New Members to the PADI Professional Sunshine Family!!!

Congratulations to our new group of PADI Professionals!!

"PADI Divemaster Professionals Helly, Sam, Nick and Wilko!!!"

“PADI Divemaster Professionals Helly, Sam, Nick and Wilko!!!”

Sam, Nick, Wilco and Helly worked their way through the Divemaster program with us here at Sunshine Divers. During the program they learned how to become the role model required of a PADI professional.

Working along side our core instructors, the 4 divemaster candidates, evolved their diving skills, conversed with customers, took on shop duties, assisted Instructors with teaching new divers and led qualified divers around dive sites. On top of all this, the fabulous 4 also learnt rescue techniques, search and recovery, knot tying, boat master duties and navigation.

After all the learning, it was time to let off some steam with an evening of fun and games!

"Chris Turner co-ordinating the Divemaster Challenge"

“Chris Turner co-ordinating the Divemaster Challenge”

A good time was had by all when the 4 newly qualified Divemasters had to perform a treasure hunt, a blindfolded equipment set up, a fairly impossible knowledge review and the famous ‘sugary doughnut’ game. This all topped off with the infamous snorkel test!

Snorkel Test!!! Helly, Sam, Nick and Wilko!!!

Snorkel Test!!!
Helly, Sam, Nick and Wilko!!!

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Professional and would like more information about the PADI Divemaster Program, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Sunshine Divers.

It’s A Family Thing – The Lockharts


"The Lockhart Famly with Rebecca Wastall"

“The Lockhart Famly with Rebecca Wastall”

This month I (Rebecca Wastall) was lucky enough to teach the whole family. The Lockharts arrived on the island not knowing they were even going to dive! They found us here at Sunshine by chance and we are glad they did. The group consisted of one Open Water, one Junior Open Water and one Re-Activate. Unfortunately the youngest at aged 6 was a little to young to get his licence but had great fun coming on the boat and being the “boatmaster”.

At aged 11 Louis was excited to be under the water, his buoyancy and speed took some controlling but by dive 4 he had nailed it. Well done Louis. Helen was nervous at first in the pool but soon overcame her nerves and conquered the mask clearing exercise. Young master Max was entertained by our Divemaster Sam with snorkelling and games in the pool whilst the family undertook all their skills. After 3 days all were fun diving together and all achieved their family goals of diving as a family.

"Louis & Max"

“Louis & Max”

We hope to see them soon to continue to there Advance Open Water.

So if you are a family with mixed abilities or age then don’t let this stop you giving diving a go! Here at Sunshine we go above and beyond to accommodate you. At only aged 8 you can complete your PADI Bubblemaker and at aged 10 your PADI Open water. For those just a bit too young we take pride in including them in the family experience with snorkelling and games both in the pool and ocean. For those already certified but maybe a bit rusty you can enjoy Re-Activiating your learning by joining the family experience with skills in the pool then fun diving with them alongside the course.

So what you waiting for, come join the party.

Come Adventure Diving with Sunshine Divers

Come Adventure Diving with Sunshine Divers

Did you know there are 16 different PADI Adventure dives you can choose from when taking your advance course with PADI. Here on Koh Tao some of our favourites include diving our WW2 warship the HTMS Sattukat and learning Search and Recovery Techniques underwater.

Wreck Adventure Dive on the HTMS Sattakut

Wreck Adventure Dive on the HTMS Sattakut


For the PADI Advanced Open water Course there are only 2 compulsory options which allow you to dive to 30 metres and navigate at depth effectively. The other 3 are your choice…… do you fancy improving your buoyancy skills with our Peak Performance Buoyancy course? Or Do you want to learn the names and groups of all our fishy friends with our Fish ID specialty?

Search & Recovery Adventure Dive with Instructor Rebecca Wastall

Search & Recovery Adventure Dive with Instructor Rebecca Wastall


We are bound to have the perfect course for you improving your ability as a diver and having great fun in the process! So what are you waiting for, come and start the Adventure with us!




PADI Open Water Diver

What an honor to be mentioned under the Sunshine Divers news with one of my fellow divers, Mike Kaplan. Wow!

The course, which was excellently instructed, was pure pleasure to take, and my fellow divers and our instructors a real pleasure to get to know and share this incredible experience with. I feel lucky and grateful.

