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The Dive Academy

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Address: Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Description: The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor...
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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Excellent service and tutition

After researching the internet I chose The Dive Academy to dive with on Koh Samui. I contacted them by email and pre-booked a course. Their response was prompt and extremely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Tim S
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

After researching the internet I chose The Dive Academy to dive with on Koh Samui. I contacted them by email and pre-booked a course. Their response was prompt and extremely thorough. Each day I was collected from my hotel at exactly the time given. I completed my deep and nitrox certifications. The education was one on one with my instructor... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It would be hard to beat the quality of service provided by this dive company. Attention to safety, customers skills etc is a natural part of the service. The local knowledge of the dive sites is excellent and they are honest about what there is to see, the visibility etc. The diving off Koh Tao was enjoyable and the low... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Having not dived for a few years after suffering from asthma, I'm an advanced open water diver & my partner only just qualifiying as an open water diver, we decided that we couldn't miss the opertunity to take a dive trip off Ko Samui. We met one of the representatives at our hotel & they were more than happy to... More 

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

Hi Tweettweety, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. Its great to hear that you had fun with us and that our service provided you with an all round relaxed diving experience. We really aim to encourage people and build up their confidence if they haven't dived for a while or are new to diving.... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I pre booked my advanced open water and nitrox certification online, the website is professional looking and simple to use and book on. My instructor was quick to reply to my questions and queries via email. 2 days before my course i recieved an email for me to confirm my hotel and they replied with a pick up time, (... More 

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

Hi Jcoulson1, Thank you so much for writing such a great review. we really appreciate hearing from our customers. It is our top priority to give you as much information as possible before you come to the Dive Academy so you feel equip for your courses. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our service that we provide. We really... More 

Juba, South Sudan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

.....but I haven't actually dived with The Dice Academy, as such. So why am I giving them a great review ? Simple. Customer service of the most awesome kind ! Let me explain... I had planned to do my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver's course while on Samui for a few days and The Dive Academy came highly recommended by... More 

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

Hi Mike, Thank you for writing this great review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it. Here at the Dive Academy we will do whatever we can to ensure that you have a great diving experience while on Samui. In high season our boat can fill up fast but never fret as we have other boats that we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

It was such a special Christmas holiday and I am very happy with my decision of spending my 3 weeks with The Dive Academy. Before I signed up for them I have contacted different dive centres on the island and it was Claire's professionalism and all the helpful information she provided for me bought me there. I felt like I... More 

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

Hi Sisi, Thank you so much for writing this kind and positive Review. It was so fun having you here being part of our Dive Academy Family as we took you through your Dive Master Training. We really do aim to provide as much information as possible to all prospective customers, through email before they arrive or book with us... More 

Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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

Hi Familytraveler2015, Thank you so much for writing such a fantastic review. we really do appreciate you taking the time out to write it. its really important here at The Dive Academy to assist Customers step by step in any PADI certification and we aim to converse through email quickly, efficiently and with all the appropriate information needed for the... More 

Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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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TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Tyrone, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this Review. We really appreciate it. We are so thrilled that you had such an amazing time with us! We really do aim to make sure we provide an efficient, all round service with the safety of our customers as our number one priority. Being first at the... More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

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