About the Course

The PADI Difference

For over 50 years, PADI has undeniably been the Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle.


(and counting) PADI certified divers to date!


PADI dive centers and resorts across the globe


PADI Professional members worldwide

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Gifting and Sharing Courses

Want to share the experience or give the gift of endless adventure? You can now purchase PADI eLearning® and share it with a recipient of your choice! Whether you are purchasing the course as a gift or need to assign it to family members – it’s super easy.

  1. Purchase an eLearning course.
  2. Follow the link in your confirmation email or sign into your account to go to your Dashboard.
  3. From your Dashboard go to 'Manage Your Courses' section.
  4. Select the course you'd like to gift and enter the email of the gift recipient.
  5. The recipient will receive an email to start the eLearning course.
Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Available Languages
English, Korean, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, French

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ReActivate FAQs

Is PADI ReActivate required?

Your PADI certification never expires, but if it’s been 6-12 months since your last scuba dive and/or the thought of assembling your dive gear makes you nervous, a refresher is a good idea. It’s better to be over-prepared and dive safely than risk a problem because you forgot something important. For just a knowledge review, complete PADI eLearning™. To get comfortable in the water again, also schedule time for an in-water refresher with a PADI Dive Professional.

What is the difference between PADI ReActivate and Refresher?

PADI ReActivate is a fully personalized scuba refresher program – you’ll only have to cover the areas where your dive skills and knowledge need review. Move quickly through topics you know well, then dive deeper where your knowledge may have lapsed. Progress at your own pace, with as much (or little) guidance as needed from a PADI Professional to restore your mastery of fundamental scuba diving skills. A scuba refresher is an in-water dive skill review in a pool or confined water setting.

Do I need a PADI Refresher?

If you’re not a habitual diver (or have less than 20 lifetime dives), but you’re planning to scuba dive soon, you may want to take a refresher course before your next open water dive. Scuba diving requires specific skills and knowledge that can lapse if not practiced regularly.

Spend more time exploring the underwater world at your dive destination by completing your PADI ReActivate Scuba Refresher eLearning program in advance online and your in-water skill session with your local dive shop.

What do you do in a Scuba Refresher?

To receive an updated, ReActivated dive certification card, you’ll complete an in-water session with a PADI Dive Instructor, reviewing any skills you may have forgotten and performing fundamental dive skills: ascents and descents, assembling a scuba unit, and how to address common problems underwater.

What is covered in PADI Refresher?

A scuba diving refresher is the in-water skills component of the PADI ReActivate program under the guidance of a PADI Professional. In this session, you will review essential dive skills to get comfortable in the water again. Your PADI Pro will tailor the review to your specific needs. Here are some of the questions and skills that may be reviewed in a PADI Refresher:

  • How many scuba dives have you made, and in what conditions and environments?
  • When and where were your last scuba dives?
  • What dive skills do you want to practice?
  • How did your last scuba dives go? What would help you to improve them?

Next, the PADI Professional will watch you set up your dive gear, followed by pre-dive safety checks. Can you remember BWRAF (BCD, Weights, Releases, Air and Final okay)? Try using the saying ‘Breakfast With Rice And Fish’ to recall the correct order. Once in the water, you’ll demonstrate dive ascents, dive descents, mask clearing, mask removal and mask replacement, buoyancy control (neutral buoyancy, hovering, maintaining buoyancy while swimming), and alternate air source ascents to ensure you’re prepared if an out-of-air situation should occur.

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