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Learning to dive on Ko Tao

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So you've made the decision – you want to learn to dive on Ko Tao. Congratulations! Here is an outline of what learning to dive on Ko Tao actually entails along with some guidance regarding the common questions you're most likely to encounter.

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The process essentially boils down to three steps, which are firstly deciding if you want to do PADI or SSI, then deciding on a dive centre, then doing the theory and getting in the water. Once you're certified, what about if you want to do another course afterwards? We'll cover that too.

Should you do PADI or SSI? Ultimately, it’s more important that you have chosen the right dive centre than the “right” course and importantly, both PADI and SSI are internationally recognised meaning you can dive anywhere in the world with either certification. You can switch and change too — you don’t have to stay with the agency that you pick for your ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 2,100 words.)

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