It is not a pre-requisite to have a medical before scuba diving, however if you have a pre-existing medical condition which affects your ears, sinus, respiratory and circulatory systems, or have had recent surgery it is advisable to consult a Diving Physician before you leave home.
Before starting a diving course you must go through a medical questionnaire.
To see the medical form, Click here
It is now obligatory on Koh Tao to be insured for any inwater activities from a dive boat (Scuba diving and Snorkeling). If you don’t have your own one, you will be able to purchase one at our dive center for only 100 thb.
We have oxygen and a well equipped medical kit on our boat and on land. There are several medical centers on Koh Tao and now a governement hospital on the island, Emergency Services (SSS) and a hospital on the nearby island of Koh Samui, which is 90 minutes away by speedboat. All our instructors are trained for CPR and first aid problems.
The best is always to check with your Thai Embassy at home before coming to Thailand as they will have the latest advice for you. At the time of writing it was possible to get a 30 day visa on arrival if you fly in to Thailand from another country, overland you could get 15 days, you could get 2 months holiday visas from Thai embassies outside the country. It is also possible to get longer visas but check with your nearest embassy for details as visa rules can change frequently.
Koh Tao has lots to offer if you’re not diving, excellent snorkeling & boat trips around the island varies water sports, you can now do free diving (apnea) courses, rock climbing & mountain biking, yoga courses and even a flying trapeze !
Thai massage & cookery courses are popular, with a wide variety of restaurants Koh Tao has everything to offer in the way of cuisine from street stalls selling traditional food to exclusive fine dining.
If you cannot complete your course with us for any reason, we can refund you some money for what needs still to be done. We will give you a “referral form” and you will have a maximum of 12 months to complete it with us or with any other PADI dive school around the world.
There is unfortunately no proper nursery for children at the moment on Koh Tao
No problem! If you are already certified with PADI or SSI, we can access their respective databases and verify your certification level. All we need is your full name and date of birth. (Please note that at the time of writing it is not possible to confirm your certification with other diving organisations, so please bring as much information as possible to help us validate your certification).