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“Superb dive operation - best divemaster program in Asia (maybe globally)!”

Wicked Diving Khao Lak
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Wicked Diving is a small dive center located in Khao Lak, Thailand. We service the Simlan Islands, Richelieu Rock and the Suring Islands We are focused on ethical operations and safety while delivering top-notch service. As our primary concern is our environment, we operate in small groups with skilled guides that emphasize reducing our impact on the eco-systems we visit. You can join our Similan liveaboards, guided overnight snorkeling tours, thorough training courses as well as daytrips to the Similan and Surin Islands.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 17, 2011

We have recently returned back to work after spending 6 weeks doing our Divemaster program with Wicked Diving. Prior to going we spent several months looking at courses with dive businesses literally all over the world. We were drawn to Wicked by prior reviews as well as the excellent customer service offered by one of the owners of the business, Koen.

What can we say? The operation was superb. The leader of the divemaster program is a brilliant diver (Diego) and takes time to teach each student thoroughly and professionally. Diego is extremely patient and without doubt is one of the best instructors we have ever worked with. The entire program is well thought out, detailed and really emphasises a few key things: 1. Safety. 2. The environment and 3. Professional instruction. So many dive businesses pay little or no attention to simple things like air consumption, bottom time, surface interval time, diver hydration, no touching of marine life, reefs etc. We were so pleased to see Wicked was not one of them! They breathe what the say they deliver. So refreshing.

These guys give back to the local community, they care about our environment and we think they teach people to become not only better divers, but also more aware about our footprint. Each instructor we worked with was professional and offered input or advice along the way. Each of the 3 included liveaboards we did ran like clockwork and delivered beyond our expectations.

We can't recommend Wicked highly enough for anyone considering doing a serious Divemaster program. Without doubt this course is not the shortest or the easiest to get through. But at the end of the day this program would be very hard to beat and to our mind must set the standard for other dive businesses to follow.

If you are a leisure diver or a serious diver wanting to dive witha truly eco friendly and professional outfit in Thailand, look no further than the crew at Wicked Diving. To Paul, Koen, Diego and the rest of the team, keep up the superb job!!!!

10  Thank Claude_Vone
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WickedDiving, Manager at Wicked Diving Khao Lak, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2011

Claude,

I have read and re-read your review several times. It was actually difficult to believe you wrote something so nice. It has truly blown me (and the rest of the team) away. We are REALLY, REALLY honored that you said all this about us. While all reviews are taken seriously and taken to heart (we have our own internal review forms as well) - this one is simply one of the most heart-warming we have read! (That doesn't mean the other reviews are ignored!!!)
After spending six weeks here, living and breathing down each others necks, seeing all of our foibles and quirks, watching us try to do our best (and occasionally succeeding) I don't think any guest or student gets to see the inner workings of our dive operation like the divemaster/dive-con trainees.
And in all truth we do not try to be perfect - we are hoping that you (and all the other professional level students) see that no matter how hard anyone works, things go wrong and we have to adapt and continue to focus on the goal of safety, service and standards. When the weather goes bad, when accidents happen and what it's like when you can't please all the guests all the time...it's all part of the education we try to bring to you guys. Our authentic goal is not to just get you to pass the course, but to become role model professional divers. We try to train you to the point we would employ you.
So after those 6 weeks. you still feel compelled to write something like this...in a public venue like this...boy, we are completely floored with appreciation and a huge warm glow that we must be doing something right.
I also have to say that much of this boils down to all the effort that Diego puts into the training. He is an amazing person and an incredible asset to Wicked Diving.

Thank you for this review and we really wish you all the best in all that you do too!

-Paul & the whole Wicked Diving family

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Reviewed April 11, 2011

I took 5 day liveaboard with Wicked Diving with Jaya. The trip was fantastic with fantastic divers around the world (Australia, Namibia, US, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Italy, UK, Canada, Belgium, Norway). The weather conditions were awful, but besides that we had fun and had safe journey back to Thaplamu harbour.
The crown to this trip was video from Swedish videographer - simply amazing work from Kristian.

2  Thank Garwa
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WickedDiving, Manager at Wicked Diving Khao Lak, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2011

Thank you so much for the great feedback.

It is always great to hear that we can please people from such diverse backgrounds and personalities. This reflects well on all the hardwork that the staff and crew on the boats do!

I wish it were possible for Kristian to be on all the trips - but starting next season both he, and Erik (our other videographer) will be working almost fulltime - so hopefully every one of our guests gets an opportunity to be a movie star :)

We all hope you can come back and see us again!

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Reviewed April 5, 2011

My husband and I and our two teenage children went on the three day liveaboard with Wicked to the Similans. We were all open-water certified, but without much experience. This trip was fantastic. Nina, our guide, was great with the kids and with us. She was knowledgeable, good at sharing it, and a lot of fun. The rest of the staff and crew were great as well. I was impressed with the focus on safety and environmental awareness and the food was great! Sleeping was kind of uncomfortable. My main complaint about that is that the sheets don't fit the bunks, so they peeled right off, leaving you stickily sleeping on the vinyl mattress. That would be easy for Wicked to fix and I hope they do. We will definitely dive with them again!

1  Thank janetio
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WickedDiving, Manager at Wicked Diving Khao Lak, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2011

Janetio,

We have heard your comments! We have been doing some tests on the sheet configurations - looks like your test failed :( Actually trying some versions of adding elastic bands to the sheets. It's hard to work with the mattresses we have and the organic cotton sheets. But we will certainly try to make things better.

Nina says "Thanks" and she had a great time too! Please do come back...you are all part of our family now :)

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Reviewed March 19, 2011

4 days of diving in and around the Phuket area, and Diego at Wicked Diving is head and shoulders above the pack! We are 4 advanced divers who can't say enough about Diego. He was friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful from the moment we stepped on the Maya 2. Thanks for your part in making this trip so memorable! The rest of the staff we interacted with at Wicked were friendly and fun as well. Diego has an art for guiding at a great pace, you can explore on your own, no rush, but he's there to point out things if you miss them. Thanks Diego!

Thank MargieinOz
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WickedDiving, Manager at Wicked Diving Khao Lak, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2011

Margie,

It is great to hear that Diego is a good guide! In truth, he is usually running our professional diver program and not often leading divers like yourself - so it's nice to know he still has that right pace and spirit!

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Reviewed March 19, 2011

Well ... I have done probably 10 “Wicked liveaboards” during the past 2 years. Similans are a great place for diving, and with Wickeddiving you get more ... it's fun, it's safe and it is environmentally friendly. You will simply love it ... and guess what ???? I am just about to board on the flight that will take me there once again !

2  Thank GUIDORome
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WickedDiving, Manager at Wicked Diving Khao Lak, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2011

Thanks Guido! It is really appreciated :) However - it's you who should be thanked. We really enjoy your visits and you really add to the family atmosphere. You'll always be welcome...and now - a vacation in Komodo?

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