Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

The Open water course is set over 3 days with 4 open water coral reef dives.

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09:00  We come and collect you from your hotel or you can meet us at the scuba diving centre.

09:15  Classroom session:  You learn the theory necessary for your safety and comfort using the PADI Open Water Diver manual and relevant DVD’s.

12.00 Lunch break.

13:00  Now for the FUN PART: 
You will put into practice what you leant in the morning in the swimming pool. You will experience your first breath underwater in a safe depth – that you can stand up if you feel like it.

By the end of the day you will have mastered breathing and swimming underwater  all ready for the amazing coral reef dives the next day at Koh Racha Yai Island.

17:00  We transfer you back to your hotel.

07:30  Pick up from your hotel and transferred to the day trip boat where you will meet your scuba diving instructor.

08:30 Depart from Phuket Island on the day trip boat to Koh Racha Yai Island.

09:00 Breakfast followed by setting up your scuba equipment.

09:30 Briefing from your instructor about the skills you will be practicing, hand signals and basic information about the dive site.

10:30 Arrive at Koh Racha Yai Island and the first dive site. Be ready to be amazed in what you are going to see under the ocean. 

10.45 The first coral reef dive of the day whilst doing some underwater diving exercises with your diving instructor. The tropical water is on average 80 degrees – just like diving in a bath.

11:30 A freshly prepared lunch will be ready for you after the dive where you can talk over your experiences with the others in your group and your diving instructor. Please tell us if you would like a vegetarian, vegan or halal meal.

12:30 We go for the second coral reef training dive of the day. On an average a dive lasts for 30 minutes.

15:00 Start heading back to Phuket Island and debrief with your instructor about your experience and preparation for the final day.

16:00 Arrival back at Phuket and transfer back to your hotel

The same itinerary as day two.

07:30  Pick up from your hotel and transferred to the day trip boat.

08:30 Depart from Phuket Island on the day trip boat to Koh Racha Yai Island.

09:00 Breakfast followed by setting up your scuba equipment.

09:30 Briefing from your instructor.

10:30 Arrive at Koh Racha Yai Island for the third dive of the PADI open water course

11:30 A freshly prepared lunch will be ready for you after the dive.

12.30 Time for the fourth and final dive of the open water course. Over the first three dives you will have covered all the safety and underwater communication skills needed to scuba diving safely in the future. So this dive is just a fun dive with no training just enjoying the truly amazing tropical coral reefs that surround Koh Racha Yai island.

15:00 Start heading back to Phuket Island – Congratulations you will now be a certified open water diver. So you will be fully trained to scuba dive safely anywhere in the world for the rest of your life.

16:00 Arrival back at Phuket and transfer back to your hotel

Fully Inclusive

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Frequently Asked Questions

In the Andaman Sea, water temperatures are usually very warm, ranging from 79 to 84 degrees throughout the year – so we wear a thin 3mm shorty wetsuit on dives.

Please click on the map location numbers below to get a brief description of the dive locations you will go to during the Open Water Diver course.

Yes we can organise a private open water course for you so for the 3 days it will just be you and a diving instructor.

For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements to pass the open water diver course. You will need to complete a 200 metre swim – this can be any stroke and isn’t timed, so you can take your time. You’ll also need to float for ten minutes – you can do this laying on your back or by treading water.
Finally, you’ll complete some basic snorkelling skills. The most important thing is your level of comfort in the water. The more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dives will be, so if you’re not there yet, taking a couple of swimming lessons or classes may help improve your skills and confidence ahead of your course.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors “Flying After Diving guidelines” say divers should not ascend to a high altitude within 12 hours of completing a single dive or 18 hours after doing multiple dives so as long as you are not flying before 9am the next day everything will be fine. DAN

This really depends on how fast you breathe the air from the tank but normally it is around 30 / 40 minutes per dive.

On the first day when you are in the swimming pool you will dive in shallow water – so you can just stand up if you feel like it. On the second day you will go to a maximum depth of 12 meters / 40 feet and on the 3rd and final day you will go to the maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet.

The minimum age is 10 years to complete the Junior open water diver course.

No you do not need to go to the doctors before going scuba diving unless you answer yes to any of the self certified medical statement. Please click here to download the self certification medical statement:  
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Phuket is good for diving all year round due to its constant warm tropical waters and amazing coral reefs.
There are multiple scuba diving locations to visit on your holiday to Phuket – Phi Phi Islands, Racha Noi, Racha Yai, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai and more.
During October to May each year the stunning Similan Islands National Marine Park is open – voted as one of the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world – there are day trip options but the most popular are the live-aboard options where you spend a few days sailing around the islands of the Similans.

The cost of scuba diving in Phuket depends first if you are a certified diver or you are new to scuba diving:

New scuba divers:
1 Day – Try scuba diving day trip = 4,500 Baht

Certified Divers:
Phi Phi Islands 3 dive day trip = 4,100 Baht.
Koh Racha Noi + Yai 3 dive day trip = 4,100 Baht.
Koh Racha Noi 2 dive day trip = 3,200 Baht.

After the open water diver course the next level is the advanced open water diver course which will expand your diving skills and allow you to dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters / 100 feet.

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