- Learn scuba diving from scratch – or improve your skills – in the beautiful blue waters off Thailand.
- One of the best scuba diving spots in South East Asia.
- In your free time explore the idyllic island of Koh Tao
- Get an internationally recognised PADI qualification
If you’re interested in scuba diving, you’ll already know how wonderful the underwater world can be. Scuba diving in Thailand – in a beautiful setting like the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll be experiencing some of the best diving anywhere in Asia, maybe the world.
The course offers the opportunity to get an internationally recognised PADI qualification to kick start your diving adventures! Learn to dive in some of the worlds most stunning marine environments off the coast of Koh Tao in Thailand, and discover a new incredible skill!
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Choose your programme depending upon your current diving experience and how far you want to go with your scuba diving. Your Thailand itinerary will change according to the course choices you make.
All of our courses follow the PADI standard. If you’ve trained to the BSAC (British Scuba Aqua Club) equivalent, our programme will get you to PADI standard.
All of the courses are also designed to give you extra time on Koh Tao to explore one of Thailand's best islands! You'll have free days after the course finishes to discover Koh Tao's hidden gems, or days between courses, if you choose the Open Water + Advance course option.
Level 1 - PADI Open Water
An 8 day course giving you a basic licence to scuba dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres. There are five academic modules, four open water dives and additional confined dives. You'll learn all the theory needed to dive in classroom sessions with your instructor, before getting used to the scuba equipment in the onsite pool. You’ll then head out to Koh Tao’s stunning seas for your first open water dives, before becoming a qualified PADI Open Water Diver!
Level 2 - Advanced Open Water
An 8 day course (depending on the electives you choose), giving you a licence to scuba dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 30 metres, along with new scuba diving skills! The course includes 5 dives, learning new skills in each. 2 of the dives, the deep dive (where you’ll dive down to 30m) and underwater navigation (where you’ll learn how to orientate and navigate while diving) are compulsory, then you’re able to choose 3 other dives based on different skills. These include-
- Peak performance buoyancy, where you’ll how to more effectively control your breathing (increasing you dive times), as well as how to more effectively balance yourself while diving.
- Wreck Dive, where you’ll learn how to safely dive around the exterior of shipwrecks
- Underwater Photography, where you’ll learn how to take stunning underwater pictures of Koh Tao’s incredible marine life (extra 1500 baht local payment for camera rental and images)
- Night dive, where you’ll get a unique perspective of the marine landscape of Koh Tao as you learn how to dive at night.
Level 1 & Level 2 - Open Water and Advanced Combined
A 10 day course, giving you both the Open Water basic qualification, and the Advance Open Water qualification, with some free time to explore the amazing island of Koh Tao in between.
An option to book fun dives is also available, however, please be aware that you are required to have an open water licence to do this.
If you're looking to get further qualifications above Advanced Open Water, please contact a travel advisor for prices and dates for the courses.
- All accommodation
- Professional instruction
- Course materials
- Diving equipment rental
- Travel insurance, which must cover you for scuba training
- Airport transfers
- Meals and drinks
- Transfers between Koh Tao and Bangkok
- Any necessary visas
- Any optional activities
All accommodation is included. You'll stay in a comfortable but basic bungalow for the duration of your stay, with your own private room. Most rooms have a double bed, fan and shower. During busier periods, you may be required to share a twin room.
The bungalows are located a 5 minute walk from the dive centre. There are a number of bars and restaurants a short walk away, and it is also around 5 minutes from the beach.
No meals are inlcuded in the package, this allows you maximum flexibility to eat when and where you want and is a really important part of your cultural experience. Thailand is a foodie’s dream, with affordable restaurants on every corner and some of the best street-food in the world.
Your programme begins in Koh Tao on the programme start date. You will be required to make your own way to Koh Tao.
Your onward travel arrangements from Koh Tao to Bangkok should be arranged for your programme end date. For your own health and safety, it is essential that you allow 24 hours between your final dive and any flights.
Minimum age 18, maximum decided on potential participant’s health.
Please note that certain medical conditions, including epilepsy and asthma may mean you are not eligible to scuba dive. We recommend you contact your doctor for advice.
Regarding your fitness level and water confidence, as long as you are able to swim 200 meters and can tread water/ float for at least 10 minutes you will be fine to join the course.
What Are The Group Sizes Like?
Groups sizes vary depending on the time of year but you can expect to be in a group of around 4-6 people on the same course as you. There will also be many other people on the same boat doing other courses as well. Koh Tao is a very social island!
Can I Make My Own Way To Koh Tao?
Yes, If you have given us your arrival ferry information we can arrange for you to be collected at the ferry dock by our partner representative.
What Visa Do I Need?
When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
As we are not medically trained we cannot give you medical advice. You must make an appointment to see your GP or travel nurse who will be able to give you the best and most up to date travel health advice and more information about vaccinations.
Is Thailand Safe?
Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, you don't need to take one with you.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
You can take a net if you really want to, some people do and some don't. Usually it is a good idea to use mosquito repellent especially around early morning and dusk.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
There are safety deposit boxes in the resort reception, however the reception is closed between 8:30pm and 8am in the morning. If you would prefer to leave your passports with the dive school they can lock them away in the dive shop for you.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.