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PADI open water diver course

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US$ 627.11
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What to Expect
Day 1 you will complete the first three modules of theory in the morning before learning the skills during 5 confined water dives in the swimming pool after lunch.

The day usually finishes around 4.30-5pm

On the second day you return to the classroom at 9am to complete modules 4 & 5 of the knowledge development, including the final exam. The day is shorter than day 1 and usually finishes around 1pm. If you choose to complete the Open Water course in 3 days you will need to fit knowledge development modules 4 & 5 into days 1 & 2.

The following day we will pick you up around 7 - 7.30am for your first diving adventure. Your Instructor will go through the equipment assembly with you before we then take you by speedboat to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, which is about 1 1/4 hours away.

The first dive is a nice relaxing dive to a maximum depth of 12m to get you used to being underwater and using the equipment.

After you have completed the first dive we take a break for an hour or so when we serve lunch, which you can eat on the boat or on the beach.

During the 2nd dive of the day you will repeat some of the skills you practised in the swimming pool, which you are required to perform for certification.

We arrive back to Koh Samui around 3.30pm.

Day 4 (or 3) also begins with a pick up around 7 - 7.30am. Again we take you out by speedboat to complete your two remaining open water dives. Again you will repeat more of the skills you learned in the pool, but this time you will dive to a maximum depth of 18m. Which dive sites we choose for the second day depends on how comfortable you are and what the conditions are like at that particular time.

Once we are back on Koh Samui you will complete the paperwork, fill in your logbook and receive your temporary certification card.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The Dive Academy office
3 days
  • Beverages
  • Lunch (boat days)
  • Professional guide (PADI instructor)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Diving equipment
  • small groups
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 10 years (Junior open water certification)
  • Diving within 18 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dive Academy team was excellent. They were spot-on with their return email and were thoughtful in addressing major questions on their website. The price was transparent. The schedule was easy to understand for the PADI Open Water certification for open-water scuba diving - two...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Christopher C
Paul M, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Christopher, Thank you for your review, we are glad you had a great time with us and congratulations on completing the course. We hope to see you back in Samui soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my wife decided to make PADI Open Water course during our stay in Koh Samui this year. We've chosen The Dive Academy to be our school and did not regret this choice even for one second. Even before we arrived at Koh Samui...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your excellent review, Matt is one of our most experienced instructors, relaxed, patient and knowledgeable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Samui soon.

Reviewed 5 September 2019

My wife and I dived with The Dive Academy in July. My wife was OW certified, whilst i had only completed around 8 Scuba Dives, so it was time for me to get my certification! From start to finish the dive academy provided a 5*...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank MattSEdwards
Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2019

Hi Matt, We are so glad you had a great time with us and are really pleased you think the team are amazing. We look forward to your return and doing the Advanced Open Water course with you.

Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

Chose them because of location but mainly the reviews and being a PADI 5*DC Booked 2 OW for u16’s & a re-tune for ourselves. Communications in advance were excellent. All advice questions & queries, answered clearly. 3 days with them, the instructors are exceptionally friendly...More

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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

Hi guys, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review of your experience with us! It's great to hear how your end to end experience of us was as you expected, we work really hard to get things right and we hope that...More

Reviewed 13 August 2019 via mobile

Our 3 sons took 2 days PADI scuba-diving course. They were very happy with the service and trainers . When I contacted them, they sent to me full of details for 2 days and replied all our questions. Their price was cheaper than others also....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

Hi Linh, Thank you for your great review, we appreciate you taking the time to do this and it's great to hear your boys loved their course. You are right we are the only dive school on Samui who has their own purpose built deep...More

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