Dive Guru™ – ePath to Pro

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Not to show the Guru’s age (after all, shouldn’t Guru’s be timeless? Or is it ageless?), but back when the Dive Guru™ learned to dive, it was a much gentler time. In fact, it was just much gentler and everyone had more time.

What that means is that the Guru’s first dive class consisted of days of preparation, days in the classroom, days in the pool and days in the ocean. Mind you, I’m not complaining. That’s a perfectly valid way to learn to dive and has been so since the first person thought it was a good idea to strap on a cylinder and head down to see what was up.

And, to be honest, the Guru is more organic, so this form of learning was perfect. In fact, it fit in quite well with the aimless time following Guru school when the Guru really was searching out direction in life.

But, *sigh*, kids have it so easy these days. And, it’s a good thing that they do. The world has sped up considerably since those admittedly nonexistent idyllic days when I learned to dive. Again, while my method was a perfectly valid way to learn to dive, the game has changed and eLearning is ruling the roost. Now, you can double your convenience and save the most valuable commodity of all … time.

Before I get started, it’s not just for kids. The PADI eLearning™ system is something for all ages.

The Basics

What is PADI eLearning?
It’s a flexible way to fit dive courses into your busy schedule. You take the knowledge development portion online at your convenience, then head into your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to compete the inwater portion of your course (if any).

How do you get started?
You can find out what programs are available here. If you want to sign up, head to the eLearning page and click on the Purchase an eLearning program link. If you’re not yet a certified diver, you’ll want to start with PADI Open Water Diver Online. You’ll affiliate with a PADI Dive Center or Resort and start your knowledge development immediately.

Next Steps

Dive training doesn’t end with open water. You can continue your education with a number of programs – several of which are available online. Next are Advanced Open Water Diver Online, Rescue Diver Online and several specialty courses (Digital Underwater Photographer and Enriched Air Diver) online. It’s a quick and easy way to continue your education if you’re strapped for time, are in the midst of environmental conditions (ie, winter) that don’t allow you to get in the water or if you personally find it a more enjoyable way to learn.

Go PRO

If you’re looking to Go PRO – any maybe even start down the path to instructor, there are a couple of online programs to choose from. The first step on the professional path is PADI Divemaster Online. If you want to brush up on your knowledge, you can always check out Dive Theory Online, which is a great review. Then, once you’ve achieved your first professional rating, check out Instructor Development Online. It’s a great start to becoming a PADI Instructor.

With all of these programs, you need to affiliate with a PADI Dive Center or Resort and complete your inwater work with the staff. The online component is simply an instructionally valid way to complete the knowledge development requirements. Now, you can take the ePath to Pro all the way from your first course.

And yes, the Guru has taken advantage of online programs. In fact, it is now my preferred method of learning. While it wasn’t an option when I first became a diver, it is now and that’s all I need to know to take advantage of it. What about you? Ready to start your next course using the convenience and flexibility of online learning?


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