PADI-Elearning Courses


PADI E-learning Courses


PADI eLearning courses allow you to complete the theory portion of your PADI course, in the comfort of your own home or whilst out and about, travelling to-from work, on the bus or a train and at your own comfortable pace.


To complete the course all you need to do is buy the eLearning course online then you can complete the course sections online in your own time. For instance in the open water course there are 5 sections, as such you need to complete these 5 sections online.
To view the PADI eLearning how to video click here.

Once you have completed your on-line ELearning, contact us to arrange your first practical diving session.


Currently you can complete the following courses online:

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Update to PADI 2017 Standards

The new 2017 PADI Instructor Manaul will be avaiable from 1st February to download from PADI members site.

Below is not a full list of all the changes just a short precis.

“ALL” student divers must have an option of a timer or computer for all open water dives.
Page 23 GS&P 2017 Instructor manual states:
10. Dive computer or RDP (eRDPMLTM or Table.
 Note: If dives are planned using the RDP, the student diver must have a timing device.

Adding the extra dive tagged onto Open water course to complete a speciality now includes the 1st dive of the additional specialities: boat, dsmb and full face mask..

New revised AOW course already available to teach since 2016.

New revised and updated AOW eLearning option will be available mid 2017.

Continuing Education Administrative document.
Can be used for all courses above Open Water Diver, including all specialities. You are still to use the additional specific forms for courses like Enriched air etc.
Also you still only need one Continuing Education Administrative document per student for several courses if completed within 12 months. This eases the burden of unnecessary paperwork when a student takes 2 or more specialties within a year or at the same time.

General Standards and Procedures Pg.40
2. For Adventure Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and Specialty Diver courses, use the Continuing Education Administrative Document, which includes all three forms listed above, and applies to multiple continuing education courses taken within 12 months with the same instructor, dive center or resort.

The Emergency Weight Drop. Has been in place for approx. 3 years now. If you need advice on good safe techniques to make it easier for you as an instructor, please contact me.

The use of Divemasters and Assistant Instructors can assist with demonstrations but do remember you are always in control and you as Instructor need to be assured that they have good demonstration skills.

Need more advise? Contact us.

PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty

Pre-requisites: Junior Open Water Diver or higher. Minimum age 12.
Pricing: from £145 to £199 inc. manuals and certification card.
How many dives: No required dives (theory only) however if you wish to do 1 or more enriched Air Dives we can accomadate these for you
Need more info: regarding PADI Enriched Air Diver specialty? EMAIL – US 

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

  • Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
  • Practical assessment analysing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
  • Setting your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Short of time? Complete your Eanx theory online, once completed just come into our centre to carry out gas analysis, it’s that simple, and pay for your micro training session and your PIC card.

Also, the first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credits.

 Optional Enriched Air dives can be taken either with this course or afterwards at additional cost.

I have this qualification, what’s next?
Advanced Open Water  or  Master Scuba Diver  or Rescue Diver

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form (only required when a “YES” answer is on student medical statement)
Continuing Education Administrative Form


PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

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Pre-requisites. At least 60 logged dives to start and 100 dives to attend an IE. An Emergency First Response Instructor. A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Pricing: £850 for course fee’s. You will need IDC crew pack. All your own equipment. Excludes lake/boat fee’s and application to PADI.
Need more info: regarding IDC courses? EMAIL – US 

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs?

Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course.

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What will you learn?

Over a minimum of five days, and up to seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshopspadi-cdc-dive-centre
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You may be able to college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

How can you start learning now?

Register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been

more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

Visit Dive Machine today we are a PADI Five Star Career Development Center to talk about an IDC.

Also, view the Instructor Development Calendar.

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

View the PADI Instructor Examination Calendar for 2018

Next Step

Become a PADI Instructor:Register for IDC Online and start learning right away.

I have this. What’s next? Specialty Instructor & Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form
Continuing Education Administrative Form


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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI)

Pre-requisites: Be a PADI Divemaster. Be a certified diver for 6 months. Have complete the PADI AI course. Submit a doctors medical statement. Have a current EFR Instructor certificate
Pricing: £525 for course fee’s. Not inclusive of materials,application to PADI, equipment, or lake/boat fee’s.
Need more info: regarding Open Water Scuba Instructor course? EMAIL – US

