Online Course /E-Learning

What is PADI eLearning

Electronic learning (eLearning) is the delivery of education, using your mobile device or web browser. PADI eLearning allows you to begin your dive education at your convenience, using your desktop, laptop or mobile device, and finish your training in the water with a PADI Professional. With PADI eLearning, you complete the knowledge development (academic) portion of the most popular courses at your own pace – studying anytime and anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection or after you have downloaded the product. If you have a busy schedule or just prefer the convenience of learning from your mobile device or computer, eLearning is a great choice.

Which courses are currently available with eLearning knowledge development?

  • PADI Open Water Diver

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

  • PADI Rescue Diver

  • PADI Divemaster

  • PADI Enriched Air Diver

  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer - web version only

  • PADI ReActivate

  • Dive Theory

  • PADI Instructor Development

Which eLearning product is right for me?

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning is for beginners who want to learn to scuba dive and earn their first diver certification.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is perfect for certified divers who are looking to improve their dive skills, learn some new ones or spend more time working with a PADI Instructor. The eLearning product includes fourteen sections that can be thought of as a specialty course “sampler.”

PADI Enriched Air Diver provides the knowledge base for PADI’s most popular specialty course. Learn the benefits, safety considerations and important procedures of diving with enriched air nitrox (air with a higher oxygen content).

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (web version only) teaches you the SEA (shoot, examine, adjust) method to quickly and easily capture your favorite and most exciting moments underwater. This online program also includes an overview of underwater videography.

PADI ReActivate® is a review program that allows you to refresh your scuba knowledge and safe diving practices. Refresh your diving knowledge before going to your PADI Dive Center or Resort to practice your dive skills and receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

PADI Dive Theory is great if you’re looking to improve your dive theory knowledge. PADI Divemaster candidates, Instructor Development Course (IDC)-bound Pros, IDC Staff Instructor candidates and Course Director Training Course applicants can also use the program to prepare for exams.

PADI Instructor Development is the independent study portion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). The nine online sections provide foundational information that better prepares the candidate to focus on learning to become a dive educator and teach the PADI System of diver education.

I’m having problems registering for eLearning. What may be the cause?

Registration problems are typically caused by one of the following:

  1. No PADI Dive Center was chosen. You must choose a PADI Dive Center or your payment will not go through.

  2. Look for small red asterisks that indicate incomplete information. Please double check that you have completed all fields of the registration form.

  3. Using a mobile device? Internet connectivity is required to create your account and register for eLearning. It is also required to submit your knowledge development, quiz, and final exam scores; be sure you are connected to the internet before attempting to do any of these.

  4. Using Internet Explorer? The PADI eLearning system is not compatible with the 64-bit version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. If you are using the 64-bit version (versus the 32-bit version) of Explorer, please update your browser or download an alternate browser – recommended browsers are Chrome Internet Explorer, Safari (for Mac), or Firefox.

  5. Got a firewall? Corporate proxy or company firewalls will also cause difficulties. The solution is to register from your home computer.

  6. Problem with your credit card>. Please ensure that your credit card information has been entered correctly and that the card has not expired.

In some cases, you’ll need to close your browser completely – exit and close the browser as opposed to only closing the tab or window – and try again. Restart your browser and go to PADI eLearning for students to complete the registration process.

If the steps above don’t solve the problem, please contact us:

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  • PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa:

What do I do if I can’t remember my eLearning username or password?

Your eLearning username is the email address used during registration. If you have already tried your primary email, try any alternate email addresses you use.

Your password information will be sent to the email address associated with the account by clicking the Forgot Password link on the eLearning sign-in screen.

Where can I locate my PADI eRecord?

Sign in to PADI eLearning for pros, enter your login credentials, select the role of Student in the drop down menu, and click the eRecord link that appears below the course name.

The name on my eLearning account is misspelled. How can I change it?

Please contact your local PADI Regional Headquartes to correct the spelling of your name (please allow 5-10 business days):

  • PADI Americas:

  • PADI Canada:

  • PADI Asia Pacific:

  • PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa:

The email address associated with my eLearning account is misspelled. How can I change it?

Please contact your local PADI Reginal Headquarters to correct your email address. Only minor spelling mistakes can be corrected. You can not transfer from one email account to another email account (please allow 5-10 business days):

  • PADI Americas:

  • PADI Canada:

  • PADI Asia Pacific:

  • PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa:

I need to change the language of my PADI eLearning program. How can I do this?

