PADI Open Water Course

 

Many people come to complete their Open Water dive course and dive in the crystal clear waters around Koh Tao Thailand.  It's not just one of the most popular and cheapest places in Thailand but on the entire planet to get your diving certificate. You can get your Open Water certification on Koh Tao in as little as 3 days. Some people are already qualified and plan to fun dive or take further courses whilst they are here, but many people who have never dived before plan to learn to dive by taking the PADI Open Water course on Ko Tao either over 4 days with the standard course or over 3 days when they complete PADI's eLearning before they come so they don't have to spend a day in the classroom whilst they're on Koh Tao.

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Day 1 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Afternoon 4 pm start]: Scuba Diving Theory

When you are taking the standard course over 4 days then we will get you to come to the dive centre at 4 pm in the afternoon sign in and then your diver training will start off with you completing the medical questionnaire to ensure that there isn't anything which could potentially be a problem.  If you are booking in before coming over to Thailand then it's a good idea to check this before you even sign up for the course.  If there is something that looks as though it could be an issue you can visit your doctor to see if they can sign you off as being medically fit to dive or direct you to a diving physician.

On the first day, you will watch usually the first 3 introductory PADI training videos and complete some multiple-choice knowledge reviews after each section.  This first day usually lasts around 3 hours.  If there are quite a few people starting the course on the same day then you are likely to complete the theory together when you watch the training videos in a classroom, then you will split into small groups when you get to the pool sessions.

 

Day 2 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Morning]: Dive Theory and Planning

In the morning you will come in at the time agreed with your Instructor and complete the rest of the dive theory and training videos that cover the scuba diving basics. The videos and theory cover topics such as:

  • How a set of scuba gear works
  • Relationship between depth, pressure and volume
  • How water pressure affects your body
  • We'll watch some videos, discuss the content & complete some simple quizzes to test your understanding.[Don't worry - the minimum age to learn to scuba dive with PADI is 10 years old so you shouldn't find it too demanding].
  • You can't just dive as deep as you want, for as long as you want and expect to be ok!
  • Scuba dives must be planned - depth, bottom time, etc. - these days this is much easier than it use to be with dive computers and PADI's Electronic Dive Planner (eRDP).
  • We'll practice some examples, then complete a multiple-choice final exam to finish off your academics.

If you have completed PADI's e-learning before you come to the dive resort then this will be your first day of the Open Water course and the start time will be 11 am.  Then your Instructor will go through your digital eLearning records and then you will complete a quick review multiple choice quiz to ensure that you understood the theory you completed online.  

Day 2 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Afternoon]: Confined Water Scuba Diver Training

If you are taking the standard course or the course with eLearning In the afternoon you will continue with the confined water session in the swimming pool and the rest of the course is the same if you are taking the standard Open Water course or the Open Water course with PADI eLearning.  

  • Now it's time to learn how to set up your scuba diving gear & head into shallow water and start the practical part of your dive training with your first dive in our swimming pool.
  • We'll start by learning lots of scuba skills in the pool, so no waves to worry about as may be the case if you were doing this in the sea (although there aren't usually too many waves around the beaches of Koh Tao). This will include equipment assembly & buddy checks, mask & regulator clearing, alternate air source exercises, buoyancy skills & ascent procedures.
  • We'll conduct your confined water training dive in the DJL pool – this is convenient as it's next to the dive shop and many people do find it more comfortable to do these sessions in the pool so that whilst you're mastering basic skills you don't deal with different conditions and waves as in the sea.

 

Get your Diving license on Koh Tao with the PADI Open Water course

Day 3 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Afternoon]: Open Water Koh Tao Dives 1 & 2

This is when you will get to make your first dive into the underwater world around Koh Tao.

  • Your first two 'proper dives' will be to a maximum depth of 12 metres from our dive boat.
  • Each dive will be approximately 40 minutes long - we'll repeat some of your shallow skills a little deeper plus explore the Koh Tao dive sites.
Typical dive sites are 'The Japanese Gardens' or 'Twins' at Koh Nangyuan - you'll be diving on coral reefs and around shallow pinnacles.
  • Out in the open water, Koh Tao has incredible marine species to enjoy. Expect to see masses of colorful corals - table, plate, staghorn & brain corals.

