Diving Instructor Courses on Koh Tao

PADI MSDT Another Level!

Dive Instructors who care about your future!

Diving has always been a passion of mine. I first started diving in 2003 when I did my open water course on Great Keppel Island in Queensland. Back then it was just a hobby, it wasn’t until 8 years later that I decided this was to be more than just a hobby, and it was something I wanted to make a career out of. The PADI MSDT program at Sairee Cottage Diving prepared me for the real world in dive instructing.

I did my IDC in Perth in 2011 and that is where my Diving Instructor career began. As soon as I finished my IDC, I was hired straight away by a live aboard dive charter over in the beautiful Whitsundays, Queensland. I spent a few years working on the live aboards, as much as I loved my job, I was only teaching DSDs and leading certified divers, as opposed to teaching courses, which was what I really wanted to do. After a while and a bit of a break to complete a university degree, it was time to pack my bags and travel. I ended up in Thailand in Koh Samui as this is where my mother lives, and my sister came over too to have her wedding on Koh Samui.

PADI MSDT Wreck Penetration Specialty

PADI MSDT course taken to another level!

After a few months, as much as I was enjoying the family time, I knew it was time to get back in the water. I really wanted to get back to teaching, but even though I had been a Diving Instructor for 4 years, I never had the opportunity to teach full courses. So I decided that the best thing for me to do would be to do my PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (PADI MSDT) and an internship to refresh old skills and learn some new ones. I knew my destination was to be the beautiful Koh Tao. At first it was over whelming as there are so many dive schools on Koh Tao, but I got onto Google and started researching. After about a week of research and phone calls, I found the spot that looked perfect for me, Sairee Cottage Diving.

I spoke to PADI Course Director Marcel Van Den Berg on the phone and he was extremely helpful and friendly, and I knew I made the right choice. The PADI MSDT program was a lot of fun. It consisted of 6 days of learning all the specialties, Marcel even gives you the option to select up to 10 specialties! We had a day dedicated to Eco awareness and did a massive beach clean-up. The final day was dedicated to job placement as well as resume building, to ensure we would all be ready to work on completion.

PADI MSDT Course Rescue Exercise

Marcel was very supportive and a lot of fun to learn from. Once I completed the 6 day program, I went straight into the 6 week dive internship. The dive instructor internship was extremely helpful as it let me team teach and assist senior dive instructors on a number of courses. This was excellent to learn and to build my certifications. I have had a lot of fun on my PADI MSDT on Koh Tao and on the MSDT internship on Koh Tao, I have learned a lot and made lots of new friends, plus the diving has been amazing on Koh Tao!

Krisztina Balazs
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

At Sairee Cottage Diving we take the MSDT course to another level, adding extra dives, lectures and real life experiences. At Sairee Cottage Diving we also truly care about your future and we will do anything to help you get a job in diving as a PADI Dive Instructor during our Diving Job Placement day. Please leave your comments here with questions about our MSDT program in Thailand with Sairee Cottage Diving or if you want to share your experience with your MSDT program.

Become a Dive Instructor in Thailand at one of the best dive schools in Asia and get your PADI Instructor certification after completing your PADI IDC program. Prepare for the real world by taking the MSDT Internship at Sairee Cottage Diving. This is an eco friendly IDC program including free environmental lectures on topics such as ProjectAWARE and CoralWatch. Watch dive instructor videos on our YouTube channel.

Marcel van den Berg
PADI Platinum Course Director
Sairee Cottage Diving
Koh Tao, Thailand

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  3. Diving has always been a passion of mine. I first started diving in 2003 when I did my open water course on Great Keppel Island in Queensland. Back then it was just a hobby, it wasn’t until 8 years later that I decided this was to be more than just a hobby, and it was something I wanted to make a career out of.

Dive Equipment

Start your new dive career straight away with a brand new set of Professional Dive Gear. We are proud to present the Diving Instructor Silver and Gold Dive Equipment Packages that include everything you need to start your career in the best way possible.

During our PADI Diving Instructor Course (IDC), Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and Dive Instructor Internship course, we offer to use our dive shop equipment for free. Except for a Dive Knife, SMB, Whistle, Compass and a Torch is only needed for MSDT. These items you can purchase here, if needed. However it will always be more comfortable and convenient to have your own diving equipment; and if you want to work in the dive industry, staff have to have their own kit as a rule in nearly all dive companies.

At Sairee Cottage Diving we offer 2 packages to suit different budgets:

  1. The Silver Dive Equipment Package – a very affordable way to kick-start your new adventure for 53865 THB
  2. The Gold Dive Equipment Package for those who want more luxurious and high-end dive equipment for 73925 THB

We also offer separate Scuba Pro Wetsuits and Suunto Dive Computers. Please contact us if you would like to add anything in particular. If you book online we will give you an extra 15% discount on these package prices and you can always change items here on arrival if you want.

IDC Silver Equipment Package

IDC Silver Equipment Package

IDC Gold Equipment Package

IDC Gold Equipment Package

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