Open Water Course


Open Water Course | 3 Days | 2000 THB deposit

You have seen countless Hollywood movies, documentaries of the oceans, seen your friends diving photos on Facebook or Instagram or want a challenge and see what awaits you in the underwater world?  Then the Open Water Course is for you.

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Open Water Course

The most popular diving certification is for the Open Water Course. Our cost includes all equipment rental, a digital certification sent straight to your phone. A digital manual accessible from your phone, free diving insurance from Dive Assure during your training. A free app for recording your training and logging your dives. For this year the cost is 9,500b and if you book 3 days in advance you get a free tshirt.

The open water course is divided into academic sessions for the theory, shallow water training sessions where we practice the skills required for diving and 4 open water dives in the ocean and after completion, you will be certified to dive to 18m!

After signing up you get access to the reading material on your phone and you have to read the first 3 chapters before you start the course the following morning. What better way to read while enjoying a cocktail on the beach. You start at 9am the following morning for orientation and academic sessions. In the afternoon you learn the required skills for the course in shallow water. Either in a pool or from one of Koh Tao’s great beaches. The next day the first 2 open water dives are to a maximum depth of 12m but to begin with we are normally shallow than this. Once you feel comfortable underwater we can go a little bit deeper and start to explore. Dives 3 and 4 are to a maximum depth of 18m and we dive deeper and further than before, you will be amazed.

At all times your instructor will be with you to keep you safe, and you practice some of the skills you did earlier in the shallow water training and find all the cool stuff under the sea.

Below is a typical course schedule:

Open Water Course Schedule

  • Day 1
    Course orientation and classroom sessions from 9am. In the afternoon you learn the skills in shallow water
  • Day 2
    Classroom session from 9am and in the afternoon the 2 dives to a max of 12m
  • Day 3
    A morning start and 2 open water dives to a max of 18, finishing by 1pm. Log your dives and complete the paperwork for the course.

Want to go further? The next level course is the advanced open water...

A word on payment …


You can book in advance by paying a deposit to secure your course or diving and our taxi will collect you for free from the pier. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours from our staff. Where we will ask you to confirm your arrival time and date and ferry company name. Do not worry if you have not booked a ferry yet. But please note we need 24 hours notice to arrange our taxi to collect you from the pier to avoid any delays in meeting you.

Booking Terms and Conditions

By sending this request and payment you are submitting a reservation for your diving courses. Ensure that you have read and understood our terms and conditions.

Please ensure that you read the medical form and if you have to answer yes to any questions you will require sign-off by a diving doctor. While this is available on Koh Tao some pre-existing conditions may require sign-off by your doctor or specialist, if in doubt please ensure the medical questionnaire is completed before leaving your home country. Some medical conditions are not suitable for diving and may preclude you from diving.

Do you want to know more about Koh Tao diving courses? Or do you want to read more about us as a Koh Tao diving school? Feel free to contact us.

Want more to know about Koh Tao Diving?

If you don’t have 3 days to complete the course then the 1 day Try Scuba Diving could be for you.
What next after open water? There is the Advanced Course or Fun Dives.
How do you get here? It’s easy, just follow this link. Because of the covid situation, things may be different so check with your local travel agent or when you get to Thailand.
When is the best time to come here? Anytime. We have a year-round diving season, unlike the west coast of Thailand.
Find out more about SSI here: Dive SSI


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