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Open Water Course

This course is the most accepted worldwide for certification of divers.

Internationally, this course is done over three to four days. If you were to take it in Norway the demands would be higher than in the rest of the world. For example, in Norway you are required to make 6 ocean dives over three days, while only four are required internationally. The Norwegian authorities have also put up other requirements concerning certification of recreational divers, among them orientation of night dives, towing of a tired diver and so on.

Viking Liveaboards in Thailand offers all of its students the opportunity to go through the PADI Open Water course using Norwegian standards. Normally, our Open Water courses stretches over four or five days, except when the students have read the material beforehand at home! Many students do the reading before they come down to us and can go straight in the water when they come here. If you can, you should also watch the videos.

If you have prepared properly before we meet, then the basic course can be done in less time.


PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Many choose to take our continuation course directly after completing the basic course. This is something we strongly recommend. The Advanced Open Water course will give you some very valuable dive experience, while being under direct supervision and guidance of your instructor the whole time. If you’ve had your certificate for a while, but not taken any further courses, why not freshen up your memory by joining us on an Advanced course on a dive cruise. You won’t regret it!

This course is built around five "Specialty-dives" where three are compulsory and two optional. The compulsory are: Underwater Navigation, Deep dive and Night dive. For the optional you have several choices, among them the popular Multi level dive and Wreck dive.

If you want to extend your knowledge by watching several very good videos, then that’s perfect. That means you don’t have to take the exam for the Advanced course! This course is meant to be mega fun and to give you dive experience! After this course you will be able to dive more relaxed and enjoy the surroundings, because we are careful to emphasize buoyancy control! You will learn how to "hang" weightless, and how to get a nice and enjoyable dive without any effort, even if the dive is a bit harder due to bad weather and dive conditions.


Emergency First Response

Everybody should have basic skills in Medic First Aid, no matter if you dive or not. Think of all the accidents you read about in traffic, in homes, at school or at work. If you’re nearby when an accident occurs and have taken this course you will know what to do and can save lives.

"It’s better to forestall than be forestalled." The Medic First Aid course teaches both first aid and CPR. It’s a course that both divers and non-divers can participate in, so bring you’re friends and relatives! The knowledge you gain will make it possible for you to save lives and help people injured in an accident.

The teaching is based around a combination of film-sequences, made by professionals, and practical exercises on a "Anne-doll" and other participants of the course!

Medic First Aid or a equivalent course is a requirement to go on and take the PADI Rescue Diver course.


PADI Rescue Diver Course

So far, your dive training has focused on you and your personal skills, to make you a better and more safe diver! Now it’s time to learn how to make your diving more safe and fun for others! In this way, not only will you become a better "buddy", but you will also be more prepared for more serious dive conditions. You will feel more confident and you will know your limits as well as what to do during bad conditions, much better than before. As a Rescue Diver your dive buddies will lookup to you as the natural leader, if there is no professional diver among you.

"Extremely fun" - "The best course PADI has to offer" - "Very fun and exciting" - "A real challenge"
Well, this is how most participants describe this course! And we are unanimous: This is probably the most useful course a recreational diver can take. The Rescue course suits everyone! You don’t have to be big and strong to pass this course. Exercises are adjusted to the individual. This means it can be taken by anybody, old or young!

Through reading and practice - and through exciting roll-play - you will learn to foresee and prevent dive accidents. You will learn how to deal with an accident as and when it occurs. You will practice how to tow a tired diver to shore or a boat, and how to cope with worst case scenarios. The purpose of the course is to give you the necessary knowledge and skills needed, in case of an accident! When you know how to, you can use your knowledge in first aid and CPR in real life.

After going through the PADI Rescue course you will be capable to give qualified help to a injured person both on land and in the water, dive related or not.

When you later visit a dive-center, somewhere in the world, to go on a dive trip, rent a tank or fill a tank you will notice the respect it brings to be a Rescue diver, to have reached that level! If you join a trip, you can be sure that the local Divemaster or Instructor thinks it’s great to have a Rescue diver along!

PADI Rescue Diver is an experience for all certified divers and it’s also the first step towards becoming a professional diver. This course is valuable and we hope you never have to use your newly acquired skills in an accident, but you will gain confidence and strength to prevent a serious situation from happening. And we know you will feel safer going into the water.

The Rescue literature will help you foresee and deal with dangerous situations. Lectures by the instructor will be supplemented by videotapes.

Practical training
You will go through 12 different exercises in the ocean part of the course.

