Open Water Course Phuket
PADI Open Water course
The PADI Open Water course is the most popular learn to dive course in the World.
In 3 days you can be qualified to dive independently. The course includes knowledge development, skills training in the pool and 4 open water dives. You can learn as part of a group or privately on a one to one basis.
Courses are taught with the latest PADI materials, new dive equipment, modern facilities and safe boats.
- PADI Open Water course Phuket
3 to 4 days (4-6 dives)
15,000 to 21,400 baht
Group instruction or private courses available
- PADI Open Water referral
2 days (4-6 dives)
- PADI SCUBA Diver course Phuket
2 days (2-3 dives)
PADI Open Water course pre-requisites:
Minimum 15 years of age (10 for Junior diver certification)
Completed PADI medical statement.
PADI Open Water Referral
Do your pool and classroom training in your home country and your open water dives in warm tropical water. It saves you spending time in a classroom while you are on holiday. Your home PADI dive center will give you a referral card that you can bring with you showing what you’ve already completed.
PADI SCUBA Diver Course
The Scuba Diver course is basically half an Open Water Diver course. Most people get SCUBA Diver certified if they do not have time to complete the full PADI Open Water cert. If you have 3 days to spare we generally recommend that you take the full PADI Open Water course but the Scuba Diver course is useful if you are short of time because it only requires 2 days (one day classroom and pool plus one day on the boat). The Scuba Diver course can be upgraded to the full PADI Open Water certification at a later date at any PADI dive centre worldwide by completing the the final theory and pool sessions plus two more dives.
A PADI Scuba Diver card allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres under divemaster supervision.
Group instruction or private instruction?
There are some advantages to doing a private course
- Less time in the classroom. Fewer students means fewer questions, fewer quiz mistakes an so on.
- You get more time in the pool to practice each skill. Your instructor has to watch everyone complete each skill before he can move on to the next skill. With group courses you have to sit and watch while other students are practicing. With a private course you get to practice more yourself.
- There is less peer pressure. With a private course you go at your pace. No one can slow you down and you can’t slow anyone else down.
- Longer dives. On group courses most of the dive is spent practicing the skills of all students. On private courses the skills are completed quickly, then you can enjoy the marine life. You only surface when your own air runs low, not when someone else’s does.
- Your instructor can focus on making you a better diver. With fewer students to watch over your instructor can dedicate himself to you.
PADI changed diving for the better. Before PADI, dive courses were long and strenuous with outdated teaching techniques taught by ex military instructors. PADI took advantage of reliable modern equipment and improved teaching methods to streamline dive courses and put a training structure in place that allowed anyone to learn to dive.
Nowadays you can do the PADI open water diver course in as little as three days while on holiday. If you do the theory at home first you can be certified here in just two days.
You can do similar courses with other dive training organisations such as Naui, BSAC, SSI and CMAS. Whichever certification agency you use your cert will be recognised worldwide. It doesn’t really matter which you do, no matter what the vested interests from the different agencies say. Prices are about the same across agencies.
We promote PADI because they are the biggest and most well recognized training agency in the World and most of our customers want PADI courses. We like PADI training materials which are thorough and easy to understand. They are also available in most languages.
If you lose your cert card you can go into any PADI dive centre and they can find your certification record on their online database.