Living In Thailand as a Dive Pro (Updated 2024)

Living in Thailand as a Dive Pro

Ever wondered what it would be like to become a scuba diving instructor and live in Thailand?

Many of us only dream about getting away from the hustle and bustle of our boring lifestyles, but some of us really live the dream and lifestyle others envy. If you are one of these people who want to live life to the full and are thinking about becoming a PADI dive Instructor and living in Thailand, read on.

Our goal is simple we want to turn ordinary people, young and old, whether you have dived before or never tried, into highly trained, employable PADI diving professionals to meet the world’s demand. It’s time to stop stressing and start living! OK, it’s very easy to say but really it’s even easier to do! regardless of your situation if you want to do something you should do it! life is for living and as far as anybody knows, you only get one of them. If you’re thinking to yourself, oh, that’s not me I can’t just up and leave, I like to but… think again. No really, think about how you can achieve it. NOTHING is impossible if you plan how to make it happen.

Living In Thailand

Endless sun, white sandy beaches, and a healthy climate! Who hasn’t had a dream about spending the rest of their life in the sun with tropical sandy beaches on their doorstep and palm trees to relax under during lunch?
Becoming a PADI Dive professional and Living in Thailand South East Asia can make your dreams come true even if you are not a millionaire and running on a low budget. Just think a little about how to make it happen.

Thinking about this?


I Want to Change My Life and Work Abroad.

What’s keeping you from doing so? Money? Prepare…save and make a plan, borrow, sell your junk, look for opportunities, learn an online skill.… find a cover or replacement, try your luck, and ask for a sabbatical 3-6-month leave.. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. After everything, the truth is you never know what tomorrow will bring unless you are the one bringing it!

I like the idea but I’ve never traveled a lot. I’m scared of what i’ll find…

What are you scared or worried for? We are all family, if that’s how you see the world (and divers do) then you’re never really alone or without support, strange new places become adventures and worries become challenges easily overcome with your scuba brothers and sister around the world.

I don’t like risk, how can I be sure I’ll get a job at the end of all this?

Don’t see becoming a dive instructor like just getting a new job..  If you have financial commitments, explore other ways to make money whilst you travel, your travelling the world which in its self is amazing but also that gives you literally, all the opportunities of the world. Working online in some context is a great integration to living in Thailand, many people don’t know that it’s possible to make a living online, or at least a good extra income.

There are so many ways to make money over the internet these days too. Online Shops, where you sell goods whilst Living in Thailand and send them worldwide, Blog and video content creator are fun ways to monetise your travels as well.

As a dive professional, you will be working closely to tourism, get involved with Travel and location new and information, where people can be informed about Thailand and even maybe book their diving or other holiday activities in Thailand and earn commissions for every sale you make.

Set up some websites about anything you like, Maybe you blog about your adventures, sell pictures or stock video, teach languages, learn international cooking styles, and write a cookbook.. I don’t know but the potential is limitless! You can also earn money as a publisher from certain advertisers who will put their ads on your site.

Explore them and see what works for you.  All this said note this; Nothing in life is certain but I can tell you this. Becoming a PADI Dive professional will change your life!… Will it make you rich beyond your wildest dreams?… sadly probably not, that said some have combined it into a successful business plan.. its not outside the realm of possibility. Will it make you wake up every morning with a smile on your face knowing that the ocean is your office? Yes, It should do! The point I’m making here is we GoPro for the lifestyle, the family, the travel, the adventures, and the interactions across our globe and under the sea in a world so unbelievable and beautiful we will be forever spellbound to it. Our ‘paycheck’ is happiness and satisfaction in living a life you love.. after you become a PADI dive pro you’ll see that the paychecks you got before, were more like compensation for making you miserable.

How Much Does it Cost to Live in Thailand?

The cost of living in Thailand is cheap by comparison to most home country’s  but how much money do you need every month to enjoy your life?

You should not be completely penniless when you are thinking about moving to and living in Thailand, its goes without saying you should allow enough money to cover the basics like a roof over your head, food in your stomach and other amenities you require.

Depending on whether you live in a city or an island the cost vary, you can live very cheaply if you want to but I figured if I spell out a good general average this will help you to gauge the expectation a little bit better. where you can oversee the typical monthly cost of living in Thailand, This is based around exchange rate of 1€ = 40 Baht:

Rent for House/Apartment Per Month From:200 – 500 USD8000 – 10,000 Baht
Electric Bill Per Month: ( without an Aircon use)15 to 25 USD500,- to 800,- Baht
Electric Bill Per Month: (with 1 Aircon use)30 to 50 USD1100,- to 1500,- Baht
Water Bill Per Month:4 USD150,- Baht
Laundry Service Per Month:15 USD500 Baht
Food & Drink (500 – 800 Baht per day per person)400 – 600 USD15,000 – 24,000 Baht
Sim Data service charge Per week Various3 USD100,- Baht
Internet (Fibre Line) from25 USD850- Baht

Don’t forget that you may have other costs running in your home country like health or life insurance. You must also have the money available for the frequent “visa runs” every 3 month or so and new Visas. Your return ticket to your home country if anything goes wrong should also be available.

 What About Thai Visas 2024?

Foreigners require a Visa to enter and stay in the Kingdom of Thailand, most are granted a free 30day visa on arrival but if you want to stay long term it pays to know your options and consider another visa before you start living in Thailand.  With the longer Visa you must comply with the visa regulations to get your visa extended or make some visa runs every two or three month depending on your visa type be it a Tourist Visa or a Non Immigrant Visa. Even a one year ED-Visa might be an option for visitors attending a language course. We recommend finding a Thai Consular in your home country and looking at a multi entry tourist visa to begin with which will give you the most time and the least hassle to begin with.

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