PADI eLearning Performance Improvements

This June, PADI partnered with Akamai, a global leader in content and media distribution, to turbo charge the PADI eLearning® experience with cutting-edge server technology. People the world over have become increasingly accustomed to fast, high-quality, online experiences, and it’s vital that the dive industry continues to stand out in this ultra-competitive landscape.

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Akamai works with companies (including Apple, Verizon, Sony, Disney and Yahoo) who distribute massive amounts of content globally. Their vast network comprises 216,000 servers housed in data centers spread throughout 120 countries around the world. Somewhere in the region of eighty-five percent of the world’s Internet users are within a single network hop of an Akamai server.

They will host PADI eLearning courses in a local data center, which means that divers in London, Sydney or Hong Kong won’t have to wait for a US-based server, they’ll pull content locally. This dramatically speeds up eLearning course performance. Some users could potentially see a several hundred percent improvement in speed. The most notable improvement will be video load time.

This technology is deployed in the background and is now fully propagated around the world; you will experience the improvement immediately on login to any eLearning course.

More improvements are in store later this year when PADI will upgrade the Learning Management System (LMS) that powers eLearning. This will enable features such as mobile-first responsive design, which fully supports mobile devices, phones and tablets, including iOS devices which are currently only supported by the Touch product line. This upgrade supports larger video resolutions so that divers using eLearning products on a desktop or laptop computer can size video all the way up to full screen in most cases.  In addition, reduced file sizes will make PADI digital products load faster on mobile networks, and later in 2017, courses will run even when devices are not connected to the internet.

PADI eLearning courses will migrate to the new platform from late 2016 throughout 2017. Keep an eye out for details closer to the launch and make sure to let your divers (and potential divers) know about the state of the art learning experiences that await them.

Training Insights… Adventures in Diving Part 2: How easy is it to teach the theory?

How easy is it to teach the theory for these adventure dives?

Very! The easiest way to get started is to have your students register for Advanced Open Water Diver Online (PADI’s eLearning option) to get started immediately.

The web-based system will allow them to learn about seven of the most popular Adventure Dives via an easy to use, interactive online program. The program inclddes videos, audio, pictures and text, plus short quizzes to allow them to gauge their progress and review and correct anything they might happen to miss. This lets them move through the program efficiently and at their own pace.

The adventure dives included in the PADI Open Water Diver Online modules are:

  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

They will also have access to an online version of the Adventures in Diving manual and can complete sections for other Adventure Dives as directed by you, the PADI Instructor.

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration (though they will have permanent access to their online Adventures in Diving manual).

Once completed, you will be notified that the student has finished and they will be given an eRecord which they can print and bring with them to the dive center.

To finish, simply schedule sessions with your students to review their knowledge development before going on to complete their Adventure Dives.

Don’t forget to make use of the various marketing tools available to help promote Adventure Dives to new and existing customers. For information on the training requirements for teaching Adventure Dives contact [email protected].

Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

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Important notification: First Changes to PADI eLearning®

In order to meet our member’s needs and to streamline the process as much as possible, we have been working on the first series of modifications of the eLearning platform. There will be several changes that we would like to inform you about that may affect the way you do business.

The following changes will be effective as of tonight around 10.00 am PST / 19.00 CET / 18.00 UK.

Changes for PADI Members

  • Once the consumer has registered to eLearning, the PADI Dive Center/Resort chosen by the consumer will be receiving a self-billing invoice for their share within approximately 24 hours. There is no longer a need to send an invoice to PADI to receive your share.
  • The Member’s share will be credited to the respective Member account within 24 hours.
  • Members will receive a monthly eLearning statement, giving you an overview of how many eLearners you had last month and the total amount you got credited. To use this credited money, three possibilities offered:
    • Use the credit for purchases of PADI material, renewals, applications etc. (does not work with eShop orders)
    • Claim the money back via PayPal within seven days
    • Reimbursement via bank transfer (there will be a minimum amount for a bank transfer due to bank fees and charges may apply)
  • The invoice will include 20% VAT for PADI Members based in EU countries that do not have a registered VAT number with PADI
  • Members with home address outside of European Union and all Members with registered VAT number will not pay any VAT
  • PADI eLearning Gift Pass purchases are following the same rules
  • The PADI eLearning course prices for consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain the same as per their numerical figure however the currency will change from US$ to EUR, GBP, CHF and AU$. i.e The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online will now be EUR 102.00, GBP 84.00, CHF 126.00 and AU$ 130.00, rather than US$130.

You will find here all course prices in all three currencies.

Changes for consumers:

  • Instead of charging eLearning transactions in US$ only, PADI eLearning transactions will now be processed in EUR (Euro), GBP (British Pound), CHF
    (Swiss Franc), US$ (American Dollar) or AU$ (Australian Dollar) depending on the home country of the eLearning purchasers and consumers. You will find
    all course prices here.
  • Consumers with a registered home address within a member country of the European Union will be charged 20% VAT.

There will be no changes to the PADI Member revenue share percentage for PADI eLearning. PADI eLearning continues to grow
in importance for PADI Members and this is represented in the US$8.3 million that has been paid out to PADI Members so far.

The changes will make PADI eLearning even more attractive for consumers and be much easier to handle for PADI Members.

We will keep you updated with any further information in regards to these changes as they are implemented. You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for further clarification

If you have any questions please email [email protected].