Beginner diver’s have many options when it comes to learning to dive. A one day Discover Scuba Diving experience is a perfect way to jump in the water and see if you like diving while a more intensive four day Open Water Course is the first step in becoming a licensed diver.
If you haven’t thought about diving before you visit Ko Lanta then you might just start when you arrive. Dive shops and colorful photos of the rich local marine life are all over the island. The island is a great place to base yourself for diving in the South Andaman Sea; people travel here year round for this very reason. If you’ve never thought of diving or never tried then the atmosphere around the island might inspire you to start!
Choosing from the entry level options will come down to how much time you have on the island and whether or not you have any apprehensions about learning.
Discover Scuba Diving
Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy way to get in the water. A short lesson with a dive instructor will give you enough of a foundation to make a dive. Most dive centres will give you the option to complete a short pool session the day before diving or to do the training directly at the dive site the same day. Both are followed by two open water dives at one of the spectacular nearby dive sites. So after a quick lesson and practicing a few basic steps like clearing your mask – you can be exploring the amazing underwater scenery and discovering the colourful marine life of the Andaman Sea. The training is brief so you won’t have a license when you finish and you’ll have to stay very close to the instructor while diving but you will have an amazing experience and ‘ll see if diving is for you. This is also a great option for people who don’t have enough time to invest in a four day Open Water Course.
Open Water Course
The first step in becoming a licensed diver is the PADI Open Water Course. This course will lay the foundation for safe diving practices and teach you the skills you need to know to start diving. The course is divided into Knowledge Development (classroom work), Confined Water (skills practice in shallow water/swimming pool) and four Open Water Dives (real dives at one of the nearby dive sites). When you finish, you’ll have a license to dive to 18m anywhere in the world!
The full Open Water Course is a fun way to spend a few days of your holiday. If you don’t have the time or if you’re unsure if you’re ready to commit the time, the Discover Scuba Diving is probably the best option. And, if you fall in love straight away, its easy enough to carry on with the full course.