What is a Master Divers Life?

 

As most of you will already know, this month we are running our 25th anniversary campaign, allowing one lucky applicant to Win a PADI dive career with our Master Divers Life Contest! 

The prize includes all PADI courses up to Instructor, including fees and certification costs, a full set of Aqua Lung equipment, as well as a Conservation Package. The prize value is over 11,000USD, but the opportunity to live the dream on our paradise island goes way further than that.

So what can you expect from your Master Divers Life if you win? We could write an novel (or several!) on how amazing our dive family is, the calibre of our teaching, and why you should want to join us. You don’t have to just take our word for it though, as we have several customers, students and staff members, all with their own unique Master Divers Life, who can all tell you the same thing! So why not take their word for it instead…

 

Kevin Fletcher – Loyal Fun Diver and BSAC Dive Leader 

Loyal Fun Diver Kevin
Kevin Diving in chilly UK waters

 

Back in 2003 when I first encountered Master Divers it was under the ownership of a close friend who organised a group trip to Koh Tao for our BSAC club from London. Safety was always the keyword and I am glad to say that feature has remained paramount over the years. In fact, when ownership transferred to the present owner’s, things only took a turn for the better. What was an already a first class dive school blossomed into the efficient, disciplined and very personal outfit it is today. I mention this as some of the Dive Schools in Koh Tao seem to concentrate on producing ‘qualified’ divers in a less personal and professional way. Numbers overtake other priorities. Not so with Master Divers. I have continued to patronise this establishment because of the friendly approach to every client – you are not a number but an individual. This is reflected in the student-to-instructor ratio, making every student, fun diver and snorkeller feel part of a family. No corners are cut. The standard of equipment provided is up there with the best. I am an equipment officer for my club so notice immediately when things are not quite right. At MD if there is a problem with a piece of kit (which inevitably happens) it is immediately withdrawn from use and rectified/repaired.

Fun Diving Koh Tao
Fun Diving on Koh Tao

 

I have continued to come back to MD over the years, now racking up over 200 fun dives with this company. I even brought my son here to learn to dive because I had complete confidence in their professional ability. They care. Enquiries are always responded to in a timely and friendly fashion. They have a wealth of knowledge about this lovely island stemming from years of residing there with the people that matter – the locals! For instance, their No1 boat captain, P Dong,  has substantial seniority over some of the other dive boat captains on the island which can reap huge benefits at popular dive sites. He is the most experienced and capable captain I have come across. I will continue to use this dive school for as many years as I have left to safely dive, and dive safely!

 

Jacques Diedericks – Rescue Diver and Father to 2 Future Dive Pros!

Going to Thailand on our first family scuba trip – with hours and hours of research to find the best dive operation was of utmost importance as our two boys 13 and 10 just qualified in their Junior Open Water course and I wanted their first diving experience to be good, as this would set the tone for their future diving experiences. With this in mind I emailed several what seemed to be top end diving operations with information on our diving back ground and our plans to do some fun dives and courses during our 4 week stay.

Well to my surprise some never even replied whilst some replied by “copy and paste” their website pages back to me (which I had already read hence my initial email) and the only guys that got back to me referring to each and every request and concern in detail was Master Divers. They even offered to help us with our travel itinerary from Koh Samui to Koh Tao and offer help in recommending accommodation.

Happy Junior Divers

 

Having reasonable experience myself, but with my boys obviously being very new to the world of diving, I can honestly say all three of us were blown away by the experience we had. I arrived with my Rescue Diver qualifications and during my time with Master Divers I progressed through to Master Diver Level. Our boys progressed with a further 2 courses which included Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Navigator specialties. The number one thing that stood out to us about Master Divers was their detailed focus on all safety aspects without fail. The boys completed 28 dives in their time with Master Divers, and dived with 7 different instructors and 4 different dive masters – and every single one of them delivered detailed dive safety briefs before every dive and debriefed the boys after every dive. The second most important experience we had was how accommodating, friendly and personable the team were through out our visit. These guys really go out of their way to ensure your dream dive trip becomes a reality beyond any expectations.

