Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
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Posted Dec 24th, 2012 by Steve
Caitlin from Scotland, Jac from USA and Jo from England all competed their Padi Open Water here at Simply the best, Simple Life Divers.
The guys rocked up here for their orientation on day one and we sat and watched a couple of PADI videos to get an overview of what to expect in the following days ahead.
The next day we arranged for the team to meet at 10:00am and spend some time in the morning going over theory work. We covered different aspects of diving such as how pressure of the water affects the human body, the meaning of good buoyancy control and the importance of safety procedures. Showing ‘ginger tendencies’, Caitlin was a little slow with a few concepts but thanks to her brilliant & patient instructor we managed to get through ;p
In the afternoon we made our way to Japanese gardens where the guys had to pratice setting up their equipment and making sure everything was checked before heading into the water. The guys also had to do a 200 metre swim. This is where Jo did a great job having devoured a huge pizza for lunch, feeling a bit heavy and not being the most confident of swimmers, but under close supervision she managed to brave our flat, crystal clear waters and powered her way through the test.
Next, following a briefing we headed to a shallow area of Japanese Gardens where we had the opportunity to work through a mix of underwater scuba skills to help the team get use to their dive equipment. The guys had a little trouble at first with the mask skills but with a bit of patience and pratice they started to get into the swing of things.
The next day we met in the morning to go over some more theory work but this time it was learning to use PADI’s recreational dive planner to determine the depths and bottom times of our dives. The guys appeared a little ‘worse-for-wear’ after enjoying the Koh Tao night life (yes I mean you Jo) but were ready to learn. Takling a barrage of eager questions from Jac, and Caitlin saying ‘like’ and ‘eeeemmmmm’ a 1000 times we had some fun, got to grips with the dive table and were now properly prepared to go on their first dive.
After lunch we made our way to Twin Pinacles just off Koh Nagyuan where visibility was an easy 15 metres. The guys really enjoyed seeing the corals and marine life and were growing in confidence eager for their second dive of the day. Next we headed to the White Rock dive site and again visibility was great. The guys were more relaxed and enjoyed themselves to the full.
For the final day we went back to Koh Nanguyuam. Visibility had dropped a little compared to the previous day, but was still good none the less. The guys had a few skills to demonstrate at deeper depths than we’d previously attempted and did really well. The fourth and final dive was at Hin Pee Wee where we all made our way down to 18 metres, the maximum depth limit for the open water course. We also tagged on an additional dive, where following a sufficiently long surface interval we did a Deep Adventure Dive where we got to experience the wonders of 30 metre diving.
In the evening we all met and had some cold beers at the Simple Life Resort to celebrate the completion of their PADI Open Water Course. [It’s possible that the girls had a little bit too much to drink and put on a bit of a show 😉 ]
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