Open Water Diver Course Phuket

Open Water Diver Course Phuket

Open Water Diver Courses in Phuket Thailand

The SSI Open Water Diver Course teaches you all the skills you need to dive safely and independently. This fun-filled course is for beginner divers. Including FREE Digital Learning with the SSI education system. You can come prepared, sleep longer and safe money. The SSI course includes a quick quiz review with 50 questions, pool training and minimum 4 Open Water dives by day trip boat. Your SSI certification is valid worldwide, giving you a ticket to adventure. We have a maximum class size of 3 students per dive instructor. You can choose to book a private course, giving you closer attention from your instructor.

Lion Fish on Coral Block

Lion Fish on Coral Block

SSI Training Center – Phuket Open Water Diver Courses

We believe in quality instruction and do not run rushed 2 day open water diver courses. We run the course in 3 days with small classes, including 2 days by day trip boat to the islands of Racha Noi and Racha Yai to the south off Phuket. After completing the online theory we can go after a quick review straight to the pool. You can complete the FREE Digital Learning before the course start. For courses including theory at our dive center it is best if you can come a day before to pick up your Open Water Diver manual. Prepared is the theory better to understand. A 3 day course is easy and fun. Please note that beginner dive courses in the Similan Islands National Park are prohibited. All training dives take place at the islands of Racha Noi and Racha Yai in the south of Phuket. Sunrise Divers is an authorized SSI Training Center – No. 766623.

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Open Water Diver – Options & Prices

  • 3 Day Course with 4 Dives by Day Trip Boat – 13,000 THB
  • 3 Day Course with 6 Dives by Day Trip Boat – 14,900 THB

Dive course prices include eLearning, pool training in a custom dive pool, 4 – 6 open water dives, equipment rental, certification fee, course material, log book, insurance, breakfast and lunch on boat trips.

Open Water & Advanced Diver Combined

  • 4 Day Course with 9 Dives by Day Trip Boat – 21,700 THB

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Only 30% deposit needed to sign up in advance. No credit card charges!

Private 1:1 tuition plus 2,000 Baht.

Confined Water Dives (Pool Dives)

You’ll be in the pool on the very first day of your course. The pool sessions cover a wide range of basic dive skills such as setting up your gear, clearing water from your mask, buoyancy control and proper entry techniques. You also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air (just in case). Oh and there is a swimming test too. You do need to be able to swim to take this course. By the time we’re done in the pool, you’re ready to hit the ocean with a splash!

How do I get my PADI or SSI? Is diving easy?

Learning to dive is not difficult. You may be a little nervous at the start, but the step by step structure of the course will take you through basics, then into a shallow pool before letting you loose on the reefs. Most people find out very quickly that diving is one of the most fun activities you can imagine! Here’s how the Open Water Diver course looks. Please note that on the video below are also certified divers shown. You will not penetrate a wreck during the course or dive deeper than 18 meters. This thrill comes later :-)))

Phuket Open Water Dives

After your confined water fun, you will make 4 or 6 open water dives over the remaining course of 2 days with your Instructor. When we say “open water”, we mean the beautiful blue ocean! You start shallow and gradually go deeper. The maximum depth in the course is 18 meters. Now you can experience real underwater adventure! We make dives on full day boat trips to islands near Phuket.

Itinerary (3 days – 4 dives)

Day 1 : Start 10:00am, quick review quiz, set up dive equipment and transfer for pool training. Finish about 4pm.
Day 2 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 2 dives at Koh Racha Yai, return about 3:30pm.
Day 3 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 2 dives at Koh Racha Noi, return about 3:30pm.

Itinerary (3 days – 6 dives)

Day 1 : Start 10:00am, quick review quiz, set up dive equipment and transfer for pool training. Finish about 4pm
Day 2 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 3 dives at Koh Racha Noi and Racha Yai, return about 5:30pm.
Day 3 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 3 dives at Koh Racha Noi and Racha Noi, return about 5:30pm.

