Diving Koh Tao - COVID-19 special discount up to 38%

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the "Scuba Birds" PADI 5-star IDC Dive Center on Koh Tao offers special prices for 2020-2022. Book diving now and get up to 38% discount on PADI Courses and diving programs. No deposit and prepayment required!

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PADI Open Water Diver Course on Koh Tao Island - is the most popular scuba diving course in the world!

PADI Open Water Diver сourse in Koh Tao Island - confined water session on the beach in Koh Nang Yuan Island

This is a 3-day diving course for beginners. With Open Water certification you can plan and dive with your partner to a depth of 18 meters anywhere in the world.

Koh Tao  PADI Open Water Diver Course

Duration: from 3 days

Minimum age: 10 years (for PADI Open Water Junior Certification)

Limitations: absence of any medical conditions (download medical statement here)

Regular price: ฿11,000

Book now: ฿8,490

Discount: 24%


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PADI Open Water Course with accommodation 


Package include 2 nights accommodation in private air con room or bungalow with one big or two single bed, TV, fridge, hot water.

Discount: 25%

Package price: ฿13,400 ฿10,090

Extra night: ฿800

You can share the accommodation with a friend, couple or partner.

For package booking you have to pay deposit  ฿800 (for first night stay)


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The cost of the PADI Open Water Diver Course includes:

  • Training materials (digital manual and dive tables)
  • International PADI Diver Certificate
  • Equipment rental
  • Tea, coffee, fruits and light snacks on our dive boat
  • "Scuba Birds" Logbook (personal diver’s book to log your dives)
  • Free Wi-Fi on the boat & classrooms
  • Insurance

Additionally in packages:

  • Underwater photo/video (Package includes an additional SD card with your underwater photos/short videos from two last dives in open water)

What does your training for the PADI Open Water Diver course include?

Theoretical part

You can complete theory part online before arriving at Koh Tao. To get the link to your personal eLearning materials we do ask deposit payment in amount of ฿2,000.

You will need to read through 5 chapters of the PADI Open Water Diver manual, which can be supplemented by watching 5 parts of the training video. After that, you will need to complete 5 knowledge reviews, 4 tests and pass a final exam related to the 5 chapters you studied.

Practical part

Practice includes 5 confined water sessions*. During those sessions, you will master basic safe scuba diving and equipment setup skills under the guidance of the PADI Instructor.
During the next 2 days you will complete 4 dives in the open water as you demonstrate previously acquires skills in conditions that replicate real dives. At the end of each dive you will take an underwater tour and enjoy the underwater world of tropical coral reefs.

*Confined water is a general term that refers to either a swimming pool or an open water site that offers swimming pool-like conditions in regard to clarity, calmness, and depth. It has both shallow water and sufficiently deep water to allow student divers to meet all of the skill performance requirements.



Koh Tao PADI Open Water Diver course schedule

* If you have successfully completed eLearning in advance, then you can skip theory part of the schedule.
First day:
9 am: Meeting with your instructor on Koh Tao in dive-center, equipment preparation, payment, theory*
1 pm — 6pm: Pool or confined water: skills practice
6 pm — 8pm: Theory*
Second day:
10 am: Meeting with your instructor on Koh Tao in dive-center, theory*
1 pm — 6 pm: Departure on our dive boat to 2 dives in open water, maximum depth is 12m.(40ft.)
Third day
8 am — 1 pm: Departure on our dive boat to 2 dives in open water, maximum depth is 18m. (60ft.)



PADI Open Water Diver course — detailed course description


Continuing diving education

After completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, you can move on. PADI Adventure Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses are the next step for you!
After completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, you also can choose from a variety of PADI specialty courses.



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TripAdvisor Reviews

Great team, great location, great price

Incredible experience facilitated by a friendly and very knowledgeable team. I completed my PADI Open Water in 3 days and enjoyed every minute. I had only snorkled a handful of times before... Read more

- WillWalker

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Great Diving School!

Did both my Open Water Course and Advanced Open Water Course in this school and it was great! The best price I found in the island, our instructor Kray was great as well. Overall lots of fun in great dive sites.Read more

- Andres Lopez de Mesa Bogota, Colombia

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My partner and I learnt to scuba dive with Said. Despite my initial underwater anxiety, Said was sooo patient and reassuring, I likely would have quit the course had he not been so nice. It was the most surreal and amazing experience... Read more

- Jaz - B

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