LEARN HOW TO DIVE IN PHUKET
Diver certification begins here with the Open Water Diver Course. Complete the SSI’s Digital Learning and move to the pool to practice your new skills. Then experience great open water dives in the ocean.
Get certified in one of the world’s most exciting activities – Scuba Diving. There is no other feeling in the world like floating weightlessly over amazing coral reefs while looking at all the colorful fish, corals and marine life. Sign in for your SSI Open Water Diver Course with Aloha Diving.
In our family-operated diving school in Phuket, you will not be treated like a number. The Open Water Diver Course takes place in small groups and with personal attention on our own diving boat.
It does not matter where you are staying in Phuket. We pick you up from your hotel (Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Chalong, Nai Harn Beach and Rawai Beach – other regions like Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Cape Panwa on a surcharge and upon request) free of charge and bring you to the pier.
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|Open Water Diver Course group tution||THB 14’900|
|Open Water Diver Course private tution||THB 16’500|
|Open Water Diver Course & AAD||THB 24’900|
- 1 confined water session (swimming pool)
- 4 ocean dives (open water dives)
- 2 day trips with our boat
- Full Scuba Diving rental equipment
Certification, digital learning access
- diving accident insurance
- Light breakfast, lunch, fruits, drinking water, coffee and tea (first day lunch and drinking water only)
Round-trip transfer from hotels in Karon, Kata, Nai Harn and Rawai to Chalong pier (other areas on surcharge)
- Soft drinks and beer
Fit to dive?
We are asked this question quite often. Almost everyone is going to be fit to dive, but some medical conditions can cause problems underwater so it is important to make sure that you know if you are medically fit to dive. When you start a SSI Open Water Diver Course, you are required to complete a medical statement to declare yourself fit to dive. This statement lists medical conditions that may be affected by diving so be sure to answer completely and honestly – it’s for your own safety.
10 years or older
Previous experience in diving
No prior diving experience required. Please note that you will need to know how to swim for 200 meters and float/tread water for 10 minutes. This is mandatory to pass the Open Water Diver Course
Frequently Asked Questions
We teach according to the two largest diving organisations in the world SSI and PADI. But by far the intensity of the pool diving exercises, the length of the training dives, the good training level of our instructors and the small teaching groups are far beyond those standards.
Injuries to scuba divers from marine creatures are very rare. There is a lot of talk about sharks however attacks to scuba divers is extremely rare. There are a lot of different creatures in the sea that can bite or sting however 99.9% of the creatures are placid and timid and will not bother you. The golden rule is don’t touch or intimidate and you won’t get hurt. Very wise words.
Overall the best time of the year to dive on Thailands west coast is between November to April. The weather conditions are most stable during this time of the year and all dive sites are open. However, as this is the main tourist season prices tend to be higher and the dive sites more frequented. More information you find on scuba diving in Phuket.
Diving mask for eyeglass wearers
Anyone who knows the element water, know that you can see underwater only blurred with the naked eye. To recognize the magnificent scenery under water in all its beauty you need a tool. For this reason offers Aqualung, Mares, Subgear and co. a variety of diving masks.
The choice is limitless in the matter of colors, sizes and shapes. But what if you are wearing eyeglasses? Are you for scuba diving suitable? Yes you are because you have many options. The best diving mask with prescription lenses is your indispensable partner for snorkeling and scuba diving also when handle an underwater Camera.
Maybe you are facing the problem of how you can experience the colorful corals, sea anemones and underwater animals because eyeglasses just does not fit under the diving masks. With a diving mask with corrective lenses you can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling at maximum.
When buying a diving mask you should decide if you like to have a mask with prescription glasses or you just prefer to ware contact lenses.
Meanwhile, it is easy to get a diving mask with prescription lenses, so you can snorkel and scuba dive despite refractive error.
Popular diving masks with prescription lenses
Two glass masks are best for this purpose, since the optical lenses are glued from the inside on the discs and can be changed by yourself or by a scuba diving retail shop.
There are diving mask models, where the glasses can be exchanged. If your prescription changes, you do not need to buy a new dive mask.
