In 2015 I went on my first backpacking trip around the globe, where I came across the United States, Fiji, Australia and Thailand. Because of some changes in the plans, i travelled alone in Thailand, so I decided to go diving and do the Open Water course on Koh Tao, to get some new experiences and meet other people.
The Open Water course will teach you everything you need to know before jumping in the water and you will have an instructor with you all the way. For diving in thailand I really recommend Davy Jones Locker on Koh Tao, if you want to experience the beauty under the surface. They do also have dive schools other places than Thailand, but this is the only place I’ve been to (twice now).
In 2017 I came back to DJL on Koh Tao, to do my Advanced course. When you take the Advanced course, you’ll get to see and do much more under the water. We went down to 30 meters (Open Water has a maximum depth of 18 meters), dived after sunset, wreck dived and much more. If you have the time, do ittttt. It’s an amazing experience and I miss it everyday!
In this blogpost, you’ll get to see I bit of what you can expect from the two courses in my two videos. Just notice that it’s not always allowed to film while doing these dives, cause your instructor needs your full attention, so some clips are from the ‘fun diving’ we did afterwards.
A 20 minutes long film from my Open Water ‘Exam’. The photographer followed us on our two last dives of the course. THE PASSWORD TO THE VIDEO IS: scuba
The Open Water course takes about 3-4 days and includes theory, test diving in a pool and 4 open water dives. After the course you’ll be allowed to dive down to 18 meters with a buddy who also has the same course or higher, without any instructor.
A 3 minutes long film I recorded with my GoPro camera. It’s not allowed to film during the course, so this film is from our ‘Rock dive’ we did afterwards, but this is nothing compared to the course itself!
The Advanced course takes only about 2 days, where you’ll be diving during both days- and nighttime. Here you can choose some different kinds of dives that you want to do. You can dive down to 30 meters, explore a shipwreck, test your buoyancy on an underwater playground, learn to navigate with only a compass and what you can see on the ground and also experience the big ocean after sunset, with only your flashlight to guide you! If you have the time, I really recommend you to upgrade your Open Water to the Advanced!
As mentioned, i really recommend diving in Thailand. I will later on do a blog post about other countries that are perfect for diving, so you will have more to choose from. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment, maybe it will be featured in the next blog post!