From Phuket we have Daily Dive Tours for certified divers to Phi Phi, the King Cruiser Wreck, Racha Yai and Racha Noi Islands and (in high season) to the Similan Islands. The cost for a day trip starts at about 3,400 Baht for 2 dives and 3,700 – 4,000 Baht for 3 dives.
Diving around Phuket is good but the main force of Phuket is that you can dive the best sites all round the Andaman Sea like around Koh Phi Phi, Ko Lanta. This spot can be combined in a day trip with the two other excellent dive sites of Anemone reef and Shark Point.
Sipadan. Located in Malaysia, Sipadan is arguably one of the best five dive sites in the world . The place is teeming with life. You will see turtles, cave systems, sharks, dolphins, schools of fish, bright coral, bright fish, and everything in between.
With regards to flexibility when it comes to teaching methods, SSI seems to allow its instructors to have more leeway when it comes to how they teach their students. Whereas PADI courses tend to be more rigid. Therefore, SSI instructors have the ability to add more personalized or additional information to the course.
Yes, scuba diving is an expensive hobby. You can expect to spend roughly $300 to receive your diving certification, anywhere from $200 – $2,000 on scuba diving gear, and anywhere between $75 – $150 per dive . Renting your gear instead of buying can let you scuba dive on a budget.
How deep do you go? With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/ 130 feet . Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet.
Presumably these searchers are checking up to see if their tropical holiday in Thailand is going to be cut short by a great white shark attack off the beach at Phuket or maybe while scuba diving in the Similan Islands. The short answer is: no, there are no great white sharks in Thailand .
Most divers will typically spend between $200 and $300 on their personal equipment, and may spend quite a bit more if they are also purchasing a wetsuit and a personal dive computer.
Crocodile numbers in Thailand and Southeast Asia generally have been decimated by habitat loss, commercial hunting for the skin trade and the capture of live reptiles to stock crocodile farms, according to the IUCN. In Thailand there are just a handful of wild populations in central and western national parks.
According to the Diver’s Alert Network (DAN), older divers are defined as those who are over the age of 50. There is no maximum age for scuba diving , but whether the person is physically able and confident to dive . This question would also apply to someone in their 20s!
Yes, sharks do attack divers , whether provoked or unprovoked. However, attacks are extremely rare, as sharks don’t view scuba divers as a particularly appetizing prey. Most sharks are cautious of divers although, over the years, sharks have become bolder around people because of baiting.
Famous scuba divers. Almost everyone has heard of Jacques Cousteau. He is probably the most famous diver in the history of scuba diving.
No, your certification will not expire. As an PADI Open Water Diver, your certification is good for life . If you do not actively participate in scuba for an extended period of time, however, it’s a good idea to refresh your skills through the PADI ReActivate or Scuba Review classes.
The Rundown Best Overall: PADI . “As one of the most popular certifications, wherever you live or plan on going on vacation, you’re likely to have access to PADI dive courses.” Runner-Up, Best Overall: SSI. Oldest Agency: NAUI . Best British Contingent: BSAC . Best for Future Tec Divers: SDI .
Professional Divers: For example, an SSI divemaster is able to enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor course or a PADI Instructor Development course. To find out more about crossing over to PADI (whether you are a recreational or a professional diver), get in touch with your nearest PADI dive center or resort.