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 Feb 13th, 2014 by Steve
I’ve enjoyed a few days cracking days of diving with Jeff, Pete, Mike and Dave from sunny England!
Arriving as beginners we started out with the PADI Open Water course, which takes people from novice through to PADI Open Water diver, qualified to dive to 18M anywhere worldwide.
Image: Instructor Steve guides the guys around the Koh Tao dive site during the PADI Open Water Course
Beginning with some scuba diving theory covering safe diving practices and procedures we then made a shallow water skills session where the guys mastered over 20 underwater and surface skills to get them familiarized using a scuba unit. The guys smashed the skills and we were ready for the best bit; four open water dives exploring the coral reefs and pinnacles around Koh Tao.
First were open water dives 1&2, giving us the opportunity to dive to a maximum depth of 12M. We hopped aboard the Simple Life boat and motored over to Koh Nangyuan, visiting the excellent Green Rock dive site at Nangyuan’s north-westerly tip. The gang further improved their underwater buoyancy control as we navigated through the giant boulders and towering granite pinnacle. We then crossed round to the other side of the island which faces Koh Tao, where we made a second 12M dive at the Red Rock dive site (also known as the Nangyuan Pinnacle). Visibility underwater was excellent and we enjoyed a great dive.
The following day we completed the open water course with dives 3&4 exploring to a maximum depth of 18M. The guys were shaping up as competent divers and qualified as PADI Open Water Divers.
After their first a taster of scuba diving they wanted more! So following open water course I ran a couple more training dives where we took things to the next level!
First we made a Deep Adventure Dive at the awesome Chumphon Pinnacles, giving us the chance to deep dive down to 30M. We ran a narcosis test to gain an appreciation of the effects of water pressure at depth, and explored arguably the best dive site off Koh Tao. Finally we made a Wreck Adventure dive where we got to explore the wreck of the former Thai naval vessel HTMS Sattakut. Visibility was absolutely fantastic on both dives so we had a lot of fun.
Thanks guys – I’ve had a great few days, and hope you continue to enjoy many future diving adventures.
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