Aqua Divers Phuket

Nai Thon Dive Resort
11/5 Moo 4,
Tambon Sakoo
Amphoe Thalang
Phuket 83140
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Phuket
4. December 2016, 21:10
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26°C
real feel: 29°C
current pressure: 1010 mb
humidity: 78%
wind speed: 2 m/s ENE
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Entry or visa regulations for Thailand

You need a passport or provisional passport that is valid for at least 6 months. The same applies to children. Furthermore, a valid return ticket is required.

For stays in Thailand of up to 30 days, a visa is not necessary for German nationals. This only applies to entries by air. When you enter the country by land, you are permitted a stay of 15 days. Entries by air are unlimitedly possible. According to the information
supplied to the embassy, only 4 entries by land are allowed.

German nationals, who intend to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, require a visa issued by a Thai embassy before entering the country.

For stays of up to 60 days, you require a “Tourist Visa”. A “Non-Immigrant Visa” entitles you to a stay of up to 90 days. In general, tourist and non-immigrant visas can be extended by 15 days.

All further regulations can be found on the homepage of the foreign and commonwealth office of the UK (United Kingdom).

During which season should you travel to Phuket?

Thailand’s climate is tropical and usually temperatures average between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius with very high humidity. From May to October is Thailand’s rainy season, during which torrential rainfall can occur regionally. It can lead to extensive flooding. For all who travel during this season it is recommended to inquire about the current situation with tour operators or hotels and attentively follow the weather reports. Aquadivers Phuket will provide you with this information before your diving holiday in Thailand.

Population

Thailand’s population comprises approximately 60 million people, 10 million of which live in Bangkok. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, where the king holds a central position as both head of the state and supreme guardian of religion. Thailand is strongly affected by Buddhism. To avoid offending the Thai religion, you should be mindful of appropriate clothing when entering temples or other sacred sites.

Customs regulations

It is important to be mindful of regulations on the import and export of cash and goods (presents). Please use our link to the homepage of
the the foreign and commonwealth office of the UK (United Kingdom).

Which vaccinations are necessary?

An up-to-date vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory for all travelers older than 9 months if they enter from an area affected by yellow fever (see http://www.who.int/topics/yellow_fever/en/). If you travel directly from Germany there are no vaccination regulations.

The foreign office furthermore recommends vaccine protection against: tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A, for stays longer than 4 weeks and particular exposure also hepatitis B, typhus, rabies, and Japanese encephalitis. Here too, our link to the homepage of the foreign and commonwealth office of the UK (United Kingdom) provides you with information.

Recommendations

It is recommended to take out travel health insurance with repatriation insurance. When you require the help of the German consulate, you are usually billed for the provided services. Aqua Divers always points this out separately during the conclusion of a contract.

How can I pay?

The Thai Baht (THB) is the national currency. Traveller’s cheques and cash in Euro, US Dollars, or other currencies can be exchanged without a problem. Several Banks operate branches in Phuket.

There are many bureaus de change, partially with extended opening hours. Depending on the season, they are open until 9 pm.

Which diving courses are available?

You have the possibility to take TDA/CMAS, SSI, and PADI dive courses. Given below is information regarding TDA/CMAS and PADI.

TDA / CMAS * BRONZE

From 14 years old. To a maximum depth of 18 m (during training). 6 training dives. Once all TDA / CMAS Bronze exercises are completed, divers can dive safely in a group under the supervision of an experienced diver, and, depending on the personal diving experience, even deeper than 18 m. This certificate authorises the holder to dive worldwide to a maximum depth of 18 m together with other TDA / CMAS * (Bronze) divers. You can learn about the full course in our downloads.

TDA / CMAS ** SILVER

From 16 years old. To a maximum depth of 25 m (during training). 6 dives + rescue training. The applicant must have completed at least 20 dives since the logbook entry TDA / CMAS *, at least 10 of which must have been at a depth of 18 to 25 m. Applicants must present the special certificate underwater navigation, as well as proof of participation in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course not older than a year. After completing the TDA /CMAS ** (Silver) course, divers will be able to plan dives independently and carry them out safely with divers of the same skill level. You can learn about the full course in our downloads.

TDA / CMAS *** GOLD

From 18 years old. To a maximum depth of 40 m. Duration of training at least 2 weeks. 15 dives. The applicant must have completed at least 40 dives since the logbook entry TDA / CMAS **, at least 10 of which must have been at a depth of 25 to 40 m. Furthermore, a specialised level 2 course, i.e. night diving, dry suit diving, or current diving is required. After the completion of the TDA / CMAS *** (Gold) course, divers will be able to plan dives with inexperienced divers, assume leadership of a group, and accompany inexperienced divers safely. You can learn about the full course in our downloads.

PADI diving courses

Text source: http://www.padi.com

During the PADI Open Water Diver Course your PADI instructor will teach you the basics of scuba diving. You will begin in a swimming pool or under similar conditions and continue in open waters (such as the sea, a lake, a gravel pond, etc.) while simultaneously gaining the necessary background knowledge. You can read more about the entire PADI course here.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course offers you the opportunity to try out some of the most educational and useful specialty activities of diving, such as deep diving, digital underwater photography, wreck diving, and many more. The thus acquired skills will turn diving into much more than just underwater sightseeing. Furthermore, the Advanced Open Water Diver Course will bring you one step closer to becoming a Master Scuba Diver, the ultimate non-professional level of scuba diving. You can read about the entire PADI course here.

The PADI Rescue Diver Course further expands your knowledge and level of experience. Rescue divers learn to take care of the security and well-being of others. While this course is challenging it will reward you with a strong self-confidence. The rescue diver training will teach you how to prevent problems and, should the need arise, to act correctly in case of a diving accident. Many divers say it is the best course they ever took. You can read about the entire PADI course here.

The PADI Divermaster Program is the beginning of your adventures as a professional diver. In close cooperation with a PADI instructor, this course furthers your knowledge and skills to a professional level. The PADI Divemaster training fosters your leadership qualities and teaches you to supervise dives and help diving instructors in their work with students. You can read about the entire PADI course here.

What kind of transport is available?

The local means of transportation are share taxis (Song Teo) and moped taxis. Share taxis are usually modified pick-up trucks with roofed benches on the cargo area. They cover a fixed route and it is possible to get on or off anywhere along the route. Bigger resort offer a shuttle service. Cars, jeeps, motor cycles, mopeds, or bicycles can be rented for a reasonable price. In Thailand you drive on the left side of the road. It is not recommended to attempt your first ride on a scooter in Thailand.

Will my mobile phone work and where can I send an email?

Phuket has many Internet cafes with an ADSL high-speed connection. Most of our resorts offer this service as well, usually in the lobby. You can use your own mobile phone. You should ask your provider about roaming costs before you begin your travels. It is also possible to buy a Thai SIM card with prepaid credit. You only need to present your passport for this.

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