Updated September 12th, 2018.
Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ is the most popular place in Thailand to learn to dive. Roctopus is a great dive centre, who concentrate on personal service, fantastic fun, safety and professionalism. They operate in small groups, have great equipment and an awesome dive team.
The 3-day Open Water Course is a fantastic course designed for beginners. The price includes all materials, equipment and a certification at the end! The more ‘in-water’ capability you have the easier you will take it on, but there is no previous experience required, you just need to know how to swim.
SSI’s personalised training approach accelerates the process of making you a serious diver in a way that is comfortable and enjoyable for you. After all, everyone learns at a different pace and has personal objectives for their diving. Under the guidance of a professional SSI Instructor, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of underwater exploration.
Pick up, meet the Team and get settled in! Be picked up from the pier and settled into your accommodation. Then at the end of the day (4 pm) meet at Roctopus Dive shop for an orientation, this will give you the chance to meet the Roctopus team, meet your instructor and other students in your group and get to know each other. We keep our groups to 4 max with our course groups to ensure your safety, personal instruction and enjoyment. Also, paperwork and schedule will be gone over and we’ll watch a few DVDs, which lasts about two hours.
DAY 1: Learning Essential Dive Skills.
The first morning (starting at 8.30am) will be a classroom session to go over the diving theory and essential safety information before you take the plunge. We go over the equipment you will be using and how the equipment and our bodies react to going under pressure under water. Also, we go over any questions that you may have in order to get the little book work completed. Learning to dive is so much fun – but safety is our priority, so we make sure we prepare you for the afternoon for the first in water session.
The afternoon (from 11.30am – 4 pm, with lunch in-between) will then consist of our first in-water session. This is a chance to get in a pool or a very shallow dive site (depends on the weather) in the equipment to start slowly getting comfortable and learn the skills you need to become a diver. Don’t worry, everyone is nervous and have fears of the unknown for the first time, but with our friendly, experienced team and small groups, you will soon start to have an awesome time, once you get more comfortable.
DAY 2: Plunge into the Ocean!
We start off the day the same way as the first in the morning, to finish the last of the academic work and the final exam (from 8 am – 10 am). Don’t worry too much about the exam, it’s made for a 10-year old and your instructor will be sure that you have the knowledge to easily pass!
Then, the afternoon will include two open water dive sessions to practice basic skills learnt on the first day and start to do what diving is all about, swimming around checking out what the dive site has to offer with coral and fish life and having fun! This is where you will start to become a real diver and progress your diving ability and comfort in the water.
DAY 3: Let’s go morning diving!
You will head out on the morning boat (at 6.15am) visiting a few different dive sites that are now a bit deeper and further from the island and offer some great diving and some bigger marine life.
By this stage, you have progressed your diving skill and ability, so we get a lot of time swimming around these great sites you will get to see the amazing underwater life of the beautiful ‘Turtle Island’ or Koh Tao.
From colourful corals to man-made reefs, to incredible underwater pinnacles teeming with sea life such as beautiful coral, barracuda, mackerel, groupers, eels, stingrays, clown fish, angel fish, many more reef fish! If really lucky you might spot a turtle or the ultimate – a whale shark! One thing is for sure, you won’t be able to believe this brand new world you have discovered!
From this day forth – you are now qualified to dive up to 18 metres! Take your certificate with you throughout the rest of your travels in South East Asia and let the adventures begin… (Once you are certified, you can get fun dives with Roctopus for a special discounted price of 700 THB per dive.)
DIVE COURSE FACTS:
Your Qualification: What this means?
As an SSI Open Water Diver, you will be competent to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres. You will also have a qualification that is recognised worldwide!
Am I able to learn to dive?
To enrol on the SSI Open Water Diver course you must be 10 years or older, be medically fit and have some swimming ability. There are some people that have medical issues that contradict diving. Please inform us if you think you have anything that might be a problem and we can let you know if you’re able to dive or not. When you apply you will need to complete a medical form so that we can assess your suitability for diving. (Medical examinations are available at a low cost on the island of Koh Tao).
Please note: you must leave 18 hours between your last dive and flying on a commercial aircraft.