Since i did not get a chance to before flying off on Monday, i just wanted to say thank you for the experience that you and the rest of your staff provided for me. I had a remarkable time, one that i will never forget. if i ever decide to continue with my instructor’s certification i will definitely be headed your way, and i hope i can return to Thailand soon even if it is not for that reason! please keep in touch and thank you again!
happy holidays, C Settar
Well they say that your school days are the best days of your life……true but I think that was the diving school days in my life. Throughout my 8 months in Thailand with Mermaids I have met so many new and great people and I will always remember my days there. All the instructors who brought me up from Open water to Instructor have been excellent and I owe it all to them (and PJ of course) Special thanks to Claus, Manx, Tom, HMS, SB1 for the help and training during the IDC, also to Lance who guided me through my Divemaster Training and to Russell who made me and Open Water diver even after calling him an Aussie.
Special thanks to Pj for for a great time on the Similans trip – memories that will never fade. Never forgetting of course the longstay crew, Alex, Jason, Stuart (the savoy bar & Grill), Aine, Lucy, Jeff, Linda, Sue, Rosie, Russ, Alexia, Cliff, Will, Slinky, Lee, Beou, Martin, You have all been a great laugh. Keep in touch…Lee S
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
They say life say life is what you make it!
In that case for the last 8 months I’ve been making a great fool out of what the accepted definition of work is! Diving out here is only a very small part of the experience. The people you’ll meet are friends for life and the experiences are something you will talk about forever. A Small incident on my first night in Bangkok and it’s become legend. No doubt you’ll all hear about it on your arrival.. That said, enjoy the diving, and you’ll see something new every day.
Enjoy every day and you’ll fall in love with Thailand. After 8 months here (my IDC is less than 3 weeks away) I am still finding things on my doorstep I have missed for the last 7 months. I mean thing like the best kebab van in south east Asia and a Mexican restaurant to shame all other.
Oh and yesterday I saw my first shark in Pattaya ( no monster but it had a mean look in his eye – honest ). Come out here and enjoy it, live it but most of all take a bunch of photo’s as when your memory is old and fuzzy (beer more than age ) they’ll always provide irrefutable proof of the fish you saw, the elephants in the street and of course the guy that drank to much and danced on stage. I May well see some of you out here , if not all I ask is :- 1) Take care of Peter (he’s fragile) 2) Savor every day out here. The smells are fantastic (mostly) and the roadside food is safe (mostly) 3) Remember to bubble !!! ( that will make more sense when your out here )
PADI Professional Dive Instructor – 480262
Thought I’d better send something to you even though I must have told you a million times what a great time I had, I know it will sound biased but what the hell, it’s all true.
OK, so if you’re reading this you’re either and old intern in which case hello and hope you’re doing great, or you’re thinking about joining PJ and Mermaids. I’m really not sure where to start because I just had the best time ever doing my training in Pattaya. The school and the instructors there are 1st class, and I’ve found out just how good they are since I’ve started working as an instructor myself (so to all the instructors, I owe you a huge thank you,).
I was in Pattaya for about 8 months and didn’t want to leave, I joined as an open water diver and ended up an instructor (many thanks again to the instructors on my IDC, especially Claus who made me do the presentations even though I hated them). I am now working in Cyprus and have realized how lucky I was to get the training I did from all at Mermaids. If you’re reading the LIA website and thinking that it all sounds too good to be true then you’re right, it does sound that way, but everything on this website is 100% true, it is the most unbelievable deal and I have to thank PJ and SB1 again for making it such a great course.
I’m trying to write this without sounding biased but I can’t so if you do decide to hand over your cash and move half way around the world I can guarantee you a few things from Mermaids and PJ:
1, you will have the time of your life, and you will not regret one single minute.
2, you will meet some of the best people you could ever wish to meet, lifelong friends.
3, you will work hard and have fun, but the training you get will be first class.
4, you’ll find out what PJ means when he says “do you fancy meeting up for a couple of quiet drinks” J
5, you either end up staying longer than you planned or going back there, or like in my case, both.
Hope that will do, I tried to keep it sort of short J
PADI OWSI Intern
Right then, not too good at this kind of thing but for Pj i will give it a go. it all started in august 04 when i sent him a email, that was the best 5 minutes i have spent in front of a laptop. I got to mermaids with no scuba training at all, none, zero, zip, but i’m a DM now working in Cyprus with my girlfriend Lucy who is a OWSI, (we met at mermaids) and i now see just how good my training was because not every one has been trained to the high standards of mermaids.
If your thinking of joining the mermaids family because that’s what it is, book it now because if you don’t you will miss out on a few things, like; Toto, Lulu and the girls who will be happy to get you an ice cold beer before you have put your gear away.
The bhat bus rides that you take with 25 others (that’s if you can beat our record) on the way to walking street.
Captain Gai and the chicken boat who always has a smile and a helping hand.
Frosty” who sounds like Santa when he’s laughing at you down at 30 meters!
Chicken on a stick this one i will leave for you to find out!
The Llife long friends, and so many more things i can’t put in, so for all you who know what im talking about and what we are all missing, hope your all doing well and hope to see you all soon. For all you that don’t know……well what are you waiting for book and get down to Pattaya. Arran – mermaids intern – the rest of my life
What can I say, I’ve just come back from the most memorable 9 months of my life! I was a little unsure about sending my hard earned cash to people I’d never met before but it couldn’t have been more worthwhile! The instructors and people of Mermaids have not only taught me so much but also become good friends. The atmosphere they create makes you feel part of the family. Thank you B1, B2, HMS, Manx, Claus, Russ, Tom, Frosty, Lance, CS, Nori, Ian, Wayne.
You guys have been great! i have also made some great friends who I WILL see again! The list is too long but you know who you are, you lovely people and you really made the ride great! I cannot think of a better training ground that combines great courses, facilities, instructors and friends. Thank you all and when I’m diving with my beloved sharks, I’ll be thinking of you all (especially you Tom! Don’t worry they’re harmless, though the big ones do like the odd SEAL!!!). I will be back very soon!
website summed it all up for me, I’d gone from working on a bungee tower in the US to five years working in an uneventful office in the UK and felt that living for the weekends was losing its appeal. I’d always wanted to try scuba diving and so gave PJ a call, two weeks later I was in Pattaya.
The Mermaids Internship program grew exponentially during my 8 months from “zero to hero” and provided me not only with a level of training and instruction second to none in S.E Asia but many good friends to boot. The community feel encompassing Mermaids is probably the reason all my good buddies keep going back to Pattaya, either that or the gogo bars! During the four or so months of teaching at Mermaids after my IDC I knew I had found my calling. Now I have a passport to the world, job satisfaction and all for less than £4000 inc. Life’s too short and fortune favours the brave etc etc… Cheers to all the staff at Mermaids, I’ll see you again in April 2006. The drinks are on PJ! Steve.
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
Arrived back from Australia a couple of weeks ago (25th Sept 2006) and now after reflecting on my journey away I have wrote this. Hope fully I can return in the near future, I know of a couple of the others are heading back next year, so I will try and go with them – it all depends on who and where I get a diving job. Any way I will recommend Mermaids to anyone in the future as I have been doing in the past.
Well, where do I start. I wanted to become a dive instructor and had very little experience. I researched into many companies around the world and chose Mermaids because of the overall package. PJ’s was also quick to respond to any questions, and is always there to help. Felt a little nervous sending a large deposit from myself and a friend to PJ be he assured me it would be ok and it was.
Arrived and had a warm welcome from the start. Great accommodation, and invited out straight away (by Katie and the girls) where we met all the others at the dive school and excepted straight away in the group. From then on I made so many friends with my time at Mermaids and its one of the best experiences of my life. I could name you all but it would take so long, so I would just like to say thank you! I hope I had a positive effect on everyone’s time there as everyone of you did on mine. I would like to personally thank the instructors. Manx for talking me under his wing, Russell for his experience, Nori for her knowledge, Charlie (what a character), HMS, Lance, SB2, Claus, Tom, Mermaids extreme’s Steve and John, and of course SB1 (the boss). Plus every other instructor that stayed on after making it that helped. And believe me I have taken something from all the teaching methods of everyone that has made me a confident instructor and I feel so fortunate to have had so many excellent instructors all in the one place.
