Scuba Diving in One Day

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Scuba Diving In One Day

It is possible to do scuba diving in one day on Koh Tao? When you are on holiday your time is limited, you will have planned everything within 30 minutes to get the most out of your time in Thailand.  You want to experience as many activities and visit as many places as possible.  Bangkok night market, temples at Ayutthaya, Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, and scuba diving on Koh Tao. It is the most popular place for diving in the world as it has developed from having the best and most accessible dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand.  Koh Tao dive sites are within easy reach of great dive schools that certify thousands of people every year, the two most popular courses being open water and the one-day try scuba diving.

A whale shark near the surface
Whale shark, biggest fish in the sea

Koh Tao Scuba Diving, What Is It About?

The open water license takes 3 days but if you have limited time you can still get the scuba diving experience in just one day so you can still enjoy and experience.  Even if you do not have time to make the open water license.  Or if you are not sure that you will like scuba diving you can do the one-day experience to try it before you decide to take the open water license.

What if I only have a short time?  The one-day scuba experience is for those who typically only have 2 or 3 days on the island, one day to explore the island’s great beaches.  One day for diving and one day to recover from the party the night after!

A group of divers on the surface
Newly certified open water scuba divers on Koh Tao

The one-day scuba diving is called Try Scuba Diving, it will teach you the basic part of the theory of diving and we show you the equipment and how it works and complete a short quiz, this takes about an hour, we start this at 11 am so you have time for lunch/breakfast before we leave for the boat at 12pm.

Once On The Boat

Once on the boat, you can relax while your instructor assembles the equipment as we make our way to the dive site and when everything is ready you put everything on and make a thorough safety check before jumping in the water and, staying on the surface, make your way to the beach.  When you are in water that is about chest deep you stop, as here under the water the instructor will show you the basic safety skills, and you copy those skills with the instructor watching to make sure you do it safely and correctly.

A group of divers learning skills in shallow water
Try scuba diving teaches you the basic skills for diving safely.

With the skills completed you then start your dive from the beach.  Shallow to begin with as we slowly build your confidence, buoyancy and diving skills.  Watching the fish and enjoying the corals.  You are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 12m but you can stay at the depth that you feel comfortable at. We allow up to one hour for this dive but it can be shorter.  It depends on how fast you breathe and how quickly you go through your air supply and then you go back to the boat.

Two divers in shallow water
Koh Tao try scuba diving

Second Dive

After a break, you can decide to make a second dive.  Most people do this as the second one is about enjoying the underwater world, no learning skills on this one.  Making the most of your one day of scuba diving but hopefully not your last.  This will inspire you to continue to the open water course.

Divers looking around a coral reef
open water diving course

Koh Tao Scuba Diving

What happens next?  You will have completed the beginning part of the open water course! And as a reward, you get the Basic Diver recognition card.  Everything is done digitally this will be sent to your mobile phone once you have downloaded the MySSI app.  There is also the option to have a photographer come with you and take pictures or make a short movie.  The cost depends on what you want but starts at 2,500 baht.  The diving rules do not allow you to take a camera with you on this beginner diving course.

SSI Basic Diver certification card
Try scuba diving recognition card, Basic Diver
If you are interested in Koh Tao diving contact us and you can find out more about the diving we offer by clicking on the links below or follow us on Facebook or Instagram

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