I’m new to Andy’s Scuba Diving Rawai, Phuket :)

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Hey everyone, I wanted to write a short piece to introduce myself as the new owner of Andy’s Scuba Diving Rawai, Phuket.  If you can put a face to a name I think that’s a good thing – only one thing though, my name is Lisa not Andy 🙂 So Lisa is now the proud owner of Andy’s Scuba Diving PADI Dive Centre in Rawai, Phuket – just to avoid any confusion 🙂

When we first came to Thailand, I completed my Open Water, Advanced Open Water & Nitrox course, all with Andy’s.  I remember thinking at the time, this is the life – imagine owning & running your very own Dive Centre.  Looking back, it all seemed a bit of a pipe dream, how could I give up my Executive role with the world’s leading Telecoms Organisation after working with them for 15 years?  So as the holiday bubble burst as we arrived back in the UK, life carried on as normal.. Then we booked to come back to Phuket the following year, we had the Thailand bug and most definitely the dive bug that everyone tells you about..

First time diving

We were not disappointed, in fact, the second time was even more amazing as we travelled on a Liveaboard holiday to the Similan Islands for 6 days – we saw the most beautiful marine life, was blessed with the best company and fell more in love with Thailand, if that was even possible.  This was the game-changer for us and after one particular dive I commented to my husband ‘Why don’t you become a Dive Instructor?’ A year later,  Jon had become a Master Scuba Diver Instructor, the house was sold and we were saying our goodbyes to our nearest and dearest as we were about to embark on our new adventure leaving the UK for sunnier climes.


I’m so excited to become the new owner of Andy’s, what I have witnessed over the years I have known Andy & Sally, is their profound passion for Scuba Diving and customer experience is inspiring – having over 20 years experience in customer service & management, and with the support of my husband who has worked tirelessly to now achieve his PADI Master Instructor status.  I am delighted to take the Business forward and continue to deliver a service second to none to all our guests 🙂

Happy Diving all!

Lisa. xx

Non-Swimmers Can Scuba Dive Phuket!

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Can I Scuba Dive Even Though I Can’t Swim?

This is one of the questions we get asked most frequently by our customers. And the answer is YES – non-swimmers CAN scuba dive Phuket!

You do not need to be able to swim or to have had any experience in the ocean to try Scuba Diving.

Wherever you dive in the world, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme has been designed to give you a safe and comfortable scuba diving experience even if you can’t swim. So you don’t need to worry about your first ever diving experience – on this programme you’re in good hands.

In over 10 years in the diving industry we have had plenty of experience with non-swimmers and even the occasional person who has a fear of water! It is not unusual that someone who is fearful of being in the sea still has a compelling urge to go scuba diving. It just proves what a powerful attraction our beautiful underwater world has. The feedback we have is that the experience is literally life-changing!

First Time Nerves

If you’re a non-swimmer it is normal that you will be nervous about your first experience and are bound to be filled with both trepidation and excitement. Express any concerns you have to your instructor and ask questions – there are no silly questions when it comes to scuba diving.

We are frequently asked ‘how deep will I go’? Well the answer is that it depends on you and how comfortable you feel under the water. The maximum depth for this programme is 12 metres but you don’t need to go to this depth to be scuba diving and there is often plenty of exhilarating marine life to see at shallow depths.

For this programme you’re Expert Instructor will go over some basic skills with you and how your equipment works. Then you’ll answer a few questions to make sure you’ve understood what you have been taught.

When it’s time to enter the water, your instructor will normally make the final checks ensuring that you are safe, the weights are securely fastened and the buoyancy control device is inflated correctly.

Taking Your First Breaths

In the water it is important that you stay close to your instructor. Those first few breaths you take underwater are truly amazing and ideally, this will be in shallow water and/or holding on to a rope. Once you feel comfortable and relaxed then your scuba instructor will introduce some basic diving skills to you which include clearing your mask of water and recovering & clearing your regulator. The most important rule in scuba diving is to breathe continuously and NEVER hold your breath.

You will then explore the reef and your instructor will help you to compensate for any buoyancy changes needed to ascend and/or descend so they do all the work whilst you enjoy the beautiful marine life.

Dive Sites

Coral reefs generally thrive in shallow, warm waters that get a lot of sunlight and they provides the ideal environment for beginners who want to see the fascinating fish and marine life, as well asthe vibrant colours that exist underwater in the tropics.

