F.A.Q. – Open Diver Course


Q. At what time do I need to be on the boat?

You need to be on the boat at 09:00 a.m. unless you arrange differently with your Instructor.

Q. What do I need to bring with me on the excursion?

A jumper for the beginning and the end of season, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, a towel, a good pair of comfortable non-slip shoes (flip flops not advised). Extra money for snacks and refreshments and the optional extra facilities such as: CD for your underwater photos, T-shirts, Sweatshirts. If you tend to get motion sickness it is recommended that you take motion sickness pills prior to meeting the boat at the pier.

Q. Is lunch included?

No. But we have a fully stocked bar with a variety of sandwiches and snacks and cold drinks for sale at reasonable prices.

Q. Are you doing transfers from/to hotels?

Unfortunately no. There is the local public bus service you can use and of course taxi.

Q. I am with a friend who is on the Try diving program will we be separated?

No, you will be all on the same boat. The only time that you will be separated is while you are diving.

Q. I am with a friend or girlfriend for holidays. Can I bring him/her with me on the Liamis Dive Boat?

Yes you can. Spectators can join the boat with an additional fee of 20 €. They can sunbathe on our sundeck, swim in crystal clear waters, or even upgrade onboard to snorkelers or even try divers.

Q. Are there any dangerous marine species in your diving areas?

No there are not any dangerous species here in Kos/Pserimos. There isn’t any diving accident recorded in the history of sport diving in Kos/Pserimos with a marine creature involved.


Q. How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 meters. During the PADI Open Water Diver course scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 meters. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 12 meters where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter. Certified Junior Open Water Divers aged 10-12 years may dive to 12m maximum depth, under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional.

Q. How long will my certification last?

An Open Water certification is a lifetime certification. You won’t need to re-certify, however, it is recommended to keep practicing your skills and continue learning.

Q. What is the minimum age to get certified to Open Water Diver course?

The minimum age is 10 years old to be certified as a Junior Open Water Diver. Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a PADI professional until age 15, then they can upgrade to an Open Water Diver status.

Q. Will my certification be accepted on my trip to another country?

YES, you’ll earn a PADI certification which is one of the fastest growing, widely recognized agencies in the world. Your certification will be accepted anywhere you choose to travel.

Q. Where can I dive after I’m certified?

An Open Water certification enables you to dive in any environment where you can safely ascend directly to the surface. This means you cannot engage in penetration diving such as wreck diving, cave and cavern diving, ice diving, or diving that requires decompression stops without additional training. Always dive within the limits of your training and experience to the max. depth of 18 meters.

Q. What if I’m certified but haven’t been diving for a long time?

Depending on your experience, it’s recommended to take a Refresher Course with an instructor to review your skills and knowledge if it has been an extended amount of time since you’ve been diving.

Q. Are there any exams to study for?

Yes there is. The final exam in your Open Water Diver course is 50 multiple-choice questions covering the 5 chapters in your manual. You are allowed a maximum of 12 wrong to pass.

Q. What happens if I cannot finish the course in time?

We have a couple of options here. If for example you are unable to finish the course because of ill health or just not having enough time then we can provide you with a referral form. This form will allow you to go to another PADI Instructor who will complete the rest of your training. You will not have to do it all again, just the components that you have missed. Of course, if you have more time in Kos then we will use an extra day or so to get you finished.

Q. What happens if I use up all my air?

That’s not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface.

Q. How soon after being certified can I take the advanced course?

You can take your Advanced Open Water Diver course immediately after completing your Open Water course.

Q. I want to do some more courses, but have not got time to do all the ones I think I need. Which one is the best one?

This will depend very much on what you would like to gain from your course. We strongly suggest that a newly qualified diver should aim for out of all the choices, to the ‘Peak Performance Buoyancy’; this course will pay dividends in ANY other course or diving that you do. Another Speciality course that is a very good idea to follow is the ‘Boat Diver’ cause all our dives are performing from our boats.

Q. Are there any dangerous marine species in your diving areas?

No there are not any dangerous species here in Kos/Pserimos. There isn’t any diving accident recorded in the history of sport diving in Kos/Pserimos with a marine creature involved.

Q. What if I have a medical condition; can I still learn to scuba dive?

For your personal safety, all student divers must complete a medical statement prior to commencing a dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and are ready to start. If any of them affect you, as a safety precaution, a physician must examine you and sign a medical form that confirming that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 months.