Updated on February 25, 2010
Scuba Certification on Ko Tao
I last posted when we were still in Ko Lanta. We flew from Krabi (the main land near Ko Lanta) to Ko Samui which has a small but beautiful airport. Our first night on Samui we stayed at an Ibis hotel (a french chain) but found that the hotel was very isolated from things.
The following day we decided to go to Ko Tao. Which is known as a great place to get your scuba diver certification. We took a fast pontoon boat (dad you would have loved it!) about 2 hours to beautiful Ko Tao. Which means Turtle Island.
After finding a hotel on Sairee beach we searched for a discovery scuba dive. Which is easy enough because every 10 steps is another scuba resort or school. All of the hotels/resorts offer scuba and if you are after your scuba certification they provide you with a free bungalow or a discount on the nicer rooms. Good Deal! We decided to go Sairee Cottage Diving School because they offered flexibility with the discovery scuba dive. Which is for people who do not have a certification but want to try scuba diving.
Our diver’s name was Neil and Sebastien and I were the only ones who went out with him on the dive. We went out about 8 meters deep, practiced some skills, and meet a few fish. Sebastien was very friendly with a few Nemo’s they even let him pet them. It was really cool! I felt really comfortable underwater and enjoyed exploring more than I thought I would.
After resurfacing I decided I wanted to go through the certification course. Sebastien just thought that I wanted to do it because it was cheap so he opted not to go through the course. Plus, I think we really needed some time apart.
Since we had already done a dive I was put on a fast track. That evening I started watching the SSI videos and had homework. The following day I watched so more videos and practiced some skills in the water. The only skill that was challenging was when I had to take off my mask and put it back on but Neil said I did fine. That evening I had another video and more homework.
The following day Neil said we would be going out on 3 dives and after passing a 50 question test I would be certified! SWEET! The dives were incredible! We saw lots of fish, some sting rays, beautiful coral, and I had no difficulties with the skills or with being underwater. We went to two different dive sites and then dove in closer to shore for the last dive. We even did some break dancing under water. After passing my exam I was certified. EASY!
As I am posting this, Sebastien is out on the boat diving to 18 meters and practicing his skills. I think he was a little jealous and now wants his certification.