PADI OPEN WATER COURSE

Koh Tao is a great place to get your PADI open water certification...

If you want to learn to scuba dive then the PADI open water course is the first level of certification New Way Diving offers. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to dive safely to 18 meters. The PADI open water course consists of three primary parts to the course. The classroom sessions, where you will learn all you need to know about scuba diving. Theres the confined water sessions, where your instructor will teach you some basic safety and comfort skills you will need to know as a diver, in shallow water. Then there’s the four open water training dives, here you’ll repeat some of the skills you learned in confined water as well as getting to see some amazing marine life.

WE START COURSES EVERY DAY – BOOK WHEN YOU WANT TO.

WANT MORE DIVING? – WE DON’T USE SWIMMING POOLS UNLESS WE HAVE TO.

GET SOME PRACTICE IN – GET YOUR FIRST 2 FUN DIVES AFTER YOUR COURSE FOR HALF PRICE.

GET TO THE MORNING DIVE SITES FIRST – NOBODY LIKES AN OVERCROWDED DIVE SITE!

DIVE IN STYLE – WE GO TO THE TOP TWO DIVE SITES LOCALLY TO FINISH YOUR COURSE.

GET TO GO TO SAIL ROCK – FINISH ON TUESDAY OR FRIDAY AND PAY ONLY 1000 BAHT EXTRA.

NOT COMFORTABLE YET? – IF WE THINK YOU’RE STRUGGLING, GET MORE TUITION AT NO EXTRA COST.

TAXIS ARE EXPENSIVE – FREE PICK UP AND DROP OFF FROM MOST NON 4×4 LOCATIONS OR THE PIER.

The Schedule

4p.m – 7p.m
We’ll get you checked in and sized up. You’ll head to one of our classrooms with your instructor to get the low down on the course. There will be a video to watch and complete some knowledge reviews as part of your self study prior to the course beginning the following day.

8.00a.m – 10.30a.m

You’ll probably be feeling a little bit lost after watching the video and answering the knowledge reviews. This is where our instructors make all of the difference. They’ll talk you through the knowledge reviews so that you know why PADI are asking the questions. There’ll be a couple of quizzes to help boost your confidence.

10.30a.m – 11.30a.m

Diving uses a lot of calories! Therefore we advise you eat well ready for your afternoons activities. We do provide cookies, fruits and refreshments on the boat but please make sure you are well fed before venturing off to the sea.

11.30a.m – 5.30p.m

It’s time to go diving. You’ll go with your instructor to a shallow calm dive site to practice some basic skills and then go on your first ever dive! Afterwards we’ll all usually sit down for a beer and chat about your first time under the water.

8.00a.m – 5.30p.m

It’s the same structure as Day 2 but your knowledge and diving will be more in depth to prepare you for your final day of the course. You’ll be limited to 12m, but after the end of your diving sessions you should be feeling happy and comfortable about venture out further the following morning.

There will be a final exam to complete, but don’t worry, it’s super easy as your instructor will have thoroughly prepared you for it.

5.30a.m – 10.30a.m
Off we go to Chumpon Pinnacle or South West Pinnacle (weather permitting) for your last 2 dives of the course. It’s a 35 minute journey. We’ll be the first boat there remember so we’ll get the dive site all to ourselves for the first dive. Chumpon Pinnacle and South West Pinnacle are the top 2 dives sites locally to the island! The trip includes snacks, fruits and refreshments to keep your energy levels up for the morning!

If you are lucky enough to finish on a Tuesday or a Friday then you’ll be able to finish your course at Sail Rock for just 1000 baht extra. (All other divers pay 2400 baht to go on this dive). We leave a little bit earlier and get back a little bit later as this site is 2 hours away.

Please note that we can only go to the best dive sites if weather conditions and visibility are good. It is not about numbers of students with us. If you are the only one and the weather is good, then you get the boat to yourself! If conditions mean we can’t go there then we go to the best dive site for the conditions. Remember sea conditions can affect where we dive, even though we are lucky on Koh Tao that we only get a few bad days of weather a year.

WHAT'S INCLUDED, PRICING & WHAT TO DO NEXT...

9000 Baht.
First 2 fun dives (1 dive trip) following the course for 900 baht.
*Promotion does not include Sail Rock trip.

Theory Sessions.
All PADI training materials.
4:1 maximum group size.
Full Scuba Gear equipment rental.
6 Training Dive Sessions including 4 Open Water dives.
Snacks, Fruits & Refreshments.
PADI Open Water Card.
2 fun dives at half price (does not include Sail Rock trip).

You will first need to check the PADI Medical Form to make sure you have no issues for diving (You don’t need to fill it in!). Most medical issues can be checked by our doctor for a fee of only 200 baht (payable to the doctor). However please contact us on info@newwaydiving.com if you have any medical issues or wish to know more information. Once you are ready to book, use the website to pay your deposit. After paying your deposit we will email you back with details about how you can learn before you get here and the information we need to be able to pick you up at the designated pier. You then just need to reply to that email to tell us what date and time you will be arriving. If you are arriving today or tomorrow then please just email us immediately via info@newwaydiving.com or call us on +66(0)641656104.