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Diving Course Prices Koh Tao


IDC Koh Tao is part of Black Turtle Dive offering you excellent prices on all our PADI Diving courses. Please choose your course or package below and securely BOOK your diving course. Online bookings require a deposit of 10% – 30% depending on the type of course you want to book.

All of our Pro level courses and Internships require you to complete the Deposit Request Form and we will send you more payment details.

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Please let us know in the contact form about your accommodation as we can provide this at an ‘additional cost’.

Refund Policy

* If unable to make your original date, we will hold your deposit and credit you for a future visit.

Beginner & Advanced Diving Course Prices

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Price

  • Discover scuba diving participant guide
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer
  • Knowledge Development & Introduction
  • Confined Water Training & Skills
  • Open Water Dive in the Ocean

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.

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PADI Open Water Course Price

  • E-learning online PADI Open Water diver manual & PADI certification
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer
  • Open Water Course Knowledge Development
  • Open Water Course Confined Water training dives
  • Open Water Course Open Water training dives

Learn how to dive safely and get your PADI Open Water license on tropical Koh Tao, which certifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres anywhere in the world.

Koh Tao is the most popular destination in the world for people to learn to dive and obtain the PADI Open water certification, the world’s most popular internationally recognised full scuba diving license.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Course Price

  • E-learning online PADI Advanced Open Water diver manual & PADI certification
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental including torch rental
  • Dive computer
  • Adventure Dive Knowledge reviews
  • 5 Adventure Dives in Open Water (2 Compulsory & 3 Elective dives

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is your next step and can be completed immediately after you have completed the PADI Open Water course.

The Advanced Open Water course consists of 5 Adventure dives and each one is packed with fun and knowledge in a different specialized area of scuba diving.

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PADI Rescue Diver & EFR Course Price

  • PADI Rescue Diver & EFR Course
  • E-learning online PADI Rescue diver manual & PADI certification
  • PADI Instructor fees
  • Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer
  • Rescue Diver Course Self-Rescue Skills Review (10)
  • Rescue Diver Course – Open Water Training & Final Scenario’s
  • Lots of fun and excitement

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to anticipate problems, assist with divers in distress and manage accident scenes.

The course consists of a series of knowledge development, confined and open water training sessions.

Learn to prevent, identify and manage problems when diving plus become more confident and proficient in the water.

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PADI Specialty Diver Course Prices (Deposit Only)

  • PADI Specialty Diver Course (refer to specialty page)
  • E-learning online where applicable, manual & PADI certification included
  • PADI Specialty course fees
  • Diver Insurance
  • Log Book
  • Equipment rental
  • Dive computer
  • Explore areas of interest
  • Progress towards Master Scuba Diver certification
  • Lots of fun and excitement
2,500 baht (Deposit)

Choose from a range of PADI specialty courses and become a more confident and competent scuba diver in an area of interest you prefer.

Enhance your diver skills and work towards the ultimate recreational certification - PADI Master Scuba Diver.

Explore inside wrecks, learn to navigate underwater, perfect your buoyancy, go deeper, understand the marine environment and much more.

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Divemaster Course Prices

PADI Divemaster Course (standard PADI Divemaster Course)35,000 THBBook Online
PADI Divemaster Internship (for Beginners)89,500 THBBook Online
PADI Divemaster Internship (for Open Water divers)81,500 THBBook Online
PADI Divemaster Internship (for Advanced Open Water divers) 73,500 THBBook Online
PADI Divemaster Internship (for Rescue Divers)59,500 THBBook Online

Diving Instructor Course Prices

PADI IDC – Standard

The “all new” PADI Instructor Development Program.

  • IDC Prep Course
  • PADI Assistant Instructor Course
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course
  • EFR Primary & Secondary Care Instructor course
  • EFR Care For Children Instructor course
  • PADI DAD Instructor course
  • FREE Buffet lunches
  • 15% discount on ALL equipment purchases

The “Standard” PADI IDC is run over 14 days. Upon completion and receiving your teaching status from PADI, you will be able to “team teach” your first Open Water course with one of our most experienced Instructors and earn the first PADI certifications under your own name.

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PADI IDC – Deluxe

  • IDC Prep
  • Assistant Instructor (AI)
  • Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • PADI DAD Instructor
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Prep

The “Deluxe” IDC package includes the full Standard IDC plus 5 Instructor Specialty courses.

Upon successful completion of the IDC & IE, the next important step is to gain employment. In a competitive industry it’s important to prospective employers that you stand out and offer something the next person doesn’t.

