Do you want to experience diving for the first time in one of the world's top scuba diving destinations? If so, then you are in the right place! Visited by new and experienced divers alike, Koh Tao is the best scuba diving location in Thailand and one of the most visited dive destinations worldwide. The even better news is that you don't have to be an experienced diver or take a course to go diving on Koh Tao. PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences allow you to get out in the ocean and explore some of our excellent Koh Tao diving sites with no previous experience or qualifications necessary.
At our Koh Tao diving school, we run PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs every day through our PADI 5-star dive center, meaning whenever you visit, you will have the opportunity to join one of our classes. We recommend booking a 2-night stay, however, as the class starts in the morning and does not finish until around 5 pm. It is the perfect activity for those who don't have much time, are unsure if they will like scuba diving, or don't want to spend a chunk of their holiday time in a classroom. Want to know more? Read on to find the answers to the most popular questions about one-day Koh Tao scuba diving classes.
Who can try diving?
Anyone aged 10 and over can try diving on Koh Tao, making it a perfect activity for the family. You need to be in good physical condition, though, and you'll need to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any Koh Tao scuba activities.
How does it work?
You will meet your diving Instructor in the morning at our PADI dive school. Every one of our friendly and professional instructors has been hand-picked to provide the best service possible, so you'll be in great hands. Your Instructor will get you fitted for a set of diving equipment and give you a short briefing. Don't worry. It won't be too in-depth or complicated, but it will be enough information to feel at ease in your diving equipment and safe and comfortable in the water.
Once the briefing is over, you'll practice some basic skills in the swimming pool and get comfortable moving around in your dive gear. Then the real fun begins as you jump on our dive boat for an afternoon trip to two of Koh Tao's best dive sites for beginners. You'll see vibrant coral reefs and colorful tropical fish as you swim in the fantastic underwater world.
Is Scuba Diving on Koh Tao Safe?
Yes, Koh Tao diving is very safe. We keep our dive groups small, ensuring personal attention from your Instructor, so you'll have all of the care and assistance you need and plenty of time to ask questions. Your PADI Instructor will take care of the equipment set up for you and manage your buoyancy and control underwater. They'll have contact with you the whole time, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings.
How deep will I go?
You will start in very shallow water so you can easily reach the surface if you have any problems or want to talk to your Instructor. The maximum depth you'll reach throughout the day is 12 meters.
What Will I See?
Koh Tao scuba diving is some of the best in the world, as most of the corals and fish are in the shallows, which is perfect for first-time divers! Regular sightings include parrotfish, butterflyfish, and bannerfish, and if you are lucky, maybe even a clownfish, stingray, pufferfish, or turtle. One thing is for sure, with crystal blue waters and tropical colors surrounding you, you'll be in love with Koh Tao's magical underwater world in no time!
What does cost a Discovery Scuba Diving course?
The price for your one-day diving on Koh Tao is 3,500 THB and includes your PADI Discover Scuba Diving manual, a complete set of diving equipment, 2 boat dives, plus snacks and refreshments onboard.
Ready to Get Qualified?
PADI Open Water classes at our Koh Tao dive school begin daily and take just 2.5 more days after you've completed your Koh Tao one-day try diving experience. Please be aware that your Koh Tao PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is not a dive qualification. However, if you like it and want to proceed with your PADI Open Water Diver qualification, then speak to your diving instructor.