Pattaya is a great place to live and visit for a short holiday. It has so many things to offer people such as great restaurants, bars, year-round golf, and water sports. One of the most common water sports that people participate in is diving. The waters and the islands off Pattaya are calm and have a number of shipwrecks that both novice and experienced divers can enjoy. The sea is clear and warm throughout the year making for ideal diving conditions.
The area has a number of dive schools catering for divers of all abilities. Here are just 8 of the best dive schools in Pattaya.
Pattaya Dive Centre
Pattaya Dive Centre is located in Thip Plaza on Pattaya Second Road, close to the Pattaya Klang junction. They offer a wide range of courses starting at entry level scuba diving right the way through to specialist PADI courses. Naturally, you will receive PADI certification that can be used globally once you have successfully completed your training.
Mermaids Dive Centre
Mermaids Dive Centre can be found on Thappraya Road and is one of the schools that has been in operation for a number of years. Once again they offer PADI courses aimed at all abilities. The school is renowned for its excellent diving trips around the local island which anyone is welcome on once they have the right certification.
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Real Divers Pattaya
Real Divers is a British owned dive school that is located on Soi Welcome in Jomtien. Similar to the other schools, Real Divers offer PADI courses for divers of all standards. A range of trips are organised by the school and snorkellers are welcome too.
Pattaya Scuba Adventures
Again located on Thappraya Road, Pattaya Scuba Adventures is a school that offers the usual PADI courses. They also arrange a number of diving trips that range from a “2 Dive Day Trip” to a “12 Dive Package”. They also have courses that are specifically designed for women which may appeal to some divers.
Maxi Dive Commercial is somewhat different to the other options in that it is aimed more at people who wish to make a career from diving. Located on Naklua Soi 18, the school offers courses for advanced divers only. This can be very useful if you are thinking of taking your hobby to the next level and becoming a professional diver.
Jomtien Dive Centre
Situated on Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien Dive Centre offers a full range of PADI courses for both recreational and professional divers. In addition to scuba diving, they also offer snorkelling trips and both are available on organised tours to the Pattaya Far Islands and the Pattaya Near Islands, as they as known locally.
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Neptune Dive Centre
Neptune Dive Centre offers a range of courses from beginner to professional diver. Again they organise daily trips, weather permitting, to the popular local dive sites. They also offer accommodation for anyone who is coming to Pattaya with diving specifically in mind.
Seafari Dive Centre
Seafari is the oldest diving school in Thailand having been established back in 1970. Their courses are aimed more at beginners but they do have courses available for more experienced divers. Frequent diving and snorkelling trips are available so you can become more accustomed to the waters around Pattaya.