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PADI open water diver course

Highlights
  • Learn to scuba dive with an Open Water course on Ko Samui
  • Complete the theory portion early to spend more time practicing skills
  • Includes four dives from the boat over the last two days
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PADI open water diver course
From US$573.40
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PADI open water diver course
From US$573.40
Overview
Become a certified SCUBA diver after completing the PADI Open Water Diver course during your vacation on Ko Samui. Have the option to do the theory coursework in advance via a downloadable app, which allows you to complete the course in three days. Your training includes practice in the swimming pool before heading out on the boat for four open water dives.
What to Expect

The PADI touch course is a new product from PADI that make the dive theory very easy and leaves more free time for you on your vacation.  the PADI touch course is a downloadable app which works on all Apple and android devices.  After you book, we will send you a code and instructions and you can start working on your theory from your home in advance or even on the long, boring plane ride to Koh Samui.  This would eliminate most of the classroom portion of your course and allow you to complete the course in less than 3 full days.

On your first day of the course you will start in the morning and your dive instructor will do a review with you of your theory and then you will get acquainted with the equipment with the instructor and then off the the fun part of the course.

At this point you will do your confined water training with one of our instructors in one of our pools here onsite at the Amari hotel. You can complete all of your confined water training in one day or split it up into two short days if you prefer.

In your confined water dives you will learn all you need to know in how to use scuba equipment and be able to handle yourself under water as well as being prepared for any situation in the open water. We prefer to take a little more time with you in the pool so that you are 100% comfortable when you go diving in the open water. Not only will you learn a lot, you will a have a lot of fun swimming around under water.

The final two days of the course consist of your open water boat dives. This is the reason your doing the course for anyway, right? The open water portion of the course consists of 4 open water dives over two days where you will perform various dive skills both under water and at the surface to make sure that you are a competent and safe diver. We split the skills over 4 dives so that you only are doing a few skills each dive and get to spend the majority of your time diving with your instructor and exploring the underwater world.

Your first open water day will start with us picking you up at your hotel approximately 7:10am. We will take you to the boat pier where you will meet up with your instructor and set up your equipment on the boat. The boat ride to Koh Tao will take approximately 1:15 minutes and upon arrival there you will do your first dive in one of the shallow bays of Koh Tao. In-between dives you will enjoy some lunch and rest up for your second dive. After your second dive the boat will return to Koh Samui and usually returns about 3:00 pm.

Your second day of open water training will start again with a pickup at 7:10. Depending on the dive site that we go to for your 3rd and 4th dive the boat ride will be anywhere form 45-80 minutes. You will do your two completion or “graduation dives” with lunch in between again and will return to Koh Samui between 1:15 and 3:30.

Reviews (9)
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile
Incredible outfit

Absolutely incredible crew and experience. My wife and I got our PADI certification with discovery. They were incredibly knowledgeable, organized, and professional. The dives were amazing and our instructor, Laura, was very patient and took the time to ensure we knew the material/skills. They catered...More

Thank tbone14738
Eric V, General Manager at Discovery Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Congratulations on becoming Padi certified divers. We are thrilled that you had such a great time learning to dive with us and found us to be an incredible outfit and truly first class. I know this review will bring a huge smile to Laura's face....More

Reviewed 22 June 2018
Best Instructor and First Dives

I had a wonderful experience diving with Discovery Dive Centre. I completed my Open Water Certificate in just 3 days, with top line equipment and an amazing instructor (Zoe) to show me the ropes. The four open water dives were all at different dive sites,...More

Thank Hanan B
Reviewed 6 April 2018
More than “just” 5-star Padi center

I did begin with a 2-dive snorkeling trip to Koh Tao which gave me a great experience and also a wonderful feeling of wanting more. I joint into the Open Water Diving Certification and finished my holidays with a 2 dive scuba dive trip at...More

Thank AllanHPaulsen
Eric V, General Manager at Discovery Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you Allan, It was a pleasure having you dive and complete your certification with us. As you pointed out, one of the positives diving with us is that our team is so international with English, Thai, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, German and Japanese speaking...More

Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile
Best time

During my stay in Samui I decided to make a longterm dream come true by doing the PADI open water with Discovery. I could not have asked for a better place to do it. My instructor Somkid was professional and a great friend to experience...More

Thank Alex K
Eric V, General Manager at Discovery Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Alex, Congratulations on your certification with us, it was a pleasure having you learn to dive with Discovery and Somkid had a lot of fun teaching you. Hope to see you again for the Advanced Open water course :) Best regards Richie

Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile
The most incredible experiences with Discovery Dive Centre

Hi all I highly recommend this Discovery Dive Centre. I can say that all everyone of team are amazing with their joyful, support and professionalism. Crew on the boat also really helpful. Dive was seem so hard for me but not anymore with this Discovery...More

Thank 434sirinr
Eric V, Owner at Discovery Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Thank you for the nice review Sirin. We are sorry that the birthday cake melted at 17 meters (just kidding). As our whole team and everyone on our boats are full-time Discovery employees, the everything works seamlessly during the day. As you are just a...More

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