PADI Open Water Course Koh Tao


 PADI Open Water Course – Entry Level Course for Beginners

Course Price: 11,000 THB

Located at Black Turtle Dive dive centre, IDC Koh Tao are recognised within the industry for the quality and training standards of their entry level and pro level PADI Diving courses.

PADI Open Water course is an ideal entry point for scuba divers who want to learn how to dive and experience the amazing underwater environment.

Our PADI Open Water course will ensure you become a competent diver, a marine protector and future Ocean advocate.

Learn how to dive safely and get your PADI Open Water license on tropical Koh Tao, which certifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres anywhere in the world.


Koh Tao is the most popular destination in the world for people to learn to dive and obtain the PADI Open water certification, the world’s most popular internationally recognised full scuba diving license.

The PADI Open water course consists of three sections; Knowledge Development, Confined Water training and the Open Water training dives.

Open Water Course Knowledge Development

You will receive the online PADI Open Water Diver manual and are required to use the manual as a reference whilst completing the knowledge development section which is divided into 5 modules.

This section involves completing 5 open book knowledge reviews and you need to watch 5 short videos. The manual has a series of quick quizzes that test your knowledge as your progress.

Your diving Instructor will review the knowledge reviews and elaborate on any information you don’t understand before administrating a 10 question quiz after the first 4 sections.

Once you have paid a deposit we will send your online PADI Open Water Diver manual and you can get started TODAY.

To save time you can choose to complete the e-learning only option that allows you do everything prior to arrival.

All you need to do when you arrive is a 20 question review to ensure you actually did the e-Learning yourself and we are ready to get you into the water. 

Open Water Course Open Water training dives

Four open water training dives, conducted at four great dive sites around Koh Tao, scheduled over two days.

You get the opportunity to bring all your skill learning together, practice some of the skills you have already mastered, this time adapting them to an open water environment.

The rest of the dives will be doing exactly what you signed up to do…dive.

Explore the underwater coral reef, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of stunning color and an abundance of different marine life animals.

One thing we guarantee is that you won’t want the dive to end.

Upon completion of all the course requirements you are certified as a PADI Open Water Diver and you will be qualified to dive independently of a PADI Dive Professional down to a depth of 18m.


Course Price: 11,000 THB

E-Learning Open Water Course Schedule

Day 1: Review e-learning online quick review

Confined Water training dives 1 -5 

Day 2: Review e-learning online quick review

Open Water training dives 1 & 2

Day 3: Review e-learning online quick review

Open Water training dives 3 & 4


PADI Open Water Course Includes:

  • E-learning online PADI Open Water diver manual & PADI certification
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer

PADI Open Water Course is the most Popular Entry Level Course

Course Price: 11,000 THB

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Open Water Course Koh Tao?

The standard Open Water Course is usually conducted over 3.5 days giving you enough time to digest each section of the course comfortably.

Due to the level of ability of each person the Open Water course can take from 2.5 days, which is the shortest it can be taught or longer depending on individual needs for successful completion.

Is the equipment included in the Open Water course on Koh Tao?

Yes. All equipment that you will need to successfully complete the course and dive safely are all included in the price.

The manual and other knowledge development paperwork is all included and you will have your own digital copy of the PADI Open Water manual.

Do I need diving insurance to start the Open Water course on Koh Tao?

No. If you did not plan on diving and therefore did not take out any diving insurance that is not a problem.

The insurance is included in the course fees with us so you can dive easy and rest assured that you will be covered during all training sections.

How much does the the Open Water Course cost on Koh Tao?

The price for the Open Water Course is 11,000 baht with no extra fees on top. This includes everything you will need for a successful and fun experience during your course.

You may find that dive centres on Koh Tao are offering the Open Water course at a cheaper price, so you should ask for details of exactly what this includes so there are no hidden costs.

Similarly, you may find dive centres on Koh Tao that charge more for the course, however, in all cases you should ask what is included in the course fee, so there are no surprises. A few of the questions you can ask are:

  • Will my training be conducted in the safety of a swimming pool or will I be expected to learn in the ocean, regardless of the weather and sea conditions?
  • Does my course fee include the fee to process my certification?
  • Is the cost of the course inclusive of all equipment, including dive computers?
  • Does my course cost include insurance?

How old do I need to be to start the Open Water Course Koh Tao?

The minimum age requirement for the PADI Open Water course is 10 years old.

Between 10 – 11 years old, students will gain a Junior Open Water rating allowing them to dive to 12 metres maximum.

After certification they will be allowed to dive with a certified parent/guardian or PADI Professional.

For ages between 12 – 14 years old, a Junior Open Water rating will be issued with a maximum depth of 18 metres. After certification they will be allowed to dive with any certified adult.

All Junior Open Water ratings will automatically change to a full Open Water Diver rating upon turning the correct age.

How deep do you go on the Open Water Course Koh Tao?

18 metres is the maximum depth you will reach.

On your first 2 Open Water Dives the maximum depth you will reach is 12 metres and the final 2 Open Water Dives will be to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

If for any reason 18 metres cannot be met during your course, you will still be certified to reach this level.

However, on any subsequent dives, it is recommended you do this with a PADI professional and notify your Instructor or Divemaster on any future dives before diving.

Do I need to be able to swim on the Open Water Course Koh Tao?

During the PADI Open Water course you are required to complete 2 types of swim tests.

The first is a 10-minute float to demonstrate you can keep yourself above water for the time duration. The second is either a 200-metre swim or a 400 metres snorkel swim.

If you are not the most comfortable of swimmers it is recommended to let your instructor know before starting course training.

This will give them time to show you some tips on how you can successfully complete these two swim tests.

If swimming lessons are required, we can discuss with you and book in a class to help and we will do our best to fit it into the normal course schedule.

What is the difference between PADI and other agencies?

PADI is the largest recognised Scuba Diving training agency in the world.

The educationally valid, quality of PADI courses and materials have been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities.

PADI creates scuba diver training that is both enjoyable and worthwhile for all levels of training courses.

Offering flexibility and performance-based learning, each PADI course can be suited and tailored to the needs of each student.

Whilst other agencies offer a similar course structure, there are differences in areas of the training standards and skills.

Is the Koh Tao Open Water Course schedule flexible?

Yes, the Open Water Course schedule is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

If you need to complete the course slightly faster to meet your travel itinerary then the quickest it can be completed is in 2.5 days.

For families visiting Koh Tao or people that are bringing their Office work with them, the course can be broken up into sections or more days added to suit your needs.

For any course changes you think you may need, we recommend contacting us directly to help structure the best possible schedule for you.

Can I start learning the Open Water course Koh Tao before I arrive?

Yes. For anyone wishing to start learning earlier so you can maximise use of your time on Koh Tao, we can supply you with your own personal E-Learning package.

This allows you to start the Knowledge Development sections earlier reducing the amount of days it would take to complete the course.

For further details please get in contact with us to discuss what is included in the E-Learning section.

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