Phuket Padi Open Water Course

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Padi Open Water Course Price

฿ 12,900

per person approx (US$380 / £280 / €340 / 500 SGD)

  • No Experience Needed
  • Four / Six Coral Reef Dives
  • Full Three-Day Course
  • Breakfast & Lunch Onboard 
  • Return Hotel Transfers
  • PADI Open Water Licence
  • Minimum Age Ten Years
  • Fully Inclusive

Padi open water

This course is our most popular way to learn to dive and is the world’s most popular scuba course. As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you have the freedom to dive with another certified scuba diver to a maximum depth of 18 meters anywhere in the world.

This course covers all the essential skills needed to learn to dive, including scuba diving equipment, a buddy diving system, communication with others underwater, and scuba dive planning. Additionally, it covers boat diving procedures, health in diving, breathing air at depth, primary compass navigation, and practical application skills in open water training dives. 

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Open Water 3 Day Course Schedule

On the first day, we come and collect you from your hotel lobby. Your scuba diving instructor will start the day off by doing some theory lessons in the classroom, followed by practical lessons in the scuba swimming pool. By the end of the day, you will have a basic understanding of the diving equipment and feel comfortable underwater in the swimming pool.

On the second day, we transfer you to Koh Racha Islands for your first scuba diving experience on a tropical coral reef – you are going to be amazed at what lies under the surface.

On the third day, we will collect you at the same time and take you for your final two open water dives. The boat transfer is around an hour and a half to Koh Racha Islands. Once you get underwater, you will experience one of the top scuba diving locations in the world.

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Course prerequisites:

Able to swim, Medically fit for diving, Comfortable in the water

During the first day of the PADI Open Water Diver course, your scuba instructor will ask you to:
Tread or float in water for 10 minutes and swim for 300 metres with mask, fins and snorkel on in the pool

Minimum age: 10 years

For ages 10 – 14, they will gain the Junior PADI Open Water Diver certification. Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at age 15.

Day One

08:00 – Hotel pick up
 – Scuba diving theory lessons
 – Practical scuba pool sessions
17:00 – Return back to your hotel

Day Two

07:30 – Hotel pick up
 – Koh Racha Yai Island day trip
 – Two coral reef training dives
17:00 – Return back to your hotel

Day Three

07:30 – Hotel pick up
 – Koh Racha Yai Island day trip
 – Two coral reef training dives
17:00 – Return back to your hotel

The minimum age for the PADI Open Water course is ten years old.

If you are booking for two or more people in your group, we will assign a Private scuba diving instructor just for your group over the three days at no extra cost. This is a fantastic way to learn to dive, and we find that people enjoy smaller groups when learning to scuba dive.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a personal instructor for the course, this is an additional 5,000 Thailand Baht. Otherwise, we will join you in a group of other solo travellers to a maximum group size of four students to one instructor.

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Anyone, regardless of age, with shortness of breath, blurred vision, or any form of chest pain may need to reconsider diving. Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course.


You should be relatively comfortable in the water to enjoy scuba diving although it’s normal to be a little nervous. If you generally feel comfortable in the deep end of a swimming pool you will likely have fun diving.

To get your Open Water Certification you’ll need to pass a watermanship assessment for scuba diving which in general means you should be able to tread water/ float for 10 minutes and swim 200 meters (or snorkel 300 meters) without stopping. There is no time limit and you can use any swimming strokes that work for you.

We expect no issues but in the unlikely event of injury, it only makes sense to be prepared. Check your current travel insurance covers you for scuba diving activities. Be sure to contact them directly to make sure. If they do not then we recommend DAN Scuba Diving Insurance.

While we may not be able to accommodate every requirement please let us know in advance and we’ll make every effort to ensure there is food available for you. In addition, we can help you store your own food on the trip if necessary.

Absolutely! While some places use amateurs or fresh out of school dive guides, we use local experienced experts. Our concern for your safety is paramount and we take pride in our staff’s experience and professionalism.

The PADI Open water diver license is a worldwide diving license and is valid for life. There are no yearly membership fees and you can scuba dive in any country in the world.

Yes! The area is known for world-class diving, and taking a PADI Open Water Phuket course with us means you can see even more of these amazing waters.

For Beginners:

Discover Scuba Diving – 4,500 THB
PADI Open water Course – 12,900 THB

Experienced Divers:
3 Dive day trips – 3,800 THB
Similan Islands Day Trip – 5,600 THB
Similan Islands Liveaboard – 13,900 THB
PADI Advanced Open Water Course – 11,500 THB
PADI Rescue Diver Course – 11,500 THB

A lot less expensive than you might imagine for a lifetime certification! PADI open water Phuket courses are our specialty. We use only highly experienced instructors dedicated to your safety and a calm learning environment. A scuba diving course price depends on which course you want. Please feel free to contact us so we can make sure you have the best diving package available that may include, several Phuket diving day trip excursions, or a completely custom diving package combo.

We think so! The PADI Open Water Phuket courses give you skills that last a lifetime. Even older adults can enjoy diving safely, so when you think about how many years you can use your certification and how many waters of the world you can dive, it’s worth every penny and then some! We teach PADI Open Water experiences here because of the utterly gorgeous waters and varying depths to accommodate all levels of divers. 

We offer an excellent scuba diving price with all of our  PADI open water course options. We are committed to a safe and comfortable learning environment, and we only use experienced instructors and well-trained, friendly staff. While you’re considering, please know that we can create a custom diving package for you or your group; we offer several choices of diving day trips.

If you are still looking for reasons to learn to dive, then click this article in the blog: Why everyone should learn to dive




To place a reservation, a ฿2,000  per person online deposit is required.
The final balance is due in Phuket.

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Koh Racha Noi – Day Trip


To place a reservation, a ฿1,000  per person online deposit is required.
The final balance is due in Phuket.

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