PADI® Open Water Diver Certification: Your Lifelong Passport to Underwater Adventures !
3 days | Confined water dives | 4 Open Water Dives
Become a certified Open Water Diver in Thailand
Ready to open a new window to another amazing world? You’re at the right place!
Coral Grand divers offers the highest standards of diver training, safety, and fun! Koh Tao, with its shallow reefs, mild currents and warm water is the best place in Thailand to learn how to dive safely and easily.
20+ wonderful dive sites surround Koh Tao: learn more about Koh Tao Dive sites.
PADI® Open Water Diver is the first scuba diving certification level to allow you to dive anywhere worldwide up to 18 meters/yards. You will get personalized training at Coral Grand Divers, to learn and acquire specific skills and knowledge to dive in total confidence and comfort.
Koh Tao Open Water Diver Course package includes:
Free shuttle service Koh Tao Pier - Resort
- Insurance coverage
- Rental of scuba diving equipment
Free use of Dive Computers during the course
- PADI e-material
PADI e-card on completion
Maximum 4 students per PADI Instructor
- Unlimited access to the training pool
4 Open Water Training Dives around Koh Tao
- Complimentary refreshments, coffee, fruit, and snacks on our diving boat
12 reasons to become a PADI Open Water Diver
You're ready for the PADI® Open Water Diver course if you want to:
- Live a lifetime adventure
- See things you've never seen before
- Explore the underwater world
- Support the ocean protection
- Learn from a scuba diving expert
- Acquire new skills and knowledge
- Earn the most worldwide known scuba certification
Once certified, you can:
- Enjoy scuba dives with a partner (without supervision) up to 18 meters depth all over the world
- Rent or purchase scuba diver gear
- Book excursions with dive boats and resorts
- Get air fills at a local dives shop
- Call yourself proudly a certified diver and join an international community of underwater explorers and ambassadors for the ocean!
Get certified in 3 days and 3 easy steps !
Our highly-trained PADI Instructor from Coral Grand Divers will teach you specific skills and knowledge, supporting you every step of the way.
- Medically fit for diving (please complete the PADI Medical Form and bring it to orientation meeting).
Able to swim: 200m of continuous surface swim or 300m swim with mask, fins and snorkel.
Comfortable in the water: float for 10 minutes in a calm water
|Total time commitment
||10 years old or older
||maximum allowed depth 18 m/60 ft
Step 1: Knowledge Development with PADI e-Learning®
Learn through PADI e-Learning® whenever and wherever you want, on your time.
|Access to e-learning
||online on your computer or mobile device
||Your Instructor is ready to answer all your questions!
At your convenience, you will:
- Read complete knowledge reviews
- Take quizzes
- FINAL EXAM: at the end of Knowledge Development, you'll take a final exam to ensure you have full knowledge of scuba diving basics.
TIP : Complete your e-learning before arrival and you'll have more time to enjoy our stunning beach and discover everything Koh Tao has to offer.
Step 2: Confined Water Dives with your PADI Instructor
Practice using scuba gear in a pool or a pool-like environment until you're comfortable and confident.
Your instructor will teach you to master the essential skills below:
|Set up your Scuba Gear
||Clear Water Out of your Mask
|Enter and Exit the Water
||Ascend and Descend Underwater
During your Open Water Diver Course, you will also be asked to:
- Float or tread water without aids for 10 min
- Swim 200 meters/yards with no aids or 300 meters/yards with mask, fins and snorkel
Once you're ready, it's time to head to open water for the final step!
Step 3: Open Water Dives with your PADI Instructor
Usually done over two days, you'll make four open water dives of a maximum of 18 m/60 ft depth under the direct supervision of your PADI Instructor.
- Practice what you've learned in confined water
- Explore the underwater sceneries around Koh Tao, its thriving marine life and colorful coral reefs.
Open Water Diver Course Schedule
-If you have not completed your E-learning before arrival, you'll need to come at Coral Grand Divers the day prior the beginning of your course at 4pm.
During the orientation meeting (1 hour), you will receive your course materials and meet your Dive Instructor.
Expect a self-study for the evening.
-If you have completed your E-learning before your arrival, please come to the dive center one hour before the beginning of the course to fill up paperwork and meet your Dive Instructor for orientation meeting.
9.30 am - 5 pm E-Learning quick review & Confined Water Training
*These are approximate times. The PADI Open Water course is performance based, you will progress at your own pace.
Pool Training in the morning if not finished on day 1
12:30 pm - 5 pm Open Water Dives 1 & 2 (maximum depth 12 meters)
||6:30 am -11:45 am : Open Water Dives 3 & 4 (maximum depth of 18 meters) + Final Exam
Now, it's time to have fun exploring the underwater world safely and at the same time to reconnect with Nature!
Make it last with the Movie Souvenir Option!
All our videos are edited in Coral Grand Divers.
When you choose the video option, what we offer you is not just a few underwater shots: it's a real movie in which you will be the star!
Our higly skilled underwater videographer will give you an everlasting memory of your diving experience for an extra 2,000 THB for a maximum of 2 people (1 person: 2000 THB | 2 people: 2000 THB). Add 500 THB for each additional person (3 people: 2500 | 4 people: 3000THB).
All the videos are edited after the dives. If we don't have time to edit the same day, customers will receive the video by Wetransfer directly to their mailbox the following day.
Customers who want the video option must sign the consent form (IMAGE RIGHTS) because all footage can be used for our communication.
What's next after Open Water Diver Certification?
You can now experience new adventures with a PADI Instructor by your side to improve your skills as a diver.
Learn more about PADI® Specialty Courses to help you reach your diving goals, such as exploration, ocean conservation, wreck diving, underwater photography, or your favorite interests.
Too many specialties and not sure which one to try first? Don't worry! Try the PADI® Advanced Open Water Diver Course, like a specialty sampler platter.
IMPORTANT! -Flying after Diving
When planning your diving trip and your journey toward your destinations, always remember that you must not fly directly after scuba diving. It accentuates the risk of having decompression sickness.
The PADI guidelines are to NOT FLY during a 12 hours interval after a single dive and 18 hours after multiple dives. As often when it comes to scuba diving, take a conservative approach to safety, and whenever possible, avoid flying the next 24 hours after a dive.
If you intend to do multiple dives on different days during your trip, consider buying your own dive computer, as it will calculate the optimal time to fly based on your diving history.
Even more than other outdoor sports, diving is weather- and sea-dependent. Be aware that some sites might be inaccessible on certain days and that diving trips might be canceled due to dangerous conditions.
Luckily, Thailand has a fantastic climate almost all year round and this happens very rarely.