Getting the PADI Cert on Koh Tao Thailand

Getting the PADI Cert on Koh Tao Thailand

As we traveled by ferry to Koh Tao from Koh Phangan, we meet a guy called Mr P on the ferry. Who was up selling diving courses and fun dives for Scuba Shack.

Checkout our travel tips before going to Thailand and interesting things to do on Koh Tao.

We agreed to go to the introduction and get more information as they had good reviews on TripAdvisor.

Day 1

On arrival to Scuba Shack we where giving the introduction by Stefan. A run down on what courses were on offer and with some courses there was free accommodation while doing the course.

We decided to do the PADI course, that cost 9000 bht. And we were shown our accommodation, which was a bungalow on the beach, Sairee beach.

And then that evening, day 1 began with starting the theory part of the PADI open water course.

Koh Tao Thailand Sunset from our bungalow
Sunset from our Bungalow

Day 2

Started at 8:00 in the morning, so in the first half of the day was for the theory, which finished at 11 am.

We had an 1 hour break to get some food. Then we where taking out on the boat to Nangyuan Island, firstly to do the the swim test.

The Swim test was to swim around the boat 2 times and then be able to float for 10 mins.

Koh Tao John-Suwan Viewpoint
Koh Tao John-Suwan Viewpoint

Once we passed this, we geared up in our dive gear. For the rest of the day til 5 pm, we worked on scuba diving basics and things like if my mask got filled with water, how to get rid of the water.

Day 3

Started at 8:00 in the morning, we get our theory and this time we had a PADI theory test, we finished again finished by 11 am. We had an 1 hour break to get some food.

Then we where taking out on the boat to Nangyuan Island, but the other side of the island, to do our two dives. The first dive was at dive site called Twins and was a 12 meter dive.

This was a struggle as the deeper I got, my ears were not handling the pressure very well but after equalizing the ears regularly seemed to resolve the problem.

The second dive was at Pottery dive site was a 10 meter dive. And was a little more straight forward.

First Dive in Koh Tao
First Dive in Koh Tao

Day 4

The last was a very early start of 5:00 in the morning and back by 10 am. We got onto the boat which traveled to open sea, do the last of our two dives.

The first dive was at dive site called South West Pinnacles and was a 18 meter dive.

This was a struggle again as the deeper I got, my ears were having the same problems but after equalizing the ears regularly seemed to slowly resolve the problem.

The second dive was at dive site called White Rock and was a 14 meter dive.

Once this was complete we received our PADI certification.

PADI Certified
Just got PADI Certified

Wrapping Up

Hope you enjoyed this post about me getting my PADI cert on Koh Tao Thailand

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