The PADI Scuba Diver Course vs PADI Open Water Course
If you are adventurous by nature and enjoy exploring new things, then perhaps you would like to learn scuba diving. There are some wondrous things awaiting you beneath the sea but you can’t simply hire a scuba tank and go diving on your own. You need to have some training first.
If you are reading this article, then you have obviously been searching for information regarding the various scuba diving courses that are out there. Both of the PADI Open Water Diver course and the PADI Scuba Diver course are dive certification levels that will allow you to explore the underwater life of Pattaya, Thailand. After completion of either of these courses, you will be qualified to take fun diving trips thereafter. However, there are some differences between the two diving courses that you need to be aware of, as they are crucial in your decision of which dive course to take. Read on to find out which course is more suitable for you.
The PADI Open Water Course is an excellent choice for those people who are confident in the water and have access to dive sites as well as dive gear. It is a great diving course for avid divers who may have access to diving in their home country; and definitely a course for those who are fortunate to travel often and are searching for the kind of vacation where diving is possible. In comparison, the PADI Scuba Diver Course is more for those who are perhaps not so confident in the water and are perhaps more ‘once a year vacation divers.’ Perhaps you would prefer the guidance of a PADI certified professional to take care of you and supervise your dives. The PADI Scuba Diver Course is also a slightly shorter course which makes this course a preferable option for those with limited time at their destination.
There is theory to complete in both courses but it can be flexible too! At Dive In Pattaya, you can complete the quizzes and exams in the comfort of our room before you start your pool training. Or, if you prefer, you can sign up for the eLearning before you arrive here in Pattaya. This is probably a better option if you want to plan well ahead, study before you arrive and limit the time you spend on the course while you are in Pattaya. Also, studying before you travel, is great to split up the monotony of classroom lessons and do it in your private time at home, in this case, you can just focus on doing the dives during your stay.
Both the PADi Open Water and the Scuba Diver courses require confined water training. We prefer to do this in the swimming pool at our centre, as it is easier and more comfortable. Open water training is required to complete both courses. However, more skills are needed for the PADI Open Water than the Scuba Diver.
The PADI Open Water Diver course happens to be the world’s most popular course for scuba diving. It is an entry-level course, which means that the student will be qualified to plan and perform dives individually, to a maximum depth of 18 metres. The PADI Scuba Diver course is fully upgradeable to the Open Water. So, if you are uncertain of which course to take, and then take a look at what kind of trip you are planning and what kind of timeframe do you have available? Also, consider what kind of recreational scuba diving are you thinking of participating in. If you don’t intend to go diving very often then perhaps the PADI Scuba Diver is the best option for you.
As with everything that is scuba diving related, we are always happy to help with any questions you may have.