SSI Basic Diver

Try Diving Course Koh TaoTry Diving on Koh Tao and see what everyone's talking about! Join us for an afternoon trying Scuba Diving and make your own decision on whether this is something you would like to continue...

This Discover Scuba Diving, single session takes place repeatedly throughout the day, and as with all our offerings - we try to be as flexible as possible, so let us know what time works for you, and we will see what we can work out. 

Try Diving Price:

1 Dive (approximately 1 hour in the water) - 2,500 THB

Additional Dives (about 45 minutes each) - 1,000 THB

What is the Try Dive?

We believe Scuba Diving is something everyone can do, and if you are on Koh Tao, there is really no excuse not to try, so this is designed for exactly that purpose. 

With zero prior experience you can become a diver for a day and discover what impassions divers everywhere - you don't even need to be able to swim. 

The only requirement is that you are 8 years old and medically fit, as seen in the medical form, or else that you provide a medical form signed with a doctors approval that clears you for diving. And no need to let this stop you - we can get this done on the island for you for only 250 THB. 

What's included in the Basic Diver program?

Diving requires a number of things to be done correctly, and everything you need is included. There are no hidden costs. 

  • Includes insurance
  • Includes all equipment rental
  • Recognition certification (via SSI)
  • Shallow water training
  • Qualified & Experienced Instructors
  • Option to make additional dives to 12M

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Try Dive Koh Tao Introduction

Experience Scuba Diving for the first time with no need for commitment or classroom.

The Basic DiverDiving Safety Check, also called Discover Scuba Diving, offers beginners the chance to try scuba diving on Koh Tao without having to commit to a full course, such as the Open Water Scuba Diver Course.

Your instructor will greet you, complete some paperwork with you, and give you a brief overview of what you are planning to do.

You will then head into water shallow enough to stand up in, and perform some basic scuba diving skills, which will then be followed by your first scuba dive.

If you like it you can do an additional dive on the same trip for only 1,000 THB more, if you love it (and we know you will) you can join us for either the Scuba Diver Course, or else the Open Water Course.

The Try Diving Schedule

At New Wave Diving Koh Tao, we try to be as flexible to everyone's plans as possible. We have multiple trips departing every day, and for those short of time, we are based on the beautiful Sairee Reef. For this reason we advise you to contact us and see how we can help get you diving. Maybe your partner or friend isn't interested - no worries, we can adapt and make schedules to keep everyone happy! 

That said, the most common way that this diving experience program takes place is as follows;

Beginners diving on Koh Tao12:00 pm – 12.45 pm

If you have't already done it, we will complete some paperwork together, which will include a medical form. This can be done ahead of time for those of you who book in advance. 

We will then prepare some scuba diving equipment and make sure everything is the correct size for you.

So far, perhaps 15 minutes will have passed. Now it's information time!

Your instructor will take you through some basic diving theory about what to do and what not to do under the water, how to keep safe, and how to have as much fun as possible. 

We will then depart for our boat at around 12:45.

Often the theory is covered in our beach front restaurant, so try to get an early lunch in, or else get some takeaway to enjoy on the boat since we will return around 5:30 pm.

On the boat we provide cookies, fruit, water, tea and coffee, but diving uses a lot of energy, so a proper lunch, or at least a good breakfast is highly recommended. 

12.45 pm – 5.30 pm

It’s time to head out diving on Koh Tao's Dive Sites!

We’ll take you to the most suitable, shallow & calm dive site around Koh Tao, which vary with the conditions that day. The most common try diving sites being Aow Leuk, Hin Ngam, Mango Bay, Japanese Gardens and many similar sites. 

When there, your dive instructor will give you an overview of how all your equipment works. You will then enter the water and swim to the beach, where we shall complete some basic scuba diving skills. Don't worry, all of this is done in water shallow enough to stand up in, so any issues - stand up!

As soon as we descend we usually get greeted by some of the beautiful marine life that inhabits the waters surrounding Koh Tao, which makes for an incredible start!

Once we have completed the skills, we will have a few quick high fives, and then proceed into a dive, gradually making our way deeper with your instructor within close contact the entire time. Most people will manage to dive for around 45 minutes, with the whole water work taking place over about 1.5 hours.

Scuba Diving Koh TaoAfter a small break we’ll usually change dive sites for your optional second dive, which will again be of around 45 minutes, and with a maximum depth of 12m.

Since you have already completed the skills and a prior dive, most people find that they have a lot more control over this dive, and as a result see a lot more and have a lot more fun than they did on the first dive.

It's at this point that many people start falling in love with the underwater world and the weightless freedom that diving offers.

How to proceed?

There's 2 simple options - the first, follow the book now links and all will be straightforward. You will be taken to Paypal to place a deposit, after which you will receive a confirmation of your booking, usually within 10 hours.

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Once this 1,000 THB deposit has been received we will send you both the Try Dive materials, as well as the Scuba Diver Course materials.

Knowledge is power, and we have often had people read these materials and realize diving isn't as difficult as they imagined, and so chose to complete the complete Scuba Diver Course.

Even if you don't do this, having more information available to you is always an advantage and likely to make you more confident for your Try Diving Experience!

We understand planning holidays is hard, and if you're like us, the last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to arrange every single detail.

For this reason we offer a 100% refund policy on all cancellations within 12 hours & you can keep the course materials.

Alternatively, send us an email and see what we can do to help. Perhaps you're not sure if you want to join straight away with a course, or perhaps your timings or commitments make the above schedule not possible.

No worries - simply tell us what's on your mind and we will do whatever we can! 

What's Next

Try Diving on Koh Tao is exceptionally popular - it takes very little time and gives people the chance to discover if diving is something they like or not.

If you loved the day and the experience you can continue with the Scuba Diver Course, or else the Koh Tao Open Water Course, and benefit from a 10% discount, which will then allow you to dive around the world to a depth of either 12m or 18m respectively. 

Alternatively, you are welcome to keep diving Koh Tao's dive sites with us for 1,000 THB per dive. 

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