SSI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
The SSI Open Water Diver course is the very basic of Scuba Diving.
At Blue Label, we believe that dive training needs to be fun, while obtaining high level skill set at the same time. Hence, after all these years dwelling in the technical end of diving, we are now offering recreational courses.
We believe that everyone deserve to be trained by the best, even from the very start.
As you can see, the Open Water course is pretty much self-explanatory. Generally, it prepares a diver to dive anywhere in the world up to a maximum depth of 18m without direct supervision of a dive professional. So we will give you the know-hows adapt to the unpredictable, yet magnificent underwater world!
We teach at an instructor to student ratio of 1:1. Or with your family or group of friends of course. Our max is 2 students per instructor.
What do you do and where do we teach you
Your course breaks down into 3 separate parts – the theory sessions, the classroom sessions and the open water sessions. The objective of the open water diver course is to prepare you to handle yourself independently.
A 3 days course consists of 1 day theory+pool session, and two days of open water dives. We do offer a 4 days course as well, which breaks down the theory and pool session into two days, so you will have more time and comfort during the pool session.
Theory session SSI Open Water Diver Course
Upon registration, Blue Label will send you an email containing online materials. It will save time for you if you finish it prior to your course. Our instructor then conduct a class to reinforce your knowledge in diving, before moving on to the pool sessions.
Pool Session SSI Open Water Diver Course
Acting as a simulator of the open water dives, you will practice diving skills in both shallow and deep section of the pool. We use a pool of a private resort, which has a 5m deep section. This enables us to conduct actual scuba diving skills underwater, and narrows the conditional gap between the pool and open sea for you.
Open Water Session SSI Open Water Diver Course
On the next day, we will conduct your Open Water training session at nearby islands. As we limit our diving depth to 12m on all dives on day 1, the twin island of Racha is a good option. Racha Islands consist of Racha Yai and Racha Noi, which are 45 minutes of boat ride away from each other. The Racha islands is known for having shallow bays, smooth sandy bottom suitable for skill training. On this day you will have a half day trip, which consists of 3 dives.
For your second day of open water training, we bring our students to the deeper dive sites of the Racha island or to the Phi Phi Islands. You also need to have 3 training dives to do, with a maximum depth of 18m.
At Blue Label, you will have 6 dives upon course completion. As the general SSI standards, the SSI Open Water Diver Course only requires 4 dives, this means that you are way more experienced that an average open water diver upon graduation!
In general, the Open Water Diver certificate enables you to dive anywhere down to a maximum depth of 18m. To think of it, it is like a VIP pass, diving certification and bragging rights all in one cert! You can now plan your next dive trip, whether to dive in the pristine water of Malaysian peninsula, have a fun diving trip around Phuket and Thailand, or even fly to the Maldives for a relaxing dive trip. Or, you could stay motivated and meet the next level with Blue Label!
Who can enroll/start and what do you need
|Minimum age:||10 years old|
|Min Certification/diver level:||None/Scuba Diver|
|Min amount of dives:||n/a|
|Course duration||3-4 days|
|About this course:||Open Water is a ticket that opens up access to the underwater world. The depth limit of an Open Water Diver is 18m.|
|Certification available through:||SSI|
|Combination of courses:||SSI Open Water + SSI Advance Adventurer|
|What do I do next:||SSI Advance Adventurer|
Day 1 (Classroom + Pool)
- 09:00am Pickup from Hotel
- 09:30am Arrival at Blue Label office for theory class
- 11:30am Equipment tryout
- 11:30am Arrival at pool and starts activity
- 01:00pm Lunch time by the pool site
- 03:30pm Finish training and pack up equipment
- 04:30pm Arrival at Blue Label Office/Hotel
Day 2 & 3 (Open Water)
- 07:15am Pickup from your Hotel
- 08:00am Departs from Chalong Pier to Racha Yai
- 10:00am First two dives of the day
- 01:00pm Lunch time
- 02:00pm Third dive of the day
- 03:00pm Departure from Racha
- 05:00pm Estimated time of arrival at Chalong Pier
How much does it cost and what is included in the price? and why Blue Label Diving?
We have over 8 year experience running a dive shop in Phuket. Our instructors are all tech divers and Dive Instructors. Some even technical diving instructors and Dive Medics.
We take diving serious but with a smile. We don’t care about quantity but QUALITY!
We teach in several languages such as: English, Chinese, French, German, Dutch, Malay, Thai etc.
As Blue Label do not like un-welcome surprises, we clearly list out what is included and what is not included in your course payment.
Included: Dive Insurance, instructor fee, materials fee, gasses, tank rental, pool fees, equipment rental fee, pickups, breakfast and lunch and the boat fees and Excluded are: personal items (towels, sunblock etc.), dive computer rentals (300 baht)
The Dive Equipment list
Below are the equipment included in the course package.
- Mask + Snorkel
- Fins (boots if required)
- Wetsuit/Skin Suit
- BCD + Weight System
- SMB + Spool
This course opens up a path to: