Dive Theory Online and Divemaster Exams

PADI Dive Theory Online



What is Dive Theory Online?

  • For Divemaster, AI, and OWSI Candidates – an exam study tool
  • For Instructors
    Offer students the opportunity to try Dive Theory online in lieu of attending the dive theory lectures.Or – use Dive Theory Online to brush up on Boyle’s Law (and other dive theory topics) before teaching a DM course.

Dive Theory Online gives a comprehensive overview of dive physics, dive physiology, dive skills, environmental considerations,* dive equipment specifics and decompression theory and the RDP. Each section consists of multi-media instructional sections followed by study questions.  End-of-section assessments verify eLearner mastery of each section.

For current pricing, please visit our eLearning price list page.

* What was once a single topic – dive skills and environment – has been broken down into two separate presentations – dive skills and environmental considerations. 

What isn’t Dive Theory Online?
Dive Theory Online is not a substitute for any required materials. All PADI Divemaster candidates are still required to own a personal copy of the DM manual, DM slates, Instructor Manual, and Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (all included in the Divemaster crewpak – product no. 60020). Dive Theory online is supplemental study material.

Dive Theory Online is not a prerequisite for professional-level PADI courses. It is optional study material.


16 Nov 2010 Update: candidates participating in the new Divemaster program (released at DEMA 2010) who successfully complete Dive Theory online may receive credit for “Part II” the Dive Theory section of the new exam (version 3.0).

Want to take a peek?
PADI stores and Instructors who’ve previously purchased an Access Pass can preview Dive Theory online (or any of our other eLearning courses):

  1. Visit elearning.padi.com
  2. Click on User Maintenance
  3. Next – click on Preview Course Sections
  4. Choose Dive Theory online from the drop down menu

Registration and Website Info

When signing up for Dive Theory online through padi.com, the student will select a PADI member to affiliate with; however, the Dive Theory Online program does not have an in-person component. It is online training only. The student should affiliate with the PADI Member that is completing their DM, AI or IDC training.

PADI stores who already have an eLearning link on their website are automatically set up to offer Dive Theory online. As with the other eLearning programs, the student will click through to padi.com and select the course from a drop-down menu.

If you do not wish to offer Dive Theory online, use the eLearning course selector tool found on the PADI Pros homepage (about halfway down).

For assistance modifying your eLearning course offerings, or to get your eLearning.padi.com login information, contact PADI Customer service at: 800 729 7234 ext. 2495.

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