Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Posted Sep 6th, 2012 by Steve
Ben and Les from England have completed their PADI Open Water and Advanced courses back to back here at Simple Life Divers.
After arriving on Koh Tao we first went through a short orientation to the PADI open water course, and covered some important scuba diving theory on safe diving practices, dive equipment and the aquatic environment.
Next up we got our gear on and made a shallow water training dive. This gave the guys and opportunity to get familiar using scuba gear in a sheltered environment, practicing lots of skills to build up their confidence. We practiced buddy checks and entries to the water, mask and regulator clearing, underwater signals, emergency procedures, safe ascents and descents and more. By the end of the session Ben and Les were shaping up well and we were ready for the next step.
The following day we made open water dives 1&2, giving us the opportunity to dive right down to a maximum depth of 12M. Diving from the Simple Life boat on one of Koh Tao’s tropical coral reefs, we had a few equalizing issues during our first descent but were able to work through it well and enjoyed a great day of diving.
For the final dives of the open water course Ben and Les got the chance to dive one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand – the Chumphon Pinnacles. Visibility was good at at least 20M and we had a cracking dive, checking out lots of aquatic life. The guys instantly decided they wanted to stick around for two more days and make their PADI Advanced course too.
This involved five more training dives where we got to experience diverse diving activities.
Especially memorable was our deep dive at Green Rock off the coast of Koh Nangyuan where we were spectators for fellow instructor Olly getting a hard time from one of the resident Titan Triggerfish. We also enjoyed an exciting wreck dive exploring the former Thai military vessel HTMS Sattakut which sites just off the Hin Pee Wee pinnacle dive site. And the boys impressed during the peak performance buoyancy dive, showing fine buoyancy and breathing control and just how much they’ve learned over the past few days.
Libby B | Hong Kong
"...was a really big deal for me considering the idea of it has always terrified me and I had always avoided trying it before. But Olivier was so reassuring...." Read more
Adam | Canada
"...initially hesitant to go through the course due to a myriad of fears. I can now say I am 100% satisfied that I did." Read more
Birgitte | Denmark
"fled the rainy Denmark ... talked that it would be good to get out and dive, but we had not planned that we would get through 22 great dives." Read more