FAQ for New Dive Computer Option in Open Water

Can I buy the new computer book by itself or do I have to buy the whole crewpak?
We sell the manual by itself under certain circumstances, please contact your sales rep for more information.

Can I teach both the RDP table and the computer?

PADI Open Water Diver computer option crewpak

If you’d like to teach both options, order the computer crewpak (part no 60335) and add on a table ala carte (ordering the reverse – a table crewpak + computer book – is more expensive).

Open Water Computer option with manual: part no. 60335

Table with instructions ala carte: part no 60099

Will the Dive Computer Option Be Added to eLearning?
As of 8 June 2010, the dive computer option is integrated in PADI’s eLearning Open Water course; however, the student must complete the dive planning module using the table or eRDPML. Read more about the dive computer option in the online open water course.

Is there going to be a revised Open Water exam?
Yes, the open water exam has been revised and it shipping now. 
View the current revision dates for PADI’s core exams.

Will there be new Open Water Prescriptive Lesson Guides?
Yes! This product has undergone dramatic changes and is available now. Read more about the new Open Water Prescriptive Lesson Guides.

Where can I find more information on teaching the computer option?
Please reference the third quarter 2009 training bulletin.

Have the Open Water manual or Open Water DVD changed?
No changes to either of those products.

Do computer students need the Open Water manual?
Yes, PADI Standards require all Open Water students to own a copy of the Open Water Manual. Computer students must read the entire manual and complete knowledge reviews 1-3. Computer students are not required to complete knowledge reviews 4 and 5.

In lieu of knowledge reviews 4-5 from the Open Water manual, the computer student completes two knowledge reviews from the How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual. Answers to these knowledge reviews can be downloaded from the PADI Pros site.

What is the Dive Simulator?
The Dive Simulator is a generic dive computer used to illustrate some of the topics discussed in the How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual. The simulator is a free download (access information can be found in the Computers manual).

How does PADI address variety of dive computers on the market (and differences in dive planning calculations)?
The How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual discusses general computer use and refers students to their users manual for specific details.  Quiz and exam questions are worded to address general computer usage rather than specific scenarios.


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