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Sairee Cottage Diving

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Koh Tao, Thailand
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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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Harriet A wrote a review Jun 16
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We did the PADI Open Water Diver course here and the whole experience was amazing. Our instructors were Jaryd and Sam, who were both brilliant - they were patient and encouraging and made everything feel very chilled (whilst still teaching us loads!). We also stayed on the resort which was great, very affordable and a lovely location on the beach. If you’re looking for places to do your dive course would 100% recommend, was a great place to start our diving journey.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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William R wrote a review Jun 1
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I did all my training as a diver on Koh Tao, so I was sure to come here to pass the IDC. I had heard about Marcel Van den Berg before and his videos helped me a lot when I passed my Divemaster. So it was the logical choice for me to come here to do the IDC and MSDT, and I knew it would be good. But I wasn't prepared for how awesome and absolutely brilliant this experience was !!! Not only will Marcel prepare you to pass the IE with flying colors, he will make you ready to be one of the best diving instructors. During his course, he will teach you everything you need to know about being an instructor, while keeping it fun and interesting all along. I highly recommend doing the MSDT with him too, as it feels like a cherry on top of a cake. I have spent 3 unforgettable weeks and met friends for life. I will be back for more. A big thanks also, to all the staff at Sairee Cottage. They are all really kind and helpful.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Paul B wrote a review May 2022
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I came here to do my divemaster and IDC course. It has been an amazing experience and I can fully recommend Sairee Cottage Diving for anyone who wants to do this and any other dive courses too. The school goes above and beyond to adhere to the industry safety standards whilst maintaining a very laid back and friendly atmosphere at the same time. The staff are all very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. The divemaster course is very flexible and can be done at your own schedule. It was a great way to get back into diving after a long time out, at my own pace without being rushed. The tuition and advice from Flav with all his experience prepared me so well for the IDC. The IDC course conducted by Marcel van den Berg was exceptional. Marcel has an immense wealth of knowledge and experience. He is an excellent teacher and is always so energetic especially during his lectures! His incredibly high attention to detail when teaching the course has been so useful. He goes above and beyond the requirements for the IDC, factoring in many real-life scenarios into his teaching, genuinely cares about his students and is always willing to help. By the time of the Instructor Exam we could not have been better prepared! We all passed with very high scores! I can highly recommend Sairee Cottage Diving for anyone visiting Koh Tao!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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TheGoodStuff123 wrote a review May 2022
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I just finished my PADI IDC with Marcel van den Berg at Sairee Cottage Diving and had an absolutely amazing experience!! Marcel is a fantastic teacher and cares so much about his students and is very entertaining keeping long classroom days fun. There were 5 of us this month from all over the world…a little UN formed and we created bonds that will last a lifetime. Not only did he prepare us all extremely well for the IE, but he integrated real world advice and guidance for when we are actually instructing SCUBA. I loved that the entire course was not just about passing a test. BTW, we ALL passed the IE with flying colors and went into the test with confidence and feeling well-prepared, but we also feel that we have many tools to help us succeed once we start teaching. I did a lot of research as to where to do my IDC/IE, because of Marcel’s awesome YouTube skill circuit videos (helped me so much when doing my Divemaster course), his informative well-made website, and his fast response and help when making my decision I choose him. I am so thrilled with my decision and have absolutely no regrets about doing my IDC/IE here with Marcel. I would HIGHLY recommend Marcel at Sairee Cottage Diving for anyone looking to become a PADI SCUBA Instructor.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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FrankieToHK wrote a review May 2022
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I’ve just finished my PADI IDC & MSDT courses and passed my Instructor Exam (IE) with Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg in Sairee Cottage Diving. This was one of the best experiences of my life. Sairee Cottage Diving is not only a dive centre but a big family. Diving enthusiasts from different parts of the world come here to learn from the gurus. Divers from different levels dive together every day and help each other achieve their goals. It was my highest honour to have this opportunity to learn from the YouTube sensational dive guru Marcel van den Berg. Before coming to Koh Tao, Marcel was someone who helped me a lot on my divemaster course by watching his YouTube videos. After knowing him, he is not just a good teacher but an inspirator and good friend. Marcel does not only teach us how to pass our IE but how we can become good instructors. He always emphasises the importance of a good and exemplary attitude and how to become good role models to change people’s lives. Marcel is so energetic and humorous. It’s never boring, even for a full-day classroom class. He never hesitates to share his experience in the industry. He is so observative and patient. He has the power to spot issues and provides appropriate solutions that are easy to understand and achieve. Marcel is such a caring person and full of positive energy. While pointing out our issues, he continually reinforces our strengths and cheers us up. We all can see each other’s significant improvement within these 3.5 weeks of training, and we all passed the IE and became dive instructors. Thank you so much, Marcel. I highly recommend anyone who wants to be a dive professional to come to do your divemaster or IDC training here in Sariee Cottage Diving. I guarantee you it will be a once in a life experience.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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