A little know part of working as an Instructor / Dive Centre Manager or owner is answering questions from potential dive students / customers, here are a sample to give you an idea of what to expect:
Scuba diver – I would like to take the Advanced Open Water course. I will be in Thailand from September 27th until October 6th. Is this possible?
Dive centre – Thank you for your enquiry to our dive centre. There are two options for the Advanced Open Water course at our dive centre at this time of year.
There is the PADI Advanced Open Water (Daytrip Option)
This is what you will do during your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the PADI Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the specialities.
Scuba diver – What is included in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course?
Dive centre – All our scuba diving courses include manuals and free scuba diving equipment rental. For the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver program you will receive the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual.
In addition we teach all of our diver level courses in small groups to ensure that you receive the attention that you deserve. All our courses are taught to PADI Standards.
Scuba diver – How much will the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course cost?
Dive centre – The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course will cost 14,000 Baht (2 days/5 dives)
This will include: manuals, scuba diving equipment rental, five boat dives, certification and instructor fees.
Scuba diver – I would like to start the PADI AOW course, do I need to reserve for the Advanced Open Water course or I can just show up in the morning? If I want to dive more or do the nitrox course, is there any package deal? At that time of the year, is it possible to see any whales and sharks in the dives? Is it easy to get to your location? Finally, do you have any suggestions on accommodation, where is the best place to stay? Thanks.
Scuba diver – Hi I would like to do the Advance Open Diver course as I have done discover scuba diving, please could you give me a quote for the best possible rates.
Dive centre – Thank you for your interest in diving with our dive centre during your stay in Phuket.
You have mentioned you have completed a Discover Scuba Diving course, but have you completed the Open Water certification? You need this prior to starting the advanced certification.For the Open Water licence, if you do not have this already, will take you 3 days.The first day is in the classroom and pool.
Then you have 2 days on the boat where you will complete 4 training dives. Our boat is scheduled for 6 dives over these two days so it is possible to complete 2 fun dives included in the cost.
If you already have the Open Water licence you can start the advanced course, this takes 2 days on the boat, no classroom time. You need to complete 5 training dives and will get the opportunity to do 1 fun dive.
Please have a look through the information and get back to me with any questions you may have.
Scuba diver – I did the Scuba Diving Course. Please quote me best rates.
Dive Centre – Then you would need to complete the PADI Open Water Course, you cannot start the Advanced until you have this. When are you planning to be in Phuket?
Scuba diver – I am planning to reach Bangkok on 24th. I want to fly to Phuket on the same day, can you give me the best possible rates as I am getting quotes from other dive centres too.
Dive centre – This is the best rate, the prices are fixed, you will get a good course with a professional instructor. We are a PADI CDC centre which is the highest rating a dive centre can get. Let me know if you wish to make a booking.
Scuba diver – After completing the Open Water Diver course, what will be the depth I can dive and do you rent housing for my camera, if yes, how much will this cost?
Dive Centre – The Open Water Course allows you to dive to 18m, we do not rent housings for cameras as each camera needs specific housing. But we do have a videographer on the boat who can take a 20 min DVD and about 300 photos of you, he charges approx $30 for this and you pay him directly.
Scuba diver – Thanks but I want to do my own videography. Can you suggest any resort for me to stay in as I have seen many on the internet but I would like to know which one is best but at a reasonable price?
Dive centre – We have a video camera and housing which we could rent to you for a daily rate.
There are many guest houses in Patong, starting from about 800thb per night for a basic room with air con and private bathroom. It depends on what you want from a room. The prices will start to increase from October. If you want a budget place there are backpacker inns with dormitories from about 300 thb per night. Or at the other end there are rooms for more than 5000thb per night so it depends on your budget and needs.