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“Ban's Technical Diving”
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Ban's Diving
Ranked #29 of 100 Tours in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Deutsch-sprachige Tauchkurse auf Koh Tao
Reviewed January 6, 2014

I completed the Tec 40 course in January 2014 and would highly recommend the course as taught by Craig Weger. While the audience seems to consist of instructors and divemasters, both the Tec Basics and Tec 40 course are well worth considering for the interested recreational diver.

Why would you want to do the Tec 40 course itself? The Tec 40 course enables you to dive to 40m and use up to 50% nitrox with 10 minutes of decompression in a dive. You develop propulsion and buoyancy skills that are without over an order of magnitude different from pure recreational diving.

The course itself is intense and holds participants to a high standard. Drills for example are practised while attempting to maintain neutral buoyancy from the get go. Craig’s pre dive briefings and underwater exposition are first rate. Post dive debriefs are invariably thorough and give you feedback on all the points you want to work on for the next dive. All of this is conducted with a great attitude and emphasis on learning.

Why Tec at Bans? At its core Tec diving is about exploring deeper into an unfamiliar environment with a strong emphasis on safety procedures at its core. This requires the right human factors and well maintained equipment. The Tec team at Bans come from engineering backgrounds and really understand how and why dive-gear works. Walking around the workshop it is also evident that a process of total quality pervades.

In short, you’ll get a ton from training with this first rate team.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

First of all the positives, we stayed at their hill apartments and they were fantastic, quiet, great sea views, large accommodation and ridiculously cheap for the standard. It's a little walk up from the beach but we felt well worth it as in our 40s we didn't want to be in the midst of the noise.

Bans have their own beach bar which was a great place to grab a snack and a beer after diving.

But if you opt for the cheaper garden rooms near the beach and bar you will get no sleep.

The dive boats take about 70 divers mainly students. It's a bit of a zoo, conveyor belt students where you don't really get the personal touch of some dive schools.

The other facilities are great and bans is a huge facility providing 24 hour shops etc in a lovely setting.

Ellie Easton, a dive instructor at bans is awesome, if you get a chance to dive with her then you will have a great time.

It's a mixed bag really but if you are young student then I think you will have fun.

Oh the diving, well, with 15.000 students being certified each year by bans alone you can only imagine the damage to the corals. It ain't the best as is advertised sadly but people still love it and there are some gems. But not many that I saw. - maybe picked the worse 5 weeks to be there.

Thank Ann-Marie M
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

A friend of mine and I decided completely on a whim to change our plans at the last second and go to Koh Tao instead of Rai Lei beach and take a dive class. We literally had no clue where we were going to stay or take our open water course when we stepped off the ferry very early one morning. A Ban's representative very calmly and not in a pushy manner recommended we check out Ban's so we said why not. When we got into the back of the their taxi truck the one other passenger said she had actually done some research and came to the conclusion to choose Ban's on her own. So we went with it.

We were very happy we did! We were assigned an available instructor to handle just the two of us, his name was Bazz and the whole experience was perfectly enjoyable from start to finish. We highly recommend requesting Bazz if you choose Ban's for diving instruction.

The room is included in the price of the diving instruction and, to be honest, the rooms were a little sketchy... but it was really cheap!

Thank ZGZG_1
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Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

(Please note this is a review from an English class experience.)

Barns dive school is the biggest and "best" on the island, they may dish out the cheapest prices, with great deals and free accomo, but in reality your just another number. Pumping out the most licenses in koh tao and the world, the classes are huge and some of the teaches ego's are like nothing you have seen before, so high they could almost touch the sky..

In four dives we went to two sites. Repeating the same dive site is painful for the price you pay.

The gear and the facilities was exceptionally good.... But the ruthless, rude, arrogant instructor with his verbal grotesque articulation, ruined the diving experience for me.

2  Thank Emahwaa
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

On completing a Open Water and Advanced Open Water certificate at Ban's I would recommend them to anyone.

The whole experience was exceptionally good due to my group having a great, experienced Dive Instructor Rich. He put us all at ease and guided us through both courses. Great fun, cant wait to get back into the water!

Thank woodwoodcomau
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