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Do I need to be certified to dive in Thailand?

  • jenc12

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    Hi everyone,

    I am going to be in Thailand in April (landing in Phuket, planning to spend some time around that area) and am wondering if I need to have any certification to dive there? I won't have time to do a full course in Thailand. Is there a crash course kind of thing that would show me the ropes/allow me to do it (I've gone diving before just never gotten around to taking the course) or is it better to do the online course/pool sessions at home with PADI beforehand and do the open water portion in Thailand?

    Any advice would be great! Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 7/2/2012 - 11:11

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  • ayesha

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    You can do the classroom and pool work before you come or you can do the classroom work online. Either will shorten your course....

    Otherwise you can do something called a Discover Scuba Dive, which gets you in the water and diving but its not a certification....

    #2 Posted: 8/2/2012 - 02:51

  • jenc12

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    Thank you! I will do as you suggest and get everything done at home before I travel.

    #3 Posted: 9/2/2012 - 12:15

  • time2fly

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    18th January, 2012
    Location Canada
    Posts: 112

    Yes, if you do the classroom work before you leave and I think your pool dives, you can do your open water dives in Thailand and complete your open water cert. My GF is in the same situation as you.. I think she is just going to do the Discovery dive in April while I do my advanced.

    #4 Posted: 9/3/2012 - 03:53

  • jenc12

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    7th February, 2012
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    Thanks time2fly - my boyfriend has his cert already so I'm going to get the book/pool part out of the way at home so we can spend our time seeing as much as possible!

    Since I've gotten such great answers...

    If we end up staying somewhere in Krabi (likely near Railay or Ton Sai is what we're thinking now), can we find dive companies and get to good sites from there or is there a better spot to be based?

    Thanks for all the help! I can't wait for April!

    #5 Posted: 9/3/2012 - 11:22

  • time2fly

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    18th January, 2012
    Location Canada
    Posts: 112

    hey,
    I have been doing some checking around online to find the best places. In my case I am looking in the Samui area. I have found a few places which seem to be decent in knowledge. I have been emailing a company out where I am going and they seem decent in speaking with. This place has great reviews and is rated number 1 on trip advisor... csi Samui is the school.
    I really like to be careful. A lady died in Cabo last week because of bad air and It through me off because I was diving there last year.

    #6 Posted: 9/3/2012 - 20:16

  • tyler

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    7th December, 2010
    Location Canada
    Posts: 251

    @jenc12 - Check out www.narimadiving.com - I have used them multiple times in the last few years. Based on Koh Lanta, they'll pick you up anywhere on the island and drop you off at the end of the day. Great equipment, never more than 3 or 4 divers with each DM. Very professional people and can help with advice as to where else you might want to go.

    #7 Posted: 10/3/2012 - 05:01

  • jenc12

    Joined Travelfish
    7th February, 2012
    Posts: 5

    Awesome, thanks! I will definitely take a look online based on those recommendations. Much appreciated!

    #8 Posted: 14/3/2012 - 12:50

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