Roctopus Dive
Roctopus Dive
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Roctopus Dive team is a young, friendly and energetic collection of dive instructors from throughout the world. Handpicked because of their passion for the underwater world and first class knowledge and experience teaching people how to dive. Our mission is to create safe, eco-conscious divers who respect the oceans and relish the exploration, challenge and travel opportunities that scuba diving in Koh Tao offers.
Koh Tao, Thailand
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2023

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Laura
Kent, UK5 contributions
Feb 2020
I went from thinking I could never dive due to problems equalising on planes to a fully qualified Open Water 20 diver in just four days thanks to the amazing team at Roctopus.

Phil in the shop was absolutely brilliant at answering all of our questions and running me though the ways they could help me with my ears. He also explained their refund policy which was really helpful and convinced me I should give it a shot.

Our dive instructor was Fiona, who was fantastic. She made the academic section of the course easy to understand explaining the theory in simple terms. When it came to the pool session she was very thorough explaining proper techniques for setting up the kit and going through each skill in detail with us in the pool. I had a little freak out at one of the required skills (removing my mask) and she was so kind to me and calming me down by telling me funny stories about her own experience to make me feel better. She broke the task down giving me further advice on how to tackle it and let me perform it in my own time.

When we had any concerns, Fiona went out of her way to address them and even met us after one session to talk them through in person - she is willing to go above and beyond what is required of her to make sure everyone feels safe and happy. For our open water dives she invited along another diver, Jeremy, to support our group which was very reassuring. Jeremy was also fantastic to learn from and is another exceptional member of the Roctopus team.

When it came to the open water dives we were all pretty nervous about going deeper underwater and then having to perform our skills. Both Fiona and Jeremy were incredibly kind and supportive and tailored the skills we would need to perform in each session depending on what we felt confident in.

I really recommend Roctopus for anyone interested in try dives, courses or fun dives. You will be well-looked after by a team who truly care about making sure you have a fun and safe experience diving. If (when!) we go back to Koh Tao we'll be back for more!
Written March 11, 2020
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Hi Laura Congratulations on completing your OW course with Fiona! Its great to read your review, it makes me super proud of the whole team, everyone has been hand picked for what they bring to the team and for their passion for making confident independent divers. I love the saying "find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life" well thats certainly true for the Roctopus family, we all just love to meet people, teach and be in the ocean. Well done on finding the courage to start the course, as now you have a new hobby you can enjoy all over the world and visit some new holiday destinations you may not have thought of before, that cater for diving. Thank you for the review and we look forward to welcoming you back for some more awesome diving. Roctopus Dive
Written March 11, 2020
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John R
Newbold, UK1 contribution
Feb 2020
A friend and i decided to give scuba diving a try while we were on holiday in Koh Tao, Thailand. We researched a fair few diving schools and plumped for Roctopus dive after reading great reviews and checking out their premises. Very tidy and professional place.
I went for the Discover Scuba diving option while my friend who had dived before many years ago went for the Scuba refresher dive.
The day started with a briefing from Gary, very funny guy and put me at ease as i was feeling rather nervous.
We then went to get measured up for our kit and introduced to our equally funny and brilliant the lovely Fiona. She was our dive instructor looking after just the two of us, loved the idea of a small group.
After a short truck ride to our boat we were off to the first dive site, Japanese Gardens, after kitting up and getting the lowdown from Fiona we were in the water, we went through the safety precedures then onto our first dive (my first scuba experience) Fiona was great and kept us totally at ease, all my fears faded away, i never struggled and felt totally at ease with Fiona by my side the whole dive. Fantastic dive sight, we saw many different fish species and corals, we spent approx 30 mins diving at this location. Thats it I’d caught the bug. We then travelled to the next dive site Twins, around 40 minutes boat ride, where i chose to do the second dive, this is a optional extra on the Discover Scuba Diving try dive package, it was included in my friends refresher dive.
Overall the day lasted around six hours, which i thought was excellent value for the price.
I would definitely recommend Roctopus for your first diving experience. Made all the more better by friendly knowledgeable staff. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Written March 12, 2020
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Hi John Congratulations on blowing your first bubbles under the water with Fiona! Sounds like you really got the bug for diving, time to get that Open Water cert the you and your friend can dive anywhere in the world. Super happy you enjoyed your time with us, come back and see us real soon, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Roctopus Dive
Written March 23, 2020
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Fredy Sieber
1 contribution
Sep 2019
ROCTOPUS is the place to go for your Divemaster Career.
I arrived in Koh Tao in the summer of 2018 for my Rescue Diver and subsequent Divemaster course, and it was the experience of a lifetime. You quickly belong to a family-like team who all share the passion of diving. If you choose to do your Divemaster course with Rocotopus you get a “flatrate” on as many dives as you can do. I stayed for 2 months so my schedule was quite tight, but it stayed very diversified with combinations of dive training, classroom courses, pool sessions, dive sessions with friends and guiding.
Even when you dive with your friends, you help other dive students on the boat, so you feel and behave like a professional from day 1.
If you dive with Rocotopus you will quickly find friends joining you on your adventure, which also are in for some other activities or a fun night out.
My most memorable moments were the Rescue dive, especially the last dive. Without spoiling anything, it was the most adventurous dive I have ever done ;) As I became an experienced diver I also enjoyed seeing the joy of OWD students seeing the underwaterworld for the first time.
The teachers at Roctopus are all top-notch. I have been diving around the world, but no one can beat the sheer number of Koh-Tao teachers. (Some of which with over 10’000 dives)
There is plenty more to tell about Roctopus, beautiful Koh Tao, diving, living, and partying on this small exclusive island, but I’ll just hope you’ll experience for yourself.

