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Online Scuba Diving Lessons

Submitted by admin on 2011-01-03 | Last Modified on 2011-01-04

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Many people like the idea of learning how to scuba dive for a point in the future or maybe even for an upcoming vacation. However, not everyone has access to a scuba diving training facility, particularly those who live in colder climates. Scuba lessons online offer you the chance to get your certification as a scuba diver without ever leaving your home. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about online diving certification.

How Long Will It Take?

There is not a set amount of time that it will take you to complete scuba lessons online. Most of the online courses are run in module form and consist of modules that you must get a passing score on before moving to the next one. At the end of most courses, there is also a final exam that will require you to get a particular score in order to pass. While you are free to take as long as you need, most courses can be completed from 10-20 hours of instruction and study time.

Will You Be Able to Use Your Certification Anywhere?

The short answer to this question is yes. You can use the certification from scuba lessons online to skip ahead of the book work and classroom time that is required for full certification once you are on vacation and arrive at the dive shop. You will still be required to complete the pool and water portion of the certification before it is complete, but this is a huge time saver and will work anywhere you go.

Will There Be Proof of Completion?

When you complete scuba lessons online, you will not receive a full scuba certification, but will instead receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will work when presented to a local dive shop, a diving instruction facility while on vacation and even on a cruise ship. It will alert the instructors that you have already completed so aspects of the certification process so that you can skip ahead to the others.

Can the Course Help Those Already Certified?

If you are already certified as a scuba diver, but it has been years since you have been on a dive, then it could be beneficial to complete online scuba courses. A lot changes in the diving world from year to year and knew equipment is constantly being introduced. A new training course can be used as a refresher so that you are brought up to date on the latest technology.

Benefits of Online Scuba Diving Lessons

There are many benefits to taking scuba lessons online. Often, online instruction can cost less than it would in a high priced dive shop. In addition, instruction is often much more thorough and in-depth, allowing you to be a step ahead when you go on to finish your certification.

Taking scuba lessons online has its benefits. Not only can you conveniently work at your own pace, but you can also save money and receive a deeper level of instruction as well. The information above can help you better understand the online learning process and how it can help you become a certified diver.

Negative Aspects of Taking an Online Scuba Course

One of the main areas in which you will be losing out if deciding to take an online scuba diving course is in the social area. While you are likely to meet some new people when you actually take part in the practical studies and enter the training pool you will be missing out on meeting the new people during the classes. It is often very useful for divers to associate with the other people who are also busy with the course. This is in many cases the way one meets their first dive buddy, and considering you are likely to be around the same skill level when the course is completed your diving will be well matched- personal preferences aside.

Another important area to look at when deciding whether you want to take an online course or not is the industry as a whole. Some online dive courses are run by passionate scuba divers who are also trying to make a living while offering a new way for beginner divers to enter into the world of diving. Though in some cases you will notice the lessons are more of a marketing venture from a businessman. By taking a course online you may be saving money, but you will also be denting an already fragile business. Owning a dive center is no easy way into money, and in many cases you will see dive shops closing down at a faster rate than they're opening. By going to the physical classes you will be helping to support the scuba diving industry.

For many it will come down to your options available to you though. Not everyone has the time to take off work to take the classes in person, for some online scuba lessons is the only feasible option. In the end it is your choice to weigh the pros and cons and come up with your own decision on what would be best for you.


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It has been my experience as an Instructor trainer that the instructor has to still remediate academic learning. I have had students come to me for certification months after E learning. Have had to reteach what the student learned months before The instructor is the students main source for learning. How do you learn to dive? in the water with a dedicated professional. Personally I charge the same price for a full class including academics as I do for a class with E learning
To be a certified SCUBA diver you MUST do pool and open water dives with an instructor. This article state’s, “online instruction can cost less than it would in a high priced dive shop". In today’s economy Dive shops are struggling to stay afloat. Where are you going to go for equipment service, Air, mixed gas, advanced instruction or refresher classes after there is no more local shops? You still need to go to the so called "high priced shops" to be certified.
Now let's talk about what is actually going on in the dive industry. The local dive shop survives on sales. They have fixed costs, rent, electric, heat, phone, advertising, equipment, personnel to name a few. The average cost of a compressor and storage system is typically from $20,000 to $50,000. To maintain that system is typically $600 to $1500. To maintain it in working order is expensive. Oh Almost forgot that the electric company wants money to run that compressor for hours. Do you think that paying $5 to $10 dollars on average for a tank of air is high priced? There is a considerable expense to purchase and maintain student equipment for classes. The internet has become so popular local dive shops cannot compete with it. I have personally seen manufacturers selling directly to the public through the internet and cutting out the local dive shops. Equipment sales are how the local dive shops survived, but no more. Now the certifying agencies are trying to take another cut of the local shop’s income. Have you noticed that there are less and less local dive shops? In my opinion the diving industry is shooting itself in the foot. Now let’s see is the other sides opinion is publishes.
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To my mind, the concept of e-learning to SCUBA dive is a half-measure at best, and may well have a dangerous effect of some individuals.

Even though the student may finish the purely academic part of the training, there is no simulating the real-world SCUBA experience. It takes training with a certified instructor, both in the pool and then in open water to learn the physical skills necessary to dive safely.

My concern is the possibility of people thinking that after having taken an on-line course, it is safe for them to get some used equipment and then get themselves into deep water.
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As a long experienced diver having been involved with the major dive teaching organisations over a period of 25 years I can sympathise with all of the above arguments. If we read the ad' carefully I think the idea is that only the theory is done on line (presumably a test would then have to be taken at the dive centre to prove that the student has actually done the work and remembered it?).
My children have gone through PADI holiday training courses and more often than not the theory has been given by putting them in a corner with a few books, a video, and a questionaire for half an hour each session. Almost an after-thought to the main attraction: getting in the water! At least with online learning students could study in their own time, and in the comfort of home. Nothing can replace the practical aspects and the real learning comes when we get into the water and put the theory into practice, so there'll always be work for the diveshops. Having done the theory at home students could be free to enjoy their vacation and spend more time in the water.
This idea would also be especially helpful for students with learning difficulties or those who are simply uncomfortable in a classroom environment.
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The thought of learning how to scuba dive terrifies me, let alone being certified online. To me, i would rather take the time and money and take some <a href="">scuba diving lessons chicago</a> (where I'm from) then risk anything going wrong because I became certified online. That's just my opinion though :)

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