Private Scuba › PADI Diver Certification Courses in Thailand
PADI® scuba certifications begin with the one-day introductory course for beginners and the popular international qualification of Open Water Diver.
Learning to scuba dive with the unequalled team of experts at 'Private Scuba' in Thailand is the ideal start towards a career in diving.
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You can join daily fun dives around the chain of shallow, coral islands and sunken shipwrecks off the sea coast at Pattaya.
Because, taking a PADI scuba certification course in Thailand will prove to be a superb 'value for money' experience.
Furthermore, the flexibility of scuba courses means children as young as eight years old can start diving - and there is no upper age limit to join in the fun.
Important: Clicking any of the links below will take you to further detailed information about that particular level of certification for scuba diving.
Are you ready to become a certified diver and add some excitement to your life? If so, great adventures can start right here.
It's super easy to get started. You can choose to enroll online for most PADI scuba courses, and then jump in the water for a few days to finish the training.
Have you got an urge to explore the underwater world? If so, you can learn all the basic safety steps in diving without getting a scuba certification.
The Discover Scuba Diving course is the quickest and the easiest way to try an introductory plunge in shallow water.
Important: Another section explains more about the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program limits, such as the minimum age requirements and the maximum depth restrictions.
In fact, the youngest age for kids to go scuba diving is eight years old. So, how do parents know if their child is ready for scuba lessons?
One way is to enroll them in one of the PADI programs for kids (e.g. Bubblemaker, Seal Team). Children have a natural curiosity for adventure and most youngsters enjoy learning new skills.
There are several advantages in taking scuba courses one step at a time. So, because the Scuba Diver course is a subset, some of the benefits that suit beginners are:
As a result, completing the PADI Scuba Diver certification means you would be part way to becoming an Open Water Diver.
The Scuba Diver rating does not result in a "full" diving qualification. So, it does not allow you to dive without professional supervision.
However, if you continue your education and complete the upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver to Open Water you would be able to dive with another qualified diver to a maximum of eighteen (18) metres (60 feet).
The first complete certification level in scuba is the Open Water Diver. This is a course where you learn how to scuba dive with the attentive tuition of a trained instructor.
The PADI Open Water Diver course concludes with four dives in an open water environment (e.g. a freshwater lake or ocean). After a successful completion, you will have knowledge about basic diving principles and entry level dive skills.
Sign up for a digital scuba session (e.g. with PADI eLearning® programs) and learn to scuba dive online while working at your own pace.
Note: The Internet was still in its infancy when 'Scuba Steve' was learning how to become a scuba instructor back in 2002. Nowadays, the dive industry uses mobile devices and web browsers to deliver education online and offline.
Taking advantage of the PADI Open Water Referral means there's no need to choose between getting certified at home, or when you take scuba diving vacation in Thailand.
Pattaya is often viewed as the 'uncut' entertainment destination for holidaymakers heading to Thailand. Even so, you can try snorkeling in Pattaya and escape the mayhem.
We visit the near and far island chains on a daily basis (weather permitting). No previous snorkeling skills are required and we welcome solo travelers, families with children, and all age groups.
Snorkelers sometimes get excited about submerging deeper down below the surface. The Pattaya snorkel and scuba package offers a way to get up close and personal to coral reefs and tropical fishes.
Note: Check out our snorkeling blog articles with expert safety tips and useful information for anyone who enjoys swimming with a snorkel.
Do you know what to do if there is a serious diving accident? The Emergency First Response® training is an invaluable certification for handling a range of life-threatening emergencies.
You can learn:
Once you get a qualification, learning new diving skills is exhilarating. Browse through the list of advanced scuba courses below and find one that 'floats your boat'.
Working alongside your scuba instructor will improve your skills and help you gain extra confidence. So, why not enjoy more of what diving offers?
You need to complete three (3) of the specialist adventures listed in the PADI Adventure Diver course to earn the certification.
There is no shortcut to advancing your dive skills. But, every specialty dive that you complete counts toward the specialty diver certifications.
Among the most popular choices that certified divers make when taking the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification course are:
Without a doubt, diving habits change for the better after completing the PADI Rescue Diver course. It's the most serious fun you'll have in diving!
Tip: Did you ever wonder what separates a safe diver from a dangerous one? Check out the Dos and Don'ts in scuba diving and you may be shocked to find that you are also displaying some of scuba's bad habits.
Many of the PADI Specialty Diver certifications are available with digital eLearning options. The online facility makes it easier to enhance underwater exploration.
Three of the popular specialty courses that do not require in-water dives include:
You can join a well-respected and superior group by completing the Master Scuba Diver rating. Yet, less than 2% of divers will actually achieve it and get the coveted badge.
Later, we drop anchor near to gardens of encrusted hard and soft coral formations (usually in shallow water near the beach).
Add some hot tropical sunshine, bath-like warm water, and you have a spectacular fun day out scuba diving in Thailand for around $100.
You will get:
Note: The PADI ReActivate™ Scuba Refresher Program is for divers who have been inactive from diving or feel a little rusty with the basic scuba skills and diving knowledge. Check the special discount scuba diving packages offered during the low season if you have time to complete multiple courses.
Do you want to be a PADI Divemaster or Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and earn a living from diving while traveling the world?
You may even decide to turn your exhaustive enthusiasm for teaching into a fully fledged career by starting up and running a scuba diving business.
If you decide to stay in one spot you could become a local diving expert. We know from personal experience, working in a dive shop, at a resort, or on diving liveaboards in Thailand is a rewarding career.
And... you get paid for doing something that you love!
Living the dream may be cliché, but the reasons for taking PADI professional level courses (Divemaster, Scuba Instructor) are not misplaced or uncommon.
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