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