Puerto Rico Diving Centre, Gran Canaria
in     by Holly 05-10-2018


With PADI E-Learning, Open Water students now have the option to complete the theory digitally, rather than with a traditional book. This method is becoming increasingly popular as it means the theory can be done almost anywhere, meaning you do not have to sit in a classroom during your holiday. Below we have answered some commonly asked questions to help you decide if PADI E-Learning is right for you.

 What exactly is E-Learning?

PADI E-Learning Open Water Diver Touch is a digital product which allows you to watch, listen, read, scroll, tap and interact while you learn to scuba dive. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s portable and it’s your entry to the underwater world as a scuba diver. The Touch integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, learning experience. When you dive in with the Touch, you’ll:

  • Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.
  • Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving.
  • Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.

 Do I have to have access to a computer to do the e-learning?

No. PADI’s e-learning platform will work on smart phones, tablets and computers. Meaning it is easily accessible to everyone! When completing the theory via a smart phone or tablet, you download the PADI Library App so your theory is always just a click away. 

 Is there a time limit to finish each section of the theory?

One of the best parts of doing your theory via e-learning is that you can take everything at your own pace. There are no time restrictions when answering the questions in the knowledge reviews, or even for the final exam. A lot of students prefer this method of learning, as they don’t feel like they are holding anyone up by taking a little longer to complete sections. It also means that you can fit in the theory around your schedule. You can choose to do it all in one go, or do a little bit each day. 

 What if I don’t understand something during the e-learning?

You can re-read or re-watch any video as many times as you need to help you understand the content. PADI’s teaching method is based on skill mastery, which means the information is repeated multiple times to help you understand and retain the info. When completing the Knowledge Reviews and Quizzes, you can answer each questions as many times as it takes for you to get it correct. It will also explain why your answer is wrong or right. 

Also here at Puerto Rico Diving we strongly believe that just because you may be doing the theory independently it does not mean that we are not available to support our students. When any student signs up for e-learning with us, we explain that we are on hand if they have any questions throughout the theory. We will also check in to see how things are going before our students set off to Gran Canaria. 

 If I complete the E-Learning before I arrive, will I have to do any more theory once I am in Gran Canaria?

 Once you arrive at our dive centre we will give you a small Quick Review. Take note of the name. This is a quick method for us to review all the theory you have learnt in the E-Learning. This is not another exam, it is simply a tool we use to gauge your understanding of the theory, and see if there are any areas we may need to go over with you (especially if it has been a little while since you went over the theory) 

 What are the advantages of the E-Learning?

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Can be completed in the comfort of your own home
  • If done on a smart phone/tablet can be done almost anywhere (even on the airplane, as you can complete the quizzes and then upload your results once you have internet connection)
  • Get the theory part of the course done before your holiday, that way when you arrive its virtually straight in the water

How do I get started?

Simple! Send us an email to info@prdiving.com and we will send you all the information you need to get started on your journey towards becoming a PADI Open Water Diver.