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The Dive Academy

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Address: 158/6 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 on the main ring road in Bophut 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.

We are the only dive centre on Samui who have their own facilities all contained in one location. Our main dive centre has 2 modern, comfortable, air-conditioned training rooms allowing customers to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have our own purpose built, 4m deep, swimming pool located on site which is perfect for simulating real diving in a safe, training environment, so you will not be transported elsewhere to use a public swimming pool. You are also able to browse our retail section which is located in store, for any items you may need for diving. We also have our own 2 engine speedboat, designed especially for diving to make your entries and exists that much easier.

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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Great say snorkelling at Koh Tao

Would just like to thank Claire and her very professional crew for a fantastic day yesterday snorkelling off Kao Tao. The kids (7&11) had the best time particularly Josh who may... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Would just like to thank Claire and her very professional crew for a fantastic day yesterday snorkelling off Kao Tao. The kids (7&11) had the best time particularly Josh who may be applying for a job if youre still here in 10yrs!!!!! Nice to see some live coral and lots of different fish!! Great day and would definitely recommend!!! Maybe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently did my Rescue course with Paul, Claire and the crew. Paul is a great instructor and i have no hesitation in recommending them to everyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We chose The Dive Academy based on trip advisor and friend recommendation and weren't disappointed. Paul and Claire were very quick to reply to emails with useful information on conditions and what is included in the price you pay, the whole process is made very easy with no hidden or weird extra charges. When we met them, they were exactly... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I brought my daughters to Thailand for a tropical vacation in Samui. They have been complaining for years about visiting art museums, monuments, cathedrals, architectural interests around Europe, so I finally brought them to to a tropical location, Samui. But I did insist that they would have to undertake their first scuba diving day, and after that relax. I did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I booked our PADI entry level course with The Dive Academy. They were very helpful in the run up to our course, giving us plenty of information prior to us arriving on Koh Samui. They were very professional throughout and we were delighted with the service we got. Michiel was our instructor. He was very enthusiastic and... More 

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Thank Tom D
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Tom, Great to hear you loved completing your Open Water course with Michiel and had a great overall experience with The Dive Academy. If you do come back to Samui, we look forward to completing your Advanced courses! Best regards, Claire More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nic Carter was a brilliant instructor for my 2 children's first experience of scuba, I'd highly recommend him and the Dive Academy. He made the session fun, while getting over all the key facts and drills in an appropriate manner.

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

Hi Paul, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We love teaching kids as much as adults and kids doing Bubblemaker are great fun! Nic is very patient and great with kids - he loves it as much as they do! Hopefully they get to do some more diving very soon! Best regards, Claire More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day yesterday with the crew from Dive Academy at Koh Tao and Shark Island. my wife snokelled whilst I went for a dive. The crew, the kit and the boat were just fantastic. We will use Dive Academy again when back at Samui.

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

Hi Lloyd, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review, it was great having you and Wendy onboard with us and we're glad you had a great day. Next time you're here we look forward to seeing you! Best regards, Claire More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did Sail Rock dive with Dive Academy. Booking and pickup was good. Boat was modern and comfortable and gear was in reasonable condition. Getting on and off the boat a little tricky with a narrow ladder. Our guide, Steve, was well organised and kept the four divers together with well planned briefing and dive plan. Sail Rock is a... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with The Dive Academy and how you enjoyed Sail Rock. August is high season on Samui and as Sail Rock is an extremely popular dive site, at this time of year it can get busy unfortunately. Apologies again for the slight delay in returning you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I recently completed our Padi Open Water with Claire and the team at The Dive Academy. We had a fantastic time and were so glad with our choice. The tuition was superb and training was undertaken in small groups so we felt like we had plenty of attention and guidance. We would definitely recommend The Dive Academy... More 

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

Hi Paul & Emily, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience on becoming certified divers. It was a pleasure having you both with us and next time you come back, we can do your Advanced Open Water! See you soon hopefully! Regards, Claire More 

Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived in Koh Samui, we didn't realize how busy snorkeling tours would be. We did some quick searching and found The Dive Acadamy on line. When we stopped by their shop Paul was very helpful. He got us set up with a day trip to Koh Tao. On the day of our outing, we were picked up at... More 

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

Hi Dan, Thanks very much for your great review about your snorkeling experience with us. We do offer a slightly different experience to the general snorkel tours which for only a slightly higher cost, you get a much higher level of service. As you've experienced we have a maximum of 20 customers on our larger boat and 14 customers on... More 

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