Get Certified with Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

For some reason, danger doesn’t particularly scare me.

Jumping out of a plane doesn’t scare me.  Bungee jumping doesn’t really phase me.  White water rafting, paragliding, and roller coasters are my idea of fun.  The things that most people find frightening are the same things that excite me…but for some reason, scuba diving terrified me.  I’m not afraid of sharks or any other sea creature, but the idea of being under water for 45 minutes was unimaginable.  Nonetheless, I decided to sign up to get my open water certification with Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand.  Little did I know, it was going to be one of the most exciting and best adventures to date.

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The perfect sunset that greeted us on our night dive

Once we reached about 18 meters (~59 feet) and I was face to face with Nemo and thousands of other beautiful fish, I realized there was nothing to be scared of in the first place.  There is something about being 18 meters below the surface and realizing that you are breathing when you really shouldn’t be that is so freeing.  There is a beauty in being able to see the things you never thought you’d be able to and exploring a world you’ve never seen before.

However, I don’t know if I would have even been able to experience any of that if it weren’t for my instructor.

While I was able to overcome my fear of scuba diving, I credit a lot of that to my instructor at Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao.  Our instructor’s name was Scotty and he was truly amazing.  He managed to be hilarious for the better part of course, but serious when it mattered.  Can’t forget to give a shout out to Bibi, the assistant to the course.  My experience with Big Blue was nothing less than exceptional and I can’t recommend them enough.

big blue diving in koh tao, instructor scotty
The man himself, SCOTTY!

While I began the week nervous to be even 5 meters under water for an extended period of time, I ended it by falling in love with the sport.

I loved it so much, I decided to continue on and get my advanced adventurer certification.  This allowed me to reach a whopping 30 meters (~98 feet) below the surface.  Fun fact: Apparently when you go down that deep, some people feel drunk.  Low key mad that didn’t happen to me.

While I would absolutely recommend getting your diving certification anywhere, part of what made my experience so amazing was the place I got certified at.  Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao really made me feel comfortable under the water and helped me find a new (rather expensive) hobby and I can’t thank them enough.

Since diving in Koh Tao, I’ve been on five additional dives.

I dove 3 times in Coron, Philippines where I got to explore Barracuda Lake and two wreck dives.  A few days later, I headed to El Nido Palawan and saw my first turtle while diving!  Since receiving my certification, I have a sudden urge to plan my trips around diving.  As usual, I want to see as much of the world as I can, but now I have an entirely new world to explore, as well.  Already looking forward to my next dive (and praying I’ll finally see a shark)!

big blue diving in koh tao

Have you guys been diving?  If so, where was your favorite dive site?  What was the coolest thing you got to see under water?  Let me know in the comments!


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41 thoughts on “Get Certified with Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

  1. I tried diving twice – once on the Greek island of Rhodes and once in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and both times I had a massive amount of trouble equalising, so I couldn’t go down further than about 3 metres. So a bit pants really! But I really loved the experience otherwise. Maybe I should try it again….

    1. Oh no!! That would be the worst! You aren’t the first person I’ve heard that from though. Hopefully it’s better on your next try!

    1. Haha for some reason I’m dying to see a shark! Just a whale shark or some sort of friendly shark though haha

  2. Some people thrive on adventures but i’m not one of those. Nonetheless, water sports and underwater explorations are very exciting and getting a certification certainly takes it up a notch.

  3. This sounds amazing, I really need to overcome my fear yet for bungee or skydiving having done with paragliding. But I do have a special fascination for life under water so I believe it would be easy for me to overcome my fears for scuba. Hope to experience sometime soon.

  4. I haven’t done scuba diving yet! Its awesome of you to win your fear and do it actually! To be able to see Nemo and other colorful fishes up close in their own natural habitat would be such a beautiful experience!! Best wishes for Shark spotting!

  5. Diving is a huge challenge for us – we haven’t done it yet and it’s huge on our list! It’s amazing that you got hooker and since Koh Tao you meant many more times! Don’t think it’s not the coolest, but the weirdest thing, it looks like a big weiner…Sea cucumber I believe it’s called? haha

    1. Well hopefully you will be able to go one day! Haha I don’t know if I’ve seen a sea cucumber, but I’ll keep an eye out!

  6. Looks cool! I visited Koh Tao and it was a nice place although so overrun by the masses of tourists. I did some diving in Lakshadweep Islands – a hidden paradise without tourists and just loved it! It was definitely my favorite tropical experience ever! 🙂

    1. Koh Tao is a bit touristy, I would have to agree. I’ve never heard of the Lakshadweep Islands, I’ll have to take a look! Sounds amazing

  7. I used to be water phobic but somehow I learned swimming and literally love it now. Same is the case with diving. I feel scared but really wanna try and experience the fun of being underwater at that depth and seeing beautiful creatures there. hope to learn and try it some day for sure.

    1. I’m so glad you were able to overcome your fear of the water! Let me know if you end up going scuba diving :)!

  8. This is one thing that I have promised myself is to do my Scuba certification this year. Koh Tao does some perfect for it. I fell in love with Scuba last year and since then have been planning my certification! Wish me luck

    1. Oh you will absolutely love it! Best of luck on your adventure and let me know if you have any questions!!

  9. I read your post with a very very heavy heart. Missed scuba diving in Andaman recently due to a freak accident and have been longing to do it since forever! Reading your post makes me want to do it ASAP! Your excitement did that to me 😀 Diving so many times would be so so wonderful! You go girl!

    1. Oh my gosh that is such a bummer! I hope this can inspire you to take another chance and get back out there to dive 🙂

  10. This place looks amazing! I got certified in the keys in Florida and it looks very similar to the diving in Thailand. I to was nervous about being underwater at first, and each time I jump in I still have a moment of nerves as I first go underwater… but then I get excited about all the things the see down there and the fear goes away! This looks like a great place to get certified and to dive!

    1. Oh I definitely want to go diving in the Keys some day! And that totally happens to me to every time I go diving haha glad to know I’m not alone!

  11. I did scuba diving and snorkeling once! Though I’m more fascinated to heights. I did skydiving twice but never thought of diving solo or certification!

  12. This always looked like an amazing experience to me. Somehow fascinating especially because I can’t even swim so being under water looks kinda surreal! So great that you overcome your fear and enjoyed it so much and got a sertificate! Never heard of the feeling drunk part haha but I guess it kinda makes sense.

  13. When I started scuba diving, it also scared me so much I thought I would never do it again but it turned out to be one of the best things in the world. I thought about getting my Rescue Diver with big blue diving as I had only heard good things about it, but then instead I went with Ban’s diving which has also been pretty awesomel 🙂

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