About Mermaids Dive Center Pattaya Thailand

Mermaids Dive Center

Facts about Mermaids dive education facility in Pattaya, Thailand:

  • Mermaids was the pioneer of the all-inclusive professional dive internships in 1999 in Thailand. No packages were available anywhere like this until several years into the 2000’s.

  • Mermaids CDC achieved the go eco dive center rating in September 2006 – the only center in Pattaya to be awarded this environmental achievement for pro-activeness in awareness.

  • Mermaids operates with 2 in-house PADI Course Directors. 1 PADI Course Director is a PADI Platinum Course Director – 1 or less than 100 globally!

  • Mermaids is the first and ONLY PADI CDC (Career Development Center) between Bangkok and Cambodia out of over 50 dive centers – this is the highest PADI dive center achievement possible. (you can check this by going to PADI.com and searching for Mermaids CDC in Pattaya, Thailand. As the ONLY PADI CDC in Pattaya Mermaid’s are the ONLY dive center authorized by PADI to conduct Career Development Programs (Diving Career Development Internships) in Pattaya. PADI have recognized Mermaids for their exemplary dedication to Dive Career Development.

  • Mermaids was steered by the one time youngest PADI course director in the world. Stephen Blumenthal – renowned in South East Asia had taught over 1100 IDC students. Steve built the incredible Dive Career Development Program (internships) that will continue in his name. Steve’s passing now leaves our direction and path beaten with 2 course directors taking control of the IDC programs.

  • Mermaids is the ONLY Pattaya dive center to privately own and operate 4 dive boats daily. We do not allow any other companies or freelancing instruction personnel on our boats – why extend your day unnecessarily? Mermaid’s doesn’t believe in overcrowding one large dive boat. We have 4 boats so that all of our trips go to different destinations and divers can enjoy smaller groups, more supervision and better diving. This also gives all of our interns the chance to help in supervising dive trips. There is no substitute for the real life experience you get at Mermaid’s LIA. DAN O2 units providing pure O2 are standard on all 4 Mermaid’s Dive boats for emergencies!

  • Mermaids was the first National Geographic Diver center in Pattaya – again another high dive center status offered through PADI to dive centers that make the grade.

  • The EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor rating is offered as standard with all Divemaster and OWSI internships. This is not a bonus course.

  • Mermaids Dive Center care enough about our professional divers to place as much emphasis on our dive job placement service as any other part of the program. Scuba diving work is what we are training for and hence this is just as important as any part of the training. An exclusive service is offered to all Mermaids dive interns offering the best opportunity for dive employment possible. Diversjobs.com work very closely offering dive jobs to our interns before making them public.

  • Mermaid’s Dive Center has an incredibly advanced technical diving facility, one of the best in all of Asia. We regularly offer DSAT, PSAI, IANTD, ANDI and ASSET certifications. We employ top agency Instructor Trainers who are available to teach these courses at all levels.

  • Mermaids are the ONLY facility in Pattaya to have both our own hydrostatic tank testing facility AND a 200 Bar oxygen and helium booster pump. Self contained 100%.

    mermaids dive compressor room

    Mermaids dive pride themselves on safety and clean air

  • Mermaids is the ONLY dive training facility in Pattaya to have our own in-house Hydrostatic and Visual Tank Testing (including the new Visual Plus Electronic Testing Equipment) – this technology compliments the technical courses offered at Mermaids! We take our diving air very seriously.

  • Mermaids dive center was the first in Asia to offer Association of Scuba Service Engineers and Technicians training programs. The DITC program is all under the supervision and instruction of published author and renowned technical/wreck diver steve burton.

  • Mermaids is the ONLY dive center to offer the PADI Distinctive Full Face Mask specialty with Underwater Communications Diver Course within the internships.

  • Mermaid’s Dive facilities are renovated for handicapped persons. Mermaid’s works with an active wheel chair using instructor (Mark became an instructor in 2004 within Mermaid’s CDC Internship) building on the IAHD program allowing a very precise and accurate perspective on the sensitivities and special requirements of a handicapped diver. Mark, takes the experience over and above the perceived “simulation” experience.

  • Pattaya’s ONLY dive resort business training (BMT) – specifically designed for those wishing to learn all of the facets of the dive industry. The dive center management program is designed for those that wish for a scuba diving industry job at the management level.
  • Mermaids Dive Center cover both Jomtien and beach road Pattaya with our dive centers.
  • Mermaids has very healthy business but small class sizes. Dive classes are kept to to low diver / instructor ratios unless they need to be for training purposes. Small dive training classes are standard with One-to-One dive training available on request.
  • Mermaid’s are pro-active into cavern diving course / cave diving.
  • Mermaids dive center, are the ONLY Dive Center in Pattaya or Jomtien to own their own Divers Hotel. The Full Wi-Fi hotel is offered to all divers as part of the internship packages but also for daily divers. Day, night, week or monthly packages including diving and accommodation can be created. Simply contact me.


NOW Working at Mermaids!

When we decided to travel to Thailand to do an Internship, everyone said to us you must be crazy!!! Sure with an 8 month old baby, we almost thought the same thing. Choosing the right Dive School was crucial for us to make our new life work and after many ups and downs searching for the right place and at the point of almost giving up our dream we contacted PJ and within hours joined up with Mermaids. Wow, they helped us with everything including finding us a fabulous nanny and a great apartment (all this before we even arrived) We have been here 7 months and are working on our MSDT and IDC Staff.

During this time, we’ve had great advice and instruction on all of our courses and ...

Good Times Leading to a Great Career!

Hey everyone, I just want to thank you all for a great 8 months in Pattaya. When I saw the website offering a scuba diving internship in Thailand I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit it was one of the smartest moves I have made up to this point in my life. When you consider that I had NEVER been diving before coming to Thailand, and now I am a PADI professional, it is unbelievable. The hands on training provided by mermaids staff is second to none. They went out of their way to take the time to make sure I mastered the skills necessary to become not just a competent diver, but to excel and that’s what made it so special. So thanks to all you instructors, Russell, Claus, Manx, Dave...

Repeat Offender!

This is the second time I have been to Mermaids first was to do the Divemaster course which was very good and now the second which I have just done was OWSI!! All courses a taught to a very hi in the sky standard, the Course Directors, well they are the best around that’s for sure so Hats off to you Russell and Desi!! It’s been a pleasure to be part of Mermaids and I am sure I will be back!!

Divemaster Internship

After much internet research we contacted Mermaids to inquire about a divemaster internship, we received prompt and informative replies to all our questions, we also stopped by the centre on a quick visit and after seeing the operation and diving with the mermaids staff we were sold! We came to Mermaids initially for 3 months (that was 6 months ago) and after completing our DM course, we decided to stay for open water instructor training. The training at mermaids really is fantastic and having now successfully completed our OWSI training we decided to stay just a little bit longer to become specialty instructors. Not bad considering we only ever intended to be DMs!

We’ll have to ...

OWSI/MSDT Training with Mermaids

It's been 2 years since I finally completed my OWSI/MSDT training with Mermaids (I was one of those repeat offenders that just kept coming back!!)

Having now worked in the "real world" diving industry I cannot thank the amazing crew at Mermaids enough. I believe that you offer the best diver internship going around.

Several instructors I have worked with since have completed what is billed as "zero to hero" internships yet none of them have come out of their program with the kind of hands on experience and skills that I gained working under the likes of Russell, Desi, Ian B and Slinky and the awesome support staff at Mermaids.

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