Master Divers is one of the longest operating dive centres on the island, having first opened its doors in 1992. You will find all of the staff you meet here are very passionate about every aspect of diving. Between us all we have experienced a huge range of dive centres over our time in the dive industry, whether as a customer, instructor or manager. Therefore we have taken our own ideals for the dive industry and combined it with the best aspects of those centres, and brought them together to welcome divers of any experience and age.
Our aim has always been to create a small yet professional and friendly dive centre which offers a high quality of tuition and service, with great facilities and a high standard of equipment. We pride ourselves on being the kind of dive centre that does not cut corners, the kind of dive centre where you are a name rather than a number, the kind of dive centre where you feel welcome and cared for, the kind of dive centre that cares for the environment and the kind of dive centre that we would like to dive in ourselves!
It’s been damn hard work, but we believe we have succeeded. You needn’t just take our word for it though. You are welcome to come in, have a look around and meet the team.
We understand that every visitor to Koh Tao leaves a footprint – and not just in the sand!
On a day to day basis we do what we can to minimise the environmental impact we have. There’s no magic wand but we do take positive steps and there are many things you can do while you are travelling to help Thailand as a whole.
We offer a water re-fill station – which not only guarantees you a free supply of fresh water but means that by refilling your bottles you reduce the amount of plastic waste created. Look out for these when you are travelling and re-fill as much as possible.
We say NO to plastic bags and polystyrene boxes. We provide you and any food delivery service with boxes so they don’t have to use polystyrene. As a team, when shopping, we carry our purchases in re-usable cloth bags. We also provide reusable glasses for the fruit shake and smoothie shop so that we are not using a single plastic cup with each drink.”
If all you do during your trip is make sure any purchase goes in your day or ruck sack and not in plastic then you will have saved the environment a huge impact in hundreds of plastic bags. Check out this article for more tips on how you can help.
Reducing plastic is the environment issue we feel quite strongly about and we not only try to educate visitors to the island but those that live here too. In a blog post we suggested a 'top 10' things you can do to have an impact on plastic waste if you live here, but many points apply to even a short stay.
We clean up our beach and sea area which ensures that trash blown in does not circulate back out causing marine animals death. We join in the regular monthly clean ups too and have championed the abandoned beach of Laem Thien as our responsibility too.
You can read more about our environmental activities by looking at the environmental category on the blog.
If you want to read more about the huge plastic problem in our oceans then check out this page. It includes a video that we made to promote awareness of this issue which we hope that you share to help highlight the issue.
We use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions so as not to add chemicals to the water supply. We flush our toilets with salt water which preserves the sometimes scarce ground water supplies.
We ensure that both sides of every piece of paper is used.
We offer eLearning, which is online and replaces books. This not only offers divers convenience but also saves on the paper used to create the book.
PADI have also launched an e-manual too which we give you instead of the printed paper version. This not only saves trees but space in your luggage too. The e-manual is simply an online digitized version of the paper manual. It has been extremely popular and saves on a huge amount of paper production and usage.
We run environmental evenings too on different aspects of the environment which we encourage our divers to attend. Subjects include the State of the Ocean, Marine Debris and Sharks too.
We have created and deployed structures which have increased the scope and size of artificial reefs.