From scuba diving and snorkeling trips on Pattaya’s largest dive boat to instructor training to taking the vanguard in technical diving, Aquanauts Dive Centre offers Pattaya’s most well-rounded scuba experience.
Founded in 1996, Aquanauts — located on Soi 6 in North Pattaya – is one of the oldest scuba diving centers in Pattaya. It’s also the only British/Dutch-owned center in the area. Our roots trace back to the English Midlands, east coast of Scotland and the South of Holland. Our staff is comprised entirely of Western instructors and divemasters, all of whom trained at Aquanauts to meet our exacting standards.
Aquanauts long has considered itself a premium dive operation, emphasizing quality over quantity, or even price. If you’re bent on finding the absolute cheapest dive possible, you’ll find plenty of bargain-basement operators lining up to take your money. But – as in many things in life – you really do get what you pay for in scuba diving and, at Aquanauts, we strive for the best.
We’ve worked hard to rise to the pinnacle of PADI dive center certification. Our of more than 225 PADI centers in Thailand, Aquanauts is one of only three to have achieved the organization’s highest rating: PADI 5-Star National Geographic Career Development Center. We are also just one of two to have won the designation as ANDI Technical Diving Facility in the entire country.
Fully insured, Thai government-licensed and certified by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Aquanauts also owns and operates Pattaya’s largest, most-modern and comfortable dive boat. With three decks, our 26 m. vessel offers padded bench and sofa seating bow to stern; six solid tables for dining and study, the city’s only full galley to cook fresh, hot Thai and Western meals; two freshwater showers; two Western-style toilets; sun deck; full interior lighting for night dives; and a dive deck that boats 100 tanks, compressor, weights and spare equipment.
Aquanauts dives seven days a week to all Pattaya’s four wrecks and Near and Far Islands. All trips include free hotel pickup and return service, a freshly cooked western/Thai meal, soft drinks and equipment rental (if needed). We also welcome passengers and snorkelers to join you.
While diving, you’ll be taken care of by our experienced instructors and divemasters, all products of our renowned Diving Instructor Training internship program. This months-long, fully immerse program has trainees dive every day and face batteries of PADI- and Aquanauts-prepared exams, drills and workshops to become the most-experienced PADI professionals we can create. In fact, the only instructors we hire are the ones we’ve trained ourselves.
Training at Aquanauts, of course, also requires a classroom and we’ve got four of them spread across two different facilities in Pattaya. Our “Multimedia Learning Centers” include the full range of audio-visual equipment and high-speed wireless Internet access. They’re also cool and large enough so students have ample space for their books and study aids.
Before you dive into the sea, you may also need swimming pool work. Aquanauts’s exclusive-use pool, just off the beach, is one of the largest and cleanest around, with more than 2 m. of depth so all dive skills can be done correctly.
In addition to the full range of PADI recreational and professional courses, Aquanauts also offers the full slate of courses in PADI-DSAT’s TecRec technical diving program. Become tec certified with the Tec Deep 40, 45 and 50 courses and go on to Tec Trimix.
Or, you can go outside the PADI-DSAT curriculum with any of the courses from ANDI (American Nitrox Divers International) or TDI (Technical Diving International). Here you can not only get into technical decompression and nitrox diving, but cavern, cave and rebreather diving. Aquanauts is the only facility in Central Thailand to offer both the ADR Inspiration and Megadolon closed-circuit rebreathers.
Our technical operations are supported by our Central Pattaya facility with two additional compressors, 30 more tanks, a 300-bar pumping station and nitrox and trimix-mixing facility. Our full workshop, also located there, services and maintains all our tanks and rental dive equipment.
Of course Aquanauts also sells new dive gear. We are an authorized dealership for Scubapro, Aqua-Lung, Mares, Suunto and other major brands. We are also certified Scubapro and Mares technicians.
So if you’re looking for the “complete package”, when planning your Pattaya dive holiday, there’s no better choice than Aquanauts!