To sum the place up then is it is very professional, great location (you can see the surrounding countries very cheaply while you are there, visa runs, like I did and the trips were amazing!), cheap cost of living, and what myself and all the other interns have all said in their write ups – the friendliness. You feel comfortable, like a family and if anyone wants to contact, meet up or needs assistance on something with me then my email address is [email protected] Where ever I am in the world, I will look forward to meeting up again with people from the Mermaids family.
What A place!
Well what can I say really? I have immensely enjoyed my time at Mermaids Dive in Pattaya. The training has been absolutely top class and I have gained a wealth of knowledge to add to my scuba diving career.
I would urge anyone thinking about coming here to stop thinking about it and do it! If fact stop reading this right now and get your shoes on, down to your travel agent and book a flight.
Pattaya is an excellent base for those of you that want to travel South East Asia also and Mermaid’s will support you and guide you through doing this. Please do not be put off if you are a single girl and have not really done much traveling as S E Asia is very safe.
Lastly I would like to say thank you to all the staff at Mermaids for giving 110% of their time, effort and dive instruction / teaching skills. I have made many friends here that I will have for life.
Sonja Collyer – a testimonial from a Brummy Lass (and lone-female traveler)
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
Arriving in a new place, trying to advance a new career is always going to be scary, but the welcome I received from everyone at Mermaids instantly put me at ease. Having been here for over three months now, I can say that this is by far the most professional outfit in this area, with fantastic instruction and instructors who are always willing to help no matter how busy they are.
The diving here may not be the best in the world, but there are some superb wrecks, and ripping currents which provide valuable experience. Unlike sites in the Andaman Sea, diving here is all year round, so you can take your time. When you do finish, most people leave with jobs to go to.
The nightlife here is like nowhere I have ever been, and is really something you have to experience first hand to understand.
I have made many good friends here, some of who have already left and are dotted around the globe, but we all stay in touch via email. With all these outstanding invitations to visit, I’m not sure where to go first, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Spain… Happy Days!!
PADI Staff Instructor
I am currently finishing up my dive master course at Mermaids Dive School and I plan to continue on to the Instructor level. So far I have found the instruction to be extremely professional and intimate. There are many other students at the school; however, every class I have taken has been either just I or one other student. The instructors are there everyday for you to ask questions and get instant feedback on your performance. The atmosphere is very laid back and they are willing to work around your schedule to suit your needs.
Once you finish your rescue course you begin as a dive master trainee and this is where you learn the most and have the most fun. You get to see what it is like to work in the field as you are on the boat diving everyday with customers. You are responsible for leading dive teams, assisting instructors by demonstrating skills to other students and conducting dive briefings based on your personal knowledge of the dive sites. No two days are the same and there is something new to learn everyday.
I have been here for about two months and I have found that out of everything I have done the one thing I enjoy the most is hanging out with the friends that I have made from all over the world. After we finish up a “tough day at the office” we all gather at the local pub next door to have a few beers and tell stories about diving or about our past lives in the “real world”.
This has truly been a unique experience in my life and I can honestly say that I made the right decision for myself. I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but I can say that it won’t be in an office or cubicle sitting behind a computer for eight hours a day. I hope that this has helped provide some insight and given you something to think about for your future.
My wife, Lynn, found Mermaids via the great reviews on the internet, after we both decided to have a career change and become PADI Instructors.
We loved our nine months in Thailand, and the opportunities open to us at Mermaids to both learn and teach were, we believe, second to none.
Not only did we make great friends, and lived in an amazing country, but we also learnt so much that has got our new career off to a great start.
Since leaving Mermaids we have worked in Grenada, Saint Vincent and Malta, where we are currently planning to spend at least two years with no regrets at all about changing careers.
There are plenty of dive schools out there…but that’s all they are…just dive schools. Mermaid’s Diving Life Internship is an all encompassing experience. I spent 4 months from Open Water to Instructor and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. You show up when you want, vacation when you want, take courses when you want in virtually whatever area of diving you want, and there are always plenty of extremely capable instructors to help you out whenever you need it.
