FAQ2019-01-31T15:07:12+00:00

General FAQ

How to get to Koh Tao?2018-06-17T08:11:03+00:00

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How is the weather on Koh Tao?2018-08-31T10:45:49+00:00

It’s maybe one of the most asked questions, and not always the easiest to answer. As every country in south-east asia, the weather is mostly fine in Koh Tao, and there is a bit more rain between November and February, as it is the rainy season in this area.

Even so it is a little bit more wet between November and February, it is usually many showers, and the rest of the day can be fine. Also at the time of the year it tends to be less crowdy, with cheapest accommodation options and still great diving conditions, with a water a bit warmer than the rest of the year.

So the best time to come and visit, if you like sunny and hot days, would be during the summer, but as it is the school summer holidays in Europe, it is usually the most busy time of the year, and you have to book quite in front to make sure you can find the accommodation you like, and stay in your budget, even so Koh Tao a wide variety of options for every budget.

You can check www.windguru.cz. 
You’ll find general informations about the weather in Koh Tao, like the temperature, the rainfall, the wave and wind, and for the week. You can then decide about your stay with the same informations that we use everyday.

When is the best time to come to Thailand?2018-06-17T08:47:48+00:00

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my partner doesn’t dive, can he still come on the boat with me?2018-08-31T10:11:57+00:00

No problem, your partner or friend will be able to come along on the boat for 300 THB. Note that if the person doesn’t really feel confortable on a boat, it is maybe better  that they stay on land, as the trip can be tiring if you stay all the time on the boat.
Due to security, we don’t do some snorkeling.

 

Do you offer diving and accommodation packages?2018-06-17T08:59:23+00:00

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I am sea sick, which boat di you recommend to get to Koh Tao.2018-06-17T09:07:20+00:00

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Do you i need an dive insurance in Thailand?2018-08-31T10:14:05+00:00

Some companies ask you to have an insurance and some other don’t, it is not compulsory in Asia. Also at french kiss divers, we recommend you strongly to have a diving insurance, not that the chance of having an accident is big, but if something does happen it tends to be very expensive, and it only take a few euro a day to save your day.

Anyhow, we cannot enough recommend you to get a travel insurance if your travel in Asia or somewhere out of your country.

FAQ for New Divers

(Français) Y’a t’il un âge limite pour la plongée?2018-06-17T09:19:43+00:00

If you follow the SSI international standards, you can start diving from 8 Years Old, with the TRY DIVE program, which is an opportunity to discover the underwater world at a maximum depth of 5 meters in a protected environment. From 10 years old you can do the Try Scuba Diving, and go as deep as 12 meters, after managing some skills in shallow water first.

You take the Junior Open water course from 10 years/ old, but you’ll be limited to 12 meters depth until 12 years old, between 12 and 15 years old, you’ll be able to go till 18 meters after certification but only with a guardian or a dive professional.

The open water course starts at 15 years old, and you’ll be certified to go to 18 meters with an other buddy from the same level at least.

We train junior divers all year long so don’t hesitate to contact if you little ones dream about diving everyday 😉

Junior Open Water can also enroll into specialty courses from 10 years old, like buoyancy control, navigation, night dive… and they can go as deep as 21 meters between 12 and 15 years old, 30 meters when they are 15 years old and more. Contact us to know the full options for your kids.

If you are more than 45 years old, or any medical problem, you’ll have to present us a medical certificate attesting that you don’t have any problem to practice scuba diving.

 

(Français) Je n’ai jamais plongé, par où dois-je commencer?2018-08-31T10:51:18+00:00

If you never been diving before, you can do a TRY DIVE or go straight into an Open Water course.

If you not sure liking scuba diving ( which is doubt seriously) , and you hesitate to do the Open Water course, you can start with a Try Dive, which is just a great experience to enjoy the underwater world closer and get a great feeling breathing underwater and feeling weightless while you’re down there.

The open water course will be only 3 days, and then you’ll get an international certification allowing to dive everywhere in the world. click for more info “open water

Do i need a medical certificate?2018-06-17T09:28:58+00:00

When you’ll sign up with us, you’ll have to fill up a medical questionary ( Medical Statement in English ) to make sure you a fit to dive, if you were answering “yes” to one of the questions then you’ll have to show us a medical clearance from a doctor, stating you are fit to practice scuba diving.

Do i need to be able to swim to do scuba diving?2018-06-17T09:30:49+00:00

For the try dive and try scuba diving program, as it is not a certification, it is not compulsory to be a very good swimmer, but it is better if you are comfortable in the water and that like practicing water sports and spend time in the sea or at the swimming pool.

