The Phi Phi Islands are a marine national park, average water temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. Our tropical reefs are full of colourful corals and fish. Most dive sites are 20 to 40 minutes from Phi Phi Don where Island Divers is located. For more information about our dive sites please go to Dive Locations.
What is the weather like on Phi Phi?
Phi Phi’s dry season is from October to April with flat waters and visibility ranging from 15m up to 40m plus!. Monsoon is from May to September, but even then, if the water is a bit choppy we can always find a protected side of the island to dive on and because the marine life is so lush and diverse there is always something to see.
Do I need diving insurance?
Island Divers is a member of the SSS Hyperbaric Chamber which means you will be covered for this while diving with us. However, it is recommended that you have a travel insurance policy that also covers scuba diving.
Can my friends come on the boat snorkeling?
Yes, we take snorkelers on the Marine Park daytrip. It is 700 thai baht for the day and includes mask, fins and snorkel, lunch fruit and water and the boat trip. They can snorkel while you dive and you can have lunch and snorkel together at lunchtime.
How can I pay?
Payments at Island Divers can be made online or by Thai Baht, Australian Dollars, British Pounds Sterling, Euro, US Dollars or by VISA, Mastercard and American Express. (See Divemaster Internship for the internship payment)
What else is there to do?
There are other things to do on Phi Phi such as rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, jungle walks, beach volleyball, snooker, Thai cooking classes, Thai massage classes, Thai boxing, shopping or just relaxing on the beach.
Can I use my laptop on Phi Phi and what is the electrical voltage?
There are internet cafes on Phi Phi where you can access the internet via their connections. Most internet cafes are open from about 9am to midnight, 7 days a week. The electric current is 220 volt throughout Thailand and sockets vary with either two flat pins or two round pins. Adaptors are available on Phi Phi.
Each group consists of 4 to 5 divers plus a Divemaster to guide you.
How long are the dives?
We try and make the dives last at least an hour. If some buddy pairs in the group run low on air we send them to the safety stop and continue with the dive. The diveboat will pick up surfacing divers so there is no need to navigate back to the boat.
How long must I wait before I fly?
As we do multiple dives in a day we recommend waiting 24 hours before flying.
Is it possible to dive and catch the afternoon ferry?
Only trips to the marine park will make it back in time for the afternoon ferries. The earliest afternoon ferry we can make it back for is the 2.30pm Phuket ferry. Please remember, we recommend waiting 24 hours before you fly.
If you have or have had any medical conditions you will need a doctors letter to say you are fit to dive. Our closest doctor is in Phuket, two hours away by ferry so it's best to do this before you come over. PADI Medical Form
Will language be an issue?
We have instructors from all over the world that speak many languages. We also have the teaching materials (books, DVDs and quizzes) in over ten languages!
How big are the groups?
We have a maximum of 4 students per instructor.
What is SSI and PADI?
Island Divers teaches both SSI (Scuba Schools International) and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Both are internationally recognised dive organisations and you can be certified by either, however, PADI standards require that you purchase the dive manual as part of your course. The cost of this is 900 Thai Baht.
SSI does not require you to purchase the dive manual and as Island Divers is an SSI dealership we have all the various teaching materials available to you while you do your course. You do not need to purchase them.
What are my equivalency levels with other dive organisations?
Are the dive certifications international?
Yes, with your dive certification you will be able to dive worldwide.
Does my dive certification expire?
Your dive certification does not expire, however, if you don’t dive for a period of time it is advisable to do a one day scuba review to refresh your dive knowledge and keep your diving safe. (The Resort Dive certificate is only accredited for 12 months)
How long are the dives?
We try to make the dives last one hour, however, it depends on your air consumption. We make safety stops on everyday and begin to ascend at 50 bar.
What happens if I can’t complete any of my dive courses?
We ask that you only pay for the percentage of the course you have done and we will give you paperwork to credit any course work that you have done.
No, the resort dive has been designed as a way for the complete novice to be able to get their feet wet on the first day.
Do I receive any accreditation for it?
Yes, you will receive a certificate which is valid for 6 to 12 months depending on what region you will be using it. The certificate allows you to dive again, always with a dive professional, without repeating the theory and skills and counts towards your openwater course.
You will be certified to dive worldwide without supervision. You must also be certified openwater to be able to hire and buy diving equipment.
How many days does the course take?
We take only 3 days to complete the course as our groups are small and it doesn’t take as long to get through all the theory and skills. However, if you need more time we are happy to take four days, as we want to make sure you are comfortable in the water.
How much diving will I do?
You will have some classroom work and beach diving, where you will be learning to use the equipment and you will do 4 boat dives over two dives. As part of your course you will receive a logbook and your 4 dives will be logged by your instructor.
When can I do the Advanced Openwater course?
There is no waiting period, the courses compliment each other so you can even do the Advanced Openwater Course immediately after the openwater.
