I did my PADI course through Bangtao Dive Center with the instructor James Bond in June 2013. I had only a narrow window to complete the course whilst I was in Phuket for a friends wedding. I arrange the course via email before I travelled from the UK and replies were always prompt and accommodating. On my first night I was met at my hotel in the Laguna area by Suntorn who provided me with all the paperwork/DVDs so I could be ready to go!
I was able to complete the pool training on the Monday then the opened water dives on Friday/Saturday after the wedding.
I found it was really easy to learn all the required knowledge from James and he progressed through the course quickly but most importantly safely. I felt confident that he covered everything I needed to know at an appropriate pace...which left plenty of time for the fun dives!
We did 4 dives over 2 days. The boat trip was great, quiet enough that you didn't feel you were fighting for space but enough people around to be sociable (as I was doing the course by myself this was important to me). During the open water dives I had one to one instruction and guidance from James and was given plenty of time to get everything done correctly to pass and also enjoy the beautiful and impressive Thailand aquatic life.
James took some fantastic pictures and videos during the dives as you can see! I came away with hundreds of still images and videos, this was an extra cost for the CD however it was more than worth it for the quality of the images.
Bangtao Dive Center is a locally owned and run Thai business I would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to complete their PADI course above any other in the areas.
Thanks and hopefully I will see you again next time!
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