The PADI OWSI program duration:

padi-cdc-dive-centreWhen you complete online independent study prior to the course, 3 days minimum
When all course curriculum is delivered in class, 5 days minimum
During the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program you will complete the independent learning sections online through PADI E-Learning, or participate in curriculum sect
ons during the OWSI program in the classroom: You will understand how the complete PADI System of Education works. You will also present further knowledge development teaching presentations, in the classroom, confined water and open water from the PADI diver programs. Very similar to what you would have completed on your AI, assistant Instructor course. You will also take the instructor dive theory exam’s. (similar to the older Divemaster theory exam’s)
There is also a rescue assessment, a skills circuit covering all the open water diver skills, and also a stamina exercise to complete.
Throughout the OWSI program you will be assessed in readiness to sit the Instructor Examination (I.E.) with PADI. On successful completion of the I.E. you will be qualified to teach all the Core PADI programs anywhere in the world.
You will already have an Instructor Ultimate startup pack containing all your manuals, slates and DVD’s from your assistant Instructor course.

View the PADI Instructor Examination Calendar for 2018

Coming soon 2018 dates.

Why not start your Instructor dive theory on-line with us now.


Does your dive knowledge need sharpening up.?



We at Dive Machine will be glad to be of assistance to you in achieving a chance to become one of PADI’s top level instructor’s.
Are you looking for a career in diving and become a PADI Instructor?
Your Career path file can be downloaded here:

I have this qualification, what’s next? PADI SPECIALITY INSTRUCTOR

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form
Continuing Education Administrative Form


Dates shown below are for Divemaster & Instructor programs only

PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI)

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Pre-requisites: You must be: A PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organisation. A minimum of 18 years old. Have at least 60 logged dives, including experience dives in night, deep, and navigation. Be a certified diver for at a minimum of 6 months CPR and First Aid Trained within the last 24 months. Fit for diving and submit a General Practitioner’s (GP) Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
Pricing: £395 for course fee’s You will need the PADI Instructor start-up pack. Your own equipment. Excludes lake or boat fee’s and application to PADI.
Need more info: regarding the Assistant Instructor course? EMAIL – US

padi-cdc-dive-centreBecoming a PADI Assistant Instructor takes you from Divemaster to a level of Teaching Scuba Diving to others with the back-up of an OWSI Instructor or higher being around. If you’re not sure if instructing is for you, then the assistant instructor program gives you the chance to teach without completing the full OWSI program. Look below at what you can do as an assistant instructor. Completing a full IDC or attending an OWSI program after the AI course prepares you to sit the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) at a location of your choice. On passing the IE you are then prepared and ready to teach the core PADI programs anywhere in the world that you plan to go to. Many of our Instructors after completing the IE have great jobs either here in the UK or abroad in Malaysia, Thailand, Cayman, Indonesia, Australia to name just a few superb location’s. They have the job that others are envious of and a life of excitement, meeting new people and going places doing what you love and are passionate about.

Be ready to experience how much fun and enjoyment you can have with an exciting career that can take you to all locations on the globe!
You will also need to purchase an Instructor Ultimate startup pack containing all your manuals, slates and DVD’s.

As an Assistant Instructor you will be able to:
Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
Conduct PADI Seal Team and Master Seal Team Aqua-missions
Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
Present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor during confined open water dives
Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
Under the direction of a PADI Instructor teach and certify the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers
Teach the Project AWARE Specialty courses
Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course Under the direction of a PADI Instructor
Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses after gaining the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating

What you can teach comparison Chart

During the assistant instructor course you will build upon your abilities as a Divemaster learning to:
Organise and supervise scuba diving activities develop your own teaching skills.
There is Knowledge development through home self-study, some quizzes, presentation lectures with our Course Director (Robert Varns) or one or more of our IDC staff instructor’s or master instructors.
You will complete the following:-
A Confined water skill review
Learn how to assess/develop candidate presentations in confined water
Candidate presentations in open water,
An open water rescue assessment
Your PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of three main sections:
1) Independent Study · Knowledge Development
2) Academic Training covering · PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Programs · Developing Knowledge Development Presentations · Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties · Teaching in Confined Water · Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
3) Practical Applications · Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations · Standards Exam · Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

You will need the following training materials
The PADI IDC crew pack which includes all the materials needed for you to prepare for an PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. The crew-pack includes: Instructor cue cards for all PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster) Related reference materials Lesson planning slates for confined and open water Quiz and exam booklets for OW AOW and Rescue courses
All the specialty outlines on CDROM Plus other reference material’s.

Why not start your Instructor dive theory on-line with us.


