PADI Open Water Course

The PADI Open Water Course is the first PADI diving course for beginners who want to learn to dive in Koh Tao. The course lasts 4 Days and includes a confined pool session and 4 open water dives from our dive boat (max 18m depth). At Davy Jones Diving we teach a maximum of 4 students per instructor as we believe that smaller groups help produce more knowledgeable, confident divers.


  • 1 Confined Shallow Dive (swimming pool)
  • 2 Ocean Dives in Sairee (max depth 12m)
  • 2 Ocean Dives in Open Water (max depth 18m)
  • PADI e-Manual, Log Book & Certification
  • Full Equipment Hire & Boat Rental
  • Free Collection from ferry pier upon arrival


*PADI eLearning means you take the dive theory online before you arrive.
You'll save 1 day in the classroom and 3,000 THB off your course!
Click HERE to take PADI eLearning.


  • 9,900 THB (4 day course, without accommodation)
  • 10,900 THB (4 day course with 4 nights in A/C dorm)

Book your dive course online by paying a 10% deposit

PADI Dive Courses

PADI Open Water Course Schedule:

Day 1 (Afternoon) - Dive Theory

We start with an academics session covering the scuba diving basics. You will learn the scuba theory on; how your scuba gear works, relationship between depth and pressure & how different underwater pressures affect your body. We'll watch some videos, discuss the content & complete some simple quizzes to test your understanding. And be sure not to worry, the minimum age to learn scuba diving with PADI is aged 10, so you shouldn't find it too difficult.

Day 2 (Morning) - Dive Planning

When scuba diving, you must plan every dive to ensure safety. We will teach you how long you can spend at a particular depth for any given time. We'll teach you to do this by using PADI's recreational dive planner. We will also practice some examples to ensure you are confident then complete a multiple choice exam to finish off your academics.

Day 2 (Afternoon) - Scuba Skills Pool Practice (shallow)

We will help you get into your scuba gear for the first time and head into our confined shallow water swimming pool. We'll start by learning some basic scuba skills. This will include equipment assembly, buddy checks, mask & regulator skills, alternate air source exercises, buoyancy skills & ascent procedures.

Day 3 (Afternoon) - PADI Open Water Dives 1 & 2

Time to bring take your newly learned skills and knowledge to the sea. Your first two 'proper dives' will be to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Each dive will last around 45 minutes - we'll repeat some of your shallow skills a little deeper plus explore the dive sites. Typical dive sites are 'The Japanese Gardens', 'Mango Bay' or 'Twins' at Koh Nangyuan - you'll be diving on coral reefs and around shallow pinnacles. These dive sites are idea for beginners with shallow depth and sandy areas for practicing skills. The Marine life around Koh Tao's dive sites are amazing, if you would like a taster of what you can expect to see, check out our Gallery.

Day 4 (Morning) - PADI Open Water Dives 3 & 4

For your final 2 dives of the course, you'll get down to your maximum depth of 18 meters. By now, you should be controlled & comfortable in the water so we can visit the more distant dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles (a Koh Tao favorite!) Here you'll get to see some of Koh Tao's bigger fish - barracudas, giant grouper, even grey reef & occasional whale sharks (which are harmless!).

For the last two dives of your Open Water course, an underwater video-grapher will accompany you, capturing footage of your underwater experiences on film.

Day 4 (Evening) - Certification & Diving Movie

We'll celebrate you completing your PADI Open Water Course by watching your diving movie (enjoyed over a couple of cold beers at our pool bar). We'll complete your certification paperwork, and you'll be issued with your PADI Open Water Koh Tao certification. This is a diving certification for life, allowing you to dive with a buddy, to 18 meters in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive.