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 Oct 9th, 2011 by Steve
In early October, Didde, Pernille, Christian and Sofie all from Denmark arrived here on Koh Tao via the Suratthani night boat to make their PADI Open Water Course. After getting through their PADI paperwork and settling into their rooms (helped by our ever present instructor Lee ‘Chippie’ Bowyers), the gang relaxed and explored for a few hours before we got cracking with the dive course that same afternoon.
When Team Denmark arrived for their first theory session, they had the pleasure of meeting their both brilliant and handsome (best looking man on Koh Tao) instructor :P. For the next couple of hours we worked through several videos, reviewed the content and discussed some important scuba diving concepts and safety procedures to prepare the gang for their first underwater experience.
The next morning we headed out aboard the Simple Life dive boat to the Japanese Gardens dive site, where we practiced in excess of 20 basic scuba skills to get the team comfortable using scuba gear. We spent time perfecting regulator clearing and recovery, emergency out-of-air scenarios, various mask skills and buoyancy skills. Like many new divers during the open water course, at first the girls had a little trouble with mask clearing but after a few attempts they got the hang of it and became much more confident clearing their masks.
On day three of the Koh Tao Diving course we did a bit more work in shallow water to further solidify the groups scuba skills and confidence, then the team got to make their first proper open water dive. Things went well and they had the chance to see a variety of sea-life down to a maximum depth of 12 meters.
We then moved the Simple Life dive boat round to the other side of Koh Nang Yuan to the dive site named Twin Pinnacles. On PADI open water dive two the guys repeated some of the skills which we’d rehearsed in the confined water training but this time in deeper water.
After the skills were complete we had a very enjoyable dive with clear water and lots of fish and corals to enjoy. The guys also had the chance to explore an artificial reef project next to the dive site, called ‘buoyancy world‘. This site is especially good for helping people fine tune their breathing control, trim and finning techniques navigating around the artificial reef structures.
For day four of the PADI course the guys had our resident underwater video man, Marek come along to film their scuba diving experience. We played some underwater games on dive four where Sofie won the running race (sorry Christian) and tried to blow bubble rings, which was all caught on camera for the guys to keep.
This has been both an enjoyable and rewarding course to teach throughout which I’ve had a lot of fun. Well done Didde, Pernille, Christian and Sofie on qualifying as PADI Open Water diver and hopefully we’ll see you back on Koh Tao sometime soon for more Koh Tao diving escapades.
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