Diving on Koh Tao
Our open water package includes:
PADI Open Water Diver Course [4 days]
Your own PADI eManual*, log book & certification
|Including 4 nights of free accommodation on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, upgraded accommodation is also available see the different accommodation options here.
Duration: 4 Days,
Pay a 20% deposit online to get a discount and get the course for 9,500 baht!!
*(if you want a paper manual to keep then there is an additional charge of 500 baht)
At DJL Diving Koh Tao we teach PADI Open Water classes with a maximum group size of 4.
That means our experienced western instructors can make sure everyone has a great experience and qualifies as a safe confident diver. Plus you'll have a great time learning to scuba dive here on Koh Tao!
Here are details of exactly what's involved in the Open Water course:
Day 1 [Afternoon]: Scuba Diving Theory
We'll start with an academics session covering scuba diving basics. We'll cover topics such as:
- How a set of scuba gear works
- Relationship between depth, pressure and volume
- How water pressure affects your body
Day 2 [Morning]: Dive PlanningYou can't just dive as deep as you want, for as long as you want and expect to be ok!
Scuba dives must be planned - depth, bottom time etc. - we'll teach you to do this by using PADI's recreational dive planner.
We'll practice some examples, then complete a multiple choice exam to finish off your academics.
Day 2 [Afternoon]: Confined Water [Shallow] Skills PracticeNow it's time to get your scuba diving gear on & head into shallow water for your first dive in our swimming pool.
We'll start by learning lots of scuba skills in the pool, so no waves to worry about as may be the case if you were doing this in the sea (although there aren't usually too manny waves around the beaches of Koh Tao). This will include equipment assembly & buddy checks, mask & regulator clearing, alternate air source exercises, buoyancy skills & ascent procedures.
We'll conduct your confined water dive in the DJL pool – this is convenient as it’s next to the Dive shop and many people do find it more comfortable to do these sessions in the pool so that whilst you’re mastering basic skills you don't deal with different conditions and waves as in the sea.
Day 3 [Afternoon]: Open Water Koh Tao Dives 1 & 2Your first two 'proper dives' will be to a maximum depth of 12 metres.
Each dive will be approximately 40 minutes long - we'll repeat some of your shallow skills a little deeper plus explore the Koh Tao dive sites.
Typical dive sites are 'The Japanese Gardens' or 'Twins' at Koh Nangyuan - you'll be diving on coral reefs and around shallow pinnacles.
Out in the open water Koh Tao has incredible marine species to enjoy. Expect to see masses of colorful corals - table, plate, staghorn & brain corals. Plus experience Koh Tao's great marine life - you'll see millions of tropical reef fish [butterfly, anglelfish, triggerfish . . . ] plus experience some of our diverse marine species such as blue spotted stingrays, moray eels and squid!
Day 4 [Morning]: Open Water Koh Tao Dives 3 & 4For the last two dives of the course, we'll get right down to 18 metres.By now, you should be controlled & comfortable in the water so we can visit the more distant dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles.
Here you'll get to see some of Koh Tao's bigger fish - barracudas, giant grouper, even grey reef & occasional whale sharks [harmless!].
For the last two dives of your scuba course, an underwater videographer will accompany you, capturing footage of your underwater experiences on film.
Day 4 [Evening]: Certification & Diving MovieWe'll celebrate you completing your PADI Open Water Koh Tao Course by watching your diving movie [enjoyed over a couple of cold beers!].
We'll complete your certification paperwork, and you'll be issued with your PADI Open Water Koh Tao certification.
This is a diving certification for life, allowing you to dive dive with a buddy, to 18 metres in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive.
Open water Koh Tao Accommodation - Sairee Beach Koh Tao, Dive Resort
Our learn to dive [padi open water] package includes 4 nights accommodation: In either an 8 bed AC dormitory or comfortable fan bungalow in Silver Sands Beach Resort, attached to the dive shop (situated in central Sairee Beach Koh Tao Thailand).
There are restaurants, shops and relaxed beach bars within short walking distance and of course the dive school swimming pool. If you are staying in a bungalow it will have 24 hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with western toilet and electric fan. If you need an air conditioned room drop us an e-mail and we can discuss your requirements (& extra cost). The 8 bed AC dormitories don't have en-suite bathrooms, instead they have shared shower and toilet facilities, all still western toilets, hot water showers and 24hr electricity.
PADI [Open Water Koh Tao] courses start every day at 2 & 4pm so you can start on the day you arrive whichever ferry it is that you are coming on, let us know which ferry you are going to be arriving on to the island in advance and we can arrange to collect you from the pier when you arrive.
***IMPORTANT*** Please check the PADI medical guide by clicking here to ensure that the that there is nothing that will prevent you in taking this course.