Here in Phuket some of the best dive sites for beginners can be found at Phi Phi Islands and also at Racha Noi and Yai with tons of fish, colourful corals and interesting marine life such as turtles. Racha Noi and Racha Yai’s dive sites usually have excellent visibility of up to 30 metres and are located in beautiful sheltered bays.

Check out our dive sites page for a taste of what you may see.

So there you have it – non-swimmers can scuba dive too. Go ahead and dive in – you won’t regret it!



When To Visit Phuket

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Phuket?

When planning a trip to Thailand one of the first things you are going to want to know is what the weather will be like and when is the best time to visit Phuket.

Phuket has a tropical climate which means it has warm temperatures along with plenty of sunshine, and we dive all year round.
However there are 2 distinct weather patterns. From early November until late April the northeast monsoon prevails bringing a light easterly breeze to Southern Thailand. The sea is flat calm and there are blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Phuket gets an average 26 sunny days a month at this time of year! This period is known as tourist high season.

From May to the end of October the southwest monsoon prevails which brings more rain and frequent winds to Phuket. Mostly the showers are light with long periods of sunshine too although there can be days of solid rain – this is generally more likely in September. This period is known as the low season in Phuket but the island still averages 20 sunny days per month in this season.

High Season

The months of November through to April provide great dive site conditions, with calm seas and excellent visibility. The busiest months are December and January, which are known as peak season. You can expect to pay more for your accommodation and the dive boats are often full. If you’re coming at this time of year its a good idea to book your Phuket diving day trip or liveaboard cruise well in advance. February to April is a fantastic time to visit Phuket as there are fewer tourists and sea and dive site conditions are perfect.

Best Time to Visit Phuket To Dive With Whale Sharks

Dive With Whale Sharks On Your Phuket Diving Trip

In high season we highly recommend for certified divers the Phi Phi Island dive sites and Shark Point, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser wreck and Koh Doc Mai as they are all teeming with fish life and you have the chance to dive with turtles and the beautiful, docile leopard shark.

High season weather is also perfect for the Thailand liveaboards which run to the Similan Islands, Hin Daeng and Burma from mid-October until mid-May. This is the best time of year to see whale sharks – last year 20113-2014 was an excellent season with whale shark encounters on almost every liveaboard trip and sightings off Phi Phi Islands and Shark Point. This season promises to be just as good with several encounters already in these areas. Manta rays are also frequent visitors to the Similan Islands – particularly at Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. March to May is a good time to spot them at Racha Noi off Phuket when there is a higher concentration of plankton.

Low Season

Also known as Green Season, from May to October sea conditions are more variable and there is a greater chance of rain. Visibility can be reduced at all the Phuket dive sites except Racha Noi and Yai. The seas can be choppy and the boat ride from Phuket to the dive sites can be bumpy but this is usually not a problem for more experienced divers. Now and then we get the odd storm when it is not safe to take the dive boat out but this only occurs a handful of times during this 6 month period. If you’re planning to visit at this time of year then the chances are you will still get to go diving and we can advise you on predicted weather conditions.

In low season we tend to dive the sites on the east coast of the islands which are protected from the west-prevailing wind. This is the best time of year to dive Racha Noi and Racha Yai as these islands have excellent visibility of up to 30 metres and are located in beautiful sheltered bays. These are great sites for both complete beginners and experienced divers alike with the chance to dive with barracudas, batfish and ornate ghostpipefish.

Strong surge means beach diving is not possible at this time of year but the waves on the west coast beaches make it a great time for surfing and kite-boarding and more and more people are attracted to Phuket for these activities.

Air Temperature

The temperature rarely drops below 26°C and the coolest month is January with an average temperature of 28°C. The hottest weather in Phuket occurs between April and May when the temperatures average in the early 30°C’s with the odd rainfall providing a drop in temperature.

Water Temperature

Generally the water temperature ranges throughout the year from 28 to 30°C. In March and April thermoclines can sweep in dropping the temperature down a few degrees but this also brings in the bigger creatures. In 2010 the water went up to 31°C which resulted in the bleaching of some corals but the Phuket dive sites are now recovering from that.


This varies during the year but can often exceed 30m in high season. The presence of plankton in the water can reduce visibility but also attracts larger marine life such as mantas and whale sharks. In low season good visibility at Racha Noi and Yai is almost guaranteed.

So whatever time of year you visit Phuket in the ‘Land of Smiles’ you can expect warm temperatures along with warm hospitality too!

For additional information or to book a dive trip send us an email or fill in our contact form.