Should I Take My Divemaster In Thailand?

If you’re looking to combine an amazing Koh Tao diving holiday with getting a professional-level certification that gives you the flexibility to travel the world, get paid for it, and never have that Monday morning feeling again, then look no further than the SSI Divemaster course. Koh Tao is one of the most popular locations to go pro, and for good reason. But before we get to that, let’s answer the bigger question: Why take your SSI Divemaster in Thailand?

5 Great Reasons To Train As A Divemaster In Thailand

Becoming a Divemaster in Thailand will put you on the first professional rung of the diving industry ladder. And while it’s true you could do that anywhere, there are some great reasons why completing your dive professional training in the land of smiles is a great idea.

  • Stunning Nature

View from the hills

Sairee Beach

Thailand is home to a wide array of dive sites, each one thriving with marine life. When you take your Divemaster course in Thailand, you’ll spend several weeks exploring various sites and have the chance to see spectacular species. From the “big stuff” like whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.  To macro life like nudibranchs and crustacean critters, and a wide variety of vibrant tropical fish. Of course, the stunning nature that Thailand has to offer doesn’t stop underwater. Palm trees, beautiful sandy beaches and jungle panoramas are also a significant drawcard for those who choose to take their Divemaster course in Thailand

A group of divers looking at coral

A group of divers looking at coral

  • Variety of Dive Sites

From vibrant coral reefs to granite pinnacles, muck dives, and exciting wreck dives, there’s so much to explore. At many other diving locations in the world, you’re limited to a small number of local dive sites when you take your SSI Divemaster training. However, Thailand’s most popular locations for scuba diving have a much wider variety. For example, there are around 50 sites to choose from when you go scuba diving on Koh Tao

Divers underwater next to coral

Divers on their scuba diving course

  • Range of Conditions

To be the best you can be at the end of your SSI Divemaster course and maximise your chances of employment, it’s good to have experience diving in various conditions. While diving in Thailand is generally considered ‘easy’ thanks to our warm tropical waters and good visibility, there are times when conditions are not perfect. Over the time it takes to complete your dive professional training, you’ll experience currents and limited visibility underwater, wind and waves on the surface, and learn how to adapt your dives and dive briefings to account for varying conditions. 

Divers on the taxi boat

An early morning start for these divers

  • Different Types of Diving

Thailand is well known as a scuba divers paradise.  Partly because of the many different types of scuba diving experiences available. Shore dives are also possible at many locations.  And if you are here for a long time, you’ll get to grips with diving from charter boats and longtails. Thailand is also home to many liveaboard operators, particularly on the west coast around the Andaman Sea. Liveaboard dive training is a much sought-after quality in dive professionals.  So you should definitely take a multi-day trip at some point during your stay if you can.

  • Plenty of Assisting Opportunities

Thousands of tourists visit Thailand every year to try scuba diving, get their open water certification, or take their advanced course or upskill with specialty dive training. That means you’ll have the opportunity to assist instructors on a wide variety of courses during your SSI Divemaster course, and you’ll be much more experienced, knowledgeable, and employable by the time you complete it. 

Why Take Your SSI Divemaster On Koh Tao?

Call us biased, but we can’t help thinking that Koh Tao Divemaster training is the best overall option for those looking to become a Divemaster in Thailand. Here’s a comprehensive list of excellent reasons to get your professional-level diving certification on Koh Tao

  • Diving all year round – There is no Koh Tao diving season. The island is open for diving 365 days a year, with favorable conditions most of the time.
  • A multitude of dive sites – When you take your Divemaster on Koh Tao, there are around 50 dive sites to explore. Some standouts include Chumpon Pinnacle, the HTMS Sattakut shipwreck, and the legendary Sail Rock, widely renowned as the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. 
  • Extensive diving community – Koh Tao eats, breathes, and sleeps scuba diving. So there’s no better place to network and build connections for when you’re ready to start work. 
  • Safety and quality – The island certifies as many as 80,000 divers annually. Yet, Koh Tao diving is incredibly safe. Accidents are rare, and the caliber of dive training is exceptional.
  • Cost – The Divemaster course on Koh Tao is one of the cheapest in the world, thanks to the proximity of dive sites and low overhead costs. The cost of living is also much more affordable than at many other diving locations, making it cost-effective to stay for several months and get the most out of your dive professional training.
  • Land Activities – Those who take their Divemaster course on Koh Tao will never be bored when they’re out of the water. There are many other fun activities to try. Examples include rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, yoga, cooking classes, and mini golf. Koh Tao is even home to a flying trapeze school!
  • Other Watersports – There’s plenty to do in the ocean other than scuba diving. Koh Tao is also a world-famous location for snorkeling and freediver training. You can also go paddle boarding, kayaking, and kitesurfing here. 
  • Nightlife – There is something for everyone on Koh Tao, from chilled-out beach vibes to modern bars and nightclubs. As the locals like to say, “every afternoon is a Sunday afternoon, and every night is a Friday night”. 
  • Food – For a small island, visitors are often surprised by the excellent choice of restaurants and eateries. With everything from cheap street food to upmarket restaurants and everything in between.  You’ll find a wide selection of options, including Thai, seafood, international specialties, and western food like pizza, burgers and pasta.

Why Take Your Divemaster On Koh Tao With Mojo Divers?

Mojo Divers Koh Tao beach shop

Our beachfront shop is located on Sairee Beach.

Yes, it’s time for some shameless self-promotion about what makes us one of the best Koh Tao diving schools! So, now that we’ve given you many great reasons to choose Thailand and Koh Tao, let us give you a few about why you should choose Mojo Diving for your Koh Tao Divemaster training. 

  • We enjoy a beautiful beachfront location in Sairee on the island’s most popular beach. 
  • We believe in personalized instruction and keep groups for dive courses and fun dives to a maximum of 4 per instructor. 
  • We are a small to medium-sized school with a family vibe where everyone feels welcome and included. 
  • Our dive boat departs directly from the beach, and we have a compressor onboard. 
  • We organize regular trips to Sail Rock
  • We are passionate about caring for the environment. We offer marine ecology courses and participate in regular land and sea clean-ups. 
A family of divers

This family did their open water course together

Ultimately, wherever you take your Divemaster Course in Thailand, you’re bound to have an amazing experience that will stay with you forever. Are you ready to wave goodbye to your 9-5 job and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Contact us for more information and start living the dream today with our range of professional-level Koh Tao diving packages!

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