Koh Phangan is an excellent place to learn scuba diving and explore the crystal clear waters that surround the island's rocky headlands and sandy bays. Most of the dive sites are around shallow reefs and strong currents are rare, so this is one of the best places to try scuba diving for the first time before heading out to more challenging dives in the open sea.
The world's leading dive training organisation PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), is represented by a number of dive schools on Koh Phangan. PADI Diver Certification is recognised around the world and training is standardised to ensure safety and professionalism. Learning to scuba dive on Koh Phangan is the perfect way to see the true beauty of the island. The best schools provide qualified, experienced Dive instructors who follow PADI standards and apply the latest techniques and materials. A combination of theory and practice means you get to spend plenty of time in the water whilst you study, so the courses are a far more than just a learning experience.
Koh Phangan's PADI centres offer a range of courses from beginner level right up to Instructor training. Training is generally conducted in English, but there are also instructors from other European countries as well as Asian countries such as Japan. Once you have PADI Open Water certification, you can continue your scuba training to suit your needs and interests. Courses like Advanced Open Water Diver, Adventure Diver and Rescue Diver take you to greater depths, hone your identification skills and also teach you what to so in an emergency.
For those that feel they want to take their scuba diving to the next level, entering the professional scuba diving programme creates new challenges and opportunities. Some Koh Phangan dive schools have staff trainers qualified to teach Divemaster and Assistant Instructor qualifications. These programmes take several months and can eventually lead to a whole new career ins scuba diving.