Everyone is always smiling and having a great time whether it be in the classroom, out diving, or in the bar. There were 18 people in my IDC/IE and everyone passed – these instructors make sure you have the skills you need to succeed. They care, their hearts are in it, and we had a great time every step of the way. Mermaid’s offers truly first class dive instruction, but what’s more is that you automatically join a network of fun-loving, supportive and dynamic people from all walks of life to spend your duration with. You’d be a fool to become an instructor somewhere else. Get ready for the time of your life!
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
A big thank you to Mermaids and all the staff which have made my dream possible. Another 100% result for the IE which I was so happy to be included in. Many great memories and friends have been made at Mermaids and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.
I really enjoyed my experience at Mermaids. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful. The amount of diving you get to do provides experience and education that could take years to gain elsewhere. I’d definitely recommend coming to Mermaids if you are serious about a career in diving.
Hi my name is Dave and for my wrong doings I was very quickly re-tagged HMS and that would appear to have stuck since I arrived at Mermaids in Nov 2003….nearly 2 years have passed and now I find that I am leaving and looking back at myself and those who I met along the way…albeit with all my kit marked HMS.
I came to Mermaids from The Gambia (small country surrounded by Senegal/W Africa) where I was working….I decided that I would do something different….and came across PJ’s website (www.learn-in-asia.com) …after 3 or 4 months of questions, some reasonable and some now that I look back…just plain absurd, I paid my money.
I did have some initial concerns about sending my money to where “the Thai what bank?, is’nt Thailand just full of the worlds criminals and where all money scams start and finish….Well that could well be true…If my view is worth anything at all…..your money is safe and you’ll find that it is the best thing that you will ever do…..
I have met some of the world’s greatest individuals from students, ex spec-ops, police and the just plain
Odd-ball…most are just run-aways of some sort or another…. yes myself included and as such have decided that the world is just a very colourful place.
Well….just a little about what I have managed to get myself involved with here…I have gone from a complete novice to tech diving and am now embarking on rebreather diving….Dec 05 Update now have my own KISS Rebreather…
I could go on for hours about how this, that and the other are brilliant, perfect…. that is not the case…..nothing is, however what I can say is….if you are looking for a challenge and a chance to push yourself in ways that only the few have the chance to…..then get yourself here….
Mermaids is without doubt the single most influential point of my new life…..don’t they nick name the course Zero to Hero? Makes you think…
There are far too many at Mermaids that I have helped me and been good friends….they know who they are…
Good luck to all
Mermaids Intern IDCS
Given its reputation, I was a bit apprehensive about moving to Pattaya at first, but I needn’t have worried. The last 6 months at Mermaids has been one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my life. I have had a brilliant time, made lots of good friends and learned a great deal as well.
he thing that stands out above all others is the people – the fellow interns who make it fun and the first-rate instructors who show you how it’s done! Mermaid’s instructors are superb – you receive excellent training, and having now completed my IDC I feel fully prepared for a career in the diving industry.
If you’re willing to work hard and want to have a good laugh at the same time, then Mermaid’s is definitely the place for you!
I have been here for 7 months and Mermaids is a great place to learn how to dive, all the staff are so friendly.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE AT MERMAIDS!
Last July I was at work in Regina, SK Canada selling mobile phones. I need to do something different I was tired of my 9-5 job stuck in a suit and tie. I previously just returned from Cancun, Mexico and wanted to have that life-style. So I looked up on the internet and found Mermaids Dive Center in Pattaya, Thailand. So I emailed PJ a couple questions on the school and with in less than a day my questions came back. wow that was fast. So after talking with PJ I signed up for the dive for life program and quit my job. I sold my car and bought a flight out to Thailand. 2 weeks later I was there on the other side of the world.
I started my Open water with Desi I made it thought that Thanks Desi). After that it was full throttle I did my advanced, Rescue and my dive master course. After the DM course at Mermaids being a DM is great they teach you how to run the boats and organize diving activities and help out on courses. After completing my IDC/IE (Instructors) in March I had the confidence in getting a job. Three weeks after completing my Instructors I sent out my CV/Resume to many jobs all around the world. I ended up find out that there are lots of diving jobs everywhere. I was overwhelmed I had offers in Fiji, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Honduras, Hawaii and Turks and Caicos. Well I ended up getting a great job in Grand Turk in the Turks and caicos Island in the Caribbean working at a small dive center. So now Im living my dream that I set out for last august when I went to Mermaid to start my diving career.
