[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”1562″ title=”Freya” align=”right” icon=”zoom” lightbox=”true” size=”small” autoHeight=”true”] I arrived on Koh Tao 10 months ago as the typical traveler here to complete my open water diving course. I immediately fell in love with the beauty of the island and the party lifestyle here and didn’t want to leave. However, diving was a different story. I have always had a fear of the sea and knew that diving was going to be a challenge for me but it was something that I had always wanted to try. So, me and a friend signed up and started the next day. The academics were fine and the confined session in the swimming pool was a new experience but I completed it easily enough. I was petrified the next day when I knew that I was going to have to actually dive for real ! Although I managed to complete all 4 dives over the two days I spent the whole time underwater shallow breathing, clinging to my instructor and not looking at anything as I was too afraid my mask would leak if I moved my head. At the end of the forth dive I had my final challenge and biggest fear, to remove and clear my mask. As frustrated as I was I finally had to give up and swim back to the boat defeated.
After another 9 months of living on this island as a non-diver constantly being told by every instructor that if they’d taught me I would have passed it was time to give it another try. Knowing all the team at Roctopus already made it easier for me and they gave me constant support during my course. I even ended up doing my confined session twice but they didn’t rush me and helped me through every stage. Obviously my four dives didn’t go completely smoothly and I had a panic at 5m which saw me try to bolt to the surface. Luckily Kat my instructor rescued me and helped me through every single stage of every dive. At the end of the forth dive Kat took me back down and we finally conquered my mask skills and I was signed off as an Open Water Diver !! And on top of that I felt relaxed and enjoyed my dives and even want to dive again.
I would recommend Roctopus to anyone who is considering diving on Koh Tao.