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Do I need to be certified to dive in Thailand?

Posted by jenc12 on 7/2/2012 at 11:11

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!

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Posted by ayesha on 8/2/2012 at 02:51 TF writer

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....

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Posted by jenc12 on 9/2/2012 at 12:15

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

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Posted by time2fly on 9/3/2012 at 03:53

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.

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Posted by jenc12 on 9/3/2012 at 11:22

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!

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Posted by time2fly on 9/3/2012 at 20:16

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.

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Posted by tyler on 10/3/2012 at 05:01

@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.

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Posted by jenc12 on 14/3/2012 at 12:50

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

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