The following masks are designed for changing lenses:
- Aqualung Look, look and look 2 HD
- Mares X-Vision LiquidSkin, X-VU LiquidSkin, X-VU LiquidSkin Sunrise (designed for asian faces) and Star LiquidSkin
- Subgear PRO EAR 2000
- Cressi Big Eyes Evolution Crystal, Eyes Evolution and Focus
The list is not final and the product lines of the manufacturers also changes regularly.
The vision is for the divers the most important of his five senses. The other four are completely turned off underwater or reduced to a minimum. Assuming the diver used an appropriate tool – the diving mask – he can see just as well under water as on land.
The diving gear manufacturers have a range of different mask models which are suitable for eyeglass wearers. For example, there is the Aqua Lung Look HD double-glass mask with following increments:
- From -1 to -10 in 0.5 diopter increments
- From +1 to +3 in 0.5 diopter increments
These lenses may not correct exactly your eyes but are a good option for the classic “holiday divers” or snorkelers who does not want to spend a big amount of money.
Aloha Diving is dealer for: Aqualung, Mares, Scubapro, IST, Deep Blue and Poseidon.
With Aloha Diving you can try before you buy any mask on a Scuba Diving Day Trip free of charge.
For passionated scuba divers – and professional divers such as our instructors is the best option to let the mask lenses adapt by an optician. The glasses can be adjusted flexibly whether short or long-sighted or even astigmatism:
- Single Vision whole glass diving mask
- Single Vision Half glass diving mask
- Bifocal whole glass diving mask
- Three strengths whole glass diving mask
Your arm gets too short?
For divers in which the arm or the high pressure hose gets too short to read the instruments such as pressure gauge, compass, depth gauge or dive computer, there are cost-effective solutions by glue discs at the lower edge of the mask. This offers the possibility to use the top without correction for distance and instruments can be seen clearly through the lower part.
Contact Lenses for snorkeling and diving
As a cheaper alternative to prescription glasses you can use contact lenses. When using contact lenses, it may happen that the water penetration into the diving mask flush out the lens from the eyes. Best you use daily lenses, because they are much cheaper than monthly lenses and easier to replace. Get an advise regarding contact lenses from your optician.
As there is such a large variety of hotels and guest houses in Phuket and every guest has different requirements and price budgets it is hard to give a general recommendation. We have 3 modern and clean rooms in our Dive which we rent to our divers.
We love the area of Rawai, therefore we have some hotel recommendations on the Phuket Diving Resort page.
Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard with a credit card surcharge of 3%. You can do Credit Card payments until 4pm the evening before in our Dive Center in Rawai.
No – We only accept Thai Baht for payments
Yes, we do. If you have any special dietary requirements it would be best to let us know in advance so that our cooks can plan ahead accordingly.
All tanks either INT valves or DIN valves. For Sidemount Divers we have the appropriate tanks available.
Of course dive gear like your regulator will need a regular service (most manufacturers recommend every 100 dives or every 2 years, whichever comes first) which can be done by us or any registered service center, but to prevent high costs of replacement of certain parts it’s important to clean all your gear after every day of diving.
Cleaning Dive Gear
When we clean and check our returned rental regulators, we follow 10 steps.
Often people make remarks on how good our rental gear looks. More important on the maintenance and cost side, the yearly servicing of our regs is an easy job with no corrosion to soak and scrub off. Below are the most important steps of our regulator cleaning routine.
During your dive week you can just rinse your gear in the rinse tank at the end of a dive, but it is well worth the time and effort after the last dive to do the full clean before storing your gear.
Check that the dust cap has no salt water in it, if yes, wash it out while keeping your thumb on the opening of the first stage so water doesn’t go in. Dry the dust cap by blowing it out with a tank, then put it back on the first stage and close to seal tightly.
Pull the hose protectors away from where the hoses connect to the first and second stages. Let the tap water run through the holes in the first stage, you must see the water running out of the holes (not all regulators have holes in the first stage by the way, for these sealed first stages you can omit this step).
Let the tap water run through the two mouthpieces and exhausts of the second stages. Do not press the purge button while doing this! If you do happen to press the purge button, make sure that you put the reg back on a tank and purge the second stages a number of times to get all water out.
