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Thailand Learn to Scuba Dive

Known for its idyllic beach environment, beautiful crystal clear waters, and stunning coral reef biodiversity, Thailand offers an ideal location to learn how to scuba dive!

Prices from US$595

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking white sandy beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Check out our Thailand Learn to Scuba Dive video

Koh Tao is most definitely the jewel in Thailand’s royal crown, famed for its laid back atmosphere and immaculate coral reef diving. On this unique trip you’ll have the opportunity to scuba dive like never before; whether you’re a beginner looking to start scuba diving or you simply want to improve your diving technique, this project is for you!

You’ll be located along the flawless beach side of Koh Tao, known for its beautiful crystal clear waters and stunning coral reef biodiversity; the perfect location for scuba diving. The idyllic beach environment, combined with the excellent quality of our PADI accredited scuba dive coaches, will give you the trip of a lifetime. Jump right into this scuba diving adventure and you’ll never look back!




  • Dive in some of the most beautiful locations in the world!
  • Develop your confidence under water
  • Achieve your PADI dive training qualifications


  • Minimum age of 17 years




Koh Tao, Thailand

Activities Learn to dive on the magical island of Koh Tao
PADI certified dive courses
Relax on some of the world's most pristine beaches
Experience atmospheric beach night life
Indugle in traditional Thai lifestyle and cuisine

Make your own way to the project site


Guesthouse accommodation


Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt


Accommodation for 5 days (excluding EFR course)
Local orientation
Certificates, dive manuals, instructor fees and equipment provided
Additional dive courses available at extra cost
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Explore the stunning coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand, learning to dive in this incredible setting. Professional PADI dive training is available for diving enthusiasts of all skill levels, so whether you’re looking to kick-start a career in scuba diving, or earn a more basic dive qualification; this project will open up a world of underwater adventure and excitement. Ranging from the Open Water to the Dive Master Qualification, through an assortment of theoretical and practical lessons, you’ll earn an accredited and globally recognised PADI certification that will allow you to scuba dive at beautiful locations around the world.


Our professional instructors will give you a thorough understanding of everything scuba related! You’ll participate in a variety of theory lessons and practical diving sessions to help you achieve your qualification. During the mornings and day times you’ll be learning all there is to know about scuba diving, leaving the evenings free to relax with your fellow divers on the beautiful moonlit beaches of Koh Tao.

Please be aware that you should not fly for a minimum of 24 hours following a diving session, so take this into consideration when booking your flights home. Additionally, we recommend checking with your doctor prior to departure to this project, as some medical conditions can prevent you from diving safely, namely; pregnancy, flu, heart and/or lung condition(s), diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy, whilst it is also advised you have a good level of fitness and confidence in open water (being able to swim for roughly 200 metres, float or tread water for about 10 minutes, and feel comfortable in water for long periods is a sufficient standard), so make sure you get the green light from your doctor so you can dive safely and enjoyably!


The project is located on the serene island of Koh Tao off the east coast of mainland Thailand. You could fly into either Koh Samui or Surat Thani airport and then make your own way to the island using the regular ferry where you will be met upon arrival at the island pier by our dive crew. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.  Upon arrival at the main island pier you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to the project.


Whilst participating in this project you will be staying in a simple room at a little family run resort right by the beach in the south of the island, a few minutes walk from the dive school. Local amenities, bars and restaurants are within walking distance from the resort which is surrounded by tranquil gardens making it the perfect place to relax after a fun day of diving.


Food is not provided as part of this programme. Catering for yourself is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! About $6.50 per day should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!  All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Loved the conservation angle too  | 19 Nov 2019
This Dive Course came highly recommended by friends, and we're so very glad we listened to th...

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Feels like a private lesson  | 19 Nov 2019
We took our PADI open water course with Frontier at the start of January, and had an amazing time...

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So much more than just diving!!  | 17 Nov 2019
The dive school has a great atmosphere; very relaxed, warm and open people, a place to hang aroun...

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In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, diving, sailing or even sea canoeing.  Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.


Open Water US$595

Advanced OW US$595

Rescue Diver US$595

EFR US$195


Weekly, starts on a Monday. 


All dive courses include 5 days accommodation at a local guesthouse within walking distance of the dive school, except the Emergency First Response half day course.

PADI Open Water - 3 days

PADI Advanced Open Water - 2/3 days with 2 dives per day

PADI Rescue Diver - 3 days

PADI EFR - half a day

This project does not run between the 15th October and 15th December due to the monsoon season.

There will be no diving from 31th December to 2nd January; 13th and 14th April for Songkran holidays; 17th-20th June for Koh Tao festival and 25th of December, however alternative activities will be offered.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation for 5 days (except EFR course)
  • Local orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Koh Samui (USM), Surat Thani (URT)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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