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Sairee Cottage Diving

#38 of 118 Tours in Koh Tao
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About Sairee Cottage Diving
A PADI 5 Star IDC centre, focussed on quality PADI diving courses and fun diving trips. Located in the middle of the beautiful Sairee Beach with fantastic facilities, top-class diving professionals, and a pool bar with the best selection of drinks. All with a sunset view.
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Camille wrote a review Sep 2020
Thailand23 contributions6 helpful votes
Awesome owner, manager and crew. Amazing infrastructure. The pool by the beach is amazing and the pool bar is not to be missed for a perfect end to a perfect day. The resort is very comfortable. I recommend for any diver looking for a diving course or fun dives from one of their 2 boats. Great service.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Harcoharr wrote a review Jul 2020
Pong, Thailand15 contributions5 helpful votes
We can highly recommend this diving company - extremely professional, excellent equipment and personalised service. If you are looking for a dive company with a very friendly and personal approach then this is the place for you. We were so impressed on all accounts. Thank you so much to Gal and Khun Aey, in particular, who made it such a memorable experience for us! We will definitely be back soon and have recommended you to all of our expat friends.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Sue C wrote a review Jul 2020
Sattahip, Thailand47 contributions18 helpful votes
My son is 12 years. He recently compleyed his PADI open water course at Sairee Cottage Divers. What an excellent experience. As a mum l felt really welcome and reassured by the professionalism of Sairee divers from first point of contact. Aey was so kind and patient with my son and l. My son learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed his diving. Thank you Sairee divers and we will be back soon.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Dev S wrote a review Jun 2020
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Marcel and Maddy are a dream team to do your professional training with. Marc is by far one of the most amazing Course Directors I could have come across and I'm thankful that I decided to do my IDC with him. I did a ton of research, spoke to a lot of people, read a lot of reviews before I chose Sairee Cottage Diving and Marcel for my IDC in Koh Tao, Thailand. Not only is he extremely good at teaching you the nuances of diving which make you popular with your students and fun divers but also he is an amazing human. I promise you that he will not forget you once your course is over, he will help you look for opportunities, build your CV aesthetically and encourage you all the way. Maddy has honed my skills as a diver and guided me on every step of the way. She's the scuba mom you never had! With Maddy, you are not just another number as a trainee, you are definitely taken care of and ensured that you gain quality training. Overall Sairee Cottage has an ensemble of amazing mentors and they know how to have fun too! Cheers!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Dana Rae Castoro wrote a review Jun 2020
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I was working on my Diveaster training on another tiny island, all the way across the world where the diving was good, but the local food was pretty terrible. I complained to a friend one day, I'd like to find some place with a REALLY HIGH CALIBER PROGRAM and better food. He said "There's a guy on Koh Tao that will knock your socks off." This was a casual recommendation that would change my life... (and I'm not just talking about the delicious Thai food.) So I started researching... Turns out that the course director at Sairee Cottage is a WORLD-CLASS course director. A quick search on YouTube for Marcel van den Berg will show you that this is a guy who really knows what he's doing. He is, in fact, LEGENDARY in the dive industry. Once you start your training, you'll realize that you are in the classroom with The Master (that everyone else is watching on YouTube) - and not only are you benefiting from the in-pool training, but also passionate lectures about important topics, extra training for your skills, and a village of Marcel's longtime friends who will join for a few days, to give you specialized instruction on things like EFT Instructor (by the island's most famous dive paramedic) or others who will also help to mentor you in the water. if you're really lucky, you'll be invited on a night dive with Marcel. It will change how you dive. You might come up crying with joy. I'm just saying. All of my correspondences with the dive school before I arrived were professional and helpful. The day I arrived, Marcel even waited at the dive shop for me to arrive so that he could personally give me a tour of the resort. (This is a man who thinks of all of the details. I swear, everything he touches is gold.) Our IDC course lasted a few days more than most, and with more than 10 students, we were one of the biggest IDC courses in the world at the time. I can say that Marcel and his team were 100% prepared for us, and actually overdelivered on their commitments to us. The facility was beautiful, and this tiny island is like a dream come true. (Trust me, I stayed for all of the Covid lockdown. ZERO regrets. Kinda don't want to ever leave...) I felt like it was such a gift to get soooo much of Marcel's energy. I've never met anyone more passionate about the industry than Marcel. If you decide to pursue your IDC/MSDT training, I highly recommend both Marcel's videos on YouTube and him as your course director. Thanks, Marce. For everything.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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