PADI Open Water Diver
Become certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, allowing you to dive to 18 meters all over the world!
"The Open Water course (OW) is the first PADI certification most individuals will get. It is a 3 and a half day course, consisting of academic sessions, confined water (swimming pool) sessions, and four open water dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters, all under the guidance of a certified PADI Instructor! After completion of the OW course, students become internationally recognized with a PADI diving license, allowing them to ‘fun dive’ all over the world, without professional supervision.
Koh Tao was named by its first settlers after the island's turtle-like shape. Coincidentally, the koh tao island is an important breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding programme organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.
The koh tao island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering. The most popular place for tourists is Sairee on the west coast, which has a white sandy beach of 1.7 km interrupted only by a few huge boulders and a scattering of medium budget resorts and restaurants. Chalok Baan Khao, to the south of the island, is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative for those wishing to escape the crowds. A great many granite boulders, both in the forests and on the beaches of Koh Tao, attract a growing number of climbers.