Beginners Scuba

The Classroom - Your Knowledge Development
How do you learn to dive?


 Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and dive skills (techniques, methods).  Ultimately, you learn to dive by getting in the water with a dive Pro.  However, gaining knowledge ahead of getting in the water is better because it saves a lot of time standing around lecturing, and discussing things that can be readily provided ahead of time in an online program or manual. Malibu Divers has selected dive training agency PADI, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors.  It is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization  It's standards are what define learning and performance requirements for courses or programs conducted anywhere in the world.

Each PADI course includes 3 basic components -
Academics - the information or knowledge or dive theory behind what you will learn; this portion can be delivered in one of the following ways:
  • eLearning - online programs that exactly duplicate or replace and enhance information contained in a manual or DVD. Usually includes online quizzes, manuals, videos, and exams.
  • Touch -  off line access but adds the ease and convenience of portable tablet-based learning, allowing you to access the PADI (Open Water Diver) Manual, videos and other content while offline perhaps while traveling or without an internet connection. (You will, however, need an internet connection to complete quizzes and to submit Knowledge Reviews.) PADI Open Water Diver Touch is currently available for Apple and Android operating systems only.
  • manual - printed text book
  • DVD - exact duplicate of information
Confined water or Pool - for skill introduction, practice and mastery
Open water dives - for actual diving execution and mastery

What's better online (eLearning) or Touch or Manual and DVD?

Our over 40 years of experience with all forms of media has shown us that the use of online training is far superior for most students.  Online training's many benefits included:
  • 24 hour per day, 7 day a week. 365 days a year availability.
  • Currency of material versus paper manuals and DVDs that need to be replaced each year when updates or new revisions are developed.
  • Interactive interface where the system can guide you to more information, immediate feedback and reinforce information (you won't fall asleep studying!).
  • We can monitor your progress and step-in when issues are encountered.
  • Train when the information is needed and not when the class is offered.
  • It's green and good for the environment.  We love our world and want to help preserve it!
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Once a course is completed online, we continue to reinforce learning by reviewing materials in person and with a quick quiz and applying that knowledge into the pool and ocean.  Online training also allows us to spend more time with experiential learning in person, in the pool and ocean.

eLearning, we love it!  It costs us more to supply digital (online or offline) education, and Malibu Divers includes it wherever it is available because you deserve the best.  eLearning is currently available for the following courses:
  • PADI Open Water Diver Course Online - available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Chinese and Korean
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online - English
  • Enriched Air Diver Course Online - English, Japanese and Russian
  • 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

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