The PADI MSDT Prep course is a great start. Being certified to teach some of PADI’s most popular Specialty diver courses such as the Deep diver, Wreck diver and Enriched Air courses means you can offer your students more variety when they are considering their continuing education options and bring in more business for your employer creating a win win.


Each Instructor Specialty training course includes a standards review, and a presentation on how to market the course to your students.

You will be required to present a section of the knowledge development as a classroom presentation and participate in 1 – 2 training dives related to each Instructor Specialty course you choose to complete.

You can choose from a list that includes Deep, Underwater Navigation, Search & Recovery, Night, Digital Underwater Photography, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Videography, Equipment, Enriched Air, Wreck, Self Reliant & Sidemount.

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PADI IDC – Premier

  • IDC Prep
  • Assistant Instructor (AI)
  • Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • PADI DAD Instructor
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Prep & Internship (minimum 25 certs)

The “Premier” IDC package includes the full Deluxe IDC plus a full team teaching Internship that will involve you certifying a minimum of 25 PADI divers.

Team teaching alongside some of the industry’s most experienced PADI Master Instructors you will gain valuable experience, tips and advice in how to schedule and teach all levels of PADI divers from Open Water through to Divemaster level.


• Team teach all levels of PADI diver level courses as well as mentor Divemaster candidates

• Learn how experienced Instructors organise and schedule courses
• Gain valuable tips on how to help student divers overcome learning difficulties both in the classroom and in water

• Learn great ways to encourage your divers to continue their scuba diving education

• Opportunity to see several different teaching styles whilst you develop your own

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Dive Instructor Package Prices

PADI Assistant Instructor20,000 THBBook Online
PADI IDC - Standard41,900 THBBook Online
PADI IDC - Deluxe60,900 THBBook Online
PADI IDC - PremierCONTACT USBook Online
PADI Instructor Internship
(for Beginners)
189,000 THBBook Online
PADI Instructor Internship
(for Open Water divers)
181,000 THB
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PADI Instructor Internship
(for Advanced Open Water divers)
172,000 THBBook Online
PADI Instructor Internship
(for Rescue Divers)
161,000 THBBook Online
MSDT - Prep / Internship25,000 THBBook Online
IDC Staff Instructor30,000 THBBook Online
PADI Master Instructor Internship30,000 THBBook Online
PADI CDTC Prep40,000 THBBook Online
PADI OWSI Crossover30,000 THBBook Online
PADI Instructor Specialties4,000 THBBook Online

Matt’s unique IE Pass Guarantee….

In the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful in the IE, I will pay for your second IDC and IE with us!”

All Our IDC packages include:

  • IDC Prep (Dive Theory and Skill circuits)
  • FREE DAD Instructor course
  • FREE IDC T-Shirt
  • Lunch during the IDC
  • Equipment rental
  • Pass Guaranteed! – In the highly unlikely event you are unsuccessful on the IE we will pay for your second IDC & IE.

PADI Fees (paid direct to PADI)

PADI Instructor Exam $AUS 1,120
PADI Instructor Application $AUS 331
EFR Instructor Application $AUS 228
Total $AUS 1,679

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best price for PADI Open Water course Koh Tao?

12,000baht is a standard price for the PADI Open Water course on Koh Tao.

Dive schools may vary the price of their Open Water course depending on what extras they include in the course.

Even though the price of the Open Water course in Koh Tao is cheap, the training standards you can expect are very high due to Koh Tao being a very popular location to learn to dive.

What is the best price for PADI Advanced Open Water course Koh Tao?

11,000baht is the cost of the Advanced course on Koh Tao.

Dive centres in Koh Tao may offer their own version of pricing for the Advanced course and you should check what is or what is not included in the price.

The PADI Advanced course includes 5 Adventure dives and is the perfect course for divers who want to progress their diving skills and have lots of fun.

What is the cost of the PADI Rescue Diver course Koh Tao?

16,750baht which includes the cost of taking the EFR course.

If you have a valid and acceptable First Aid certificate, you can buy the Rescue Diver course itself for as little as 12,000baht.

PADI Rescue Diver course requires that you have a valid (and acceptable) First Aid certificate to meet the requirements of the course.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is perhaps the most exciting recreational level diving course that is packed with valuable diver skills and it is a lot of fun.

What is the Best Price for PADI Divemaster course Koh Tao?

35,000baht is the cost of the PADI Divemaster course in Koh Tao.

