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iQ Dive





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iQ-Dive is a PADI 5 Star Dive Center located in Khao Lak, Thailand, just some 60 minutes north from the Phuket International Airport. We offer scuba diving and snorkeling daytrips, overnight and liveaboard cruises to the famous Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, local wreck diving, trips to Myanmar (Burma) and Indonesia, and of course the complete PADI educational program from beginner to pro !

We have successfully been operating in Khao Lak on Thailand's west coast since 1996. The iQ-Dive is managed by Swiss scuba diving instructor Ernst Schläpfer and his Thai wife Meaw.

In the early years, Khao Lak was just an insider tip amongst backpackers. Eventually Khao Lak gained international recognition among scuba divers due to its geographically perfect loaction, right opposite to the Similan Islands, one of the world's top ten diving and snorkeling destinations.

What started as a relatively small operation, fast became a large, highly professional and efficient PADI 5-Star dive center that is now one of the biggest in the area. The iQ-Dive team's goal is to provide a maximum of safety, professionalism and fun for its guests.

Khao Lak is is the ideal place to relax for families with children. The Khao Lak Lamru National Park area features pristine beaches, dense tropical rain forest, waterfalls and endless opportunities for outdoor activities like jeep safaris, canoeing, elephant trekking, hiking to the nearby waterfalls and more.

Day trip facilities

Day trip facilities

Cameras For Hire, Compressor, Equipment For Sale, Equipment Hire, Own Day Boat, Servicing, Free Nitrox, Lunch, DIN, Valve Adapters, Yoke, Tech Diving

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PADI Bubblemaker

Bubblemaker offers an easy and enjoyable introduction to the magic of underwater breathing.

It makes a perfect transition step for children. They can go from watching their parents or older siblings enjoying SCUBA diving, to learning how themselves. No worries though, any age is welcome to participate.

For children ages 8+, this course gets them below the surface and blowing bubbles in a fun filled 1 to 1 ½ hours. After watching an engaging 30 minute video called “PADI - Discover Scuba Diving,” a PADI certified instructor covers safety considerations in a comfortable way for children. The small class then puts the lessons into practice in water less than 6 feet deep. Safety is the priority.

Students learn how to swim with fins, use a mask, and take their first breaths underwater.

Once the class starts “blowing bubbles” with ease, the instructor will carefully lead them through cool tricks to keep their excitement and interest up. They could be playing frisbee, swimming like a dolphin, or learning to swim upside down while down under!

Aside from great memories, each participant gets a prize to mark their new skills: a sharp looking PADI certificate.

The dive center provides all the necessary gear: mask, snorkel fins, wet-suit if required, tank, weights, vest, and regulator.

No special swimming skills are required. Anyone in good health, without a cold or ear infection, is welcome to sign up today!


PADI Discover Sucba Diver

DSD typically takes a day, involves some instruction and some diving.


PADI Open Water Certification

PADI's Open Water Certification unlocks an entire new world of exotic ocean adventures. Students from the Discover SCUBA Diving class will already have some of the skills for this course. Anyone in good health over the 10 years of age is eligible.

Advanced PADI certified instructors lead students through guides and videos explaining terms and concepts about the technical aspects of ocean diving. Following class room instruction, the students put the theory into practice with relevant pool dives. Skills build on each other. Eventually students learn about going as far as 130 feet under the surface, pre-dive safety practices, equipment check outs, and how to handle most diving challenges.

Students move through at least five pool dives and four local dives on their way to passing the certification test. The instructors role is to get students safely through the lessons until they are confident enough for exciting open ocean diving. Though fun and focused on making students comfortable underwater, this is a serious course that conveys and verifies defined skills on those that pass. Not everyone attains the level of competence required for safe open water diving. For this reason, gaining the PADI Open Water Certification is a cause for pride.

A big part of SCUBA revolves around equipment. Students learn about selecting masks, snorkels, fins, dive computers, dive gauges, wet suits, buoyancy vests, tanks, regulators and weight belts. The dive shop can rent all of the necessary gear. Instructors can also assist students with buying gear that improves their diving enjoyment and safety.

Class length varies by season and size. It can take as little as 2 intense days, or as long as 8 weeks depending on how many hours per day students can devote, along with access to suitable dive sites.

Gaining experience as an Open Water Certified diver often leads to a desire for more skills. Becoming an Advanced Open Water diver gives more knowledge and skills for enjoying SCUBA in a wider variety of more challenging conditions.


PADI - Advanced Open Water Certification

If PADI Open Water certification is like a standard driving license, then the Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification is sort of an off-road license. At a minimum, students gain underwater navigation skills, learn about deep water conditions, get introduced to more advanced dive computers and functions, plus learn several specialty skills of their choosing.

Specialties include photography, wreck diving, using underwater scooters, optimized buoyancy, and more. A total of 16 specialty skills to sample makes this a seriously exciting course!

One of the highlights for AOW students involves exploring the mysterious and murky world of night diving. Feel like a special forces commando while diving with only moonlight as your guide on the surface. Below the surface, and aided by submersible high intensity flashlights, the phosphorescent sea creatures give student's eyes a treat they have to see to believe!

Anyone who completes the Open Water certification (or equivalent from another organization) and is at least 15 years old, can sign up. Expect 5 dives with underwater navigation, deeper activities from 18-30 meters / 60-100 feet, plus 3 specialty introduction dives.

Despite the name, divers just out of the Open Water course enter the Advanced program routinely because it gives them more skills while earning hours for their log book.

There are both home study and in class books explaining theory, safety issues, and new skill exercises.

For the gear lovers, this course will definitely fit the bill. Everything from the basic scuba gear, to underwater compass, wreck diving tools, underwater photography equipment, DPV's (underwater scooters), dive lights, dry suits (for possible cold water diving), dive flags/floats or other optional equipment may be used. The dive center will have rentals available for each specialty.

Students with the Advanced Open Water certification gain confidence in their ability to navigate underwater, safely dive a wider variety of conditions, and go places they would have been hesitant to with only Open Water skills.

A great course for taking the diving excitement even farther..sign up today!


PADI - Rescue Diver

Adding the Rescue Diver certification shows the ability to overcome challenges and assist other divers in distress. This is one of the more intense courses available for anyone who has completed either the Adventure Diver or Advanced Diver Certification (or equivalent from another organization). A student must also have a current (less than 2 years old) First aid and CPR course certification.

PADI Rescue Diver crewpaks include materials needed for the course, such as pocket masks, instruction book and DVD. Specially trained PADI instructors guide students through advanced techniques for self-rescue, assessing and managing stress in other divers, emergency response and equipment issues, steps for rescuing divers, and assisting unresponsive divers.

Students will need basic scuba gear with a dive computer and accessories. All items will be available for rental or purchase at the dive center.

Once through the rigors of becoming a Rescue Diver, a new challenge awaits. Adding the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course certification elevates a student’s capabilities for assisting other divers.

These three courses - First aid and CPR, Rescue Diver, and Emergency Oxygen Provider - can turn a diver into the person who can potentially save another person's life. Sign up today and add a critical skill set to your diving repertoire.


PADI - Divemaster

When you know you love diving, and might want to make a living teaching the exciting world of scuba, then becoming a PADI Divemaster can make your dreams happen. The requirements include:

• Minimum age of 18

• PADI Advanced Open Water certified

• PADI Rescue Diver certified

• Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certified

• Have at least 40 dives prior to the course, with a total of 60 needed for certification

• A high level of diving fitness with a Medical Statement signed by a physician within 12 months

Each student receives the PADI Divemaster crewpak loaded with educational resources and diving accessories for performing the tasks required for certification and instructing others. Generally, serious divers that enter the Divemaster program have all of their own scuba gear, but rental gear is available for specialty accessories. Students are encouraged to have dive watches, a dive compass, and diving knives.

The course covers three general phases over a period of 8 weeks, but can be condensed with more intense programs into 2 weeks or less. Classroom, independent study, and diving sessions work on water skills, stamina, organization, problem solving, and teaching methods for scuba techniques. Often students intern with other instructors for honing the lessons.

Achieving Divemaster certification demonstrates a high level of skill, confidence, and a commitment to becoming a leader or instructor for scuba diving with others. The certification confers a host of privileges all aimed at helping teach newer divers the safe practice of diving. Divemasters act as assistants to full instructors for any PADI diver course, and can lead courses up to the Open Water Diver Course.

Recommended courses after Divemaster include preparations for becoming a full PADI Instructor. Specialty courses that add to diving skills in more stressful environments such as Search and Recovery, Emergency First Response Instructor, and Deep Diver are all highly recommended.


SSI Try Scuba

Get wet, get underwater, and see if scuba diving is for you. Without a lot of theory, classroom time, or stress, students can be blowing bubbles beneath the surface and enjoying their first scuba experience. This session is a great option when someone is curious about diving, but not sure they want to commit for full certification. This session can also be a good way to keep children occupied with a specially trained scuba instructor teaching them scuba basics while their parents or siblings are out diving deep!

All the gear - masks, snorkels, fins, wet suit (if required), vest, tank, and regulator are included.

Instructors guide students through pool exercises, giving them a smooth, easy and quick introduction to scuba gear and how to use it.

Open to ages 8+. Usually takes around 2 hours depending on class size. Safety, fun, and introducing the excitement of diving are what it is all about.

When they realize how simple and cool it is to breathe underwater, students will want to sign-up for the next level: Open Water.


SSI Open Water

SSI Open Water is a certification recognized world wide and allows you to dive in the most common environments with a dive buddy. Covering both the important theory of underwater breathing challenges and activities imparting safe diving practices, students progress from novice to a comfortable skill level. Instructors review interesting diving manuals, DVD's and online training with students prior to pool or open water diving sessions.

All basic scuba gear is provided including: wet suit, buoyancy vest, tanks, regulator, gauges, fins, mask and snorkel.

Upon completion, students can rent equipment at most dive shops, dive in a wide variety of conditions, and dive about 30 meters or 100 feet deep. This means they can see most of the great diving sites around the world.

The class includes a total of at least 5 confined pool sessions with a minimum of 4 open water dives for passing the certification requirements. You need between 3 to 4 days to complete the course.

Requirements for entering the Open Water course include:

• Must be at least 12 years old

• In good health without a cold or ear infection

• Be ready to start the adventure of scuba!

Once as student passes through the Open Water course, they will often want to learn more about specialty diving skills such as nitrox, wreck diving, diver stress and rescue, or any of the 18 diving specialty sessions.


SSI Specialty Diver

There are 18 specialty diver course options available for those who possess an Open Water certification from SSI or equivalent organization. Some of the more popular specialty courses are Diver Stress and Rescue, Nitrox Diving, Deep Diving, Ecological Diving, Search and Recovery, Dry Suit Diving - great for colder climates, Digital Underwater Photography, Motion Picture Diving, and for the more adventurous - Shark Diving and Wreck Diving.

Learning the specific techniques for each specialty prepares divers for handling a wider variety of undersea challenges. Each specialty course covers the theory, safety considerations, equipment, and practical skills required for confidently applying a new underwater skill.

By the time most divers are going through the specialty ratings, they have their own gear. If that is not the case, all the basic scuba gear is available for rental. Gear for most specialties can be rented as well.

Some of the courses require a valid CPR & First Aid certificate prior to enrollment and are only for ages 12 and up.

Coursework involves reviewing the manual and DVD's for each specialty, developing a dive plan, covering the water skills, then applying them during actual diving under real conditions.

Specialty courses range from a 1 to 3 days. To gain the SSI Specialty Diver certification, divers must complete 2 specialty courses and at least 12 dives. This requirement gives the Specialty Diver a higher rating at this intermediate level than any other scuba certification.

