PADI Dive courses in Phuket

Phuket scuba diving courses are not expensive

Many visitors to Phuket take the opportunity to book themselves on a dive course at one of the island’s experienced dive schools. Phuket is a great location for diving and the competition among schools helps to make it relatively good value, and besides, can you think of a better place to be holed-up for a week getting your PADI certification? After a long day in the class-room and pool, you can look forward to relaxing on a nice beach, drinking tasty beer and eating great food.

Recommended Phuket dive courses

All 4 Diving:  based at Patong beach, have a good range of PADI dive courses, catering for divers of all ages and ability. They have a one-day course designed for eight- to 11-year-olds, a variety of courses for beginners and advanced divers, as well as eight and 20 days pro courses for those wanting to take the first steps to a diving career, email: info@all4diving.com.

Dive Asia: provide a good mix of dive courses in Phuket for beginners and certified experienced divers alike. Among the PADI courses are some for those interested in turing professional, 24 Karon Rd, Kata Beach, tel: (076) 330 598, 284 117, fax: (076) 284 033, 24 Hour Hotline: 081 894 8588, email: reservations@diveasia.com.

Phuket Scuba Club: another dive operator working out of Kata Beach. They cater for all skill levels with nine different courses, starting from one-day introductory courses to specialist courses, such as underwater photography and rescue diving. Main branch in Kata: 227 Koktanod road, Kata Beach tel/fax: (076) 284 026; Karon beach branch: 53 Moo 4, Karon beach, tel: (076) 286 424, email: info@phuket-scuba-club.com.

Phuket Pro Dive & Sail: have a typical number of PADI courses with something to suit all. They have the usual one- and two-day introductory courses, and also the more advanced, such as ‘emergency first response', night diving, wreck diving, and courses tailored for those interested in sea life. 43/24 Moo5, Ao Chalong Road, Tumbon Rawai, tel: (076) 383 913-4, fax: (076) 383 915, mobile: 081-893 4686, 081-891 9276, email: prodive@phuket-scuba-diving.com.

Santana: has over 25 years experience of providing scuba diving courses from Patong Beach, and in 1995 became a PADI five-star Instructor Development Centre. They offer courses for beginners, refresher courses for those who have dived before and courses for experienced divers looking to really expand their skills. 273 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road, Patong Beach, tel: (076) 294 220, fax: (076) 347 775, email: info@santanaphuket.com.

Sea Dragon: located at Khao Lak and offer a good range of dive courses for beginners and experienced divers alike. They also offer a short course specifically for exploring the nearby coral reef. With any course you book they will give you a 10 per cent discount off your next course with Sea Dragon. 5/51 Mu 7, Khao Lak, A. Takua Pa, Phang Nga, tel: (076) 485 420, fax: (076) 485 418, email: info@seadragondivecenter.com.

Updated and correct: January 2013

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