Koh Tao Tours
PADI open water
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PADI open water

By Simple Life Divers
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Simple life is a fun active dive school with our own private beach in the heart of sairee. We have a custom built dive training pool and awesome bar and restaurant facilities.

Ages 10-65, max of 6 per group
Duration: 4 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, Chinese, English, French, Spanish
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  • Use of SCUBA equipment


Start:Traveller pickup offered.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Koh Tao
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 117038P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 117038P1

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      • Simple Life Divers
        2,210
        Koh Tao, Thailand
        Joined in August 2010
      • savannahsF5243HL
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Diving with Dave!
        Had an amazing first dive with Dave. I was feeling nervous as it was my first time diving but he made me feel safe and put my nerves at ease. Information was so detailed and well delivered. We all had such a great day diving with Dave and I could not recommend him higher. If you’re diving on Koh Tao you must go to simple life and dive with Dave!
        Written 16 July 2024
      • oscarhL2413SM
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Big up the Webber
        Did my advanced scuba and my wreck speciality course with David Webber at Simple Life! Amazing experience with a personable instructor! Thank you Dave!
        Written 14 July 2024
      • 596alecg
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Divemaster
        There's no better way in the world to spend two months of your life than doing the divemaster course at simple life. I would recommend to everyone.
        Written 11 July 2024
      • Dream25993336363
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Diving with simple life
        Did a discovery dive with a friend and we liked it so much that we did our open water, advanced, rescue course and now I am starting my dive master. Nice atmosphere and cool people. :)
        Written 11 July 2024
      • 619jesperd
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect diving experience
        Thank you so much David Webber, for making this diving trip Perfect for us. You are a lovely, calm and kind person and makes it so EASY 😊 to dive with you. 👍We can only recommend this diving company with 5 stars, but they should have 10 😊 Best regard Jesper & Emma Denmark.
        Written 10 July 2024
      • pymstar17
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Divemaster
        I will say, after extensive research & given the significant number of dive schools on the island, I'm glad I chose Simple Life for my DM training. From day one you are felt welcomed as part of the family. Sure, it can seem a bit chaotic at times but once you understand the operation after orientation, this is a well oiled machine...I highly recommend for anyone wanting to take the next steps to DM or IDC. Thanks Simple Life for making this an unforgettable experience (in a positive way) 🤙
        Written 9 July 2024
      • laurabZ3480ZQ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Divemaster
        I arrived about 2 weeks ago and already met some amazing people, the atmosphere is very sociable, so it makes it very easy to meet others who are also doing their DM The instructors are very helpful and friendly, and you get to dive everyday, so it is very easy to get your dives up and gain experience. The accommodation is also arranged by simple life so it makes is very easy to settle in, and means you have other DMCs living in the same building.
        Written 9 July 2024
      • N5204AQkaylab
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Simple Life Divers Family
        From the offset, I’ve had a fantastic time doing my DM at Simple Life. I’ve made friends for life, developed both as a diver and a person and have made memories to last a life time. I’d highly recommend Simple Life divers whilst one visits Koh Tao!
        Written 4 July 2024
      • pollyl823
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        Me and a friend went scuba diving for the first time with Simple Life Divers and had an amazing experience! Dave made us feel super safe the whole time, but also kept things fun and interesting whilst we were learning. We went to some amazing dive sites around Koh Tao with Simple Life, and would love to go back to check out the rest! Definitely recommend!!
        Written 4 July 2024
      • twoflynns
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Cams your new fav dm
        Family of 3, newer advanced open waters cert, came for fun diving. Simple life was awesome and Cam, Best Dive Master On The Island, made the trip, kept things safe but also kept us honest with our skills. One of us has some special needs with the physical side and all the boat staff was very supportive, made sure we kept it fun. Dove for 4 days (4-5 dives a day!) and loved every dive for different reasons. Plus it’s a teaching shop, and having all the young budding dive masters and instructors around made it great energy and doubly safe! Plus Cam kept us giggling the whole time. We’ll be back!
        Written 1 July 2024
      • Cassius R
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pretty dope spot to learn to dive
        Amazing experience learning with team, everyone has been helpful getting through courses and also out of the water. Booked to do my DMC, package included accommodation too which eliminates one more thing to worry about while you’re here training for courses. You get to fun dive as much as you want while you’re here as long as you don’t have workshops or skill sets on certain days. Amazing people, and the dive sites are pretty dope.
        Written 30 June 2024
      • nicolemA2515SJ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing divemaster course
        Really fun dive centre with very experienced instructors! Really enjoying doing my divemaster here, great vibes and the teaching is great! Couldn’t recommend more.
        Written 26 June 2024
      • jamesrT3996ZR
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing staff
        Having dived with many centres, I have met lots of instructors and dive staff. I can confidently say that Simple Life has been my best experience with any of them. Very well organised and under control, making me feel very safe while diving. Will 100% be returning for more diving in the future!
        Written 21 June 2024
      • MalinN331
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent DM course
        Great dive school with really good instructures. Master instructure Chris is a supportive, motivating instructure who made the DMT easy and fun to get through. Easy to go on the boat for fun dives or when you're assisting on courses. All the staff from in the shop, the boat is amazing and you meet so many great people from all over the world who is also doing there DMT. They have two pool with different depths which makes is easy if you wanna practice some skills.
        Written 12 June 2024
      • Johnderby2005
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Open Water Padi
        Was amazing 3 days doing my open water, my instructor David Webber was amazing! Loved the company and the dive sites. Everyone was super friendly and kind!
