I left off at my arrival in Koh Tao. I showed up with a busted ankle but otherwise ready to get my Open Water (OWD) scuba certification. Koh Tao is a tiny island that is a diving mecca. It's reputed to be the cheapest place in the world to get certified. Koh Tao is the most northern of the three islands off the east coast of Thailand and the hardest to get to. It has over 25 dive shops and more than a dozen dive sites.
|Phoenix Divers shop patio|
|The pink beast|
After talking to the shop I wanted to do my cert with, we decided I'd wait a day to start. Tuesday was a rest day, and most of it in a restaurant or in my hut to stay off my feet. The dive shops are competitive and offer great packages. With my OWD I got four free nights lodging in a little hut. Nothing fancy but enough room to spread out. The fan was enough and the mozzie net greatly appreciated. The course was a half day the first day, all classroom work watching videos and doing worksheets. Day two was coursework in the morning and pool "diving" in the afternoon. Its the first time we gear up and practice the required skills. Day three is the written test and afternoon dive in the ocean while completing skills. Day four was a morning dive and then we were finished. There were only three of us in my class and Al, our instructor, said we were the easiest class he'd had in a long time. No one failed their test or skills and we had a good time along the way.
|Outside my hut|
|Last dive for OWD!!|
I'd booked a bed in a eight person room in Pattaya. I got in and found Mermaid Divers on my first afternoon. After walking around the city for an estimated five miles and seven hours, I went back and found I'd lucked. I was the only one in my room. Mermaids picked me up in the morning and we went out diving.
An outline of diving in Pattaya and contrasting it with Koh Tao, Bangkok, Arutthaya and (hopefully) a wrap up of Thailand tomorrow.