Phuket dive course

Phuket dive courseTry diving for the first time, get PADI certified, or continue your diver education with a Phuket dive course.


If you want to learn to dive in the Similan Islands you should stay in Khao Lak or do your dive course on a liveaboard.

There are a few Similan liveaboards that teach beginner dives courses. Please ask us for details.

For Khao Lak dive courses go here.

Before participating in any PADI course or program, all divers must complete the PADI medical statement.

PADI courses

Discover SCUBA Diving
An introduction to SCUBA diving. Not a certification course, just a lot of fun with an experienced instructor guiding you through the underwater world. Discover SCUBA Diving (DSD) can be done from Phuket on a day trip out on the dive boat with two or three dives at an offshore island like Racha Yai or Racha Noi. More details.

The SCUBA Diver certification is basically half of the PADI Open Water Diver Course. It qualifies you to dive with a guide to a maximum depth of 12 metres. You can upgrade the SCUBA Diver cert to the full PADI Open Water certification at a later date. This is a good option for people with limited time available to train. The SCUBA diver certification takes 2 days. Day 1 is class and pool, day 2 involves two ocean dives. More details.

PADI Open Water Diver
PADI’s most popular learn to dive course. “The way the world learns to dive.” It’s a 3 or 4 day certification course after which you will qualified to dive independently to 18 metres depth. The course includes some theory, some pool sessions and four dives in open water. Dives are normally conducted at Racha Yai Island in clear water surrounded by fish. More details.

PADI Open Water Referral
You can do your pool and classroom training in your home country and then do your open water dives here in warm tropical water. More details.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Continuing education course. Improve your diving skills and gain new experiences. The PADI Advanced course includes 5 adventure dives although depending on the dive sites visited you may get a free extra boat dive. The course includes a deep dive and a navigation dive as standard. Then you can choose 3 elective dives from a list that includes, wreck diving, night diving, underwater photography, peak performance buoyancy and more. More details.

Dives can be at Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai, King Cruiser, Racha Noi/Yai or Phi Phi Island. The advanced course can also be completed on a liveaboard as the dives can be easily integrated into the itinerary.

The advanced course is increasingly being required as the minimum certification level for joining a dive boat here and in other parts of the world.

PADI Speciality courses
A huge list of niche diving courses. The most popular and useful specialties are Digital Underwater Photographer and Enriched Air Nitrox. Other specialties include Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Drift Diver.

Do 5 specialties to qualify for the PADI Master SCUBA Diver rating.

PADI Rescue Diver
PADI calls this course “serious fun.” You will learn self rescue techniques first followed by how to help out other divers in distress. The rescue diver course is done in combination with the PADI EFR course and takes 3 days. More details.

PADI Divemaster
The first level of PADI Professional.



Phuket dive course

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