Complete your Open Water course on Koh Tao & become an Open Water Diver
Koh Tao is the perfect place to learn how to Scuba dive and complete your Open Water Koh Tao Course. The water is calm and clear and there are more than 20 beautiful dive sites with conditions perfect for learning.
Our three and a half day Open Water Koh Tao Course is aimed at complete beginners and is the perfect way to explore Koh Tao and its crystal clear waters. Your Open Water Diver course will include theory work, training in our pool and four open water dives amongst the island’s beautiful coral reefs. When completed the Open Water Diving course will certify you to dive to 18m, last a life time and be recognised worldwide.
Our experienced instructors start Open Water Koh Tao Courses every day in a variety of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, German and Thai. Our team of dive professionals have all completed their training here at Phoenix Divers and will make you feel calm and relaxed throughout the whole experience. They will make sure you enjoy your Open Water Diving course and in just 3 days take you from being a complete beginner to a confident open water diver.
Deposit: 2,500 ฿
Open Water Diving Course Schedule
17h00 – 18h30
Orientation : Meet your experienced instructor and start the Open Water Diver theory work. Then have time to relax and enjoy the famous Koh Tao sunset from our balcony.
9h30 – 16h30
This is where the Open Water Koh Tao Diving Course really starts! In the morning your instructor will teach you the important rules of Scuba Diving and all about the underwater world here on Koh Tao. After a break for lunch you will learn how to set up the dive equipment and then go for a practice dive in our swimming pool that will get you ready for your first Open Water dives.
10h30 – 11h30
Classroom academics & final Open Water Diving Course exam.
12h30 – 16h30
Open Water Dives 1 & 2 – your first scuba dives in the ocean will be to a maximum depth of 12 meters in one of our more shallow, training dive sites on Koh Tao.
7h00 – 12h00
Open Water Dives 3 & 4 – on your last day we can take you Scuba Diving to 18 meters so you can enjoy all of Koh Tao’s beautiful marine life. Once the dives are completed you will be a certified Open Water Diver!
*Open Water Koh Tao Diving Course schedule can change due to weather, low season & number of divers
See a more in depth course schedule here.
Open Water Koh Tao Diving Course package price includes
- Phoenix taxi pick up from the pier
- Internationally recognised SSI Open Water Diver certification card and logbook
- Rental dive equipment
- Professional instruction in maximum group sizes of 4 people to 1 instructor
- 1 training dive and 4 open water dives in the ocean
- And an awesome Open Water Koh Tao Diving Course experience!
- A minimum of 10 years old
- Ability to swim
- Good physical health
Our Open Water Koh Tao Diving Course TripAdvisor Reviews
OPEN WATER DIVING COURSE. Had an absolutely incredible 4 days with Phoenix diving. Despite being a course to get my open water license, it’s created memories which I will remember for the rest of my life! Our diving instructor was Hugo – at the end of the open water course he feels like a solid mate rather than somebody who’s simply taught me things! I now feel fully comfortable diving and any nerves I had beforehand are now completely non existent. I would highly recommend diving with Phoenix if you get the opportunity to come to Koh Tao!!
FANTASTIC OPEN WATER + ADVANCED. Just completed Open Water Course + Advanced courses with Phoenix. If you’re like me, during your research you probably noticed that there’s many accredited and highly reviewed dive schools on Koh Tao. However, after spending 5 days on Koh Tao with this crew I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go with them instead of any other. My instructors Nate and Rory were top top notch, real professionals. I thought the instruction was perfect and every other aspect of my experience left nothing more to be desired. Bonus points for some great/ really cool affiliated accommodation next door. Also special shoutout to Mona for being a great leader on my advanced course as well.
AWESOME DIVE SCHOOL, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Phoenix is the perfect shop to dive with if you’re heading to Koh Tao. I was a solo traveler and went with Phoenix for my Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications (both with SSI). My instructor was Fabian, a German & English speaker who has been on the island for the last 3 years. He’s super knowledgable, patient, and approachable.
1. Price — as of 2019, all dive schools offer the Open Water course for $11,000 Baht. Phoenix also works with the AC (right next door) for very reasonable accommodation.
2. Class size — Phoenix has a max of 4 people per class, which is small enough to have individual attention.
3. Location — right on the beach with beautiful sunrises and sunsets before and after dives. There are tons of bars, restaurants, 7/11, scooter rentals within a 5 minute walk, so you’ll have everything you need between dives.