Do check the bite tabs on the mouthpieces and inspect around the tie wrap for small holes. For hygienic purposes at this point we generously sponge soapy antibacterial dish liquid thoroughly around the mouth piece.
With your still soapy sponge, wipe over the second stage covers and all metal parts – this helps to remove salt and chemical residue. At this point you can also check your hoses for any wear and tear.
Finally, submerge the regulator (except the 1st stage) in a rinse tank of fresh water and soak for at least 5 minutes. Put the reg on a tank and purge the 2nd stages to remove any water left in the system. Take the 1st stage off the tank and seal it with the dust cap.
Hang the reg up to dry (if outside keep out of the sun). Make sure the hose protectors are not covering the metal parts.
Once dry, use Silicone Spray to spray the thread of 1st stage knob while screwing it in and out to ensure even distribution of the silicone over all the threads. Spray in and around the BCD quick disconnect while pulling it backwards and releasing it a few times. Spray the metal parts on the hoses close to the 1st and 2nd stages with Silicone Spray and push back the hose protectors.
What to do if you flooded your first stage regulator by not closing the dust cap while rinsing?
Firstly, it’s not that bad if you flood it with fresh water. If your regulator is flooded with salt water, rinse with fresh water immediately, to avoid corrosion. The main thing that you want to avoid is pressurizing the regulator while there is water inside and a computer or SPG attached. This could potentially damage your instruments downstream. Do not attempt this yourself – as soon as you can take your regulator to a regulator service technician – he/ she will do the following:
Immediately remove hoses and gauges, leaving only the second stage regulators attached to the low pressure portion of your 1st stage.
Rinse the first stage with fresh water if necessary (i.e., if you suspect that you have salt water or other contaminants inside the first stage).
Attach the first stage to a tank and slowly turn on the air. The service tech will be flushing all water out the high pressure ports. He will then slowly purge the second stages so that any water in the hoses will also be pushed out of the system. Warning: don’t ever pressurize a 1st stage regulator on a tank without a way to depressurize, such as having a second stage attached or a port open. If you do, good luck ever getting that thing off!
Last, if in a reasonably non-humid environment, the tech should let the whole thing sit out with ports out for a few hours to let any moisture evaporate before reassembling the regulator. While the regulator tech is working on your regulator, take your computer/ SPG and hold it at the gauge end and give it a good twirling to get any residual moisture or liquid out of the hose. It is very unlikely that you got any water through the pinprick-sized hole if you didn’t pressurize the system wet, but this is just for good measure (and a little bit of fun). Be sure you don’t accidentally his anyone with the hose or drop your gauges.
What is described here is just an immediate remedy to avoid and/ or mitigate the damage done by flooding, most of which is corrosion. Please take into consideration that your situation may vary depending on what type of water you got into your regulator and the type of regulator you have. Whatever you do immediately after flooding your regulator, you should definitely have it fully serviced as soon as possible. Regulators are expensive and sophisticated pieces of gear that our lives depend on, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be sure to soak your dive computer in fresh water after every dive. While submerged, depress all of the buttons a few times to get all the salt water out of them. Be sure to dry out of direct sunlight.
If your dive computer Floods!
If it is a user replaceable battery type, immediately remove the back cover and remove and discard the battery. Use compressed air to blow all water out of the battery compartment. Once completely dry insert a new battery and test. Make sure to use a battery replacement kit from the manufacturer of your dive computer – these usually come with new o’rings and back plate. It is important to replace these as they are the most likely culprits for the flooding. Check also for other damage to the computer that may have been the cause of the flooding. Non-user replaceable battery types will need to be sent to a service center or back to the manufacturer for repair.
The most important part of cleaning a BCD is to rinse away any salt water from the inside of the bladder, the dump valves and the inflator/deflator unit and hose. To prevent corrosion in your inflator unit, clean it by flushing the inside with fresh water. With the inflator unit mouthpiece held tight to the faucet of running tap water alternately push the inflator and deflator buttons. You should see the water coming out of the nipple, and water should be going into the BCD. The tap needs to be quite far open as you need good water pressure to flush the valve. Watch out – you might get wet!