When you complete these exercises, you will be able to:

  • Help divers that are exhausted and/or struck by panic
  • Do a thorough job during search and rescue operation for a missing diver
  • Use first aid . These methods are learned step by step to be combined into longer exercises toward the end of the course.

Valuable training

Our philosophy is to make all training as realistic as possible. Therefore we spend most of the time during the rescue course in the water. We also emphasize fun during the exercises where we learn different techniques to solve "serious" situations. As in the rest of our courses, the Rescue course can be done on our live-aboard. All according to your wishes.

As a certified Rescue Diver you will be qualified to help dealing with dive accidents, and hopefully you will be able to prevent most problems that lead to accidents.

You have to be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver to take the PADI Divemaster course.

For you to become a certified Rescue diver, you also have to have completed first aid and CPR training. The PADI Medic First Aid course meets those requirements and can be done in one day.


PADI Divemaster

The Divemaster course is developing, exciting and will make you a professional dive leader and a member of PADI.

The requirements for signing up for the Divemaster course are:

  • You have to be at least 18 years old
  • You have to have at least 20 logged dives (60 before certification)
  • You are certified as a PADI Rescue Diver

The Divemaster course normally takes two to three weeks, depending on how much you study in advance. If you have prepared well and have good knowledge in diving, the course can be done in two weeks. It’s always the student who sets the pace by preparing and studying as much as possible before.

Our Divemaster course has become very popular since large parts of it are done aboard the boat during our five day safaris in the Indian Ocean. This provides the student with first-class training in all aspects of diving, both in and above the water! The course normally starts with reading the book, watching the video tapes and doing written exercises back home. Once in Thailand we start with water exercises and practice on teaching students taking their basic course, the PADI Open Water.

We see natural and practical training with "real" students and divers as a valuable part in the Divemaster education. You will get the opportunity to work closely with instructors during different parts of student training. At first you will watch and after a while more and more responsibility will be given to you. Of course, the instructor will be watching closely the whole time.

A large part of your Divemaster training is spent on developing your skills and your ability to demonstrate things. You will become a better diver and you will be able to demonstrate and teach different parts of the courses. We also do some swim tests during this part.

In this part of the Divemaster course we will help you reach theoretical knowledge at instructor level. This will be done through a combination of presentations from your instructors and reading of your work-book. Theoretical subjects include: Physics, Physiology, Dive-charts, Equipment and Dive environment.

The most interesting part of the course is when you dive in company with certified divers and students taking a course. You will learn to assist instructors while they teach their courses. Here you will see that training with real students is the best way to learn.

You will also learn how to assist certified divers with planning and execution of dives. As a whole, we believe these two weeks during your Divemaster course will be the most fun you have ever had.

With PADI Divemaster you will become qualified to:

  • Lead dive trips
  • Organize dive and safety activities on land and on boats
  • Assist PADI instructors with students during training
  • Hold PADI Discover Local Diving experience and Scuba Review program for certified divers
  • Hold PADI Discover Snorkeling experience and PADI Skin Diver course
  • Divemaster certification is also required before taking the Assistant Instructor course and/or the Instructor Development Course - "IDC" as it’s commonly known.

Did you read about young Jorgen who got his Master Scuba Diver certification at just 16 years of age? Well, another example is Emma Snowden who was old enough for the Divemaster course!
She took the course two years ago and came back last year with a lot of energy and a "let’s go" attitude.

She lives in England and is half Norwegian and half English. Listen to this:

In June of last year she applied for a job at British Airways. 500 new jobs had been created. Guess how many applied? Over 30,000! Thirty-thousand! What where Emmas chances to get a job? Microscopic at best, if you ask us (and Emma). But, wait:
During one of the interviews it was discovered that Emma was a certified diver! "Are you a certified diver?" "Really?" All papers were put aside and Emma was asked to describe how the course was laid up and what she had learned. Emma told and they listened! Certified diver! That was the keyword! It told British Airways most about Emma! "Yes, you will hear from us!"

Shortly there after she got the job! She was asked to "stand by", which suited Emma fine and she used the spare time to continue her dive training. Last autumn she became a certified Divemaster.

She told us that everything she had learned during the Medic First Aid and Rescue courses and the Divemaster challenge was a priceless help when she went through British Airways tough training, with fire-drills, smoke filled planes and so on. "No panic!" "Stop, breath and think", says Emma - as she looks back at the diving!

And, by the way, this winter Emma has got six weeks of vacation. What do you think she will do!? Well, she’s going to take her boyfriend and come down to work for us as a Divemaster. On these pages you can see the things Emma got to enjoy, thanks to her dive education!!!



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