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PADI open water diver course

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What to Expect
Day 1 you will complete the first three modules of theory in the morning before learning the skills during 5 confined water dives in the swimming pool after lunch.

The 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.

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.

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 when 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 you 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The Dive Academy office
3 days
  • Beverages
  • Lunch (boat days)
  • Professional guide (PADI instructor)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Diving equipment
  • small groups
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 10 years (Junior open water certification)
  • Diving within 18 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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As a professional sat diver of over 25 years diving experience I finally decided to do a recreational qualification to allow me to dive while on holiday. This outfit were opposite my hotel but I could tell they were a professional and serious organisation and went with them. I
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Response from Paul M, Owner at PADI open water diver course
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Joe thanks for this review! Your extensive commercial diving experience made the open water course very easy for you! However you still adapted to the key differences very well. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your course, and we will be happy to give you a t-shirt on your next visit!
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I am a 65 retired active senior who has always desired to swim with the fishes. The Dive Academy allowed me to realize my dream. Under the thoughtful and attentive instruction of their instructors I was able to over come a minor phobia and have one of the most amazing
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Response from Paul M, Owner at PADI open water diver course
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Ron Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It can often be difficult to begin diving at such an age, but you took the whole course in your stride and were great fun to have on the boat. I hope you get the chance to explore your new found hobby and experience some fantastic dives in the future! You are welcome back on our boat anytime.
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The Dive Academy team was excellent. They were spot-on with their return email and were thoughtful in addressing major questions on their website. The price was transparent. The schedule was easy to understand for the PADI Open Water certification for open-water scuba diving -
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Response from Paul M, Manager at PADI open water diver course
Responded 26 Sep 2019
Hi Christopher, Thank you for your review, we are glad you had a great time with us and congratulations on completing the course. We hope to see you back in Samui soon.
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Me and my wife decided to make PADI Open Water course during our stay in Koh Samui this year. We've chosen The Dive Academy to be our school and did not regret this choice even for one second. Even before we arrived at Koh Samui communication with them was spotless. All my
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Response from Paul M, Owner at PADI open water diver course
Responded 26 Sep 2019
Thank you for your excellent review, Matt is one of our most experienced instructors, relaxed, patient and knowledgeable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Samui soon.
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My wife and I dived with The Dive Academy in July. My wife was OW certified, whilst i had only completed around 8 Scuba Dives, so it was time for me to get my certification! From start to finish the dive academy provided a 5* service. I was able to complete my theory training
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Response from Paul M, Owner at PADI open water diver course
Responded 13 Sep 2019
Hi Matt, We are so glad you had a great time with us and are really pleased you think the team are amazing. We look forward to your return and doing the Advanced Open Water course with you.
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About the operator
By: The Dive Academy
1,045 reviews
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Joe P
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Very good
As a professional sat diver of over 25 years diving experience I finally decided to do a recreational
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Kempton Park, South Africa
Highly recommended
My second time diving with the Dive Academy. A very professional service from friendly staff and very patient and
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United Kingdom
Well lookedafter
A good day’s diving. Long boat ride out from shore to dive site, but well worth it. Diving spectacular - like
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Vancouver, Canada
Well organized, nice boat, helpful and attentive staff
The team at Dive Academy (especially Matt, our Dive Master) were well organized and friendly and created a very
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
My daughters, aged 11 and 13, did their Scuba Diving Course at the Dive Academy. Julian, the instructor, was very
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Hong Kong, China
Great Experience with The Dive Academy
We did our 7th and 8th dive with The Dive Academy. Matt was a great instructor - he knew his stuff. From start to
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Professional organisation. Great experience.
Really well ran diving group. Had 2 excellent days diving with them and we both really enjoyed the locations
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Vancouver, Canada
Better late than never
I am a 65 retired active senior who has always desired to swim with the fishes. The Dive Academy allowed me to
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Advance open water diving
A professional academy, had pick up facility from anywhere on island. The instructors were learned. The boats are
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A really easy, but spectacular day
The Dive Academy is in easy walking distance from all hotels in Bo Phut and the staff were very accommodating of
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Oakland, California
Accommodating, Organized, and Thorough
I'm so happy I chose the Dive Academy to get Scuba Certified. They really helped me feel confident and safe in the
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Professional Friendly Dive Crew
Dive Academy Samui are fantastic. They are super responsive, organised and great fun with plenty of laughs to be
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Hong Kong, China
2 Great Days diving with first class service
After doing my Open water course with the dive academy 18months ago and having dived at 3 more destinations since
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David B
yeovil, United Kingdom
Koh Tao - Fifteen years on
I haven't been to Koh Samui to dive since 2004 so when we booked a holiday to the Mae Nam a trip down memory lane
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Jon B
Beccles, United Kingdom
Very professional dive centre
I did two day trips with this dive centre, one to Ko Tao and one to Sail Rock. From my original contact via email
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  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
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