The Pro Guide to Scuba Diving Holidays

More and more people are turning to the mysterious world that lies under the oceans, and if you would like a holiday to beat all holidays, look for a liveaboard scuba holiday in a tropical paradise like Thailand. Liveaboard means you are living on the dive boat, allowing you to enjoy multiple dives in some of the best dive sites in South East Asia, and when you compare the cost to staying in a resort and booking your dives on a daily basis, liveaboard wins hands-down.

Combine your holiday with PADI Certification

You might be a novice and would like to go through the various steps to obtain PADI certification, which allows you to dive solo, there are online providers that can be found with a Google search. The basic PADI course teaches you many essential skills that you will need to safely scuba and in a holiday atmosphere, you will be in the water with other learners and, of course, diving instructors.

Booking your Trip

Sourcing a Thailand liveaboard operator is easy with an online search, and the operator would have a number of vessels and a range of packages ranging from basic PADI certification to advanced levels, and with your living accommodation on the dive boat, you can look forward to a unique couple of weeks, as you learn how to safely scuba in pristine tropical waters that are teeming with marine life.

Advanced Levels

If you are already a passionate scuba diver and would like to join up with other high-level divers to create unique dives, the advanced diving packages are ideal. You might, for example, plan a dive on a wreck, which can be really intense and rewarding; the skipper will help with dive planning and liveaboard allows you to make lots of dives, which is ideal.

Essential Equipment

While the scuba gear will be provided by the dive operator, you will need to acquire the following prior to going on the course:

  • Face mask & snorkel – These should be of the best quality and the mask should fit your face perfectly, maintaining a watertight seal while being comfortable to wear.
  • Fins – The fins give you your power and practice makes perfect, so the more time you spend snorkeling, the better control you will have. Your thigh muscles will develop over time and the more proficient you are at being in the water with fins and snorkel, the better.

Everything else you need will be provided by the dive operator and you will learn how to use the regulator and the buoyancy control device (BCD), which is critical, plus you will practice moving around with the scuba pack on your back. This is done in a confined area of water like a swimming pool and with the help of an experienced PADI instructor, you will become familiar with scuba diving while having a great holiday.

A scuba diving holiday where you live on the dive boat ensures that you get the most out of the experience, and if you’re diving in a tropical paradise like Thailand, expect to see some amazing marine life.