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    Welcome To Paradise!

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    Koh Tao Diving

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    Living the Life on a Tropical Island

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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors

PADI - The Professional Association of Dive InstructorsPADI or the Professional Association of Dive Instructor is the most well-known scuba diving training agency on the planet, to such an extent that people often ask to do the “PADI” course when referring to any scuba diving course.  Founded in 1966 they have more than forty years’ experience serving scuba divers and have over six thousand dive shops locate around the globe.

PADI run all types of courses, from kid’s courses conducted in a swimming pool to beginner, advanced, rescue and master right through to scuba instructor level and beyond.  PADI has a few instructor development centres about the Island and some dive centres are recognised PADI 5 star resorts and offer only PADI courses while others offer certification through various other agencies.  

Seal TeamAs a member of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), PADI recognises certifications from other training agencies such as SSI, BSAC, CMAS and NAUI amongst others.  The above agencies are represented on Koh Tao but not all agencies are so it is a good idea to check before arriving if you hold a certification from another. Certification equivalent tables are displayed on some agencies websites if you are in doubt. 

All PADI materials come in a range of languages. Though paper manuals are still common most centres are going down the digital route and offering online manuals for keeping and a “library” copy of the paper manual while doing the course. PADI also offers e-learning, this allows you to complete the academic sessions of the course including exams online before coming and doing the practical “water work” when PADIyou get here. For more information about online training please contact kohtao.asia.
PADI is a patron of the “Project Aware Foundation” environmental organisation and puts a lot of time and effort into creating awareness about the harm being done to the oceans through climate change, over fishing and shark finning.  They also support marine conservation projects such as reef and beach clean ups.  PADI are also long term associates of the National Geographic Society and offer marine conservation courses in conjunction with both them and the Project Aware Foundation.

The PADI Project Awarewebsite offers information on all available PADI courses.  It has a shop locator, an online scuba community forum, dive holiday package deals and equipment sales.  If you go as far as professional level you then get further access to the site offering the ability to conduct diver certification checks and access to training materials and updates.  Wherever you decide to dive in the world there is always sure to be a PADI dive centre or PADI professional close by.


  • About Beginner Courses
  • About Advanced Courses
  • About Professional Courses
  • About Fun Dives

New Divers receiving a certification after the completion of the course.Have you ever considered what it would be like to scuba dive?  If you are planning a visit than your curiosity can become a reality.  The island of Koh Tao is surrounded by a beautiful underwater paradise boasting comfortable landscapes and calm waters.  There is a variety of marine life and several corals to awe you.  This underwater terrain is perfect for beginners, making scuba diving one of the most popular and enjoyed activites.  The prices for Try Dives or certification are of the cheapest in the world, and the experience is one that will make you fall in love with the ocean. 

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Diver deep down exploring the blue clear water of the islandAdvanced courses are offered by almost every dive center and are extremely affordable.  The advanced course allows each diver to  gain deeper knowledge in areas of diving such as marine life or diving buoyancy and can make the scuba diving experience a lot more enjoyable.  Doing the mandatory deep dive to 30 meters will expose new dive sites and expose different marine life.  The night dive will surely be a thrill and reveal a completely different underwater habitat.

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Here you will find out all you need to know about combining professionalThe beginning of a new career - New Instructors at work courses, languages available, equipment & materials requirements and additional fees

If you are unsure about what course or dive package best suits you please feel free to contact us here at kohtao.asia. Our team includes experienced dive instructors qualified to teach up to professional level courses for both PADI and SSI.

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Explore a tropical coral reef and enjoy Yellow Fusiliers swimming over the reef.Here you will find out all you need to know about what is required from you as a certified diver who would like to fun dive on Koh Tao.

Koh Tao is known for its high standards when it comes to safety consequently before being allowed to dive you will be asked for your certification card and log book.  If you do not have them do not worry! Each dive centre can look you up online using your name and date of birth.


Although the different certifying agencies (PADI, SSI, BSAC, etc.,) recognise each other’s certification, if an individual dive centre does not represent the certifying agency they may not be willing or able to look you up. There are plenty of dive centre on Koh Tao many of which represent all agencies so as long as you have been certified it is not a big problem to track you down however having your card and logbook prevents any of this unnecessary hassle. 

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