The end certification is the same, the main difference is that PADI Open Water Diver Touch is tablet-based, while PADI eLearning is designed for use on a desktop, laptop, or for those who don’t have access to a tablet.
Besides convenience, Open Water Diver Touch also offers portability. While you still need to be online to take and submit quizzes or Knowledge Reviews, you can access reading portions while traveling or during periods without an internet connection. If you woud prefer to learn go through the knowledge section with your Aqua Vision Instructor using the online manual and in class DVD'syou can sign up for our Standard Open Water Course.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba certification course, PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ adds the ease and convenience of tablet-based learning, allowing you to access the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, videos and other content while offline. (You will, however, need an internet connection to complete quizzes and to submit Knowledge Reviews.)
Use PADI Open Water Diver Touch to complete knowledge development – facts, principles, concepts – and review dive skills you will learn, including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver Touch provides the knowledge development portion of the course, then you learn and practice dive skills with one of Aqua Vision's professional PADI Instructors after your arrival in Krabi.
To be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you need to be at least 10 years old*, medically fit for diving and able to swim. You need to be at least 10 years old (and have access to a tablet) to use PADI Open Water Diver Touch; however, PADI Open Water Diver Touch is not available for direct purchase by those under the age of 13. In this instance, a parent or legal guardian will be required to authorize and pay for the courseware.
* In some regions the minimum age is higher.
As you progress through the material, you’ll be presented with interactive presentations including videos, audio, graphics and text. Short quizzes gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might miss. This allows you to progress efficiently and at your own pace. In order to complete the five required Knowledge Reviews, you must be connected to the internet and logged in.
After completing each Knowledge Review, you’ll receive an email from PADI with the results, if you don’t receive an email, you can log into the PADI eLearning Portal with your email address and password to confirm your Knowledge Review. Once logged in, click on View eRecord to see if you have a score for the Knowledge Review you just completed. This also applies to the quizzes and exams.
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll visit one of Aqua Vision's Dive Centers in Krabi to complete your training. You’ll take a short Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your Instructor.
You learn and master each of the required scuba skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified diver able to rent dive gear, get scuba tanks filled and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you’ve trained in.
The cost of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch varies by region and is non refundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Touch via the PADI Digital Library. Aqua Vision will charge you only for the in-water portion of your course.
The PADI Open Water Diver Touch will be available for one year from the time of registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have lifetime access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual through the PADI Digital Library app. The PADI Open Water Diver Touch should take approximately 12 to 15 hours to complete.
Once you finish PADI Open Water Diver Touch, Aqua Vision is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical portion of the course. At the end of the Open Water Diver Touch program, you will need to print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PADI Open Water Diver Touch is currently available for Apple and Android operating systems only.