PADI Courses for Beginners

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If you haven't tried diving before, we offer a TRY DIVE in the swimming pool at our dive centre to let you experience breathing underwater for the first time in a safe and relaxed environment before committing yourself to joining us for a dive course or just for an experience. If you enjoy it and then decide to dive there are 3 options you can choose for beginners:

The Discover Scuba Diving experience is a one day experience which allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres with one of our Instructors.

If you wanted to become a certified diver, there is the 2 day PADI Scuba Diver Course or the most popular beginner course is the PADI Open Water Diver Course, which takes either 3 or 3 1/2 days - depending on how hard you want to work!

Click on the links below to find out about PADI e-Learning and Open Water Touch, which allows you to complete the theory for the PADI Open Water Diver Course from the comfort of your own home before you arrive on Koh Samui, saving you valuable holiday time.  

                PADI eLearning   Open Water Touch

Fitness for Diving: to make sure you are Medically fit to take part in a PADI Dive Course you will need to complete a medical questionnaire. Please click here to see the Medical Form and take a look to see if you have any issues. Should you answer YES to any question, you will need to seek medical clearance from a physician before we can take you diving.

For the Scuba Diver course you will be required to complete a 10 minute swim of any stroke or a 10 minute float and for the Open Water course you will be required to complete a 200m swim of any stroke and a 10 minute float.

Discover Scuba Diving

PADI LogoPADI Discover Scuba Diving gives you a relaxed introduction to scuba diving in shallow water. You learn some basic underwater skills before enjoying a tour around one of the easy, lovely dive sites around Koh Tao.

Once you have confirmed your booking for Discover Scuba Diving we offer a Practise session in the pool a day or two before going into the sea so you can familiarise yourself with the equipment and skills before venturing into the open water. The pool session isn't mandatory it is just an extra service we offer to help prepare you and give you the best possible experience in the sea.

  • Minimum age for Discover Scuba Diving is 10 years old.
  • The Practise Dive lasts 20-30 minutes and gives you an idea of what you can expect when you go into the sea. 
  • The DSD experience consists of 2 Open Water Dives under the supervision of one of our excellent Instructors to a maximum depth of 12m.
  • Adults and children can take the Discover Scuba Diving experience together, so it is fun for all the family.

Learning safety conceptsDuring the Discover Scuba Diving Program you will learn basic safety concepts and try out the equipment used for scuba diving. You will then make your first dives to a maximum depth of 12m and discover the fantastic Underwater World.

 

 

Beautiful shallow bays in Koh Tao The day begins around 7 - 7.30am when we pick you up from your resort and take you to meet up with your Instructor. We then take you by speedboat to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, which is about 1 1/4 hours away. In Koh Tao there are some fantastic bays which are ideal for beginners to experience diving for the first time, with clear blue water and lots of marine life for you to see.

For your first dive, we usually go to a bay which allows you to walk into Christmas Tree Worm in Mango Baythe sea from the beach, helping you to slowly build up your confidence.

After you have completed the first dive we take a break for an hour or so when we serve lunch, which you can eat on the boat or on the beach. After lunch we move the boat to another fantastic dive site to make your second dive. We arrive back to Koh Samui around 3.30pm.

Discover Scuba Diving is not a certification, but it is registered with Giant Stride EntryPADI. After completing Discover Scuba Diving, many divers decide to repeat the experience either immediately, or on other occasions in different areas. Others decide they enjoyed the experience so much they choose to become certified divers by enrolling in the 2 day PADI Scuba Diver Course or Open Water Diver course. 

Discover Scuba Diving is an ideal way to find out if you like diving before taking the next step of the adventure with the PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Course.

Book your Discover Scuba Dive NOW to get the early booking discount

 

 PADI Scuba Diver

PADI LogoThe PADI Scuba Diver Course is ideal for people that want to obtain a diving certification but don’t have time to complete the Open Water Course, or just aren’t sure if they are ready for the Open Water Course. It is also ideal for those interested in diving in groups guided by a PADI Professional. It invites these divers to experience diving and encourages them to continue training to the Open Water Diver level and beyond. The Scuba Diver Course is also a good way to introduce children to the underwater world and begin their adventure.

  • The minimum age to begin the Scuba Diver Course is 10 years old.
  • The course takes 2 days to complete, plus some independent study.
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a certification to dive anywhere in the world with a PADI Professional to a depth of 12m.
  • There are 2 Open Water Dives required for certification.
  • You can easily upgrade from Scuba Diver to Open Water at a later date.

Scuba Diver Cert Card

Day 1 starts at 9am when you meet at the classroom to review the knowledge development modules with one of our Instructors. Our Instructor will take you through the basic theory of diving and some basic safety concepts, which are both good to learn before you go into the open water. With your Instructor you will use the PADI Manual, which is yours to keep after the course.

