Tuesday, June 19, 2007

SDI adds Underwater Navigation specialty course to growing online elearning library

Topsham, Maine – June 20, 2006

Once again Scuba Diving International leads the way in the important area of interactive online learning with its launch today of a fully functional online SDI Underwater Navigation specialty course. Student and facility reaction to previous releases of online learning modules such as Open Water diver, Easy Nitrox diver and Deep diver have been overwhelmingly positive. This latest addition to SDI’s growing online curriculum solidifies the company’s commitment to presenting the very best in diver training in the most up-to-date and convenient format.

"We know from the feedback we received after the launch of SDI’s Deep diver specialty online course last month that the demand for more SDI specialty courses was huge,” explained Brian Carney, president of SDI. “The release of Underwater Navigation, another core specialty in the SDI curriculum, had to follow as quickly as possible and certainly in time for the start of the busiest season for our customers here in North America."

The SDI Underwater Navigation specialty is presented in a similar format to previously released online elearning programs, where students purchase a sign-up code and select a dive center to conduct their training through. With this code entered into the secure system and a simple sign-up procedure completed, they can begin their academic training immediately.

The proven online system sends automatic notification to the dive center when the student enrolls in the course and allows an instructor associated with that center to track the student’s progress through the course. When the final exam is completed, the student is reminded to contact the dive center for the fun part of the class – the diving – and a full report of the student’s progress through the course and their exam results are made available for instructor review.

“One reason driving us to develop and launch more and more SDI online specialty courses,” said Steve Lewis, director of product development for SDI, “is the success stories we have been getting from retailers who were the early adopters of this technology."

Lewis went on to explain that online training is a true favorite with divers, allowing them to do academics at times that suit their busy schedules. “But both divers and instructors are telling us that the time they spend together after students have completed the online portion of the course is more productive and more enjoyable!”

Look at www.tdisdi.com for a special introductory offer to SDI’s elearning programs.

Scuba Diving International (SDI) is the sport diving certification branch of the world’s largest technical diving agency, Technical Diving International (TDI). Also included is Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI), the only global public safety certification agency.

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