About The Dive Academy

What we do


The Dive Academy is an English owned PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based on the paradise island of Koh Samui. We offer a full range of PADI Dive Courses from beginner all the way to Professional. We also offer Dive tours to the top sites in the Gulf of Thailand.

For non-divers we offer VIP Snorkeling tours to the best spots on and around Koh Samui so everybody has the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic marine life in the area.

The majority of The Dive Academy's training is for people looking to begin diving or looking to try diving for the first time. We work at the pace which suits the students and allows them to enjoy their first experience of the underwater world as much as possible.

The Dive Academy are one of the only active dive centres on the island conducting Instructor Development Courses and many of the dive centre's on Koh Samui have Instructors that were trained by The Dive Academy - the Instructor's that can't get employment with us!! There are more Instructors currently working on Samui trained by The Dive Academy and our Course Director than any other dive centre on the island, which shows the quality of our training is also recognised by our competitors.

padi-dive-coursesAt The Dive Academy we cater for family groups, with children as young as ten joining in and doing (sometimes better!) the same PADI Courses as the adults. Children between eight and ten can also learn with courses designed especially for them.

We have experienced and friendly staff who can teach in a number of languages, including: English, German, Chinese and French.


Our Speedboats

The Dive Academy have our own speedboats built specifically for diving which means we take you to the dive sites quickly and comfortably at the same time as giving you the best possible service.

Both Midnight Blues have the latest in GPS technology so finding the less commonly visited dive sites is easier and with an iPod / iPhone compatible stereo system we  provide some relaxing, chilled out tunes while your'e eating your delicious lunch.

For additional customer comfort, both boats are strictly NO SMOKING boats and as you would expect on boats owned by a PADI 5 Star Centre we have Emergency Oxygen, First Aid Kit and Lifejackets on board.


 Who We are

The Dive Academy was opened in 2005 and we quickly became recognised for our exceptionally high standards of customer service and dive training. 

Although our staff may have changed over the years, the owners have made sure that the level of quality of our dive Instructors is as good now as ever - our dive crew are arguably the best on the island and give the best customer service around. 

And with nearly 50 years combined experience of Instructing dive courses between all of us below we also know how to make the most of your precious time under water. 

Paul in Mango BayPaul - Course Director 473096

Paul opened The Dive Academy in 2005 after becoming a PADI Instructor in December 2002 and has since taught all levels of PADI Courses, from introducing 8 year old children to the pleasures of diving with the Bubblemaker Course, to training people to become PADI Instructors and to live the dream for themselves!

Although busy being one of the owners, Paul is still an active Instructor, so not only do our customers benefit from having one of the most experienced PADI Professionals on the island, but he is also there on a day to day basis to ensure our standards are maintained at the highest possible level and our customers are experiencing the service they expect - no sitting behind a desk letting others do the work and having all of the fun like most owners!

As well as a passion for diving, Paul also has a love of football and is a huge Chelsea supporter!!

Claire - IDC Staff Instructor

Claire - Master Instructor 289024

After first visiting Koh Samui in 2008 and falling in love with the island, after many years working in the corporate world, Claire decided to make diving her career and moved to Samui to complete her Divemaster Course and eventually her Instructor Course, both with The Dive Academy where she is now joint-owner so is also on hand to make sure customers are happy and our high standards are being maintained.

Claire enjoys teaching at all levels and her combination of fun, safety and professionalism are the key to her success with her students. She is also particularly good with children and people feeling a little bit nervous or apprehensive about diving.

As well as being a diving Instructor, Claire is an avid horse rider and is also a qualified horse riding Instructor.


MarcMarc - OWSI 387909

Marc completed his Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses with The Dive Academy in 2011 and has been a returning customer ever since.

In 2016 he decided to give up his career in Australia to follow his passion for diving, completing his Divemaster and Instructor courses here at The Dive Academy. Marc is a great personality to have on the team and together with his background in team leading and training others, he is a great asset (as long as you can understand the dodgy Scottish accent!). Marc has dived in various places around Australia as well as in Bali & Turkey.

In his free time, Marc is a bit of a yoga expert and likes to go to the gym and to wind down you will often find him with a drink in his hand watching his favourite team Celtic!

