About Real Divers
For scuba diving and snorkelling trips, PADI courses and dive equipment in Pattaya, Thailand, Real Divers is your one-stop-shop.
We are Pattaya’s only family-run British PADI 5 Star IDC dive center.
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.
The scuba team is headed up by Neil and Peter from the base in Soi Welcome, just off Jomtien Beach road 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.
Pattaya Scuba diving sites
Pattaya has 12 tropical islands and over 30 plus dive sites to explore, both wreck and coral dives.
We are the only dive center in Pattaya that runs their dive trips from 12 metre speedboats and because of this our dive trips start at a reasonable time as we have less travelling time to do to and from the islands as the traditional larger dive boats in Pattaya.
Our dive trips start at the dive center at 9.15am and we are back after our dive/snorkelling activities about 2pm.
We also leave from Jomtien beach which is 50 metres from the dive center, which makes life so much easier than having to navigate the busy Bali Hai tourist pier.
We run daily dive trips to the Pattaya Islands from our 12 metre twin engine Speedboats, we also run dive trips from a traditional Thai boat to the Samae San islands both locations have good wreck and coral sites.
Pattaya has a good selection of coral dive sites for certified divers and students such as Koh Rin, North Rock/South Rock, Koh Man Wichai and Koh klung badan. Koh Rin island has 2 pinnacles either side of her as well as the main island which are great coral dives. Koh Man Wichai has a wall and the famous “fingers” the reef known for looking like the shape of a giant hand. On the coral dives you will see tropical fish life such as Angelfish, Butterfly fish, schooling Fusiliers and Long Toms plus we have different types of stingrays and puffer fish to see on the dives.
Pattaya is also a great place to wreck dive or take a PADI course as we have 5 great shipwrecks like the HTMS Khram & HTMS Kood which rest at 30 metres, the HTMS Mataphon at 22 metres these are all ex US Navy vessels. In Samae san we have the most famous wreck in the Pattaya areas, the WWII Hardeep wreck which was sunk by the R.A.F in 1945. On the shipwrecks we have schooling barracuda, small sharks, morays and bat fish.
The Pattaya Near islands are renowned for large Hawk bill turtles especially on the Islands of Koh Larn, Koh Sak and Koh Krok, you see them on every dive.
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.
Real Divers’ facilities include a stocked retail dive equipment shop downstairs and a classroom equipped with DVD player and multimedia system 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.
The 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 dive instructors with their Dad Dave as their Dive instructor. Their ambition was to start their own dive school but before launching Real Divers in 2005 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 080-991-7829