Dive Course & Experience Program
Koh Tao is now around 40 dive centers, some of them are very large with huge dive boats that take up to 60 divers on its. What? Then, How much fun is it to go diving with a couple of hundred divers? Not much fun. The popular sites are always quiet busy. We've tried to solve these by offering the different Dive Courses and Dive Trips, which we sure you will love to go diving after your course as well.
What is PADI?
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational diving certification organization. The membership includes dive businesses, resort facilities, academic institutions, instructor trainers, dive educators, divers, snorkelers and other water-sports enthusiasts. Students learn the basics through independent study and then are guided through additional development by their instructors. The goal is to get students in the water as soon as possible and provide them with the instruction necessary to gain confidence in their diving abilities.
PADI Dive Courses
PADI Scuba Review
Has it been a while since you’ve been scuba diving? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? The Scuba Review Tune-up is just the refresher you need. It reacquaints you with diving so that you're back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)
This is the experience program for someone who would like to try SCUBA Diving without committing to a full certification course. The DSD program takes only few hours, starts with an explanation of basic diving theory and explains about equipment, equalizing and breathing techniques, then go into shallow water for acclimatization and some skills practice. Then take you on a shallow water dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters. For DSD program, you are closely supervised by the professional instructor.
PADI Scuba Diver course (SD)
This is for someone who want to do SCUBA diving whilst on holiday and happy to dive only with professional dive leader. The SD course is basically half of the Open Water Diver Course including rental equipment, OW manual, Log book and the certification card which allows the diver to dive to a maximum of 12 meters under supervision. You can upgrade this Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver in 1 year without going back to the beginning.
This course takes 2 days. The 1st day we start in the morning with diving theory and equipment familiarization, followed after lunch by a shallow water skills session finished around 5:00 p.m. The 2nd day is go out on the boat around Koh Tao to make 2 dives with maximum depth 12 meters and put the skills learnt in to practice.
PADI Open Water Diver Course (OW)
|This gives you a lifetime diving ticket to the underwater world. We start an OW course everyday at 4:00 p.m. and we take maximum 6 students per instructor per course. We teach in English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese and Thai. There is some medical questionnaire that needs to be completed before start of the course. The OW course consists of 3 main parts: Dive Theory, Shallow Water Skills and Open Water Dives.
The Dive Theory consists of a PADI manual with 5 Chapters, 5 vdos and Knowledge reviews and a 3 Classroom sessions with your PADI Instructors. After the 5th Chapter there is a Final Exam with 50 questions, multiple choices. You need to score 75% or more. The system is well designed so after all the lectures you will find that you've acquired a lot of diving knowledge in a relatively short time.
The Water Work consists of Confined Water Training and 4 Open Water Dives.
The Confined Water Training is conducted either in a nice, calm and shallow area in the sea, or if the conditions are not too favorable in a pool. We prefer to do it in the ocean as you then get used to the saltwater environment straight away, and of course there are more interesting things to look at in the sea compared to in a swimming pool.
You have to complete 4 Open Water Training Dives after done all confined water training sessions. We make 2 training dives per day with your maximum depth not exceed 12 meters (Dive 1+2) and 18 meters (Dive 3+4).
Congratulations, you are a diver. When you finished your Open Water course there will be 2 options. Either you go to do the PADI Advanced Open Water Course or do some Fun Dives with special price for our ex-student.
PADI Advanced Open Water Course (AOW)
The AOW course consists of 5 Specialty Dives. There are 2 Core Dives which you must do, they are Navigation dive and Deep dive (30 meters) and this means that apart from the Navigation and the Deep dive you can choose 3 Elective adventure dives. The Night dive is no longer a core dive, but we strongly recommend that you do this night dive. Multilevel dive is a very good experience, you learn how to plan your dive in different depth levels so that you can get a longer time under water. This is a technique used all the time when you go deeper than 18-20 meters.
Other options include Peek Performance Buoyancy, Naturalist, Underwater Photography and many more. You can look at the manual and choose which ones you want to do once you get here.
It's a good idea to do it straight after the PADI Open Water Diver course, because you can get more different dives experience and a 10% discount on the Advanced Course with the same PADI Instructors. It's only 2 days for 5 Adventure Dives.
If you have done the Advanced Course and you would like to have a proof of CPR training, you will need to do the Emergency First Responder Course.
PADI Emergency First Responder Course (EFR)
This course is non-diving certification course. You will learn the basics of first aid and how to give first aid in emergency situation. Start by showing you a video and then we do scenario based practical training. You’ll learn how to deal with a first response to a medical emergency. Everything from allergies, snake bites, electrocution, burns and the diving related injuries. A large part of the course trains you to be confident and proficient in C.P.R (cardio pulmonary resuscitation).This EFR course is one day intensive first aid course where we teach you and it is prerequisite for the Rescue Diver Course. By being proficient in first aid it gives you a feeling of confidence that in any situation you will be able to respond and help others.
PADI Rescue Diver Course (RESC)
|This course is designed to bring divers who already have advanced skills to a level of competency where, in emergency situations, they would be able to intervene.
The RESC course is a 2 days program during the course you will learn how to focus on other divers and not only yourself.
You will make several different scenarios starting already on day one with dealing with a panicking diver or tired diver on the surface.
You will be searching for a missing diver or an unconscious diver under water, bring the diver to the surface and give a rescue breathing at the same time as you ditch his/hers diving equipment and tow him/her to the boat or shore.
You will use different techniques to bring the diver onto the boat or onto shore. After that you do the final scenario kind of put them all together.
The Rescue course is a really serious fun course to do and you will feel much more confident as a diver after completing the course.