Learn to Dive Thailand
Master diving on this PADI scuba course
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Group Size: Max 4 per instructor
Trip code: THSD
Duration: 8 or 10 days
Join our PADI dive school in the tropical oasis of Koh Tao island in Thailand. Your aquatic adventures will begin as you learn how to scuba dive on this beautiful Thai island. Learning amazing new diving skills against an incredible backdrop of idyllic scenery, you will discover the wonders of an underwater world, learn new skills and enjoy relaxation on the beach and lively nightlife in this tropical spot.
- Experience Thailand’s underwater world, spotting amazing marine life in the seas around Koh Tao
- With three and a half days of scuba theory and practical practice, you’ll earn your PADI Certification and be qualified to dive around the world
- Sample the island nightlife and take plenty of time to relax as you chill out with a cocktail and check out Koh Tao’s beach bar and music scene
- Live the life aquatic with 7 nights spent in accommodation just a few minutes away from the beach, bars, restaurants and the dive school
- Build up your confidence in small and relaxed classes and make new friends on your Thai trip
Learn to dive or improve your skills on the stunning island of Koh Tao in Thailand! Choose either the beginners PADI Open Water 8 day course to get your diving qualification, or if you’re a qualified diver already, spend 8 days getting your PADI Advance Open Water qualification. Both courses are designed to also give you extra time to explore the beautiful island of Koh Tao, famous for its laid back atmosphere.
PADI Open Water
Spend 8 days getting your internationally recognised scuba diving licence, allowing you to dive up 18m deep around the world. You’ll complete four open dives with your instructor, before becoming a qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver!
Day 1 - Arrive on Koh Tao
Arrive onto Koh Tao, your island home for the duration of the course. You’ll be met upon arrival in Koh Tao and taken to your beachside accommodation to settle in have the rest of the day to relax in paradise!
Day 2- Introduction to Diving
Begin your scuba diving adventure today, as you start your PADI Open Water Course, with a classroom session on diving theory.
Day 3 - Practice Dives
Begin the day with more classroom theory, including learning how to plan dives, before completing the classroom element of the qualification with a simple multiple choice exam.
You’ll then have your first experience of diving this afternoon, as you try out the scuba equipment in the dive school pool!
Day 4 - Open Water Dives
Have a chilled out morning to either enjoy the beach, or practice any skills you've learnt on day 3, before heading out to the calm blue sea as you try out your first open water dives and explore Koh Tao’s stunning underwater landscapes! You’ll do 2 open water dives today with your instructor, both around 40 minutes long, becoming more comfortable with the scuba equipment, on some of the islands best dive sites!
Day 5 - Final Dives and Qualification
You’ll complete your final 2 open water dives today, including a dive to 18m, on Koh Tao’s colourful reef diving spots. After completing the dives, you’ll be a fully qualified PADI Open Water Diver! Celebrate with your group tonight with a few drinks.
Day 6 - 7- Free time on Koh Tao
Have 2 free days to explore the rest of the stunning island. Relax on the white sands of Sairee Beach, head into the dense green of the interior of the island for amazing viewpoints, or jump over to the nearby tiny island of Koh Nang Yuan for a desert island experience.
Day 8 - Trip ends
The adventure ends today as you check out of your accommodation. Opt to stay on to complete you PADI Advance Open Water, or your guide will help with arranging onward travel, including back to Bangkok.
PADI Advanced Open Water
If you already have your PADI Open Water qualification, and want to improve your diving skills, then you can complete the 8 day PADI Advanced Course. Completing the course will allow you to dive up to 30m, as well as underwater navigation. The Advanced Course also includes the option to learn 3 new skills including underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving and more! Please download the trip notes for more information.
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The trip begins in Koh Tao on your chosen start date. You’ll need to make your own way to Koh Tao, which most travellers will do by flying into Bangkok, then getting a train and ferry down. This usually takes 12 hours, so we recommend that you arrange your flights in to Thailand at least a day before starting the trip. You will be met at Koh Tao pier upon arrival by the local team who will transfer you to the accommodation.
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.
7 nights of accommodation is included in the trip. You’ll stay your own private, comfortable bungalow, with a fan and a shower, which are a short 2 minute walk to the dive center. There is also a nearby shop, and the bungalows are also a short walk to bars and restaurants.
As meals are not included during this trip you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your costs. With your accommodation just a short walk from Sairee Beach and village however, you’ll be able to find a number of shops, bars, internet cafés and restaurants which serve up a range of tantalising Thai and Western cuisine. Meals are generally available quite cheaply, so you and your dive buddies should soon find enough delicious food to fill up your wetsuits!
The minimum age to join this Thai trip is 18.
Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay longer you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you travel.
Please Note: If you suffer from asthma, you will unfortunately not be eligible to scuba dive. If you are pregnant or have other heart and lung conditions you may be unable to dive, and should 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.