Frederic Sieber, 2020
Written August 5, 2020
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Hi Frederic Congratulations on completing your DMT program with Steve Read! Thats a great review and really gives the reader a sense of what to expect, it was great to have you onboard, come back and visit us real soon or check out our new locations in Nusa Lembongan or Moyo island, thanks for taking the time to review us. Roctopus Dive
Written August 10, 2020
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Yaron
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Solo
Had an absolute blast with Roctopus this last week. Was planning on just doing my open water, but stuck around to do the advanced course right after. Roctopus is a great school as they clearly guide you towards becoming a good diver, but are also just a super chill and fun group of people. The course material is relevant and easily accessible, especially combined with the "classes" and practice in the pool.

Did both my courses with instructor Lewis and couldn't recommend him more; chill dude who clearly knows his stuff and makes you feel real comfortable as a diver whilst also pushing you to become better.

A friend of mine recommended Roctopus to me and can only reconfirm it.
Written January 8, 2020
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Hi there Congratulations on completing your OW and Advanced course with Lewis! Diving is very addictive and that advanced course really does fine tune the things you have learnt on the OW course. We all love what we do here teaching you guys to dive gives us a real buzz watching you progress through the course and see our underwater world. Thanks for taking the time to write us a review and welcome to the subculture. Roctopus Dive
Written January 11, 2020
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vmfenwick
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
If you're debating on which dive school to go with, hands down go with Roctopus. It will be the best decision you will make!
We recently completed our open water 20 course with Roctopus and we couldn't recommend this diving school more. From start to finish it was excellent. They allowed us to book as a group of 6 (with 1 instructor per pair) and we were given a fair discount. All of the staff are so open, warm, welcoming and professional. They made each diving trip fun and they were all on hand to help you out even if they weren't your particular instructor. Our instructor, Gary, was absolutely incredible. He is a fantastic teacher, so knowledgeable, and explains every detail and dive in a clear accessible way. He has endless patience and kindness and made us feel safe and looked after on each dive (and on the boat when he thought we were going to fall off!). Gary is alert and attentive and very quick to react if we made mistakes under the water, and he always calmed us down if we were a bit nervous. He was so fantastic we signed up to do our advanced course straight after! We had so much fun with Gary and the Roctopus team and I will be recommending them to everyone I know who is interested in diving! Thank you Roctopus for the best week of our holiday!
Written August 4, 2020
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Hi there We love your title! Congratulations on completing your OW and Advanced course with Gary! He does have a very infectious attitude and just loves to pass on his passion for the ocean and scuba, he said you guys were a dream to teach which made it even more fun. We are super happy that our team made your holiday that much more memorable, if your looking for new holiday destinations check out or stores on Nusa Lembongan and Moyo Island for more awesome diving destinations. Welcome to the sub culture. Roctopus Dive
Written August 10, 2020
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Tarik Berkhof
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
I will split up this review in 3 parts, first the instructor, second the school and last my own experience.

Instructor
Our instructor (Matt) was hands down the best instructor we couldve wished for. He was very knowledgable, took the time to explain the important stuff and to answer each and every question we threw at him. He was always patient and made us feel at home.

During diving he was everything you could hope for as a beginning diver. He explained everything very clear, had his eyes everywhere and was very in control and even though my buddy and someone else where very stressed he managed to get them calm and relaxed. Very impressive. He was extremely on top of things and very alert. Bad habits will not likely form under his watch.

The guy is also really funny. If i liked dudes he wouldve had another stalker.

School
I really liked the communication with the other instructors and the way everyone is basicly welcomed as a family. People made you feel welcome and everyone was open for a chat, questions and/or help.

The equipment was good. Well within the limits as given by ISO norms and when somebody had any doubts about their equipment it was replaced. As a mechanical engineer I was happy.

