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August Diving in Thailand for a newbie

Posted by walkingtrees on 9/2/2010 at 10:43

Hi, I'm interested in trying my hand in diving while I'll be in Thailand solo, for the month of August. Can anyone start off with some info for me? Ko Tao? Thanks!

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Posted by swag on 9/2/2010 at 12:30

Hi at that time of year you might be best off on the east coast of Koh Tao. Have a look at black tip idc resort. Might be what your looking for.

I found them very good a number of years ago

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Posted by ayesha on 10/2/2010 at 15:11 TF writer

Hi there !

I live and work on Koh Tao as a dive instructor! There are many places to choose from here - over 40 centres. This can make your choice overwhelming but it also means that you are very likely to find a dive centre that suits you. I recently wrote an article about this and you may find the tips and pointers useful.....

Have a read through and get back to me with more questions - Im happy to help wherever you choose to learn to dive!


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Posted by stevejames00 on 11/2/2010 at 01:45

from the link that swag gave whats the difference between the PADI scuba diver course that costs 7100baht and the open water that costs 11,000?

What is the average cost of a PADI course?

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Posted by ayesha on 11/2/2010 at 17:27 TF writer

Hi there !

The average cost of the PADI Open Water Course is 9800B on Koh Tao.

The Scuba Diver Course is a certification that limits you to 12m and always diving with an instructor or divemaster. People usually take this if they do not have time to complete the full course or fall sick before completion. Its a great course for children too. The simplist way to describe the coure is that is half of the Open Water Course however this can be topped up to full open water. This is around 6800B.

The Open Water Course is your full initial certification that will allow you to dive to 18m with your buddy.


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Posted by alisha66 on 4/1/2011 at 17:10

World class diving with the plenty of big stuff. Ko lanta in Thailand is home to some fantastic diving. It is also a photographer's paradise. Whale sharks and manta rays can sometimes be seen at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang which also have the deepest drop offs in the Thailand. If you are looking adventure destinations, it is one of them. Scuba diving is more then just a sport.

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