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Getting SCUBA Certified in Koh Tao, Thailand!

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.

But I know so many people who say that scuba diving is their favorite thing that they’ve ever done, so I knew that once I got over my fear, it would be awesome.roctopus_koh_tao_sunset_ciaofelicia

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!roctopus_scuba_schedule_ciaofelicia

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.scuba_diving_roctopus_ciaofelicia

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.)desa_roctopus_academics_ciaofelicia

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.scuba_diving_gear_koh_tao_ciaofelicia

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!roctopus_whale_shark_ciaofelicia

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!scuba_diving_koh_tao_ciaofelicia

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.roctopus_ciaofelicia

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.

Another awesome perk about diving at Roctopus is that you can use their pool area! There is a pool with a swim up bar right next to the beach. Always a good way to spend the day!roctopus_beach_pool_ciaofelicia

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 my full 3 week Thailand itinerary and how to find the abandoned resort in Koh Tao!roctopus_boat_ciaofelicia

Check out this video to see us diving!

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Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! I’m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

7 thoughts on “Getting SCUBA Certified in Koh Tao, Thailand!

  1. My husband has been going on and on about getting his certification. The issue is that he wants me to join him. What’s the problem with that? I need to learn to swim first!

  2. That is pretty awesome, congratulations. I’m a PADI advanced diver myself and your blog took me back to when I was prepping for my OWD certification. Diving is a magical feeling and an experience that little can match. I’m so glad you took the jump because I genuinely feel there’s soooo much to explore underwater yet

  3. This is awesome!! I’ve wanted to get certified but unfortunately didn’t have enough time when I visited Thailand last. It’s definitely high on my list of things to do though!!

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