Never Dived before, start scuba diving with the PADI Open Water course on Koh Tao Thailand

Day 4 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Morning]: Open Water Koh Tao Dives 3 & 4

For the last two dives of the course, we'll get right down to 18 metres. By now, you should be controlled & comfortable in the water so we can visit the more distant dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles when it's crystal clear you can see right down to the bottom of the dive site.  Here you'll get to see some of Koh Tao's bigger marine life - barracudas giant grouper, even grey reef & occasional whale sharks [harmless!].  You will still be back at the dive school before lunchtime.
  • For the last two dives of your scuba course, you have the option to have an underwater videographer will accompany you, capturing footage of your underwater experiences on film.

Day 4 of the Open Water on Koh Tao [Evening]: Open Water Certification & Diving Movie

  • Back at the dive school we'll celebrate you completing your PADI Open Water Koh Tao Course by watching your diving movie [enjoyed over a couple of cold  Chang beers!].
  • Your dive Instructor will complete your diver certification online and so you will get a notification email from PADI as soon as your Instructor processes that to confirm you are certified as an Open Water Diver before you leave Koh Tao.
  • This scuba diving training will give you a certification for life.  Once you are a certified diver this then allows you to dive with a buddy, to 18 metres in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive.

 

  1. ***IMPORTANT*** Please check the PADI medical guide by clicking here to ensure that there is nothing that will prevent you from taking this course, if there is anything on the form that you would answer yes to then we recommend that you take a copy of the form to your doctor to see if they can sign you off as being medically fit to dive before you come here and bring the signed off copy with you, if you are already in Thailand in Bangkok or Koh Samui then you can go to one of the hospitals that have doctors that can assess your fitness to dive. If there is nothing on the form that you answer yes to then you can just complete one of these when you start the course here. If you need the medical form in another language then contact us and we can send that to you.
  2. The other important thing to remember is that for the Open Water course you do need to be able to tread water or float for 10 minutes and be able to swim 200m.
  3. Our PADI Open Water package includes:
  1. PADI Open Water Diver Course [4 days]
  2. Your own PADI eManual*, logbook & certification
  3. Duration: 4 Days for the standard course where you complete everything here on Koh Tao.
  4. Price: 11,000 THB standard Open Water course.

OR PADI Open Water course with PADI eLearning.

If you do the Open Water theory online before you arrive you can SAVE 1 day in the classroom when you book in and complete your PADI eLearning before arriving here. If you want to sign up for PADI eLearning then you will need to make a larger deposit of 5,000 baht and also ensure that you complete your email, full name, the language you would like to complete the eLearning in and your date of birth when you complete the booking form.  Then we will send you out the PADI eLearning materials so you can start completing the theory before you arrive.  PADI recommends allowing yourself between 8-15 hours to complete this, which can be done over multiple sessions.

Price: 11,500 THB Open Water course with PADI eLearning.

If your travel insurance policy doesn't cover you for diving then you can sign up for dive insurance in the dive shop when you arrive here. Open Water eLearning is available in the following languages.
 

PADI open water eLearning available in these languages

 

 

Secure your Open Water course booking with either a 15% deposit for the standard Open Water course or a 5,000 baht deposit for the 3-day Open Water course with PADI Learning today! 

                     

Payment for PADI Open Water course

You can book in either the Standard 4 day PADI Open Water course (11,000 baht) by paying a 1,650 baht deposit now and then pay the 9,350 baht balance once you arrive here or you can pay a 5,000 baht deposit for the 3 day Open Water course with PADI eLearning (11,500 baht) and then pay the 6,500 baht balance when you check into the dive shop when you arrive here.

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PADI Open Water course pre requisites:

You must be at least 10 years old
You must be able to swim 200 meters and float or tread water for 10 minutes

***IMPORTANT*** Please check the PADI medical guide by clicking here to ensure that there is nothing that will prevent you from taking this course, if there is anything on the form that you would answer yes to then we recommend that you take a copy of the form to your doctor to see if they can sign you off as being medically fit to dive before you come here and bring the signed off copy with you.  If there is nothing on the form that you answer yes to then you can just complete one of these when you start the course here.

  


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