PADI Open Water Course | Koh TaoLearn to scuba dive on Koh Tao, Thailand with Simple Life Divers
Learn to Scuba Dive on Tropical Koh Tao, Thailand.
4 Day PADI Open Water course with Simple Life Divers includes:
- PADI Open Water course
- Equipment Rental
- 4 nights accommodation [based on 2 sharing]
- Manual & PADI certification
- Transfer from pier to resort on arrival
Get your PADI Open Water certification and you’ll be certified to scuba dive down to 18M anywhere worldwide.
And there’s no better place to take your PADI course than tropical Koh Tao, Thailand. This small island in the Gulf of Thailand is surrounded by tropical coral reefs, sunken ship wrecks and masses of colorful aquatic life. For this reason Koh Tao has become famous for it’s scuba diving and is a great place to learn to dive.
Simple Life Divers – a PADI 5* dive resort on Koh Tao’s popular Sairee Beach offers a four day PADI Open Water package which includes absolutely everything you need. You’ll go through theory, shallow water training and four proper open water dives exploring the coral reefs and marine life around Koh Tao.
All courses are taught in small groups by experienced western instructors to make sure everyone enjoys learning to dive, qualifies as a safe, competent diver and has a lot of fun along the way.
Schedule of the PADI Open Water Course with Simple Life Divers
The schedule of the open water dive course is quite flexible, but will usually run something like this:
Day 1: Arrival and Course Orientation
Arrive on the Koh Tao by ferry. Simple Life Divers will send their taxi to meet you at the pier.
Settle into accommodation, relax and explore
16:00: Orientation and Scuba Diving Theory; you’ll meet your dive instructor and have a chat about what going to be happening over the coming days of the dive course. You’ll go through some PADI paperwork then cover some scuba diving basics to keep you safe underwater. Topics will include how water pressure affects the body, safe diving procedures and signals, how a set of scuba works and much more.
Day 2: Shallow Water Scuba Skills
Morning: Next it’s time to get wet. You’ll learn how to assemble and don your scuba gear then will begin in shallow water. Your dive instructor will show you lots of skills which you’ll practice and master, all of which will help you stay safe and comfortable underwater. Skills include mask clearing, regulator clearing, alternate air source usage, safe ascents and descents, buoyancy control and much more.
Afternoon Dive Planning Workshop and Quiz: Next you’ll learn to use PADI’s dive planner to keep your dives within safe limits. You’ll learn to calculate how deep and long it’s safe to dive for, how long you need to stay out of the water between dives and how many dives you can make over a period of time. Once you’ve mastered the dive planner you’ll make a short quiz to check you understand everything so far. [But don't worry - the minimum age for the PADI Open Water course is 10 years old, so the quiz isn't too challenging!].
Day 3: Open Water Dives 1 and 2 [Max Depth 12M]
Now time for the best bit! You’ll board the Simple Life dive boat and head out to the dive sites around Koh Tao, making two dives down to a maximum depth of 12M. You’ll repeat a few of the skills you learned the previous day to build confidence, and get to enjoy a tour of the coral reefs. You can expect to see a variety of corals including brain corals, pore and table corals, sponges, sea whips and gorgonian fans. Plus you’ll get to check out the tropical marine life inhabiting the reef such as moray eels, triggerfish, wrasses, blue-spotted stingrays, angel-fish and parrot-fish and even green and hawk-bill turtles if you’re lucky.
Typical dive sites for open water dives 1 &2 include White Rock off the west coast of Koh Tao, Mango Bay to the north or the Japanese Gardens or Twins sitting just of neighboring Nangyuan Island (3 small island joined by a sand bar).
Day 4: Open Water Dives 3 and 4 [Max Depth 18M] and certification
For your final two dives of the PADI open water course you’ll get to explore right down to a maximum depth of 18M. Subject to the weather and conditions it’s quite possible that you’ll get to visit one of Koh Tao’s famous sunken pinnacle dive sites such as the Chumphon Pinnacles, Green Rock or the Nangyuan Pinnacle. You’ll have the chance to see Koh Tao’s larger marine species such as giant grouper, barracuda and bat fish. And if you’re super lucky there’s always the possibility of seeing a whale shark (harmless)!
After the final two dives you’ll fill in a bit of paperwork and be certified as a PADI Open Water diver.
The 9,800 baht open water package includes 4 nights accommodation. This will be a fan room near the dive shop. You’ll get your own room with double or twin beds, fan to keep cool and en-suite western bathroom. Everything you need is within close walking distance (beach, bars and restaurants, internet, ATMs, shops etc).
If you prefer somewhere more upmarket you can pay a little extra and upgrade. Simple Life Resort has a range of air conditioned rooms available. See http://www.kohtaosimpleliferesort.com for rooms and details.
NB: The accommodation included with the course is based on two people (or more) sharing. With single occupancy three nights are included. If you want to keep the room for longer that’s fine – you can pay to keep the room for extra nights.
+66 77 456 329
Simple Life Divers, Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, ST, 84360 Thailand