Open Water Referral
Congratulations- you're almost there!
At this point you should have already completed the Knowledge Development and Confined Water sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course at another dive centre.
The next step is to complete the remaining four Open Water dives with one of our professional instructors here at Thailand Divers.
PADI Open Water Diver is the most widely recognized and respected scuba diving rating in the world, and will give you the skills you need to safely enjoy the aquatic world.
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver you are able to dive with a buddy, independent of a professional, anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres.
Thailand Divers has an extensive range of multi-lingual instructors and training materials- contact us today to check if we can teach in your language.
Day 1: Open Water Dives
Morning- 7:30am pickup from your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30am- please wait in the hotel lobby. The air-conditioned minibus will then transfer you to the daytrip boat at Chalong pier.
After a short briefing on the boat about the facilities on-board by your instructor, it is time for some freshly prepared breakfast prepared by the boat crew.
Open Water dive 1: This is a fun dive with no skills, just floating around weightlessly taking in the underwater beauty of Thailand, to a maximum depth of 12 meters and maximum time 50 minutes.
You will be amazed at the variety of marinelife that you will see- from the magical manta rays to the famous clown fish (Nemo).
After an hour or so surface-interval, it is time for your second dive of the day, which like the first is a maximum time of 50 minutes and a maximum depth of 10 meters. On this dive you will perform a few dive skill exercises with your class mates and the instructor.
Once the skills are out of the way, you will have plenty of time to explore the reefs and practice your buoyancy.
Once you are back on the boat we will go through the cleaning procedures of the dive equipment and then relax in the sun maybe with a cold beer, while we haed back to the pier in Chalong.
Morning- 7:30am pickup from your hotel.
Just like Day 1, we will collect you from your hotel at 7.30am and transfer you to the day trip boat at Chalong pier- please wait in the hotel lobby for the minibus.
We will be going to another dive site surrounded by coral reefs to complete the final two dives of the PADI Open Water course: the dives will to a maximum depth of 18 meters.
Open Water dive 3: On this dive, you will show your instructor just how well you've learnt by showing a few of the dive skills both on the surface and underwater. You should be feeling a lot more comfortable and confident as well so your instructor will take you to a maximum depth of 18 meters.
You will still have time to explore the fantastic reefs and be amazed at the wide diversity of marine-life we have in Phuket.
After lunch, it is time for your second dive of the day, and final qualifying dive for the course. On this dive you will demonstrate to your instructor your buoyancy skills and general diving ability.
After completion of the required skills there will be time to continue exploring the reef and building up your experience underwater.
Back onboard the boat, it's time to fill in your log book and debrief you on the dives before celebrating your qualification as a PADI Open Water Diver with your instructor and fellow classmates.
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If your question isn't answered here, then please contact us.
This course is for those who have already completed the Knowledge Development (either in a classroom or using the eLearning option) and Confined Water (swimming pool) sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course and need to do the remaining four Open Water dives to certify.
You would have received an Open Water Referral Form from the referring dive centre- please remember to bring this along for verification by our staff.
The PADI Open Water Diver Referral is available every day.
Please use the booking form on this page or come and see us in person in our dive centre at least one day before you wish to start.
- Your PADI Open Water manual.
- Swimwear to wear under the wetsuit.
- Sun cream, hat, sunglasses etc. for when you are on the boat.
Regardless of the location, you will start in the shallow water and run through the couple of skills that your instructor has briefed you about earlier.
Only once you are comfortable in the shallower water will your instructor lead you out to slightly deeper water for the remainder of the dive.
If you don't feel comfortable at any time during the dive then just signal to your instructor and he will assist you.
On Day 1 of the referral course you will go to a maximum depth of 12m and on Day 2 you will go to a maximum depth of 18m- the instructor will be supervising you at all times.
The dive time for each dive will be between 30-40 minutes.
We offer this course in English, French, German and Russian. Please let us know if you have a requirment in another language and we will try to accommodate you.
As long as you can answer 'No' to the following questions then you are fit to dive:
|Have you suffered from, or do you now
suffer from, any of the following:-
|Are you currently suffering from:-|
|Asthma or wheezing?||Breathlessness?|
|Fainting, seizures or blackouts?||Chronic Ear Discharge or infection?|
Chronic Bronchitis or persistent chest complaints?
|High Blood Pressure?|
|Chronic sinus conditions?||Perforated Eardrum?|
|Chest surgery?||Other illness or operation within the last month?|
|Recurrent ear problems when flying?||Are you currently taking any medicine or drug (excluding oral contraceptives)?|
|Epilepsy?||Have you ingested any alcohol within the last 8 hours prior to diving?|
|Diabetes Mellitus? (sugar diabetes)||Are you pregnant?|
|Tuberculosis or other long-term lung disease?|
|Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder?|
|Heart disease of any kind?|
|Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)?|
If any of these conditions do apply to you then you still may be able to dive but you will need to consult a doctor first. [Link to Medical PDF]
As a qualified PADI Open Water Diver, you are able to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18m with a buddy of the same level or higher.
If you want to take your scuba diving experience and knowledge to the next level then the PADI Advanced Open Water course is for you! On this course you will learn new procedures and techniques to allow you to dive safely to a maximum depth of 30m.
|Group Tuition (Max. 4 students per instructor)||12,000 Baht|
|Private Instructor (Just you and one PADI Instructor for the day.)||14,400 Baht|
|Couple / Group Discount||Click here|
The course includes:
- PADI certification costs.
- Full set of rental scuba diving equipment.
- PADI Instructor (maximum 4 students to one instructor).
When you are on the day trip boat the following is included:
- Free Transfers from Patong, Karon and Kata hotels.(A charge may apply for other areas - click here).
- Snacks and Fresh tropical fruit all day.
- Four amazing coral reef dives to a maximum depth of 18 metres.