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stenu

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Hello Scuba Community!

My girlfriend and I are quitting our jobs and going traveling for a Year in Southeast Asia. During this time, I would like to train to become a Dive Master (later on maybe even Instructor, but one step at a time :-)). However, I am not really sure where to go for the training.

The locations shouldn't be too remote, as my girlfriend won't be diving. She is planning on taking language classes, while I do the course. A lot of blogs recommend Gili Islands and Ko Tao for their large number of dive schools and great nightlife. But partying isn't really what we are looking for. For me, the quality of the training is most important.

Can anyone give a recommendation where we should go?

Thanks a lot in advance :-)
« Last Edit: 01 Oct 16, 21:15 by stenu »

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Hi... one suggestion.

It will take anywhere from 3-6mths to to get from open water to dive master/Instructor... faster of course, of you already have a large number of dives and is a certified diver already...

Whichever place you decided to go... Thailand (Koh Tao) or Indonesia (Gili Island)... even Philippines... it would be good if you find out which country have the highest chances for you and your GF to get your VISA extended, easily... this largely depends on where you come from...
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Bali or Manado, good places to start.

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Bali is a good location if your partner is not diving, plenty to do and to see. Location like Gili I think will be boring pretty fast for your girlfriend, small island....

For "zero to hero" so no diver to Divemaster as we call it commonly, you need to allow at least 2 months to do a good training.
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stenu

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Hi all!

Thanks a lot for your replies. Very appreciated!

We were looking into Bali as well. Mainly because Gili Islands would probably be to remote for my girlfriend and because we are not really into the partying on Koh Tao.

Now for the next question: where on Bali should we go? Can anyone recommend Denpasar?

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Either north of Bali (Tulamben, Pemuteran) or Padang Bai will have good diving.
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Would recommend Sanur as it is further away from the touristy places like Kuta, but still has some places for hangouts.

Do google Bali Scuba. I had a great experience there myself.

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Hello again :)

I work in Bali, I can send you some details about the different areas. Where you stay and where you dive are usually different things in Bali
You can reach me through my dive site www.becomeadivepro.com
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^ Do it with Helene if you have the chance, she's amazing :)
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One note to add on Koh Tao - you mentioned you are not so keen on the partying.

There are plenty of areas of Koh Tao which are very quiet and idyllic. The partying is mainly confined only to Sairee Beach on the Northwest of the island. Look at Buddha View in Chalock Ban Khao (a very very quiet village on the island) or perhaps Master Divers in Mae Haad which is where the ferry arrives on the island. Both locations are lovely, quiet and not full of party hard tourists.

I lived there for 5 years so I would know  ;)

Just to let you know that the island is not the crazy party island it is sometimes made out to be. I hate that scene and in 5 years I think I went 'out' twice, maybe 3 times. The most relaxing and amazing 5 years of my life.