Open Water Course

Scuba Diving Courses Phuket

PADI Open Water Course Phuket

Course DurationThree days
AvailabilityEvery day
Minimum Age10 years old
Swimming Ability NeededReasonable
InstructionPrivate

Course Outline

In just a few days, learn to become a safe, responsible and independent diver. With a few simple steps you can experience the wonderful marine life Phuket has to offer and get a lifetime diving certificate at the same time.

StepsAction
Self-StudyBefore the course starts, watch a video online on the fundamentals of diving and complete some quizzes.
Day OneStart by spending the first hour or so completing the study sections by the poolside. This then leaves almost a whole day to practice dive skills in the pool to prepare you thoroughly for your first Open Water dives.
Day TwoEnjoy two or three training dives in the sea at our local coral reefs. Discover the beautiful marine life and practice some of the dive skills with your instructor that you learnt the previous day.
Day ThreeContinue to practice a few additional skills in the sea with most of time free to discover even more amazing wildlife underwater!

Note: If you have limited time/budget or wish to go diving without taking a dive certification, you can take our one day Discover Scuba Diving program. More info can be found on our Discover Scuba Diving section.

Self-Study

Nobody wants to sit in a classroom while on holiday if it can be avoided. This is why, as soon as online learning became available, we decided to offer our students the chance to complete most of the study in advance of their course. This also gives us almost a whole day in the swimming pool to help you get used to being underwater and to teach you necessary dive techniques rather than spending half of it behind a desk. This results in a more comfortable, safer and fun experience for our guests at no extra charge.

Swim Tests

All certified scuba divers should be able to swim. Going into the sea without any swimming ability and no dive professional by your side can be very dangerous. Therefore, for this course there are two required swim tests to be completed on the first day:

  • A 10 minutes float/tread water swim test
  • A choice of either a 200 metre swim OR 300 metres swim with mask, snorkel and fins.

Unfortunately, if you are unable to complete the swim tests successfully, for your own safety we will be unable to issue your dive certification. However, with a bit of practice it is quite a simple test to pass. If you would like some tips on how to complete these swim tests then just ask.

Private Instruction

To enable us to give you the safest and best diving experience, we only offer private tuition for all our diving courses in Phuket. Read about how this benefits you here.

Online Booking Discounts

Online booking discounts of between 5% and 20% are available on all course prices depending on the number of students. Terms and conditions apply.

Divers + Snorkellers

Certified divers and snorkellers are welcome to join on the trips too. Certified divers can receive a 10% discount off the standard trip price if diving with the student(s). Full trip price list here.

Course Package Choices

Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
4 Dives 4 Dives 5 Dives 6 Dives
Kata Beach Racha Yai Racha Noi + Yai Racha Noi + Phi Phi
Private Instructor
Private Instructor
PADI Open Water Manual
PADI Open Water Manual
 Certification Costs
Certification Costs
 Dive Insurance
Dive Insurance
 Scuba Equipment
Scuba Equipment
 Hotel Transfers*
Hotel Transfers*
 Breakfast + Lunch on Trips
Breakfast + Lunch on Trips
 Tea + Coffee + Water
Tea + Coffee + Water
 Dive Logbook
Dive Logbook

*Free transfers are included for all boat trips. Transfers to/from hotels are from the following towns: Chalong, Kamala, Kata, Karon, Patong, Rawai. Transfers are also available from other areas around Phuket for a small surcharge. Prices are available on request. Complimentary transfers are not included for Bronze package.

Course Prices

Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
4 Beach Dives 4 Boat Dives 5 Boat Dives 6 Boat Dives
Was 13,900 baht
Was 16,800 baht
Was 17,800 baht
Was 18,700 baht

**Special Online Prices Below**

One Student
One Student12,510 baht each15,120 baht each16,020 baht each16,830 baht each*
 Two Students
Two Students11,815 baht each14,280 baht each15,130 baht each15,895 baht each*
 Three Students
Three+ Students11,120 baht each13,440 baht each14,240 baht each14,960 baht each*

*As from 1st April 2016 the Thai government introduced a National Park Fee for all visitors to Phi Phi islands of 600 baht per diver per day and 400 baht per non-diver per day. This is in addition to any course involving a Phi Phi trip and will be payable in cash (Thai Baht) direct to the boat tour leader on the day of the Phi Phi trip.

Dive Sites

Kata Beach Phuket
Kata Beach

A cute, little reef with a variety of hard corals and lots of colourful fishes.

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Racha Noi Island, Phuket
Racha Noi Island

A great mix of landscapes/marine life where larger wildlife can be spotted including turtles.

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Racha Yai Island, Phuket
Racha Yai Island

Generally clear water, wonderful marine life - with dives in sheltered bays.

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Racha Noi Island, Phuket
Phi Phi Islands

Colourful soft corals and sea fans plus a chance of a shark or turtle.

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Course Itineraries

Bronze - Kata Beach, Phuket

All times are approximates.

TimeAction
Self-StudyWatch the PADI Open Water video and complete some quizzes. About 4 hours is needed for this.
  