Note : Lunch at the pool not included in course price, there is a restaurant to order Thai or international food, lunch likely to cost you about 150 – 250 Baht.

Diving at the Phi Phi Islands

Phuket Day Trip Diving

Knowledge Development with PADI Classroom Theory Possible

On day 1 please meet for PADI classes including classroom theory at our dive center 9am. We suggest that you stay close to Sunrise Divers (we are at Karon Beach) when making your course. On day 2 and 3, pick up is from your hotel, pick up time 7:30am based on hotels in Karon or Kata Beach area. Pick up also possible from Patong. If you stay in other areas of Phuket there may be an extra pick up fee.

PADI 3 day diving courses with theory in classroom and course manual plus 1,500 Baht.

We can also run the PADI course slowly including classroom theory in 4 days. Please ask for a price.

The theory covered in the course develops basic principles and diving procedures. You learn how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and how to plan dives. We try to make the PADI theory fun! You have your PADI manual to read, plus we watch some DVD’s in our aircon classroom and then you take some simple quizzes and a final exam. Hey, we don’t want to make it too easy!

Diving Course Classroom

Diving Course Classroom

PADI eLearning is about 150 US$ EXTRA!

You can get started on your Open Water Diver course any time with PADI as well – this can save you holiday time – if you have completed all the theory in advance, you’ll be ready to get straight into the water, no messing around in classrooms on holiday, plus with eLearning you can do the theory in your own time. The charge for the PADI eLearning is about 150 US$ extra – this is paid to PADI, not to Sunrise Divers. Here in Phuket we’ll complete the course in 3 days, with no classroom work except a quick review quiz. Please contact us for the FREE SSI digital learning system!

PADI Itinerary with theory in classroom (4 days – 4 dives)

Day 1 : Start 9am, theory – lunch break – pool dives. Finish about 4 – 5pm
Day 2 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 2 dives at Koh Racha Yai, return about 3:30pm.
Day 3 : Start 9am, theory – lunch break – pool dives. Finish about 4 – 5pm
Day 4 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 2 dives at Koh Racha Yai, return about 3:30pm.

PADI Itinerary (4 days – 6 dives)

Day 1 : Start 9am, theory – lunch break – pool dives. Finish about 4 – 5pm
Day 2 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 3 dives at Koh Racha Noi and Racha Yai, return about 5:30pm.
Day 3 : Start 9am, theory – lunch break – pool dives. Finish about 4 – 5pm
Day 4 : Start 7:30am, pick up from hotel, diving 3 dives at Koh Racha Noi and Racha Yai, return about 5:30pm.

On day 1 and 3, please meet at our dive center 9am. We suggest that you stay close to Sunrise Divers (we are at Karon Beach) when making your course. On day 2 and 4, pick up is from your hotel, pick up time 7:30am based on hotels in Karon or Kata Beach area. Pick up also possible from Patong. Other areas of Phuket may have an extra pick up fee. Start time on day 3 is flexible, depends how much you get completed on day 1! It’s also possible to swap days 2 and 3.

Important Note : If you are taking a dive course you must remember to allow 18 hours after diving before flying – read more about this : Flying After Diving Guidelines. Be sure to plan your flights accordingly!

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Open Water Referral Course

We also offer a referral course, which means you can complete all the pool and classroom work at home, then come to see Sunrise Divers and make the open water dives to gain your PADI Open Water certification in Thailand. The course takes just 2 days so you can maximize your holiday time. For more details see Open Water Referral Course.

I’m not a great swimmer. Can I dive?

YES! You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to learn scuba diving. Most of the time you are wearing scuba gear such as fins and a BCD (like a jacket which you can fill with air), so there’s not much need for normal swimming. There is however a swimming test to make sure you are happy in the water. You need to be able to swim 200 meters or 300 meters with mask, snorkel and fins. There is also a 10 minute float test. In general you should be comfortable in the water and you should be fit and healthy with no medical issues to have fun diving in the sun.

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