Diving Courses

Learning to dive is both exhilarating and fun, and once you have mastered a few basic techniques, it will open up a new world of adventure and discovery. You can learn to dive in only two days! and at any age from ten years up, as long as you are in good health. As a PADI dive center we use a proven structure of training, and your certification will be recognized anywhere in the world. More people learn to dive with PADI each year than all of the other agencies combined. The courses are based on a self study system, which allows you to read the manual and watch the DVD's in your room, and in your own time.

Discover Scuba Diving
This is not a certification course, but an introduction to scuba diving and will give you an opportunity to try diving and see the fascinating marine world at one of the offshore islands, with an instructor to look after you.

The program consists of:
Day one: 45 minutes theory, and 45 minutes practice in the swimming pool.
Day two: 2 dives with an instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters.

PADI Scuba Diver
This is the entry level certification course and consists of the first two days of the OWD course. On completion, you are awarded a certification card that will be recognized any where in the world, allowing you to dive to a depth of 12 meters accompanied by a PADI professional.

The course consists of:
Day one: 3 hours theory and watching the DVD, approx. 2 hours practice in the swimming pool.
Day two: 2 dives at one of the offshore islands.

PADI Open Water Diver
On completion of the OWD course, you will be a certified diver qualified to safely plan your own diving activities, during the course you will dive to a depth of 18 meters.

The course consists of:
Day one: 3 hours theory and watching the DVD, approx. 2 hours practice in the swimming pool.
Day two: Two dives at one of the offshore islands.
Day three: 2 hours theory and watching the DVD, approx. 1 hour practice in the swimming pool.
Day four: Two dives at one of the offshore islands.

Courses for Certified Divers

Scuba Review
This is a short refresher course for divers who have not dived for a while and an ideal way to gain confidence, practice a few skills, review equipment assembly and ask questions. The course consists of 45 minutes theory, and an hour or so in the swimming pool.

Advanced Open Water Diver
Further your diver education and experience new and challenging diving conditions, whilst diving with an instructor. This is a perfect course for diving vacations, as it consists of just five dives, and very little theory, so you can gain a certification and never miss a days diving. Deep and Navigation are the two core dives together with three other dives of your choice. The AOWD certification is often required to dive from safari boats.

Specialty Diver
Specialty courses are a great way to improve or fine tune your diving skills, and enhance knowledge in areas of a particular interest. The courses consist of a knowledge development section and two or more dives, normally completed over one or two days. A wide range of subjects are available including Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Underwater Navigator, Wreck Diver, Underwater Photographer, Enriched Air Diver (coming soon), Night Diver, Drift Diver. On completion you are awarded a Specialty Diver certification that you can use towards Master Scuba Diver rating.

Rescue Diver
This course will expand your knowledge beyond a purely recreational level, where you will learn to consider the safety and well being of other divers. Gain effective diver rescue and first aid skills, manage rescue situations, increase your awareness of dive safety, anticipate and prevent problems occurring. The course consists of five sessions that include knowledge development in a variety of subjects, open water skills, and twelve open water exercises and scenarios.

Master Scuba Diver
This is the highest recreational diver rating and denotes superior achievement. To qualify for this certification, you must be an AOWD and Rescue Diver, and have five Specialty Diver certifications.

Dive Master
This is the entry level professional diver qualification, and as a PADI Dive Master you will enjoy a wide range of benefits. The course is both rewarding and very challenging. To become certified as a Dive Master you will need to demonstrate exemplary diving and rescue skills, professional level knowledge of dive theory, competence as a certified assistant and an ability to manage and supervise diving activities. Also good role model behavior and enthusiasm are equally important.

The Pimalai Dive Center is now open all year from. November to April remains the best time for scuba diving, but from May to October there are still plenty possibilities to scuba dive around Koh Lanta. The dive center Scubafish @ Pimalai offers very good trips, essentially to Koh Haa, Ko Rok, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang and also to the southern islands such as Koh Kradan, Koh Mook or Koh Ngai; the boats depart from the Old Town pier on the Lanta east coast where the boats are moored. Scuba diving is of course subject to sea/ weather conditions and this all year around; from May to October, please note that a minimum number of divers is usually required to operate the boat trip – eg; minimum 4 divers for a trip to Koh Haa, minimum 6 for a trip to Hin Daeng.

For all diving enquiries related to scuba diving please contact directly diving@pimalai.com Thank you.

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