About Real Divers

About Real Divers

For scuba diving and snorkeling trips courses and equipment in Pattaya, Thailand, Real Divers is your one-stop-shop. We are Pattaya’s only family-run British PADI 5 Star IDC dive centre.

Journalist Dave Chandler (now retired) started it all more then 20 years ago when he came to Pattaya on holiday and decided to learn to dive. He enjoyed it so much that he sold his publishing company, retired early and emigrated to Thailand.

Later, Dave’s sons Neil and Peter, followed out from England and he trained them to become PADI instructors. Dave ran Elite Divers, which later changed it’s name to Diving Thailand.

Neil and Peter opened Real Divers in 2002 and later linked their business with Diving Thailand to make Diving Thailand with Real Divers.

The scuba team is headed up by Neil and Peter from the base in Soi Welcome, just off Beach road, Jomtien just 10 minutes away from the bustling action of Pattaya.

Neil and Peter are two of Pattaya’s most experienced Instructors with a 100 per cent safety record after thousands of dives on all the local sites. They have daily speedboat trips to Pattaya’s offshore islands and also to Samae san, 45 minutes by road south of Pattaya. They can take you for coral dives or wreck dives, teach you to dive, teach you a PADI course or how to be a PADI professional and go home with something tangible from your holiday.


Real Divers has met all of the requirements to be a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center (IDC), which is recognition from PADI about the quality of service offered by Real Divers, as well as certification numbers. It also denotes that the training facility is suitable for training dive Instructors and has the necessary PADI Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors on the staff.

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Real Divers’ facilities include a stocked retail dive equipment shop downstairs and a classroom equipped with DVD player and multimedia system upstairs for conducting the academic sections of the different PADI diver courses.

Confined water training is done in the best diver training pool in Pattaya and when sea conditions are good we like to do the skills of the Open water course at a beach bay which has swimming pool like conditions.


Scuba Diving Internship PackagesThe main instructors at Real Divers are British guys Neil and Peter Chandler. Neil and Peter emigrated from England to Thailand in 1996 to start a new lifestyle by qualifying as PADI scuba instructors with their Dad Dave as their instructor. Their ambition was to start their own dive school but before launching Real Divers in 2003 they decided to work as instructors in the dive industry in order to gain all-round experience and equally importantly, to learn the business from the bottom up,including the do’s and dont’s of running a dive shop.

Between them during this “apprenticeship” they logged over 9,000 dives locally and have trained more then two thousand students at all levels from novices to professionals, making them two of the most knowledgeable and experienced instructors in Pattaya and Thailand.


Real Divers is located on Soi Welcome, just off Jomtien Beach Road in Jomtien to the south of Pattaya, Thailand.

We can be directly contacted on +66 (0) 38-232-476 or if you want to come and see us to discuss your diving trip or course then ask a taxi to take you to Soi Welcome, Jomtien.

We are also available on Skype between 08:00a.m. – 08:00 p.m.(GMT+7).

Neil’s mobile number is +66 (0) 876-021-411 and Peter can be directly contacted on +66 (0)80-991-7829



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334/117 Moo 12 (Soi Welcome)
Jomtien Beach,
tel:+66 (0) 38-232-476