PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

The first step in your scuba diving education

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the very first step in scuba diving education, are you ready to discover the wonders of the underwater world with us on MV Giamani? Upon completion of your course with MV Giamani, you will be issued a PADI certification which is recognized worldwide. The Open Water Diver Course consists of three main sections: Knowledge Development (theory), Confined Water Training (pool) and Open Water Training (sea). At the end of the course, you will be certified to dive independently (with a buddy) up to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT

This portion of the course aims to develop your understanding of the basic procedures and principles of scuba diving. The learning goal is achieved through three steps. The first is reading your Open Water Diver Manual. The concepts learned during the reading are then expanded by watching the Open Water Video. Finally, all these facts are summarized and covered again by your Instructor. These classroom sessions with the instructor are the perfect time to ask and clarify any doubt that you may have.

CONFINED WATER TRAINING

This practical portion of the course takes place in the swimming pool and allows you to practice and master the basic Scuba Diving skills that you learned during your Knowledge Development, under the close supervision and guidance of the instructor. The Confined Water Training is divided in 5 distinct sessions which can be either split between days or performed in a row. You’ll learn everything from how to set up your equipment to clearing your mask of water without surfacing, regulator recovery, buoyancy and finning techniques and all the other safety skills. This is great fun and will prepare you to fully enjoy your cruise on MV Giamani!

OPEN WATER TRAINING

This is where the real fun begins! After all the practice in the confined water, it is now time to practice all those skills in the “real world”, the sea. The PADI Open Water Diver Course standards require a minimum of 4 training dives in open water, but with an MV Giamani liveaboard cruise, you will be able to do a lot more! This is why combining your course with a liveaboard is a great opportunity to become a great diver right from the start, as our professional and friendly MV Giamani instructors will assist you and guide you throughout the whole cruise duration and not just the course itself.

COURSE OPTIONS

With MV Giamani you can choose between three different ways to do your PADI Open Water Diver Course.

The “standard” solution is the Full Course Option, in this case you will perform all Knowledge Development, Confined Water and Open Water sessions in our facilities here in Phuket. With the eLearning Option instead you will have the chance to cover all the Knowledge Development portion in advance online, from the comfort of your home. With the Course Referral Option you will go through all the Knowledge Development and Confined Water training with your local dive center/instructor, while you will only join MV Giamani for the remaining Open Water training dives.

eLearning Option – Open Water Diver

With the PADI eLearning Course Option, you will be able to complete the whole Knowledge Review portion of the course online from the comfort of your home before you even come to Thailand! This will allow you to save precious time during your holiday, as you will not have to go through all the theory teachings while here. At the start of the course you will just have to review your knowledge with the instructor, clarify eventual doubts, and then move straight to the swimming pool for the confined water training.  Depending on the MV Giamani’s schedule/destination of your selected cruise/season, on Day 1 (afternoon) you might have to do also two beach dives before the start of the MV Giamani cruise, as some of the National Marine Park’s rules do not allow to perform OWD course training dives #1 and #2 within the national park. This will be on the Later on the same afternoon you will board MV Giamani to complete your Open Water training and enjoy an unforgettable liveaboard cruise.

SCHEDULES, ITINERARIES & PRICES

TOTAL DURATION: 3 days

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Morning – Knowledge Review & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket
_______Afternoon – Board MV Giamani for a 2N/2D liveaboard cruise
Day 2 – Four amazing dives around the best dive sites in South Andaman Sea*
Day 3  Three dives in some of the greatest dive sites of Southern Andaman Sea*
– Back to Phuket

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE..

PRICE: 13,200 THB for 1 person    BOOK NOW!
Are you more than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

TOTAL DURATION: 5 days                              Available from 15 October to 15 May only!

ITINERARY: 

Day 1 – Morning – Knowledge Review & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket                _______Afternoon – 2 beach dives & Board MV Giamani for a 4N/4D liveaboard cruise
Day 2 – Four amazing dives around the best Similan Islands dive sites*
Day 3  Four fantastic dives between Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands*
Day 4 – Four great dives between Koh Tachai Island and Richelieu Rock*
Day 5 – Two unforgettable dives on the wrecks near Khaolak, then cruise back to Phuket*

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE.

PRICE: 18,900 THB for 1 person    BOOK NOW!
More than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

THE PACKAGE PRICES INCLUDE:

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR COURSE
  • All transfers from/to your hotel
  • PRIVATE professional PADI instructor in your language
  • (private instructor dedicated to you for the whole trip).
  • Training in our top-class facilities and swimming pool
  • Full set diving equipment rental on all days – see HERE
  • Diving insurance

THE PACKAGE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION, MV GIAMANI CRUISE, OTHERS...
  • PADI certification fees & learning materials
    (to pay directly to PADI when you register for eLearning on their website)
  • Accommodation on land before/after the course/cruise
  • The MV Giamani Cruise (see rates HERE)
  • National Marine Parks admission fees
  • Anything else not mentioned in included

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

MINIMUM 10 YEARS OF AGE

The minimum age required for scuba diving is 10. Divers between 10 and 14 yrs of age can earn the Junior OWD certification, and must always dive under the supervision of an instructor. From 10 to 12 yrs old the maximum depth alowed is 12 meters, while from 13 yrs it’s 18 meters.

