Please help a total novice scuba-dive in Thailand and have a great experience.
Hello, I will be in Thailand from May 12th - 22nd and would like to spend most of my time learning how to scuba dive. Since this is my first time and I am using my vacation days to learn this, I want to try to be as prepared as possible.
What I am thinking so far is to go to Koh Tao
and take a PADI certificate course with Master Divers
. I'm considering taking their PADI Open Water Course and then perhaps their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. I am hoping to focus on underwater photography.
Some of my questions:
-Anything I should reconsider in my plan?
-Has anyone had experience with good instructors in Thailand (Master Divers seems to have an online presence, but I'm not too sure about other instructors or other courses offered)?
-Should I consider any alternatives to Koh Tao? (I already have my flight ticket, but I could travel to surrounding countries if it's worth it)
-Would I get burnt out if I spent my entire time scuba diving? (I've been traveling for a little while and am getting sick of temples, so want to focus my trip on learning something)
-After getting my PADI, should I stay on Koh Tao, or try another island? (I do not want to spend too much time traveling between locations, but if something is worth it, I don't want to miss it)
-Should I take a break from scuba diving to do see or do anything else?
-Are there any websites that I should check out that will give me some pre-course information on scuba diving and underwater photography?
-Anyone have any other advice?
Thank you all very much~