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SCUBA diving in Singapore?

Post by AJ_Fulham » Tue, 18 Dec 2007 4:57 am

Hi,

All being well i'll be relocating to Singapore in the early new year to take up a new job. SCUBA diving is a real passion of mine, just wondering if there are any clubs / groups that people can point me in the direction of.

Not really interested in the hardcore 'go deep, go long' types, I'm much more interested in the social type clubs with nice chilled out people who fancy a beer after a few dives.

If you could point me in the right direction that would be great!

Thanks!
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Post by germangirl » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:00 am

Hi,

there's many Dive Shops in Singapore, organising weekendtrips away and also day trips in singapore during monsoon season in indonesia and malaysia, allthough vis is not the best in spore ;o) but def an experience !

When will you be relocating to Spore? I am diving with Dolphinscuba, very relaxed leisure dives. Can pm you more details once you're here !

Enjoy your stay in Singapore !
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Post by queeqeg » Sun, 27 Jan 2008 8:07 am

Hey German Girl and AJ_Fulham,

Just got back from a dive in Thailand where I did my refresher after 5 years of no diving. (No dive spots where I was living).

I'm hooked again and looking for people to dive with. Please let me know if any of you are interested.

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Diving classes

Post by queeqeg » Mon, 28 Jan 2008 5:52 pm

Hey everyone,

Got a couple of Private messages re:diving, but something about this site. Kept getting messages that I can't reply privately because I haven't got enough posts to this site.

So anyways, for those of you who are interested in learning how to dive, and want to know where I did it, here's what I ended up doing.

I looked up the internet and looked for dive schools in Thailand. I found a couple of places on Koh Tao which have dive classes and accomodations as one package. Then I shopped about for costs etc.

Even when accounting for the airticket, it was cheaper for me to fly to Koh Tao (Koh Samui works just as well, but less people and cheaper in Koh tao), stay for 1 week, do my classes and dive training, and do 14 dives to get my PADI open water and PADI advanced. Plus a few fun night and other dives.

I won't say which school I went on the website, just in case it comes across as promoting one particular school over another. Here's what I will suggest though, check the PADI site for 5 star schools. I think these are the ones that are qualified to train instructors. Then shop around.

If you REALLY want to know which school I went with, drop me a private mail.

Cheers

Queeqeg

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Post by jpatokal » Wed, 30 Jan 2008 3:02 am

Actually Koh Samui doesn't work as well, because there's no decent diving in the immediate vicinity and you'll just end up going to Koh Tao almost every day anyway.

And please feel free to recommend your school/instructor if they were good, the Koh Tao market is extremely competitive and many of the operators suck.
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Post by jaw » Wed, 30 Jan 2008 11:17 am

may I know where is Koh Tao and what flight gets you there? TIA

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Re: Diving classes

Post by AJ_Fulham » Thu, 31 Jan 2008 4:24 am

queeqeg wrote:Hey everyone,

Got a couple of Private messages re:diving, but something about this site. Kept getting messages that I can't reply privately because I haven't got enough posts to this site.

So anyways, for those of you who are interested in learning how to dive, and want to know where I did it, here's what I ended up doing.

I looked up the internet and looked for dive schools in Thailand. I found a couple of places on Koh Tao which have dive classes and accomodations as one package. Then I shopped about for costs etc.

Even when accounting for the airticket, it was cheaper for me to fly to Koh Tao (Koh Samui works just as well, but less people and cheaper in Koh tao), stay for 1 week, do my classes and dive training, and do 14 dives to get my PADI open water and PADI advanced. Plus a few fun night and other dives.

I won't say which school I went on the website, just in case it comes across as promoting one particular school over another. Here's what I will suggest though, check the PADI site for 5 star schools. I think these are the ones that are qualified to train instructors. Then shop around.

If you REALLY want to know which school I went with, drop me a private mail.

Cheers

Queeqeg
hi there - i just dropped you a PM with my contact details on there, would love to meet some like minded divers and see if we can't organise some trips.

