PADI Open Water training Pattaya at Mermaid Dive

PADI Open Water Course PADI Open Water course at Mermaids Dive Centre Thailand

Embarking upon the PADI Open Water Course can lead to two possible certifications: PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver.

The PADI Open Water Diver certification (O/W) is a full entry level certification. It is earned by successfully completing the academics and in water skills.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 segments: Confined water dives, knowledge development and open water dives. Each plays an important role in learning to dive in meeting the performance objectives you need to qualify as a diver.

The fun begins in the classroom. The Mermaids instructors are extremely experienced allowing you to feel confident and relaxed. Diving is all about fun and we make it enjoyable from the offset. The diving fun begins with the confined water dives. These are dives in our swimming pool during which you will apply dive principles, and learn and practice dive procedures and skills. Mermaids teach the confined sessions in the pool however they can be taught in a body of water with pool like conditions under your instructor’s guidance and supervision. There are 5 confined water dives that correspond with 5 knowledge development sections.

The PADI Open Water Diver certification qualifies you to:

  • Dive independently (with a certified diving buddy) while applying the knowledge and skills that you learned in this course. Within the limits of your dive training and experience you shall be licensed to dive with your buddies to a depth of 18 meters.
  • Procure air fills, scuba equipment and other service for scuba diving. Grab tanks and go diving with your certified buddies.
  • Plan, conduct and log open water no stop (no decompression) dives when equipped properly and accompanied by a buddy. All dives should be completed in conditions which you have training and or experience.
  • Continue your diver education with the PADI Advanced Open Water course or in PADI specialty training.

How can I begin the PADI Open Water Course?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

What do I need?
  • Be 14+ years of age
  • Possess the PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
  • PADI Open Water DVD and multimedia material (watched at Mermaids)
  • Possess a Log Book

Children under the age of 14 can partocipate in the PADI Open Water Diver JUNIOR program. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
*A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

The knowledge development

Knowledge development establishes the principles and basic information that all divers need to have fun diving safely. It’s divided into 5 bite sized segments that you’ll complete primarily on your own time or in the classroom alone by using the PADI Open Water manual and video to guide you. For each segment your instructor reviews and elaborates on the material, applying what you’re learning to your specific needs and the local dive environment. A short quiz at the end of each section in the manual confirms that you have picked up the information that you need from that section.

Section One covers:

  • The under water world
  • Dive Equipment
  • Scuba Systems
  • The Buddy System (Your partner in the under water environment)
  • Confined water dive preview

Section Two covers:

  • Adapting to the underwater world
  • Respiration
  • Dive Equipment
  • Buddy System communication and procedures. There are many hand signals that you need to learn for communicating under the surface of the water.

Section Three covers:

  • The Dive Environment
  • Dive Planning – This would be the basics of gathering your equipment, safety procedures, gaining a buddy, dive conditions etc.
  • Boat Diving
  • Problem Management
  • Confined water dive preview
  • General Open Water Skills
  • Open Water Dives 1 and 2

Section Four covers:

  • Dive accessories
  • Health for diving
  • Breathing Air at Depth
  • Confined water dive preview

Section Five covers:

  • Special Dive Table and Computer Procedures
  • Using the Dive Table (RDP – Recreational Dive Planner) – The RDP displays to you how to easily manage the planning of your dive safely, showing you how to stay within the limits of time and depth underwater without going into decompression diving. This means that you’ll know exactly how deep you can go and for how long before you have to surface maintaining a safe dive profile. As recreational divers we ensure that we can safely surface at any time without having to make decompression stops.
  • Basic Compass Navigation
  • Confined water dive preview
  • Open Water Dives 3 and 4 and optional Skin Dive
  • Dive Safety Practices Summary

You may find that the sequence of these is changed very slightly but all of the main elements are here and shall be viewed at some stage. The great thing about the PADI system is that it is very logical and runs very smoothly allowing you maximum enjoyment whilst learning the fundamentals of scuba diving.

At the end of the knowledge development section there is a 50 question examination (in leisurely conditions) which covers all of the 5 knowledge review sections and your instructor will go through this with you for “reinforced” learning.

The confined water dives:

The PADI Confined Water Dives will prove that all of the effort studying the book has been worth it. This is where the fun really begins. I knew from my first time in the swimming pool that Scuba Dive instruction was exactly what I wanted to do with my time at work.

As mentioned there are 5 Confined Water dives. These dives progress with the skills in the same fashion as the rest of the PADI course – easing you gently into it and progressively getting harder but with your confidence stronger.NOTE: All of the skills are demonstrated by your instructor first.

