FAQ

General Information

What are the diving conditions like on Phi Phi?

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 strongly 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 day trip. It is 700 Baht for the day and includes mask, fins and snorkel, lunch, fruit and water and the boat trip. Your friend 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 or by VISA and Mastercard.

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. Internet cafes charge 2 Thai Baht a minute and are abundant and WIFI is readily available at restaurants and bars. 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.


Day Trips for Certified Divers

How many in a group of divers?

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 dive boat 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 18 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 18 hours before you fly.


Dive Courses

Will I need a medical certificate?

If you have or have had any medical conditions you will need a doctor’s 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. 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. Click here to see more of the differences between the two

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 6 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 every dive 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.

What is the minimum age to dive?

The minimum age to learn to dive is 10 years old.


Introduction Resort Dive Course

Do I need experience to do the resort dive?

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 months. The certificate allows you to dive again, always with a dive professional, without repeating the theory and skills and counts towards your Open Water course.


Scuba Diver Course

What does the Scuba Diver license allow me to do?

Allows you to dive to 12m under the direct supervision of a dive professional.

Is there a time limit before I can upgrade to openwater?

No, you may upgrade your certification at any Dive Centre worldwide at any time.

How do I upgrade to Open Water?

The Scuba Diver course is just over the first half of the Open Water course. To upgrade you just need to complete the rest of the course. It only takes one and a half days.


Open Water Course

What does this certification allow me to do?

You will be certified to dive worldwide without supervision. You must also be certified Open Water 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 Open Water course?

There is no waiting period, the courses compliment each other so you can even do the Advanced Open Water Course immediately after the Open Water.


Advanced Open Water Course

What is the difference between Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver?

Adventure diver is only 3 Adventure Dives, whereas, Advanced Open Water is 5 Adventure dives of which two must be deep and navigation.

How long does it take to do the Advanced Open Water 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, peak performance buoyancy, naturalist, fish identification, search and recovery and photography.


Rescue Diver

What pre-requisites do you need to become a Rescue Diver?

You must be at least 12 years old, have a first aid certification and 02 provision completed within the last two years. SSI Stress and Rescue requires only Open Water level, whereas PADI  Rescue Diver requires Advanced Open Water 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.

Divemaster Internship

What are the pre-requisites to enroll in the PADI Divemaster Course?

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • Have at least 40 logged divers
  • Have medical clearance not more than 12 months old
  • Have 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 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. The most basic room with 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 100 Thai Baht. Internet cafes charge 2 Thai Baht a minute and are abundant and WIFI is available at restaurants and bars. 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 you will be busy most days, either studying or at the beach or on the boat assisting our instructors. Your studying is made even easier as you can sit beach side at our dive centre while you study with instructors on hand if you have any questions. And don’t forget you can jump on one of our dive boats 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.

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.

Do I need a visa?

You can obtain a triple tourist visa in your home country which can be extended by one month per entry 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. From there you can take a taxi to Rassada Pier where yo will catch a ferry to Phi Phi island.

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. Your medical certificate must be less than 12 months old. Medical Form

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 your 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.


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