Scuba Certification Koh Tao

Scuba Certification Koh Tao

When you are on holiday your time is limited, but it is easy to get your scuba certification on Koh Tao. You have planned everything to within 30 minutes to get the most out of your time in Thailand 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 dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand that are within easy reach to having great dive schools that certify thousands of people every year, the two most popular courses being open water and try scuba diving.

scuba certification Koh Tao
SSI open water certification

What Scuba Certification Can I Take On Koh Tao?

The open water certification 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 the underwater world even if you do not have time to make an 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.

Koh Tao Diving
A diver jumping off the boat

Try Scuba Diving

The one-day scuba experience is for those typically who only have 2 or 3 days on the island, one day to explore the island’s fantastic beaches.  One day for diving for a scuba certification Koh Tao and one day to recover from the party the night before!

The beginner scuba certification on Koh Tao
SSI Basic Diver certification

What Is It?

The one-day scuba diving is called Try Scuba Diving.  We will teach you the basic part of the theory of diving and we will show you the equipment and how it works and complete a short quiz.  This takes about an hour.  We start this at 10.30 am so you have time for lunch/breakfast before we leave for the boat at 11.45 am.

What Happens 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.  When everything is ready you put everything on and make a thorough safety check before jumping in the water.  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.  You copy those skills with the instructor watching to make sure you do it safely and correctly and you are on your way to your first scuba certification on Koh Tao.

Learning the basic skills for scuba diving on Koh Tao
Learning basic skills for scuba certification Koh Tao

Your First Dive

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 or what the dive site allows.  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.  After completing this you will have earned your first scuba certification Koh Tao.

Koh Tao has lots to offer all levels of scuba divers, from those who want a scuba certification or just fun dives
What can you see underwater?

Your Second Dive

After a break, you can decide to make a second dive, with no skills to complete like before.  It will just be a dive to a maximum depth of 12m, the same as the first one. Most people do this as they have learned a lot from the first dive and the second one is more about enjoying the underwater world. Make the most of your one day of scuba diving and hopefully not your last as we will have inspired you to continue to the open water course.

Mastering your scuba diving skills on Koh Tao
A scuba diver underwater at Koh Tao

Can I Get Underwater Photos Of Me Diving?

You will have completed the beginning part of the open water course! And as a reward, you get the Basic Diver recognition card. It’s not a Koh Tao scuba certification though.  As everything is done digitally this will be sent to your mobile phone to keep or share with friends.  There is also the option to have a photographer or videographer come with you and take pictures.  The cost depends on what you want but starts at 2,000 baht.  The diving rules do not allow you to take a camera on this beginner diving course.

Koh Tao Diving Refresher or Scuba Review
Two divers practicing buoyancy skills

How do I sign up for a scuba certification Koh Tao?

Contact us 🙂 Easy.
Any questions? We are here for you 7 days a week.

If you are interested in scuba certification Koh Tao contact us or you can find out more about the diving we offer by clicking on the links below or follow us on Facebook or Instagram

Koh Tao Diving Courses

What other scuba certification Koh Tao can I get?

Open Water Course
Advanced Course
Fun Dives

What Other Scuba Certification Koh Tao Can I Get?

Nitrox Speciality
Wreck Diving Special
First Aid and Rescue

Wreck diving scuba certification Koh Tao
Divers above the HTMS Sattakut

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