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Places you can go with enthusiam, passion and a good positive attitude - this pretty much sums up our most recent PADI Divemaster Kelly-Anne Nickel.

In her short time in Koh Tao, she completed her training from PADI Open water diver to the PADI Divemaster, professional level. Kelly-Anne's outgoing personality attracted guests and divers on Koh Tao and she became a well known person to all. Through her associations she was employed at the Fishbowl Beach Bar and as a front office sales person for a local tatoo establishment, and her earnings enabled Kelly to extend her stay on Koh Tao - Paradise Island.

Taking the PADI Divemaster course you need to have a focus with a great attitude toward customers. During the Divemaster program Kelly assisted and supervised on serveral programs from the PADI curriculum, helping experienced instructors and gaining knowledge from them to pursue her dream in the professional diving industry. Along side guiding dives, Kelly was very involved with social media focusing on selfies , Going Live on facebook and promoting her role as a PADI Divemaster and of course, Sunshine Divers. 

We look forward to Kelly Anne's return in her pursuit of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. See you soon!

Kelly Anne Divemaster

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Sunshine Divers have taught several PADI Open water students to progress to the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor including Tamara Lelani May and Lars Walquist who are now experienced PADI Instructors teaching internationally. Tamara in Mexico and Italy and focusing on her Tec Diving , Lasse working in the Fiji Islands with his wife Krista Espellen and Manual Tobolars in the Maldives.  Fantastic to see their progression over these years. 

Both Tamara and Lars are featured in this PADI Video along with our off island Dutch instructors Ties and Shirely . If interested in dutch courses please follow this link and we can provide you with more details on the PADI Courses.  Click here for Dutch Courses.

At Sunshine Divers we offer courses in several languages from English, Dutch, German, French and Chinese and more. Just let us know your preference.


Welcome to our newest PADI Divemaster Candidates Malia and Stefano on their new venture to becoming a PADI Professional. Through Sunshine Divers they have the opporutnity to explore several dive sites around Koh Tao and put their workshop experiences into real practice preparing them for the opprotunity to work internationally on completion of their PADI Divemaster Program. 

The PADI Divemaster program includes several workshops and skill sets. During our current PADI Instructor Development Course Malia and Stefano joined in to participate in the PADI Skill Circuit demonstrations and also deal with problem solving and reinforcement techniques.  Here they conducted the 24 skills from the PADI Open water course so that they can present these skills to certified and non-certified divers during Divemaster Conducted Programs once they are certified.

Malia Free Flow Reg

The PADI Re-Activate online refresher is also another Divemaster Conducted program that is taught to refresh certified divers. The PADI Scuba Review is also the same but offline.  Malia and Stefano did both programs and learned the required paperwork needed to be completed along with the required skills and techniques for the confined and or open water portions of the program.

Fortunately at Sunshine Divers we offer a variety of dive site locations for the diver training and workshops thereby DM candidates have the opportunity to experience different dive environments. Our recent Deep Diver and Search and Recovery workshops were conducted at Southwest Pinnacle and the HTMS Sattakut Wreck. Here we encountered the Whaleshark at Southwest Pinnacle on the Deep Dive workshop and spent 45 mins enjoying the interaction with this amazing creature. On the Search & Recovery the focus was on tieing knots and using a lifting device.   Other workshops include Leading Diver Workshops and Boat Management procedures.

Stefano Milea Leading Workshop






Night diving can sometimes be perceived as a scary sport when actually it is an exciting adventure into a different world. Here at Sunshine Divers our NIght dive is a very popular choice with Advanced Diver students and fun divers. Jumping in watching the suset over the bay is fantastic.  Descending whilst the light goes down means you don't realize it is even getting dark around you.  Once down the line a whole new world awaits. Fish go to sleep and out come the blue-spotted rays, barracuda, crabs, squid, cuttlefish, eels and many, many more. As an extra special treat we also get to watch all the phosphorescence turn lumious in colour like electric coming out of your fingertips.  We end the diving looking up at the stars wondering when it go so dark!  So overcome those nerves and take the plunge, there is a whole "other world" down there!

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Sunshine Divers would like to welcome Kelly Ann Nickels aboard the PADI Divemaster Internshipp program. Kelly is eager and enthusiastic to get going with her new career as a professional diver as she recently completed her PADI Open water, Advanced, EFR and Rescue Diver Program.  During this time Kelly will undertake a handful of tasks including skill circuits and various workshops, which will consist of learning how to assist, teach and supervise on certain PADI sanctioned programs.  Through personal development and demonstrating dive skills, watermanship abilities, handling different diving conditions and circumstances, will provide credibility toward her PADI Divemaster Rating. 

Kelly-DivemasterOther workshops include Search and Recovery, Navigation, Deep, Bouyancy and mapping projects. Kelly will also be taught how to compose boat master duties and deliver briefings to certified divers. Amongst all the fun in the swimming pool and ocean, there are some lectures for dive theory and exams to complete to keep her brain active and updated on PADI Standards for training.

Throughout she will be assisting instructors on courses to gain experience and knowledge that will prepare her for when she starts working as a professional PADI Divemaster.  At the end of the program Kelly will be eligible to lead certiied divers, refresh certified divers skills and help on several PADI sanctioned courses.

Well Done Kelly!!!


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