Koh Samui is a tropical island paradise in The Gulf of Thailand and it is fast becoming one of Asia's top holiday destinations. It is becoming a favourite spot for couples, weddings, honeymooners, families and people looking for more from their holiday than just drinking and partying. Samui also still attracts the back packer crowd that are looking for a slightly more sophisticated and comfortable travel experience than the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao offer. Usually there are plenty of people around looking to go on diving trips, take diving courses or to experience diving for the first time, which means there is usually plenty of work for Divemasters and Instructors on the island.
When you are learning, living and working on a tropical island there is life outside of your work, even diving. Unlike many of the smaller islands in Thailand, Koh Samui has most of the conveniences and luxuries many of us take for granted and rely on as well as many of the things that have made it such a popular destination over the past 20 years with travellers, backpackers and people looking for a piece of paradise. We often see PADI Pro's from Koh Tao and Koh Phangnan come to Koh Samui for a piece of normality and sanity!!
Samui has some amazing 5 Star Resorts, many fantastic restaurants, night clubs and bars, lots of shops, McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, a cinema and modern medical facilities – all of the things you take for granted at the moment but will occasionally miss after a while.
Koh Samui also has many beautiful unspoiled beaches, fantastic local restaurants for "real" Thai food, many temples including the famous Big Buddha, some of the most amazing sunsets you will see and of course the unbeatable warmth, welcome and smiles of the Thai people.
Koh Samui is more sedate and mature than the surrounding party islands of Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao, and this also relates to the Instructors and anybody else that will be involved in your training.
Although always happy to join in and have a good time, Instructors on Samui will organise their social life around their jobs, so you can be sure your training will be to the highest standards of quality and safety at all times, even after a night out!! This also means that you will be able to focus on your Professional training much easier without too many distractions.
There are a range of accommodation options depending on how much you want to spend, but for around 10,000 baht per month you will get a nice furnished, air-conditioned bungalow. The more you are willing to spend the more luxury you will get. Koh Samui is much cheaper to live on than the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao and many other small islands around Thailand. You get a much better standard of accomodation for your money on Koh Samui but also general living costs like food and even a bottle of water are much higher on the other islands than on Koh Samui.
Koh Samui has more or less all year round diving, although conditions are not always ideal around monsoon season in November and early December. This means that we can begin your course any time convenient for you. Our high seasons are late December through to March and the European summer holidays - July, August and September, although the rest of the year is also good. This means that whatever time of year you are here there are usually lots of students and divers for you to work with, which is good for you as a student but even better once you have finished the courses and are looking to work.
The diving around Koh Samui and the surrounding islands is amongst the best in The Gulf of Thailand, with enough variety to satisfy all levels of diver. There are sheltered, shallow bays which are ideal for students and beginners, and there are deeper sites for more experienced divers. This will give you variety in your day to day work and will allow you to build up good experience across all levels of diver training.
If you are looking to stay and work once you have become a PADI Pro you are pretty much guaranteed work on Koh Samui, particularly as an instructor trained by The Dive Academy. Unlike other islands around Thailand where there are between 20-50 new instructors every month joining the queue for jobs, on Samui there are more job possibilities than there are instructors to fill them so there will be no problem for you finding work, maybe as a freelance to begin with until you get yourself known. And at The Dive Academy we like to have a dive crew of professionals trained by us so we will always try to accomodate you oursleves if we have the availability.
PADI Instructors on Koh Samui usually earn an average of around 30,000 baht per month as there is usually plenty of work to be had. On many of the other islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangnan, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, with exception of the very lucky long term, full time instructors who can often earn around 60,000+ baht per month, the average earnings are around 15,000 baht per month for Instructors. This is due to the fact that there are always lots of instructors around looking for work and with many new instructors being certified each month there is always a conveyor belt of new competition. And with many new pro's taking the MSDT Internship option there is always the fact that a lot of the available work is being completed for free by instructors paying to teach courses to increase their experience and get the required certifications for MSDT.
Unless you get very lucky, diving won't provide you with the means to put lots of money into a pension scheme for your old age but at least on Koh Samui you will be able to earn enough to pay your way, live and work in a beautiful envoronment without emptying your savings and live the the lifestyle many people dream of living!!