PADI Dive Center Karon

Dive center Karon
  • Family-owned company established in 2002.
  • Office and equipment owned by Sharkey Scuba.
  • Shared, modern dive boats.
  • A fully registered PADI dive centre.
  • A Tourism Authority of Thailand member ensuring that your rights are protected.
  • Fully legal staff.
  • Free dive accident insurance.

Our Office

Based just off the main road (Patak Road) in Karon, Phuket and near to Kata, our PADI dive center Karon offers a small, cosy environment. In 2005 we decided to buy our office as a show of our long term commitment to our business and to the security of our dive guests. With sofas, TV, music centre and internet it is a great place to come and chill with us. We also have a large number of dive magazines and reef guides for you to browse through as well as a variety of novels for you to borrow during your stay in Phuket.

Please note that visits are by appointment only as we are often all out diving so be sure to telephone first! As we don't always have a signal at sea, e-mail or text are the surest ways to reach us.

Our Dive Equipment

Again, as a show of our long term commitment to what we do, we own all our own dive equipment including tanks. This also enables us to ensure that everything is well maintained and serviced on a regular basis.

Our rental equipment includes the following:

  • Aqualung Calypso and Titan regulators
  • Seaquest Wave BCDs
  • Technisub full foot fins
  • 3mm Deep Blue shorty wetsuits
  • Silicone masks and snorkels
  • Suunto Vyper and Zoop Nouvo dive computers
  • Seadoo underwater scooters

We also have a selection of booties and open heel fins which are available for rent on request.

Both Oui and Iain have completed official Seaquest/Aqualung equipment maintenance courses and use their skills to ensure that the equipment stays in top condition. Additionally, all regulators are given a full service once a year by a local qualified Aqualung service technician.

Training Facilities

Any pool training needed is carried out at a custom-built diving pool in Kata, Phuket. The pool itself has two shallow areas to enable you to get used to the underwater environment in a gentle way. It also has a 2 metre deep section allowing practice of important skills which will later be used during your Open Water dives.

Facilities available include poolside seating where we generally discuss the academic portions of the course plus a wondeful restaurant with a good selection of both Western and Thai food at very reasonable prices. We find students much prefer to discuss academics in this environment rather than being stuck in a classroom. It also gives us the opportunity to mix pool and academic teaching together. This benefits you as a student as you can practice what you just learnt immediately afterwards in the pool.

Dive Boats

As a small dive company, it is not financial possible for us to run our own boat. Therefore, we rent spaces on a variety of locally owned Phuket dive boats. This also gives us the ability to choose the best quality and safest boats for our guests. You can trust that we do this as we have to go on them too!

PADI Registered

We are a PADI registered dive center with our membership currently renewed for 2017. Iain and Oui are also both renewed PADI diving instructors.

Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is a government organisation created to promote tourism in Thailand and protect the rights of visitors to this wonderful country. All dive companies are required by law to become members of this organisation to ensure their guests are treated safely and fairly. Renewal is every two years when dive companies are required to adhere to certain rules including mainataining safety standards and having a minimum number of Thai staff.

All companies registered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand must display their current registration number on any marketing material including websites. Our number is displayed below in our footer - currently #34/00208.

Legal Staff

All our staff are Thai nationals except for Iain who holds a current Thai work permit. Iain carries this with him at all times as required by Thai law. Feel free to ask him if you would like to see it:).

Dive Insurance

As required by law, we offer free dive accident insurance to all students. Coverage is up to one million baht depending on the situation. However, we do recommend our guests to obtain additional coverage from their home countries before travelling to Thailand. Our recommendation for personal dive insurance is through Divers Alert Network.