The PADI Open Water Diver program is a full scuba diving certification which enables you to dive in more than 124 countries world wide with a buddy independent of a PADI Professional. Under the guidance of one of our PADI Dive Professionals you will be learning a variety scuba diving techniques and the physiological effects that scuba diving has on our bodies. You will experience the thrill of diving in the open water, passively interact with marine life and feel the freedom and relaxation that diving has to offer.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is a normally a four day program but can be personally adapted to three days for those individuals with time constraints on their holiday. During the first of two days completing your open water dives we will take you to one of the shallow coral bays off Koh Tao. Here you will complete some surface skills and get used to diving in an open water environment. During your second dive to a slightly more demanding site, you will be asked to complete a few basic skills that you have learned in your confined water sessions and once again have the opportunity to explore and discover even more aquatic life.
On your second day it is sometimes possible to visit the world famous Sail Rock. Completing your skills on the training ledge this dive site has it all from large shoals of Barracuda and Trevally, to the smallest Cleaner Shrimp and Nudibranch and for the very lucky few you may even have the chance to see a Whale Shark.
Questions we are generally asked:
How old do I have to be?
PADI Open Water Diver participants must be 15 years or older and review, complete and sign the PADI student record file including an affirmation of risk and medical history screen before entering the water. PADI Junior Open Water Diver participants must be between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.
What equipment do I need?
Scuba equipment required for the PADI Scuba Diver program is supplied. This includes Mask, Fins & Snorkel, a B.C.D. (buoyancy control devise), Weight system, Tanks, wetsuit and regulator set.
What learning materials do I need?
You will require a PADI Open Water Diver crew pack. This is included in the price of the course. You could also use PADI e-learning. This is not included in the price of the course but does enable you to complete all the theory section of the PADI Open Water Diver course at you own convenience on-line. Please look at www.padi.com for more details.
What will I learn?
Under the guidance of our PADI Instructor you will be shown the PADI Open Water Diver DVD and be explained in detail the basics of scuba diving and the effects it has on our body. How to take your first breaths under the water and how freely you can move with the scuba equipment. You will learn breathing techniques, buoyancy skills, and mask skills during the confined water sessions, which will transfer over to the open water section on the program. There are five knowledge reviews to complete, four quick quizzes, and a final exam. You will also learn about diving with a buddy, safety procedures, and dive planning using one of the PADI R.D.Pís (Recreational Dive Planners).
How deep do we go?
On dives 1 and 2 of the PADI Open Water Diver program the maximum depth is 12 meters, on dives 3 and 4 the maximum depth is 18 meters.
How long is the PADI Open Water Diver program?
The PADI Open Water Diver is a three or four day program depending on participants learning abilities and time schedule. Day 1 and 2 is conducted in the classroom and swimming pool. We start at 09:00 giving you an induction into your PADI Open Water Diver course, complete the relevant paperwork, and start you on the first of five knowledge reviews. On completion of the knowledge reviews and quick quizzes we stop for lunch. We then restart with an introduction to the pool session and your first breathes underwater. We generally finish around 15:30 on day one and 12:00 on day two but this does vary depending on individuals learning levels. If the PADI Open Water Diver program is being conducted over three days, day one generally finishes around 17:30. At CSI: SAMUI we work at your pace not ours to ensure you get the very best out of the program.
Day 2 or 3 is the first open water section of the program. We start our journey to Koh Tao at 08:00 and arrive back to Koh Samui around 15:00. During this time you will be able to take in the beautiful islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao as we travel to our first dive site. After completing our first dive we have a buffet lunch and refreshments on the beach, then after about an hour we head to our second dive site. Once we have completed our second dive we depart back to Koh Samui.
Day 3 or 4 we start our trip to Koh Tao or Sail Rock at 08:00. With lunch being served after the first dive we finish with dive 4 of the PADI Open Water Diver program. Once completed we head back to Koh Samui arriving back at 13:00 from Sail Rock or 15:00 from Koh Tao.
What can I do next?
After completing your PADI Open Water Diver course you will be asked to complete a PADI P.I.C. card we send to PADI to register your achievement. You will also be given a temporary card while your official card is being processed. This certification enables you to dive with a buddy independently of a PADI Professional. The next step is the PADI Adventure Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. You may also complete PADI speciality dive courses such as the popular PADI Enriched air Nitrox, PADI Deep Diver, and PADI Digital Photography program
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