Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is a beautiful island which lies off the east coast of Thailand. The island is one of three in the group that is made up of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan; home of the famous Full Moon Party. Underwater Koh Tao is teaming with life making it one of the world`s most desirable dive destinations. The water is calm and clear with very little current making it an idyllic for underwater enthusiasts. Seasonal migrations include the magnificent whale shark. Koh Tao is probably the only place in the world where you are likely to encounter them on SCUBA. Turtles, rays and barracuda are regularly seen as well as the colourful reef fish that make their home on the many dive sites around Koh Tao. The island has a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere making it a hit with travellers. Most stay a little longer than intended and find it quite sad to leave. Activity is centered on diving during the day and the many beach bars and restaurants at night. When not diving there are many hidden coves to explore, massage courses, cooking courses, flying trapeze lessons, rock climbing, abseiling and even mini golf too! The PADI Open Water Diver course includes theory sessions, shallow water sessions and open water dives. The course is conducted by Master Divers, leaders in diver education, offering small personalised groups (maximum 4 per group), and highly qualified and experienced Instructors. The package includes learning manuals and use of all dive equipment, certification and light refreshments on the boat too.
Before You get Here
When you make your booking, you will contacted by Master Divers and given the option of receiving your learning materials for the PADI Open Water Course in 2 different formats:
1) PADI Open Water Diver eManual - you will be sent a unique code in order to access the eManual through www.padi.com. This will enable you to do the necessary reading and to complete the course reviews (Knowledge Reviews) prior to your arrival. You will however still need to watch the course DVDs and attend all the theory sessions;
2) PADI Open Water Diver Touch - a downloadable App for your tablet! Available on iOS and Android. The Touch is a truly interactive learning experience. When you dive into your PADI Open Water Diver Touch, you`ll:
Learn the facts, principles and concepts needed to prepare you for confined and open water dives.
Watch video clips that introduce the world of scuba diving.
Take progressive self quizzes to test your understanding of the material.
You don`t need an internet connection for knowledge development once you download the Touch so you`ll have the flexibility to learn anywhere at any time. You will, however, need to go online to take the quizzes and access your online eLearning record. Once at Master Divers, you will have review time with your instructor so that you can go over any concepts you would like more explanation on.
Arrival in Koh Tao
The Open Water Course is scheduled to start at 1pm on your first day however if you arrive after this time then we can ensure you have some self study and are prepared for starting in the morning.
Upon arrival we will check you into both your accommodation and the dive centre and give you time to get settled.
The Master Divers team will provide you with an orientation to the island and the dive centre. Once you are settled into your accommodation we will start your PADI Open Water Diver course with some video and an academic session covering scuba diving basics. Alternatively, if you have opted for the Touch, we will complete a quick review of your on-line training.
Morning: Scuba Theory
There`s some more videos to watch (unless you have opted for the Touch) and your Instructor will go over what you have seen so far, further your understanding by review and expand on each diving concepts..
Afternoon: Confined Water Skills Practice
After lunch you`ll start learning your basic scuba skills. We take you to one of Koh Tao`s stunning bays so that you`ll get to see fantastic corals and marine life from the first moment you enter the water.
Morning: Scuba Theory
This will be your last study session with your Instructor, you will learn about dive planning and more.
Afternoon: Open Water Dives 1 & 2
We will take you to some of Koh Tao`s stunning dive sites for your first two open water dives, they will be to a maximum depth of 12 metresfor a maximum of 60 minutes. . During the dives you will practice some of the skills already learned and you will also have the opportunity to explore the dive sites and their inhabitants.
Morning: You will now be ready to complete you final theory test
Afternoon: Open Water Dives 3 & 4
Your last two open water dives will take place at some deeper dive sites, as you will be diving to a maximum of 18 metres.
You will also practice some underwater navigation using a compass. You will have a chance to fine tune you buoyancy skills and see some more of the great marine life. Our resident professional photographer/videographer will accompany you for these two dives to capture your experience for posterity.
You`ll celebrate the completion of your PADI Open Water Diver course by taking a look at the wonderful images taken of you by one of our resident professional underwater photographers. (enjoyed over a couple of cold beers!). You`ll complete your certification paperwork, and be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver. This will allow you to dive with a buddy, up to 18 metres deep in conditions similar to those in which you learned to dive, anywhere in the world.
4 Fun Dives & 1 Night Dive
You will have the opportunity to fun dive with us either in the morning or afternoon of days 5 & 6. Also included in your package is a night dive when you will be able to experience the varying marine life which can only be seen after dark.
N.B. If you would like to take your diving education further we can arrange this to take place during days 5 & 6 or you can extend your. Master Divers will be able to give you full details upon your arrival.
** Note that the client will be contacted by Master Divers immediately after the booking to organise access to the PADI eManual or Touch version of the course materials. For further questions the client can email firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Accommodation will be provided in a either twin bed rooms or double bed traditional Thai style chalet on the island of Koh Tao. This accommodation is simple, clean and well maintained. They’re fan cooled with hot water in a quiet location for a good nights’ sleep. They are just a few minutes’ walk away from the dive centre and close to the beach and all amenities too. Guests should be aware that nearly all properties on Koh Tao run off a limited electricity and water supply and there can be some periods of interruption.. However we would encourage guests to enjoy this experience which is typical to the island experience and should be taken in one`s stride!
Master Divers will use Ananda Villas in Mae Haad, but if they are full then Save Bungalows will be used.
N.B. If you would like us to organise something a little more luxurious for your stay, please contact us and we will be able to advise you of your options
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Trip Name: Koh Tao Learn To Dive Package
Duration: 7 Days
From Price: $869
Supplier Tour ID: UDMLTD/201134
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