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 Jan 26th, 2012 by Hannah
A few days ago Anne and Zoe (from Canada) arrived on Koh Tao to do their open water course here at Simple Life Divers. We started in the classroom learning some scuba diving theory before heading off into shallow water for the confined skills section of their course. After teaching them the correct way to set up their dive equipment, I covered the scuba skills they needed to master before going out in the open water. Both Zoe and Anne mastered these techniques and procedures with ease so I knew we were going to be in for a fun few dives!
For the 4 open water dives of the PADI Course, we visited Mango Bay, Twin pinnacles near Koh Nangyuan, Chumporn pinnacles and Hin Pee Wee to the west of Koh Tao. We got to enjoy seeing a wide variety of ocean life, including shoals of barracuda, batfish, parrotfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, banner-fish, also saw a lots of hard and soft corals. And the buoyancy skills we fine tuned in the confined session served the girls well, keeping them away from the spiky urchins and anemones.
After qualifying as PADI Open Water Divers, Zoe and Anne took a 2 day break to relax and enjoy some of Koh Tao‘s on-land attractions before starting their PADI advanced open water course with me. We went back to Chumporn pinnacles for their deep dive, where this time I could take them right down to the ocean floor at the base of the giant granite pinnacle where we reached 30m. Then we visited the HTMS Sattakut wreck for a wreck dive exploring the decks and superstructure of the Thai military vessel.
For their Peak Performance Buoyancy dive we made use of the artificial reef ‘buoyancy world’ off Koh Nangyuan. This is a series of underwater structures deliberately sunk for divers to fine tune breathing and buoyancy control as well as acting as providing an artificial reef habitat for corals and marine life. For the girl’s underwater navigation dive we dive Hin Pee Wee named after one of the island’s early diving pioneers. They both successfully navigated using compass and natural navigation techniques, finding their way around the giant boulders and corals. Finally to complete their advanced course, Zoe and Anne both chose a night dive which we made at White Rock. The night dive was thrilling, getting to see giant barracuda hunting as well as a baby porcupine puffer-fish asleep.
So congratulations to Anne and Zoe – new PADI advanced open water divers.
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
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
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