        Written 12 June 2024
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      sikaliasa
      Reykjavik, Iceland24 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Solo
      Did my Padi, open water there.
      First day I met Isabel, we had a briefing about Padi, what includes and their really good prices, then
      Juan and Lucas, two exceptional divers, showed me the amazing underwater world .
      During the training they showed flawless professionalism and after the dives and training they were super friendly and fun! Totally recommended! Definitely going back!
      Thank you guys :)
      Written 16 February 2020
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      Ivan O
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023 • Solo
      Did a PADI Open Water with Dave over at Simple Life Divers, and he was excellent! Having not done any form of diving before, I was pretty nervous and he made the whole experience seem like nothing more than a walk in the park. I was also running tight on time and he was able to adjust the timings and even do an early dive just for me, so that I could catch my connecting journeys! Highly recommend doing a course over at Simple Life as they really do make it just that, simple and fun
      Written 7 February 2023
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      paz s
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023 • Solo
      I did the advanced open water course with David Webber, definitely ask for him if you’re planning to visit Koh Tao.
      ‏I had to postpone the course for a week after I already started, and Dave helped me a lot with that. He was very patient, kind and professional. He gives personal attention to everyone, and even when I was nervous had a hard time, he helped me pass the course and never gave up for a moment, and always made sure to explain everything so well.
      ‏He’s been diving for many years and I felt very safe and calm to dive, specially when I had only one fun dive a few years ago. you can feel how experienced he is. I’ve learned a lot from him, about diving but also on a personal level.
      ‏The club is a very professional place, you can feel that everyone there doing everything with love and professionalism at the highest level, and at the same time they still manage to make everyone feel welcome and part of the little family they created.
      ‏I will definitely come back again. Thank you very much for a wonderful experience!
      Written 11 January 2023
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      Mimi O
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Solo
      I’ve had many good experiences at Simple Life! I first visited in January of last year to do my divemaster course and couldn’t have asked for a better time! I’d only planned a 6 week trip (although they recommend 8 weeks to complete the divemaster), but Simple Life ensured everything ran smoothly so I could complete my course on time. As well as running regular workshops, they encouraged us to fundive everyday. The whole course gave me lots of experience and I came out of it a confident PADI Pro. I had such an excellent time that I came back to Simple Life in June to complete my Dive Instructor Course with Julian. He’s got an amazing reputation on the island and is genuinely one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever had, he’s got so much knowledge about diving and I definitely think he moulded me into the diver I am today. I stayed with Simple Life after I finished my Dive Instructors and had the pleasure of working alongside lots of their Instructors who I’m still in touch with. Dave is such a kind soul and I truly think he can teach ANYONE! Steve really took me under his wing when I just started teaching. Karl was always there to give me advice on my new courses. Josh really helped me with the first Rescue course I taught, and was absolutely amazing with the Divemasters, he always made sure everyone got involved with the fun. And even though I was able to call all of these guys my friends at the end of it, their professionalism whilst on the job was faultless. Not only did I have an amazing time, but all the customers Ive seen come and go during my stays have come from their courses with beaming smiles and great reviews. All the guys at Simple Life are really experienced and make sure you’re comfortable for your duration. I truly cannot say anything negative about the school and cannot wait for my next visit!!
      Written 28 January 2024
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      Anne
      Schoten, Belgium220 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Couples
      5 years ago, we got our open water and advanced certification with the Simple Life Divers. We had a wonderful time and a very good instructor (Steve Wright). We have been hooked on diving ever since.
      For our next Koh Tao adventure, we immediately decided to dive with them again.
      We booked a series of 10 fun dives this time.
      Last time, I gave them a 5 star rating. However, this time, we were a little less impressed. Let me elaborate.
      It had nothing to do with our dive guide, Cameron. He was very enthusiastic and was always doing his best to find us some cool underwater critters. He knew the dive sites very well.
      The main reason why I am giving a 3 star rating is more of an organizational nature. It struck us, and some other customers, as quite chaotic.
      Dive sites were decided rather last-minute and there was often some chaos when boarding the Simple Life boat. For example, some confusion about which boat we were getting on, where our bags should go,... One day, we were divided over 2 different boats, and there was some confusion among customers as to where our dive gear was going and on which boat we should go. A short briefing before boarding would have prevented this. But communication was not always clear or sometimes last-minute.
      The weather conditions were not ideal (wind, waves) which limited the options for dive sites and made boarding the boats more difficult. There was usually some climbing involved from the pier to the boat. There were no stairs or ladders. We managed. But if you have damaged knee cartilage like me, if you are a little older, overweight, etc,... it may not be that easy.
      There were a lot of dive masters doing an internship, and I believe dive sites were mainly based on their tests, or based on the courses of open water dives. Therefore, the dives were all very easy and we did 1 particular dive site 4 times. We came for fun dives, so we would have liked more variation.
      Cameron did his best to accommodate us and took us to the HMS sattakut wreck, which we really appreciated.
      But I think that the chaotic organization may be caused by the fact that many dive masters are still very young and inexperienced and still have to work on their organizational and customer skills.
      My conclusion: I think this dive school is great if you want to follow a course or if you want to get certified. But if you want to do fun dives, I think it's not really their cup of tea.
      Written 7 September 2023
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      Jan-Felix W
      36 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2020
      I have to say that I was very happy with my diving instructor as well as the diving school during my time there.

