PADI Scuba Diver Upgrade Course Phuket

PADI Scuba Diver Upgrade Course Phuket

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

Overview

In just two days, learn to become a safe, responsible and independent diver. A bit of study, some training in a swimming pool and some quality time underwater exploring beautiful coral reefs are all it takes to upgrade your diving certificate to the full PADI Open Water Diver in Phuket!

PADI Scuba Diver Upgrade Course Phuket

With a few simple steps you can experience the wonderful marine life Phuket has to offer and upgrade your diving certificate at the same time.

Steps Action
Self-Study Before the course starts, watch a video online on the fundamentals of diving.
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 learnt on your previous course and also some new skills in the pool to prepare you thoroughly for your 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.

Self-study before the course

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 is one required swim test to be completed on the first day:

  • 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 test 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 this swim test then just ask.

Three Reasons To Dive With Us

With so many choices of who to dive with in Phuket, why choose us? Here are three good reasons:

  • Safety: This should be the first priority of every diver when diving anywhere, especially in a new place. With over 30 years between us of diving in Phuket we have an excellent safety record. This is due to our vast experience of diving in general but also because of our local knowledge. Our focus is on preventing problems from occurring rather than having to solve them.
  • Quality: We started our own diving company in Phuket because we felt unable to offer the quality we wanted when working for the bigger companies. Rather than being about profits we wanted to be about personal service. This is why we became the first dive company to offer diving courses in Phuket with only private instruction. We continue to do this and to stay small rather than give up our principles and make more money.
  • Fun: You don't dive because you have to, you dive to have fun. Us too! There is no place on this planet that we prefer to be than underwater. We never get bored of being surrounded by fishes. If we can help you to have as much fun diving as we do then it will probably be the best experience of your time in Phuket!

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Why PADI?

There are a number of different diving organisations offering dive certifications but the PADI training is undoubtedly the best. Study techniques include visual (watching a video), book learning (from the manual) and practical application. The study materials and course programs are clear and easy to follow which is why, although you can find cheaper courses elsewhere, PADI is by far the largest dive organisation in the world!


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.


Program Packages/Prices

SILVER

2 Beach Dives
Two Days

  • Normal Price: 9,900 baht each
  • **SPECIAL ONLINE PRICE**
  • 1 student: 9,405 baht each
  • 2 students: 8,415 baht each
  • 3+ students: 7,920 baht each

GOLD

2 Boat Dives
Two Days

  • Normal Price: 11,900 baht each
  • **SPECIAL ONLINE PRICE**
  • 1 student: 11,305 baht each
  • 2 students: 10,115 baht each
  • 3+ students: 9,520 baht each

PLATINUM

3 Boat Dives
Two Days

  • Normal Price: 12,800 baht each
  • **SPECIAL ONLINE PRICE**
  • 1 student: 12,160 baht each
  • 2 students: 10,880 baht each
  • 3+ students: 10,240 baht each

Note: Due to weather conditions, the Silver package is only available between end of October and end of April.


What's Included (no hidden extras)

Item Silver Gold Platinum
Private Instructor
PADI Certification Costs
No. of Dives Two Two Three
Destination Kata Beach Racha Yai Racha Noi/Yai
Boat Trip
Hotel Transfers*
Breakfast/Lunch
Tea/Coffee/Water
Scuba Equipment
Dive Insurance

*Complimentary transfers are only included for boat trips. Free 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 available on request.

Dive Sites

Kata Beach

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

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Racha Yai Island

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

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Racha Noi Island

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

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Course Itineraries

Silver - Kata Beach, Phuket

All times are approximates.

Time Action
  Self-Study
  Watch the PADI Open Water video and complete some questionnaires. About 4 hours is needed for this.
   
  Day One
08:00 Meet at training center in Kata, complete program paperwork and take a few quizzes based on the pre-course study.
10:00 Take the swim test 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 Scuba Diver Upgrade course.
Gold - 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 questionnaires. About 4 hours is needed for this.
   
  Day One
08:00 Meet at training center in Kata, complete program 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. End of Scuba Diver Upgrade course.
Platinum - Racha Yai/Noi 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 questionnaires. About 4 hours is needed for this.
   
  Day One
08:00 Meet at training center in Kata, complete program 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/refreshments. Journey to Racha Yai island.
15:15 With all the course dives complete, go for a third 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. End of Scuba Diver Upgrade course.