The Diver's Boat

French diving center SSI.

The Diver’s Boat is an SSI diving center. We teach a variety of courses from beginner level to expert level with SSI. We also accept divers from any other standard certification agency who wish to dive with us or improve their level of certification. We provide, at the end of your course, your original SSI certification card.

But we also accept divers from all other standard certification agencies. And whether they want to dive, Fun Dive or improve their level of certification, course. Thanks to the good conditions offered by Thailand, we are open all year round.

The French-speaking diving center is located in Mae Haad, Koh Tao, in the street that goes up from the port. This allows us to access the boat on foot.

The Diver’s Boat features an old traditional Thai fishing boat. But we optimized it as a dive boat, which allows us to access the best dive sites on Koh Tao. Because of this, we can choose the less crowded dive sites to avoid the crowds and enjoy the diving.

The boat is composed of 3 floors:

Le bateau

The first floor includes the equipment room, the kitchen, 2 toilets, compressor and location of the tanks.

On the second floor, there is table and bench, the captain’s cabin and a cabin to rest.

The top floor, called Sun Deck is semi covered. It allows to enjoy the sun and the view during boat trips, and it is the smoking area.

Our shop in Koh Tao

Our shop in Koh Phangan

About SSI

Founded in 1970 by Robert Clark in the state of Colorado in US, SSI is a premier scuba diving instruction organization running schools in many countries of the world. Scuba Schools International provides skills and certifications to successful students that are recognized all over the world.

The courses are divided into beginners and advanced, and while there are easy courses like Open Water Diver, there are also long duration and advance level courses such as Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation. SSI is a recipient of ISO certification and also a member of WRSTC.

For more than 45 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centers, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2,800 International locations, and has materials printed in more than 30 languages. SSI is the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.

Find out more about Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a 21 km² small island situated in the gulf of Thailand, approximately 70 km away from its biggest sister Koh Samui in the south as well as Chumphon on the mainland, the place most ferries going to Koh Tao leave from.

Since Tao is the Thai expression for turtle, Koh Tao is also known as Turtle Island and received its name because of its shape that looks like a turtle from above.

Being used as political prison in the 1930s/40s, the natural beauty of Koh Tao, especially the marine life and the coral reef, have fortunately been preserved.

In 2015, the island was even classified as No. 1 of the must-see places by Lonely Planet.

For more information visit KOH TAO – THE TURTLE ISLAND

En savoir plus sur Koh Tao

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What our customers say

  • star rating  Amazing dive center in which you feel safe, welcome, and full of good vibes and smile. They share their experience, their knowledge and help a lot to become a better... read more

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    February 21, 2023

    star rating  Recommended - Baloo is a great host and diver. We had a great time on the boat, had wonderful dives and the lunch was always yummi.

    August 7, 2020

    star rating  I got my advanced open water certificate with Baloo and the divers boat team and had a great experience! A very friendly and professional team. The dives were amazing and... read more

    February 15, 2022
  • star rating  Amazing experience with professional instructor and first class boat. I am very happy that I discovered this diving school and I highly recommend it!

    June 14, 2021

    star rating  Fantastic 4S tour - Fantastic experience in the 4 best dive sites around Koh Tao.
    Extremely nice and friendly team, spacious and welcoming boat with meal and drinks. Absolutely not to be missed!

    August 6, 2020

    star rating  Amazing dive center in which you feel safe, welcome, and full of good vibes and smile. They share their experience, their knowledge and help a lot to become a better... read more

    avatar thumb alyyyl
    February 21, 2023
  • star rating  Nice boat, professional staff and good lunch, can choose the dive site. Big and comfortable boat. Thank Baloo!

    August 13, 2021

    star rating  We accomplished our open water course successfully and Xavier helped us anytime to win trust and keep relaxed. At the same time we were teached and practiced all relevant skills... read more

    May 5, 2022

    star rating  We had a great day diving Chumpon Pinnacles and Green Rock. Very well taken care of by Baloo and Ann who are fun, friendly and professional. We have two kids... read more

    April 15, 2021