Zero to Hero


Change your lifestyle

Our Zero to Hero program is the perfect choice, if you have no or little scuba diving experience but can see yourself working in this great industry. Swap your job for the beach and your suit for a wetsuit – we promise you won’t regret it! Throughout the whole Zero to Hero program we will ensure your personal development as you gain experience and knowledge and prepare for the life of a diving professional: countless opportunities for exploration, travel and adventure and transforming the lives of others.


Zero to Hero Program

Your steps into a new life

Becoming a PADI Pro is easier than you think! You can reach the first professional level, PADI Divemaster, in about 2 months, or even less if that suits your schedule better. From there, the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification is only a small step away. At Coral Grand Divers, we offer extreme flexibility within the program. You can either complete all courses directly after each other, or take your time and benefit from the unlimited fun dives we offer in the Zero to Hero package. It should be noted, that you need to wait at least 6 months after your Open Water certification before you can become an Instructor. In these months, you could gain work experience as a Divemaster and prepare for your Instructor course. If that does not appeal to you, why not take a break, explore new underwater destinations and then come back for the rest of your training.

The first step of the Zero to Hero program is the PADI Open Water diver. This is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the mesmerising underwater world. The standard option runs over 4 days and includes dive theory, pool sessions and 4 dives in the ocean.

It only takes 2 days to become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can even start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through 5 different adventure dives.

As an Advanced Open Water Diver your next step will be the PADI EFR & Rescue Courses. You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. This 3 day course is not just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning. Prior to starting the PADI Rescue Course you need to be certified as EFR or equivalent (Primary care and CPR) in the past 2 years. The certificate needs to be verified by PADI prior to starting the course. If this requirement is not met,  the EFR course can be completed locally with us in just one day.

Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. We encourage all our Divemaster candidates to do the course between 5 and 12 weeks. Unlike all the PADI non-professional levels, the Divemaster Course is more like an internship: ‘the more you put into it, the more you get out of it’. Working closely with our Course Director Silvano, you expand your dive knowledge and skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist Instructors with student divers.

The Instructor Development Course is run over a period of 15 days with plenty of time for thorough knowledge development, extra practice of all skills and lectures on dive theory when needed. 2 out of these days are dedicated for the EFR Instructor Training. At Coral Grand Divers we focus on real life training, not just how to pass the IDC. You will learn how to best teach in a variety or environments and situations, with a strong emphasis on diver safety and environmental protection. You will learn ways to incorporate these messages into your training when you will have students of your own. 

Once you have successfully completed the IDC you are ready for the MSDT + Internship program, which can be completed in approximately one month. This will qualify you in 5 specialities and will allow you to certify 25 students under the supervision of our Senior Instructors. Achieving the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating will enhance your skills and experience, allow you to teach a wide variety of courses and definitely make you a more confident and employable PADI Diving Instructor. 

Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process as you will get to audit a full IDC. During 15 days you participate in a variety of different sessions such as: instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum; how to organise and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor Course; the psychology of evaluation and counselling and evaluating; knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations.



 To become a PADI Professional you need to be 18 years of age or older. If you are too young for our Zero to Hero program, why not become a PADI Master Scuba Diver instead?


400 meters without help or support from any flotation devices,  swim 800m with mask, snorkel, fins and float for 15 minutes.


  Please read the Medical Questionnaire carefully. The purpose of this form is to find out if you should be examined by a doctor before participating in diver training. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities. As not all conditions can be cleared on Koh Tao we strongly recommend to see a physician prior to your arrival.


  • PADI materials for all required courses
  • PADI certifications for all non-professional levels
  • Special discount on accommodation
  • Diving equipment rental
  • Diving insurance
  • Refreshments on the boats (coffee, tea, water, cookies, fresh fruit)

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