About Us – The Dive Team

Greetings from Nick and Michael! We opened Chaloklum Diving School on Koh Phangan way back in 1995, a year or so after falling under the spell of the island and the clear, warm waters in the Gulf of Thailand.

We started off as a two man dive shop doing it all ourselves; scuba diving and snorkelling from the beach or by local longtail boat, and teaching our PADI courses without the luxury of DVD’s or aircon.
Discover Scuba Diving with Michael at Sail RockMichael enjoying a day out on Chaloklum Diving boatA slightly younger version of the Chaloklum Diving School teamUnderwater Digital Photography, Nick with the original Cybershot

Of course the diving school (and Koh Phangan) has become a lot more civilised since then, but our high standards have not changed. Click on the squid to check our mission statement:-

What we believe in at Chaloklum Diving School

We have both been PADI diving instructors in Thailand for over 20 years now, and our unchanging motivation today is still a passion for scuba diving and teaching about it to others.

The select Chaloklum Diving team is made up of truly enthusiastic PADI professionals, mainly trained in our own dive school, and we all share a belief in providing enjoyable, high quality diving trips and dive courses.
Sail Rock Scuba diving delights, 2012Even the diving school's managing director dives!Padi Junior Open Water Divers with DaddyHappy Padi Open Water Diver students with a different Michael

Although we do have an exemplary safety record, it is good to know that we are a fully insured and licensed TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) dive centre.
We are sponsors of the SSS Re-compression Network (with excellent hyperbaric facilities for Scuba divers on nearby Koh Samui), our diving school team are all first aid/O2 trained, and we are supporters of DAN (Divers Alert Network) Asia Pacific.

Get your PADI courses at Chaloklum DivingChaloklum Diving are Tourist Authority of Thailand approvedChaloklum Diving sponsor the SSS Recompression Chamber on Koh SamuiChaloklum Diving are Divers Alert Network Supporters

Small diver groups (max 4), genuine personal care, long scuba dives (1 hr+, diving tables and air supply permitting) and consistent safety standards means that our divers leave us happy and send their friends. We believe that although diving in large groups and making short dive trips may mean more profits for a dive centre (in the short term), it’s no fun for our divers, snorkellers or for students making diving courses.