Not All Dive Shops Are Created Equal In Phuket
Scuba diving in and around Phuket offers some of the best diving you can find, a lot of colorful reefs with a large and varied collection of marine life. Phuket offers several sensual day trips to dive these great locations.
Unfortunately, not is all as it seems! If you have ever visited Phuket or searched online for dive shop operators, you would have noticed there is a great deal to choose from. Here is where the dilemma starts, what is a professional dive shop and what is not?
You would think at a minimum, a professional dive shop operator would at least have the bare essentials you would expect a dive operation to have. Classroom (If teaching courses), well-maintained dive equipment and Dive Instructors that teach to high standards. Unfortunately, this is not the case with all Phuket Dive operators.
There are many good professional dive operators here in Phuket, which can offer you all you would expect to see in a professional run dive operation. Some also have equipment sales and servicing, a couple has their own on-site training pools the list goes on.
Then you have the others, which really are no more than a booking office or worse, living room of their apartment. These so-called operators have nothing except a website and social media page. They need to rent dive equipment from a third party not knowing what condition it is in (remember people, dive equipment is our life support system underwater). When they do sell a dive trip or course, they then need to advertise on social media to find an instructor willing to do the job as they do not have a regular instructor base. Let’s not even get into how they may or may not get the dive theory completed for courses. There is more and more of these one-man bands popping up all the place here in Phuket.
Bear in mind, these guys are charging the same prices as professional run dive operators! Why would you want to pay good money for sub-standard service? So please do yourself a favor, when inquiring about completing a dive course or diving here in Phuket (or any other location for that matter)ask these few questions of the Dive shop.
- Are you registered with TAT? (Tourist Authority Thailand) Required by law!
- Do you have Diving Insurance for customers? Required by law!
- Do you own your own Dive Equipment for customer use? (better still ask to see it)
- Do you have your own Instructors?
- Where will I be doing my Dive theory?
- What dive agency are you affiliated with? (PADI, SSI etc.)
A NO response to any of these questions, start looking elsewhere!
Needless to say that Crystal Waves Phuket, meets and exceeds all the standards we have outlined above.
Posted in News & Updates on .