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PADI To Release Tablet Versions Of Open Water Diver Manual

PADI’s new Open Water Diver course book will be available early next year on Apple and Android tablet platforms, according to PADI executives attending DEMA Show 2013.

“The entire revision of the Open Water Course started early last year,” PADI Technical Development Executive Karl Shreeves told today. “By last year’s DEMA . . . we were on our initial development with a little preview showing.”

For approximately the first six months to a year, the touchpad version will be available only in English, “then we’ll start bringing in the international languages,” Shreeves said, adding:

“You have a big program like this, it takes a while for people to be able to transition, so this gives everyone time to adjust to some of the changes and improvements.”

PADI is planning for the iOS version to be available for download from the Apple App Store in January/February 2014, with the Android version coming out sometime between February and April 2014.


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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.