      My problem is that I still haven't received my actual diving license more than one year after I got it. First I was told that the license got sent to the school instead of my home address and that an electronical version would be sent to me by email until the physicial license arrived. Now one year later I still didn't get either of those and Simple Life Divers isn't responding to my emails anymore. It costs 50€ to get a new license from PADI.

      I cannot recommend this school if you actually want to get your license!
      Written 12 October 2020
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      Sam B
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2022 • Friends
      It was an excellent experience! I came hear to take my Scuba Diving certificate (Open Water) and can definitely recommend this place if you’re considering doing the same. The instructors were so pedagogical and I felt so safe during the hole course. If you do your course here I really do recommend to stay at their hotel too.
      Not only was it an amazing experience, it was also very cheap!
      Written 24 February 2022
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      Anthony Ashurst
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022 • Couples
      Look no further, SimpleLife Divers is THE place to begin or continue your PADI diving adventures! The resort is ran by a team of professional Instructors and Dive Masters who between them can take care of your every need. Booking is efficient, the pricing is competitive and the diving is amazing. The days run smoothly from collecting equipment to transiting to the dive site to the dive itself.

      I convinced my partner to do her Open Water course whilst we were here in Koh Tao. She was a bit nervous having only ever dove once before when she was rushed through a DSD try dive in Turkey. Karl and the SimpleLife team went above and beyond to conquer her fears and we ended up extending our stay on the island so that she could complete her Advanced Open Water course before leaving.

      I completed my Advanced Open Water with Dave Webber, and again, I enjoyed it that much that I enrolled on the EFR and Rescue Diver course afterwards to continue my education. Dave is a consummate professional and an all round nice guy with a passion for diving. It was a pleasure to dive and learn with Dave, he will be a great mentor for the Dive Master Candidates.

      My partner and I have set new goals both to become Dive Masters before we return to the UK a few years from now. When that time comes, SimpleLife will certainly be our resort of choice! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
      Written 27 October 2022
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      India Long
      10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2020 • Friends
      I can honestly say I have had the best experience of my life with Simple Life in Koh Tao.

      I have completed my Open Water Padi and I couldn’t be happier!

      Lucas and the rest of the staff made this time incredible for me. They are all super friendly whilst being super trustworthy which is what you need when you dive! The safety of their customers is clearly the most important thing to them before anything I was afraid to begin with but I quickly learnt that I had absolutely no need to be!
      I stepped into reception and was greeted with warm, welcoming smiles and from then on I knew I was in good hands for the next 4 days!

      Thank you Simple Life for the most amazing experience, I will most definitely be back as often as I can be!
      Written 2 July 2020
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      Louise H
      10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Solo
      I never dived before I arrived to Koh Tao. I did a discover Scuba with Dave Webber and loved it. He made me feel safe and even though I was nervous he made me laugh and fall in love with diving.

      I decided to sign up for an Open Water course with Dave, then an Advanced Course, then a Rescue Course and finally a Dive Master. I learned from everyone at the dive school for my dive master but Dave was my main instructor.

      He was very professional. He gave me extra help with navigation and insured when I finished my courses I was confident and capable to the point I knew I could do an instructors course if I wanted. Most important to me he made it fun, I was comfortable and he changed his teaching to suit my learning style. We ended up doing hundreds of dives together in which I seen him interact with customers with consistent excellence and respect.

      Overall, I highly recommend diving with Dave for anyone and for any course. It was an exceptional experience for me.
      Written 28 January 2024
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