PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver certification course in Phuket only takes three days and will change your life forever

The PADI Open Water diver course in Phuket introduces you to our amazing and breathtaking underwater world while at the same time teaching you the skills to become a scuba diver. The course is designed to help you understand the basic principles of scuba diving, learn the essential diving/diver skills in a safe & controlled environment supervised by industry professionals and most importantly of all, enjoying yourself the whole time and having fun in the water.

Course Structure

The course will begin at one of the several purpose built swimming pools in the Chalong area. If you haven’t already watched some of the course videos then we will supply them for you to watch on your mobile device. We do highly recommend that you purchase elearning at no extra cost to make your day as relaxing and stress free as possible.

The following two days will be spent out at sea, practising your skills that you mastered in the pool and taking in all the wonderful sites. Depending on which course option you choose, you could have as many as six dives during the course. The course only requires you to complete four so the last two will be as newly certified divers and just for exploration, fun and extra experience.

students on their open water diver course in phuket

students on their open water diver course in phuket

The Open Water diver course has some basic pre-requisites listed below but essentially anyone of almost any age or experience can sign up for the Open Water course and learn how to dive safely. Don’t trust your first Scuba Diving experience to any one else, book now with Local Dive Thailand so you can begin a life changing journey of discovery of our watery world and the majestic and down right weird animals that make it their home.

Did the open water course and advanced water course with Sophie and had the best time with her on the boat.
She is very experienced and i learned so many things and fell in love with diving. Will never forget my first steps into the diving world and will definitely come back to local dive thailand.TA Member

Scuba diving in Phuket is simply fantastic, you couldn’t choose a better place to learn. We have easy dive sites at Racha Noi/Yai that make your first dives fun and rewarding. On your final day you could be off to Phi Phi to enjoy slightly more challenging diving but a chance to see sharks and turtles!

A Free Glimpse Into The PADI Open Water Course

PADI have launched a free initiative to give divers a great idea of what to expect on the course. The basic introduction is completely free of charge and will cover:

  • The three basic components of the course
  • Steps Involved to becoming certified
  • How to execute key basic skills
  • Getting the most out of your course
  • Getting the best experiences from scuba diving

Just click the button below and fill in your name and email address and write ‘free’ in the comment box

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Course Options & Pricing

The PADI Open Water course is usually conducted over 3 days. It doesn’t have to be continuous days, if you feel like taking a break or have other activities planned then that’s no problem for us. We’re very flexible and want to give the experience that suits you.

Premium PADI Open Water Course

Course Dives Days Price
Open Water Premium 6 Boat Dives 3 15,500

The Premium PADI Open Water course will include 6 fantastic boat dives. The first day of actual diving will be to the clear, calm water of Racha Noi/Yai. Large sandy areas in the shallows make a perfect spot to repeat the skills that you would have practised in the pool on the first day of your course. On the final day we’ll take you to the wonderful dive sites around Phi Phi. Sharks, turtles and huge schools of fish are all possible. To be honest we think we’re spoiling you a little. On the first dive you’ll finish of your course requirements, the two further dives will be just for fun!

Standard PADI Open Water Course

Course Dives Days Price
Open Water Standard 5 Boat Dives 3 14,900 THB

The dive locations will depend on your schedule but anything is possible with this location. You’ll get a minimum of 5 boat dives. The first diving day will be either 2 dives at Racha Yai only or 3 dives at Racha Noi/Yai. The second diving day could see you return to Racha Noi/Yai but be able to explore the deeper areas of the dive site, 3 dives at Phi Phi/Shark Point or two dives at Shark Point & Koh Doc Mai.

We can inform of your locations before you make a booking as long as you give us your preferred start date.

Want even more information? Then go tour blog which runs you through how your Phuket Open Water Course will work – learning to dive in Phuket

**Start the standard course on a Monday or Thursday and get upgraded to Premium for free!

Budget PADI Open Water Course

Course Dives Days Price
Open Water Budget* 4 Beach Dives 3 11,400 THB

*Only available from 01st November to 01st May

Just because it’s budget doesn’t mean it’s not fun! You’ll meet all the required PADI standards to get your Open Water Diver certification but all dives will be from the beach. The diving is not in the same class as our boat dives but it’s still diving. Higher surf on the beaches from late May to late October make beach diving potentially unsafe so this option is only available from November to May.

It’s also a great option for those who want to free up their afternoons for sightseeing. On the final two days you’ll be finished by 1pm allowing you to relax in the afternoon our go on a tour.

*Please note that there is an additional National Park Fee Of THB 600 for Phi Phi

phuket diving students padi open water course

phuket diving students padi open water course

PADI eLearning Available

Complete your theory before you’ve even set foot in Thailand. Make your own theory schedule from the comfort of your home, on the way to work or for the sneakier among us, at work when the boss isn’t looking. You can have all your theory complete and skip the classroom section completely when on your Phuket holiday.

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Course Pre Requisites

  • Minimum 10 Years of Age
  • You can swim 200 Meters in a swimming pool unassisted by flotation devices
  • You can float in a swimming pool for 10 minutes unassisted by flotation devices
  • Be Fit Enough To Scuba Dive

What You Get Out Of It

Once you have completed the PADI Open Water scuba diver course you will be certified to dive to 18m with a buddy. This means no more Discover Scuba Dives because you are now a certified scuba diver. Provided you are not alone you can dive when and where you please at typically a much lower cost than your non certified friends or relatives.

You also get a PADI Open Water Diver license sent directly to your mobile device which you can carry with you on your travels so dive shops and instructors can instantly recognise your level of training. You’ll also be kept on the PADI diver database so even if you lose your phone there will always be a way to prove that you are a certified diver to anyone that needs it.

If you are diving with Local Dive Thailand you’ll also gain the best training Thailand and Phuket has to offer, from our highly qualified and super dedicated dive instructors!

What’s Included

Along with a wonderful experience and great memories, our price includes almost everything:

  • 5/6 dives
  • All PADI materials and certification fees
  • Instructor fees
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel transfers (from Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata, Rawai, Nai harn and Chalong only)
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, soft drinks (boat days only), water, tea and coffee

What’s Not Included

If you’re staying in a resort outside the above listed then there may be a small additional charge. However we pick up from anywhere on Phuket. Accommodation is not included but we’re more than happy to recommend local hotels. If your course falls on a Phi Phi day (Sunday or Wednesday) then there will be a THB 600 National Park entrance fee. Beer (THB 60) is available to buy on the boat but only after the last dive.

Further Adventures

If you’re feeling confident and looking to save money, then you can book a combo package. PADI Open Water +PADI Advanced Open Water in 4 days for just THB 24,000! See the best scuba diving Phuket has to offer and gain extra essential knowledge.

After you’ve completed your final dive you will have to wait a minimum of 18hrs before flying.

Book Your Open Water Course

Don’t hesitate, see what all the fuss is about and why your scuba diving friends can’t stop talking about their tropical diving adventures, book your course today and be diving tomorrow with Local Dive Thailand!

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