I highly recommend Mermaids Dive School because of the Excellent teaching standard that they follow and the friendly helpful staff. Thanks SB1, Russell, Clause, Desi, and Mali for all you help in getting me to where I am today.
It’s funny I remember Jason always saying he wanted to go live in a small beach hut on an island and teach diving. I could never really see myself doing that I thought I would get so bored. But now here I am if I’m not on the boat looking at clear blue water from the beach to a dive site then I am sat outside the shop looking at the clear water from the shore. It reminds me so much of the Similans. only I haven’t seen any Manta ray yet!!!!!! On my first dive here however I saw 4 white tips and an eagle ray so that was cool.
Anyway back to what I was saying I didn’t really know how to put in to words my experience in Thailand but now I have come here I realize how much my time there meant to me. It’s very strange to leave that whole environment and I do miss it. My boss here is fascinated by my whole experience there and the more I talk about I realize that it was an experience and I will never forget it or the people that i met. It has also helped me to get here. I would never of dreamed a year ago I would be sitting on the beach front every morning and diving every day and only a 30 min boat ride from Bali. I just can’t get over it.
Sigh of relief number 1: The taxi drivers at the airport HAVE heard of Mermaids Sigh of relief number 2: Someone in the shop WAS expecting you when you get there, so it wasn’t all a big scam after all!
Mermaids really is everything that the website claims, I had an amazing four months there, racking up around 130 dives whilst going from O/W to DM. The level of training they give is superb, going out on the boats everyday, seeing how they are run, gradually progressing to running them yourself all gives you real experience of how dive operators work, which is invaluable experience if you are going to make a career of diving.
But its also an awesome social scene, there is always, ALWAYS someone (normally 30 people) to have a drink with after diving or to go out with in the evening. The food is fantastic, in my experience the cheaper the better, you will be eating off street carts in no time, the beer is cheap and cold and the Thais are all genuinely friendly.
If you are thinking of going, just go for it, i promise you will not regret it.”
6 months at Mermaids and I completed Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, EFR, Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck, Search & Recovery, Night, Divemaster, EFRI, Open Water Scuba Instructor, 7 Instructor Specialties, DSAT: Tec Gas Blender and Tec Deep Diver, over 200 dives in the end.
There are some great instructors at Mermaids and lots of opportunity to gain work experience at a busy dive centre. After the training received at Mermaids I feel confident about going out and pursuing work in the dive industry. I am glad I stumbled across the Learn-in-Asia Web site. It was time well spent.
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
After deciding upon starting my dive training to Open Water Scuba Instructor, I had to weigh up the costs of various different Dive Schools. Once I had made my choice, evidently ‘Mermaids’ Pattaya, I then was confronted with the fact that I was sending just short of 4000 GBP to a place I didn’t even know existed. Upon checking in detail with PADI, both at their office and on their website, I was happy that it did exist. Upon speaking with Peter Scott, (Pj) over the phone in Thailand to clear up any worries and concerns I had, I finally transferred the payment and began the ‘The Diving Life’ Internship.
I arrived in Pattaya on 18th April 2005 , which happened to be in the middle of the Thai New Year Festivities, namely ‘Songkran’. I didn’t know what to expect of Thailand , as although I’d traveled extensively, had never visited South East Asia let alone experienced Songkran. The morning after my arrival I decided to go down to the Dive Shop, to introduce myself and begin my training. I hadn’t got more than 20 metres before someone had thrown a bucket of water over me; then another. When I got to the main road, people were throwing water everywhere. Everyone was soaking wet, including me. What I didn’t know was that Songkran was a festival that celebrated both the New Year, but more traditionally, the coming of the rainy season! It is a very old tradition and is celebrated in good humour (I bought my own water pistol very quickly). Mermaid’s closes on only 2 days of the year; New Years Day and the Thai New Year (19th April), which happened to be my first day.
It wasn’t long before I’d been given my Diving Equipment and was on my Open Water Course. Soon enough I’d completed my Advanced and Rescue Courses and was on my way to Dive Master. The diving around Pattaya is good and bad. Some Dive sights have stacks of aquatic life and are a real pleasure to dive. Others are less pleasurable, with less visibility, but require more skill in your diving, so are in a way, equally beneficial. – The training is superb and the conditions being so diverse will stand any diver in great stead no matter where they are off to next.
Pattaya itself is… an interesting place to live. It’s main industry is it’s nightlife, with hundreds of bars and clubs; from Rock n’ Roll and Jazz clubs to nightclubs and Go-go bars (some of which are an acquired taste). It is certain to say that you’re never without something to do in Pattaya of an evening. Life itself is very different here and although very westernised in parts, respect of many of the Thai’s cultures and beliefs, even learning a little of their language can make life a lot easier.
It is easy to take advantage of Pattaya’s proximity to Bangkok too, as numerous times, to have a break from the diving; I have ventured both North to Chon Buri and Bangkok and South to the beautiful Islands of Koh Phangan and Phuket. When visa runs have been needed, it has given me the excuse to go as far as Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia . I have found that travel within South East Asia is very cheap. Wherever I have wanted to go, there has been someone training here, who has been there, and could advise on the best/cheapest way to get there.
Coming close to the end of my time here at Mermaid’s and indeed Thailand, I have greatly benefited from the training I’ve received here. Having these qualifications, backed up with other experience, has given me a Passport to travel the world whilst working (if that word is accurate) at something I really enjoy. To compliment that, I’ve gained unimaginably from living in yet another country and culture for just over 9 months.
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, Tom, B1, B2, Ian, and of course Desi for all the knowledge You gave me. The many friends I have made in Thailand will be friends I keep in touch with for many years to come. To my Long-stay brothers, Jay, Lee, James, Alex 1, Alex 2, Pete, and Steve, You guys are the best! I was really lucky to meet a great bunch like yourselves. To heath, Keep hugging those trees my man, I am sure I will be following in your footsteps soon. About Pattaya, hard to find the proper words to the describe this town. It is the one place I have ever been where the excitement of a big city is wrapped up in a small town (by American standards anyway).
There is something for everyone here. One of my favorite moments was on Paul Manx’s (one of the Instructors) B-day. Like 12 of us went bungee jumping into that lake, then partied the rest of the night away on Walking Street. What a great night. Well thanks again all and for all you new interns, enjoy it while it lasts, because it will go quicker than you can possibly imagine. Peace
My time at Mermaids has been educational but most of all extreme fun. What makes Mermaids Dive School?
The people do; the interns, the customers, and the instructors.
Mermaids is regarded highly in Thailand and believe me you’re going to enjoy your time here!
During my time at Mermaids I became an OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor). The first impressions I got when I arrived in Pattaya / Jomtien were really positive. Everybody seemed to be having a really great time and the whole process was really well organized.
The dive shop was a hive of activity and after only a few days any anticipation of moving half way around the world was put to rest.
Over the 7 months that I was at mermaids I made dozens of friends and some of them will be my friends for life I am sure.
The instruction at Mermaids was first class and I have thoroughly my time training.
Thank you Mermaids and everyone involved – you know who you are!
South Shields – England
PADI Professional Dive Instructor
I was initially scheduled to do my dive training elsewhere in Pattaya but was put off at the last moment due to some doubts about them. I met with Steve and Pj and did not hesitate to book with Mermaid’s CDC. Everything here has been as expected and no false promises are given and you pay your money and you receive everything that you expect. I have had no problems at all or complaints about any offered by Mermaids.
The quality of the instruction and the professionalism is excellent. There are so many instructors to choose from, you can in some ways decide whom you wish to learn from.
The level of some of the instructors is amazing especially their backgrounds. It really shines through on how much they teach you. In some levels of diving it helps to have instructors team teach you.
I have enjoyed every minute here. Being located in Jomtien is the best option as you can relax and if you want to go into Pattaya you can easily do so. Mermaids have fantastic staff.
PADI Professional Dive Instructor