I got my open water dive certification here. The instructors were good (neither was named James Bond as several of the other reviews here suggest), the boats used were good, and the dive site (Racha Yai islands) was also good.
This place was cheaper than many other places I found online in Phuket. It was also the only one I could find online that did not charge extra for pickups in the Laguna area.
However, the person who runs the dive center does not speak good English at all. It was quite hard to communicate with her and there were several miscommunications. They also did not seem very organized. A day before my pool training day, they told me that I would have to have my pool training at the small pool in the villa I was living at instead of at a proper pool. They also asked if they could move my dives out by a day the night before I was scheduled to head out since their usual boat would not be going to the islands. I also ended up having two instructors (one for the first 2 days, and another for the third day) due to a scheduling conflict. They did get me out another boat as scheduled though.
They were quite accommodating to change. My friend also did a Similan islands live aboard with them, and she wanted to stay an extra 2 days after getting there. They were able to set that up for her without any problems.
Overall, I'd say if possible, perhaps try one of the dive centers inside the hotels in the area. Outrigger seemed to have a decent place.
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