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Level 1 Open Water Diving in Thailand

Beginner difficulty
Maximum 8 participants
Airport transfer available

Get your PADI Open Water Phuket first level today! In fact, the PADI Open Water Phuket Diver certification is the ticket for a lifetime of leisure diving adventures. The Open Water Diver License is very popular in the world today. Many have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. Come and get your PADI Open Water Phuket license!


  • Daily diving sessions
  • Diving equipment and pool session
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and fresh water on the boat trip
  • Certification and instructor fees
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Dive insurance

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Phuket International Airport (US$30 per person)
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Open water Phuket

Learning the proper techniques to scuba dive and learn to breathe underwater for the first time. During the open water Phuket course, you would have at least 5 pool sessions and 4 dives at local dive sites under the supervision of one of SSS Phuket‘s Open Water Instructor. Most importantly, indulge in the beauty of the aquatic world, discover a whole new world and let it blow you away.

The fun part

You would be well equipped with the theory and practical training program has to offer. Be ready then to taste the new adventures of diving!

The entire learning process is very fun and interactive first of all you would discover new sensations like breathing underwater for the first time for some of you. Awaken your sense of sight and hearing underwater as you would experience a feeling like never before. During the course, you would be under the supervision and guidance of your instructor during your pool sessions and site dives.

The Open Water certification is the key to new adventures underwater. Discover the oceans and underwater marine life in the most incredible and close up way.

Learning process

Diving is a very fascinating activity. You would learn how to manage your diving equipment underwater, breathing techniques and of course safety measures and all the essentials that you would require for a dive. Diving is usually done as a pair and your instructor would place you in different scenarios to pre-empt you on the possible situations that may occur during dives. In this way, you would be able to practice and be aware of how to prevent and/or manage the possible situations that may happen.

The Open Water Phuket course is based on 3 main phases:

Theory knowledge where you can choose home-based online learning or on-site as well to understand the basic principles of diving.

Diving in a confined area (pool session) to practice basic techniques of diving

Diving on-site where you would be able to put what you have learned to practice and of course to explore the amazing underwater life!

Becoming a diver with SSS Phuket:

To become a diver, you would need to get used to breathing and adapting to your surroundings underwater. You would realize that underwater, we perceive colors, light and sounds differently as compared to when we are on land. With the Open Water Phuket course, you would also learn how to move on the surface of the water and underwater. That said, as a diver, it is very important to be respectful of the underwater marine life for sustainability and as well as to know one’s limits for reasons of safety as well.

Main diving techniques:

A certified Open Water Diver would know how to prepare the equipment required for the dive. This includes looking for the right equipment and knowing how to adjust correctly for maximum comfort and of course safety. The diver would also know how to use the dive instruments such as the dive computer, manometer and the compass. With your dive buddy, you would engage also in the buddy check before the dive, how to enter and exit correctly in and out of the water.

The Open Water also covers the basic fundamentals of diving. This includes the equalizing of your ears, buoyancy (inflation and deflation of your BCD), correct usage of the mask and the snorkel. You would also learn how to monitor and manage your air supply. Not forgetting the important gestures and signs for diving, because this would be the way you would communicate with your instructor and your dive buddy underwater.

With the Open Water Diver Course, each individual would be able to progress at their own speed to ensure that they are well equipped with knowledge, capacity, and self-confidence. The instructor would be able to respond to all the questions that you may have. He/ She would be able to adapt to the learning needs of each of his/her students.

If you have already had your first dive experience with Discover Scuba Diving or another organization, the exercises that you have learned can be credited in one part of your Open Water Phuket Course.

Using scuba gear

You would use all the basic scuba gear including a dive computer, mask, snorkel, fins, a buoyancy control device that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You would also be provided with a scuba wetsuit a weight system and accessories. The cost of the Open Water Phuket Diver course would include all the equipment that you would need. If you have a preference to use your own or buy your own equipment, SSS Phuket has a selection of the best equipment required.

Scuba diving learning materials

Learning materials are provided directly at the dive center during the Open Water Phuket course. Once you begin the program, the instructors of SSS Phuket will provide you different books or DVDs to facilitate your learning process. The learning materials will give you an overview of Scuba Diving terminology and safety procedures. For each new concept, you will have to read a short write-up followed by a video demonstration. You will then engage in the practical section where you will try out various techniques in the pool (or a pool-like environment) with one of SSS Phuket’s dive instructor.


For the Open Water Diver Course or the Junior Open Water course, you need to be a minimum 10 years of age and to register for the e-learning, the minimum age requirement is 13 years old

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • 08:00 Meet your Open Water Instructor at the dive center theory section
  • 10:30 Pool session
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Theory segment and exams

Day 2: Racha Yai

  • 07:30 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Chalong Pier
  • 08:00 Welcome aboard! Breakfast is provided on the way to the first dive site
  • 11:00 First dive
  • 12:00 Hot buffet lunch served on board. Time for some snorkeling and sunbathing after lunch
  • 13:30 Second dive
  • 14:30 Rest and relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong Pier
  • 15:30 Third dive (only if the instructor allows it, this depends on the divers' capabilities)
  • 16:30 Transfer back to the hotel

Day 3: Racha Yai/Racha Noi/Phi Phi (depending on student capabilities, it will be decided after day 2)

  • 07:30 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Chalong Pier
  • 08:00 Welcome aboard! Breakfast is provided on the way to the first dive site
  • 11:00 First dive
  • 12:00 Hot buffet lunch served on board. Time for some snorkeling and sunbathing after lunch
  • 13:30 Second dive
  • 14:30 Rest and relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong Pier
  • 15:30 Third dive (only if the instructor allows it, this depends on the divers' capabilities)
  • 16:30 Transfer back to the hotel


Koh Racha Yai

Koh Racha Yai is the largest of the two islands located off the Southeastern coast of Phuket. Different kinds of corals can be spotted here with the Staghorn coral predominating in many areas. Marine life is rich and species such as barracuda, tuna, and milkfish can be found in this area.

The better place for diving is located on the east coast along the hard coral reef where there are shipwrecks and good drifts.

There are several interesting dive sites around Koh Racha Yai including Lucy’s Reef, Reef “Do little Do” where Stonefish and Batfish may be chanced upon. Not forgetting Marla’s mystery, a wreck that became home to Morays, Groupers and Lionfish.

Phi Phi islands

Phi Phi islands have one of the most spectacular landscapes where the vertical cliffs of Thailand are the backdrop of the beautiful beaches. However, these islands became even more renowned when Danny Boyle filmed the movie ” The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 1998.

Koh Phi Phi Don, the bigger of the two islands is where you would be able to find numerous backpackers inn, guesthouses, and hotels. Phi Phi Le is the smaller island where there is a national park.

In fact, there are two smaller islands, namely, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai next to Koh Phi Phi Le towards the south. They are limestone rocks where you can find an outstanding variety of marine life. Come discover them with your certification PADI Open Water Phuket.


Enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and fresh water on the boat trip. Vegetarian and food for Muslim are available.

What's included

  • 1 theory exam pool
  • 5 boat dives
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast (only for boat trip)
  • Lunch (only for boat trip)
  • Snack, freshwater (only for boat trip)
  • Scuba diving insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT). The transfer from and to this airport is not included but can be arranged at 1000 THB, you must check with SSS Phuket for availability.

Airport: Phuket International Airport Airport transfer available: Phuket International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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