If you're interested in working in Thailand or are looking for jobs in Thailand, this could be the website you've been looking for. Why consider teaching English in Thailand, in Bangkok when you could live and work in Phuket or on Phi Phi Island and earn more than double the salary English teachers in Thailand earn? If you learn to become a PADI scuba diving instructor, the whole world will become your oyster!
If you wish you could wake up every morning and actually be happy you're going to work, or sometimes dream you could live and work in a tropical paradise, read on. If you think you've got what it takes to become a PADI Dive Master or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, read on.
Here at scubadivingphuket.net, we can create custom designed career packages/dive training internships to take you from novice scuba diver right through to PADI Instructor and beyond. We can advise you to make the right choices for you! If you're confused about the path you should take, which dive school to enrol with, have questions about equipment or any other queries or concerns, we can help you find the answers.
Becoming a PADI Dive Master or PADI Instructor probably isn't as difficult or as expensive as you might think, however, there are a few of things that should be considered before you decide to take the plunge:
*You must be at least 18 years old.
*You should be in good general health. If you have medical issues, or have had any medical conditions in the past, which could affect your ability to scuba dive safely, you need to get yourself checked out by a doctor and obtain a medical statement declaring that you are fit and healthy to dive.
*You need to be able to swim at least 800 metres, as there are several swim tests conducted as part of the PADI Dive Master Course, which precedes the Instructor Development Course (IDC)
*There must be minimum time period of six months between the date you are certified for your PADI Open Water Course and the date your Instructor Examination (IE) begins. For example: If you finish your Open Water Course on 21/01/2009, you cannot start the IE part of your IDC before 21/07/2009. This is a PADI requirement. There are no time stipulations involving other courses.
Here is the structure of the PADI courses system.
It doesn't matter where you are on the PADI ladder at present. We can put together a career package that will be tailored especially for your needs and requirements, taking into account where you are on the ladder now, and where you would like to end up.
If you're already a PADI Open Water Diver and are looking to buy some dive gear and become a PADI Instructor, one of the comprehensive career packages/dive training internships we might offer you could be…
PADI Advanced Open Water Course PADI Emergency First Response PADI Rescue Diver Course PADI Dive Master Course PADI Instructor Development Course (not including required PADI materials)
(For details of all PADI Course outlines, standards and requirements, please see our PADI Courses section.)
Normally, our prices for these PADI Courses would come to B119650 inclusive of all materials, books and certification fees for the Advanced Open Water Course, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver Course and the materials for the Dive Master Course. We immediately offer a 10% discount that takes this price down to an amazing B107685 giving you a saving of B12000!
When you do the PADI IDC you will need the required PADI materials. The standard PADI crew pack, which includes all the manuals, books, slates and other required materials, retails for B30078. We can sell this to you with a huge discount at only B20000!
Already, just with our course prices and huge discount on PADI materials, you've saved B22000, which is a lot of money! Currency Converter
Many companies advertise their prices without extra hidden charges. Here they are in black and white so you won't get any nasty surprises later:
*Once you have been certified as a PADI Dive Master, you will be required to pay a fee of AUS$138.60 directly to PADI. If you want to remain as a current PADI Dive Master this fee is payable yearly. *There is a fee for the PADI Instructor Examination payable directly to PADI. The PADI IE fee is currently AUS$695. *Once you have been certified as a PADI Instructor you will be required to pay a fee of AUS$196.90. If you want to remain as a current PADI Instructor this fee is payable yearly. If you are paying the annual PADI Instructor fee, you do not need to also pay the annual PADI Dive Master fee. *PADI fees are subject to change by PADI.
We won't trick you into booking at a low price so you can then find out about extra or hidden charges later! ALL OUR PRICES INCLUDE VAT!
But wait! There's more!