"Mark, Mike, Bex, Bill, Sam and Pegah"

“Mark, Mike, Bex, Bill, Sam and Pegah”


My ‘trip advisor’ and reviews are coming soon. Unfortunately I must leave the island tomorrow morning early. Can’t wait to get back here a.s.a.p. and step up to my Advanced level!

Never too old to learn PADI !!!

Never too old to learn PADI!

Today Bill and Mike showed the world that you are never too old to take the plunge underwater. Mike aged 70 decided simply that diving was something he has never tried, so “why not” was his response when asked why he decided to gain his PADI. Bill had an entirely different approach and had in mind a retirement career if he enjoyed the course. Both excelled in their course completing it in 3 1/2 days with instructor Rebecca. Both plan to continue diving, Bill hopes to return in July to complete his Advance Course. For Mike his qualification will now let him dive with a good friend already a qualified PADI diver. The course was a pleasure to teach, keep on diving boys!

"Congrats to Mike and Bill" with Rebecca & Sam

“Congrats to Mike and Bill” with Rebecca & Sam

So are you a little older? Is diving something you have thought you would would like to try but never ticked it off that bucket list? Here at Sunshine Divers we offer small groups with individual tuition making sure your training is to the highest quality and competency. We pride ourselves on mastery of learning and make sure you leave not only with the desire to keep on diving but also that you are able to recognise safety as the highest priority. We start courses everyday so please send us an email with your requirements and we would be delighted to help you on your own road to becoming a PADI diver.

Need to Refresh your Knowledge and Skills? PADI Re Activate!

Have you been out the water for a while? Feel a little rusty on your Open Water skill? Then the new PADI Re Activate programme is for you.Completed in just one day this programme includes two open water dives which allow you to get comfortable again in the water.

This is a course that you can start at your leisure. We simply email you an online link to a short theory review,so if you choose it can be completed before you arrive here in Koh Tao. You can also compete the theory when you arrive at Sunshine Divers by using one of our computers.

The practical skills are then completed in confined open water before progressing to dive in open conditions. This basically means in a very short space of time you will be back fun diving with your buddies and enjoying the sites Koh Tao has to offer.

This course can be started at any time and here at Sunshine Divers we have programmes available everyday. We guarantee you will be in a small group of no more than 4 students, sometimes smaller than that. If you wish to have personal 1 to 1 tuition this can also be arranged.

"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"

“Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program”

The price of the whole programme is just 3000 baht. This includes all e-learning material, dive equipment, 2 dives and a new PADI certification card that will be Re-Activated to your current level of diver training. This year is PADI’s 50th Birthday so you will receive the PADI limited edition certification card for free!

"Enjoying the Underwater Tour of shallow dive sites on Koh Tao"

“Enjoying the Underwater Tour of shallow dive sites on Koh Tao”

So what are you waiting for, come join us for some fun!

PADI Re-Activate & PADI Open Water Course

Been out of the water for a while??

Why not come and refresh your skills at Sunshine Divers with our PADI ReActivate program.
This program consists of a small knowledge review that is conducted online before or during your stay with us, using the PADI Touch or e-learning application.
After we have gone through the knowledge review we spend half a day taking you through a skills circuit in our pool, refreshing all your underwater skills and keeping you up to date with some new techniques.
For a PADI diver who completes both the knowledge review and the dive skills refresher you will receive a new PADI certification card with ReActivate on it.

Paul, Emerson & Andrea with Instructor Mark Wastall

Paul, Emerson & Andrea with Instructor Mark Wastall








Paul, Emerson and Andrea recently completed a skills circuit with their instructor Mark Wastall at Sunshine Divers. Paul was already a certified Advanced Open Water diver but had been out the water for the past 4 years. As his partner, Emerson, was training for his Open Water certification along with Andrea, Paul decided to reassess his skills by completing a Scuba review. He then went on to enjoy fun diving at many of the dive sites around our beautiful island of Koh Tao. Andrea and Emerson both successfully completed their PADI Open Water course and can now enjoy being certified PADI divers!

Confined Teaching Session for Open Water Course & Re-Activate Program

Confined Teaching Session for Open Water Course & Re-Activate Program


Learning to Scuba Dive

Since June 2014, Sunshine Divers has implemented the NEW-REVISED PADI Open Water Course. Not much has changed with the course structure, yet only a few additional skills have been added to the program to ensure student divers learn further about the importance of diving within a buddy team, focus on their air consumption and breathing methods underwater, along with extra practice on buoyancy techniques on the surface and underwater.