BEING ABLE TO SWIM & FLOAT

Of course, an important requirement to be able practice scuba diving is having at least basic swimming skills. By PADI standards you must be able to swim for at least 200 meters without any help or equipment, OR at least 300m with mask, snorkel & fins. Another requirement is to be able to float or thread water for at least 10 minutes without help or support from any floating device.

HEALTH CONDITION

Before stating the course you will be requested to fill a Scuba Diving Medical Questionnaire with a list of medical conditions that may not be compatible with diving. Having any of such conditions doesn’t mean that you will not be able to dive, but you will have to seek specific advice from a doctor before starting any scuba diving activity.

Full Course Option – Open Water Diver

With the PADI Open Water Diver FULL COURSE Option you will cover all the training portions of the course here in Thailand with us. The Knowledge Development (theory), and Confined Water (pool) training sessions will take place at our top class facilities in Phuket (2 full days), before starting the liveaboard cruise onboard MV Giamani (2 or 4 days depending on your selected cruise option).

SCHEDULES, ITINERARIES & PRICES

TOTAL DURATION: 4 days

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Knowledge Development & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket
Day 2Morning –  Knowledge Development & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket
_______Afternoon – Board MV Giamani for a 2N/2D liveaboard cruise
Day 3 – Four amazing dives around the best dive sites in South Andaman Sea*
Day 4  Three dives in some of the greatest dive sites of Southern Andaman Sea*
_______– Back to Phuket

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE.

PRICE: 21,700 THB for 1 person    BOOK NOW!
More than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

TOTAL DURATION: 6 days                              Available from 15 October to 15 May only!

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Knowledge Development & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket
Day 2 – Morning – Knowledge Development & Confined Water sessions at our facilities in Phuket
_______Afternoon – 2 Beach Dives and then Board MV Giamani for a 4N/4D liveaboard cruise
Day 3 – Four amazing dives around the best Similan Islands dive sites*
Day 4  Four fantastic dives between Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands*
Day 5 – Four great dives between Koh Tachai Island and Richelieu Rock*
Day 6 – Two unforgettable dives on the wrecks near Khaolak, then cruise back to Phuket*

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE.

PRICE: 27,400 THB for 1 person    BOOK NOW!
More than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

THE PACKAGE PRICES INCLUDE:

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR COURSE
  • PRIVATE professional PADI instructor in your language
    (instructor dedicated only to you for the whole trip).
  • All transfers from/to your hotel
  • All PADI learning materials
  • Training in our top-class facilities and swimming pool
  • Full set diving equipment rental on all days – see HERE
  • PADI Certification fees
  • Diving insurance

THE PACKAGE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION, MV GIAMANI CRUISE, OTHERS...
  • Accommodation on land before/after the course/cruise
  • The MV Giamani Cruise (see rates HERE)
  • National Marine Parks admission fees
  • Anything else not mentioned in included

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

MINIMUM 10 YEARS OF AGE

The minimum age required for scuba diving is 10. Divers between 10 and 14 yrs of age can earn the Junior OWD certification, and must always dive under the supervision of an instructor. From 10 to 12 yrs old the maximum depth alowed is 12 meters, while from 13 yrs it’s 18 meters.

BEING ABLE TO SWIM & FLOAT

Of course, an important requirement to be able practice scuba diving is having at least basic swimming skills. By PADI standards you must be able to swim for at least 200 meters without any help or equipment, OR at least 300m with mask, snorkel & fins. Another requirement is to be able to float or thread water for at least 10 minutes without help or support from any floating device.

HEALTH CONDITION

Before stating the course you will be requested to fill a Scuba Diving Medical Questionnaire with a list of medical conditions that may not be compatible with diving. Having any of such conditions doesn’t mean that you will not be able to dive, but you will have to seek specific advice from a doctor before starting any scuba diving activity.

Referral Course Option – Open Water Diver

The Course Referral Option gives you the opportunity to cover all the Knowledge Development and Confined Water Training portions of the course in your own town/country with your local dive center/instructor, and then move to MV Giamani in Thailand to complete the remaining training dives in Open Water. Depending on the MV Giamani’s schedule/destination of your selected cruise/season, on Day 1 you may have to do two beach dives before the start of the MV Giamani cruise (some National Marine Park’s rules do not allow to perform OWD course training dives #1 and #2 within the national park).  This is great for those who have a trusted dive instructor/center near home but the location doesn’t offer optimal conditions for scuba diving in the sea (e.g. too cold), as here in Thailand we have perfect conditions all year round and an incredible amount of beautiful marine life.

SCHEDULES, ITINERARIES & PRICES

TOTAL DURATION: 3 days

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Morning – Knowledge Review with the instructor and Open Water dives 1 and 2
__________________(from the beach or on boat, depending on sea conditions/season)
_______Afternoon – Board MV Giamani for a 2N/2D liveaboard cruise
Day 2 – Four amazing dives around the best dive sites in South Andaman Sea*
Day 3  Three dives in some of the greatest dive sites of Southern Andaman Sea*
_______– Back to Phuket

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE.

