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padi open water diver course

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The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.This is your entry into the underwater world where you will enjoy the ocean's diversity, experience the colorful reef and meet all of its inhabitants.

The course has both water and academic components. We take you gradually through the concepts building on what you have learnt and ensuring practical application consolidates your learning.

on dry land:

You will learn the theoretical components by watching specially crafted PADI instructional DVDs and through knowledge development learnt along with your instructor and your PADI Open Water Diver manual.

At the end of each section you will discuss the key points with your instructor who will further develop your knowledge pulling on their vast experience. Once we feel you have understood, we ask you to complete a short quiz which simply lets us know if we need to explain some things again or in more detail.

There are 5 sections for you to complete after which we will ask you to complete a 50 question multiple choice exam. No need to worry as you will be a master of all concepts by the time you get to this stage!!!

In The Water:

We start you in very shallow water, just deep enough so you have an inch ot two of water over your head when you are kneeling down making it easy to stand up if you wish.

We start with some basic orientation exercises that will teach you how the equipment works.

We break every technique down into small parts so that you can master each portion gradually before putting it all together.

We teach you how to clear water out of your mask to ensure a comfortable dive and make sure you can see the underwater world clearly.

We show you how to deal with emergencies and how to control your position in the water too.

There are 20 techniques for you to master during which time we will gradually move you into water a little deeper.

Next there are 4 dives, your first 2 to a maximum of 12m and your final 2 to a maximum of 18m. On your final three dives you will repeat some of the exercises you have previously learnt so that you can demonstrate what a master you have become under the water.

In order to complete your course you must be able to swim 200m or snorkel 300m. There is no time limit and you can use whichever stroke you want. You also need to float for 10mins, you do not need to tread water - just float. These 2 exercises demonstrate your comfort in water but you do not need to be an Olympic swimmer to complete them!

we guarantee never to have more that four students in any course. this ensures high standards of learning, safety and enjoyment, as well as a professional and personal service. private tuition is also available, contact us for further details.

PADI eLearning is available for the Open Water Diver course, click here to read more.
Price 9,800 THB


To take this course, you must be 15 years old (or 10 years old for Junior Open Water Diver certification).


The typical PADI Open Water Diver course is scheduled over 3 and a half days.

Day 1 -

Starts at 2pm with an orientation and your first 3 DVDs and some basic knowledge development. Expect a little self study for the evening.

Day 2 -

Starts at 9am with a review of your first 3 modules and completing the quizzes followed by DVD 4. Expect at least an hour's break for lunch followed by an afternoon in the water learning your skills and techniques.

Your day will be complete around 5pm.

Day 3 -

Starts at 9am with a review of Chapter 4 and an explanation of dive planning progressing into Chapter 5. Your afternoon will be spent underwater completing your first 2 Open Water dives on some of the amazing sites around Koh Tao. Your day will be complete around 5pm.

Day 4 -

Starts at around 10am with your final exam; after lunch you will complete your final 2 Open Water dives and return to the dive centre for certification.

What's included?

The course includes all the elements required for completion: your own copy of the PADI Open Water Diver manual, internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver certification card, full equipment hire and boat fees, high quality instruction from experienced and qualified instructors, tea, coffee, water and light refreshments on the boat and collection from the pier upon arrival if required.

Computer hire - for the final 2 dives of your course is included at no extra charge.

we can also offer you a selection of discounted accommodation which you can take a look at here.

or contact us with your requirements and we can send you some suggestions.

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Please note that the dive center is closed for the following dates each year: 1st January, 14th April, 1st-30th November, 25th December. If any of these dates fall into your intended travel dates, please contact us first before booking.

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Where to from here?

Once you complete the PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll want to check out the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver  courses.

As a PADI Open Water Diver you also qualify to take the following Specialty courses:

Aware Fish Identification, Digital Underwater Photography, Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Diver, Equipment Specialist, Multilevel Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Videographer.