Head instructor Jason with Jacques and his boys

 

I can’t say enough about this fantastic dive business and their incredible team that we got to know, as every one of them made our visit the most unbelievable dream holiday of a lifetime. My 13 year old son and I did our very last dive as a night dive (my son’s first ever night dive) and what an epic experience. I remember after surfacing we just laughed and laughed as we had no words – thank you so so much for that lasting memory. We had some professional under water photographs taken too which really helped to capture the experience to share with family and friends.

Months later my boys are still buzzing from the amazing experiences and memories made in Koh Tao. To all at Master Divers, we can not thank you enough and can sincerely only hope to dive with and be trained by you in the future.

 

Hayley Pearce – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer & Marine Conservation Instructor

My Master Divers’ Life started 3 years ago when I was travelling and decided to stop at Koh Tao to do some diving. As a PADI Advanced Open Water diver I had never done any fun dives, just my Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water courses, so it was all very new and exciting. I was so impressed with how Master Divers operated, their focus on the environment and the team that they had, that I started to think that one day, I could do the same. They were then, and still are, the best company I have dived with.

The choice to do my PADI Divemaster with them was easy and I’m so glad I did! Since I’ve been here I have learned so much from such caring, professional and fun people; I feel like I have extended my family! The learning curve was huge, but I almost didn’t notice it happening as you work with so many talented people, and naturally absorb good techniques and habits.

Hayley Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
Scuba Smile!

 

I spent a lot of time before coming here thinking about whether I would carry on to Instructor level. I planned on doing it, I just wasn’t sure when. As soon as my Divemaster was finished though, I wanted to continue to the next level. I had been given the confidence to carry on from such great training, something I know I was lacking at the start having taken my initial certification courses elsewhere. Master Divers is an environment that breeds a desire to learn and grow. Also, the fact that most of the Instructors at Master Divers have been trained by Gaz, our PADI Course Director, says such fantastic things about what a great teacher he is, that I knew I couldn’t waste that opportunity.

PADI Instructor Koh Tao
Always happy to be in the water

 

Now I’m a PADI Instructor and every day I’m grateful for my choices. Watching the look on people’s faces when they first see the underwater world (that I spend every day in!), seeing them go from beginner up to pro level and the joy on people’s faces when they see their first Whale Shark: that’s never going to get boring! To quote one of my customers ‘You basically get to hang out with your mates on boats and get paid to go diving’. Pretty much, yes! And I love it!

 

Andy Durrant – Pro Level Student and Now PADI Instructor

The first time I came to Koh Tao was to visit a Diving Instructor friend and do a few dives, having already completed my Open Water and Advanced courses in Bali about 18 months prior. I came certain that I simply enjoyed diving but was not looking to progress further (besides perhaps the odd specialty) but somehow left Koh Tao determined to return and complete my Divemaster. Funny how things can change so quickly!

My friend recommended Master Divers as they are very focused on standards, professionalism and safety, and so it is the ideal place for any new professionals to train so that no ‘bad habits’ can set in. I have to say having now completed my Divemaster and then deciding to complete my Instructor course here I have no regrets as the standards of teaching and general professionalism have been incredible throughout – this goes for all staff whether they be Divemaster, Instructors, Course Directors or even Office staff. Everyone has one goal –  to be the best dive centre on koh Tao.

PADI Pro Training Koh Tao
Divemaster in training

 

One of the best things about Master Divers is the family feel, it is large enough to have a good selection of facilities and options for different divers, but it is not too big that you start to feel like a number on a sheet of paper. Everyone is unbelievably friendly and welcoming – a great example of this would be that the night I arrived on the island and popped in to introduce myself and complete paperwork. I was told there would be power cuts the next day and so the staff invited me along to play ‘Office Olympics’ with them. I believe there is some evidence of this on their facebook page somewhere!

They are also very Environmentally conscious with one full time Instructor dedicated to Environmental projects. There’s always something going on – from eco quiz and movie nights, to environmental presentations and working with local government to drive sustainable initiatives across the island.

PADI Divemaster in Training
Andy Underwater

 

I have very grateful to have been told about Master Divers as since becoming a professional I have had the opportunity to work or visit other dive shops –  and whilst the vast majority are good and unique in their own way, Master Divers stands apart significantly in terms of professionalism and the quality of training I have received.

 

So….are you ready to change your life for the better and find your very own Master divers Life?! Our contest closes for entries on June 1st, so enter today to be in with a chance to Win a PADI Dive career in paradise! 

 

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