I have this qualification, what’s next? Become an: OWSI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form
Continuing Education Administrative Form


Dates shown below are for Divemaster & Instructor programs only

PADI Divemaster Course

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PADI Divemaster Course (become a professional diver)

Pre-requisites: Be 18 years old. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. PADI Rescue Diver. Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care Course, completed within the past 24 months. Minimum of 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification.
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
Pricing: £475 course fee’s only.
Extras: PADI Divemaster crew pack. Your own equipment, lake/boat fee’s.
Need more info: regarding the Divemaster course? EMAIL – US

padi-cdc-dive-centreWho should take the PADI Divemaster course?

This PADI Divemster course is for the discerning diver who wishes to take the first step into Professional Diving as a PADI Divemaster.
It is the stepping stone towards PADI Instructor levels. During and following the course you will become knowledgeable in all areas of diver training, dive site management and customer care. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. You will be able to carry out Scuba Reviews and conduct several other PADI programs on qualification.
After additional training be able to teach the Emergency First Aid Course and some Specialty Courses.
You will learn dive leadership skills. This will be completed through independent study, classroom and practical sessions. You will complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that comfortably stretch your ability to be able to solve problems, organise logistics and help others improve their own scuba diving skills. Through our structured intern-ship program and a series of practical training exercises you will put this knowledge into action. You will expand your diving knowledge, improve your personal diving skills and increase your confidence in dealing with others. As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll use these personal attributes to direct, lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the great joy of observing the transition of students and other qualified Divers.

You will also require the PADI Divemaster crewpack which includes:
• PADI Divemaster Manual
• Divemaster slates
• PADI Instructor Manual
• The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment • Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
• PADI Professional Log
• DSD Cue Cards
• PADI Pro Bag
• PADI Divemaster Application
Other materials are required that as Divemaster candidate will also need. Most of these you may have received during other PADI programs that you have taken. Any shortfalls in other books can be arranged for you through our dive centre.
Our Divemaster course is run on an Interns-hip basis and takes between 1-6 months  with mainly weekends and some weekday/evenings to complete.
We do also run Personally tailored Divemaster program schedules over a shorter period.

You will need all your own equipment for the Divemaster Course however we do have reasonable equipment hire rates available.

You will need to also puchase the Divemaster Student Study pack.
The extra fee’s for this course are, lake entry, boat and air fills.
On completion of the course the Divemaster application fee to PADI.

Our Divemaster candidates will all receive an Internship Divemaster Brochure outlining resposibilities during the Divemaster course.

I have this qualification, what’s next? Assistant Instructor or OWSI Instructor
Or why not concider: EFR Instructor
Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form (only required when a “YES” answer is on student medical statement)
Continuing Education Administrative Form


Dates shown below are for Divemaster & Instructor programs only

PADI Scuba Diver

Pre-requisites: Swim 200 metres. Float tread water for 10 minutes. Complete medical self assessment.
Pricing: £265 – £350
Need more info: regarding PADI Scuba Diver? EMAIL – US

Gaining the PADI Scuba Diver certification allows you to start diving only under direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster or Instructor. This does however restrict your diving experiences. We strongly advise that you take the PADI Open Water Diver Course which allows you to dive with any other diver at the same level of higher.
The course takes approximately 2 & 1/2 days to complete.

All sessions area available for referral to a Dive Centre abroad if not wishing to complete the qualifying assessment dives here in Kent in the UK.
We also can also arrange privately tailored courses to meet your requirements and schedule.
The course involves  completing all knowledge Reviews and quizzes 1, 2 and 3 from the Open Water Diver Manual (home study) and then attending the knowledge development sessions 1, 2 and 3 with a PADI Instructor in our classrooms at Dive Machine.
You will then complete confined water pool sessions 1, 2 & 3 and finally complete Open Water dives 1 and 2 with flexible skills.
Children aged 10-14 will qualify as Junior Scuba Divers and be limited to 12m depth.

This includes: Use of all the necessary diving equipment throughout your course. Your own personal course CrewPack with, student manual, dive log book, electronic recreational dive planner (erdp), how to use the erdp booklet, blue Zipper waterproof wallet, PADI sticker etc.. On completion of the course you will receive your PIC Diver qualification card.
The only additional cost is lake entry fee’s for one day @ £10.00


Why not take most of the theory on-line with us. Minimises your time in the classroom.