4. Community — anytime you walk by Phoenix, you’ll see a few of their dive masters or instructors hanging out on the patio by the beach. They throw a free BBQ twice a week. Our class had beers after dives. I made a ton of friends just by being a Phoenix student.
PHOENIX DIVERS KOH TAO THE BEST. I only have amazing things to say! Had the time of my life here on Koh Tao and met amazing people! Everything was just great and i would recommend to anyone. The divecenter has the best vibe all around the place with free coffe and water in the lobby and classrooms located litterally right on the beach to enjoy the sunset. Also connected just next to the best poolbar/restaurant AC Bar with discounts and even free BBQs for divers.. and even made vegetarian burgers aswell!!! Everyone in the staff so friendly and always helping you with a big smile.
Never been diving before and did my Open Water with the best instructor Hugo. Hugo was just an amazing person and teacher who made me feel very comfortable in the water aswell as in the classroom, absolute masterclass teaching! He even fixed my ear problem UNDER the water on my second dive by very clearly informing me about what to do and when, aswell as staying so calm and clear. Cant thank you enough for the amazing experience Hugo and Phoenix Divers Koh Tao!
THIS IS THE PLACE TO MAKE YOUR OPEN WATER!!!!! Just finished my SSI Open Water course with Instructor Finn. It was awesome to say the least. He was very patient, motivating and I would recommend him to anyone who has never dived before. I loved everything at Phoenix Divers the staff were excellent. They were helpful with booking accommodation and they even picked me up from the ferry. Location is perfect close to everything you need. The best reason why it’s so unique is that they have the best boats on Koh Tao. PINK BOATS!!!!! How can you beat that???? They also offered snacks, water, tea and fresh fruits in between dives which is always a nice touch.
OPEN WATER & ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVE COURSES. Spent an amazing week learning to dive with Phoenix! Took the open water course and immediately signed up for the advanced course as soon as I had finished. This was the perfect introduction to scuba diving. My instructor, Hugo, was brilliant: experienced, fun, and thorough. I always felt comfortable diving with him and had a blast too. He gave us a terrific tour of Koh Tao’s dive sites, including a night dive and a shipwreck dive. Can’t wait to come back! I highly recommend learning with Phoenix divers!
THE BEST DIVE SHOP IN KOH TAO (PROBABLY IN THAILAND). Starting from a clear and professional website. It already gives you a confident feeling you picked the right place to do your dives on Koh Tao. We did our open water course with Nate as our instructor. Many thanks to Nate and the others at the staff. You guys are awesome! Very friendly and chilled group with proper professional equipment for rent (including dive computers), nice boats to do backflips between dives and munch on some fruit. We had a good luck and enjoyed a free BBQ with the staff and other divers the night before leaving koh tao. If and when we are coming back to Koh tao, we are going to dive with phoenix divers Koh Tao for sure! Cheers Jenna and Eemeli.
AWESOME OPEN WATER DIVING COURSE. We did the open water diving course. I can totally recommend doing that! If you don’t do it at Phoenix you will regret it. The price for the course is really cheap for the experience you will have!
Everybody in the school is so nice and they really know what they‘re doing. Rory is always so calm and never stressful, what gives you confidence under water. The atmosphere at the school and under water is just great! If I come next time to Koh Tao I will definitely go there again!
DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED, BEST PLACE TO LEARN HOW TO DIVE. Tbh I’ve never planned to do my diving license but somehow I ended up in Koh Tao having the best days of my travels so far! Joining Phoenix just made my trip super special – there’s absolutely nothing to complain about. Even though I was a bit nervous at first I finally feel super comfortable in the water! Big thanks to my diving instructor Hugo who gave me all the time I needed and even became a friend at the end of the day. He’s a super funny guy that makes you laugh even if you have a bad day!
I literally couldn’t think of a better place to become a certified open water diver! Totally recommend!
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! GO TO THIS PLACE! What a great place to learn how to dive. Took my open water course & couldn’t leave this amazing place so also took my advanced. The night dive was amazing, feels like being in a movie ! The wreck dive was so much fun to! From the first till the last dive everything was just perfect! Really can recommend this place for anyone, they speak alot of languages, are very kind, fun , but very serious about everything you should know so that’s all your looking for in one package when you want to dive.
The teachers are very passionate about their jobs & you can feel that great vibe! There are alot of driving schools In Koh Tao but make sure you go to this place! Enjoyed every minute of it, and I’ll be back soon to finish all the other courses! BIG UPS !! especially to, Fabian (you rock dude !) Rory, Bung, Maxime & Glauco. Keep up the good work guys !