Nick and Michael opened Chaloklum Diving School on Koh Phangan way back in 1995. This was a year or so after falling under the spell of the island and the clear, warm waters in the Gulf of Thailand. And we’re still here!
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. We taught our PADI courses without the luxury of online learning, DVD’s or air-con!
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:-
We have both been PADI diving instructors in Thailand for over 25 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. They are mainly trained in our own dive school, and we all share a belief in providing enjoyable, high quality diving trips and dive courses.
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 supporters 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.
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.