Fill the BCD with some more fresh water. To do this you can remove a dump valve (be sure not to loose the gasket and be sure not to cross-thread when replacing); however the best (although not the easiest) is to do as in above, pressing the deflate button. Make sure the BCD is empty of air and below the incoming water. Slosh the water around to rinse every corner of the bladder.
Inflate the bladder (either by mouth or by regulator attached to a tank), make one of the dump valves the lowest point, and in 1 fluid movement squeeze the BCD and dump at the same time to force water through the dump valve. Fill and repeat to flush the rest of the dump valves. Once all the valves are flushed, empty the BCD of all water. Fully inflate the BCD and hang out of sunlight to dry. The reason to fully inflate the BCD is to check it’s air holding integrity – if the BCD is deflated when it is dry there is likely a leak somewhere in the system. If drying space is at a premium, just inflate with a little air and after drying fill with air to do the integrity test.
To clean your wetsuit you can use a little bit of dishwashing liquid in a basin full of fresh water. Soak well with a bit of movement to wash the wetsuit inside out before hanging it up to dry. If outside, make sure you hang the wetsuit out of direct sunlight. Aloha Ocean Adventures sells “Sink the Stink”, a soapy solution to get the smell out of your wetsuit if you have not kept up with a proper cleaning routine before ?
The weather in low season is pretty good most of the time, although the humidity is much higher than normal. We have the occasional rain shower during the day, but this usually lasts only for a short time. The visibility and current under water is not much different compared to the rest of the year. Many people prefer to dive in low season, because there are not as many boats and divers at the varies dive spots. Due to the location of our Phuket dive sites are we able to offer day trips year round from our Island.
You can find more information about diving in the low season here.
Safety is the highest priority at Aloha Diving and therefore the surface interval is a minimum of 90 minutes.
We plan all our dives for a duration of one hour minimum. We do not have a dive time limitation. Therefore you can stay as long your air last (30 bar / 500 psi minimum pressure).
A correct scuba diving mask fitting is potentially one of the most important things for having a good time and relaxed scuba diving. If it leaks or is uncomfortable it can be miserable.
Learn below how to choose the correct size and type of mask for your face shape, and how to test to see if it is the perfect fit, before you buy or rent it.
What you are looking for is an airtight seal around your face, without having the mask too tight.
Scuba Diving Mask Fitting First Step
Measure Your Face
First, take a good look at your face. Is it narrow or wide? Are your eyes close together or wide apart? We have a wide range of Masks in our Diving Center in Phuket.
Aqualung Look HD
The Look HD is the evolution of the best-selling Look mask, first sold in 1988. The key features of the original Look, fit and comfort, have been maintained while new innovative features have been added. A stainless steel (AISI 316) anti-torsion bar has been integrated into the frame structure for maximum dimensional stability and lens planarity. This optimizes visibility by eliminating distortion.
The Impression delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Modeled with Aqua Lung’s “Micromask Technology”, its innovative, patented structure positions the lenses close to the eyes. This significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume. Aqua Lung’s “Advanced Fit Technology” uses textured bands of silicone around the skirt to form a superior seal against the face and minimizes water entry. The Impression is effortless to clear and its low profile is ideal for freedivers or any diver that wants to reduce in-water drag.
We have gone the distance with this one! As part of the Women’s Collection, the Linea offers features to women unsurpassed in a mask. The “Comfort Buckle System” solves what so many women have asked for – a tangle free buckle! The Linea delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Modeled with Aqua Lung’s “Micromask Technology”, the close proximity of the lenses to the eyes significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume.
Aqualung Micro Mask
The Micromask delivers a wide-angle view in an ultra-compact package. Its innovative, patented structure positions the lenses inside the “ocular orbit” or the natural facial recesses of the eyes. This close proximity of the lenses to the eyes significantly improves peripheral vision while maintaining an incredibly low internal volume. The Micromask is effortless to clear and its low profile is ideal for freedivers or any diver that wants to reduce in-water drag.
Is your nose bigger or smaller? Do you have much space under your nose above your lip? So with these things in mind, try to pick a mask that looks like it will fit your face instead of how many windows it has or how cool you think it looks.
