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The Dive Academy

Address: Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Ranked #6 of 217 Activities in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at...
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Owner description: The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort in Bophut and Centara Villas in Laem Set on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses, dive tours for certified divers as well as VIP snorkeling tours. We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving & snorkeling around Samui. Being the highest ranking PADI dive centre on the island means you can be assured that your experience will be professional, safe, calm, yet passionate and fun, delivering the highest levels of customer service. Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers, 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!

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I cannot thank you and your team Claire and Paul enough for the highest standard of professionalism, diving instruction and open water certification provided for my son, aged 10. We started corresponding earlier this year as my son approached his 10th birthday and you guided me through the online process for e-learning prior to his OW certification in preparation for... More 

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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

First class training, instructors were superb, Paul, Claire and CC were all great. The boat's best and fastest on the island, gives you more diving time and you get there before all the other divers. Food on board was incredible, and the diving conditions when we went to Sail Rock, were absolutely fantastic. Definitely planning on going back after a... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Completed our open water diver cert with Karl at the Dive Academy. He was excellent, extremely calm and professional as well being a bit of a laugh on the boat rides. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel every morning by a lovely driver. Served coffee and croissants when we arrived for breakfast and fed a lovely... More 

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

Hi Stephanie, Thanks for writing this great Review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed Diving with us and that you found our whole package a success. Making sure that your equipment is working properly is one of main concerns throughout the entire trip as well as your safety. Adding in a bit of Instructor banter is of course another... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

I have never liked the sea! When we first arrived in Koh samui I enquired with the dive academy for my partner to try scuba diving I had no intention of doing it myself. After a quick chat with paul he addressed some of my fears and convinced me to also give it a try. We had a free dive... More 

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

Hi Becky, Thanks for writing this review. We really appreciate you taking the time to write it. Diving can be an extremely nerve wracking experience for some people, like yourself. Our number one priority here at the Dive Academy is to ensure that our customers feel safe and relaxed at all times. We want everyone to have a memorable, enjoyable... More 

Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I first tried diving 5 years ago in a resort in Egypt, I did my open water course and unfortunately on my final dive of day 4 had a panic attack at the bottom of the seabed. I have been frightened to try diving again. Since then my boyfriend has been very interested in doing a diving course, after much... More 

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

Hi Froggy, Thanks for this great review! Its such good news to hear that you have over come your fear. It was unfortunate what happened to you in the past and we are always willing to take the time out to help people feel confident and of course, safe in the water at all times. We love the dive community... More 

Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I researched a lot before booking a dive in Koh Samui, didn't want to end up with a dodgy company. The company responded quickly to all enquiries and from that point I knew I picked the right p[lace. It was my first time diving. From the get go the staff were amazing. Even when I got sea sick the staff... More 

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

Hi Amy. Thanks for a great review! We always try to respond to emails quickly with detailed information to give customers a full understanding of what we provide. It can be difficult diving with an experienced partner when you are beginning but i'm so glad that our staff could provide you with a safe, fun environment which has enhanced your... More 

England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Before leaving the UK my email enquiries and subsequent booking were responded to quickly, efficiently and in a friendly manner. The planned date for the dive could not go ahead due to the weather, but was rearranged for the following day with the minimum of fuss. It seemed to me they were genuinely concerned about my diving experience, not just... More 

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

Hi Punkoid, Thanks for such a great review. It has been exceptionally difficult diving conditions recently with the weather and i'm glad your diving experience went as smoothly as possible, considering. We always try to accommodate our customers with safety being our number one priority. We hope that you continue to dive and come see us again soon. Best Regards,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went on the half day snorkeling trip. The boat ride took about an hour and twenty minutes to the guest snorkeling site. The six of us in the snorkeling group had a guide to help take pics of us underwater. We then had a simple lunch before heading off to another snorkeling site not far away.... More 

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

Hi LowMavis, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review. We are happy that you had a great time and enjoyed your day snorkeling with us. Our staff are a friendly bunch, aren't they :) The array of colorful fish is outstanding here and i'm glad you got to see and enjoy them on your snorkeling trip! Thanks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

The day could not have gone more perfect. Really good!!! I went on the Discover Scuba Dive adventure and the whole staff made me feel so welcome. We practice the basic skills in a swimming pool first. Claire was so positive and patient with me in the pool until I felt comfortable enough to take my new skills into open... More 

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

Hi Jared, Thanks a lot for writing a great review of your experience with The Dive Academy. As a first timer, its really important that you feel that you are in safe hands at all times. This is our priority whether it be in the pool or out in the open water and all of our staff aim to bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A huge thank you to Claire and the team for a wonderful diving experience. My husband and I took my 10 year old twins diving with The Dive Academy and the day was amazing. We were collected promptly from our hotel and enjoyed a quick breakfast before embarking on a speed boat ride to Koh Tao for two really enjoyable... More 

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

Hi Becky, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a great review. We're glad you had an amazing day and experience for the children and that you're now planning to become certified divers too! Claire is usually the instructor we provide for kids as she is patient, kind and fun for them to dive with and she loves... More 

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