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. Our PADI Open Water Diver course is conducted over 3 days (4 days if you prefer a more relaxed schedule) in Koh Samui and to enrol in the PADI Open Diver course, you must be 10 years or older.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
The course begins with a day of theory and pool practice to get you acquainted with the basics of scuba diving. The theory session consists of studying the literature and watching some videos, with fun quizzes and an exam at the end to test what you’ve learnt. In the classroom you’ll go over the procedures of entering the water with your scuba gear on, what you should do in an emergency situation and the skills to move underwater.
This phase usually takes 1/2 day to 1 day to complete. The knowledge development phase involves reading through the 5 chapters of the PADI Open Water Diver book and watching the PADI Open Water Diver DVD, where each section corresponds to a chapter in the book. At the end of each section, there is a knowledge review to complete, which will help you absorb and review the important points covered in the section. After you have completed the knowledge review you will complete a short 10 question quiz to test your knowledge to make sure you have retained the critical aspects on the chapter. You will repeat this process for all chapters 1-5, where at the end of chapter 5, instead of a quiz, you will complete a 50 question exam which covers all the theory you have covered in the book & DVD.
The next part of the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training is getting used to the water. This is done in the dive pool. Great for learners and nervous divers, a pool allows you to put all that learning into practice in a safe and controlled environment. This will help you get used to using the equipment and how it feels to breath under the water. You go through all the skills mentioned in the study material and video, so you’ll be able to control your buoyancy and dive safely with a buddy.
The confined water dives are usually conducted in a swimming pool and will cover some basic skills in a swimming pool:
The next 2 days of the PADI Open Water Scuba diver course are in the ocean. You’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the pier in Koh Samui where you will board your speed boat. From there it’s just an hour and a half journey to Koh Tao, where you’ll experience the best diving in the Gulf of Thailand. One of the main advantages of scuba diving with the speed boat is speed! Other than saving time, its more versatile than larger slower boats, so you can get taken to the best and quietest dive sites in Koh Tao that may be further afield. Another advantage to this program is you’ll usually go on the speed boat with snorkelers, that means when you arrive in Koh Tao, they get off leaving the whole boat to the few divers on board – that’s lots of space to move about!
The first dive is all about buoyancy – no stress, just putting the basic dive skills you learned in the pool into practise. And your fully qualified and experienced instructor will be with you every step of the way, keeping you safe and answering any questions you may have. Once in the water you will quickly get used to buoyancy control and moving underwater – and you’ll be on your way to becoming a fully qualified diver!
Lunch is included in the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course and this is located at a restaurant in Hin Wong bay or Sairee beach (depends on the weather) – unlike other dive programs where you eat on the boat, you’ll set foot on dry land for a while, have chance to relax and have a bit of a snorkel after lunch. The amazing traditional Thai buffet lunch is something to write home about on its own!
You’ll then head back out after lunch to do dive 2, where you’ll show your instructor a few of the safety skills you learned in the pool session, like clearing a mask with a little water in it and recovering your regulator. The following day the format is the same for dives 3 & 4, where you’ll repeat a few more skills. Each dive depends on you air consumption but typically last 25 – 45 minutes. Once the course is complete you will then be qualified to dive with a buddy!
If you’ve tried diving through a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.
After your forth dive, providing you completed all aspects of your course to the satisfaction of your PADI scuba instructor, you will be qualified to dive to a maximum of 18m with a buddy and a fully qualified PADI Open Water Diver!
Completing the industry recognised PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course means you are allowed to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters below sea level anywhere in the world with another qualified diver – and without being accompanied by an instructor. You’ll complete a form that gets sent to PADI and within a few weeks you’ll receive your license in the post. Don’t worry if you want to go diving in the mean time, you’ll also get a temporary card straight away with the details of your dive center and instructor and the date you passed.
If you are into learning new things and this amazing water sport interests you, we strongly recommend you take this PADI scuba diving course in Koh Samui – one of the most beautiful locations in the world: clear waters, vibrant marine life and fantastic weather.
The very popular PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course by speed boat can get booked up quickly. The experience of the instructors and amazing diving locations gives it its draw. So we strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. Get yourself on this diving course and learn an amazing new skill!
* speed boat tours only
|08:00-09:00||Hotel transfer to the classroom.|
|09:00-13:00||Theory session with video, quizzes and exam|
|13:00-13:30||Lunch (not included)|
|Day 2 & 3|
|07:00-08:30||Hotel transfer to the pier in Bangrak. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast of tea, coffee & toast.|
|08:30-10:00||Journey by speed boat from Koh Samui to our first dive site in Koh Tao (Snorkellers get off on Koh Nang Yuan).|
|12:00-13:00||A delicious Thai buffet lunch at the seafront restaurant|
|14:45-16:30||Speed boat back to Koh Samui and transfer back to your hotel|
Warning: Please do not consume alcohol within the 24hr period before scuba diving.
Warning: Flying after diving - if you do a single dive, you must wait 12hrs after diving before flying. If you do 2 dives, you must wait 18hrs before flying. Our schedule is such that you can fly after 8:30am the following day after 2 dives.
Top tip: snorkelers and divers can go on tour together on the same speed boat.
Info: If you have a known medical condition, please seek medical advice and obtain a doctors certificate stating that you are fit for diving before your dive tour. If you have not managed to get one at home, we recommend Thai International Hospital opposite Tesco Lotus in Chaweng, Koh Samui. To be seen & assessed by the diving doctor there, it costs around 800 Baht.