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 Apr 26th, 2011 by Steve
The Norwegian gang arrived on Koh Tao in a big group of 30 plus people staying at Simple Life Resort for the week. After a couple of days of relaxing and partying, 10 of the group decided they were ready to give scuba diving a try and signed up for their PADI Open Water Course.
Image: Team Norway pose for an underwater snap during their PADI Open Water course on Koh Tao
Beginning day one of the course with an orientation and some scuba diving academics, we scheduled an easy 16:00 start time (to give the guys a chance for their previous nights revelry to wear off!).
Then the following day we made an early start, reviewing the previous day’s information and getting ready for our first session underwater. This included covering lots of scuba diving basics such as buoyancy control, breathing techniques, using hand signals to communicate and other important information.
Following our lunch break the guys learned how to assemble their scuba units, don their equipment, perform pre-dive safety checks and we were finally ready for our first underwater skills session. We took a short boat ride out to the Japanese Gardens near Koh Nangyuan. Beginning in shallow water we had lots of fun practicing underwater skills for the first time. The team excelled and cruised through the day without any hassles or worries. Plus we cracked out the PADI Open Water swim test and float, making sure everyone was comfortable in water and able to swim.
For day three of the open water course we had two enjoyable dives at the Mango Bay and Twins dive sites, making our first two proper dives down to a maximum depth of 12M. At Mango Bay we played with the resident shoal of fusiliers, whilst at Twins we enjoyed a dive in crystal clear waters surrounded by tropical marine life.
Finally on day 4 we rounded off the course with 18M dives at Green Rock and White Rock, giving us a chance to explore some of Koh Tao’s most spectacular granite pinnacles and boulders, swimming through sunken canyons.
We all had a great time and the guys loved the diving so much the booked straight away for their Advanced Open Water Course. Check back again soon to find out what happened next…..
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
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