Fitting Hint For Men – Don’t forget to shave before you go to do your snorkel mask fitting. It is hard to test a seal with a lot of stubble. A view Masks have the”Advanced Fit Technology” uses textured bands of silicone around the skirt to form a superior seal against the face and minimizes water entry.
Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Second Step
Select A Mask To Test
Now test it on your face. Pull the straps over the top of the mask and try the mask on your face, without putting the strap around your head. You must look in a mirror and notice where the skirt foot lies. Is it too narrow around the sides of your eyes? What about your nose, does it have plenty of room? You should not be pulling the nose pocket up against the underside of your nose. How about the bridge of your nose? Does the hard frame or glass rest on your nose anywhere? How about when you push the mask in a little bit? Because when you are snorkeling, water pressure will press the mask onto your face a bit.
Scuba Diving Fitting – Third Step
Do The Suction Test
Now, with the strap still over the top (not over your head yet), put the mask to your face, press slightly, inhale a small amount through your nose to suction it to your face, and release your hands. The mask should stay on your face without continuing to inhale.
You should be able to move around a bit without it falling off. Try moving your face muscles a bit. Does that break the seal? Try smiling. That will often break a seal on even a good fitting mask. But see what it does. (Sometimes we try to get each other to laugh when snorkeling to cause each other’s face mask to flood).
Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Fourth Step
Put It On Fully
Good so far? Notice that a good fitting mask will stay on with just a little suction. Now try it with the mask strap on your head. You should get an airtight fit with very light strap pressure.
The strap should sit high on the back of your head, not resting on your ears. If it rests on your ears it will get painful.
If you have to pull the straps tight to get a fit, or if you have big red marks when it comes off, you have it too tight. A leaky mask is more often a case of straps too tight than too loose.
Also, make sure with the mask fully on that you can easily pinch your nose so that you can clear your ears while descending.
Scuba Diving Mask Fitting – Fifth Step
Found A Fit?
This step is easy. If you have found a mask that fits you perfectly, try it before you buy it! At Aloha Diving you can try your favourite Mask while Scuba Diving. We believe this is the only way to find out which mask fit’s you best. And of course is is available for sale.
We are dealer for Aqualung, Mares, Scubapro, Cressi, IST and Deep Blue.
For a surcharge, a private diving course can be booked at any time.
Sure scuba diving can be dangerous, however it is a greater chance of being injured flying to Phuket or travelling from the airport to your hotel. Scuba diving is much like flying a plane. There are many rules and regulations and a large emphasis on safety. It also why you need a professional to take care of you and at Aloha Diving we have the best SSI Professionals on the island.
Equipment is not included on liveaboard or day trips, unless it is a special package, or the Open Water Diver course was completed with Aloha Diving. For beginner dive courses and try scuba diving the equipment is included.
Sunblock, towel, swimwear, in low season it’s a good idea to bring rain wear and a warm jacket. Most things are included in our trip price. Soft drinks and beers are the only items you need to pay for. There is a limited supply and selection on the dive boats so please feel free to bring your own and store it in the icebox onboard.
A liveaboard boat is like a floating hotel that you can scuba dive off. They have cabins to sleep in, on board lounges, kitchens, however and tiolets. Some even have onboard luxuries like a Masseuse. In Phuket they range from over night trips up to 8-9 day adventures. You will need to be a certified diver to scuba dive from them however non divers can come on for the ride. Have a look at our liveaboard Phuket page to find out more.
We from Aloha Diving guarantee highly experienced guides with excellent local knowledge.
The water temperature is 28 – 30 degrees celsius all year round.
Food is a mixture of Thai and Western (more Thai). Our boat can cater for vegetarian. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to provide you with meals to your liking.
There are several exchange counter close to our dive center in Phuket.
We have our own training center in Rawai. The first diving exercises take place in our own 2.3m deep container dive pool which is ideal for a professional training. You will not find this in such a form in any other diving school in Phuket or in whole of Thailand.
Sometimes where it is possible but never guaranteed as we plan the destination daily according to sea and weather conditions. If you are looking for a customized boat experience the Phuket Boat Charter might be interesting for you.