LeoLeo - OWSI 345548

Leo is an Italian multilingual instructor who speaks Italian, Spanish and English. He started diving in 2012 when he was living in Australia and since then he has continued enjoying diving and increasing his knowledge and experience of diving.

After becoming a Divemaster in Thailand, Leo went to the Dominican Republic to work as a dive guide and then continued on to become an Instructor.  At the beginning of 2016 he decided to come back to Thailand and eventually found his way to Samui and The Dive Academy. Leo is a very patient and positive person and when he is not underwater he likes go to the gym or just relax at home.   

Inna our Russian InstructorInna - OWSI 341457

Inna is from Russia and teaches in both Russian & English. She started diving in 2012 when she was travelling in Indonesia and after a few months travelled to Thailand where she continued her diving education until she became a PADI Divemaster. In 2014, she then moved to the Dominican Republic where she became an Instructor and then worked for 18 months gaining valuable experience with one of the biggest dive schools in the world.

In 2016, Inna decided it was time to come back to Asia, first going to Malaysia and then arriving in Samui. As many people do, she fell in love with the island and decided to stay after being offered a job with The Dive Academy!


Captain RitRit - Boat Captain

Rit is Captain of our boat "Midnight Blue" and is a valuable member of The Dive Academy crew. We have known and worked with Rit for around 10 years and were very happy when he joined our crew as Captain.
Rit is very popular in the diving community on Koh Samui and is remembered by many customers as being the happy, smiling man on the boat that is always helping people.
Like most Thai's Rit loves English Premier League Football and unfortunately, for reasons he can't explain, Rit is a keen Liverpool supporter.
Camille is one of only 49 Course Directors worldwide that were awarded the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating for 2012, so you can be assured your Instructor training will be of the highest standard and will fully prepare you for life as a PADI Instructo

Sak - the DriverSak - Driver

Sak's smiling face is usually the first from The Dive Academy you will see in the morning when he picks you up from your resort to take you to the dive centre for a course or to the dive boat on your diving day. Sak is always willing to chat  on the way to or from our dive centre and enjoys meeting new people every day. 

Sak has become an invaluable member of The Dive Academy staff and is a huge asset to the company but unfortunately he is a little bit scared to try diving to see how he likes it!



Where we are

The Dive Academy has 2 offices on Koh Samui. Our main office, where our training rooms and 3.5m deep swimming pool is located, is on the main ring road in Bophut on the north of the island, next to Samui Go Kart Track and a very short walking distance to a number of resorts including Peace Resort, Anantara Resort, Hansar Resort, Bophut Resort, IBIS Bophut and Bandara Resort & Spa and a 3 minute walk from the fantastic Fisherman's Village.

We also have an office at Peace Resort which is around 300 metres along the road from our main office. 

Customer Service

Unless requested by the customer, we do not take more than four customers per group on any diving course or dive tour. If any group is larger than four people we will provide, at no additional cost to the customers, a second professional diver to accompany the group.

We offer an exclusivity option which allows you to book an instructor so that they are exclusive to you or your group for the duration of your course. We also offer special packages for families and groups looking to learn to dive together.

Divers Alert NetworkSafety and Insurance

The Dive Academy have a 100% safety record and have never had a customer injured due to a diving accident.

The Dive Academy are sponsors of the SSS Recompression Chamber on Koh Samui. This means that customers and students of The Dive Academy can have the peace of mind to know that in the very unlikey event that they should need it, they are covered for the majority of the cost of what can be very expensive recompression treatment.

We also offer a Daily Insurance policy in case your Travel Insurance doesn't cover you for Scuba Diving.

Deposit and Refund Policy

To confirm your place on a course we will require a non-refundable deposit of 5,000 baht or 2,500 baht per person for any dive tour or Discover Scuba Diving experience. The balance of the course fees will need to be paid in full prior to the commencement of the course. 

We do understand that your circumstances may change, not allowing you to start or finish a course for any reason, therefore we are very flexible on your start and completion dates. You can delay the start of your courses as much as you need, this is no problem, as long as you keep us informed about your change of plans. Also, once you have started the courses, if you need to delay your training for any reason that is also no problem. Again you will need to keep us informed of your plans. 

As with any university or training facility, deposits and full payments are non-refundable but once you commit to our courses, you will see that we are also commited to help you complete your courses, however long it takes.

Online 10am until 6pm Koh Samui time if you would like to chat