About the dive center

Logo of Plongée Koh Phangan Diving centerPKPD is a complete and modern dive center located on Koh Phangan. It offers a whole range of dive courses from the world-recognized agency PADI. We have a whole range of recreational diving programs like the PADI – Discover Scuba Diving program for first-timers or the PADI – Open Water Diver and the other courses to obtain the first level of diving certification.

Behind Plongée Koh Phangan Diving is a team of highly experienced and enthusiastic people. Their motivation is what drives the center, the newest on the island, to offer the best services of the highest quality. We believe that diving does not only take place underwater and on dive boats but also at every other moment spent with us.

Our top-of-the-line equipment is all from renowned brands and is serviced more often than manufacturers recommend. What makes us stand out from the other centers is that we include in our rental line harness with backplate, wings, and sidemount sets from XDeep.

Our equipment room

Our equipment room is built to optimize and speed up the drying of scuba gear. In a humid and tropical climate like the one we have in Koh Phangan, it is important to accelerate the drying process. This is truer in the rainy season when everything not set to dry properly takes ages.

Even if scuba gear is rugged and resistant it can get mold or fungi if it stays wet for too long. This will degenerate material at a faster rate. This is seen on some clear masks, snorkels, and mouthpieces as the black stains that won’t go away.

We also know that no one likes to put on a still-wet wetsuit or get a mask or mouthpiece full of mold. Professionals we are the first to not want these unpleasant things. We also want to avoid the same on all equipment including the rental sets of our customers.

The room is well secured but aeration is provided by two fans and big openings on both sides of the room. This creates convection moving the very humid air outside.

There are also rinsing pools with clean water constantly cleaned and treated to prevent the growth and spreading of unwanted organisms.

Our filling station and our tanks

Our filling station has a dedicated room. Isolated and with air conditioning the room is meant to optimize the compressor’s cooling. Isolation is not only thermal it is also for soundproofing as well.

The compressor of our filling station

Our compressor, a Nardi model Pacific 30 is built entirely in Italy with high standards. Their long history in other fields such as medical supply along with their good service gave us many reasons to deal with this supplier.

The Pacific 30 compressor with its 300 liters per minute, gives our filling station a fast output meaning there will be less noise at the center.

With this compressor, we can also fill Nitrox tanks up to 40%.

Our cylinders and tanks

The cylinders that we use are made of aluminum, this might be an important detail as if you are used to diving with steel tanks. You might find that these have a way different buoyancy characteristic. These tanks are better suited for use in tropical areas as they are less prone to corrosion.

Even if the other operators of the region are using the A-Clamp or Yoke system we have opted for DIN-compatible tank valves. Streamlining and reliability is something we looked into when choosing the valves.

We are also proud to say that we are one of the few around to fully support sidemount divers as a Sidemount-Able Dive Center with proper tank valves. We are sidemount divers as well…

Our special deep pool

The pool at the heart of the center is unique to Koh Phangan. With its 5 meters / 18 feet deep section, it is the deepest of the island. It was conceived to allow participants in diving activities to practice in and experience what is much closer to a real natural environment.

To better serve teaching purposes but also for swimmers, we have built in the pool three levels at different depths. The two first allow people to practice their first skills in a safe environment and know they can just stand in case of little problems or feeling uncomfortable. The deeper level is better suited than most pools to practice simulated ascent as it is much more realistic. The effect of pressure can also be felt in this part of the pool.

Another thing that was very dear to us was that the pool had to be working with a saltwater system. And have many reasons to believe this is a much better choice.

Saltwater helps prevent the growth of most algae which keeps the water much cleaner and clearer. It also avoids the accelerated deterioration of the equipment by the corrosive agents such as chlorine used in the water treatment.

Some skills like purging a mask will be done in more comfort as the burning feeling is lesser than of chlorinated water.

At last saltwater pools are much more eco-friendly as it uses much less corrosive agents to treat the water. We do take pride in trying to make our center as ecologically responsible as possible.