PADI Freediver eLearning Now Available in More Languages

Written by Junya Kato, Regional Training Consultant, PADI Asia Pacific

The PADI Freediver program continues to go from strength to strength with the recent release of new languages via PADI eLearning.

PADI Freediver eLearning (Product Code: 70770-1) is now available in the following languages; English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai and Traditional Chinese.

After purchasing and sending this course for your students, PADI Freediver eLearning will become available for them to download through the PADI Library App. PADI Freediver eLearning will contain all three course levels; PADI Freediver, PADI Advanced Freediver and PADI Master Freediver. In addition to this, students can now also select their preferred language.  

Students learn by reading and viewing content that is supported by interactive imagery, graphics and videos. They can then complete the knowledge reviews and final exam, either offline or online. If internet connection is limited, the only time they need to be online is during the initial download as well as the uploading of their assessment scores from the above sections, once completed.

As PADI Freediver eLearning is a required material for all levels of PADI Freediver courses, Instructors must ensure that students have their own personal set of current PADI material (eLearning). Students must have this material available for study before the course, use throughout the course and reference afterwards, unless it is unavailable in a language understood by the student. If the course is not available in language that your student understands, please contact your Regional Training Consultant to discuss options.

With additional languages now available, the above requirements also apply to PADI Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver students. For example, if a student previously completed a PADI Freediver course without access to PADI Freediver eLearning due to language limitations and they would like to continue further courses with you, they will now need access to PADI Freediver eLearning, if available in a language they understand.

We hope these new languages help you with the PADI Freediver program in 2019. Please contact your Regional Training Consultant for any training and material enquiries.

PADI eLearning Environment Update

In the effort to provide PADI Divers an elegant customer journey from point of purchase to product completion, PADI is on a digital product mission. PADI has always been a world-class leader in diver education and has always been committed to creating the best diver training materials in the world and delivering them to the global network of PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals. PADI Members have always offered the world’s most sought-after diver certifications and have always enabled people to explore our water planet confidently and competently. So what is new? This has just become significantly easier. PADI is rolling out some major updates to the (newly named) eLearning Environment.

Today, PADI Members send a code from the online processing centre to their students to allow those users to access eLearning products. Users then get an email with a link to access the product and an option to choose communication emails in a language of their choice. None of these steps have changed.

But now, when users click the link in that email, they are then taken to a freshly designed page where they create accounts to access their digital products. (If they already have an account, they simply use their login credentials to access their new materials.) The speed and efficiency of the login and sign up processes has been significantly improved too.

The new environment is clean and uncluttered. There’s a menu bar across the top, which makes it nice and simple for users to find their way. It’s easy to access PADI.com (by clicking either the logo or the PADI.com item in the menu bar). It’s easy to change languages. There’s a help option where users can find the number to call (or click a link to send an email directly to) the PADI office that supports them. There’s also the ever-popular forgotten password option where users can enter their account email and get a link to reset their passwords. Information icons provide additional information should users need it. It’s a clean simple interface and it’s difficult to get confused.

Once users sign in, they have the option to confirm or change their address. Now the icon in the top left changes from PADI to PADI eLearning®, confirming users are in the eLearning Environment where all their courses reside. (A My Courses subhead confirms this). A simple, clean, panel identifies each course. Users can either click on the panel image or the View Courses box to access everything in their certification paks. All this content is clearly listed and seamlessly accessible, with user-friendly links and, one of the big improvements is that there is now only one single login to access the eLearning environment.

In their eLearning materials, users can see all the components in their certification paks: the tablet product, the low-resolution manual, the eRDPML and the eTraining Dive Log complete with a link straight to ScubaEarth where that log lives (instead of having to login yet again for ScubaEarth). Obviously, the components vary with the course.

The bottom line is that it’s a much cleaner, more organised, user environment. The menu bar follows users wherever they go, so they always have those options. Things just got a lot easier for eLearners. There’s a lot more in store, expect other features to roll out regularly.

The Small Print/Technical Requirements

Tablet & Mobile Devices

  • iOS tablet and phone operating system 9 (limited support) 10 and 11. Current Version and two previous versions
  • Android tablet and phone operating system Nougat and Oreo. Current version and two previous versions.

Desktop/Web Viewer

  • Mac OSX 10.10 or later, with the two most recent browser versions of Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Windows 7 or 8.x with the two most recent browser versions of Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or later
  • Desktop Web View not supported on tablets or phones.

Faster Download Digital Certification Pak Now Available

The Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak – Offline (English), product #60460-1, has been enhanced to accommodate users with limited internet connectivity. This independent study pak comes with two download options: 1) the PADI Open Water Diver Touch™, a single large file with integrated videos, and 2) a digital PADI Open Water Diver Manual, which has embedded quizzes and exams in addition to the Knowledge Reviews that can be stored and uploaded whenever the user connects to the internet. Student divers continue to have access to digital versions of the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) table and eRDPML™. The PADI Open Water Diver Video is also now available separately from the high resolution Touch version, and can be downloaded in six separate low-resolution files (including the Introduction and five sections).

