Having learnt to dive with Master Divers two years ago, and having experienced such good service, they were a natural choice for second visit to the island. This time I had no dive partner and wanted to go for a few guided fun dives.
Arriving at Master Divers we went through the formalities of paper work, and agreeing the dive schedules. I had last dived in October, so did not need a review dive, but as all my dives since my last visit had been in dry suit for the past two years, I wanted a gentle first dive. I was offered two choices, join a group of three other divers with a master divers guide, or pay the princely sum of 150 Baht (£2.80) per dive for a personal guide. I chose the personal guide option.
Dave, my guide for the first day, and Wilco my guide for the second were both excellent. They listened to what I wanted and we planned the dives to meet those expectation. Of particular note was Master Divers reluctance to take money for a PADI course that they did not think would benefit me, and their willingness to make sure I got what I wanted without paying for what I did not need.
The dive conditions (due to weather) were not as good as I might have hoped for ( too choppy for some sites, and OK but not ideal visibility in others) but still I had great dives. I saw my first ever oceanic Turtle feeding on coral and we hung around a while to watch.
Master Divers had moved to different premises since last time,but still in the same general area, the shop was well staffed and well run, with a mix of calm whilst the diving is taking place and manic bustle when everyone returns. A few of the old faces from two years ago remain ( a good sign) and lots of new faces who have clearly bought in to the Master Divers ethos and culture.
All in all they lived up to my high expectations and I would be happy to recommend them to divers wanting a quality experience that avoids the larger, mainly younger, but slightly cheaper 'stack em high' approach of some of the bigger schools on the island.
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January 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We were so happy to see you and glad that you were satisfied with choosing to dive with us again. Fantastic to hear that we continued to meet your expectations and we most certainly look forward to seeing you again!
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