PADI Open Water Diver Your Passport to Diving

Overview The Experience

Reef Dive Centre - Open Water Course

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

Overview The Facts

At Reef Dive Centre, the Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in our custom built classroom affording panoramic views across the resort and shark bay) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills in our beautiful black granite diving infinity pool.
  • Open Water Dives in some of Koh Tao's most beautiful bays and pinnacles to review your skills and explore!

If you have tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Tuition Small Class Sizes

With a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1:4, we guarantee a personalised experience tailored to each students particular requirements. Throughout the Open Water Diver course, you will have the chance to learn all about your scuba gear with classroom based academic sessions as well as practical tuition both in and out of the pool.

Reef Dive Centre - Open Water Course

By the end of the course, you will be comfortable with the assembly and use of standard scuba equipment and accessories.

Included in every course is the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, which you may keep, as well as access to interactive learning sources such as DVD videos to watch at your leisure and online materials, all of which cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures.

For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool to practice these skills with your instructor.

The Dives Five Pool & Four Open Water

As mentioned earlier, the course consists of five dives in a swimming pool, which at Reef Dive Centre are combined into one afternoon of in-water learning. After these dives, you put your new skills into practice with four dives in the ocean over a period of two days. The dive sites we choose are not only beautiful both above and below water, but also chosen with the beginner diver in mind, typically being sheltered from wind and waves and also relatively shallow for your first two dives.

Prices Packages

Silver Package

  • Open Water Certification Course
  • Logbook

14,500 THB Ex VAT  (17,067 THB Inc VAT)

5,120 THB 30% Deposit payable today (Inc VAT)


Gold Package

  • Open Water Certification Course
  • Personalised, professionally edited souvenir DVD of your final 2 dives
  • Reef Lanyard
  • Luxury Logbook and Binder

17,600 THB Ex VAT  (20,715 THB Inc VAT)

6,215 THB 30% Deposit payable today (Inc VAT)


Platinum Package

  • Open Water Certification Course
  • Personalised, professionally edited souvenir DVD of your final 2 dives
  • Reef Lanyard
  • Reef Mask Strap
  • Your Choice of Reef Souvenir Shirt
  • Luxury Logbook and Binder
  • Zoop Dive Computer

25,500 THB Ex VAT  (30,014 THB Inc VAT)

9,004 THB 30% Deposit payable today (Inc VAT)


Open Water Certification Course E-Learning:

  • Complete the theory portion of your Open Water Course from the comfort of your own home
  • Finish your theory online via the link provided below, then do the practical (five pool and four open water) portion with us.
  • Please see the following link for more information.

12,400 THB Ex VAT  (14,595 THB Inc VAT)

4,378 THB 30% Deposit payable today (Inc VAT)


Private Instructor

  • One on One Tuition with your own personal PADI Professional for the duration of the course
  • 3,000 THB

3,000 THB Ex VAT  (3,531 THB Inc VAT)

1,059 THB 30% Deposit payable today (Inc VAT)


Restrictions Requirements

To enrol in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must:

  • Be 10 years or older.
  • Be in good physical health. Prior medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Contact us for a medical questionnaire if you are unsure of your fitness to dive.
  • Not be planning to fly within 18-24 hours of diving

All courses are subject 17.7% service charge and VAT.