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Student divers have the option to download either version of the Digital Certification Pak – Offline training materials based on their connectivity and device storage capacity. Because the file size of the separate videos and manual is smaller, the files download quickly even with a slow internet connection. In addition, users can download the files individually or all at once, offering even more flexibility when accessing training materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the main differences between the two versions of this product?
A:
The Open Water Diver Touch, which contains integrated high-resolution videos, must be downloaded as one file and this is best achieved with a fast internet connection. The smaller, separate-file option is comprised of the Open Water Diver Manual file and the six compressed Open Water Diver Video files. Student divers may download one video at a time or all six at once (internet bandwidth/time allowing).

Q: How does a student diver purchase this product?
A:
After registering for the Open Water Diver Digital Certification Pak – Offline and logging in to the PADI Library App, new and existing student divers have access to both versions, and see these 12 folios::

  • Start Hereinstructions on how to begin
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch (high-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Introduction (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 1 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 2 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 3 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 4 (low-resolution file)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Video – Section 5 (low-resolution file)
  • eRDPML (digital version)
  • RDP Table metric (digital version)
  • RDP Table imperial (digital version)

Q: Are there instructions explaining how to access the manual and low-resolution videos?
A:
Yes. The second confirmation email sent to student divers, which includes instructions on accessing the product, also includes information regarding the two options. The Start Here folio provides simple step-by-step instructions on how to begin. In addition, at the beginning of the digital manual there is also information regarding the option of streaming or downloading video files.

Q: Can a student start one version of this product (high- or low-resolution version) and switch between the versions without losing any work?
A:
Yes, but once a version is selected, it’s recommended the student remain with the initial choice throughout training. However, if a student does switch, the Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Exam scores will carry over to the eRecord as long as the student completed and submitted the results.

Q: How soon will this low-resolution option be available in other languages?
A:
Expect to see rollout of translated materials in several languages in third quarter 2017.

PADI Sales Product Updates – Enriched Air, Advanced Open Water and Specialty Instructor Outlines

PADI Enriched Air Diver Course Online Promotion

Following on from the recent Training Bulletin announcements in linking the PADI Enriched Air Diver course with the PADI Open Water Diver course and Enriched Air Diving in Continuing Education courses, PADI Asia Pacific is pleased to announce a special promotion for the PADI Enriched Air Diver Online (eLearning) at a reduced price. (45% off 2016 Member Price)

For renewed PADI Enriched Air Speciality Instructors there has never been a better opportunity to introduce student divers and certified divers to the benefits of Enriched Air Diving. Open Water Diver students are not required to complete any additional Enriched Air Dives for certification, they may now use enriched air on Open Water Dive 4, after Enriched Air Diver theory, simulation and practical application requirements are met. You can now integrate knowledge development, predive simulation and practical application exercises any time during the course.

For more information about the changes, read the latest Training Bulletin (redirects after login).

Contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or training-sales@padi.com.au for information and pricing to purchase the PADI Enriched Air Online (eLearning). (Available in English and Japanese only).

Changes to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Code

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Following the recent revision to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the article on implementing the Updated PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course you may be interested in the following quick summary of the changes to the product codes of the course material.

The new Advanced Open Water Diver codes are:

70139 (was 70014) Advanced Open Water Diver Manual w/Data Carrier
70139L (was 70014L) Basic Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & PIC
P70139L (was P70014L) Basic Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & online PIC
60346 (was 60360) Ultimate Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak (No PIC)
60346SP (was 60360SP) Ultimate Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & PIC
P60346SP (was P60360SP) Ultimate Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Pak & online PIC
70832 (was 70832MUL) DVD – Advanced Open Water Diver
60296 (was 60196) Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor Cue Cards


60303/60303SP & P60303SP
(Standard Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Paks) will have the same codes but the manuals will be the new versions.

The revised AOW answer keys are now available & posted to the PADI Pros` Site under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Revised AOW Course Information Page and under Training Essentials/Curriculum/Exams and Assessments/AID.

Only English AOWD materials are available at this stage, with other language translations to follow in the second quarter 2017.

To order, contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or training-sales@padi.com.au for information and pricing.

Don`t forget to ask them about the promotional price for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor Start-up Kit (80149AP)

New PADI Specialty Instructor outlines

full-face-mask-manualAvailable now and shipping are the following new outlines:

70246 Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) Diver Speciality Outline

70247 Full Face Mask Diver Speciality Outline

70248 Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Outline

To order, contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant or training-sales@padi.com.au for information and pricing.

2017 Price list

For all product codes and pricing, the current 2017 price lists can be viewed and downloaded from the home page of the PADI Pros’ Site.

Please ensure that you have the correct product numbers when completing and sending in your order forms – it helps us help you!

Don’t forget you can order anytime from the online shopping cart – log onto the PADI Pros’ Site and click Shop Online
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