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Scuba Diving
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Scuba Diving

About Scuba Nation

Scuba Nation is Cambodia's premier diving provider, safely satisfying the scuba diving needs of tourists, ex-patriots, embassy personnel and locals over the last 8 years. As the first and only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and Cambodia’s first PADI National Geographic Dive Centre in Cambodia, Scuba Nation has accommodated over 4500 beginning and experienced divers from over 40 countries.

Scuba Nation is proud to offer Cambodia's only purpose built liveaboard and day trip dive boats with the highest qualified male and female PADI Instructors in Cambodia from Europe, Australia and North America. We offer daily diving trips, liveaboards and dive courses from beginner to instructor levels in English, French, German and Dutch.

We are absolutely certain you will enjoy your diving experience with us. Scuba Nation has no hidden costs and everything you need to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience is provided. Please give us a call or drop us an email and we will be pleased to accommodate you. 

 

Gerard

 

Gerard is from The Netherlands and has been teaching diving for 14 years. He is a PADI Master Instructor, PADI Specialty Instructor, PADI Oxygen Provider Instructor and Emergency First Responder Instructor Trainer, Equipment and ASSET Technician and has experience diving and teaching in Europe and most of South-East Asia. Gerard is an all-round Diving Instructor who has a passion about diving and teaching dive courses. Passing on his enthusiasm to new and existing divers is a great way to make a living!

 

Vicky

Vicky is from the UK and is a PADI Staff Instructor, PADI Specialty Instructor and she is the highest qualified FEMALE PADI Diving Instructor in Cambodia. She has been teaching for over 10 years and has experience diving and teaching in Europe, South-East Asia and Australia. You'll most often find Vicky in the Phnom Penh office teaching in the classroom and swimming pool, though give her half a chance and she’ll race you to the sea!

 

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 After exploring in 2001 and being impressed with the underwater world on offer, Vicky & Gerard set up the first PADI Dive Centre in Cambodia offering services and experiences not previously available here. At the present time Vicky and Gerard are still very proud that they created the PADI diving industry in Cambodia, discovering dive sites and publishing them and so allowing more recent operators to benefit from their wider experience. Scuba Nation is a dynamic company that believes in moving forward and so became the first 5 Star PADI Dive Centre and Go Eco Operatorand was awarded the prestigious title of the first National Geographic Dive Centre. And PADI recently awarded Scuba Nation as the first and only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Cambodia.

The islands off the coast of Cambodia provide excellent diving locations and white sand beaches: perfect retreats to get away from it all. We have some great diving close to the mainland but for those who want to stay a little longer and venture a little further, there are world class dive sites such as Condor Reef and Poulo Wai waiting to be explored. The diving season is from October to June, with water temperatures a tropical 27-31 C and visibility typically ranges from 10-25+ metres. Obviously one of the main attractions to diving here is that it has been so little dived that most of the dive sites are unmapped and lots of the diving is still at exploration stage. It's a pretty exclusive stamp to have in your logbook and you might even get to name a reef.

Our Captain Tong has over 25 years experience at sea has been with us since we started. Our 2 deck, custom-made liveaboard dive boat is equipped with 2 fresh water showers, western toilet, dining area, cooking facilities, GPS, radio and fish-finder. You will sleep on mattress beds on the lower and upper deck with sheets, blankets and pillows provided.

There is nothing similar in Cambodia; please check out the photos on this website. We also have an accompanying speed boat to assist in taking customers to and from the boat.

Our new daytrip boat is comfortably set up and has a pleasant sundeck where you can relax after diving or snorkeling. We have a big kitting up area with plenty of space for all your dive gear. The boat has 2 side entrances and the best dive ladders to allow you to easily exit the water after a dive. We have a western toilet on board and a fresh water shower to rinse off.

Of course the buzzword nowadays is eco-tourism and PADI is all about contributing to the local community through diving and education. Scuba Nation is an ECO Dive Operator and a member of Coral watch and all our food is made freshly on board avoiding the use of disposable polystyrene containers so our divers have the minimum impact on the environment.

We take trips from local schools every year where the kids learn about preserving the reefs and looking after the environment (they also have a lot of fun in the water!). Our involvement in the development work here resulted in us doing a free Discover Scuba Day for 21 kids from the Friends/Mith Samlanh project. This is an NGO that deals with street kids and provides training for jobs, English lessons etc. Recently Cambodian television filmed a special on Scuba Nation Diving Centre as an introduction to Scuba diving for Cambodian people as there wasn't even a word in Khmer (Cambodian language) for Scuba!

We have taught many Cambodians how to dive, some of whom now make a living working for other operators in the industry, thus making their own contribution to their community and the marine environment. We are working at the moment on a Khmer translation of the PADI Open Water manual to support the local community understanding the principals of diving.

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