If you're intending to become a PADI pro, you'll need your own set of dive equipment. Consider your personal scuba gear to be your essential tools of the trade. You're serious about scuba diving, so it's a must that you have your own set of gear. We can offer scuba equipment at less than retail prices. Have a look at our example equipment packages:
Equipment Package A
Mares Volo Open Heel Fins
Mares X Vision Liquid Skin Mask
Scubapro BCD T-One
Scubapro Compact Console VIP2
Scubapro Regulator Set MK2 / R295 + R295 Octopus
Suunto Gekko Dive Computer
This example equipment package retails at more than B55000 but wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to pay that price? We would give you more than 10% off the retail price, so you would only pay B48500 including VAT for this equipment package! All equipment we offer for sale is brand new and straight from the wholesalers. We will only sell branded, good quality, hard wearing and reliable dive gear - that Dive Masters and Instructors can use and depend on for years. If we wouldn't use it, we won't sell it!
If you were to choose the PADI courses package and the equipment package above, you would save in total a massive B28500!Currency Converter
For those of you who have some serious money to spend, check out our Gucci equipment package below. This is what we consider to be some of the finest gear available, but of course, it doesn't come cheap. Usually this package would add up to about B208000 but if you buy it from us it can be yours for only B175000. That's a huge discount of over 15%!
Equipment Package B
Mares X Vision Liquid Skin Mask
Scubapro BCD T-Black
Scubapro Console Mako
Scubapro Regulator Set MK25t / S600T + R395 Octopus
Scubapro Twin Jet Split Fins
Suunto Titanium D9 with Transmitter
In fact, if you add equipment package B to the discounts on the PADI Courses and PADI IDC materials, the total discount we'll give you adds up to around B55000! Now that's a huge saving!Currency Converter
The career packages above can be changed and manipulated to suit your preferences. Indeed, if you have any personal equipment choices, we can incorporate them into your career package and adjust prices accordingly. We promise you won't be able to find better deals on dive equipment in Thailand, than you will with us.
All equipment packages must be picked up locally in Phuket. We can even deliver to your hotel!
To create your own custom-built equipment package and find out individual prices and a total cost please check out our equipment sales section .
Why come to us to book your PADI career package?
We have over 14 years of experience working in the scuba diving industry in Thailand. The scuba diving business environment is constantly changing in Phuket and on Phi Phi and it's difficult for prospective customers to make the right choices without detailed knowledge and experience in this area.
There are many companies here in Phuket that offer the full range of PADI Courses right through to instructor and beyond. Most of these companies are very good, a few are excellent. At scubadivingphuket.net we know many of these companies intimately and place our customers where we would like to be placed if it were ourselves taking these courses. We demand the very best. The facilities must be second to none. These facilities must include: clean and comfortable air-conditioned classrooms and study areas, an on-sight swimming pool for practicing confined water skills, a resident PADI Course Director who has obtained the coveted platinum status from PADI, multilingual staff, well maintained equipment and an excellent safety record, dive boats that service not only the day trip dive sites local to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, but also the Similan Islands and have a minimum rating as a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre or above.
Often, would be divers book their courses online and hope for the best. How would you feel if you booked a career package online and then found out you could only dive one or two days a week because the dive centre you booked with didn't own or run it's own boats? This scenario happens all too often, but not if you book with us. We only use trusted quality operators that run their boats every day. We want our customers to return to us again and again so we will bend over backwards to make sure you get exactly what you're paying for and then some.
Please email us if you have any questions at all.
Booking a combined career and equipment package certainly has its advantages…
Because you're signing up for many PADI Courses and buying equipment, it will be a great deal cheaper than if you were to sign up for individual courses and buy equipment separately. If we make savings, we can pass those savings onto our customers. That means you have more money to spend on other things. Maybe you'd like to take a break during your long stay in Thailand, to take a two-centre scuba diving vacation taking in some world-class dive sites in Malaysia and the Philippines? How about two round trip airfares to Europe? This is how much you can save just by booking through us!
The equipment packages and general equipment sales are heavily discounted against standard retail prices.
All PADI materials will be offered to all IDC candidates at cost price. This is a saving of around 40% off retail prices, which is a saving of B12000 for the standard PADI IDC crew pack.