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.
Take your diving to the next level; our tec-wreck diver add-on can be combined with any of our main internships:
Normal ‘recreational diving’ is limited to a maximum depth of 40M within no-decompression limits (i.e. bottom time & depth are restricted so that you can ascend directly to the surface at the end of a dive).
However, beyond the limits of recreational diving exist some of the greatest diving adventures; remote sunken pinnacles & lost shipwrecks in deep water, complex cave systems, oceanic walls and deep-sea holes that few divers will ever explore.
Technical diving gives us the tools and experience to execute such dives, extending our diving ability into the extreme.
Most scuba diving is undertaken at shallow depths. Equipment requirements and procedures are straightforward, and plenty sunlight penetrating the ocean supports colorful coral reefs and lots of aquatic life.
But in deeper water, even greater adventures await. Sunken shipwrecks rest of the seabed for years, decades or even centuries waiting to be explored. Remote pinnacles, walls and deep holes harbor rare ecosystems and structures not observed in shallow waters. Such dives are outside the reach of most divers; but technical diving prepares us to explore sites that few people will ever see.
Our tec-wreck diver add-on packages together dive training covering a range of advanced techniques. You’ll learn to dive using a tec-diving rig with multiple cylinders, breathing mixed gases to extend your bottom time, plus learn advanced wreck diving techniques.
Let’s take a look in detail:
During normal recreational dives one of the important ways we stay safe is to plan our maximum depth and bottom time to stay within no-decompression limits (direct ascent to the surface). That means we’re controlling nitrogen absorption and elimination to avoid the potential risk of decompression sickness.
But what if you want to stay down deeper, for longer?
Enriched air diving (also called nitrox diving or EANX) allows us to remain at depth longer by reducing the amount of nitrogen in our breathing gas, replacing it with oxygen. Nitrogen loading determines our no-decompression limits, so by reducing the amount of nitrogen our body absorbs we can extend our bottom time.
However, this does introduce additional complications. Increased percentage of oxygen in our breathing gas creates an elevated risk of oxygen toxicity, so additional planning steps and procedures are needed to stay safe.
During the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty you’ll learn to dive safely using nitrox blends containing up to 40% oxygen, to extend your bottom time &/or enhance the safety of your dives.
3 Days | Theory + 4 training dives
Wrecks rate amongst the most fascinating dive sites in the world for several of reasons; many are of historical importance, often with unique structures to explore. Plus it’s intriguing to see nature encroaching the decaying hull as it rests on the seabed. With the PADI Wreck Specialty you’ll gain specialized knowledge and skills to effectively explore shipwrecks.
Lying just off Koh Tao we have the perfect dive site for wreck diver training; the HTMS Satttakut. The former Thai Naval vessel now rests upright in 30M of water, ideal for the four training dives of the course.
Training culminates in the opportunity for limited penetration dives inside the wreck. Once certified you’ll be able to enter up to 40 meters (depth + penetration), within the natural light zone of the wreck.
In the TEC 40 course training steps up a gear, introducing you to full-on technical diving.
Rather than no-decompression diving where you ascend directly to the surface, TEC 40 teaches you the knowledge and techniques to conduct deco dives, staying at depth longer and making decompression stops during your ascent to the surface.
Over four days you’ll cover technical diving / decompression theory which is significantly different to recreational dive planning. Equally diverse is the tec equipment setup which we’ll spend ample time configuring; back-plate, harness, twin cylinders with manifold, stage (deco) cylinders mounted on our side, lift bag and reel.
You’ll get to grips diving with tec-diving equipment setup in shallow water, practicing essential skills and drills. Examples include trim and buoyancy control, (which does take some getting used to as it’s completely different to diving with normal scuba gear). You’ll also practice gas switching underwater, and learn ascent procedures performing deco stops.
TEC 40 training concludes by planning and executing a deep decompression dive, getting real experience of the cutting edge of open-circuit scuba diving. Real adventure.
Davoc B. | England
"Be cool, don’t rub people up the wrong way, enjoy yourself, but don’t be an idiot, don’t hire a quad bike!." Read more
Sarah O'L. | London, UK
"Amazing… I truly miss being on Koh Tao. I have printed my favourite pictures & blue them tacked up." 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