Scuba Diving is becoming more and more popular. As a consequence there are more people wanting to learn to scuba dive then ever before, and since we are in a computer based world today, how does Scuba Instruction on line compare to traditional classroom instruction?
First, it is important to understand that there are three parts to learning to scuba dive:
1. Classroom, where the theory and basic knowledge about scuba diving is learned.
2. The swimming pool or other confined water where the actual scuba diving skills are mastered.
3. Open Water Training Dives, a body of water larger then a swimming pool where the new scuba diver can demonstrate that they not only have mastered the basic skills of scuba diving but can do so without a Scuba Instructor assisting them.
Needless to say, the on line portion can only replace the classroom. The pool and Open Water Dives cannot be mastered on a computer.
If you’re looking for a flexible way to fit a scuba certification into your busy schedule or if you just prefer web based learning, then PADI’s online scuba programs are an excellent way to go.
You can get started immediately with scuba knowledge development and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning system. Since you log onto the classes at your convenience, any hour of the day or night, you have the opportunity to learn when you are best prepared to do so, not just when classes are scheduled. You also have the flexibility of completing your knowledge development at home, at work or on the go as it best fits your schedule.
The Advantages of Traditional Classroom Scuba Training over PADI E Learning
Since the traditional class is taught by Instructors who are present, they will personalize the classroom to include examples that match the type of scuba diving that you will be doing. Needless to say, they are happy to answer all of your questions as well. The most major disadvantage of On Line Instruction is that is very broad based to convey the general principles of scuba diving. On Line programs do not necessarily answer personal questions.
Lastly, On Line Scuba Classes tend to be more expensive then traditional Scuba Classes. The cost of setting up and operating a computer based system adds the the cost of the program. Even though the Traditional Class & Pool price is often discounted for those taking the On Line Program the extra costs of the computer learning exceed the discount for not taking live classroom.
In addition to the Open Water Course, PADI offers an array of classes that have portions that can be taken On Line. Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, PADI Enriched Air – Nitrox Diver and Scuba Tune Up – a review course for certified divers who have not scuba dived in a while are all popular options.
Which ever you decide upon, you can be assured that you will receive the most up to date knowledge available. Scuba Diving is fun, enjoyable and exciting. It is definitely worthwhile whichever way you take it.