Learn to Dive on Koh Tao – An in depth look at our 3&½ day Open Water Course schedule

Why learn how to SCUBA dive on Koh Tao?

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Diving Koh Tao – Wondering why thousands of people learn to SCUBA dive on Koh Tao? It’s quite simple really –

  • The conditions are perfect for beginners; the water is normally flat, has no currents and there is always somewhere shallow and sheltered for your Open Water training dives.
  • The price is very low – the large number of dive schools here on Koh Tao makes the island the cheapest place in the world to get SCUBA certified.
  • You will most definitely be in safe hands! Because there are 1000’s of people who get certified on Koh Tao there needs to be 1000’s of people to teach them. This means Koh Tao has some of the most experienced instructors in the world who have taught 100’s of people on their Open Water Courses.

Koh Tao Open Water Course Schedule – Day 1

Orientation at 5pm – Duration: 1h

We get the boring stuff out the way first! Come down to our beachfront dive center and meet your instructor, the rest of the guys on the course and start the theory work. Once you have met your new dive buddies and experienced instructor you will need to fill in some paperwork and watch some videos that will introduce to the new underwater world – don’t worry, you will be finished in time to enjoy the sunset from our balcony overlooking Sairee Beach.

Koh Tao Open Water Course Schedule – Day 2

Classroom and equipment setup – 2h

Now comes the fun stuff. Meet your instructor in the morning for a classroom session and go over what you learnt the night before. Your instructor will teach you all the do’s and don’ts of SCUBA diving and how to both setup and use your SCUBA equipment.

scuba review, refresher course koh tao

Pool training – 2-4h

After taking a break for lunch it’s time to put the theory work into practice and jump into our purpose built dive pool. You will start in the shallow end with some basic SCUBA skills and gradually work your way down to 2&½ meters to perform the rest of the skills and get ready for your Open Water ocean dives. The pool training can take anywhere between 2-4 hours, we give you as much time as you need to feel comfortable wearing the SCUBA equipment.

Our Dive Pool for Open Water Diver training

Koh Tao Open Water Course Schedule – Day 3

Ocean dives 1&2 – Duration 4-5h

Time to head out to do some real SCUBA diving around Koh Tao! Our pink long tail boat will take you a few hundred meters out to our big Pink Dive boat which will then depart to one of our shallow dive sites for your first Open Water dive. Your first two dives will be to a maximum depth of 12 meters and will be mainly focused on showing your instructor what you learnt in the pool. Boat trips will take around 4-5 hours and always do two dives per trip – refreshments and water are always provided on the boat. Your first two dives sites will typically be around the beautiful paradise island Koh Nangyuan in one of its shallow, protected bays.

Koh Tao Open Water Course Schedule – Day 4

Ocean dives 3&4 – Duration 4-5h

On your last two dives we can take you to a maximum depth of 18 meters and most of the skills will be out the way so you can enjoy two long dives at some of the best dive sites on Koh Tao. Expect to see lots of beautiful corals, fish and hopefully a turtle or even the famous Whale Shark! Typical dive sites we visit for these last two dives are Chumphon Pinnacle & White Rock.

Dive Koh Tao - SCUBA Diving with Phoenix Divers