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OW class and diving in Koh Tao, first week of July

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by ladra, May 18, 2018.

  1. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Back here in the States I have seen dive ops question divers who were certified in Thailand. My experience on Koh Tao back in 2001 was a fairly good one although I had to be careful in accepting rental gear. One BCD was so shredded I had trouble finding the arm holes and rejected it. The first stage on a rental reg failed on a 100 fsw dive at Chumphon Pinnacle. However the free accommodations I was provided (and only $3 on days I didn't dive with the op) was very acceptable (except for the roosters outside my unit crowing at the break of dawn).
  2. GregT943

    GregT943 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Massachusetts, USA
    People who question certifications from Thailand are probably doing it due to ignorance and due to the reputation of the few insanely large ops on the island. There is a lot of great shops and great instruction on the island. Unfortunately a few of the giant dive factories where you are basically just a number have given the island a bad name. A lot of people do the zero to hero thing at these shops and end up having professional certifications with not a lot of diving experience. I have done courses in Southern AUS, northern AUS, Hawaii, Massachusetts, South Pacific, as well as Koh Tao, and I can attest that there are some very good shops and instruction on Koh Tao. I was at New Way while I was living on the island, although everyone who was there when I was there is now at different shops. Dave, who was one of the head instructors at New Way, left and opened up Roctopus Dive which has been successful and grown a lot and is a great shop if you are looking in Sairee. I'm sure New Way is still a great shop as well. Master Divers has always had a great reputation as well if you are looking for a shop in Mea Haad.

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