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Beginner Courses

The waters of the Gulf of Thailand are some of the most vibrant, alive and diverse waters in the world.  Thousands of visitors each year flock to this area to dive and explore the underwater terrain.  Loaded with marine life and colourful corals, Koh Tao certifies more divers than any other dive destination worldwide.  Dive prices are extremely affordable and still remain of the cheapest in the world.  Needless to say, the great diving deals on Koh Tao do not sacrifice quality and diving here may be the most magical and unforgettable highlight of any holiday.  With over forty dive shops spread throughout the island, new beginner courses start daily and accommodate any type of experience divers are looking for.  From young social dive shops to more luxurious and private courses every beginner will fall in love with diving.

Try Dives

  • Open WaterDuration: Half-1day2000 THB
  • Min. age: 10 years
  • Max depth: 12m
  • Certification: PADI or SSI

Try dives are a fantastic way to discover whether diving is the right sport for you.  Its a great way to explore the underwater world with the direct supervision of an instructor and removes all the practical and theoretical lessons necessary when aiming for certification.  Try dives are a half day to one day experience and are a great option for visitors who are pressed for time and can't commit to the Open water course. You will learn some basic guidelines and safety exercises and enjoy a guided underwater tour of the waters surrounding Koh Tao to a maximum depth of 12 meters.

PADI - The Professional Association of Dive InstructorsPADI or the Professional Association of Dive Instructor is the most well-known scuba diving training agency on the planet, to such an extent that people often ask to do the “PADI” course when referring to any scuba diving course.  Founded in 1966 they have more than forty years’ experience serving scuba divers and have over six thousand dive shops locate around the globe.

PADI run all types of courses, from kid’s courses conducted in a swimming pool to beginner, advanced, rescue and master right through to scuba instructor level and beyond.  PADI has a few instructor development centres about the Island and some dive centres are recognised PADI 5 star resorts and offer only PADI courses while others offer certification through various other agencies.  

Seal TeamAs a member of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), PADI recognises certifications from other training agencies such as SSI, BSAC, CMAS and NAUI amongst others.  The above agencies are represented on Koh Tao but not all agencies are so it is a good idea to check before arriving if you hold a certification from another. Certification equivalent tables are displayed on some agencies websites if you are in doubt. 

All PADI materials come in a range of languages. Though paper manuals are still common most centres are going down the digital route and offering online manuals for keeping and a “library” copy of the paper manual while doing the course. PADI also offers e-learning, this allows you to complete the academic sessions of the course including exams online before coming and doing the practical “water work” when PADIyou get here. For more information about online training please contact kohtao.asia.
 
PADI is a patron of the “Project Aware Foundation” environmental organisation and puts a lot of time and effort into creating awareness about the harm being done to the oceans through climate change, over fishing and shark finning.  They also support marine conservation projects such as reef and beach clean ups.  PADI are also long term associates of the National Geographic Society and offer marine conservation courses in conjunction with both them and the Project Aware Foundation.

The PADI Project Awarewebsite offers information on all available PADI courses.  It has a shop locator, an online scuba community forum, dive holiday package deals and equipment sales.  If you go as far as professional level you then get further access to the site offering the ability to conduct diver certification checks and access to training materials and updates.  Wherever you decide to dive in the world there is always sure to be a PADI dive centre or PADI professional close by.

 

SSI - Scuba Schools InternationalSSI - Scuba Schools International holds the title for the fastest growing scuba diving training agency in the world. They have gone from strength to strength on Koh Tao over the past few years with a majority of shops now running SSI courses alongside PADI courses from beginner right through to instructor level and beyond. Furthermore many well respected dive shops on Koh Tao now offer only SSI courses.

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Open Water Course

  • Duration: 3-4 daysOpen Water9000 THB
  • Min. age: 10 years
  • Max depth: 18m
  • Certification: PADI or SSI

The Koh Tao Open Water Course is the first step in learning how to dive independently and obtain diving certification.  Completion of the 3 to 4 day program will allow students to dive to a maximum depth of  18 meters without the supervision of a dive instructor.  Certification is valid for life and is recognized world wide.  Obtaining this certification is ideal for anyone who is interested in doing more local or international diving.  The Open Water Course prepares students to handle any underwater situation and nurtures a feeling of competence and confidence underwater.

 

PADI - The Professional Association of Dive InstructorsPADI or the Professional Association of Dive Instructor is the most well-known scuba diving training agency on the planet, to such an extent that people often ask to do the “PADI” course when referring to any scuba diving course.  Founded in 1966 they have more than forty years’ experience serving scuba divers and have over six thousand dive shops locate around the globe.

PADI run all types of courses, from kid’s courses conducted in a swimming pool to beginner, advanced, rescue and master right through to scuba instructor level and beyond.  PADI has a few instructor development centres about the Island and some dive centres are recognised PADI 5 star resorts and offer only PADI courses while others offer certification through various other agencies.  

Seal TeamAs a member of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), PADI recognises certifications from other training agencies such as SSI, BSAC, CMAS and NAUI amongst others.  The above agencies are represented on Koh Tao but not all agencies are so it is a good idea to check before arriving if you hold a certification from another. Certification equivalent tables are displayed on some agencies websites if you are in doubt. 

All PADI materials come in a range of languages. Though paper manuals are still common most centres are going down the digital route and offering online manuals for keeping and a “library” copy of the paper manual while doing the course. PADI also offers e-learning, this allows you to complete the academic sessions of the course including exams online before coming and doing the practical “water work” when PADIyou get here. For more information about online training please contact kohtao.asia.
 
PADI is a patron of the “Project Aware Foundation” environmental organisation and puts a lot of time and effort into creating awareness about the harm being done to the oceans through climate change, over fishing and shark finning.  They also support marine conservation projects such as reef and beach clean ups.  PADI are also long term associates of the National Geographic Society and offer marine conservation courses in conjunction with both them and the Project Aware Foundation.

The PADI Project Awarewebsite offers information on all available PADI courses.  It has a shop locator, an online scuba community forum, dive holiday package deals and equipment sales.  If you go as far as professional level you then get further access to the site offering the ability to conduct diver certification checks and access to training materials and updates.  Wherever you decide to dive in the world there is always sure to be a PADI dive centre or PADI professional close by.

 

SSI - Scuba Schools InternationalSSI - Scuba Schools International holds the title for the fastest growing scuba diving training agency in the world. They have gone from strength to strength on Koh Tao over the past few years with a majority of shops now running SSI courses alongside PADI courses from beginner right through to instructor level and beyond. Furthermore many well respected dive shops on Koh Tao now offer only SSI courses.

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