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.
Dive training and progressing through to PADI professional should be fun, and our staff is here to make sure that’s what happens. It’s our intention that you are able to settle in quickly, make lots of friends and become part of the Simple Life Divers team.
As soon as you arrive on the island we’ll make sure you get a warm welcome and orientation to Koh Tao. We’ll setup a start date for your first PADI dive course, show you to your accommodation, and arrange to meet up for a few drinks and dinner to get to know the posse.
Simple Life Divers has been western managed and co-owned since the day we opened way back in 2003. The owners are still very hands on in the day-to-day running of the dive shop, so we have great continuity and consistency.
Joining the management team we have a group of western PADI instructors and Divemasters. Simple Life has a core group of 7-8 full time dive staff who are on Koh Tao all year round, plus we take on extra DMs and instructors to cover our busy seasons, especially December through till April and summertime.
Our Divemasters, Instructors & Interns come from all over the world so we have a truly international team. We’re able to conduct entry level PADI courses in most major European languages, (however, we prefer to teach the bulk of our professional level training in English). Some of the dive team have trained on Koh Tao, some exclusively with Simple Life Divers, and others have working experience from elsewhere in South-East Asia and across the globe. Combined this makes a well rounded team with a lot to offer and share.
Equally important are are our local staff. Our dive boat is captained by salty sea-dog Nam Chai – with his many years of experience we’re in safe hands. Plus we have a team of boat boys / longtail drivers who help taxiing divers back and forth between the beach and dive boat, pumping tanks and keeping the place running smoothly.
All together we’re looking at about 15-20 people regularly around the shop which makes a nice social crowd. Add to that the many day-to-day customers coming through the dive school and long term trainees and you can understand that there’s always a lot going.
One of the best things about taking a gap year diving internship in Thailand is the vast range of people who’ll you get to meet and dive with – it really is a rich and eye opening experience that you won’t regret!
At Simple Life we’re proud of our professional level training and want to hang onto our best diving gap year interns.
There are no guarantees. But if you’re planning to remain on Koh Tao once you’ve completed your training, provided you’ve applied yourself during your training and have fitted in well, there’s a good chance that we’ll be able to help.
Whitney V | Canada
"that is where I saw my very first whale shark! By far, the best day of my underwater life, possibly my entire life :) ." Read more
Patty M. | Mexico
"one of the most amazing places I've seen in my life .... Oh man, the shenanigans we got up to underwater!." Read more
Janine | Switzerland
"when you turn around and look at the reef itself, it's so full of life. I saw some of the coolest things." Read more