About the Dutch dive center on Koh Tao

Dutch divingschool Koh Tao

Information about the only Dutch diving school on Koh Tao. Established in November 2006 with The Diving Dutchman as its sister company. Both companies are officially registered with the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Authorization Thailand (TAT), and the Thai Marine Inspection.

Despite many other online providers for Dutch diving courses on Koh Tao, we remain the only Dutch diving school. Impian Divers and The Diving Dutchman are under Dutch management, with 5 Dutch employees. All are experienced multilingual diving instructors, friendly, and courteous.

Impian Divers primarily caters to Dutch and Belgian divers visiting Koh Tao.

However, we are as international as other diving schools on the island since we also offer fun dives, introductory dives, open water, advanced open water, and specialty courses in English and German. In other words, if you’re traveling with non-Dutch speakers, everyone is more than welcome with us.

Shop policy

We value very much the personal relationship with our customers. During our diving activities we keep safety standards high, but without taking away your vacation feeling.

Furthermore, we are very flexible when it comes to choices of dive sites and dive planning. We like to listen to what you are looking for as a customer. Then all diving activities are neatly taken care of in groups of up to 4 divers.

Finally, we offer long dive times of one hour by Koh Tao standards, air consumption dependent. With the intention of thus giving more time to enjoy the underwater world.

The dive center is intentionally kept small in size and we do not work with freelancer diving staff. Freelancers are less involved with the diving school and do not possess a work permit.


Why dive with us

Diving equipment

Our diving equipment is optimally maintained. Because, as it should be with a Dutch five center, our safety standards are very high. All scuba tanks are visually inspected once a year by an accredited inspection team here on Koh Tao.

The breathing apparatus also receives an annual service with new service kits.

Mouthpieces, masks and wet suits are soaked in a water tank with bleach after each use.

The filter of the compressor is changed every 25 hours, aiming to ensure clean air during dives.


We have 3 classrooms, all equipped with air conditioning and fans.

There are also lockers for valuables and free tea/coffee and drinking water.

The diving school is within walking distance of the arrival pier, where our boat is also moored, so we don’t need taxis or longtails to get on board.

Own boat

Our boat is officially registered with the Thai Marine Inspection with permission to use it for diving activities. On board we have a filling station, 40 tanks; weight belts and plenty of lead. In addition to 12 litre diving cylinders, we also have 8 litre cylinders for the younger ones and 15 litre cylinders for the larger users.


We have special waste water bins on board so that toilet water and compressor liquid does not flow into the sea. The boat is inspected and maintained every year. On board there is also free drinking water, tea and coffee and the following required safety aspects are present:

  • Marine radio
  • GPS
  • AIS Thailand Tracking System
  • Life jackets for every passenger
  • 100% oxygen & delivery equipment
  • 1st aid kit

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning to dive is done at a diving school. It is wise to choose a diving school affiliated with a reputable organization such as the IDD, SSI, NOB, NAUI or PADI.

Know that these organizations themselves do not have diving schools, but diving schools themselves choose from one of the many training systems.

Diving is not dangerous, even in Thailand, as long as you are properly trained by a recognized diving school and you continue to follow the basic rules. There are only 3 of them:

  • Always keep breathing
  • Do not take off too fast (10 m / minute)
  • And stay with your buddy

Diving or learning to dive during your vacation is an awesome experience. However, one of the things you have to watch out for here is diver’s disease (also called caisson disease or decompression sickness). This is caused by if you stay underwater too long and/or if you ascend to the surface too quickly after a dive.

Main reason for this diver’s illness is dehydration, poor physical condition, medication use or flying too fast after your last dive. So everything is easily prevented by: eA good training, good preparation, good dive planning, staying healthy and not flying for 24 hours after your last dive.

Diving for kids is a dream, but can become extra fun if you can dive together with your kids or as your whole family.

Impian Divers Tao is happy to help make that dream come true. For families with young children as well as families with teenagers, we think about customized solutions.

How about a diving course tailored exclusively to your family? Learn together, dive together and get your diving license together.

When to Thailand to dive is a common question. Logical when you fly 11,000 km with.

Thailand has a tropical climate and it is about 26 -30 degrees all year round. The best travel time is from December through June. Then there is little rain and lots of sunshine, exactly what you want when you are at the beach!

During the months of July and August there is a bit more wind and normally November is the rainy month here on Koh Tao.

Koh Tao is fine to visit all year round, but sometimes there is a chance of a daily tropical shower. The advantage of this is that everything is in bloom nicely and it is a little less hot!

However, for a diving course, it doesn’t matter. Wet we will get anyway!
There are dive sites all around Koh Tao, so we always find a sheltered spot for the shallow water exercises.

Sometimes visibility is a little less, but this can also occur during the dry season.

This is because the Gulf of Thailand is relatively shallow, and because of the heat, algae grow in abundance . A little wind (often around the turn of the moon) and visibility will be a little less for a while.

Please email us about what the weather is like. We ourselves do not like nice weather talk and we will give you an honest answer. However, as in the Netherlands: nothing remains as unpredictable as the weather.

We check the wind and rain daily on this website

All costs clearly listed for you in this list.

All other training certificates are equivalent for the required training levels.
The course requirements and minimum ages are based on the I.D.D. standards & procedures 2022

Please email us for information on SSI or PADI course prices and ages: booking@impian-divers.com

We of course offer the IDD as e-learning, easy as preparation. Actuell the course in Dutch, English and German, is available. If you would like to sign up for an e-learning course, please let us know at booking@impian-divers.com

Upon arrival Koh Tao is just a short walk away! You can find us very easily on the main street of Mae Haad.
Impian Divers can be found 50m after the Seven/11 on the left. You can find a map on our contact page.

Impian Divers focuses mainly on the Dutch and Belgian divers, who want to visit Koh Tao.

However, we are as international as any other diving school here on the island, as we give diving lessons in English, French, German and Thai. In other words, should you travel with non-Dutchman(s), everyone is more than welcome with us.