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Some students prefer to get their theory and confined water training out of the way before they arrive at their holiday destination, others may have started the course but poor weather meant they could not continue, while others may have fallen ill and forced to stop the course. This happens. Fortunately though this PADI Open Water Diver Referral program allows students the opportunity to start their course at one location and for whatever reason, can complete their course at another.
There are two options:
Based on guests arriving in the morning to Phi Phi Island
Based on guests arriving in the afternoon to Phi Phi Island
*Students should wait at least 18 hours after their last dive before flying.
NOTE: Manual and PIC are not included
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 two to three days.
Courses start any day.
The course is split into 3 parts:
In order to complete a referral the student must do the following:
• Complete the remainder of the course within one year of starting the program
• Provide the open water referral form completed and signed by the original instructor
• Knowledge Assessment (Conducted by administering the ‘Quick Review Quiz’)
• Skills Assessment (Conducted by administering a confined water skills review)
• 4 open water dives (Conducted over two days)
These times are flexible. It may suit the student to register and do the quiz the evening before the other assesment.
0900 am: Student Registration, Quick Review Quiz, Confined Water training
0700-1300: Open Water Dives 1 + 2
0700-1300: Open Water Dives 3 + 4
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: Assesments, Full diving equipment, Tea, coffee and water, Lunch and fruit, PADI instructor, Insurance
*Does not include PADI Personal Identification Card (certificate)
Pick up service is not included. Guests need to make their own way to our dive center for the trip meeting point.
The knowledge assessment sessions take place in our custom-built air conditioned classrooms.
The Quick Review Quiz is a short quiz used to assess the student’s knowledge of diving theory. This quiz will take around 20-30 minutes to complete after which the instructor will review your answers and provide any further input as required. This is a good opportunity for the student and instructor to become familiar with each other.
Prior to going to open water, students are required to demonstrate their diving skills in confined water. The skills are conducted in the shallow areas of the beach and allows the students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with equipment assembly and practice their diving skills. This also provides the instructor an idea of the student’s capabilities prior to going to open water.
To complete the course 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
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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