Please contact your local PADI Reginal Headquarters to change to your PADI eLearning program to a different language, if available (please allow 1-2 business days):

  • PADI Americas:

  • PADI Canada:

  • PADI Asia Pacific:

  • PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa:

I want to change the PADI Dive Center or Resort associated with my eLearning account. Can I do this?

Once registered, you can’t change the PADI Dive Center or Resort associated with your online program. However, the eRecord you receive when you complete your online study is accepted by any PADI Dive Center, Resort or Instructor worldwide. Where you complete your training is your choice, so it’s not necessary to change the store or instructor associated with your eLearning account.

My PADI eLearning® program indicates it is “expired” and will not let me continue. What does this mean?

PADI eLearning programs are valid for 12 months from the time you first log on. Prior to the end of this 12-month period, you’re reminded via email at 90 days and again at 60 days before the expiration date. If you let your PADI eLearning program expire, please contact your affiliated PADI Dive Center or Resort to discuss options for completing your training.

What is a PADI eLearning Gift Pass?

A PADI eLearning Gift Pass is very similar to an online gift certificate. Once purchased, a pin code is generated that allows the Gift Pass recipient to register for a specific PADI eLearning program right away. Anyone can purchase gift passes for any PADI eLearning program and give the gift of scuba diving to others. You are even able to provide a personal gift message to the recipient.

You can also customize your Gift Pass for special occasions:

  • Birthdays

  • Holidays

  • Weddings

  • Graduations

Do PADI eLearning Gift Passes expire?

No, gift passes do not expire. However, after a gift pass has been redeemed, the eLearner has 12 months to complete the online program.

If I sent a PADI eLearning Gift Pass to the wrong person, am I able to resend it to someone else?

Yes, until a gift pass is redeemed, you can resend it to someone else.

Can I print out a PADI eLearning Gift Pass and personally deliver it to a friend?

Yes, there is an option to print your Gift Pass in the PADI eLearning Gift Zone.

Who can purchase PADI eLearning Gift Passes?

eLearning gift passes are available for purchase through

Is tax charged or payable on PADI eLearning Gift Passes?

Depending on your location, you may be charged VAT or GST, or there may be no sales tax at all.

How are PADI Dive Centers or Resorts affiliated with PADI eLearning Gift Passes?

There are two methods:

  1. Individuals who purchase PADI eLearning Gift Passes have the option of affiliating their gift passes with a PADI Dive Center or Resort. This can not be changed at redemption.

  2. If a purchaser doesn’t affiliate a Gift Pass to a specific PADI Dive Center or Resort, the person redeeming will be asked to select one.

How does an eLearner redeem the PADI eLearning Gift Pass?

A pin code is generated at the time of purchase that allows the recipient to register for the PADI eLearning program. The pin code should be treated like cash, similar to any other gift certificate.

How can a purchaser distribute the PADI eLearning Gift Pass?

There are three distribution options:

  1. Email the Gift Pass as a gift.

  2. Print out a Gift Pass with the pin code to personally give it to the recipient.

  3. Verbally give someone the Gift Pass pin code to redeem.

Still have questions?

Please contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort or contact your local PADI Regional Headquarters:

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Start Your PADI® Scuba Education Online

Whether you want to learn to scuba dive or are already a scuba diver who is looking for a flexible way to fit another dive course into your busy schedule, PADI’s online scuba programs are the way to go. You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

PADI eLearning lets you:

  • Learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with a dynamic instructional program.

  • Access the material for one year, plus gain unlimited access to an online version of the course manual.

  • Contact 5 Star Instructor development center Mako Diving, anytime you have a question about what you’re learning.

  • Get in the water quickly – applying what you’ve learned – when you meet with your PADI Instructor.

Ready to start your scuba diving lessons?

Register for Open Water Diver today.

Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development – including facts, principles and concepts – and dive skills including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress, and then offers a review of anything you happen to miss. You develop dive skills during actual dives with a PADI Instructor at your PADI Dive Center or Resort. By completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your instructor and start having fun in the water.

Ready to continue your diver education?

Choose from the following programs to start your next PADI course:

Just want to update or increase your dive knowledge?

Choose from one of the following programs:

Many PADI eLearning programs are available in different languages. Register now at PADI eLearning!

