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What You Should Know More About Scuba Diving in Phuket
Phuket is truly a delight for any scuba diver in Asia with plenty of excellent options of diving places. White powder sand beaches, turquoise sparkling water, and stunning seascape - Phuket offers you a chance to explore the marine life in its crystal clear water like never before. Best places to do Scuba Diving in Phuket are Koh Racha Yai, Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef, and Koh Dok Mai Island. These islands boast about the clear visibility under the sea which makes the whole experience a lot more exciting. While enjoying the dive you will get to come face to face with majestic sea turtles, bright colorful coral reefs, whale sharks, manta rays, sharks and many other vibrant unique sea creatures. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced diver, these gorgeous islands will leave you awestruck.
You can enjoy Scuba Diving in Phuket throughout the year but if technicalities are taken into consideration, the best time is from November to April. If you would like to explore the underwater world with fewer people around then you may skip December and January as these months are the peak tourist season. So any time between February and April is a good time. Scuba diving during monsoon season is a big ‘no’ as the visibility is reduced and the current of water is strong, so it is better to avoid indulging in scuba diving from June to September.
Yes, Scuba Diving in Phuket is absolutely safe, provided you stay careful and pay attention to safety instructions. You will be given proper training, guidance, and instructions before you dive into the sea. The gear used is thoroughly checked and instructors make sure all safety measures are in place. Also, if you are an inexperienced diver, there will be an instructor accompanying you in the sea to make sure your experience is going smoothly. Wear the gear and listen to the instructor; nothing will go wrong.
Yes, you can enjoy diving in Phuket even if you can not swim. PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is designed for those who can’t swim for providing them safe and smooth scuba diving experience in Phuket.
The minimum age for Scuba Diving in Phuket is 10 years provided the participant is qualified with PADI Junior Open Water Divers. Nobody younger than 10 years of age can indulge in scuba viving in Phuket. Moreover, the diver must dive with a PADI professional and diving is restricted to 12m.
Precautions that you should take before going for Scuba Diving in Phuket:
Make sure you drink lots of water as breathing dry air inside the sea can leave you dehydrated.
Apply sunscreen so that you can avoid sunburn.
Make sure you know the hand dive signals.
Practice and know your limits for how deep you can go.
Though there are no hard and fast prerequisites pertaining to scuba diving, it is always wise to make sure you are physically fit to indulge in the activity to avoid any untoward events. People suffering from medical conditions like asthma and certain types of allergies may consult a doctor before diving in.
If you have no experience of scuba diving whatsoever then you will be briefed to how to dive, breathe and equalize underwater and will be explained with all the necessary rules and hand signals. You will practice how to dive in a safe environment like a pool. After a session of 40-45 minutes, you will be ready to experience the real diving. The duration of scuba diving may differ from package to package. However, a scuba dive lasts for 40-50 minutes generally.
The cost of scuba diving varies with the number of dives you take. For a single pool session and one beach dive, you will part with 1900 TBT. If you want to take 2 dives, it will cost you approximately 2500 TBT and can cost you up to 4500 TBT depending upon the location.
You will just have to fill a medical questionnaire. If you have some kind of medical condition that could create a problem while diving, you need to get approval from a doctor for scuba diving. Moreover, keep in mind that the minimum age requirement in order to dive is 10 years old.
In order to be a certified PADI Open Water Diver, you should be able to swim 200 meters with marks, fins, and snorkel with any swimming strokes. You should also be able to float and tread water for at least 10 minutes. If you can do the things, then you will do just fine.
Women should avoid scuba diving during pregnancy and while trying to conceive. That is the only concern, and there is no special condition barring women from enjoying scuba diving. Moreover, menstruation is not an issue; it is safe to dive during periods.