This is the base price for the course and Divemaster candidates will need to buy extras including a ‘Divemaster crew pack’ that is for PADI materials, insurance and pay the PADI course fees (2024 PADI fee is AUD$260).

Some Koh Tao dive centres may offer a slightly different price depending on what they do or do not include in the course structure.

A PADI Divemaster Scuba Diving Internship usually includes all the extras and can range in cost from 59,500baht too 89,500baht.

PADI Divemaster Internships can include all the course costs from complete beginner (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and EFR course) and the Divemaster course cost itself, with extras included.

What is the price of Discover Scuba Diving Koh Tao?

2,500baht is the cost of a Discover Scuba Diving 1 day diving experience on Koh Tao.

The cost includes all equipment, confined water training and 1 Open Water dive in the ocean.

You can buy a second Open Water dive for 1,000baht once the dive boat stops at a second dive site.

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is an excellent way to try scuba diving before signing up for the Open Water course.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving is not a diving certification, however, you can use the experience as a credit towards Open Water dive 1 in the full PADI Open Water course.

What is the price of the PADI Dive Instructor course Koh Tao?

41,900baht is the cost of the PADI IDC (Instructor Development course) in Koh Tao.

The Dive Instructor course in Koh Tao is for Divemaster candidates who want to learn how to teach PADI courses.

The IDC Koh Tao Dive Instructor course takes place over 14 days, including 2 days of preparation for candidates and a 2 day PADI IE (examinations conducted by PADI staff).

You will need to consider the additional costs above the the actual course price.

Additional costs are 25,000baht for a PADI IDC crew pack (materials Inc EFR) or 4,000baht for the EFR Instructor manual(single) and the PADI examination fees that are payable direct to PADI. (2024 PADI fees are AUD$1,679)

If you meet all the pre-requisites and want to become a PADI Dive Instructor on Koh Tao, you should consider our Diving Instructor Internships, which can include all the extra costs.

What is the price of the PADI MSDT course Koh Tao?

25,000baht is the cost of the PADI MSDT course in Koh Tao.

The MSDT course is for certified PADI Diving Instructors who want to learn how to teach specialty courses to student divers.

It is a continued educational course for professional divers who want to further their own knowledge and skill-set.

The course cost includes theory and practical training in 5 specialty courses taught by a PADI Course Director.

Part 2 of our IDC Koh Tao MSDT program is the Internship and includes teaching student diver courses alongside experienced PADI instructors to obtain the necessary 25 certifications to achieve the MSDT rating. Please contact us to discuss.

Are PADI Diving Courses cheaper on Koh Tao?

Koh Tao offers aspiring scuba divers very competitive prices for the full range of PADI Diving courses.

Beginner diving courses on Koh Tao are known to be possibly the cheapest in the world and teaching standards are very high.

Entry level diving experiences on Koh Tao start at 2,500baht for Discover Scuba Diving and 12,000baht for the world’s most popular entry level diving course – PADI Open Water course.

Professional level diving courses on Koh Tao are also very competitively priced at 35,000baht for PADI Divemaster and 41,900baht for PADI Diving Instructor.

Normally, all recreational level courses include the PADI fees and the professional level courses are excluding PADI fees.

What are the best Koh Tao Diving Course prices?

Most reputable dive centres offer fixed pricing for diving courses and may offer some flexibility and reduced pricing for fun diving trips if you buy ‘a pack’ of 5 or 10 dives.

Individual dive centres on Koh Tao may incentivize signing up with them by offering a T shirt of even an additional dive as part of their course.

Accommodation may or may not be included in the diving course price, but it makes good sense to take advantage of any accommodation discounts available to customers who buy a diving course.

The best diving course price will be the one that offers very high standards of safety and training, a good dive centre atmosphere, whilst providing students with reliable equipment and a certification fee inclusive of the course price.

What is the price of a Scuba Diving Internship Koh Tao?

Scuba Diving Internship prices on Koh Tao vary according to your current level of training, what level you want to get to, how long you plan to stay and what options are included in the lifestyle package.

You first need to establish what you want to achieve, what your budget is and check direct with reputable dive operators such as IDC Koh Tao who offer this level of service.

Scuba Diving Internships can offer ambitious divers inclusive dive package prices that include a wide range of courses, PADI fees and real world experience in conservation initiatives on Koh Tao.

IDC Koh Tao offer a choice of extensive Lifestyle Packages for individuals who are looking for a lifestyle and a career change.