SSI Discover Scuba Diving | 1 Day | KOH TAO, THAILAND

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  • Do you want to try diving for the first time?
  • This 1-day taster trip allows you to experience diving without committing to a 3-day course.
  • Dive up to 12 metres with top qualified instructor.
  • Get a glimpse of Koh Tao’s amazing marine life.
  • One of Koh Tao’s best dive schools: 1,000+ 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor!


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This SSI Discover Scuba Diving Course gives beginners a chance to get a taste of scuba diving without having to commit to the three-day Open Water Diver Course. 

Before you take to the ocean… your experienced instructor will show you some basic diving and safety skills and take you on an underwater tour up to 12 metres. The seas around beautiful Koh Tao island are teeming with life and you don’t have to dive into the depths of the deep blue sea to see some amazing creatures such as parrot fish, angel fish and clownfish (Nemo!)

The Discover Scuba Diving experience takes place over an afternoon, with the below schedule when possible…

SSI Discover Scuba Diving Schedule – 1 Day

10:30 a.m – 11.15 a.m

  • You’ll get some paperwork done and complete a medical form, before getting sized up with your Scuba Diving Equipment.
  • Afterwards, your instructor will take you through some very basic theory about what to do and what not to do under the water.
  • There will be a quick quiz at the end (which is very easy!) and then you’ll be ready to head out on our boat.
  • Make sure you have a big breakfast, or early lunch since diving burns lots of calories, and on the boat, we only provide cookies, fruit, water, tea and coffee!

11.45 a.m – 5.30 p.m

  • It’s time to head out diving! We’ll take you to the most suitable shallow & calm dive site depending on the conditions that day. You’ll be helped into your gear by your instructor, given an overview of how it all works, enter the water and swim to the beach.
  • Once there, we shall complete some basic scuba diving skills in water deep enough to stand up in. Once completed we shall progress into a dive, gradually making our way deeper under the direct supervision of your instructor. This gives most people around 45 minutes enjoying Koh Tao’s beautiful marine life!
  • After a small break, we’ll usually change dive sites for your optional second dive of around 45 minutes, and a maximum depth of 12 metres.
  • Since you have already completed the skills and a prior dive, most people find that they have a lot more control over their dive, and as a result, notice much more diversity in the marine life around them. It’s at this point that many people start falling in love with the underwater world and the weightless freedom that diving offers!

Ready to get Qualified?

If you enjoy your first ever diving experience, you can do an additional dive on the same trip for only 1,000 THB more. And, if you love it (and we know you will) you can carry on and become a qualified diver! You can count this experience towards the full SSI Open Water Coursewith full credit applied, which will then allow you to dive around the world to a depth of 18 metres. To do this, you ONLY pay the remaining amount between the cost of our SSI Open Water course and the money you already paid for your SSI Discover Scuba Diving course.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 48 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


What's Included

Included in the Price:

  • Single day introduction to scuba diving
  • Includes all equipment rental
  • Experienced instructors and very small groups
  • Briefing, shallow water skills & a dive of roughly 45 mins
  • Option to make additional dives to 12M
  • Can be credited to an Open Water Certification

What’s not Included

  • Meal
  • Accommodation (we can organise for you)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport to Koh Tao

Operator Information


With both Western and Thai owners, New Way Diving has been established for over 20 years on the island of Koh Tao offering the best service possible. With highly-experienced and qualified instructors (English-speaking) they are able to ensure that each beginner diver feels confident and safe in the water. From day one you will be in good hands and will feel guided and nurtured every step of the way, whether you're a beginner diver or training to be a Dive Master... See over 1,000 5-star Trip Advisor Reviews for more details!

What is unique about New Way Diving?

  • Small Groups - Unlike some of the larger dive schools, New Way prefer a small and friendly approach. There is a maximum group size of 4 students to 1 instructor, which assures that each student receives the necessary attention.
  • Environmentally Active - New Way Diving are extremely active in making the island of Koh Tao a better place for creatures great and small. They host regular beach and reef clean-ups which you can get involved with while you're there!
  • No Swimming Pool Learning - All of the training at New Way takes place in the sea in calm, warm shallow waters to begin with. Why spend hours in a swimming pool watching hair and plasters float past in order to then go diving in the sea? Instead, you can start immediately in the ocean and watch the beautiful marine life from your first breath underwater!
  • More Dives - Because of the 'straight to sea' policy, New Way students leave Koh Tao with more dives than normal since there is a short diving tour after each skill segment is complete, meaning that you will finish having completed up to six dives instead of the usual four. This gives you more chance to explore the amazing dive sites around Koh Tao.
  • Sail Rock! - Unlike other dive schools, New Way dive at Sail Rock, the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand EVERY DAY. This is now a standard part of every Open Water Course, weather permitting!

1 review for SSI Discover Scuba Diving | 1 Day | KOH TAO, THAILAND

  1. Claudie Lavoie

    As newbies of scubadiving, we were really impressed by our instructor, Tom. He was professional and calming, but also very knowledgeable and passionate. We absolutely loved our time in the water and we gain confidence really quickly. I would recommend Tom and his company, as they provide one of our best memories of our trip on Thailand.

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