 Day One
08:00Meet at training center in Kata, complete course paperwork and take a few quizzes based on the pre-course study.
10:00Take two swim tests and begin pool training.
12:00Break for lunch
13:00Continue and complete pool training.
15:30Practice equipment maintenance followed by the course exam.
17:00End of day one.
  
 Day Two
08:30Meet at Sharkey Scuba office, set up dive equipment and get briefing of dive site.
09:15Transfer to Kata beach, put on equipment, enter water and go for the first dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
11:00Finish dive, exit water and prepare for second dive.
11:30Put on equipment, enter water and go for the second dive. Continue to practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
12:45Exit water, take off gear and return to Sharkey office.
13:15Log dives, look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
13:45End of second day.
  
 Day Three
08:30Meet at Sharkey Scuba office, set up dive equipment and get briefing of dive site.
09:15Transfer to Kata beach, put on equipment, enter water and go for the third dive of the course. Continue to practice skills and explore the local reef.
11:00Finish dive, exit water and prepare for final dive.
11:30Put on equipment, enter water and go for the final course dive. With all the main skills complete, enjoy a relaxing dive and see what you can spot!
12:45Exit water, take off gear and return to Sharkey office.
13:15Log dives, look at Fish I.D. slates,identify what you saw. Complete paperwork.
13:45Congratulations. You are now a certified Open Water diver for life!

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Silver - Racha Yai Island, Phuket

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

TimeAction
Self-StudyWatch the PADI Open Water video and complete some quizzes. About 4 hours is needed for this.
  
 Day One
08:00Meet at training center in Kata, complete course paperwork and take a few quizzes based on the pre-course study.
10:00Take two swim tests and begin pool training.
12:00Break for lunch
13:00Continue and complete pool training.
15:30Practice equipment maintenance followed by the course exam.
17:00End of day one.
  
 Day Two
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Racha Yai island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:00Put on equipment, enter water and go for the first dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
11:15Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
12:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for the second dive. Continue to practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
14:00Depart for Chalong pier. Log dives, look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
15:15Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.
  
 Day Three
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Racha Yai island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:00Put on equipment, enter water and go for the third dive of the course. Continue to practice skills and explore the local reef.
11:15Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
12:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for the final course dive. With all the main skills complete, enjoy a relaxing dive and see what you can spot!
14:00Depart for Chalong pier. Log dives, look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw. Complete paperwork.
15:15Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel. Congratulations. You are now a certified Open Water diver for life!

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Gold - Racha Noi + Yai Islands

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

TimeAction
Self-StudyWatch the PADI Open Water video and complete some quizzes. About 4 hours is needed for this.
  
 Day One
08:00Meet at training center in Kata, complete course paperwork and take a few quizzes based on the pre-course study.
10:00Take two swim tests and begin pool training.
12:00Break for lunch
13:00Continue and complete pool training.
15:30Practice equipment maintenance followed by the course exam.
17:00End of day one.
  
 Day Two
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Racha Yai island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:00Put on equipment, enter water and go for the first dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
11:15Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
12:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for the second dive. Continue to practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
14:00Depart for Chalong pier. Log dives, look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
15:15Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.
  
 Day Three
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Racha Noi island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for the third dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
11:45Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
13:00Put on equipment, enter water and go for the fourth dive. Continue to practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
14:00Snacks and refreshments. Journey to Racha Yai island.
15:15With all the course dives complete, go for a fifth dive in total and continue to discover amazing underwater life.
16:15Depart for Chalong pier. Look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
17:30Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel. Congratulations. You are now a certified Open Water diver for life!

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Platinum - Racha Noi/Yai + Phi Phi Islands

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

TimeAction
Self-StudyWatch the PADI Open Water video and complete some quizzes. About 4 hours is needed for this.
  
 Day One
08:00Meet at training center in Kata, complete course paperwork and take a few quizzes based on the pre-course study.
10:00Take two swim tests and begin pool training.
12:00Break for lunch
13:00Continue and complete pool training.
15:30Practice equipment maintenance followed by the course exam.
17:00End of day one.
  
 Day Two
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Racha Noi island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for the first dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
11:45Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
13:00Put on equipment, enter water and go for the second dive. Continue to practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
14:00Snacks and refreshments. Journey to Racha Yai island.
15:15Go for third dive with more skills practice and plenty of time to explore.
16:15Depart for Chalong pier. Look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
17:30Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.
  
 Day Three
07:00-08:00Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
08:30Depart Chalong pier for Phi Phi islands. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
11:30Put on equipment, enter water and go for the fouth and final course dive. Practice some of the skills learnt on the previous day and explore the local reef.
12:30Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
13:45Put on equipment, enter water and go for go for a fifth dive in total and continue to discover amazing underwater life.
14:45Snacks and refreshments. Journey to either Anemone Reef, Koh Doc Mai or Shark Point.
16:00Enjoy a sixth and final dive to celebrate your achievements.
17:00Depart for Chalong pier. Look at Fish I.D. slates and identify what you saw.
18:30Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel. Congratulations. You are now a certified Open Water diver for life!

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