Your 4 days will be taken up with learning to dive, hanging out on cool beaches and staying in bungalow accommodation. The course involves theory as well as practical (dives of course!) and all instructors are experienced and 100% certified! The course will qualify you to dive to 18m anywhere around the world and is also a starting point for those who want to continue on to more advanced courses and even more challenging dive sites around the world!
Arrival in Koh Tao: Morning – check in; Afternoon - scuba theory
Arrive at the dive school either by the dive school free transfer (you must provide arrival details in advance) or make your own way to the dive shop and check in for the course, you`ll be shown your accommodation and then you will have some time to relax and explore the island a little before the start of the Open Water Course at 16:00.
Afternoon 16:00- 19:30
You`ll start with an academic session covering scuba diving basics, covering such topics as:
- How a set of scuba gear works
- Relationship between depth, pressure and volume
- How water pressure affects your body
Then it`s movie time (diving movies that is!) and quiz time.
Morning (08:00-11:30): Dive Planning
You can`t just dive as deep as you want, for as long as you want and expect to be ok! Dives must be planned - depth, bottom time etc. - you`ll be taught how to do this by using PADI`s recreational dive planner. You`ll practice some examples, and then complete a multiple-choice exam to finish off your academics.
Afternoon (13:00 - 17:00): Confined Water Skills Practice
You`ll start by learning lots of scuba skills in the swimming pool. This will include equipment assembly and buddy checks, mask & regulator clearing, alternate air source exercises, buoyancy skills & ascent procedures. You`ll conduct your confined water dive in the sea - you`ll get to see Koh Tao`s fantastic corals and marine life from the first moment you enter the water.
Provided all theory and confined water sessions went as planned you’ll have the morning off, but if there is anything you had a problem with this is catch up time so you can go through it again before going out on the dive boat in the afternoon.
Afternoon (11:45 - 17:00): Open Water Dives 1 & 2
We get you to meet up just before noon at the dive shop before you head out at midday on the dive boat. Your first two `proper dives` will be to a maximum depth of 12 metres. Each dive will be approximately 40 minutes long - you`ll repeat some of your shallow skills a little deeper plus explore the dive sites. Typical dive sites are `The Japanese Gardens` or `Twins` at Koh Nangyuan - you`ll be diving on coral reefs and around shallow pinnacles. Expect to see masses of colourful corals - table, plate, staghorn & brain corals. Plus experience Koh Tao`s great marine life - you`ll see millions of tropical reef fish (butterfly, angelfish, triggerfish...) plus experience some of the diverse marine species such as blue spotted stingrays, moray eels and squid!
Morning: Open Water Dives 3 & 4
For the last two dives of the course, you`ll get right down to 18 metres. By now, you should be controlled and comfortable in the water so you can visit the more distant dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles. Here you`ll get to see some of Koh Tao`s bigger fish - barracudas, giant grouper, even grey reef and occasional whale sharks (harmless!).
You can celebrate the completion of your PADI Open Water Course over a couple of cold beers!
Departure from Koh Tao
Package includes 4 nights twin share accommodation or AC Dormitory accommodation: A comfortable fan bungalow in either Silver Sands Beach Resort, attached to the dive shop (situated in central Sairee Beach Koh Tao Thailand) or another property with similar facilities / location. The other option is a 8 bed AC mixed dormitory located not far from the dive centre.
The bungalows will be a maximum of 5mins walk from the beach and there are restaurants, shops and relaxed beach bars within short walking distance. Your bungalow will have 24-hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with western toilet and electric fan. Dormitories have AC but not en-suite bathrooms
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Trip Name: Learn to Dive: PADI Open Water Diving Course
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: ₤329
Supplier Tour ID: FJJLEA/201132
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