There are so many diving specialties to choose from, an Open Water certified diver can continue learning multiple skills for adding to their scuba tool kit for months. One quick way of determining which specialties are more appealing for a particular diver, is enrolling in the Advanced Open Water Diver program.


SSI Advanced Open Water Diver

For Open Water Divers who want the most demanding Advanced Diver certification in the scuba industry, this is your course. Similar to the Specialty Diver, the Advanced Open Water course involves pursuing specialty diving skills. Here is the complete list of specialty courses available:

• Navigation

• Deep Diving

• Enriched Air Nitrox

• Boat Diving

• Perfect Buoyancy

• Search and Recovery

• Dry Suit Diving (for cold water)

• Night/Limited Visibility

• Wreck Diving

• Shark Diving

• Digital Underwater Photography

• Equipment Techniques

• Waves, Tides and Currents

• Stress and Rescue

Instructors lead students through both theory and practical exercises for 4 individually chosen specialties. This is a great sampler course for choosing specialty diving skills to focus on.

Divers pursuing this rating are encouraged to invest in their own equipment for improved familiarity, leading to improved safety. However, students can choose to rent the basic scuba gear required, as well as specific gear for each specialty.

24 dives are required to obtain the coveted SSI Advanced Open Water rating, far above requirements from any other rating agency. Course length varies from 1-3 days.

The same age and physical requirements for Open Water apply here.

Age requirement is 12 years or older.

Deep Diving, Cavern Diving, and Ice Diving are not available to Junior Divers.

This in depth Advanced Open Water course prepares divers for making the challenging leap into Master Diver status. The other option after this rating, is to take more of the specialty courses to gain additional experience and a rating for each specialty.


SSI Dive Master

SSI Divemasters can lead certified divers, like a Dive Guide, but can also assist diving instructors with courses. This is a key step prior to full instructor status.

Most Dive Guide rated students immediately sign up for the Divemaster course to keep the momentum.

One of the key requirements for Divemaster is The Science of Diving module. This critical, detail filled instruction brings a more technical and thorough understanding of diving effects. With the additional knowledge and understanding, the Divemaster is able to impart more information to students as well as lead safer dives.

Students must have logged 60 dives to attain a Divemaster rating.

Part of the training is simply diving with top flight instructors and learning from the best.

Requirements include:

• 18 years and up

• Hold a license to administer oxygen

• Be a certified Stress and Rescue Diver

• At least the specialties ratings for Deep, Nitrox and Navigation, though going through Master Diver is recommended.

Total time for completion varies but 8 weeks is recommended. There is also a 2 week internship period.


SSI Instructor

SSI is the fastest growing scuba Instructor agency in the world. With a 40% increase in 2012 alone, demand for SSI Instructors is growing and this course prepares experienced divers to become highly regarded professional dive instructors.

The full course is called the Instructor Training Course, or ITC. Everything a scuba professional needs including the skills, knowledge, techniques, and systems for diving, instructing, and managing operations is here.

ITC covers topics such as the legalities of diving operations, imparting confidence in students not simply competence, how to control large dive groups, techniques for inspiring students to love diving not simply know how to dive, and how to teach courses in detail.

Additional coursework is included for improving teaching styles and adhering to SSI standards.

Students are required to demonstrate teaching skills, classroom management, dive management, diving skills, and rescue capabilities.

Sample requirements:

• 4 academic presentations

• 3 pool teaching presentations

• 3 open water presentations

• All requirements for passing Dive Guide and Divemaster must be met.

• Must be 18 years or older and certified as an SSI Dive Control Specialist.

• It takes approximately 2 weeks for completing the Instructor course work and 75 dives logged. By this level, students must have their own scuba equipment. If there are a few specialty items needed, the dive center will make arrangements for rentals.

Instructor rated SSI professionals can teach most of the SSI courses with the possible exception of some specialty ones. Specialty courses require individual teaching certifications.


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