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Diving License

My Partner and I are looking into getting our Diving License. we are looking at getting one that only takes a day or 2 and through a good company. Recommendations?

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1. Re: Diving License

THe open water diver course takes a minimum of 3 days. So you'd be looking at either the discover scuba diving experience (will mostly take 1 day) or the scuba diver license, which will take 2 days. It is a recognised certificate, but has limitations regarding depth and supervision. Consecutive dives will quite often be more expensive than with the open water certification, but for people who don't have the time it is a good alternative.

You can upgrade to open water diver at any time, but all in all the cost of scuba diver + upgrade will be considerably more expensive than the stand alone open water course.

Hope this helps,

Steven from phuket-scuba

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2. Re: Diving License

Frankly, a good company will not give you the license in a day or two.

You are cutting it too short. 3 days would be ideal, for the classroom, pool and open water drills.

To do it in 2 days is possible but you would have to give up doing anything else on your holiday. There are books to read, exercises to do in the pool and excercises to do in the ocean, and i do not recommend it.

Scuba is a sport that can kill you if not done correctly. The safety standards are there for a reason, for your protection and those of others diving with you. Learn the skills properly and dive safely.

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Exactly - as above.

Scuba diving isn't that type of 'sport' - you need to learn it properly and that takes time.

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4. Re: Diving License

There is the scuba diver course, which you can do in 2 days, that might suit you.

Unfortunately my earlierr, very complete answer, was removed,

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5. Re: Diving License

Here is the syllabus based on the Padi System. There are 3 sections to this.

Knowledge Development (e-learning possible)

Confined Water Dives (5 dives)

Open Water Dives (4 dives)

In a 2 day course, you will do Confined Water in day one (Pool) and Open Water in Day 2 (Ocean).

In between the dives, you will be cramping the study materials, and doing the paper exercise. A very busy 2 days.

padi.com/scuba/…

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6. Re: Diving License

Yes, that is the open water diver course, which is not a good or realistic option for them. But the scuba diver course is a good and realistic option for them (3 confined dives and 2 open water dives).

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7. Re: Diving License

Strictly speaking (but in the real world money talks louder), that certification would disallow them to dive in many of the sites in phuket due to depth being more than 12m

Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet

Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision

Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses

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8. Re: Diving License

Yes, all correct (well, they can dive at e.g. Shark Point, Bida Islands, Racha Islands, but especially King Cruiser would not be an option), but all with a depth limitation. And at the Similans all western divesites, the boulder sites for which the Similans are famous, would be out of reach as well, as would Koh Tachai and Koh Bon (except for the bay).

All that I wrote in my first post, which for inexplicable reasons has been removed.

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9. Re: Diving License

Odd that it was removed Steven! The info you have given is correct and should help the OP with her question. The Scuba Diver Course over 2 days would be ideal for them if they are wanting to get a certification card.

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10. Re: Diving License

Post has been reinstated, thanks.

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