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Old 05-04-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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Online SCUBA class

I'm wondering everyone's opinions of Open Water Diver online programs (of course I'm referring to knowledge development, not actual dive skills). Do you think brand new divers learn as much from online classes as they do from face-to-face classes? How about divers who just need to brush up on their basics? I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:43 AM   #2
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Re: Online SCUBA class

I think a student gets much more out of face to face classes. The instructor can answer any questions and spend more or less time with students as needed. Also the instructor can get a feel for how comfortable each student will be in the water based on questions and concerns during class.
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Online SCUBA class

The online programs are very good, but they are only one part of a total training program. They should be used along with face to face classroom training with an instructor and a several pool sessions. The biggest problem with most training programs right now is that they are too short. The two weekend training model is just too short to produce a good diver, but it's what people who don't know any better want.
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:38 AM   #4
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When I took up scuba in September of 2014, I refused to go to an online class. I do them for continuing ed for work and when you compare what you learn in person vs. online it is a joke. I could not imagine doing something that involves DEATH and learning it online.
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