There are many reasons why Phuket is an awesome place to start your Instructor career! Here are 10 to start with!

King Cruiser and other awesome dive sites

There are some great dive sites close to Phuket. You can make daytrips to the Koh Phi Phi National Park where you are almost guaranteed to see sharks or turtles. Another highlight is the King Cruiser wreck that is completely overgrown with colourful soft corals and has so many schools of snappers and barracuda’s that is sometimes difficult to even see the wreck.
From Phuket it is also possible to join a liveaboard to the famous dive sites of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Liveaboards to the Similan Islands leave from close by Khao Lak. Both destinations are famous for whale shark and manta ray sightings.


King Cruiser


Thailand is a great country for dive instructors

Thailand is a great place to get started as a diving instructor. It is one of the most popular counties to do your open water course so plenty of opportunities to start teaching. There are many dive centers all around Thailand so it is easy to find a job.


Phuket is beautiful

Phuket is known to many people as a busy tourist destination and a place to party. However Phuket is a very large island and the party scene is limited to one or two streets in Patong beach. Outside Patong you will very quickly find yourself in ‘the real Thailand’ and it is very easy to find quiet areas and even secluded beaches in Phuket. Most divers live in Chalong or Rawai area which both are about an hour drive from Patong.


Rawai beach


Amazing food

Phuket has many western style restaurants where you can get Italian, German, Indian or even Japanese and Turkish food. Off course we advise you to try one of the many Thai restaurants or to get some great Thai food from the night market or one of the roadside stalls. For a few Baht you can enjoy awesome fresh fish, Pad Thai or Thom Yam soup. If you can handle the spices you should try green or red curry or papaya salad!

phuket night market

Other things to do

Phuket is not all about diving. There are many other things to do! If beach bumming is your thing you can find some very nice beaches. For sightseeing we recommend Promthep Cape or Big Buddha or the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. You can try a Thai cooking class or Muay Thai lessons (after the IDC please 😉 ). Phuket is very close to Khao Sok National park where you can do great trekking and also very close to Phang Nga bay where you can enjoy awesome limestone formations including the famous ‘James Bond Island’.


Awesome facilities

Asia Scuba Instructors IDC’s are conducted in cooperation with Sea Fun Divers and take place in the luxurious Le Meredien Resort. Without any doubt we can say that we have perfect facilities to conduct IDC’s! Three air-conditioned classrooms and a huge pool for practice sessions. The dive center is located right at the beach. If you had enough of the classroom sessions you can grab a tank and make a dive on our house reef!


PADI IDC at Meredien Phuket


Value for money

When you compare prices for IDC’s worldwide you will see that Thailand IDC prices are very competitive. You should also consider cost of accommodation, food and traveling. Putting it all together shows that doing your IDC in Phuket is an excellent choice if you are on a limited budget. On top of that Asia Scuba Instructors IDC’s offer many extras like our Nitrox Instructor course that is included in the IDC for free.


Language support

On your IDC with Asia Scuba Instructors together with Sea Fun Divers you will have great language support. We support English, French, German, Swedish language and more. We have all important training material available in your own language and you can even do the instructor exam in your own language.
Although you can do the complete IDC and IE in your own language, we encourage our candidates to also practice teaching in English. This will boost your confidence to teach English courses as a diving instructor and it will greatly increase your chances to find a job!



We care about our oceans! At Asia Scuba Instructors we actively promote and support SeaShepherd, Shark Guardian and off course Project AWARE. 


Real job finding support

REAL job finding support means that we will actively support you in finding your first job. We will show you where and how to look for jobs and how best to apply. We will go over your CV’s (yes, more than one) to establish your ‘unique selling points’ as instructor and we will provide you with useful contacts to get you started.

Asia Scuba Instructors Blog is written by Course Director Marcel Jansen. Asia Scuba Instructors runs PADI Instructor Courses in multiple locations around Asia.