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Name(s): David A Aldous David Aldous  during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Course:
Date: 18-19 January 2012
PADI Instructor: Heinz Haussmann
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Student comments:   So happy I learned to control my buoyancy. Enjoyed 1:1 instruction. Big gain in confidence and comfort underwater.

Great dive sites, good variety of wildlife - nudibranchs, cuttlefish, sharks, scorpionfish.

Heinz was an excellent instructor, very experienced, many excellent tips. We covered the material in a relaxed, yet attentive fashion. I am a more confident diver after the course.
Instructor comments:   David got exactly what he wanted from the course, improved buoyancy and confidence. Well done to him for focusing and achieving his goals.




Name(s): David Sparks David Sparks during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Melbourne, Australia
Course:
Date: 20-21 December 2011
PADI Instructor: Marco Coelho
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Student comments:   Marco was very experienced and shared knowledge very well. Took a practical, pragmatic approach to the training.

Dive sites on 1st day were excellent, 2nd day not as good, Racha Noi was good but Racha Yai a bit scarce, but did see some interesting fish, just not as much volume.

Communication with Dive The World prior to course was excellent and very grateful to have an instructor as experienced as Marco at short notice. All in all, very good.
Instructor comments:   Student over these dives became just overall a better diver, starting to feel more comfortable approaching reef and fish life, buoyancy very good, awareness of environment and surroundings. Air consumption also improved.




Name(s): Simon A Stevens Simon Stevens during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Sydney, Australia
Course:
Date: 6-7 February 2012
PADI Instructor: Alwin M Jongkind
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Student comments:   Course, transport and boat, all of good standard and organisation.

All of the dive sites were of an interesting nature and fit for the diving requirements.

Instructor was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with.
Instructor comments:   A good all round improvement, especially photo skills.




Name(s): Zeltia M Cocina Zeltia Cocina during her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Barcelona, Spain
Course:
Date: 14-15 March 2012
PADI Instructor: Michael Clark
OWSI-257165
Student comments:   I've really enjoyed the course, Spanish diving is nothing compared to this. The instructor took care of me at every moment.

Dive sites - Racha Yai - Bay 1+3, Koh Doc Mai, King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point. Butterfly Fish, Groupers, Wrasse, Damselfish, Kuhl's Stingray, Catfish, Devil Scorpionfish, Pufferfish, Boxfish, Blackcheek Moray, Nudibranchs, Giant Clams

I'm so glad I took the course here.
Instructor comments:   Great student, easily completed the advanced course. Well done Zeltia!




Name(s): Paul R Fielding Paul Fielding during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Deeside, UK
Course:
Date: 21-22 March 2012
PADI Instructor: Daniel Nichols
OWSI-286115
Student comments:   All Good.

Instructor comments:   No real issues for Paul, easily managed Open Water + Advanced back to back.




Name(s): Karl J Thompson Karl Thompson during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: North Shields, UK
Course:
Date: 21-22 March 2012
PADI Instructor: Daniel Nichols
OWSI-286115
Student comments:   Good instructor - instructions were clear and easy to understand.

Great dives, enjoyed them all, saw lots of marine life.

Had a great time.
Instructor comments:   Had a good laugh with Karl, needed to work a little on buoyancy and air consumption during Advanced, we made some good inroads.




Name(s): Alvin Chau Alvin Chau during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Richmond Hill, Canada
Course:
Date: 30-31 March 2012
PADI Instructor: Michael Clark
OWSI-257165
Student comments:   The Open Water + Advanced courses were great. I learned a lot from my instructor Mike in a very short time frame. I enjoyed seeing a whole new world and can't wait to improve on the skills I have learned.

Throughout all the dive sites there was a large amount of marine life and it was a great opportunity to see so much in 3 days. I wish I could have seen a bit more but the marine life control their own lives, another time maybe.
Instructor comments:   Alvin was a great student, we were able to take him from a non-diver to an Advanced Open Water Diver in just 4 days, Alvin put in a great effort and it was done with ease.




Name(s): Ruedi Wittwer Ruedi Wittwer during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Hilterfingen, Switzerland
Course:
Date: 12-14 April 2012
PADI Instructor: Michael Clark
OWSI-257165
Student comments:   No problems!

Turtles, Morays, Black-Tipped Reef sharks, 2 big Octopus!!
Instructor comments:   7 great dives on an overnight trip to Phi Phi, which is perfect for the Advanced course, Ruedi was an easy to please student.




Name(s): Izak J Landman Izak Landman during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Pretoria, South Africa
Course:
Date: 6-7 April 2012
PADI Instructor: Daniel Nichols
OWSI-286115
Student comments:   All good. King Cruiser was an amazing dive as was Shark Point.

Great service onboard the boats.
Instructor comments:   No problems here, all good.




Name(s): Timothy Elliott Timothy Elliott during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Pretoria, South Africa
Course:
Date: 6-7 April 2012
PADI Instructor: Daniel Nichols
OWSI-286115
Student comments:   I enjoyed most of my course, except for my brother disappearing.

Kingcruiser was probably the best out of the dives.
Instructor comments:   Air consumption a bit on the high side, but gradually improved as the course went on. Well done Tim.




Name(s): Justin D Perkins Justin Perkins during his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Phuket, Thailand
From: Alaska, USA
Course:
Date: 11-12 April 2012
PADI Instructor: Daniel Nichols
OWSI-286115
Student comments:   I had an amazing time working with Dan again. I had some difficulty with the Underwater Navigation part of my Advanced Open Water dives, but after a brief discussion I was able to identify my mistake and continue through my course without difficulty.

King Cruiser Wreck dive was amazing, as were all the other sites - Phi Phi, Koh Doc Mai. Dan took the time to point out a sea snake and we even spotted a frogfish. Very cool!!

Looking forward to making more dives towards the specialty diver in the future.
Instructor comments:   Slight problem on the navigation dive as mentioned above but otherwise becoming a very confident and skilled diver.