Updated August 27th, 2018.
Koh Tao is one of the most popular places in the world to obtain the Open Water Diver Certificate, and the PADI Open Water Course is the most recognized diver certification in the world.
New Way Diving has been established for 18 years offering the best service possible and assuring that each of our Open Water Students leave the island as comfortable, experienced Divers.
We do this through a number of ways…
- We have a maximum group size of 4 students to 1 instructor, which assures that each student receives close instructor attention and interaction.
- We have handpicked our team to make sure that each of our staff are some of the most experienced Instructors on Koh Tao.
- At New Way Diving, we do all of our training in the sea, which we have always preferred since it simply makes sense. Why spend hours in a swimming pool watching hairs 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!
- Since we are in the sea, we also divide our skills over two separate days, meaning there are no long waits for everyone to complete all the diving skills required.
- It also means that all of our students leave Koh Tao with more dives than normal since we like to take people on a tour after each skill segment is complete, meaning that you will finish with us having complete up to 6 dives instead of the usual 4.
Our schedule for this course looks like so:
|Day 1||16:00 – 18:00||Course Orientation & Video|
|Day 2||08:00 – 10:30||Theory Session 1|
|11:45 – 17:00||Shallow Water Skills & Dive 1 (max 12m)|
|Day 3||08:00 – 10:30||Theory Session 2|
|11:45 – 17:00||Shallow Water Skills & Dive 2 (max 12m)|
|Day 4||06:00 – 10:30||Dive 3 & 4 (maximum 18m)|
Day 1 – Course Orientation – 16:00 – 18:00
New Way Diving includes free collection from the pier upon arrival since taxis here can be expensive!
Simply let us know by email which ferry company you’ll be arriving with, what time and where from, and we will send our taxi to collect you from the appropriate pier and bring you to us so we can say hello, and help you get to your accommodation.
On your first day, we will meet at the dive shop at 16:00 to complete the required paperwork, receive an orientation, meet your instructor and watch the PADI Open Water Diver videos.
Day 2 – Theory Session 1 – 08:00 – 10:30
On day 2, we will meet at 08:00 to review the core information that was covered in the videos.
Your Instructor will inform you of the key course theory, including Scuba Diving Equipment and its safe operation, dive planning, emergency scenarios, the effects of pressure on a diver, scuba diving safe practices and more.
There will also be a short quiz session to see if this knowledge has been retained.
Day 2 – Shallow Water Skills & Dive 1 (max 12m) – 11:45 – 17:00
Unlike many of the Dive Schools on Koh Tao, New Way believe in doing as much training as possible in the environment in which we are preparing for. For that reason, on the afternoon of Day 2, we head out to one of our 2 Diving Boats to conduct your first skill training session!
The boat will head to one of the many beautiful bays of Koh Tao, where we will prepare our equipment, enter the water, and swim to the beach!
Once at the beach, and in water shallow enough to stand up in, your instructor will demonstrate a number of the basic scuba diving skills, and then have you repeat the skills. You will already start to see the wonderful Koh Tao Marine Life and whet your appetite for going deeper! If there is enough time and air once the skills have been completed, your instructor will take you for a short dive to experience more of this.
We will then return to the boat, where we can enjoy some lovely sunshine, beautiful scenery, and refresh ourselves with complimentary Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Fruit, as well as rehydrate ourselves with a plentiful supply of cold water.
While we are relaxing on board, the captain will move the boat to our second diving location, where your instructor will enter the water with you after an informative briefing about the dive site, the environment, signals and safety procedures. You will then enjoy a stunning dive at one of Koh Tao’s many dive sites to a maximum of 12m depth. There are no skills to perform on this dive, and the idea is simply to allow you to enjoy the sights and enjoy the weightless freedom that Scuba Diving offers.
Day 3 – Theory Session 2 – 08:00 – 11:00
The instructor will also give a debriefing of the day prior, how the skills were performed, and what will take place this afternoon.
Day 3 – Shallow Water Skills & Dive 1 (max 12m) – 11:45 – 17:00
Very similar to the day previous, we shall head to a lovely bay around Koh Tao, and head into the shallow water. This time the location for the skills will be deeper, in water too deep to stand up in, unless there are some shallow rehearsals to be repeated before. Once again your instructor will perform each skill in turn, and then have you repeat them. If there is enough time and air left, then this will again be followed by a dive.
We will likewise then have a surface interval on the boat, which will be followed by an additional dive at a new location. During this dive, your instructor will ask you to repeat certain skills that have been rehearsed over the previous 2 days to assure us that you remember how to do them.
Day 4 – Dive 3 & 4 (max 18m) – 06:00 – 10:30
During these final dives, you can expect to see even more of Koh Tao’s Marine Life than on some of the previous dives. This is due to 3 main reasons…
Firstly, your buoyancy and diving skills will have improved by now, which improves divers’ confidence, making divers more relaxed, which in turn means that you spend a lot more time looking around and enjoying what the environment has to offer.
Secondly, these deeper dive sites are often further from land, meaning that many fish congregate there for breeding and food purposes. This, in turn, attracts larger predators, such as Barracuda’s, Trevally and Big Groupers.
Thirdly, New Way dive first! We are often the first dive school at most of the Dive Sites around Koh Tao, which means that we often dive before the marine life has been scared away. With over 100 Dive Shops in operation in Koh Tao, this makes a BIG difference.
On this final day we head out to two of Koh Tao’s deeper, more challenging dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacles, Southwest Pinnacles, Shark Island, Green Rock, and perhaps even Sail Rock, for those that wish to upgrade.
We are one of the few dive schools on Koh Tao that visit Sail Rock twice per week, which is the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. All students are welcome to upgrade to this 3-dive trip on their last day if finishing on a Tuesday or Friday for only 1,600 THB extra and includes Breakfast, Lunch and soft drinks.
With this final day complete, you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver!
This is your license to dive around the world to a depth of 18 metres. You can then continue diving with us if you like, and receive each of your fun dives for 700 THB, or if you didn’t make it to Sail Rock, you may join us at a discounted rate of 2,600 THB.
Accommodation in Koh Tao
Our course price of 9,000 THB does not include accommodation.
However, we work with BP Hostel to offer our customers 3 nights in an AC Dorm for a total price of 9,800 THB.
We also work with Koya Guesthouse, who offer our customers a private room with Fan for 700 THB per night, or a private room with AC for 1,000 THB per night.
If you would like to book either of these accommodation options, simply send us a message requesting this.