What is the difference between Adventure Diver and Advanced Openwater Diver?
Adventure diver is only 3 Adventure Dives, whereas, Advanced Openwater is 5 Adventure dives of which two must be deep and navigation.
How long does it take to do the Advanced Openwater Course?
It takes a minimum of two days, however, it is a flexible course and you can spread the dives over a few days if you like.
What type of adventure dives can you do?
We offer many types of adventure dives including deep, navigation, night, computer, wreck (on the King Cruiser wreck), peak performance buoyancy, naturalist, fish identification, search and recovery and photography.
What pre-requisites do you need to become a Rescue Diver?
You must be at least 12 years old, have a first aid certification completed within the last two years and be an SSI or PADI Advanced Openwater diver or equivalent.
Is there any diving in the Rescue Course?
The first two days are theory and beach work, learning all your rescue skills. On the third day you will go out on the dive boat to practice rescue scenarios. If you have completed your scenarios then you will be able to do some fun diving. However, our first priority is to make sure your rescue skills are of the highest standard.
What are the pre-requisites to enroll in the PADI Divemaster Course?
Be at least 18 years old
Be a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent
Have at least 40 logged divers
Have medical clearance not more than 12 months old
Have Emergency First Response or first aid/CPR training not less than 24 months old
At time of certification show proof of 60 logged dives showing experience of deep, night and underwater navigation diving.
What duties can a PADI Divemaster perform?
As listed in the PADI Instructor Manual a certified and new/renewed Divemaster is authorised to:
Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor's indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
What is the accommodation like?
Phi Phi is very peaceful, with no cars or taxis on the island. Your accommodation will be within walking distance to the dive shop, beach, shops, restaurants, bars etc. Your room will have a shower, toilet and a fan.
What other expenses will I incur?
To live on Phi Phi is very cheap, you can get a Thai meal from 80 Thai Baht (less than one pound sterling). Internet cafes charge 2 Thai Baht a minute and are abundant. It’s really up to you how much you spend, depending on whether you go out at night etc.
What hours are involved in the course?
You will find that pretty much you will be busy most days, either in studying or at the beach or on the boat assisting our instructors. Your studying is made even easier as you can sit beachside at our shop while you study with instructors on hand if you have any questions. And don’t forget you can jump on one of our diveboats heading out to the marine park if you are not doing a class.
What kind of fitness level will I need to be a Divemaster?
You don’t need to be super fit to become a Divemaster, if you can perform moderate exercise then you will be able to complete the course. You must be minimum 18 years of age to become a Divemaster.
Can I have time off for holidays or friends visiting?
We are very flexible at Island Divers, as long as you notify us beforehand that you have family or friends visiting we will be happy to let you have some time off. However, please remember that you only have 8 weeks paid accommodation as part of the program and if you need to take longer due to holidays etc you will need to pay for the extra accommodation.
What is the earning Potential of a Divemaster?
Although Divemasters do earn money, the main advantage of being a divemaster is the lifestyle. The freedom to travel and go diving and being able to work and earn money at the same time.
Do I need dive Insurance?
For diving insurance probably the most widely used is Divers Alert Network or DAN insurance. Visit Divers Alert Network to find your regional DAN office. PADI recommends Horsell international insurance, www.padiinsurance.com.au You can also use your travel insurance to cover you during the course but check what it covers as you may find one of the specialists insurers more comprehensive.
How can I pay for my internship?
A 1000 Pounds Sterling non-refundable deposit is due within 10 days of your booking with balance due on your start date.
Do I need a visa?
Once you paid your deposit we can send you the paperwork which allows you to obtain a twelve month student visa from your Thai consulate. Or you can obtain a two month tourist visa which can be extended by one month once you are in Thailand.
How easy is it to get to Phi Phi?
The easiest way to get to Phi Phi is to fly to Phuket. Island Divers will then arrange your transfer from Phuket airport to Phi Phi and accommodation in Phuket if an overnight stay is required.
Do I need a medical certificate?
You will need a medical certificate from your doctor stating you are fit to scuba dive to commence your divemaster course. You can either get one from your family doctor or we can recommend a clinic on Phuket where you can get one. PADI Medical Form. Your medical certificate must be less than 12 months old.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a medical certificate, signed by your doctor that is less than twelve months old, all your dive certifications and proof of logged dives and 2 passport photos for each dive course you will complete (you can get these on Phi Phi).
What Medical Facilities/Recompression Chamber is available?
Phi Phi has a small medical clinic to deal with small medical problems, however, there are international hospitals on Phuket to deal with emergencies, it is only 45 minutes by speedboat. Island Divers is also a member of the SSS Recompression Chamber in the highly unlikely event it should be needed.
Do you instructors speak languages other than English?
We have many multi-lingual instructors at Island Divers with the teaching materials also in different languages. Please let us know if language will be an issue for you.