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I have this qualification, what’s next? Open Water Diver Course
Or take a specialty diver course

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form For each student on the course or the person booking a family or group
Student Record File UK Required for each student enrolling on this course
Dr’s Medical Form (this will need to be signed by your G.P. when a “YES” answer is on the medical section of the Student Record File)


PADI Rescue Diver

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Become a PADI Rescue Diver

Pre-requisites: Minimum age 12 yrs. Have completed a First Aid course within last 2 years. Be an Adventure Diver
Pricing: £350 fully inclusive of all materials, cert card (pic) and equipment, excludes lake or boat fee’s.
Need more info: regarding the rescue diver course?  EMAIL – US 

Anyone who cares about either themselves or the buddy they are diving with should take this course. We personal feel that every diver should attain a minimum rating of Rescue diver. It is a challenging course but it is also very rewarding as you will find that most diving problems can be prevented in the first place. The Rescue diver course will prepare you if necessary to manage dive emergencies as they arise. You will expand both your diving knowledge and experience. Many of our Rescue diver’s have said that this is the most rewarding course they have ever taken.
If you have not already taken the First Aid course (EFR) it will be necessary to complete this first, the certificate must be valid within last 2 years.
On completion of this course those students aged 12-14 will receive the PADI Junior Rescue Diver Certificate)

The course is completed normally over 3 days involving, academic study, pool sessions and Open Water dives

We also can also arrange privately tailored courses to meet your requirements and schedule.
You will cover home study with the Ultimate Rescue crew-pack containing a Rescue manual and DVD, plus other item’s then attend knowledge development training sessions.


In the comfort of a swimming pool you will then learn the basic rescue skills. You then move to Open Water where you will then complete a series of Rescue Dive Accident exercises.
The only extras are lake entry fee’s @ £9.50 a day.
Equipment is provided free of charge however at this level we strongly advise that diver’s have and use their own equipment.
A resuscitation mask for the course is also provided free as part of the student pack.

I have this qualification, what’s next? MASTER SCUBA DIVER

I have this qualification, what’s next? PADI DIVEMASTER

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form (only required when a “YES” answer is on student medical statement)
Continuing Education Administrative Form


PADI Advanced Open Water

Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver, Min age 12 for Junior AOW
Pricing: £375 fully inclusive of all materials, cert card (pic) and equipment, excludes lake or boat fee’s.
Need more info: regarding advanced open water diver course?  EMAIL – US


The biggest benefit to you completing these courses is that you will gain a wider knowledge base for your diving and be able to improve on the skills you gained from you Open Water Diver course.

It is any 5 dives with 2 compulsory dives (Navigation & Deep) and any 3 other elective dives, you must be: PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and minimum age 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver). If you have already completed the Adventure diver program you only have 2 dives remaining to complete. Within all these 5 dives you need to have completed deep and navigation.

Our PADI Advanced Open Water Dives allows you to move up your experience level of real adventure. increase your depth limit to between 18-30 metres (21 metres for Junior’s) and begin to e
njoy the many experiences as an adventure diver. Any of the dives completed on the advanced open water diver course count towards the 1st dive of any specialty activity dives you then take. Completing this course takes you one step nearer to becoming a Master Scuba Diver, the ultimate certification in recreational diving for non professionals.
The Advent
ure Diver course can be completed in as little as one day. The Advanced Open Water Course will be over 2-3 day’s. advanced open water student crew pack

padi-cdc-dive-centreThere are five dives in total for Advanced Open Water with 2 required dives, the navigation dive and the deep dive (Max 30m). Three other dives are of your choice and can be: AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, diver propulsion vehicle, drift diving, enriched air diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater naturalist, photography, videography, side-mount, and wreck diving. These dives can be viewed on our Specialty Dives Page.


If you are completing a dry-suit elective dive it will first be necessary to attend a pool session to become familiar with the dry-suit before progressing into open water. You will get free use of all diving equipment for the course.
The advanced open water crew-pack is included in the course price and contains, advanced open water manual, DVD, Surface Marker Buoy, Advanced diving training log sheets, underwater planning slate, dry/clear Zipper holder for your materials, sticker etc…

Adventure Diver (3 dives).
Advanced Open Water Diver (5 dives).
Upgrade from Adventure diver to Advanced diver  (2 dives).
Any additional Adventure dives you wish to take are £85 per dive.

advanced-open-water-padi-crewpackOn completion of your course you will receive your PIC Certification card (included in course price above).
The only Extras are local lake entry fee’s, usually £10.00 locally – £17.00.

If your dives involve boat excursions minimum £25 for the boat fees, paid on the day to the skipper.
We also offer great reductions in fees when completing dives in the Red Sea or on our organized dive holidays.

I have this qualification, what’s next? Specialty diver
Or even consider Rescue Diver.

Required forms to download, print and return to Dive Machine for this course
Booking Form
Dr’s Medical Form (only required when a “YES” answer is on student medical statement)
Continuing Education Administrative Form