Coral Grand Divers is a reputable PADI 5 Star IDC Resort situated on the north end of the stunning Sairee beach. Our dive shop is located directly on the beach, right in front of the ocean. We are one of the few dive centres on the island that can rely on 2 swimming pools, one of which is exclusively dedicated and purposely built for diving courses. Our modern IDC classroom allows us to carry out all professional programs with the support of multimedia. Depending on the season we have between 10 and 15 full time staff and usually around 10 ongoing Divemaster Candidates. This offers the perfect opportunity to learn from a variety of different dive professionals but yet receive the personalised attention that excellent training requires. At Coral Grand Divers PADI standards and safety are paramount but we also like to have fun and see each other as our Koh Tao family. At the end of each day some of us gather at the beach and enjoy a cool drink while watching the sunset and sharing the latest events. We also regularly organise staff events like BBQs, Pub quiz night etc.
Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with our Course Director Silvano, you expand your dive knowledge and skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist Instructors with student divers.
We encourage all our Divemaster candidates to do the course between 5 and 12 weeks. Unlike all the PADI non-professional levels, the Divemaster Course is more like an internship; 'the more you put into it, the more you get out of it'. We believe firmly in safety, high teaching standards and of course enjoyment. The moment you sign up with us to become a PADI Divemaster you get FREE FUN DIVES. You can sign up for as many dive trips as you want, we even encourage you to do so!
Our goal for every Divemaster that walks out of our door is to make sure he or she has all the necessary tools, knowledge and experience needed for a future employment in this amazing industry. As a PADI 5* IDC Resort we also prepare all of our Divemasters for their next step into the PADI system of continued education which is the Instructor Development Course.
Prices & Fees:
Please find attached a PDF with more information regarding the Divemaster Training Options and the Divemaster Crew Packs. Besides the training you also need to get your PADI materials and dive equipment. Every Divemaster crew pack offers a different set of items and a discount on all further equipment purchases. These packages already include a discount, the higher the package the better the value. We can also create personalised packages, just let us know what you need! Please note that the use of our BCDs, Regulators and shorty wetsuits are included in the price. However, we strongly recommend to buy your own dive computer for extra safety and fins/booties for more comfort.
You need to then add on top of these prices the PADI fee for every application, which will be paid via credit card directly to PADI Asia & Pacific. The application fee for a Divemaster in 2016 is AUD 187.
Accommodation & Food:
The nights during your Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue courses are FREE. After that we will provide you with 14 days of accommodation in a nice, but basic FAN room located in the resort for ฿ 200 per night. Within this time we will help you to find a more long-term solution for the accommodation.
Normal prices are usually between ฿ 7,000 and ฿ 20,000 per month depending on what kind of luxuries are included (AC, fridge, TV, hot water shower, one room, two rooms etc.). One option would be staying at our own long-term accommodation, Coral Grand Place. It is located in the center of the island, easily reachable by scooter. The price per month is ฿ 8,500 for a fan room with fridge.
Living expenses on Koh Tao are a little more expensive than the rest of Thailand, but still cheaper compared to our standards back at home. Thai food costs between ฿ 40-100 and western food is between ฿ 80-500 (sandwich VS T-bone steak). If you are comfortable to ride a scooter you can rent one from about ฿ 1,500-3,000 per month. Being able to drive a scooter also increases the choices for accommodation options since you will be able to ride to anywhere on the island.
We can not guarantee a full time position the day you finish either the Divemaster or the IDC program. However - if there's an opening - we would rather hire one of our own candidates that demonstrated passion, enthusiasm, good peoples skills and exemplary attitude, than someone from another school. Openings for employment can be for all our dive centres or our live aboard, the Deep Andaman Queen. For all new Instructors that decide to go ahead with the MSDT + Internship program we can guarantee work as a freelancing instructor (work will vary depending on customer flow).