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Big Blue Freediving - Koh Tao - Thailand


Q: How is a Level 1 SSI Freediving course ran?
A: Your SSI Level 1 certification can be completed in two (2) days. Course material for SSI is provided in a textbook and powerpoint format. If desired, the textbook is available for purchase. Due to the textbook not being included in the cost SSI is cheaper and the certification is considered the same level of training as AIDA**.

Q: Is the certification card from SSI recognised all over the world?
A: Yes, each individual training agency is 100% recognised throughout the world.

Q: If I forgot to bring my certification card with me, will I still be able to dive?
A: SSI has an online system and since we are an SSI dive school, we will be able to look you up. If a freediving center is not affiliated with the organisation you have done your course with, you can contact them to see if you are in the system. A signed logbook also helps.

Q: If I forgot to bring my certification card with me and I don’t show up in the system, will I still be able to dive?
A: No, we need to see proof of certification before we take you on a guided freedive, regardless of training agency or experience level.

Q: Do I need to have a medical before freediving?
A: It is not a pre-requisite to have a medical before freediving, however if you have a pre- existing medical condition which affects your ears, sinus, respiratory and circulatory systems, or have had recent surgery it is advisable to consult a Diving Physician before you leave home. Please note that before starting a diving course you must go through a medical questionnaire.

Q: Do I need to have dive insurance?
A: If you do a lot of freediving/diving it is highly recommended to get your own insurance.

Q: What medical facilities/equipment do you have available on land and on the dive boat?
A: We have oxygen and a well equipped medical kit on all of our boats and on land. Every member of our dive staff is a certified Oxygen Provider. There are several medical centers on Koh Tao, Emergency Services (SSS) and a hospital on the nearby island of Koh Samui, which is 90 minutes away by speedboat.

Q: Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?
A: The best is always to check with your Thai Embassy at home before coming to Thailand as they will have the latest advice for you. It is possible to get a 30 day visa on arrival if you fly in to Thailand from another country, overland you could get 15 days, you could get two (2) months holiday visas from Thai embassies outside the country. It is also possible to get longer visas but check with your nearest embassy for details as visa rules can change frequently.

Q: I am traveling with non-divers, what can they do when I am diving?
A: Koh Tao has lots to offer if you're not diving, excellent snorkeling & boat trips around the island various water sports, you can now do free diving (apnea) courses, Kayaking rock climbing & mountain biking, yoga, or even Muay Thai Kickboxing! Thai massage & cookery courses are popular, with a wide variety of restaurants Koh Tao has everything to offer in the way of cuisine from street stalls selling traditional food to exclusive fine dining.

Q: What if I cannot complete my dive course?
A: If you cannot complete your course with us for any reason, we can refund you some money for what needs still to be done. We will give you a "referral form" and you will have a maximum of 12 months to complete it with us or with any other dive school around the world.

Q: What if I turn up drunk or hung-over to my dive course?
A: It is highly recommended that you do not consume alcohol before or during any freediving course. It is of high importance that you are focused and well rested when freediving. Please note that by enrolling in one of our freediving courses that you are acknowledging that if you turn up drunk or hung-over this may result in your course being cancelled, with no refund being offered. This decision is at the discretion of the freediving instructor and manager.

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