PADI offer eLearning for; Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Photography, Nitrox, Rescue and Divemaster Courses. Some online courses offer greater holiday-time saving benefits than others. Prices shown below include the extra PADI fee for the eLearning pass.
PADI set the eLearning fees on a global level and as Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places in the world to learn to dive, this doesn’t offer the equivalent saving in costs in local terms. Had you chosen to take your courses in other parts of the world where the fees can be more than double what we charge on Koh Tao, then you might see more of a saving.
The real saving however is time, which can be very precious on holiday. Below we have outlined our thoughts on each course so that you can decide which courses to take on-line.
Studying the Open Water theory online before you arrive will save you a huge amount of time. The course usually runs across three and a half days but if you have completed your theory before you get here it will reduce your attendance over this time dramatically. This will allow you more time to relax and enjoy the island.
You will watch the course videos and undertake your knowledge development online before you get here. This will minimize your time in the classroom and make for a more relaxing schedule. Don’t worry though, you will have review time with your instructor so that you can go over any concepts you would like more explanation on
As the course is performance based and not time based we do recommend that divers still allow 3 and a half days and join the water work over a normal course schedule. This then gives you extra time should you need it to complete and master the skills required. However we can conduct he course over 2 and half days continuously should you be short on time.
The theoretical part of this course is not as intense as other courses but it does have a little reading. We find that divers need just a few hours (maybe relaxing on the beach, by the pool or watching sunset) to complete their reading and we spend a few hours elaborating on, and developing this too. The course is essentially a practical one and the time you would save completing this before you get here is not as great as other courses. However it’s a great way to build the excitement for your holiday if you want to dive right in.
The Rescue Diver Course is quite an intensive course both in the water and in the classroom and we strongly recommend that you complete this theory before you come. It will ensure that you do not spend some evenings reading and reviewing. It will allow you to concentrate on the many new skills and techniques that you are going to be learning in the water. Further it will relieve you of the added demand that the theoretical component can be – particularly on holiday.
The Enriched Air Nitrox Course can be slotted in quite simply to any diving holiday or in combination with most courses. The course takes around 3- 4 hours at the most.
The Photography Course is great fun to combine with any diving holiday but doing the learning online before you get here will familiarize your with the concepts. It will also give you time to apply these learning’s to your camera settings and get used to its functionality before going anywhere near the water.
Taking your Divemaster course online will save you quite some time! It will ensure that once you get here you are quite literally ready to dive straight in and concentrate on your water skills. This is ideal to make the most of the diving opportunities while you are with us and greatly minimizing your time in the classroom.