Our PADI Open Water course schedule is conducted over a 4 day period although we are very flexible with the program times to cater to individual student needs. Our group sizes are small with a maximum of 4 student divers to instructor to ensure this is possible. The general program schedule we offer starts Daily at 4pm with an orientation where you will meet your instructor and watch the first initial videos to give you some insight on what you will be learning over the next few days.  Day 2 is where you will head into a confined pool environment and practice all the skills you will need to know to go diving in the open water. Before heading to the ocean – you will still need to complete a few quizzes. Day 3 we start with your first 2 open water dives – here you have the opportunity to experience diving to a depth maximum of 12m. It’s pretty cool!  You are on the boat for the full morning and back in time to have some lunch after all that energy use underwater. That afternoon you will need to complete your final theory and exams. Finally Day 4 we head out again on the morning boat and complete your last 2 open water training dives to 18m.  Yes and then you will be certified!

Recently certified PADI Open water divers include: John Flynn, Srihari Gowri Shankar, and Giarav Shah who enjoyed several dive sites around Koh Tao for their training dives with Instructor Kael Grant-King.  The Group size was a total of 3 students with instructor and a Divemaster Candidate Matt Dempsey who was there for additional support.

Congrats Guys - PADI Open water Divers

Congrats Guys – PADI Open water Divers


If you would like further information about the PADI Open water course then email us on  Look forward to hearing from you.





Merry Christmas at Sunshine!!!

Dearest Sunshine Family and Friends,

Christmas is in the air!   The stockings have been hung with care and the cookies have been baked and frosted. The tree has been trimmed and the presents have been wrapped and unwrapped!

The traditional Sunshine “Beer In The Sea – Cocktails on the Beach” was hosted on the 25th December, with Santa and Bartender Matt Dempsey providing a variety of Christmas Cheers!

Family and Friends at Sunshine celebrating Christmas

Family and Friends at Sunshine celebrating Christmas

"Kael Opening his Christmas Stocking"

“Kael Opening his Christmas Stocking”

Sunshine Management has truly appreciated the efforts of our hardworking PADI Instructors for 2015 in creating a fun – team spirit atmosphere within the dive shop, amongst staff and student divers both above and below the water. Through all your efforts Sunshine Divers was able to achieve their mission for this year. The Team effort and cooperation that you all displayed has been the instrument to our success. Sunshine Divers achieved 860 certifications for the year 2015 for all PADI Diver Levels.

So a Massive Thank you to our old and new staff: Dave Rae, Kael Grant King, Abby Krausse, Emily Hong, Winnie Wong, Justin Sobol, Rody, Ties and Shirley, Cilla Lentz, Verity Coleing, Soonie, Michael Corluy, Taras, Derek, Annalise Kingsley, Astrid Vinall and Edward, Mateja Zan, Rebecca & Mark Wastall.

A few highlights of the year in need of recognition:

  • Congratulations to our Sunshine Divemasters that have returned and completed their PADI Instructor Course and are now employed either on Koh Tao or around the world.
  • Congratulations to Kim Van Winkel and Bastian Van der Kuijl who have opened up their Scuba Asia Diving Centre in Nusa Lembongan – Indonesia
  • Congratulations to Winnie Wong and Guillaume Fargues now Husband and Wife
  • Congratulations to Joe and Cherry – Soon to be parents.

We hope to see many of our past guest divers returning for 2016 and new travellers passing through. The only thing left is now to wish you all the Merriest of all Christmases and the Happiest of New Years from all of us!

"Merry Christmas from all at Sunshine"

“Merry Christmas from all at Sunshine”

Wishing you and your loved ones all the wonder and magic of Christmas!

Heartiest Greetings,

Sunshine Divers Management



PADI Bubblemaker

Bring the family and become bubble makers!

Congrats to Malik Boon on his PADI Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team Certification

Congrats to Malik Boon on his PADI Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team Certification


Here at Sunshine we run programmes for all the family. From aged 8 you can bring the children and they can join in and become bubble makers. At only 2 metres underwater they get their first insight into diving in a safe and controlled manner. They learn the basics of breathing through regulators, clearing a mask and the sign language needed for the underwater world. We have certificates, stickers and all sorts of treats to make their time a memorable one. As a dive school we make sure our boat goes to shallow designated sites to make for a fun and enjoyable day. As parents if you wish to come along on your child’s first adventure then we would love to have you. We look forward to seeing you here on gorgeous Koh Tao.

Congratulations to Malik Boon on achieving his PADI Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team Certification.