Learn to dive on Koh Tao
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Learn to dive on Koh Tao Reviews
How to choose a dive centre.... Jun 08, 2010
I am an instructor and underwater photographer and I live on Koh Tao. I get lots of questions about learning to dive and how to choose a dive centre so I thought I would write some quick tips to help would-be divers.
The first course you can take is the Open Water Course. It lasts three and a half days and at the end you have a licence to dive to a maximum depth of 18.
The course takes you through theory sessions which build your knowledge about diving. You learn from your instructor and accompanying videos and book. In the water, your learning starts very shallow and you are taught techniques to make your diving comfortable and safe. You gradually progress to deeper water and then complete 4 divers where you practice the skills and techniques you have previously learnt.
Choosing where to take your course can be a task in itself. Firstly I always strongly recomend that would be divers do not choose their course based on price. Its far more important for you to choose the dive centre that is right for you so go and check them out and see where you like.
Think about the facilites and their equipment and boat - ask to see them and be shown around.
Check what is and whats not included....
Talk to the staff - see if you can talk to who will be your instructor - are they passionate / experienced and enthusiastic?
Find out what happens if you cant complete your course - do you get a refund?
If you are having problems with something - can you take an extra day and repeat or will you have to pay more?
How many people will be in your group? One instructor is allowed to take up to 8 people. Be aware that if there are 8 (or more if there are 2 instructors) in your group then the course does not take any longer so you will get less attention and personal development from the instructor than if you were in a smaller group. On three of your four dives you have excercises to complete and it takes a lot longer for 8 divers to do this - so much so that you might get very little time actually diving.
Think about accommodation too - make sure you are somewhere quiet - you'll want a good nights rest.
The Open Water Course last 3 and a half days and is around 9800B.
The Advanced Open Water Course takes another 2 days and is 8500B.
If you have anything specific you want to ask then you can PM me.
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