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Helpful Diving Info

Here at Aussie Divers we don’t just consider ourselves a dive shop, we think of it as more, a big family of like minded individuals coming together to enjoy the marine environment here in Phuket, Thailand. So with that in mind we spend a great deal of time writing articles to dispel diving myths and try to promote the healthy sharing of correct and informed opinions on our marine world.

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Is Phuket, Thailand a Good Place to Learn to Scuba Dive?

Often divers who wish to learn to scuba dive are faced with a decision to learn in their home country or away. Learning to scuba diving in Phuket has its distinct advantages. 1. The Water is Warm Let's face it who likes to be cold? The water temperature in Phuket is generally around 29 degrees Celsius. Not only is more fun to be in but it is easier to stay focused. When you are cold a considerable amount to your body's energy is used to keep you warm. Less energy is available for concentration and focus. Further warm environments also make us happier. Warm water is easier to dive in. Most divers in and around Phuket can comfortably dive in a 3mm short wetsuit. [...]

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Has Kata Beach Dive Become A Serious Certified Divers Site?

In the past the Kata Beach dive was used more as a necessity and beginners dive rather than a dive site for certified divers. It is a dive site that can only be dived during the high season, October/November through to late April. The change of winds during the low season has the wind coming directly from the west and straight into the beach. These create high waves and increases underwater movement, reducing visibility and pushes trash into the dive site. The high season winds come from the east and make for better beach dive conditions. Kata Beach is quite a shallow dive site and given it proximity the heavily populated Phuket island, visibility is not always the best. However with some [...]

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Can I Fly After Scuba Diving?

Flying after scuba diving is possibly one of the most asked questions when booking a day trip or PADI course here in Phuket, Thailand. "When is it safe to fly? Can i fly the same day as scuba diving? If i finish my course on Friday can i fly that night?" This question is covered in all beginners Open Water Course's, however the recommendations do change from time to time, and if you haven't dived in a while you may have simply forgotten some dive theory (perhaps you need a refresher?). There are also a few different numbers thrown around when asking people in the dive community, 12 hours? 8 hours? 24 hours? Single dives – A minimum pre-flight surface interval [...]

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PADI Discover Scuba Diving – Your Safety – Avoid the Risks – Phuket

Some years ago PADI introduced the PADI Discover Scuba Diving into their system. They did so to give divers a taste of scuba diving prior to signing up for the full PADI Open Water Course. PADI intended the Discover Scuba Diving to be a brief introduction into the underwater realm. They intended to be a short 10 – 15 minute experience and thus designed the activity as such. Somewhere over time the PADI Discover Scuba Diving has turned into full days diving, with multiple and to dive sites the same as certified dives. The structure of the theory and practical skills for activity was designed for a very short period under the water. The full days diving to experienced [...]

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Understanding WindGuru – Phuket Scuba Diving

The website is the guide and go to website for not only all scuba diving and boating agencies in Phuket but the world wide. Given that all of the scuba diving in Phuket is involved a lot of boat travel (anywhere from 1.5 hours for Racha Yai and three hours for Phi Phi) most scuba diving rely on it heavily for information for the safety and enjoyment of their customers. Often divers particularly those doing beginner course such as the PADI Discover Scuba Diving or PADI Open Water Course have never been on a boat for extended periods. Given that it is their first experience at scuba diving we try to make it as enjoyable as we can. Often [...]

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What is the Weather Like for Scuba Diving in Phuket?

Understanding Phuket’s weather is an important part of planning you scuba diving adventure. As the bulk of the scuba diving in and around Phuket is done off the large specifically built scuba diving boats. A typical scuba diving day such as a certified day trip or PADI Discover Scuba Diving you could spend between 4 – 6 hours boat travelling. For the PADI Open Water Course or Advanced Open Water course you will do two days travelling. The liveboard boats you will spend anywhere between two and eight days on board a vessel. This is one of the reasons why the liveaboard boats have a dive season of mid October to the end of April. The weather in Phuket [...]

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Buying Scuba Diving Equipment – To Rent or to Purchase

You have now fallen in love with scuba diving and you are now looking at getting some of your own equipment. There some things to consider when purchasing you own scuba diving equipment and one of the main questions is if you need to purchase it at all. Why buy if I can rent – Why rent if I can buy? To answer this question you will need to take a look at what type of diver you are or will be. First you would need to look at the frequency that you will be diving. Will you be diving with you local dive club or just when you travel on you yearly holiday? As a local diver there are two very good [...]

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