If you are a parent traveling with children you know how difficult it can be to arrange an activity with your spouse while traveling overseas.
When my wife and I decided to take the PADI open water diving course together in Koh Tao Thailand we knew this would be challenging.
We weren’t worried about the divine per say, but the work involved in finding appropriate childcare for the kids while we were taking the 4 day open water course.
After asking around at the local dive shops (and getting nowhere) then doing a half day of reconnaissance by foot, we rented some mopeds and found our solution: The Koh Tao Playskool
The Playskool is more than just a “playskool”, staffed by a talented international English speaking staff (our daughters third grade teacher was from England) who not only provide a full day of activity but lessons in math and writing along with an excellent school experience.
To top it off, the owners (Bree and Gigi) of the Playskhool were more than happy to take our children early (one day at 6:30 am) so that we could do our morning training dives. They even entertained our kids until 5 pm the same day for a late pickup.
The school was definitely not cheap and set us back $90 US per day for both of our children while they were attending from early morning until about 4/5 pm in the afternoon.
Since our accommodations were only $35 for per day for the week we justified working this into our budget. To have the experience of taking the 4 day diving course as a couple it was a worthwhile splurge.
You can alternatively find babysitting by asking around, but this is often difficult and unreliable. We met another family who was doing this but they were rarely able to dive together because of cancellations etc. etc.
If you are taking a PADI course in Koh Tao and want to have an amazing adventure with your significant other, knowing your kids are in a safe and fabulous school environment… I cannot recommend the Koh Tao Playskool enough.
Happy Kids + Happy Parents = Good Value for Money
The Koh Tao Playskool is more than happy to take your children for a day, two or an entire year 🙂 It is a great break for the whole family and after 6 months of travel side by side, it left everyone with bright smiles and a refreshed outlook on life!
Note – The Playskool is a bit hard to find, call the staff to arrange a time to meet beforehand and they will be very happy to give you directions. There is a map available as well on their website and a Tuk Tuk driver will know how to find it.