To be honest, I was a little bit nervous about going scuba diving.
The idea of being super deep underwater with only a can of air freaked me out.
Koh Tao is famous for scuba diving and is one of the cheapest places in the world to do it! After doing my research, I decided to get my open water certification at Roctopus. And I’m so happy I chose them!
From the moment I walked in, I felt at home. The staff was immediately joking with us and making us laugh like we had been long time friends. Any nerves that I had felt were gone because I felt so comfortable around the staff!
Getting signed up was an easy process and they were accommodating to exactly what we wanted and when we wanted to start. We had orientation that evening where we were told what to expect over the next few days, and we started our classes the next morning!
Bright and early, we showed up at the dive shop to meet our instructor, Desa. She taught us how to set up all of our gear, and then we headed to the pool to start learning our scuba skills. Desa was so patient with us. She answered all of my dumb questions. She gave us all individual attention (4:1 ratio). And she was the leader of our team who helped us, encouraged us, and was always so patient. We all messed up, but when we did, everyone else was so kind and encouraging. Desa set the attitude for our team and it really made the lessons amazing.
The classes were also very flexible and tailored to what we wanted. Should we break for lunch or all go to lunch together and do our academics lessons there? Whatever we wanted to do was fine! (Beach front lessons while drinking a fresh coconut are always a good call.)
Every evening, there is a celebration at a bar on the beach for all of the divers who completed their course! Everyone is invited, so we headed down every evening to grab a drink, watch an awesome video of the dive, and hang out with our new friends. It was so cool to spend time with the staff as friends rather than just a customer.
Our next 2 days consisted of 4 open water dives in the ocean! Once we were ready to get in the water, I wasn’t nervous. I felt very well prepared and confident that I knew exactly what to do if anything were to go wrong. We still had to practice skills in the ocean rather than just a leisurely dive, but just being down on the ocean floor felt like I was in another world. It’s indescribable; you have to see for yourself!
On our dives, there were some minor problems on the dives like taking a while to equalize our ears and working on getting our buoyancy perfect but that isn’t surprising for us newbies. We were able to learn a lot on the dives and overall everything was great. Our team stuck together and successfully completed our dives!
On the night after we completed our course, everyone went to the bar to watch our video and celebrate! I can’t say enough about how much I love the staff. It even feels weird calling them “the staff” because it really just felt like we were all friends.
On our walk back to our hostel, we were wearing Roctopus shirts, and a couple guys who worked for Roctopus who we had never even met offered to drive us to where we were going. How awesome is that?! They’re just genuinely nice people there.
When we left Koh Tao, we were sad about leaving all of our new friends! Our instructor Desa, our scuba team, and the rest of the staff really made our time there amazing. Walking around the island we seemed to be constantly running into people we knew, and it made the island feel like home. I’m so thankful to have gotten to join the Roctopus family for a few days. It was an unforgettable experience!
If you’re interested in diving at Roctopus, tell them I sent you and you’ll get 5% off your course! What more convincing do you need?!
Check out this video to see us diving!