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    Default PADI open water course in Thailand

    Is $550ish cad or so a good deal for 3-day course in Thailand?

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    I don't know if that is super amazing. I think I paid under $700 for SSI Open Water + Advance at Big Blue. I think it was about 5 days or so but such an awesome experience.

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    I spent 10 days diving in Koh Tao for about $1k. Got my PADI open water and advanced open water, as well as nitrox certifications. Did some ship wreck dives, night dives, etc. It was a great time.

    $550 for the 3 day course seems more expensive than when I went, but that could just be where it's headed. Call around to other places. Read the Google reviews.
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    I paid about $500 CAD in Grenada for the full certification through the Sandals resort. You don't need 3 days though, 2 days (9-5 type thing) tops, it's very easy and so is the written test.

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    You can take the full certification (class, pool, open water)in Calgary for $575
    Or just do the class and pool for $350 and complete your open water certification dives during your vacation if you don't want to burn 2 days in a classroom in Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX-7_TWINTURBO View Post
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    You can take the full certification (class, pool, open water)in Calgary for $575
    Or just do the class and pool for $350 and complete your open water certification dives during your vacation if you don't want to burn 2 days in a classroom in Thailand
    This!

    Do your open water part where it's warm. It's a huge weight of stress gone immediately. Dropping into lake Minewanka at 3 degrees eats ass.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
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    This!

    Do your open water part where it's warm. It's a huge weight of stress gone immediately. Dropping into lake Minewanka at 3 degrees eats ass.
    It's good and bad. I got certified in a dry suit. It was pretty warm in my suit though.... from my own urine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX-7_TWINTURBO View Post
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    Or just do the class and pool for $350 and complete your open water certification dives during your vacation if you don't want to burn 2 days in a classroom in Thailand
    I also recommend this. Did this my class and pool in Calgary, did my open water in Hawaii.

    A) Didn't blow a few days of Hawaiian vacation in a classroom/pool.
    B) Maybe this is nothing, but I also felt that the people in Calgary didn't care about whether I kept diving at their resort - they wanted to make sure I didn't drown. So I felt like the training was more legit, it wasn't just some tourist dive company that had an interest in getting me to do more diving with them.

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    Thailand in Oct. Australia in Dec.

    Contacted 3 places in Patong. Range from $550-$600 for 3 days openwater. Includes 6 dives and the pre-req online learning

    Cheaper than at Port Douglas in Australia where I got quoted $850 just for the 3 days and additional ~$200 for the pre-req online learning.

    Obviously I will do it in Phuket then do a 1-day group dive when in Australia.

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