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. Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily). 169/14 Soi Sansabai, Patong Beach. Tel: (076) 344 611.
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, Email.
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. 225 Koktanod Rd., Kata Beach. Tel: (076) 284 026, Email.
Santana Diving: 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. Open: 10:00-22:00. 74/26 Soi Banzaan, Patong. Tel: (076) 608 844, (086) 802 0615.
Sea Dragon Dive Center: 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 Moo 7, Khao Lak, Takua Pa, Phang Nga. Tel: (076) 485 420, Email.