How A Phuket PADI Open Water Course Works

How A Phuket PADI Open Water Course Works

How Your Phuket PADI Open Water Course Works

A Phuket PADI Open Water Course will be the highlight of your holiday in Thailand. Our warm tropical waters, abundant marine life, excellent facilities and experienced PADI professionals will make the experience a special one. Unlike most diving destinations around the world, Phuket offers great infrastructure, plenty of other things to do and all year diving.

PADI Open Water Course Day 1

It starts with a bright and early pick up between 07:00 – 07:40am depending on your hotel location. You’ll be transferred to our dive centre in Rawai where we have a large air-conditioned classrooms. After a meet and greet with your PADI instructor and some paperwork formalities, you’ll begin your theory.

You will complete a minimum of three sections which will consist of videos, knowledge reviews and quizzes. By late morning you’ll probably have had enough brain strain for one day and it’s time to go to the pool. The theory** on the Phuket PADI Open Water course is by no means difficult. Our instructors will definitely get you through it, it’s mostly centred around safety and common sense.

our comfortable classrooms in chalong

our comfortable classrooms in chalong

The pool is where the fun begins and you’re a few minutes away from taking your first breaths underwater. After a thorough briefing on your equipment and important safety checks it’s time to jump in. Don’t worry, we won’t literally chuck you in the deep end, you’ll start in water shallow enough to stand in so for this crucial first of five pool sessions you’ll be able to stand up and put your head above water if you’re feeling uncomfortable. Only when you’re ready will you move on to deeper water skills to prepare you for the excitement of the following day in the ocean.

pool training for a phuket padi open water course

pool training for a phuket padi open water course

If all goes well you should finish around 4pm but sometimes the pool sessions takes longer. Don’t worry, nobody’s judging you, diving just comes easier to some. Our instructors are infinitely patient and so will give you all the time you need.

**You can save a lot of time by completing elearning before your trip

Day 2

Time for the open ocean and to meet our fantastic marine life! Pick up time will be the same time but this time you’ll be taken directly to the boat pier. Your instructor will be waiting for you when you step out of the minibus and you’ll get the chance to meet the rest of our great team. A short bus ride down the 1km pier will get you to our own purpose built and very comfortable dive boat – MV Kepsub.

Our tour leader will gather all guests upstairs for a roll call, boat safety and orientation briefing. So once that’s done it’s time for a freshly cooked breakfast before the work begins. After being sufficiently food sated you’ll begin to set up your scuba diving equipment under the supervision of your Phuket diving instructor.

You’ll now be on the way to your first dive sites at Racha Noi or Racha Yai. On the way to the dive site you may watch any remaining videos and complete more quizzes. If you’ve already completed the theory then just relax and take in the view. Well before dive time your instructor will give you a thorough brief of dive safety protocol. Your instructor will clearly explain the skills you need to complete as well as dive site description and marine life so you’ll be fully prepared. All of the dives on the first day will be completed in clear, calm water down to a maximum depth of 12m.

racha noi a great place for your first open water dive

racha noi a great place for your first open water dive

Basically it’s rinse, wash repeat for all 3 dives you’ll complete on this day. In between there be plenty of food so you definitely won’t go hungry and plenty of free flow water, tea and coffee to make sure you stay hydrated.

The Final Day

Depending on your course choice, its back to the Racha Islands or to the Phi Phi Islands. Either way you would have completed most of your skills by now and a fun relaxing day awaits. Again on the journey out you may complete more theory and your final exam. The first dive of the day should see you complete all aspects of your Phuket PADI Open Water course. So congratulations, you’re now a certified diver!

The final two dives will allow you to have fun, relax and so really enjoy our breathtaking underwater world. If you’re back at the Racha Islands you’ll be able to see a bit more of the dive sites down to a depth of 18m. The Phi Phi option will give you a chance to see turtles, sharks and huge schools of fish. After you finished the final dive, the journey back to the pier will be very satisfying. A sense of achievement, a wonderful experience, possibly partnered by a cold beer or whatever your poison.

We’re Flexible

Outlined above is a typical open water course in Phuket but everybody’s different. We have different options for our courses so if you want shorter two dive days or even beach dives, we’ll be happy to accommodate. Send an email to one of our experienced PADI staff to arrange the perfect course for you.

Contact Us Now

By Justin Hartrey

I've been enjoying the incredible marine life in our oceans for over 25 years. 13 years ago I became a PADI professional in Phuket, hoping to introduce as many people as possible to the incredible beauty of the seas.

Having been fortunate enough to dive all over south east and especially Thailand, I enjoy sharing my diving experiences and passion on this blog.

Originally from Bristol in the UK, I swapped the frigid waters of the North Atlantic for the warm tropical seas around Thailand and can confidently say that I wouldn't go back

Posted in Scuba Diving For Beginners on .

Popular Services

MV Dive Race Liveaboard Vessel In Thailand

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang In Style With MV Dive Race Class E

Constructed in 2015 to international standards this 34.5m by 7.5m steel hull ocean going vessel was designed with stability and comfort in mind allowing longer trips to the Similan Islands and the South Andaman sites of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Built by divers for divers this luxury class vessel has a very comfortable air-conditioned entertainment area for guests to enjoy movies and games, a huge sundeck with an outdoor sofa to chill and e [...]

Find Out More
Local Dive Thailand Patong Phuket Location

Locations

Dive Shop Locations We now have multiple shops in Phuket for all your scuba diving needs and extra added convenience. Our new location in Chalong is very close to excellent training pools, our boats departure point and a plethora of hotels, eateries and fantastic beaches nearby. [...]

Find Out More

Daily Schedules

M/V Kepsub Schedule

Jobs @ Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand is one of Phuket's fatest growing & most vibrant scuba diving operations, we are always looking for quality staff to join us, so feel free to have a look at our jobs listing page.

Job Listings

Contact LDT

Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

Learn More About Us

Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

Book Your Day Trip

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are Thailand's leading scuba diving Phuket tour provider, stay up to date & watch out for news & special liveaboard offers!

Whale Shark in Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

It’s International Whale Sharks Day But What Do We Know About Them?

Well we know whale sharks are big and spotty but not a great deal else to be honest. It's a challenging animal for scientists to study. They're trying and we're slowly gaining an insight into the biggest fish on the planets life. There is a way that you can help which we'll touch on later. There's much debate about the size to which they can grow. 18m is a common figure that's mentioned but the largest verified measurement is around 12 [...]

Read Full Story
great time to be in phuket with deserted beaches Phuket Sights & Fun

Great Time To Come To Phuket

In maybe incredibly awful for business but it's a great to come to Phuket if you're already in Thailand. With so few people on the island but for those who stayed/trapped on Phuket - paradise has returned. Idyllic island life has returned for many, Phuket is really showing off its natural charm. The rainy season has just started, turning the island green and accentuating the natural beauty. The hotels that are open are offering great rates as [...]

Read Full Story
delicious food at the phuket seafood and gastronomy festival Phuket Sights & Fun

Phuket Seafood & Gastronomy Festival 2020

The upcoming Phuket Seafood and Gastronomy Festival is one such example of how Phuket is trying its very best to stimulate the local tourism market. Over the next five weekends at various locations around the island you'll get a chance to try fantastic fresh seafood. The venues have been chosen so that you can enjoy seafood and sea view, a challenge for Phuket Old Town.. As well as delicious prepared dishes, there'll also be the chance [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps