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PADI Open Water Diver Course, Koh Tao
Thailand Scuba Diving Course



The PADI Open Water diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving training course. In 2014 almost 550,000 divers worldwide ‘got their PADI’ with training conducted at thousands of dive sites around the world.


PADI really is "the way the world learns to dive"..!!


PADI Open Water Diving Course


Here on Koh Tao over 50,000 new divers became certified in 2014 making this small island the world’s most popular destination for people to become certified or "get their PADI" making Koh Tao "the place the world learns to dive".


Course Price: 9,800 THB


Our PADI Open Water Course package includes:


PADI Open Water Diver course.
Rental of all scuba equipment.
PADI e-manual & PADI Certification card.
Crystal Dive log book.
4 nights accommodation - Fan cooled basic room.
Pick up service from pier.
Great location on the beach.


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To enroll on a PADI Open Water diver course:


Diver Prerequisites:

• 10 years old*

*Note:10-14 year old divers earn a ''Junior' Open Water Diver certification.


We conduct the course over three and a half days. The course consists of three modules:


Knowledge Development – conducted in our a/c cooled classrooms.
Confined water training – conducted in our purpose built swimming pool.
Open water training – 4 Open water training dives conducted off one of our dive boats exploring the amazing coral reefs and marine life around Koh Tao. Link to dive sites page.


Here at Crystal Dive Resort, our experienced multi-lingual team of PADI Master Instructors conduct all PADI courses in small groups. This ensures each student progresses at their own pace, receives lots of attention and is relaxed throughout their training as they build the confidence & competence necessary to be certified as a PADI Open Water diver.





PADI Open Water Diver - Course Schedule


Our PADI Open Water diver course schedule is flexible and we can adapt the itinerary to fit around your personal travel plans. Our standard PADI Open Water courses schedule is as follows:


Day 1:

13.00 - 13.30: Orientation
13.30 - 18.00: Knowledge Development (scuba theory)


Day 2:

08.00 - 11.00: Confined Water Training
11.00 - 12.00: Lunch
12.00 - 15.00: Confined Water Training
Swim Test


Day 3:

09.00 - 11.30: Knowledge Development & Final Exam
11.30 - 12.30: Lunch
12.30 - 17.30: Open Water Training dives 1 & 2


Day 4:

07.00-12.00: Open Water Training dives 3 & 4

Get back, wash the equipment and then complete the paperwork!


You are now a fully qualified PADI Open Water diver, certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters with a buddy.


Let’s take a closer look at each step in detail....




We start the PADI Open water diver course at 1pm every day. To begin with your Instructor will conduct a course orientation. Starting with some introductions before informing you of the course schedule and asking you to complete some paperwork including the PADI Medical Statement.


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Knowledge Development


The Knowledge Development section of the PADI Open Water diver course consists of a series of videos, short Instructor led knowledge review sessions and 4 multiple choice 10 question quizzes. There are 5 modules in total. The final module finishes with a 50 question multiple choice exam.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


The subjects covered include scuba equipment, safe dive practices, effects of pressure underwater, the buddy system and basic decompression theory. You will also learn about dive planning using PADI’s Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) and we will teach you how dive computers work. This will enable you to safely plan your dives, and keep to your dive profile during each dive.


The knowledge development is conducted over 2 days; afternoon of day 1 and the morning of day 3.


Confined Water Training

ALL our confined water training sessions are conducted in one of our purpose built swimming pools. The very definition of confined water training means a swimming pool is without doubt the best place to conduct these sessions both from a safety and comfort perspective.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


We’ll start in very shallow water gradually getting deeper (no more than three meters) as your confidence increases. Your instructor will demonstrate skills which you will practice back, designed to get you comfortable using scuba gear.


Scuba skills will include:

• Equipment Assembly
• Pre dive safety checks
• Mask & regulator clearing
• Alternative Air source Use
• Buoyancy control
• Communicating and underwater hand signals
• Descents and Ascents


Special Attention!


Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Some dive centers may tell you that it’s best to complete confined water in the ocean. On a perfect day, completing some aspects of confined water in a shallow bay can be fun and exciting but when you are breathing from scuba for the first time, naturally feeling a little apprehensive and nervous, and being asked to complete skills such as removing and replacing the mask or regulator underwater, the guaranteed calm and clear conditions a swimming pool offers is necessary.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


Shallow bays are not ideal if there is any wind, waves, poor visibility or other environmental conditions that will negatively affect the safety or comfort of either student or Instructor. And here on Koh Tao, with lots of snorkelers in the water, lots of small boats using the beach to drop snorkelers off the numerous interruptions are not conducive to teaching beginners scuba.


Both our swimming pools are purpose built for scuba diving and offer you the best possible start on your way to becoming a PADI Open Water diver. Don’t settle for anything less than the best.


Choose PADI. Choose Crystal Dive.


Open Water Training Dives


Now time for the best bit! Your first Open water dives will allow you to put everything you have learnt over the previous two days into practice.


On the afternoon of Day 3 you will complete Open Water training dives 1 & 2. With a maximum depth limit of 12 metres your instructor will guide you around the dive site as you become comfortable with your buoyancy, swimming underwater and the open water environment.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


You will repeat a few of the skills you mastered the previous day in the swimming pool and of course, there will be time on both of your dives for an underwater tour, exploring the coral reefs and around Koh Tao.


On the final morning of the course you will complete Open Water training dives 3 & 4, this time to a maximum depth of 18 metres. Expect to see lots of bright corals, colourful tropical fish, moray eels, sting rays and maybe even a hawksbill turtle.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


Typical dive sites we visit during Open water training include Mango Bay, Japanese Gardens, Twin Peaks, White Rock, Aow Leuk Bay, Lighthouse, Hin Wong Bay and our own in house artificial dive site, Junkyard Reef.


PADI Open Water Diving Course


During your final two dives, our in-house underwater film company, Crystal Images, will accompany you to capture your experience on film and then edit the footage into a 25 minute movie which we show at the bar that evening.


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