Personal experience
I could not have wished for a better diving school and instructor. Everything was what we needed and better. It wasnt easy, but we learned so much and had so so much fun. I can definatly recommend this school with all my heart. They are a bunch of wonderful, knowledgeable people with loads of experience and teaching skills!
Written March 7, 2020
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Hi there Congratulations on completing your OW course with Matt! I'm super happy you had such a great experience with us and wanted to award us six stars. Diving is super fun and super addictive, our instructors have such a passion for passing on their passion for diving that they are able to break the theory down into understandable and relatable experiences making the learning side so much more fun. Thanks for taking the time to review us and if your still travelling and want to dive check out our other dive shops on Nusa Lembongan Bali and Moyo Island Indonesia, for some more awesome diving, welcome to the subculture. Roctopus Dive
Written March 11, 2020
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Ainsleyhendeson
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
Jun 2020
I highly recommend Roctopus dive for any and every type of diving certifications and/or experiences!

In June 2020, I did my Raid Open Water certification with Birgit Johve. It was great working with her. She is patient, sweet, kind and everything you need when learning all the new materials you learn for your open water course.

I enjoyed my open water so much, I returned a month later to get my Raid Explorer 30 with Gary Robbins. Again another solid instructor with Roctopus. Gary was great and he challenged me in all the best ways possible.

The entire staff a Roctopus made me feel very welcomed and happy. They truly are a family and I am happy to be apart of it now.

That being said, I am plan on returning in a few weeks to do my Nitrox and Deep diving!

Again, Thank you to the staff at Roctopus for giving me an unforgettable experience!

See you soon!
Written July 27, 2020
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Hi Ainsley Congratulations on completing your OW course with Birgit and the Advanced with Gary! Its always nice to welcome a new member into our roctopus family. We look forward to welcoming you back for the deep and nitrox course and enjoying some more sunset at Victors. Great pictures, see you real soon for some more awesome diving. Roctopus Dive
Written July 29, 2020
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Dave and Yi
2 contributions
Mar 2021
We (a couple) did an Open Water 20 course with Roctopus in March 2021, while Covid-19 was still an issue and there were very few tourists or dive students on the island. Despite this, Roctopus were able to put on a complete course in every respect. Their people, equipment, training facilities and dive trips were all excellent.

Because of Covid, we rescheduled our course twice. Roctopus were completely flexible and understanding. They did a great deal for the course which included accommodation at Wind Beach Resort (adjacent to their facilities) which was great. We were picked up from the dock on arrival and made to feel really welcome.

The whole team were great, but special mention goes to our Instructor Frankie. He was clearly born to teach and his love for diving shone through in everything he did with us. He was very calm, patient and understanding. He made us feel completely comfortable in what is a very different and potentially risky environment.

Overall: A fantastic experience!
Written March 11, 2021
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Hi Dave nd Yi Congratulations on completing your OW course with Frankie! He thoroughly enjoyed teaching you both and being back in the water and said you were both naturals! Thanks for the compliments and taking the time to write us a review, it goes a long way in these difficult covid times! We wish you both many happy dives in the future and look forward to hosting you again when your next visiting Koh Tao, welcome to the sub culture guys. Roctopus Dive
Written March 12, 2021
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Wilner Kan
Taipei, Taiwan2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I did my Open Water Advanced (explorer 30) course and had a really good time. Learned a lot within those 2 days and had Fish as my dive instructor, who was a top class teacher. Within those 5 dives, the night dive was probably my absolute favorite dive so far. Thanks Roctopus for providing a top educational environment!
Written January 23, 2020
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Hi there Congratulations on completing your Advanced course with Fish! I love the night dives too great when you see a hunting barracuda or the blue spotted sting rays come out to play. I will pass on your compliments to Fish, enjoy the rest of your travels. Roctopus Dive
Written January 25, 2020
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Andi Lou
1 contribution
Jul 2020
After reading the excellent reviews, my friend and I chose to do our Open Water certification with Rocktopus and we were not disappointed. Our instructor, Gary, was amazing! He is very thorough, funny, and knowledgeable about diving and the local ecosystem. He is also super patient and made us feel very comfortable for our first time scuba diving. We also had a great DMT, Jake, who assisted with our course. I also appreciated that Rocktopus emphasizes environmental practices and has their own Eco Trust.

We loved it so much we did the Advanced Course after our Open Water and we will be back for more diving! I'd highly recommend diving with Rocktopus!
Written July 28, 2020
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Hi there And we loved having you guys dive with us! Congratulations on completing your OW and Advanced courses with Gary, he is great and teaches a very through course, passing on his passion for the ocean and diving is something he loves to do! He said you were both naturals in the water. We look forward to welcoming you back for some more awesome fun dives with us real soon, welcome to the sub culture! Roctopus Dive
Written July 29, 2020
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