Im looking to learn to dive in Tao over the next couple of weeks and i just have a few questions. (mainly budget related)
1. Can you recommend any good dive schools?
2. Will i have to book accom in advance (i know the weather is nice there at this time of year).
3. what is the average cost of the course these days? and what would be the approximate cost of each diver afer i have been certified?
#1 dene_aus has been a member since 3/5/2010. Posts: 16
Hi there !
I have just written a blog for this site on how to choose a dive centre here on Ko Tao.
Expect to pay 9800B for your Open Water Course. Remember August is a very busy time so I would strongly recommend booking a room so you are not disappointed.
Dives after you have completed your course are usually discounted from the higher price of 1000B to 700B. This should include all of your kit and a guide.
Go to New Way Diving... They are awesome staff and great dives. They are always the first boat in the water each morning. So your chances of seeing some cool fish are awesome!!! I went in April and they saw a few Whale Sharks during my stay. They have rooms but I opted out and got a beach hut. If you want, I can find my price list and give you exact costs when I went? A word of advice for you and I stress this.... If you want to avoid sitting in a class room go online to PADI and buy the open water E-leaning course. Once you do this they will send you a comfirmation which you can use at any PADI shop and avoid the classroom while on Vacation... Just some reviews!!! The guy who runs the place is Jim, he is awesome!!! My instuctor is gone now I believe
pm me if you want anything else.....
You can do your elearning free with SSI....have a look at their website here...
If you want to know more about PADI and SSI then you can read my blog for Travelfish here too...
Hi Ayesha, THANK YOU for your two awwweesome blog posts I am traveling to SEA from Nov-Feb this year and will be enrolling in a "learn to dive" course somewhere. Discovery channel episodes are the closest I've ever come to the world of diving and both your blog posts were very, very enlightening!
I think as a first timer, Koh Tao seems the cheapest place to go learn to dive in.. just that I will be in Koh Phangan nearby for a week during NYE and was thinking maybe try out the west coast just for a change. Is there any place there which is as cheap as Koh Tao for a newbie? Not sure what the prices are like in Malaysia etc.
As for certification, I'm going in for the free SSI course online and will take up an SSI dive shop wherever I go. Only doing this for recreation so happy with SSI (although PADI is the only certification I have "heard about" till today. Their PR machine must be good!)
Thanks for your kind words.
TF have just posted another of my blogs about diving - this time what to expect on your course.
As for price Koh Tao is as far as I know cheaper then the west coast but maybe there are other foum users who are more familiar with the area what could give you more precise information.
As you are so close then you could always come here to learn to dive and then enjoy some fun dives on the west coast afterwards?
Reading your new blog post already
Yeah, am thinking perhaps learning to Dive in Koh Tao a week before NYE, and then heading to Koh Phangan for the celebratory party of becoming a diver maybe the way forward after all !!
Your blog is so much helpful for beginners. Recently, I've also started to learn diving. I am waiting for your next "useful" article.
#9 azshoan12 has been a member since 3/12/2013. Posts: 2