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  • Is it difficult to learn how to dive?
    Learning to dive is generally not considered hard, especially with the proper guidance and instruction. Diving courses are designed to gradually introduce you to the skills, knowledge, and safety procedures required for diving. ​ During your Open Water course, you will learn essential skills such as buoyancy control, equalization techniques, underwater communication, and dive planning. ​ Our experienced instructors will provide thorough explanations, demonstrations, and practice sessions to ensure you understand and can perform each skill effectively. They will be there to guide and support you throughout the learning process.
  • My child is under 10 years old, can they dive?
    For those under 10 years old we offer a Bubblemaker course. The program is designed for children who are between 8 and 10 years old. It provides them with a fun and supervised introduction to scuba diving in a shallow water environment up to 2 meters.
  • I haven’t dived in a while, what do I need to do? 
    If you have not dived for a while, it is generally recommended to take a Refresher course to ensure that your skills and knowledge are up to date. This course is called a PADI Refresher or ReActivate program. During a ReActivate program, you will typically review important diving concepts, safety procedures, and equipment usage. You will also have the opportunity to practice essential diving skills in confined water under the guidance of a dive professional. This refresher course will help you regain confidence, refresh your diving knowledge, and ensure that you are ready to safely enjoy diving again.
  • Should I do a DSD or an Open Water course?
    ​If you are new to diving, it is generally recommended to start with a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience. This allows you to try out diving under the guidance of an instructor without committing to a full Open Water course. It's a great way to see if you enjoy diving before making a longer-term commitment.​On the other hand, if you are confident that you want to pursue diving and obtain a certification, starting with an Open Water course would be the way to go. The Open Water course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to dive independently up to 18 meters or 60 feet. Ultimately, the choice between a Discover Dive and an Open Water course depends on your personal preferences and goals.
  • I want to sign up for a Scuba Diving course at Buddha View. Is there availability? 
    That's great! We have enough instructors here at Buddha View to carry out any course on any day, allowing you the freedom to plan diving around your holiday.
  • I did my Open water with Buddha View a couple of years ago. Do I get a discount if I come back? 
    Definitely! We offer our returning Buddha View family members a discount of 5% off any non-pro course.
  • Can I continue my education with PADI if my Open Water is with SSI or another diving organization?
    Yes, if you have an Open Water certification with SSI or any diving organization, and wish to continue your education with PADI, you can do so. PADI recognizes certifications from other recognized training agencies, including SSI. This means that you can continue your diving education with PADI and pursue their courses, such as the Advanced Open Water course.
  • What do I need to bring with me to my Open water course?
    For your Open Water (OW) course, there are a few essential items you will need to bring: ​ Swimwear Towel ​Sunscreen and sunglasses ​Flip-flops or sandals ​Passport or a photo of your ID page ​ *Buddha View Dive Centre provides equipment such as wetsuits, BCDs (Buoyancy Control Devices), regulators, masks, snorkels, and fins.
  • Where can I dive using my Open Water certification? 
    The PADIOpen Water certification that you obtain in Koh Tao is recognized internationally, meaning you can dive all over the world. However it is important to note that diving conditions and regulations can vary in different locations. When diving in any country, it's advisable to bring your certification as proof of your qualification. This card serves as evidence that you have completed the necessary training and have met the standards set by PADI.
  • What is the minimum age to start an Open Water course?
    The minimum age to start the Open Water course is 10 years old. TheJunior Open Water course is a scuba diving certification program specifically designed for young divers between the ages of 10 and 15 yrs. It follows similar standards and curriculum as the regular Open Water course but includes some age-related restrictions to ensure the safety and comfort of the junior divers.
  • I want to try a Discover Scuba Dive. What if I love it and want to do my Open water? 
    One of our favourite things to hear from our students is that they have fallen in love with diving. For this reason we offer any of our DSD students 1000 THB cashback if they sign up for their Open Water after completing a Discover Scuba Dive.
  • What marine life can I expect to see while diving on Koh Tao?
    When diving around Koh Tao, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of fish species. Some common fish you may come across include colourful clownfish, angelfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, damselfish, and sergeant major fish. You might also spot larger marine creatures such as sea turtles, barracudas, groupers, and moray eels. Additionally, keep an eye out for schools of fusiliers, snappers, and trevallies swimming in the open water. The waters around Koh Tao are abundant with marine life, offering a captivating underwater experience for divers of all levels.
  • Does Buddha View offer transportation? 
    Yes, we offer free pick up and drop off for any Buddha View customers enrolled in our diving courses. If you are staying at Tanote Bay we offer free collection services from Mae Head Pier upon your arrival. If you are staying with another resort, please let us know the name and depending on the location, we can arrange transportation to Buddha View while you carry out your course.
  • What is the best time of year to dive on Koh Tao?
    The dry season in Koh Tao runs from December to April. During these months, the weather is typically sunny with calm seas and good visibility underwater, making it ideal for diving. However, it's important to note that diving is possible year-round on Koh Tao, even during the rainy season!
  • Do I need divers insurance?
    We always recommend that you take out your own travel and diving insurance, however, as one of our customers you will be insured under our basic dive insurance plan.
  • Do I need a medical exam before I dive?
    Before engaging in scuba diving activities, it is essential to complete a medical form provided by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). This medical form is designed to ensure your safety and well-being during diving. It includes questions about your medical history and any pre-existing conditions that may affect your ability to dive safely. It is important to answer these questions honestly and accurately. If you answer yes to certain questions you must take the forms to your physician for a medical evaluation. If you have any medical conditions or are unsure about a specific condition, it is recommended to consult with a medical professional experienced in diving medicine. They can provide guidance on whether diving is suitable for you or if any additional precautions need to be taken.
  • I wear glasses, can I still dive?
    Absolutely! If you're comfortable wearing contact lenses, you can also wear them while scuba diving. If you cannot wear contact lenses you can bring your own prescription dive mask if you have one. If not, we provide some prescription masks at the dive shop. Please note that the masks we can provide are the same prescription in both lenses.
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