Pool Training

To assist your learning you will also watch the first three modules of the PADI Open Water DVD. This gives you a better understanding when you dive of what is happening and why!

We normally break for lunch around 1pm returning about an hour later to show you how to set up your equipment.

And now the fun begins. We go to the swimming pool where you will put
Clearing the Maskinto practice the things you learnt in theory during 3 confined water dives. 

 The day usually finishes around 4.30-5pm.

The following day we will pick you up around 7- 7.30am for your first diving adventure. Your Instructor will go through the equipment assembly with you before we then take you by speedboat to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, which is about 1 1/4 hours away.

NudibranchIn Koh Tao there are some fantastic bays which are ideal for beginners to experience diving for the first time, with clear blue water and lots of 
marine life for you to see. For your first dive, we usually go to a bay which allows you to walk into the sea from the beach, helping you to slowly build up your confidence. The first dive is a nice relaxing dive to get you used to being underwater and using the equipment.

After you have completed the first dive we take a break for an hour or so when we serve lunch, which you can eat on the boat or on the beach. Neutral Buoyancy HoveringAfter lunch we move the boat to another dive site to make your second dive. During your second dive you will repeat some of the skills you practised in the swimming pool, which you are required to perform for certification. The maximum depth of the dives will be 12m.

We arrive back to Koh Samui around 3.30pm where you will complete your paperwork and fill in your logbook.

   

Book your PADI Scuba Diver Course NOW to get the early booking discount 

If you enjoy the course so much that you might want to continue the fun, ask your Instructor about the steps required to go to the next level by taking the Open Water Diver Course. 

Open Water Diver

PADI LOGOThe PADI Open Water Course is the most popular Beginner level scuba diving course. The course teaches you everything you need to know about diving safely, the equipment you need for diving, dive planning and how to have an unlimited amount of EXCITEMENT and FUN!!

  • The course opens the way for you to discover the underwater environment and can lead you into a whole new world of adventure and maybe even into a new way of living your life – we all started with the Open Water Course!!
  • The minimum age to begin the Open Water Course is 10 years old.
  • Unless you take the e-Learning or Open Water Touch option the course takes 3 1/2 days to complete, plus some self-study. With e-Learning or Open Water Touch you can complete the course in 2 1/2 days.
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a certification to dive anywhere in the world with a Certified buddy, to a recommended depth no deeper than 18m.
  • There are 4 Open Water Dives required for certification.


OW Course Cert Card

The Open Water Course is the first step of the ladder to a whole world of possibilities, including the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Course.

Day 1 follows the same schedule as the PADI Scuba Diver Course, completing the first three modules of theory in the morning before learning the skills during 5 confined water dives in the swimming pool after lunch.

eRDPMLThe day usually finishes around 4.30-5pm

On the second day you return to the classroom at 9am to complete modules 4 & 5 of the knowledge development, including the final exam. The day is shorter than day 1 and usually finishes around 1pm. If you choose to complete the Open Water course in 3 days you will need to fit knowledge development modules 4 & 5 into days 1 & 2.

Open Water in Mango BayThe following day we will pick you up around 7 - 7.30am for your first diving adventure. Your Instructor will go through the equipment assembly with you before we then take you by speedboat to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, which is about 1 1/4 hours away.

The first dive is a nice relaxing dive to a maximum depth of 12m to get you used to being underwater and using the equipment.

After you have completed the first dive we take a break for an hour or so Next to the Fusilierswhen we serve lunch, which you can eat on the boat or on the beach.

During the 2nd dive of the day you will repeat some of the skills you practised in the swimming pool, which you are required to perform for certification.

We arrive back to Koh Samui around 3.30pm.

Day 4 (or 3) also begins with a pick up around 7 - 7.30am. Again we take DA Logbookyou out by speedboat to complete your two remaining open water dives. Again you will repeat more of the skills you learned in the pool, but this time you will dive to a maximum depth of 18m. Which dive sites we choose for the second day depends on how comfortable you are and what the conditions are like at that particular time.

Once we are back on Koh Samui you will complete the paperwork, fill in your logbook and receive your temporary certification card.

Click here to find out what fantastic adventures await you after you have obtained the PADI Open Water Certification on the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Courses.

 

                  PADI eLearning   Open Water Touch

Click on the links above to find out about PADI e-Learning and Open Water Touch, which allows you to complete the theory for the PADI Open Water Diver Course online from the comfort of your own home before you arrive on Koh Samui, saving you valuable holiday time.

Book your Open Water Diver Course NOW to get the early booking discount

 

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