Discover Scuba Diving on Koh Tao


Discover Scuba Diving & Explore The Underwater World on Koh Tao

DSD Price: 2,500 THB

Located at Black Turtle Dive dive centre, IDC Koh Tao is recognised throughout Asia Pacific as a leading diver training centre for non-divers, beginners and pro level candidates.

Our entry level Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) 1-day experience is an excellent way for you to explore the diverse marine environment surrounding Koh Tao, with a PADI Diving Instructor.

Are you visiting Koh Tao and curious about scuba but don’t have the time or money to commit to a full PADI Open Water diver course?

The Discover Scuba Diving Experience is a great opportunity for you to try scuba diving in as little as a half day experience under the direct supervision of an experienced PADI Instructor

Knowledge Development & Introduction

Your instructor takes you through some basic knowledge using the PADI Discover scuba diving flip chart to discuss the effects of pressure underwater, how to equalize your air spaces and breathing.

You then complete a short 9 question multiple choice quiz to ensure you understand.

Confined Water Training & Skills

To begin with, we start off in shallow water in either a pool or just off the beach in one of Koh Tao’s many shallow bays, which are ideal for this type of scuba and easy for you to stand up.

We show you some simple skills such as how to equalize your ears, clear a mask and regulator, correct breathing techniques, plus how to use the scuba equipment.

Open Water Dive in the Ocean

Once you have mastered the skills and are comfortable with the breathing, we can take you a little deeper around the bay for a real scuba dive.

In clear, warm water, you can see an abundance of colorful marine life as we swim above the sand close to the reef, whilst you enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience.

Treat yourself to a 1 day Discover Scuba Diving Experience and witness the spectacular underwater world.

BE WARNED! It is addictive and most people that try scuba diving cannot stop and want more.

Discover Scuba Diving Experience Schedule

Half day either morning or afternoon

The Discover Scuba Diving Experience includes:

  • Discover scuba diving participant guide
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer 

DSD Price: 2,500 THB

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving course?

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is an introduction to the world of scuba diving.

There is a short knowledge development session, followed by a *confined water session consisting of various scuba diving skills.

After the *confined water session, we will take you on an Open Water dive around one of Koh Tao’s famous dive sites to a depth no greater than 12 metres.

The Discover Scuba Diving program is perfect for anyone who is interested in Scuba Diving.

For anyone who would like to try scuba, before enrolling on a full certification course, the discover scuba dive is the perfect stepping stone.

Alternatively, anyone who does not have the time or the money for a full course, the discover scuba dive is a great way of experiencing the underworld world around Koh Tao in one day at great value.

Note: *Confined Open Water can be at an open water dive site that offers swimming pool-like conditions with respect to clarity, calmness and depth. It has both shallow water and water sufficiently deep to allow student divers to meet all skill performance requirements.

How much does Discover Scuba Diving Koh Tao cost?

The Discover Scuba Diving course costs 2,500 baht and consists of a short knowledge development session, the confined Open Water session and one Open Water dive as long as the performance requirements are met.

After the first Ocean dive there is an option for a second dive that is no greater than 12 metres for an extra 1,000 baht, which can be decided upon during the break after the first dive.

Is the Discover Scuba Diving course Koh Tao safe?

The Discover Scuba Diving course is very safe. The confined Open Water session is the perfect place to begin building your confidence with the help of our highly trained staff.

In the Ocean you will be supervised at all times where our instructors will be in contact with you, guiding you around and pointing out some of the amazing marine life.

The Open Water dives are conducted at one of the shallow sheltered reefs at one of the bays around Koh Tao, making it the safest place possible to breathe underwater for the first time.

How many dives are there on the Discover Scuba Diving course Koh Tao?

On the Discover Scuba Diving Course there is one single Open Water dive included in the price. After a successful first dive you then have the option of conducting a second dive for an extra 1,000 baht.

Do I need to be able to swim to take the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving Course?

Being able to swim is not a requirement to enrol in the Discover Scuba Diving course, however it is beneficial to be comfortable in the water.

If you are not the strongest of swimmers it is recommended to inform one of our staff whilst booking and we can take some extra time to help you become more familiar in a water environment.

Furthermore, real swimming lessons are also an option which we can provide you with at an additional cost and time.

Is the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving Course suitable for children?

The Discover Scuba Course is available for 10-year olds and higher. It is a perfect way to get people of a younger age learning about the underwater environment.

During your Discover Scuba Diving course there shall be no more than 2:1 ratio on your Open Water dives with your Instructor, which allows them to be fully in control throughout the entire dive.

Is the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving course a certification?

The Discover Scuba Diving course is an experience program, therefore after completion will not give you a certification.

This means that to dive again you have the option of completing another Discover Scuba Diving experience or enrolling in one of the PADI certification courses. The PADI Open Water Course is the most popular worldwide course to take.

If you have the time and the motivation, you can complete additional skills on your Discover Scuba Diving experience confined water session, which can credit towards the Open Water course confined water session #1.

This can also apply and credit towards Open Water course dive #1, if you completed and mastered the additional skills in your Open Water dive.

What will I see on the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving Course?

During your Discover Scuba Diving course on Koh Tao you will see a variety of marine life.

From Angel fish, Butterfly fish, moray eels, clownfish, and various rays. If you are lucky enough you may even be visited by one of Koh Tao’s Sea turtles.

Is the Discover Scuba Diving course Koh Tao better than snorkeling?

The Discover Scuba Diving course is a better option than snorkeling for getting closer to the amazing marine life around Koh Tao in a more environmentally friendly manner.

Having the ability to spend a duration of time underwater allows you to see a wider range of marine life of all colours and sizes.

Your Instructor will also give you further knowledge of the underwater environment and some awesome facts about various species of fish you see.

Are there any extra costs in the Koh Tao Discover Scuba Diving Course?

There are no extra costs in the Discover Scuba Diving Course. All equipment is included and your Discover Scuba Diving manual that you use for the knowledge development section is yours to keep.

The only extra cost would be if you wish to make a second Open Water dive which is 1,000 baht extra and can be decided after your first initial dive.

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