Category Archives: Dive Training

PADI eLearning and Today’s Dive Training

Today there is a revolution going on in dive training. Instead of spending hours in a classroom, our students now learn the fundaments of scuba through PADI eLearning programs. With eLearning readings and videos are integrated, and quizzes and exams are issued and graded at the time and place our students choose. These online training programs are not intended to replace our scuba instructors, but rather they are designed to free our staff to concentrate on skill development and mastery […]

Master Scuba Diver Versus Divemaster

Master Scuba Diver versus Divemaster. Which should you choose? One of the most common training related questions I hear from experienced scuba divers is, “What is the difference between PADI Master Scuba Diver and PADI Divemaster“? I’m sure part of the confusion over these ratings relates to how similar their names are. Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster sound similar and even look similar. In addition, both courses also come at pretty much the same point in the PADI courses flowchart. […]

A Beginning Scuba Class Checklist for the Savvy Consumer

As Spring approaches, I thought many new or perspective dive students might benefit from an honest looks at some of the pitfalls and dangers that could await them when they sign up for a beginning scuba course. This became apparent to me recently while talking to a friend who signed up his daughter for a scuba course that never resulted in a diving certification. Let me explain what happened. My friend’s daughter attends a local university and is working on […]

Why the PADI Rescue Diver Class is so Important

He was 30 feet down under water…he was out of air and his mask was half full of water.  He signaled to his dive buddy “out of air” as he struggled to open the valve on the pony bottle of air.  His buddy pushed the pony bottle regulator into his mouth but kept his hand over the purge button.  He had no air left in his lungs to clear the regulator and could not access the purge button.  His eyes went wide, his lungs began to burn, panic was setting in…what happens now?* Having recently taken the PADI […]