EDUCATION – PADI OR CMAS ?

Both associations are recognized worldwide and it’s difficult to recommend one or other - both are excellent.
CMAS and PADI acknowledge each other and recognise each other's certifications, in addition it’s easy to switch from one organization to the other to complete or further a dive education.

 

Don’t allow this to confuse you, at the end of the day, good dive education is not so much which organization, it depends on the person who teachs you:

 

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

 

PADI

It’s hard to believe that the world’s largest scuba diving training organization was dreamt up by two friends in Illinois over a bottle of Johnny Walker in 1966. John Cronin, a scuba equipment salesman for U.S. Divers, and Ralph Erickson, an educator and swimming instructor, were concerned about the scuba diving industry. They felt that the current scuba certification agencies were unprofessional, didn’t use state of the art instruction and made it unnecessarily difficult for people to enter the sport. John and Ralph knew there had to be a safer, easy way for people to learn to breathe underwater. In 1966, John brought a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label and thirty dollars to Ralph’s Illinois apartment in Morton Grove.  They decided it was time to start a scuba training organization. John insisted that the word “professional” be in the name of the company. Ralph wanted an “association of diving instructors.” After a few scotches, the acronym PADI was born: Professional  Association  of  Diving  Instructors.

 

CMAS

CMAS is the acronym for Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques also known as “The World Underwater Federation”. CMAS is the world’s first international diver training organization and was founded January 1959 in Monaco by a confederation of fifteen countries to establish an international diver training standard. Organized under the direction of Jacques-Yves Cousteau the co-founder of the “Aqualung” and father of the modern sport of scuba diving CMAS has grown to a membership of over one hundred countries. CMAS is headquartered within the International Olympic Committee building in Rome Italy. CMAS courses are offered by CMAS Instructors, meet CMAS standards and as such are recognized worldwide. The TDA, Thailand Diving Association, is a full voting member of CMAS.

 

PADI SCUBA DIVING COURSES

 

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it. While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

Duration : 1 day

Incl. confined water training, 2 open water dives

4.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/ no certification

 

SCUBA DIVER COURSE

The Scuba Diver course requires less time than the Open Water Diver course, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive professional or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities under the supervision of a dive professional to a max. depth of 12 m.

Course duration : 2 to 3 days

incl. theory & exam, confined water training, 2 open water dives

11.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/excl. study material & certification fee

OPEN WATER DIVER

The Open Water Diver course is for the beginner  and will give you all the required knowledge and skills necessary to make your diving safe and fun. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision to a max. depth of 18 m, provided the diving activities and the areas dived approximate those of training.

Course duration : 3 to 4 days

Incl. theory & exam, confined water training, 4 open water dives

15.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/excl. study material & certification fee

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.  This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your  instructor.  This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Course duration : 2 days

Incl. 5 open water dives

12.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/excl. study material & certification fee


RESCUE DIVER & EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDE

First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. You need these skills for the Rescue Diver course. Emergency First Response course is specializes in learning these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency.

Course duration : 1 days

6.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/excl. study material & certification fee

 

The Rescue Diver course is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for you to effectively perform rescues and assists, manage diving-accident situations and render proper first aid when necessary.

You’ll find the course enjoyable and highly interesting, although the nature and context in which such training may be used is quite serious. The primary objective of this course is to prevent the need for use of rescue skills. A good diver does not only solve problems, he prevents them in the first place!

Course duration : 3 to 4 days

incl. theory & exam, confined water training, 4 open water dives

13.900 THB/person/incl. equipment/excl. study material & certification fee

 

All Speciality Courses available for 6.900 THB/incl. equipment/ excl. studymaterial & certificationfee !

 

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the Divemaster course. Working closely with an Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.  Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Please contact us for course duration, coasts etc. !

 

Kids age 8+ can dive, too! Please enquire for details.

 

CMAS DIVING COURSES

BASIC DIVER

is the CMAS entry level diver certification course. It provides the graduate with the basic knowledge and skills needed to be a safe and environmentally responsible Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion of the course the graduate is competent to engage in open water diving activities under the supervision of a dive professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters.

Course Duration & Content: 2 to 3 days including theory and a short theory examination, confined  water training and 2 open water dives.

Cost : 10.900 THB per person including equipment but excluding the  certification fee which is currently 1.000 THB.

 

 
ONE STAR DIVER

is the alternative CMAS entry level diver certification course. It equips the graduate with all the knowledge and skills needed to be a safe and environmentally responsible Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion of the course graduate is competent to engage in open water diving activities with a buddy but without supervision to 30 meters, providing the diving activities and the areas approximate those encountered during training.

Course Duration & Content: 3 to 4 days including theory and a short theory exam, confined water  training and 5 open water dives.

Cost:15.900 THB per person including equipment but excluding the certification fee which is currently 1.000 THB.

 

 

THE TWO STAR DIVER

course is the next step in the continuing education of a CMAS one Star diver. It consists of supervised and unsupervised diving activities and academic instruction designed to introduce divers to a variety of diving activities. Candidate participation and practical application of knowledge in open water after classroom discussions is stressed. Upon successful completion of this course the diver is competent to engage in open water diving activities with a buddy but without supervision to 30 meters, providing the diving activities and the areas approximate those encountered during training. This course is the first step towards CMAS Leadership roles.

Course Duration & Content: 4 to 5 days including theory and a theory exam, confined water  training and 6 open water dives.

Cost: 17.900 THB  per person including equipment but excluding the certification fee which is currently 1.000 THB.

 

 

THE THREE STAR DIVER

course is the most advanced non-professional certification CMAS course. It is the next step in the continuing education for a CMAS two Star diver. During the course the candidate will acquire a comprehensive understanding of diving physics and physiology, diving first aid, rescue techniques, calculation of air requirements and use of decompression tables, selection of dive sites, the principles of dive planning and underwater navigation and the legal responsibilities of divers.

Course duration & Content: 8 to 10 days including theory and a theory exam, confined water  training and 6 open water dives.

Cost: 27.900 THB per person including equipment but excluding the certification fee which is currently 1.000 THB.

 

All Speciality Courses available for 6.900 THB/incl. equipment/ excl. certification fee
which is currently 900 THB (Nitrox Speciality 1.200 THB)!

 

Assistant Instructor and Instructor (ITC) Courses are available,

 

Kids age 8+ can dive, too! Please enquire for details.

 

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