The PADI Open Water Course is the first PADI diving course for beginners. The course lasts 4 Days and includes a confined pool session and 4 open water dives from our dive boat (max 18m depth). At Davy Jones Locker we teach a maximum of 4 students per instructor. This is to maintain our high standards of teaching and to ensure all students have a fun yet safe learning experience. We also believe that smaller groups help produce more professional, confident divers.
- 1 Confined Shallow Dive (swimming pool)
- 4 Open Water Dives at Sea (from our dive boat)
- Maximum Depth of 18 metres
- Your own PADI eManual, Log Book & Certification
- Equipment Hire & Boat Rental
- 4 Nights Accommodation here on Koh Tao
- Free collection from ferry pier on arrival to Koh Tao
- 3-4 Days
- 9,500 THB (with 4 nights accommodation)
- 9,000 THB (without accommodation)
A 10% deposit is required to secure your PADI Open Water Course.
PADI Open Water Course Schedule…
We start with an academics session covering the scuba diving basics. You will learn the scuba theory on,
- How your scuba gear works
- Relationship between depth and pressure
- How different underwater pressures affect your body
We’ll watch some videos, discuss the content & complete some simple quizzes to test your understanding. And be sure not to worry, the minimum age to learn scuba diving with PADI is aged 10, so you shouldn’t find it too difficult.
Day 2 (Morning) – Dive Planning
When scuba diving, you must plan every dive to ensure safety. We will teach you how long you can spend at a particular depth for any given time. We’ll teach you to do this by using PADI’s recreational dive planner. We will also practice some examples to ensure you are confident then complete a multiple choice exam to finish off your academics.
We will help you get into your scuba gear for the first time and head into our confined shallow water swimming pool. We’ll start by learning some basic scuba skills. This will include equipment assembly, buddy checks, mask & regulator skills, alternate air source exercises, buoyancy skills & ascent procedures.
Day 3 (Afternoon) – PADI Open Water Dives 1 & 2
Time to bring take your newly learned skills and knowledge to the sea. Your first two ‘proper dives’ will be to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Each dive will last around 45 minutes – we’ll repeat some of your shallow skills a little deeper plus explore the dive sites. Typical dive sites are ‘The Japanese Gardens’, ‘Mango Bay’ or ‘Twins’ at Koh Nangyuan – you’ll be diving on coral reefs and around shallow pinnacles. These dive sites are idea for beginners with shallow depth and sandy areas for practising skills.
Day 4 (Morning) – PADI Open Water Dives 3 & 4
For your final 2 dives of the course, you’ll get down to your maximum depth of 18 metres. By now, you should be controlled & comfortable in the water so we can visit the more distant dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles (a Koh Tao favorite!) Here you’ll get to see some of Koh Tao’s bigger fish – barracudas, giant grouper, even grey reef & occasional whale sharks (which are harmless!).
For the last two dives of your Open Water course, an underwater videographer will accompany you, capturing footage of your underwater experiences on film.
Day 4 (Evening) – Certification & Diving Movie
We’ll celebrate you completing your PADI Open Water Koh Tao Course by watching your diving movie (enjoyed over a couple of cold beers at our pool bar). We’ll complete your certification paperwork, and you’ll be issued with your PADI Open Water Koh Tao certification.
This is a diving certification for life, allowing you to dive with a buddy, to 18 metres in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive.