Discover Scuba Diving | Racha Yai

Always wondering what it looks like to breathe underwater?  If so you do not necessarily have to pay for a course to have certification. Begin your diving adventure at your own pace. Discover Scuba Diving would be a good opportunity at the beginning to understand the diving world. SSS Phuket offers a starter program in a private group in spectacular dive spots with our certified SSS Phuket Instructors . During the course, you would get an introduction and briefing on Scuba Diving and you would be taught how to use the scuba diving equipment in shallow waters. Please note that this is not a Scuba Diving Certification.

Koh Racha Yai is the largest of the two islands located off the Southeastern coast of Phuket.



On the northern end of the island, you can find two beautiful little bays. They are  known for their deep clear waters and the colorful coral formations. This scuba eden has gained its reputation for its beautiful clear waters and white sandy beaches. Being renowned for its great visibility while diving even during the different seasons, nothing beats learning how to dive in Racha Yai.
While it may be awesome to already discover the rich marine life in Racha Yai while snorkeling, diving would lead you into a whole new underwater experience. Amongst the varieties of marine life that you would be able to see, get ready to spot the hidden scorpion fish waiting to prey!

Another variety of fish that you would be able to spot are the tuna. Feast your eyes on the shoals of tuna swimming around you. Stonefish are also regular guests at Racha Yai .For many divers’ pleasure, be sure to enjoy an exceptional dive especially off the east coast where the current allows a drift dive along a slope with a rocky face. It is covered with beautiful corals.

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DSD Program

DSD Program


Continuing Education



Program Summary
Underwater visibility
Point of interest
Hard Colorful Corals
Dive site shallowest depth
2 meters
Dive Site deepest depth
40 meters
Numbers of dives
Very Easy
For Whom
Marine life observation
During all dives
Be at least
Years old
Pgm maximum depth
All included

Day Trip Itinerary | Racha Yai

Racha Yai is one of the best places to start your scuba diving adventure. With the help of shallow bays, take baby steps and start your exploration with a SSS Phuket Certified Instructor!

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  • 7:30am – Pick up at the hotel and proceed to Chalong Pier. Transfer to dive boat.
  • 8:00am – Welcome aboard! Breakfast is provided on the way to the first dive site.
  • 10.00am – First dive.
  • 11:00am – Hot buffet lunch would be served on board. Time for some snorkeling and sunbathing after lunch.
  • 12:30pm – Second dive.
  • 1:30pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier.
  • 3:30pm – Back to Chalong Pier.
  • 4:00pm – Transfer back to hotel

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PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program

Always wondering what it is like to breathe underwater?

You do not necessarily have to plunge into a course for certification. Begin your diving adventure with baby steps.

Discover Scuba Diving would be a good opportunity for your first step to understand the diving world.

SSS Phuket offers a starter programme in a private group to one of the spectacular dive spots with our certified SSS Phuket Instructors.

During the duration of the course, you would get an introduction and briefing on Scuba Diving and you would be taught how to use the scuba diving equipment in shallow waters. It is important to note that this is not an actual Scuba Diving Certification.

Breathing underwater is a whole new experience. It would take a few minutes to get used to it. This is not a typical human behavior, and it is completely normal to be a little hesitant to put your face in the water and inhale at the beginning.


In a few moments, your body adapts and you would be taken over by the freedom of movement while discovering the amazing marine life.

In addition, should you have an actual open water dive during your Discover Scuba Diving Programme, you could get credit that may count when you decide to continue your diving certification ( Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver). This would put you a step ahead of the game!

You would be guided and supervised by our PADI Professionals in SSS Phuket.

Learning Points:

• How the dive gear works and how to move around comfortably with it
• How to breathe underwater
• Familiarizing with simple techniques used to dive safely

You would use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy control device that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentationto monitor depth and air supply. You would also be provided with a scuba wetsuit and a weight system.

The cost of Discover Scuba Diving would include all the equipment that you would need.

If you have a preference to use your own or buy your own equipment, SSS Phuket has a selection of the best equipment required. For more information, please send us an email.

Your willingness to learn and your undivided attention !
To sign up for Discover Scuba Diving, you must be at least 10 years old.

The maximum depth is 12 meters (39 feet).

Please Download a Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf).

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Continuing Education

The possibilities for the continuation of Discover Scuba Diving are :

  • PADI Scuba Diver course (Extension for 1 more day to obtain license to depth of 12 meters

  PADI Open Water Diver course (Extension for 2 more days to obtain license to depth of 18 meters)


Your instructor will ask you to fill a medical questionnaire on the boat, you can download it here.