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Diving/volunteer work

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by Jonny87, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. Jonny87

    Jonny87 Registered

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    Hi guys/girls, first post :)

    I am planning a trip to s.e Asia from June onwards, I'm really keen on getting involved in some volunteer work (marine related of course) and getting some dives under my belt.

    Currently in the process of completing my padi open water course here in the uk and have dived several times abroad, mainly Egypt.

    Have read about the turtle conservation programmes in Thailand but don't want to pre book anything whilst here as my dates for going are subject to changes, I also believe it would be cheaper to arrange once in country?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. stevenl

    stevenl Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
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    Take into account that any volunteer diving work will be illegal and can get you into legal trouble. For work a workpermit is required.
     
  3. Jonny87

    Jonny87 Registered

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    I've just been reading up on this, how ridiculous that the thai government make it so hard to volunteer :(

    Guess I will have to just enjoy the diving on offer instead :)

    Thanks
     
  4. lord khram

    lord khram Contributor

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  5. Jonny87

    Jonny87 Registered

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    Oh my god!! I don't know if I should laugh at that story or not!

    Was going to put some playing cards in my bag but don't think il bother now haha

    Always knew the Thais were strict but that is taking it a tad far!

    Anyway back on topic, forgetting the volunteer stuff then how much could I expect to pay for my diving in Thailand? I know there's lots of variables so let's use a full day trip with 4-6 dives included and I will need hire of ALL kit. Just want ball park figures so I can budget for them :)
     
  6. stevenl

    stevenl Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,435
    333
    Where?

    In general: Andaman Sea the best diving, Gulf of Thailand the cheapest.
     
  7. Jonny87

    Jonny87 Registered

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
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    That's why I said ball park figures as I don't really know where I will be going, I will be flying into Bangkok and more than likely work my way down the east coast from there towards Malaysia
     
  8. stevenl

    stevenl Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,435
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    Anywhere between 2500 to 4,500 Baht.
     
  9. Zippsy

    Zippsy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: SIngapore
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    I could be wrong but you're more likely to find day trips with 3 dives per day at best. 4 might be possible but 6? Good luck. That said, I only have a little experience with day trips from Phuket and Krabi. I'm more often on a LOB out of Khao Lak where 4 dives per day is the norm.
     
  10. stevenl

    stevenl Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,435
    333
    I presume the OP meant '4-6 dives in 2 days'. Because yes, afaik there is one trip offering 4 dives on the day, but the standard is 2 or 3. The price indication I gave is per day BTW.
     

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