If you’re trying to figure out if scuba diving is right for you, it’s probably best to try it before you commit to a full open water course. Koh Tao is the perfect place to do it as you can try scuba diving in the calm water 365 days a year and Koh Tao Diving is some of the best in the world, so you'll be sure to see a tonne of fish while you are at it.
Scuba diving is the perfect way to capture the beauty of Koh Tao while having fun and exercising your body. A try dive experience will enable you to explore the underwater world without committing to a full open water course. Read on and we will explain the basics of a try scuba diver experience so you can make an informed decision on what is the best option for your trip to Koh Tao.
Arrival / Meet your instructor - 10am
Diver Briefing Classroom Session - 10.30am - 12pm
Dive 1 - 1pm - 2pm
Dive 2 - 3pm - 4pm
Return & Dive Logs - 5pm
Scuba diving Koh Tao should be on everyone's bucket list. Just ask any certified divers. The marine life is out of this world. We always recommend that people complete the full training by doing the full open water course and becoming certified divers, but if you don't have the three days you need to complete that course then the discover scuba diving experience may be just what you are looking for.
It's a one-day diving introduction conducted by an experienced instructor that'll make you as independent as possible in one day. You will not fully learn to scuba dive as it's not a formal course.
You'll meet at 10am to get fitted for your dive equipment and complete a medical statement to ensure you are fit to dive. Assuming all is clear you'll move on to the classroom session where your instructor will chat through some basic training where they'll discuss what you should and shouldn't do when you get to the water.
If you have any doubts about being fit for diving or have any medical conditions please contact us here.
After the classroom, you'll head to one of Koh Tao's shallow dive sites on our custom-made dive boat. Your dive pro will assemble all of your equipment, give you a quick briefing and you'll jump to the ocean and make your way to shallow water.
You'll do some basic training skills like clearing your mask and getting your regulator back if it falls out of your mouth. You'll also practice what you should do in an emergency.
Then it's off on your first dive. You'll go to a maximum depth of 12m.
When your dive is over you'll get back on the boat and you'll have a chance to go again. The second dive is optional and your instructor will ask you if you'd like to dive again. The choice is yours, but 99% of people decide to dive again. The boat will move dive sites, so you'll have a chance to find and search some different terrain.
If you are a little nervous, it's normal, but you can count on us since we have extensive experience with nervous divers.
If you want to become a certified diver the try dive can count towards that, but only if you choose to do the two dives.
It also has to be the dive pro that takes you try diving that has to certify you as an open water diver.
It's a more expensive way to do the course, but we understand some people like to be sure before committing to courses.
If you are in any doubt about whether you should do the try dive first or go straight to the open water please contact us here
The discover scuba dive doesn't require any swimming, but if you want to become fully certified in scuba diving you'll need to be able to swim at least 200m and stay afloat for 5 minutes.
It's not because you need to be able to swim to go scuba diving, in fact, scuba diving is all about using your legs to propel yourself and your lungs to control your up and down method, but your instructor will explain all of this in the classroom and you'll get to practice in the pool or the ocean.
If you can't swim you can still go scuba diving, but if you want the license we recommend you enrol in some swimming lessons before you arrive.
Seasoned Divers often say that Koh Tao has some of the best underwater life they have ever seen. Is it the best in the world? Probably not, but here are some of the things you can expect to see. Koh Tao dive sites are host to a plethora of tropical fish with too many to mention in this article, but just to give you an idea, you might come into contact with big schools of barracuda, the odd turtle, some stingrays and maybe, if you are a very lucky diver, you might even spot a whaleshark. If you are scuba diving in Koh Tao you may not see all of these things, but it's guaranteed you'll see a tonne of fish.
So if Koh Tao Thailand is on your next destination list and you don't have the time or budget to take full courses then try dives are a great way to introduce yourself to the world of scuba diving. Sure to put a smile on your face, the only regret is, that you might enjoy the dives so much that you'll wish you had more time to dive.
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Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. It's recognised as one of the best dive destinations in the world. Perhaps not for the variety of underwater life, but more due to the fact of the way Koh Tao is constructed. It has a rocky granite coastline that lends itself well to underwater visibility and it's mountains protect many of the bays from the wind. This means that Koh Tao has 365 days of diving. For certified divers, Koh Tao has the appeal of it's deeper dive sites like Chumphon pinnacle, Southwest pinnacle, or Sail Rock, although the latter is about a two-hour boat ride from Koh Tao, it's definitely worth the ride out there to do some of the best open water dives available in Thailand. People who travel to Koh Tao discover it's great for beginners and experienced divers alike. If you come to Koh Tao as an open water diver, you'll probably leave Koh Tao, at the very least, as an advanced diver or higher.
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