I've been checking out Perhentian & Sipadan in Malaysia - though they would be week long trips i'd imagine, closer to home Paulo Tioman is an easy weekend dive spot, takes a few hours by direct ferry form Singapore. Or a 25min flight if your brave enough :))

Anyway drop me a line and we can hook up for a beer, along with anyone else who's interested.

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Post by jpatokal » Thu, 31 Jan 2008 4:23 pm

jaw wrote:may I know where is Koh Tao and what flight gets you there? TIA
Island off the eastern coast of Thailand. No airport on the island itself, but the one on Koh Samui is under an hour's boat ride away and has direct flights from Singapore on Bangkok Airways.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Ko_Tao
http://wikitravel.org/en/Ko_Samui
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Post by jaw » Thu, 31 Jan 2008 9:48 pm

jpatokal wrote:
jaw wrote:may I know where is Koh Tao and what flight gets you there? TIA
Island off the eastern coast of Thailand. No airport on the island itself, but the one on Koh Samui is under an hour's boat ride away and has direct flights from Singapore on Bangkok Airways.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Ko_Tao
http://wikitravel.org/en/Ko_Samui
thanks, heard of Koh Samui but koh tao is definitely new to me. now I should check out if it's worth exploring.

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Post by anooshead » Sat, 09 Feb 2008 2:59 pm

Hey y'all.

Ok, firstly i'm not an expat per se since i got a PR here quite some time back but this is the scuba forum with the most activity! =S

Now, the main issue. Anybody up for diving in Pulau Dyang/Aur sometime in March? I'll be taking my PADI Advanced Diver Course so if anyone else wants to take it too, then that'll be awesome.
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Post by germangirl » Sun, 17 Feb 2008 12:54 pm

Hi all,

I am going to Aur quite a lot, but stay at Aur itself, not Dayang, at Divers Lodge... If anyone interested at any time, let me know ;o)

For the Open Water Training, I'd recommend doing the Training via a Singapore Dive Shop, most do theory and pool here and open water training in Malaysia. This way, when you get to go to Thailand or other great dive sites, you get to really enjoy it, and don't need to waste the time and dives with Training ;o)
Also, compared to many other countries, dive courses are super cheap in Singapore.

If you're interested you can pm me and I can sent you the link of the dive shop I dive with....
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Post by bostonT2 » Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:29 pm

germangirl,
i think i pm-ed you but not sure if you got it. i want to learn to dive in sg then hit up koh tao week of march 20 (good friday holiday). any help is much appreciated....

ps: i am new to SG and am trying to figure things out here :)
germangirl wrote:Hi all,

I am going to Aur quite a lot, but stay at Aur itself, not Dayang, at Divers Lodge... If anyone interested at any time, let me know ;o)

For the Open Water Training, I'd recommend doing the Training via a Singapore Dive Shop, most do theory and pool here and open water training in Malaysia. This way, when you get to go to Thailand or other great dive sites, you get to really enjoy it, and don't need to waste the time and dives with Training ;o)
Also, compared to many other countries, dive courses are super cheap in Singapore.

If you're interested you can pm me and I can sent you the link of the dive shop I dive with....
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Post by germangirl » Wed, 27 Feb 2008 8:50 am

Hi, I just pmed you the website, any more questions, let me know ;o)
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Post by bostonT2 » Wed, 27 Feb 2008 5:11 pm

how about a group excursion? :) could be fun.... do u think its realistic to get my PADI by 3/15 and then hit up Koh Tao for the week of 3/20?

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Post by yuji » Thu, 28 Feb 2008 9:17 pm

hi I m new on singapore, love to go for some short dive trip. If anyone organise 1 for expat, please update me at wkyuji@gmail.com I got my advance 1 year back, have around 30 dives exp.
Btw I ll go tioman on the 1 may with my malaysia dive gang, if anyone interested can drop my a mail as well :D

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