On the other hand if you decide to do the open water course, you’ll have to go thru some water staminas and show that you are a confortable swimmer. You’ll have to swim 200m without any aid using any technic as long as you show that you are confortable, or do 300 meters swim with mask, fins and snorkel, plus you’ll have to show that you can float for 10 minutes without any aid. No need to be an olympic champion, just show us that you have enough control as a swimmer.

 

I wear glasses or contact lenses. What are my options?2018-08-31T10:20:29+00:00

You can keep your contact lenses while scuba diving or you can get yourself a prescription mask.

We have different Prescription masks you can borrow a -2, a -3, and a -6. It will be easier to have it done in your home country with your glasses specialist. In dive shops in Koh Tao, they mainly correct short sight.

It is still not possible to wear you glasses under the dive mask 😉

 

How long do you need to learn how to dive?2018-08-31T10:39:15+00:00

If you want to learn how to dive and become an autonomous diver, you must do the open water course and it will take you 2 days and a half following this program :
Day 0 : welcome, orientation, homework
Day 1 : theory class from 8 am to 10h45 / afternoon 2 dives in the sea, back at 5 pm
Day 2 : theory class from 8 am to 10h45 / afternoon 2 dives in the sea, back at 5 pm
Day 3 : 2 dives in the sea 6h30 until 11am

WE encourage our student to do the online training beforehand, so they can apprehend the information at their own place and have more time to enjoy their spare time on Koh taoLembongan and focus on the diving practice. SSI ONLINE TRAINING

How many people are they per class?2017-09-23T04:45:12+00:00

At French Kiss Divers, we have a politic of 4 students max per class with one instructor, for more fun and more safety. We really want to train the best divers as possible, and it cannot be done in a crowded group, also it important to have other student with you to check your evolution, compare yourself to other beginners, practice the buddy system and make new friends for life!!

How deep will we go during the Open Water course?2018-08-31T10:54:31+00:00

Once certified Open Water you’ll be able to go as deep as 18 meters.

Also during the first day we’ll be limited to 5 meters, and 12 meters during the first 2 open water dives. On day 3, during the 2 lasts open water dives, we’ll be able to go as deep as 18 meters and check how you feel there, and if you got what it takes to become Open Water Diver!!

 

My ears hurt when i dive to the deep end of a swimming pool, will it be a problem to scuba dive?2018-08-31T10:58:31+00:00

Believe it or not, but it is actually normal to have pain in your ear in you go underwater without using the good technic. As you go underwater the pressure is rising, and it will generate a discomfort feeling in your ear, that can be feeling, but it is only because you don’t know the proper technic to equalize the pressure in your ear. During the try dive program or the open water course, we will teach different technics that you’ll be able to practice in shallow water before going deeper in the ocean and enjoy the beauty of the underwater world, this time without pain or discomfort.

 

What happen if i don’t like diving or i get sick and i cannot finish the course?2018-08-31T11:02:23+00:00

The first 2 dives in the sea are just to make you confident in the water with the equipment, and to get good sensations. If you had to stop the course because you didn’t like it, or you got sick during the course, we will juste charge you for what you did and refund you the difference. The Open Water course is only 8600 THB, and there are 5 parts in the course, every part started as to be paid for, then if you do only 2 parts of the course, you’ll have to pay only 3,440 THB, and we’ll give you a referral document stating what you did already with us so you don’t have to do it again if you were deciding to finish the course somewhere else.

How long should i wait before flying or going high in altitude?2018-06-18T02:50:49+00:00

There are rules to follow before flying or even going in altitude after diving.

Those rules recommend to wait 18h after a single no-decompression dive and 24h after a multiple dives trip before you take the plane or before you go above 300 meters altitude.

To be safer at French Kiss Divers, we recommend you always use a computer and check your saturation level and fly mode before taking the plane or going at altitude and we also recommend to wait 24h before flying or going above 300 meters after any scuba dive activity

Note that there is no flight or altitude restriction before going scuba diving.

FAQ for Certified Divers

Are all the fun dives guided by a divemaster?2018-06-17T10:15:31+00:00

Yes, all our fun dives are guided by professional and certified Divemaster. We have a policy of 4 divers max per guide, and we make groups depending on certification level, experience and objectives. Our goal is your safety and your satisfaction in a fun environment.

 

 

Do i need to bring my certification card and my logbook?2018-08-31T11:10:06+00:00

Bring at least your certification card, even though we will be able to check online if your are PADI, SSI, FFESSM or ANMP certified diver. You will need a proof of your last dive, otherwise unless you’re a dive pro, or cmas 3*, rescue diver or higher, you will have to do a refresh course to make sure you’re ready to dive again in the ocean.

