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The Dive Academy

Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
+66 81 086 6214
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Ranked #5 of 161 Activities in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: The Dive Academy are an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort and Centara Villas in Koh Samui,... more » Owner description: The Dive Academy are an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort and Centara Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses and we provide our customers with the highest levels of customer service, safety and fun. We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving around Samui.Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers of their experience, however please also always check out the company website, whether the company is registered with a diving organisation such as PADI and are operating legally within the laws of that country which require them to have licenses and insurance in order to offer diving services to tourists. If you are able to do so, visit the dive centre first to check out the facilities and staff. Unfortunately internet forums do not always represent the full picture as people can assume that good reviews mean everything else is in place - and you want to ensure you stay safe as well as have a good time! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Have to say I was very nervous before attempting to go diving again due to my last attempt few years ago where I panicked and had equalising problems but these guys were the complete opposite, absolutely professional and fantastic. I had Chris who took care of me and she was so reassuring and relaxed. She took care of me right... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Shibli, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had a great time and we were able to get you back in the water and enjoy diving again. Cris is a great instructor and will always provide you with a solid briefing to ensure you know exactly what is happening and to remind... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Jamie and I joined Claire and her team for his first dive. They were very professional but also chilled enough to allow everyone to enjoy the diving. We were blessed with excellent visibility. Jamie and I loved it at Sail Rock. Thanks Guys

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TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Rob, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us and we're glad you had a great time diving at Sail Rock. we always try to make our dive trips as relaxed and as fun as we possibly can, whilst staying professional. So it is lovely to here that you feel we... More

Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

i took the 4 day padi course and my instructor was john holland, a friendly and knowledgable irishman. very patient and explained everything to me very clearly even if i asked it for the 5th time. it was a lot of theory (reading, studying and watching the instruction dvd's during the first 2 days) but its really worth it once... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a really great dive centre - the right balance of professional and relaxed, informative, efficient and a good laugh. My husband and I are fairly experienced divers and we were treated with respect and trust of our skills, guided exceptionally well by Paul. Instead of just kind of drifting over the reef, we thoroughly explored it. Before the... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Jo, Thanks very much for your great review of your experience diving with us. As experienced divers, you know what your options are and what you should look for when selecting a dive centre and feeling there was a balance of all the important safety and professionalism things as well as having fun is very important to us. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Our three children (aged 12, 15 and 17) wanted to learn to dive and after some research we settled on The Dive Academy. We (the parents) were somewhat nervous about it all but were really put at ease by the professionalism of Claire and the rest of the team. The kids achieved their PADI Open Water certification - and had... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your (kids!) experience with us. They really were a pleasure to teach and were very natural in the water. Its always a great feeling for us to meet people who are nervous and unsure when they first begin to constantly smiling underwater and loving every minute! We will... More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I went diving with The Dive Academy for two consecutive days in August 2014. The staff were really professional, knowledgeable and safety was their priority. We went to Sail Rock on Day 1 and then to Koh Tao on Day 2. Good dives (2 each) on both days. Highly recommended.

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your diving experience with us. We're glad you had a great time on the 2 days that you dived and were able to enjoy the great conditions we have here at the moment at both our main locations. Best regards, The Dive Academy More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing day. I have my PADI open water, but my it was my fiances first dive. He was a little apprehensive (understandably) but our instructor Cris was excellent & took it very slowly with him. By the end of the 2nd dive we'd got down to 12m! The sites were fab (mango bay & shark island off Koh... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Lisa, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review of your experience diving with us. Although you are still a relatively inexperienced diver, you are able to see very quickly how different a diving experience you can receive based on the staff and how you are treated. We believe that taking our time and creating an environment... More

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My Sisters and I completed our PADI Open Water Diver qualification here. We were all looking forward to the trip and had high expectations... which were exceeded in every way! Everyone on the team was lovely and made the trip really enjoyable! We look forward to returning next year for our Advanced Open Water Diver Qualification! And a big thanks... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Justin, It's great to hear that you all had such a fab time on your course. It really was a pleasure to teach you all and with the exception of the compass navigation (!) it was all really easy for you! We look forward to seeing you again next year for the Advanced course too! Try and get some... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took a trip to Koh Tao - first dive in many years. Nick and the team got us right back into it and feeling like pros. Everything was organized and on time, and the lunch and planning was perfect. Very high quality operation and top notch personnel. Thank you!

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Chip, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had a great time and we were able to get you back in the water and enjoying some nice dives again. Nick is a great dive guide and will always provide you with a solid briefing to ensure you know exactly what is happening... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The Dive Academy is a brilliant place to learn diving. I did both my Open Water and my Advanced Open Water course there and I had an amazing time and was generally very impressed with the overall experience. I am sure that without their enthusiasm I wouldn't have fallen as much in love with diving as I did. The team... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Christina, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review of your experience diving with us. Like anything, sometimes people try something and find its not for them but for you diving was a new hobby and something you definitely fell in love with! That in itself is part of what makes our job so enjoyable, taking... More

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