Are you dreaming of a tropical vacation where your days will be filled with underwater adventures and sun-soaked beaches? Think you can’t get away to the scuba shop, even for a couple hours in the evening? No problem!
Central Coast offers PADI eLearning classes, which are online versions of our classroom “Knowledge Development” sessions! You can learn to scuba dive anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection. Start your PADI eLearning now by clicking here.
What are the benefits of the PADI eLearning online courses?
You can complete knowledge development for many popular courses at your own pace and it doesn’t require you to be in a classroom – just near a computer! Just complete the fun and interactive course online online, and then call us at (859) 426-0020 to set up the confined water (pool) dives and/or open water dives to complete your certification! It’s that simple.
What online courses are currently available?
- PADI Open Water Diver Course Online – available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, and Russian
- PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online – English
- Enriched Air Diver Course Online – English and Japanese
- Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online – English
- Scuba Tune-up Online – English
- Dive Theory Online – English and Japanese
- Rescue Course Online – English
- Divemaster Course Online – English
- Instructor Development Course Online – English, Japanese, and Spanish
What is an example of the progression of PADI courses?
Click here to see the official PADI course progression chart. Typically, students start with an introductory course such as Discover Scuba Experience to try scuba for the first time. (Discover Scuba isn’t an online class; you can just come into Central Coast Dive Center and try breathing underwater – and it can be done in less than an hour, in our heated pool!) Other students start immediately with their Open Water certification, which allows them to dive independently in open water such as the ocean. OW is one of the many PADI eLearning classes that is offered online – and it doesn’t require any previous scuba experience. After earning their OW certification, divers often choose to get their Advanced Open Water certification (offered online) or they start trying different Specialties, such as Underwater Photography or Enriched Air/ Nitrox – both courses that can be taken online and completed at Central Coast!
How do “online” scuba courses work?
A traditional introductory scuba class like our Open Water Diver Course consists of combined classroom & pool sessions in our facility. Students read their Open Water Diver manual at home prior to the class, and we spend some time in the classroom answering questions and reviewing information from the book. Then, we go to the pool and teach the skills in the water. In an online scuba course like the PADI eLearning system, students complete the classroom portion of the class online from the comfort of their home, and just come in to Central Coast for their pool sessions. If you’re taking an online course and have questions for an instructor, just call us – or we can answer your questions prior to your pool dives.
What online course is right for me?
PADI Open Water Diver Course Online
The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online is a beginner scuba course and is great for those wanting to take their first breath underwater while learning what they need to know to become a certified scuba diver.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online is perfect for those looking to hone their existing skills, lean some new ones and get more comfortable in the water.
PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Course Online
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Once you’ve completed your online course, call us to set up a dive and experience your first Nitrox dive with one of our professional instructors.
PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty Course Online
One of the most popular courses for our divers! The rise of digital underwater photography technology has made it easier and more fun than ever. Underwater photography is also a great way to relive the adventures you’ve had, and capture images to share with your friends and family. Once you’ve completed the online course, call us to set up your dives, and come in and browse! We offer a full range of underwater cameras, cases, lights and accessories in our on-site dive shop.
PADI Scuba Tune-up Online
This refresher program allows you to brush up on your scuba knowledge if you haven’t been diving for a while. It’s perfect to complete before you go on a dive trip, to practice your inwater skills. Complete the online course, then come in and do the in-water portion in our indoor pool!
PADI Dive Theory Online
This course is great for those looking to improve their dive theory knowledge. PADI Divemaster candidates, IDC-bound Pros, IDC Staff Instructor candidates and Course Director Training Course applicants can also use the program to prepare for exams.
PADI Instructor Development Course Online
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of PADI’s professional-level training. The course focuses on preparing you to function as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor by introducing you to the complete PADI System of diver education.
How Do I Sign Up For Online Classes?
It’s easy! Just click here (or on any of the links on this page) to get to the PADI eLearning site. Once you’re there, select “Purchase an eLearning Course” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your purchase. If you use the links on this page, you’ll automatically be registered as a Central Coast Dive Center student on the PADI eLearning system. You can also select “Central Coast Dive Center” as your local dive shop later on in the eLearning registration process (our store number is 19534). Once you’re registered, you can start learning immediately! Online classes typically include some reading, videos or other media, and a few knowledge review quizzes. The PADI eLearning program will give you all the information you need to successfully complete the online class. Complete the material at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.
What Do I Do When I’m Done Taking The Online Class?
Typically, most classes have both an online component and an in-water component (Pool/ Confined Water Dives or Open Water Dives – or sometimes both). Once you’ve completed the online portion of the class, just call us at (859) 426-0020 or contact us online and we can help you schedule your dives with one of our instructors at a time that is convenient for you. (Please note that the cost of the pool dives/ OW dives are not be included in the online course fees unless specifically noted.) We also help you submit the paperwork to get your PADI Certification Card for the course – when possible, we’ll even submit it for you! It’s that simple!
How long does it take?
Online classes can take as little time or as much time as you’d like! Our students with more demanding schedules often find that the flexibility of an online course, combined with 2 private pool sessions, is easiest to fit into a busy schedule. We’ve even had students complete the online portion of the course during the week, then complete the pool dives with us in a single weekend. Timing is completely up to you. In a hurry to get certified? Just call us at (859) 426-0020 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to find a solution that works for your schedule!