We use cookies to personalise content for you and to analyse our traffic. Find out more how we use cookies. Accept Cookies

"Over 19 years making dreams come true for divers... just like you"

Contact us now at ask@dive-the-world.com
Liveaboard Search
Departure: Between Dates
Website home>PADI Dive Courses>Open Water Diver

Scuba Diving in Thailand


Click on an image to enlarge

Now is the time to take the plunge with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular scuba programme in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of amazing underwater experiences and your first step into a whole new, brightly-coloured world full of beautiful marine creatures and happy people! Why not learn to dive in Thailand with a company that combines professionalism and fun so you can relax and enjoy the course, knowing you are in good hands?

PADI Open Water Diver Course with Dive The World Thailand

You will earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognised worldwide. You earn this license by completing 5 sessions in a purpose-built 3 metre deep diving pool in Phuket, 5 knowledge development sessions, and by making 4 scuba dives at some of the best Phuket diving sites. Every step of the way your instructor will help you along at your own pace and make the experience both interesting and great fun!

However, we have now gone one step further and can recommend a course structured to allow you a 5th dive absolutely free of charge, meaning you'll have more fun and gain more experience. We also want to ensure that Day 1 is a fun day out for you with no books. So your instructor will take you for 2 fun dives in the Andaman Sea and, going at your own pace, you can decide if you enjoy it. A small minority of students don't take to scuba, so if you are one of those people you can quit then having paid for just 1 day. Otherwise you will go on to complete the course over Days 2 and 3 and become a certified diver!

For more on why Dive The World Thailand are your best choice: Why Choose Us?

How the Days Unfold

You will spend the first day or two of your course (from 8 am to 3-4 pm) at our dive centre, learning basic scuba skills in a swimming pool. Here you will breathe for the first time underwater - an unforgettable experience! Earlier on, you will do some interesting classroom work that will help you understand the principles of scuba diving. Then it's out into the open water, on board the dive boat, departing at 8.30 am and returning mid-late afternoon. You will make at least 5 dives at the local Phuket sites under the supervision of a PADI Instructor.

It is so exciting to be in the sea after doing your pool training and to be witnessing the delights of the underwater world in the open ocean. The amazing sights of coral reefs, colourful sponges, vibrant tropical reef fish and a whole range of other reef creatures will reveal themselves before your very eyes! As a scuba diver you can explore in a whole new world – you'll be hooked! Phuket has some amazing underwater wildlife, so expect these first dives of your scuba career to be outstanding.

Where You Will Dive

With such a wide variety of dive sites here in Phuket, we can manage the course to fit your needs. At Racha Noi and Racha Yai islands we have clear, shallow areas in which to practice your new found skills, and then it's a short swim to our many natural and artificial reefs, teeming with fish, Then maybe on your 2nd diving day you can visit the exciting sites of Shark Point and Phi Phi Islands, or finish off in style at the beautiful Similan Islands.

What Is the Open Water Course All About?

Throughout the programme, you'll learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. Virtually anyone who's in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn the Open Water Diver certification. At some point during your Thailand diving course, your PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 metres.

The PADI Open Water Diver is a permanent license, and as a certified diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. However, if you do not dive for over 12 months and you are relatively inexperienced, we recommend you complete a refresher programme, such as the PADI Scuba Review. This can take as little as 1 hour of your time in the swimming pool and gives you the chance to refresh those skills you may have forgotten. That way, when you do dive again you can relax and enjoy your time underwater, and be sure that you won't have any nasty surprises in store.

If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are Scuba Diver certified, you may get credit from these courses to the open water programme. Your underwater adventure can begin as soon as today with the new PADI Open Water Diver Video! View this with your instructor, who will explain all aspects of the theory and answer any questions you have. Learning options for scuba diving in Phuket also include group or private instruction.

To sign up, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. So what are you waiting for? Your only regret is likely to be that you didn't learn to scuba dive in Thailand even earlier!

Note: during this course you will learn to allow 18 hours to pass before flying after diving. So please make sure to consider this when finalising your travel plans.

Private Instruction

Location: Phuket

Boat Dives: 5 - you'll complete boat dives to top quality sites - no low quality shore diving!

Duration: 3 days (not 4 days!)

Typical Itinerary:
Day 1 - 09:30 to 16:30 hrs - class and pool scuba training;
Day 2 - 07:30 to 16:30 hrs - 2 dives to a maximum depth of 12m at your choice of location from Racha Yai, Racha Noi, or Phi Phi Islands (we can advise you on this choice).
Day 3 - 07:30 to 17:30 hrs - 3 dives to a maximum depth of 18m at your choice of site.

Unlike with other dive centres, you will be taken to as many different sites as possible.

Total Price per person (incl. all taxes):
1 student - US$ 437, 2 students - US$ 426, 3 students - US$ 409

(Referral Completion: (4 dives) 1 student - US$ 357, 2 students - US$ 0, 3 students - US$ 0)

(Upgrade Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver: 1 student - US$ 288, 2 students - US$ 280, 3 students - US$ 275)

Note: If you prefer, you can pay for your course on the start date here in Phuket. This may not apply to large groups or at the most busy times of the year.

Group Instruction

Location: Koh Tao

Boat Dives: 4

Duration: 3 days

Typical Itinerary:
Day 1 - class and pool dive training;
Day 2 - 2 boat dives to a maximum depth of 12m;
Day 3 - 2 boat dives to a maximum depth of 18m

Total Price per person (incl. all taxes): US$ 302
(E-learning - study online before you arrive: US$ 55 extra per person)

Location: Phi Phi Islands

Boat Dives: 4

Duration: 3 days

Typical Itinerary:
Day 1 - 09:00 to 16:30 hrs - class and dive training;
Day 2 - 08:30 to 15:30 hrs - 2 dives to a maximum depth of 12m;
Day 3 - 08:30 to 15:00 hrs - 2 dives to a maximum depth of 18m

Total Price per person (incl. all taxes): US$ 354
(Referral: US$ 313 per person)

Location: Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

Boat Dives: 4

Duration: 3 days

Typical Itinerary:
Day 1 - 09:00 to 16:00 hrs - pool training;
Day 2 - 08:30 to 15:30 hrs - 2 dives to a maximum depth of 12m;
Day 3 - 08:00 to 16:45 hrs - 2 dives to a maximum depth of 18m

Total Price per person (incl. all taxes): US$ 426
(Referral: US$ 316 per person)

Location: Koh Samui

Boat Dives: 4

Duration: 3 days

Typical Itinerary:
Day 1 - pool dive training;
Day 2 - 2 boat dives to a maximum depth of 12m;
Day 3 - 2 boat dives to a maximum depth of 18m

Total Price per person (incl. all taxes): US$ 398
(Referral: US$ 302 per person)

• PADI course price list

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me about PADI e-learning for the Open Water Diver Course?

Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development and dive skills. PADI Open Water Diver uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress. You develop dive skills during pool sessions and actual dives in the sea with a PADI Instructor at your PADI dive center.
By completing knowledge development online, you’re ready to meet with your instructor and start having fun in the water immediately when you arrive in Thailand. Once you have booked your Open Water course with us, get started by registering for e-learning online, using the PADI dive center’s store number.


... [Dive The World Thailand] was the best of all the dive shops we looked at in Patong Beach and even included a dive trip to Phi Phi, which others charged for! Also it was 3 days over 4 - Better! ... , United Kingdom