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 is 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 - orientation; Afternoon - scuba theory
The Davy crew will provide you with an orientation to the island, you`ll be shown your accommodation and then it`s straight into the Open Water Course.
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 (09:00-12:00): 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.
Morning (10:00): Final Theory Exam
You guessed it....it`s exam time!
Afternoon (13:00 - 17:30): Open Water Dives 1 & 2
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 colorful 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!). For the last two dives of your scuba course, an underwater videographer will accompany you, capturing footage of your underwater experiences on film.
Evening: Certification and Diving Movie
You`ll celebrate the completion of your PADI Open Water Course by watching your diving movie (enjoyed over a couple of cold beers!). You`ll complete your certification paperwork, and you`ll be issued with your PADI Open Water certification. This is a diving certification for life, allowing you to dive with a buddy, to 18 metres in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive.
Departure from Koh Tao
Package includes 4 nights twin share 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.
This will be a maximum of 50 metres from the beach and will have 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
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Trip Name: Learn to Dive: PADI Open Water Diving Course
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: 409
Trip Code: 201132
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