If you are Open Water or Advanced with less than 20 dives, and you haven’t dive for more than 6 months, you’ll be ask to do a refresh course.

This refresh course lasts between 1 and 2h and is a mix of theory and practice in the sea. You’ll go through some of the Open Water skills with one of our instructor, to make sure you’re confident enough to go diving again.

This course is only 1500 THB.

 

Do I need to bring a medical certificate.2018-06-17T10:35:33+00:00

When you’ll sign up with us, you’ll have to fill up a medical questionary ( Medical Statement in English ) to make sure you a fit to dive, if you were answering “yes” to one of the questions then you’ll have to show us a medical clearance from a doctor, stating you are fit to practice scuba diving.

 

I am traveling alone, how can i find a buddy to go diving?2018-08-31T11:15:19+00:00

You will always be with a professional dive guide, and we’ll find you a dive buddy of the same level so you can enjoy the diving at its best, with safety and confort.

 

Are all the dives guided by a professional Divemaster?

All the dives are guided by a professional Divemaster. Your certification level, your experience and your dive objectives will allow us to make  groups with divers of the same level, for more fun and safety. We also have a policy of maximum 4 divers per guide.

How deep can i go?2018-06-17T10:42:12+00:00

You will be limited to the depth corresponding to your certification level.

Try dive : 12 meters
Open Water – 18 meters
Advanced – 30 meters
Deep Dive specialist – 40 meters

We don’t do decompression diving, we stay in the limits of recreational diving and we follow the no-decompression limits given by our dive computers. There can be very deep walls around Lembongan, and so unexpected currents, also we try to stay less deep than 30 meters, knowing that most of the life, coral and big fish are usually between 10 and 30 meters.

 

Is solo diving allowed at French Kiss Divers.2018-06-17T10:47:34+00:00

We will not authorized solo diving for our customers at french kiss dievrs, as the responsabilities are too important and the conditions a bit to difficult for this kind of practice. Anyhow we do provide training, if you wanted to pass the Independent Diver Speciality, and learn how to use redondant equipment and all the skills to safely dive on your own.

Do you use Yoke or DIN valves?2018-06-17T10:48:39+00:00

In Thailand the standard valves are the Yoke Valves.

DIN valves are usually more use in Europe, therefore we have din adapters on our tanks so they can be use either with Yoke or DIN first stages.

 

I have an SSI, PADI, RAID or CMAS diving certification card, will i be recognized in Indonesia??2018-06-17T10:50:38+00:00

At French Kiss Divers, we recognize all the RSTC organisation, like PADI, NAUI, SSI, CMAS, RAID. If you coming a different organisation certification, please let us now before so we can check that the standards are corresponding to ours, and that you have everything it takes to dive with us.

We are mainly teaching with SSI and CMAS/FFESSM, and we offer Divemaster and Instructor courses with SSI.

If you come from an other organisation, and you want to become an SSI professional, we do offer crossover sessions for divemaster and instructors , but you can also enroll in one of our SSI Pro Training , even though you’re coming from PADI, NAUI, RAID or CMAS.

 

What training can i do after the Open Water??2018-06-17T10:55:09+00:00

After the Open Water certification, we offer a large choice of specialties (Deep, Nitrox, Navigation, Night…) , and also the Advanced Adventurer course, which is the equivalent of the Advanced Open Water PADI and that will allow you to discover different fields of diving thru 5 adventure dives, you’ll be certified to 30 meters, learn about navigation, advanced buoyancy control skills, dive planning and much more. You can also do the Advanced adventurer as young as 10 or 11 Y/O but you will be limited at 12 meters, older Juniors aged of 12-13 or 14 Y/O will be limited to 21 meters.

We also provide React Right Training ( 1st aid, RCP, O2 provider) and Stress and Rescue Divers, which will make you more confortable, able to deal with your stress but also to recognize it in other divers and make the general diving moment safer.

Once you have the Advanced Adventurer and Stress and Rescue certification, you’ll will be able to start one of our pro training, become a Divemaster to guide certified divers, or even an Instructor to start sharing and teaching your passion to beginners.

Courses available :

  • Advanced Adventurer
  • Speciality Diver (différentes spécialités disponible)
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Master Diver
  • React Right (1er secours, Réanimation Cardio-pulmonaire, administration d’oxygène)
  • Stress et Sauvetage
  • Dive Guide (1st pro level)
  • Divemaster
  • Dive Control Specialist
  • Instructeur Open Water
  • Instructeur de spécialités
  • Divemaster Instructeur
  • DiveCon Instructor

Specialties  Available:

  • Nitrox
  • Deep
  • Night and limited visibility
  • Wave, Tide and Current
  • Underwater Photography
  • Navigation
  • Search and recovery