Our partner dive school, Roctopus is a great dive centre, who concentrate on personal service, fantastic fun, safety and professionalism. They operate in small groups, have great equipment and an awesome dive team. Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ is the most popular place in Thailand to learn to dive.
The Open Water Course is a fantastic course designed for beginners, the price includes all materials, equipment and a certification! The more in-water capability you have the easier you will take it on, but there is no previous experience required, you just need to know how to swim.
SSI’s personalised training approach accelerates the process of making you a serious diver in a way that is comfortable and enjoyable for you. After all, everyone learns at a different pace and has personal objectives for their diving. Under the guidance of a professional SSI Instructor, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of underwater exploration.
Qualification – What this means?
As an SSI Open Water diver, you will be competent to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres. You will also have a qualification that is recognized worldwide!
To enrol on the SSI Open Water Diver course you must be 10 years or older, be medically fit and have some swimming ability. There are some people that have medical issues that contradict diving. Please inform us if you think you have anything that might be a problem and we can let you know if your able to dive or not. When you apply you will need to complete a medical form so that we can assess your suitability for diving.
What’s included in the Price?
* All learning materials.
* Professional instruction.
* All dive equipment.
* Taxi pick-up from boat.
* Refreshments on the boat.
(Accommodation not included, but we can book for you.)
* If you’d like your dives filmed by our in-house professional videographer, we offer this service for an additional fee.
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Pick up, meet the Team and get settled in!
Be picked up from the pier and settled into your accommodation. Then at the end of the day (4pm) meet at Roctopus Dive shop for an orientation, this will give you the chance to meet the Roctopus team, meet your instructor and other students in your group and get to know each other.
We keep our groups to 4 max with our course groups to ensure your safety, personal instruction and enjoyment.
Also paperwork and schedule will be gone over and a few DVDs, this lasts about two hours.
Learning Essential Dive Skills!
The first morning (starting at 8.30am) will be a classroom session to go over the diving theory and essential safety information before you take the plunge. We go over the equipment you will be using and how the equipment and bodies react to going under pressure under water also to go over any questions you have the the little book work completed. Learning to dive is so much fun – but safety is also our priority, so we make sure we prepare you for the afternoon for the first in water session.
The afternoon (from 11.30am – 4pm, with lunch inbetween) will then consist of our first in water session, this is a chance to get in a pool or a very shallow dive site (depends on weather) in the equipment to start slowly getting comfortable and learn the skills you need to become a diver. Don’t worry everyone is nervous and have fears of the unknown for the first time, but with our great experienced team and small groups, it you will soon start to have a awesome time once you get more comfortable.
Plunge into the Ocean!
We start off the day same way as the first in the morning to finish the last of the academic work and final exam (from 8am – 10am). Don’t worry too much about the exam, it’s made for a 10 year old and your instructor will be sure you have the knowledge to easily pass!
Then afternoon will include two open water dive sessions to practice basic skills learnt on the first day and start to do what diving is all about, swimming around checking out what the dive site has to offer with coral and fish life and having fun! This is where you will start to become a real diver and progress you diving ability and comfort in the water.
Lets go morning diving!
You will head out on the morning boat (at 6.15am) visiting another dive different sites that are now a bit deeper and further from the island that offer some great diving and some bigger marine life. By this stage you have progressed you diving skill and ability, so we get a lot of time swimming around these great sites you will get to see the amazing underwater life of the beautiful ‘Turtle Island’ or Koh Tao.
From colourful corals to man-made reefs, to incredible underwater pinnacles teeming with sea life such as beautiful coral, barracuda, mackerel, groupers, eels, sting rays, clown fish, angel fish, many more reef fish and if really lucky maybe even a turtle or the ultimate – a whale shark! You won’t be able to believe this brand new world you have discovered!
From this day forth – you are now qualified to dive up to 18 metres! Take your certificate with you throughout the rest of your travels in South East Asia and let the adventures begin…
Once you are certified, you can get fun dives with us for a special discounted price of 700 THB per dive.
We do not have packages that include accommodation. We separate the costs so you just pay for the room you choose to have on top, this saves you money and any confusion about what is included. We are affiliated with a few places on Koh Tao that we can book for you, if available, see options below:
Located on Sairee Beach, closely situated to all of Sairee shops, restaurants, cafes, bars etc. Only a short walk to everywhere, so it’s a great spot to stay, and of course our dive shop is based there. The resort has many facilities: Victors Pool Bar, Wind Restaurant & BBQ, Rusta Bar, Massage, Mini Mart and Laundry Service. Prices do not include breakfast. A fan room costs 600 THB a night and 1,000 a night for A/C (these are older budget rooms, very basic with cold water). Also Superior A/C, Deluxe Luxury and Deluxe Garden for bigger budgets. Triple rooms are Fan 800 a night, or A/C 1,500 a night. Please note if we book you a room here, you must pay at least one night stay, even if you arrive and choose not to stay there for any reason.
New building located inland Sairee, 10 min walk from the beach and our dive shop. It’s tucked away in a secluded area, down a dirt road past a few Thai homes, no views. No communal areas, but shops and restaurants within 10 min walk. It’s very quiet, so you can get a good sleep before diving. Fan / Air Con options available with: Double bed, TV, Fridge, Hot water bathroom, free WIFI & a safe. Single Fan room (one person only) with shared bathroom/cold water, starts at 300 THB (but there is only one of these available, so depends on availability): Double Bed Fan Rooms, 600 THB a night, or 1,000 a night for Double Bed A/C Room (one or two persons sharing, no Twin bed rooms).
A basic mid range Thai resort on the beach, in the heart of Sairee, just 5 min walk along the beach from our dive shop. It has a variety of rooms and bungalows, both concrete and wooden, fan and A/C and also has more expensive beach front rooms. Two swimming pools on site and is right in the middle of many restaurants, shops and beach bars. Fan Rooms for one person start at 400 THB a night (if booked far enough in advance), for two people are 600-700, and go up to 2,000 THB a night for beach front A/C Double bed rooms. Triple Rooms are Fan 700-900 a night, or A/C 1,500 a night. Reception is open 9-5pm each day, so if you are arriving late or earlier than 9am, we have to make special arrangements.
Suksamran Villas provides suites and studio apartments and is located in Sairee, a 10 minute walk from the beach and shops of Sairee. The location of Suksamran is in the nature of the island and away from the water, so you can have a bit more wildlife such as lizards around the villas, but it also means it is more peaceful. It has Double beds, Air Con, TV, Fridge, Hot water bathroom, free WIFI and a safe. Rooms are 1,000 THB a night.
Other than that, have a look at other nearby places such as Thalassa Hotel, Mint Hotel, Samatha B & B, Good Dream Hostel, Pranee’s Guesthouse, Pranee Amata, Sairee Sairee Guesthouse, CK Guesthouse, Lotus Resort. Pick something in Sairee near us, so you do not have to pay expensive taxis. There are also many Backpacker hostels now on the island with dorm beds, so if you are interested in these, you can book them direct yourselves via HostelWorld.