Become a Certified Scuba Diver FAQs

How do I learn to scuba dive?

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

  • What to consider when planning dives.

  • How to choose the right scuba gear for you.

  • Underwater signals and other diving procedures.

You'll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning. At the end of each chapter, you'll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don't understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You'll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

  • Setting up your scuba gear.

  • How to get water out of your mask.

  • Entering and exiting the water.

  • Buoyancy control.

  • Basic underwater navigation.

  • Safety procedures.

You'll practice these skills with an instructor until you're comfortable. When you're ready, it's time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you'll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you'll get to explore the underwater world. You'll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.

How long does it take to get certified?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI dive shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion via PADI eLearning, or other home study options offered by your local dive shop or resort.

Your PADI Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

How much do scuba lessons cost?

Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

  • a full day of surfing lessons.

  • a weekend of rock climbing lessons.

  • a weekend of kayaking lessons.

  • a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.

  • about three hours of private golf lessons.

  • about three hours of private water skiing lessons.

  • one amazing night out at the pub!

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that).

From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you can share with friends. And you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning with eLearning and get ready to take your first breaths underwater! For specific costs, ask at the PADI Dive Center or Resort where you’d like to get certified. All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are independently owned and operated, and prices can vary depending on location, class size and other factors.

Some questions you may want to ask are:

  • Are the course materials included in the price?

  • What personal dive equipment am I required to have?

  • Is rental gear included?

  • Are there any additional fees such as a boat fee or certification fee?

  • How many student divers will be in the course?

  • Where will open water training dives take place?

What gear will I need to scuba dive?

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you'll want your own:

  • Mask

  • Snorkel

  • Fins

These have a personal fit, and your local PADI dive shop will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Check with your local PADI Resort or dive shop to confirm what equipment is included in your course package. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

  • You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.

  • You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.

  • Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.

  • Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.

The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most. You may want:

How do I find the best scuba gear?

There is no “best gear,” but there is the best gear for you. The dive professionals at your local PADI dive shop are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget.

What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?

If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI Diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning.

All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.

Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including:

  • Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials to use during the course and for reference after the course. There are several options available, depending on your learning style and technology preference, including:

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning

PADI Open Water Diver Manual, and watching the Open Water Diver Video on DVD either on your own or with your instructor

Your local PADI dive shop can provide one of the options above as part of the course enrollment process. You’ll also need a logbook and a dive-planning device such as a dive computer, RDP table or eRDPML. Your instructor will have you use the PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate during training, and you’ll find this tool useful once you’re certified.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you:

  • Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Where is the best place to get certified?

All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide adhere to the same training standards, so no matter where you are there’s likely a PADI Instructor ready to teach you how to scuba dive. Decide where the best place for you is by contacting your local PADI dive shop to find out what options are available or ask friends and family.

Where can I scuba dive?

You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

  • Experience level

  • Dive site access and conditions

  • Interests

For example, if you’ve just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably shouldn’t dive under Antarctic ice on your next dive. However, don’t limit yourself. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a purpose-built site, like a large aquarium, or a more natural site like Belize’s Blue Hole or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It’s not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.

The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the training and experience for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?

Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

What about sharks?

When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very rare and, with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.

What happens if I use up all my air?

Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (mouthpiece) that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you’ll learn in your scuba diving training.

What if I feel claustrophobic?

People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.

I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?

Scuba diving certifications from other diver training organizations can often be used to meet a prerequisite for the next level PADI course. For example, if you have an open water diver or entry-level certification from another diver training organization, you may qualify to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, which is the next level. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.” The best option is to take the next step and continue your education. If you would like to continue your dive training and receive a PADI certification, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to ask about the options you have for obtaining a PADI certification.

I have a professional-level certification with another agency, how do I become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?

If you hold a professional rating from another diver training organization and wish to become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, please contact a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Career Development Center (CDC).

A dive professional in good standing with another diver training organization may meet the prerequisites for the next level PADI certification. For example, a divemaster with another diver training organization may qualify to enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor course or Instructor Development Course (IDC). You could not receive a PADI Divemaster certification unless you completed the PADI Divemaster course. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.”

An instructor in good standing from another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll in an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. This program is shorter than a complete IDC and focuses building upon your teaching skills by introducing you to the PADI System. You must also successfully complete a PADI Instructor Exam (IE) to become a PADI Instructor.

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