The PADI Scuba Diver Course is perfect, if you are short on time, but want to get your first diver certification


This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Course and only takes 2 days to finish


Here at Crystal Dive Koh Tao we teach you in small groups to reach your first certification level.


If you don’t have much time, you can reach your first certification level within just 2 days at Crystal dive

In the PADI Scuba Diver Course you will learn the basics to dive safely under the supervision of a Pro-Diver. You will then get a certification to dive to a depth of 12 metres (40 feet) for the rest of your life.

The PADI Scuba Diver Course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Course and aimed at people, who don’t have enough time to complete the full Open Water certification or only want to dive under supervision in the future anyways.

We teach you the basics of safe scuba diving in small groups of max. 4 students per Instructor in theory, a pool session and 2 Open Water Dives and you will reach your first certification.

Padi Scuba Diver Course

Alternatively (if you are planning ahead) think about the PADI Open Water E-Learning option, as you can then reach the full certification within 2-3 days as well, as you take the theoretical part beforehand at the comfort of your home.

Here at Crystal Dive we will teach you your course at your pace, no matter which course you choose! 

This is how you get your PADI SCUBA DIVER

within 2 days you will learn the basics necessary to dive safely & relaxed under supervision of a dive pro to 12 metres.

Padi Scuba Diver course

We will adjust the schedule where necessary to accommodate your holiday plans, but in general these are the course parts for you to take to become a PADI Scuba Diver at Crystal Dive on Koh Tao.


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Part 1: Theory

Starting with an introduction to your Instructor we will first finish all the necessary paperwork. Then we get you started with the theory.

The PADI Scuba Diver as a subset of the Open Water Diver covers 3 out of 5 chapters of the full course.

For each chapter there is a PADI video and  knowledge reviews as self study to fill out. In these chapters  you will get introduced to the basics of diving. After your self-study your Instructor will go through any missed questions and tell you more about, how this theory is actually used in real-life diving.

Topics include the scuba equipment, buoyancy control, safe diving practices, emergency procedures as well as the environment.

Each chapter will be finished with a little 10-question multiple choice quiz with a pass rate of 75%.

If you really don’t like spending time of your holiday learning theory and rather save that time by doing it beforehand, check out the PADI Elearning Open Water Option. This can allow you to take the Full PADI Certification in as little as 2 days as well.

Part 2: Pool-Training

Here is where the fun starts: Your training in one of our own resort swimming pools.

You will learn all the skills you need everyday as a diver, under supervision of a dive pro, as well as a few safety procedures just in case of the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

You will start in very shallow water to take your first breaths underwater to slowly progress into the deeper end of the pool to practice on skills like swimming underwater weightless.

This is the place to take all the time you need to gain the confidence you need as a safe diver. So at Crystal Dive we don’t set a time for you to practice your skills, but usually it takes between half a day to a full day to reach your goal. If you need more time, then you will get it – without any extra charge.

Part 3: Open Water Dives

After you have gained your confidence and knowledge in the classroom and pool, it is time to get out to use all this on the final (and most likely best) part of your course: Your Open Water Dives.

The PADI Scuba Diver Course consists of 2 Open Water Dives. These dives will bring you to a maximum depth of 12 metres (40 feet) and give you plenty of time to practice your skills and underwater swimming which you have learned in the pool. Obviously you will have plenty of time to enjoy the underwater world and the fish & coral around Koh Tao.

After this you can call yourself a PADI Scuba Diver and it is time to celebrate your certification with a cold drink on the beach and your video in our bar, as you can get filmed on those final dives!

To upgrade this course in the future, you will need to complete 2 more chapters of each element and the final two dives. It can be upgraded at any time.


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padi scuba diver course –
How it works …

To give you an idea of what your PADI Scuba diver course will look like,
here’s an example schedule:

Day 1


Day 1 - Full Day

Introduction & Paperwork
Theory (Videos & Instructor presentations)

– Lunch –


Day 2


Remaining Theory/Pool

– Lunch –

2 Open Water Training Dives
(max. 12 metres)


The above can be split up in half days to fit your holiday program. You can just book your private course or contact us to request a different schedule that fits you!


To become a certified padi scuba diver, there are the folowing minimum requirements:


To become a scuba diver, you don’t need to be an athlete or hardcore fit. You just need to have the passion and be open-minded to try something new.

Waterskills & Stamina

To become certified as a PADI Scuba Diver you need to take part in a 10-minute survival float (tread water or float) before Open Water Dive 2.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to become a certified PADI Scuba Diver is 10 years. Please note: 10-15 year old attendees will receive a PADI Junior Scuba Diver certification and have to dive with an adult. 

Medical Statement

You need to be medically fit for diving. You will find the Medical Statement for Scuba Diving here to download. If in doubt, please check with your physician or ask us before booking your dive experience with us.

PADI SCUBA DIVER COURSE – What’s included?

Our PADI SCUBA DIVER COURSE package includes:

  • PADI Scuba Diver Course (max. 4 students per Instructor)
  • Personal set of scuba equipment throughout your stay
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Personal PADI E-Manual & PADI Certification
  • Crystal Dive Logbook & T-Shirt
  • Multilingual personal Instructor
  • Boat trips & refreshments for your dives
  • Dive Insurance for your dives with us (30 days)
  • SHA+ Recognition (Read more about the valid Covid-Rules)
  • Discounted Accommodation option throughout your course (2 nights)
  • 10 % Discount on additional diver level courses & dive equipment purchases with us

DISCOUNTED Accommodation

For your course & diving days!

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Get Your PADI Scuba Diver Course at Crystal Dive Koh Tao

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Course, if you don’t have little time, but still want a dive certification.

It is the perfect introduction to safe diving with theory, pool-skills and 2 Open Water Dives conducted in small groups of max. 4 students per Instructor.

PADI really is “the way the world learns to dive”..!!


The PADI Scuba Diver Course at Crystal Dive Koh Tao can be completed in 2 days. If you are short on time but still want to reach the full PADI Open Water Level, think about the PADI E-Learning option. The PADI Scuba Diver Course schedule at Crystal is very flexible. Contact us to make us fit it in with your travel plans.

PADI Scuba Diver Course

The PADI Scuba Diver Course at Crystal Dive Koh Tao can be completed in 2 days. If you are short on time but still want to reach the full PADI Open Water Level, think about the PADI E-Learning option. The PADI Scuba Diver Course schedule at Crystal is very flexible. Contact us to make us fit it in with your travel plans.


During your 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 10 minute movie which we show at the bar that evening. The video is available to purchase by all course students after viewing so you can share your memories with family and friends.

Alternatively, our Underwater Videography team is available to provide you with personal and lasting memories of your experience and offer unique underwater video and photo services for your course. You can choose from a 10 minute land and underwater based video or 10-15 high resolution photographs.

These options are available for your scuba diving course and can be booked by following the link below and choosing the ‘video & photo’ option, in addition to your course booking. Please ask us about group bookings and additional options on other courses.