Confined Dive One covers:

  • Mask defogging – prevention of mist in your mask
  • Donning and adjusting your equipment (in water)
  • Inflation and deflation of your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)
  • Breathing underwater
  • Regulator clearing
  • Regulator recovery – how to retrieve and replace your regulator should it fall or be knocked for the mouth
  • Clearing of a partially flooded mask (if water should leak in)
  • Practice underwater swimming in scuba gear
  • Equalization – a simple technique to equalize your ears with the surrounding pressure as you go into depth
  • Submersible pressure gauge – you are shown how the gauges on your console work
  • Practice hand signals
  • Alternate air source use – switching to your buddy’s octopus if you are in an out of air situation
  • Ascents – taught the correct signal for ascent and to ascend slowly
  • Exit and equipment disassembly
  • Debriefing

You will note that all of the equipment was assembled ready for your use directly in the pool – we do this is confined dive as to get you familiar with scuba in the water more quickly. You have waited long enough already.

Confined Dive Two covers:

  • Equipment preparation and set up
  • Don scuba equipment (first use of your buddy)
  • Pre-dive safety check – to be performed before any dive in training and everyday diving
  • Deep water entry (seated position)
  • Snorkel breathing and clearing
  • Surface swimming with scuba
  • Snorkel/regulator exchange
  • Five point descent (the correct way to execute a descent)
  • No mask breathing
  • Mask replacement underwater
  • Disconnection of low pressure inflator hose
  • BCD – oral inflation
  • Proper weighting at the surface – buoyancy test
  • Air depletion exercise
  • Five point ascent (the correct way to execute a ascent)
  • Weight removal at surface
  • Deep water exit
  • Don scuba equipment
  • Deep water entry (giant stride)
  • Exit and equipment disassembly

Confined Dive Three covers:

  • Equipment assembly
  • Don scuba equipment
  • Pre-dive safety check (as always!)
  • Deep water entry
  • Neutral buoyancy underwater – fin pivot
  • Neutral buoyancy swim
  • Cramp removal – different techniques taught if you have a cramp whilst diving
  • Tired diver tow (assist your buddy if out of breath)
  • Air depletion/alternate air source
  • Free flow regulator breathing
  • Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) – how to reach the surface in a controlled manner if out of air on a dive
  • Exit and equipment disassembly

Confined Dive Four covers:

  • Don scuba equipment
  • Entry
  • Buoyancy control – hovering underwater
  • Buddy breathing (this is optional but I like to teach it)
  • Exit and equipment disassembly

Confined Dive Five covers:

  • Equipment assembly
  • Don equipment
  • Entry
  • Remove and replace scuba unit – underwater
  • Remove and replace weight system – underwater
  • Remove and replace weight system – surface
  • Remove and replace scuba unit – surface
  • Exit and equipment disassembly

NOTE: You will have plenty of time during the course to practice all of the skills.
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About the OPEN Water Dives:

The Open Water Dives complete your training as an entry-level scuba diver by applying all that you have learned and further developing your knowledge and dive skills in a dive environment under your instructors supervision and direct guidance.

You’ll make at least 4 Open Water Dives and perhaps an optional skin dive, during this part of the PADI Open Water Dive course. Prior to certification, you’ll meet specific learning objectives that you’ll read about in the Open Water Divers manual.

You’ll learn in a sequence that establishes skills and knowledge from simple to the complex, with later skills and knowledge building on what you learn first. For this reason it is important to successfully complete each section before moving on to the next.

The Open Water course is generally conducted over 4 days with the first and second day in the pool and classroom. The third and fourth days will be in the ocean conducting your open water dives. THIS CAN BE shortened to 3 days if time is a deciding factor. The course is still within all standards and can be easily achieved at this rate. We sometimes find that students on holiday would like to complete the training in a shorter period with time restrictions and also this will allow for an additional day pleasure diving before departing back home.

Now that you are certified as an Open Water Diver you are able to dive to a maximum recommended depth of 18 meters with a buddy of equal or higher scuba training to yourself.

Where can I go from here?

Mermaids offer a whole range of PADI Specialties as below:

Tailor-made all-inclusive dive packages can be made for any diver with specific requirements.

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Next Course: PADI Advanced Open Water course – PADI Advanced Open Water Course – detailed

Mermaids CDC – Dive Career Center Pattaya, Thailand offer the full PADI open water course in house and with academics online with PADI eLearning.

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