My Amazing Experience Doing Open Water SCUBA Diving Certification in Koh Lanta, Thailand
So today I am celebrating the fact that I have been successfully certified as a new Open Water SCUBA Diver in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Yayyy!!!
It took me almost 4 years of wasting money and nerves for Try Scuba dives, but I am here now – a confident and happy Open Water Diver.
I have had some really bad experiences trying Discovery Diving before and having done about 8 dives elsewhere in the world (I know it is not plenty, but that gives you a taste of what it is like and sets some expectations) I would highly recommend to do the OW course to anyone who loves marine life and would like to try SCUBA. Believe me, it provides you with so much of confidence and fundamental knowledge that all your fears dissipate and you can truly enjoy the underwater experience without any fears of false beliefs.
I did the Course with @palmbeachdivers who were extremely attentive, helpful, friendly, knowledgable and provided me and Andrius (he did his specialty courses leading to Dive Master) with no less than 5⭐️ service throughout. I had a 1-2-1 theory and pool sessions with a highly experienced instructor Ivona (together with her husband she is also a co-owner of the dive shop). I can only be eternally thankful for her time, knowledge and patience ❤️ In most of the dive shops the best you can get is a group of 3-4 novices. We did some serious work learning, then some amazing diving and all the the time we were laughing and having a really good time.
This is the only dive shop thus far who emphasised the importance of a dive computer and thought me how to use one (they provide one for the duration of the course). Andrius also said that in his OW course in Philippines back in 2016 he was not thought many more skills Palm Beach Divers ensured I learned to become an excellent autonomous diver.
The dive shop also has an awesome underwater photographer (Insta: @pejovnik), who will follow you everywhere an make some jaw dropping photos for you to remember the whole experience for life!!
Last but not least, you can purchase dive gear (including dive computer, snorkel, mask, dry bags, rash vest and many more) from Palm Beach Divers at a nice discount if you dive with them.
It was an amazing overall experience which met all my expectations of a responsible and top notch dive shop and staff. I could not recommend them more.
Note: My experience was with a Scuba Schools International (SSI). Our friend Joseph described his Open Water and Advanced Open Water experience with PADI in Utila, Honduras here. Make sure you check it out.
Special thanks to Ivona my dive guru, to all @palmbeachdivers dive shop and boat staff, instructors and buddies for those 3 unforgettable days. Thank you to my partner Andrius for sharing the knowledge, being supportive and proud. You are welcome to finally have the best dive buddy for life! 👫❤️
See you underwater friends 🐠🐟🐡🦑🦐🐬🐳🐋🦈