Local Dive Thailand’s amazing team of dedicated dive professionals & crew
Sir Richard Branson is famed for saying that you “should train your staff so that they could leave, but treat them well enough so they don’t” and that is the motto we work with here at Local Dive Thailand, we might be a large, tour leading scuba diving agency but we know the value of quality staff. Some of our dive instructors and guides have been with us since we first started operating, and many have been diving in Phuket & Thailand their whole lives, there is no substitute for that level of experience & knowledge and we are proud to finally be able to highlight their achievements here in the team section.
Supawee Yodnum (Pu) Tour Leader/Dive Master
Pu has been with the company from the start and is also a co-owner. A very experienced PADI Dive Master and tourleader. Pu is always smiling and makes sure our guests are entertained and everything runs smoothly on the day. We have many repeat guests from all over the world who come back every year to enjoy the scuba diving in Phuket with Pu.
Special thanks to our DM Pu, made us feel like VIPs, this lady loves her dive sites and you can tell! Always great to dive with true passionate pros! Will come back. Soumeya M – TA Member
Dokmai Chada (Born) Tour Leader/PADI MSDT & SSI Instructor
Super organised and super friendly, Born is the consummate multi-tasker. An experienced instructor with a wealth of knowledge that she’s always happy to pass on to her students and certified diver guests. Born is a tireless worker who keeps everybody on their toes and helps keep the whole team running smoothly and deliver a great days diving in Phuket.
Special mention for Born (I hope I spelt that correctly) who made my day awesome. I felt in very safe hands and that I was clearly with someone who loves sea life and is passionate about making your experience as good as it can be – I couldn’t ask for better (and have never had a better dive lead!) Darren B – TA Member
Somchok Thongyoy (Chok) Tour Leader/PADI MSDT & SSI Instructor
Chok is a super experienced local guide and instructor, he’s been guiding and teaching around Phuket and the Similan Islands for a long time and he’s fitted into our friendly team extremely well. His knowledge and experience allows him to take lots of different roles. Always smiling, always ready to help no matter what his role is on the day.
I had Pu and Chock as my Dive Instructors. They were absolutely brilliant. I had a plan to dive with them for 3 days, but the experience was so good that I extended it to 2 more days BackLash237 – TA Member
Phil Rogers PADI/SSI Staff Instructor
Phil first plied his trade in the frigid waters in the UK and has since picked up extensive experience teaching all kinds of PADI courses. A very capable tour leader and instructor, keeps the boat running smoothly and teaches a very high standard of courses from beginner to professional level.
On the actual day, the driver was punctual, in fact the first time I’ve ever experienced in Thailand. And the rest of the day was fun fun and all fun! Phil was my instructor and safety is definitely his utmost priority. Throughout the dives he constantly checking on us even though we are pretty comfortable ourselves underwater. Thumbs up for that! Jason T – TA Member
Sophii Enina Kjaer PADI MSDT Instructor
Sophii is a very experienced and easy going instructor from Denmark. She can teach a wide range of PADI courses in Danish, English, Swedish and Norwegian. Sophii knows the the local Phuket diving sites inside out and is responsible for many special finds.
My friend and I came to Phuket to do an open water scuba diving course and could not be happier with our time there. Our trainer, Sophi, was great; funny, patient and very much invested in our development. Our trips out to the dive sites were so memorable, the boat ride itself very enjoyable (with delicious food and a post-dive beer), and the diving magnificentSilvenna – TA Member
The Crew On MV Kepsub (Boat 1)
Behind The Scenes
Vince Callaghan PADI Master Instructor/Tech Instructor
Vince is not very often spotted outside of our Chalong dive centre, he’s responsible for all safety aspects of the company including the never ending task of keeping our equipment in A1 condition. His background in mine safety and firefighting allows everyone of our employees and guests to trust our boat and equipment 100%. A very experienced Instructor who will don his recreational scuba equipment only to teach the best Dive Master course in Phuket which he’s been doing for almost 20 years! Many instructors working in Phuket have Vince to thank for there first step on the professional ladder.
Justin Hartrey PADI MSDT Instructor
Justin has been in Phuket for 10 years, a very experienced instructor and guide but can only really be described as a desk diver nowadays. Responsible for page content, photos and social media, you will occasionally see him on the boat taking photos and sticking a camera in your face. He’s been working in and around the Phuket liveaboard scene for a long time and will guarantee to find a trip that suits your needs and will very often go up to the Similan Islands with you.
Justin, our dive guide, was great finding and identifying various marine live. He was very attentive and flexible with our idiosyncrasies and made sure we had a great diving experience. trial_and_error_555 – TA Member
The Big Boss
Ruethaiwan Callaghan (Noon) PADI MSDT Instructor/Tour Leader/Guide
Noon will probably be your first contact at Local Dive Thailand. Even though running an established and successful dive company is a full time job, Noon tries to answer as many emails as she can and replies to our (all very good) tripadvisor reviews. Noon has vast experience in the dive business and has at stages taken on every possible role giving her a unique insight into what divers want and expect from a dive centre and boat operator.
I contacted Noon a month before our trip and she was extremely prompt in all her replies. She provided us with all the details required (price, Dive sites, Dive times etc). You can expect a reply in less than an hour(even at 1am, wow!)948538 – TA Member