The PADI Open Water Diver Course is a three to four day program earning the diver an internationally recognised license for diving. After successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to join fun dive trips and rent scuba equipment, all over the world. The course can be scheduled to your convenience, but we recommend you study prior to your arrival in Pattaya, if you wish to save time and get straight into the pool!
PADI Open Water Diver Course is classed as an entry-level full diver certification for scuba diving. It consists of a combination of knowledge development, practical training, and a series of dives in the open ocean. You must be able to swim to take this course.
1. Knowledge Development
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you understand the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, what to consider when planning dives, and about scuba equipment.
2. Scuba Skills Training
You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or confined water with similar conditions. You'll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without coming to the surface. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your mask. Plus, you will have lots of fun learning these skills.
3. Open Water Dives
After your confined water training, you continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that we can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Your PADI instructor's interest is in you learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly. At the end of the course, you will be certified to dive up to 18 metres providing you perform all the necessary skills sufficiently to meet the PADI requirements. Should you need any further training, there will be a surcharge for extra day(s) diving and training.