Open Water Certification

Our experienced instructors will teach you all the basics of Scuba Diving in a fun, relaxed and safe 4 day course. During your open water course you will learn all the necessary theory and waterskills to become a confident diver. At the end of the course you will receive the Open Water Diver certification, which is recognized throughout the world and allows you to make great dives wherever there is water, rent dive equipment and continue your training.

The Open Water certification course is made up of three parts: Theory and Confined exercises (day 1-2) and Diving (day 3-4)

Theory is done in our classroom and you will study the Open Water Manual, watch DVD’s and listen to the explanation of our instructors. There is even an exam at the end, but don’t worry, if you have done your homework it won’t be a problem. Manuals, DVD’s and exams are available in different languages and our instructor team is extremely multilingual. If you wish – you can even do your theory online before you arrive!

Confined exercises means you go into the swimming pool or confined area in the sea and practice all kinds of skills on the surface and under water. Using a swimming pool or confined area in the sea for this is an ideal way to get used to the equipment and the amazing feeling of being able to breath and float under water. You will have calm conditions and we take plenty of time to practice everything until you are comfortable and ready to make you real dives.

In the last two days of the course we make two day trips and a total of four open water dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters (60 ft). During these dives we will practice and repeat a few of the exercises done in the pool or confined area in the sea, but most of the time you will be moving over beautiful coral reefs, surrounded by fish in all colors and sizes. If you are lucky, you might even see a turtle or a shark on one of your first dives. The first two dives are typically made on a local reef or dive site to keep travel times and stress to a minimum. The final two dives are usually conducted on the best site appropriate to the course!

What's Included

*The course price includes:  water and snacks – all dive equipment – use of manual during the course (if done with SSI) – lots and lots of delicious food on diving days – good times, great memories and lots of fun!

*The course price does not include: Pick up from hotel (except in Khao Lak) – Open Water Manual (if course is done with PADI) – Marine Park Fees (where applicable) – certification fees

Safety and Medical Info

We try to assure the comfort of all our guests equally. If you have dietary restrictions – we must be notified of this before your arrival. Due to our remoteness, the activities we undertake and, most importantly, the well-being of our guests – we have strict policies regarding health and safety on our Open Water courses. Please learn more about these

Prerequisites/Experience Required

Virtually anyone who’s in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn the Open Water Diver certification. At some point during your course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 meters.

Note: you will learn on this course that you need to allow 18 hours to pass before flying after diving!