PADI Open Water Referral

PADI Open Water Referral

Maximise Your Time With The PADI Open Water Referral On Your Phuket Scuba Diving Holiday

PADI is truly a global organisation and the Open Water Referral system allows you to spend your precious holiday time diving on our beautiful Phuket scuba diving sites. Team up with your local PADI dive centre and then join us for the real fun.

How Does It Work?

Anything that you complete through a PADI dive centre or resort is recognised globally by any PADI dive centre. If you where to complete all your theory and pool work back in your home countries then you simply have to finish your course with four open water training dives in Phuket to complete your Open Water Diver certification.

Fun Times Diving In Phuket

Fun Times Diving In Phuket

Why Take This Option?

Our PADI instructors try to make the classroom side of the course as fun and engaging as possible but who really wants to be stuck inside when you have clear blue skies outside? By completing the theory and pool sessions in your home country it means you join us straight for the real fun part – the open water dives.

You’ll free up and extra day on your holiday, the referral only takes two days. The pools are probably heated and indoor back home so you won’t have an uncomfortable experience but the open ocean maybe won’t be as warm (30c!) or as clear as Phuket.

The Easiet Way

To stop any confusion with certification fees the best option is to register for PADI elearning either through the PADI website or through a PADI dive centre. The PADI elearning is transferable to any dive centre so it can be processed anywhere.

If you prefer the hands on instructor approach then enrolling in theory sessions with your local dive centre is easy enough but you’ll usually have to follow a schedule which may not be 100% convenient for you.

What You Get from us

Diving in Phuket with Local Dive Thailand means you’ll get the best training Thailand and Phuket has to offer, from our highly experienced, fun and super dedicated dive instructors!

Where Are You Gonna Dive?

For the Open Water course, Phi Phi and Racha Noi/Yai are suitable, safe and fun. Our trip to the King Cruiser Wreck is only suitable for Advanced Open Water divers

Location Dives Price
Racha Yai, Racha Noi 3 Included
Phi Phi Island 3 Included

The first day of open diving will usually be at Racha Yai, Racha Noi, the calm, clear waters with expansive sand patches make it a perfect choice for your first open water dives

The final day of open water will see all your training and skills come together at the stunning Phi Phi Island National Park. With a little luck you’ll see your first turtle and maybe even sharks! You can see more about each location by checking out the dive tour information for each location.

*Please note that there is National Park Fee of THB 600 for Phi Phi

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What You Need To Bring

You’ll need to bring the student record file that your dive centre gave you and make sure your instructor has signed for completion on all your pool/theory sessions. If you completed theory via elearning then you can print out the completion email but we’d rather you show us here or let us check online through the PADI system (saves paper).

There is a one year validity on all that you’ve completed so make sure you’ve got your timing right or you may have to repeat it all again…

So what are you waiting for? Get started at your local dive centre and then come and join us to finish this awesome experience!

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