Topics covered in the PADI Open Water Diver course

This article lists the topics that you will cover during the classroom portion of your course.  During your course you’ll be given access to the course manual.  As the cost of manuals is quite high, over 1,500 Baht – they aren’t included in the cost of dive courses by the dive schools on Koh Chang.  The same applies to accompanying videos and VCDs/DVDs which you’ll have access to at the dive school but will have to pay extra for if you require your own. 

You’ll notice that the manual is divided into five chapters.  Each chapter contains it’s own exercises and ‘Knowledge Review’ questions, pay attention to these questions as there is a final exam and the format and questions are very similar to that of the Knowledge Reviews in the manual.

Chapter 1

  • The Underwater World
  • Diving Equipment
  • Scuba Systems
  • The Buddy System
  • Confined Water Training Preview

Chapter 2

  • Adapting to the Underwater World
  • Respiration
  • Diving Equipment
  • Diving Communications
  • Buddy System Procedures
  • Confined Water Training Preview

Chapter 3

  • The Diving Environment
  • Dive Planning
  • Boat Diving Procedures
  • Problem Management
  • Confined Water Training Preview
  • General Open Water Skills
  • Open Water Training Preview

Chapter 4

  • Accessory Diving Equipment
  • Health for Diving
  • Breathing Air at Depth
  • Dive Tables Introduction
  • Using the Recreational Dive Planner  – Wheel booklet
  • Complete Sample Problems and Exercise Questions using the Wheel
  • Confined Water Training Preview

Chapter 5

  • Recreational Dive Planner Special
  • Circumstances
  • Finding Minimum Surface Interval – Complete Sample Problems and Exercise Questions
  • Dive Tables Definitions Review
  • Basic Compass Navigation
  • Confined Water Training Preview
  • Open Water Training Preview
  • Continuing Education
  • Epilogue
  • Summary of Diving Safety Practices

Now you’re ready for your final review session.  You’ll find that classroom sessions are often alternated with practical confined and open water training to allow for more variation during the course.

Some dive schools hold part of the classroom training on the dive boat itself.  This can serve two purposes, it fills the time spent getting to the dive sites and also cuts down on the time taken to complete the course.