PRICE: 13,200 THB for 1 person   BOOK NOW!
More than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

TOTAL DURATION: 5 days                              Available from 15 October to 15 May only!

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Morning –  Knowledge Review with the instructor & 2 training dives from the beach
_______Afternoon – Board MV Giamani for a 4N/4D liveaboard cruise
Day 2 – Four amazing dives around the best Similan Islands dive sites*
Day 3  Four fantastic dives between Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands*
Day 4 – Four great dives between Koh Tachai Island and Richelieu Rock*
Day 5 – Two unforgettable dives on the wrecks near Khaolak, then cruise back to Phuket*

*for more details about diving destinations & dates please check the full schedules HERE.

PRICE: 18,900 THB for 1 person    BOOK NOW!
More than 1 person? The price per person will be lower…check our price scheme HERE

THE PACKAGE PRICES INCLUDE:

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR COURSE
  • All transfers from/to your hotel
  • All PADI learning materials
  • PRIVATE professional PADI instructor in your language
    (private instructor dedicated to you for the whole trip).
  • Training in our top-class facilities and swimming pool
  • Full set diving equipment rental on all days – see HERE
  • Diving insurance

THE PACKAGE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION, MV GIAMANI CRUISE, OTHERS...
  • PADI certification fees & learning materials
    (to pay to the dive center/instructor where you start your course.
  • Accommodation on land before/after the course/cruise
  • The MV Giamani Cruise (see rates HERE)
  • National Marine Parks admission fees
  • Anything else not mentioned in included

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

MINIMUM 10 YEARS OF AGE

The minimum age required for scuba diving is 10. Divers between 10 and 14 yrs of age can earn the Junior OWD certification, and must always dive under the supervision of an instructor. From 10 to 12 yrs old the maximum depth alowed is 12 meters, while from 13 yrs it’s 18 meters.

BEING ABLE TO SWIM & FLOAT

Of course, an important requirement to be able practice scuba diving is having at least basic swimming skills. By PADI standards you must be able to swim for at least 200 meters without any help or equipment, OR at least 300m with mask, snorkel & fins. Another requirement is to be able to float or thread water for at least 10 minutes without help or support from any floating device.

HEALTH CONDITION

Before stating the course you will be requested to fill a Scuba Diving Medical Questionnaire with a list of medical conditions that may not be compatible with diving. Having any of such conditions doesn’t mean that you will not be able to dive, but you will have to seek specific advice from a doctor before starting any scuba diving activity.

COURSE PRICES

Below you will find all the prices for the PADI Open Water Diver course options we offer. The course price per person varies depending on how many people you are. All the courses we offer are with PRIVATE instructor, so you will not have to share the instructor with a stranger or a big group. However, if you are a family or a group who wishes to do the course together, you will share the cost of the instructor and the price per person will decrease as described below.
N° of studentseLearning
South
3 Days
eLearning
Similan
5 Days
Full Course
South
4 Days
Full Course
Similan
6 Days
Referral
South
3 Days
Referral
Similan
5 Days
1 person13,200 THB/pax18,900 THB/pax21,700 THB/pax27,400 THB/pax13,200 THB/pax18,900 THB/pax
2 people8,800 THB/pax12,400 THB/pax15,100 THB/pax18,700 THB/pax8,800 THB/pax12,400 THB/pax
3 people7,300 THB/pax10,200 THB/pax12,900 THB/pax15,800 THB/pax7,300 THB/pax10,200 THB/pax
4 people6,600 THB/pax9,100 THB/pax11,800 THB/pax14,300 THB/pax6,600 THB/pax9,100 THB/pax

eLearning South Cruise Option – 3 Days

1 Person = 13,200 THB per person
2 People = 8,800 THB per person
3 People = 7,300 THB per person
4 People = 6,600 THB per person

eLearning Similan Cruise Option – 5 Days

1 Person = 18,900 THB per person
2 People = 12,400 THB per person
3 People = 10,200 THB per person
4 People = 9,100 THB per person

Full Course South Cruise Option – 4 Days

1 Person = 21,700 THB per person
2 People = 15,100 THB per person
3 People = 12,900 THB per person
4 People = 11,800 THB per person

Full Course Similan Cruise Option – 6 Days

1 Person = 27,400 THB per person
2 People = 18,700 THB per person
3 People = 15,800 THB per person
4 People = 14,300 THB per person

Referral South Cruise Option – 3 Days

1 Person = 13,200 THB per person
2 People = 8,800 THB per person
3 People = 7,300 THB per person
4 People = 6,600 THB per person

Referral Similan Cruise Option – 5 Days

1 Person = 18,900 THB per person
2 People = 12,400 THB per person
3 People = 10,200 THB per person
4 People = 9,100 THB per person

PRICES INCLUDE:

  • All transfers from/to your hotel
  • PADI learning materials (FULL COURSE ONLY!!!)
  • PADI Certification fees (FULL COURSE ONLY!!!)
  • PRIVATE instructor in your language
  • Training in our top-class facilities and swimming pool
  • Full set diving equipment rental on all days
  • Diving insurance

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