SSI Dive Guide

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Blue Planet Divers based in Koh Lanta, Thailand, have always been devoted to running highly professional, fun and engaging SSI Dive Guide Courses. Our aim is to help you develop the knowledge, experience, skills and attributes that will make you an excellent and employable Dive Guide, as well as to become equipped for your instructor course, in case you choose that path.

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SSI Dive Guide Course Koh Lanta, Duration

We only offer this Dive Guide pro course in Koh Lanta for a minimum of 6 weeks. However, we highly recommend that our trainees plan to spend at least 2-3 months with us. The Dive Guide course will be of much greater value to you this way, because it will give you plenty of time to complete the course while ensuring that you get ample experience as well.

Mentor Supervision

One of our permanent SSI instructor team will follow your program by monitoring your progress and leading your daily activity. Our students always follow different member SSI courses to get an overall understandings and build your own skills.

What You Will Learn

The SSI Dive Guide Course in Koh Lanta is divided into 4 sections:

Open Water Course

Further continuing Education

Discover Scuba Dive and Scuba Refresh

Rescue Course

Leading qualified Divers on a dive

Mapping a Dive Site

Creating an Emergency Action Plan

Guiding several dives at several different locations

Knowledge Reviews in Divemaster Manual


Equipment Class

Mask Remove and Replace Demonstration to Presentation

Demonstration of 20 PADI basic skills to high Standard

Rescue Demonstration

400m Timed Swim

800m Timed Snorkel

100m Timed Tired Dive Tow

10 min Float

Equipment Exchange Underwater

Log 60 Open Water Dives

Illimited diving

Servicing diving equipment

All Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks on diving days

Real experience in Dive Team

Ratio max 2 to 1 instructor

Not leaving without proper guiding

True family that brings it all!

Profressional & Fun
Students Success
Dive Shop Dedication

Scuba Gear

Dive Guide Trainees need to get their own gear! You will be unable to work anywhere if you don’t have your own kit. We can provide you with good deals on retail in our show room. Our shop has a special area where you can try different sets and see if you look cool with your new investment.

Course Prerequisites

To take this course, you must:

  Be fit for diving - see medical certificat

  Be at least a 18 years old Rescue Diver

  Need 40 logged dives in your logbook

  Have a valid First Aid certificate (less than 24 months)

In case you need to refresh/complete your React Right course, you can take the React Right First Aidclass with us.

Become Blue Planet Team

It is essential to be a great team worker when you work as a Dive Guide or Instructor, as you can learn so much from other professionals this way. This is the reason why we at Blue Planet Divers make you a part of our team from the first day of your arrival. This allows you to watch and learn from other experienced professionals, while they carry out various roles within the Dive Shop. We also encourage you to cooperate with our other Dive Guide candidates, in order to have someone to work together on completing the coursework and for sharing experiences.

Dedicated mentor to follow

Remember! A dedicated instructor is provided for all of our Dive Guide candidates to facilitate their course development and provide schedules and knowledge training. Our experienced instructors are entitled to this job only, as this ensures a high quality course for you. We can also offer the course/support in different languages.

SSI Dive Guide course position available in Koh Lanta

SSI Dive Guide Candidates have the opportunity to earn cash or pay for their course by assisting us at the Dive Shop. The work can vary yet is likely to include: working at one of our resort shops, working as a boatmaster, working at our main office or helping with general maintenance at the shop, but it could include anything (within reason) that is related to the Dive Shop.

Limited offer on the internship trainees course

We offer 8 SSI Dive Guide internship positions for this program during the season, half from October and the other half from January. You will have to pay half of the course price only and work a total of 27 days for the dive shop.

Living in Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is a 30km long beautiful island in the Andaman Sea. Although tourist life is mostly located in the north-west of the island, there are resorts all the way down to the west coast.

Beaches are stunning and costs of living on the island are relatively cheap. However, expect to pay around 10,000baht per month for an air-conditioned bungalow. It will cost you less if the accommodation has only a fan. This price should include all your electricity and water expenses, but please check the details before signing the contract! We can assist you in organizing your accommodation, so we recommend that you to speak to us before committing to any long term lodgings. We suggest that you plan to stay somewhere for 3-4 days upon your arrival, so that you have plenty of time to thoroughly check out all the options.

We also recommend that you rent or purchase a motorbike (or pedal bike if you are fit!). This is essential if you want to travel around the island and get to work on time! It is also the cheapest method of transportation here. Prices for renting a manual motorbike start at around 2000 baht per month, but expect to pay up to 3,000 baht per month for an automatic one.

If you intend to stay for the whole season (6 months), it can pay off if you buy a bike and then sell it at the end of the season. Second hand motorbikes start at around 10,000 baht. Be careful though! Motorbikes can be dangerous in Thailand and we will lend you out a proper full face helmet if you don’t have one.

Eating out here is really cheap and you will quickly realize that you will do that for most of the nights. You can order a good Thai meal for 60 baht, while Western food will start at about 150 baht. Many of our Divemaster trainees share houses with kitchen and cook their own food. It is very fun to stay and exchange cultures with new friends who have the exact same passion. However, remember that we are providing breakfast, snacks and lunch on our daily trips.

In order to stay for a long term on the island, you’ll need to arrange your Visa outside of Thailand. We really encourage you to apply for a 2+2 Visa which will allow you to stay here for 6 months (2 months upon arrival, extendable of 1 month in Krabi immigration, then another 2 months after a visa run with 1 month extendable again). Applying for visas before you come will save you a lot of time, money and energy. It is simple to apply for this kind of Visa from your country. Most of Thai Embassies deliver visas within a few days.

If you can get only a simple 2 months entrance Visa and wish to stay longer, no worries, it will take you only 2 days to acquire a new Visa in Penang, Malaysia.

PADI Divemaster Courses Prices

COURSE OPTIONSWalking priceOnline price
Full DM Price (crew pack included)฿45,000฿40,000
Full Internship (crew pack included)฿22,500 + 27 working daysNONE



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