Open Water Course

Scuba Diving Courses Phuket

PADI Open Water Course Phuket

Course Duration Three days
Availability Every day
Minimum Age 10 years old
Swimming Ability Needed Reasonable
Instruction Private

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.

Steps Action
Self-Study Before the course starts, watch a video online on the fundamentals of diving and complete some quizzes.
Day One Start 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 Two Enjoy 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 Three Continue 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 Student 12,510 baht each 15,120 baht each 16,020 baht each 16,830 baht each*
  Two Students
Two Students 11,815 baht each 14,280 baht each 15,130 baht each 15,895 baht each*
  Three Students
Three+ Students 11,120 baht each 13,440 baht each 14,240 baht each 14,960 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 the Platinum package price 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.

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

Book Bronze

Silver - Racha Yai Island, Phuket

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

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

Book Silver

Gold - Racha Noi + Yai Islands

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

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

Book Gold

Platinum - Racha Noi/Yai + Phi Phi Islands

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

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

Book Platinum