Have you ever dreamed of diving through the vast oceans freely? What a liberating and exhilarating experience that would be! However, scuba diving in open waters is not as easy as it looks and entails a certain degree of danger, especially if you’re neither prepared nor cautious. Well, you’ve got to know the basics to scuba diving first of all and have the proper diving gear. That’s why the PADI certification was created. Have a swimmingly good time without having to worry about endangering yourselves.
The two most popular courses are the PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Scuba Diver courses for entry-level divers. The main difference is that the latter covers a 12m dive but with a mandatory professional diver by your side. The former covers up to an 18m dive! Nonetheless, with the PADI certification, you could go scuba diving almost anywhere in the world! So, what are you waiting for? Why not enroll in one of these courses with Trazy during your stay in Thailand? They’re professional and affordable. What more could you ask for?
1. Obtaining a PADI Certification
|Scuba Diver Course||Open Water Diver Course|
|Knowledge Development||3 out of 5 sections||5 sections|
|Confined Water Dives||3 out of 5 dives||5 dives|
|Open Water Dives||2 out of 4 dives||4 dives|
|Scuba Diver Course||Open Water Diver Course|
|Qualified to…||Max 12m / 40 ft dive|
Direct supervision of PADI professional
|Max 18m / 60 ft dive|
|Course Duration||2 days||3 days|
|Dive Center||The Dive Academy @Koh Samui||Seafari Dive Center @Pattaya|
|Why this course?||Cheaper!||Shorter! (Avg. 4 days)|
1) Scuba Diver Course
The PADI Scuba Diver course is a beginner’s level certification for scuba diving. Obtaining one would be like getting a driver’s permit, an official document that verifies you know a bit of about scuba diving but haven’t satisfied all the prerequisites to getting a full-on Open Water Diver certification. So, you’re probably wondering, what’s the point? Why not just get the Open Water Diver Course in one go? Regardless, many opt for the Scuba Diver course over the Open Water Diver course. Let’s find out why!
The course only takes 2 days to complete. That means the PADI Scuba Diver course is the one for you if you’re expecting to only stay a few days on the beautiful ‘Land of Smiles’, especially the dazzling island of Koh Samui known for its amazing emerald water and underwater sea life. Try out this PADI Scuba Diving Certification 2D1N Course in Koh Samui to get one step closer to your dreams. Learn how to scuba dive from experienced professionals and you’ll be scuba diving around freely in no time! Round-trip transportation, scuba diving equipment rental, lunch, insurance and anything else you could possibly think of will be taken care of if you book now with Trazy. So, what are you waiting for? Head out on the ultimate scuba diving experience today!
If you want to upgrade to the Open Water Diver course, all you have to do is fulfil the additional requirements:
A surface swim, two additional knowledge development modules, a quiz and exam, two confined water sessions and two open water dives!
2) Open Water Diver Course
If the Scuba Diver course is just a slice of the pie, the Open Water Diver course get you the entire pie. With just a little bit more time and effort put in, you’ll have access to many more courses and opportunities as well that will quench your underwater adventure thirst. Now you’ll be able to scuba dive with a certified buddy, rent or purchase scuba diving gear, get air fills at local dive shops as well as book excursions with dive boats and resorts!
So, if you’re still pondering over which course to take, weigh out the pros and cons and go for the one that best suits your needs. Either way, you’re going to have a great deal of fun scuba diving in the open waters!
The PADI Open Water Diver course will only take 3 days to complete, just a day longer than the Scuba Diver course. Learn how to scuba dive from the best instructors at a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center in Pattaya. So, if you’re planning to stay in the vibrant coastal city of Pattaya for more than a few days, make the most of your trip by becoming an internationally certified diver! Everything from hotel pick-ups to scuba diving equipment rental and even lunch will be taken care of. Enjoy a hassle-free scuba-licious day in Pattaya 🙂
2. Recommended Diving Spots around Koh Samui and Pattaya
Once you’ve been certified as an official PADI scuba diver, now all there’s left to do is to explore the endless blue seas of Thailand. As I mentioned before, with certification comes more opportunities. Likewise, there are certain spots where only certified divers are allowed. So, make the most of your PADI certification by heading out to some of the best diving sites in Koh Samui and Pattaya.
Out of the two most popular dive sites from Koh Samui, Sail Rock, also known as Hin Bai, is arguably the best in the region. Located between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, the pinnacle-shaped hunk of granite rises 15m out of the water and reaches a maximum depth of 40m making it a great dive site for divers of all levels. Sail Rock is also well-known for its spectacular vertical “chimney” which can you swim into at 18m and exit at 12m or 6m. What’s more, you’ll be greeted by schools of Barracuda, Yellow Fusiliers, giant Groupers, Batfish and much more underwater marine life. If you’re lucky enough, you might just be able to swim among whale sharks which are said to make an appearance here and now.
A little bit up to the north lies the picturesque island of Koh Tao, with various dive sites of varying difficulty for divers of all levels and ages. With relatively stable waters all year round and dozens of different dive sites, Koh Tao is especially popular amongst diving beginners as they can get used to scuba diving out in the open quite with ease. Wherever you choose to go diving, you’ll encounter all sorts of marine life from sea turtles to giant groupers as well as the famous tropical coral reefs of Koh Tao surrounding the island.
Pattaya & Samae San Island
Pattaya is a coastal city just 2 hours away from Bangkok, home to picture-perfect white sandy beaches that attract hundreds in search of some fun and excitement. Scuba divers are one of the crowds that Pattaya attracts to its glistening blue waters, with numerous island dive sites surrounding Pattaya. Samae San Island is one of those islands, offering unique coral and shipwreck dives (for advanced divers) that are like no other. Experience a whole other underwater world while scuba diving in Pattaya’s waters.
3. More water activities await!
If you don’t have the time to become a PADI-certified diver or just want to enjoy the clear blue waters from up above, don’t worry ‘cos we’ve also got you covered. Thailand isn’t known as one of the top beach destinations in the world for just any reason. It’s one of those rare places that truly lives up to its name and what better way to enjoy your time there than to indulge in the many activities it has to offer? There are plenty of things to do, other than scuba diving, that will make your trip to the gorgeous beaches of Thailand worthwhile!
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