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The PADI Open Water Diver program is the most recognized entry-level diving course in the world certifying you to dive to a depth of 18 meters. Our 4 day course outline is conducted under the supervision of our experienced PADI instructors in small groups, with excellent dive center facilities, equipment and last but not least, a fantastic dive boat to make your experience one never to forget.
Based on guests arriving in the afternoon to Phi Phi Island
*Students should wait at least 18 hours after their last dive before flying.
In order to do a PADI Open Water Diver Program each candidate must complete the medical statement.
A doctor’s certificate is NOT required if the diver can answer ‘NO’ to all of the questions.
A doctors certificate is only required when the candidate can answer ‘YES’ to any item on the statement
Please go this link to download the Medical Statement. If you can answer ‘YES’ to any item please take a copy of this statement and present it to the doctor for him to sign.
There are national park fees for diving or snorkeling at the Phi Phi Islands.
All divers pay the national park rangers stationed at the Phi Phi Island pier before boarding the dive boat. The following fees will apply:
1st Day diving: 400 baht
2nd Day diving: 200 baht
3rd day diving: 200 baht
Non Diver (snorkeler) on dive boat: 400 baht
4th Day diving: 400 baht
5th Day diving: 200 baht
And so on…
For snorkeling trips conducted on longtail boats, national park fees only apply if the guests go onto the beach at the following locations:
If guests do not go onto the beach at these locations they are not required to pay a national park fee.
This program is for absolute beginners and is conducted over three to four days.
Courses start any day.
The course is split into 3 parts:
Classroom theory and video sessions
Confined water training
Open water dives
PADI Open Water Diver Course Schedule
1730-2100: Classroom theory
0900-1200: Complete Classroom theory
1400 -1800: Confined Water training
0700-1300: Open Water Dives 1 + 2
0700-1300: Open Water Dives 3 + 4
Please note that although the general start time is quite flexible we recommend this time because:
1. It will reduce the workload and spread the theory over two periods
2. The first part of theory is conducted early evening in the classroom so you are not sitting in the classroom when you could be enjoying the sunshine outside.
3. It means you can start as early as the day you arrive to Phi Phi Island even if you are arriving with the afternoon ferry.
Theory classes are conducted in our air-conditioned classrooms
Confined water training is conducted at the beach
Open water dives are conducted at the Bida islands and Phi Phi Ley Island
Includes: Open Water Manual, Full diving equipment, Tea, coffee and water, Lunch and fruit, PADI instructor, PADI certificate, Insurance
Pick up service is not included. Guests need to make their own way to our dive center for the trip meeting point.
(Part 1): Theory and video sessions
The theory and video sessions take place in our custom-built air conditioned classrooms. There are 5 modules of theory and subsequently 5 videos for each module. Each video can take between 45 -60 minutes to watch. Many of our students vote to watch the first of the videos in the evening of the first day from 17:30h to 21:00h and in this way they can free up the workload for the following day. Each module is proceeded by a discussion with our PADI Instructor and the study sessions are checked with the use of pop quizzes, or multiple choice quizzes to help monitor the students progress and understanding of the material.
The following day we shall start around 09:00h and complete the theory sessions where we left off the previous evening.
Did you know that you can complete the theory in advance of arriving by using PADI’s eLearning classes available at PADI’s website? Please see here for more information: Open Water eLearner
Confined Water Training means learning to dive in water which is shallow enough to stand up. Our confined water training takes place on the beach in a natural environment. At this point the students will start to develop the skills required to learn to dive. Each skill is carefully explained by the diving instructor and then demonstrated by the instructor, so the student may feel confident that they can perform the skill themselves. Diving skills are developed starting with the easier skills and progress as the student’s confidence and ability progresses. Just like the theory and video sessions, there are 5 confined water training modules.
To complete the PADI Open Water Diver the student must participate in the four open water dives. Open water dives 1 and 2 are conducted on the same day to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Our dive boat ‘Reef Ranger’ travels out to the Bida Islands or Phi Phi Ley island to some of the best dive sites the islands have to offer. Each dive is approximately an hour long and there is a light lunch and refreshments provided between the dives. Open water dives 3 and 4 conclude the course on the last day with a similar program outline as for open water dives 1 and 2.
Upon completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the student is presented with a temporary PADI Open Water Diver card that enables the newly certified diver to participate in any fun dives while waiting for their main dive certificate card to arrive from PADI headquarters.
Must be over the age of 15 years
Must be healthy to dive
Must complete all sections of the course
Must be able to swim 200 meters and float for 10 minutes
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Guests should book at least one day before the trip date
Booking registrations can be made directly at the dive center either the day before the trip date (for morning tours) or before midday for afternoon tours.
Students are required to complete the PADI Student record File and PADI Medical Statement.
A 10% deposit payment through our website will reserve spaces for this trip
Final payment can be made at the dive center prior to trip departure
In the event that a student cannot complete the course we shall only charge to the portions of the course that have been conducted.
If a student has any medical condition, the student must have a clearance from a doctor prior to being allowed to dive. We recommend the student reads the PADI medical PDF provided below.
If you are not sure, send us an email.
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We are located on Phi Phi Island, which is about 50 kilometers from the mainland.
To dive or snorkel with us you will need to book accommodation on Phi Phi Island.
If you are staying on the mainland it will not be possible to get to and from Phi Phi Island within the same day.