1Who are PADI?
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors. The most recognised and respected name in the diving industry.
75% of divers worldwide choose PADI. Established over 40 years ago.
75% of divers in Vietnam choose Rainbow Divers. Established over 25 years ago.
The perfect combination throughout Vietnam!
2There seem to be lots of new dive associations; who should we choose?
PADI are undoubtedly the Worldwide Industry leaders. Alternative dive agencies pop up from time to time and try to copy what PADI does. Quite simply, they can’t. They alter requirements for learning to dive and make it ‘easier’ + cheaper. Cheap + easy is NOT a good combination when learning to dive. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! Insist on PADI.
3What do Rainbow offer that others don’t?
The simple answer is years of experience and true professionalism. Come and talk to us and make your own decision.
Part of your course fee is donated to Project AWARE to help protect the Oceans
Courses + Dive groups max 4:1. Try Dives always 1:1
We always have an experienced + attentive DM on the boat (not smoking or sleeping!)
We have a dedicated full-service 5 Star Divecentre with AC Classrooms, Bar + Restaurant (not a booking counter in the corner of a Grocery store or hotel reception)
We use our own Diveboat; not sharing with 5 other local divecentres.
We choose the best divesites available determined by weather conditions and boat traffic
4Do I need to able to swim to learn to dive?
To become a certified PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver, you need to be able to swim 200m and float/tread water for 10 minutes unaided. If you can’t we can offer you PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving Programme so you can still experience and enjoy the underwater world!
5Where is the best diving in Vietnam?
This really depends on the time of year, but each of our 5 PADI Centres throughout Vietnam offers something different and unique.
Nha Trang (Open all year, but best diving between Feb-Oct) - Electric Nose & Madonna Rock
Whale Island (Open for diving from Tet till October) - The Three Kings & Hon Tai
Phu Quoc (Open from October till March) - Dep Reef & Anemone Cove
Nha Trang - Electric Nose & Madonna Rock - mentioned twice because it's just that good!
Con Dao (Open from March till September) - Hon Cau & Rabbit Island
Whenever and wherever you dive with us, we'll show you something you haven't seen before!
6Why do you prices appear more expensive than other centres in Vietnam?
Because they are! We established the recreational diving industry in Vietnam in 1996 and know the correct prices to charge to ensure equipment safety, air quality, staff training, professionalism and of course fun. When other centres open they have no track record and no credibility, so they simply offer cheap-cheap. In diving you really do get what you pay for! Do you really want to be at 18m or 30m underwater with poorly trained + inexperienced staff? Would you ever really consider the cheapest Skydiving Course?
7Do you always offer Course Training in a Pool?
We offer all initial training in a swimming pool or shallow safe dive sites. We believe that this is essential for you to gain confidence + competence whilst mastering basic dive skills. Whale Island + Con Dao utilise the beach, but we can always offer the training in a pool in Saigon, if this helps.
8Are your boats full of Russians + Chinese?
No. Most dive centres, especially in Nha Trang, focus on the Russian + Chinese customers; quantity, not quality. We do have Russian + Chinese students + divers, but they tend to be those who appreciate professional quality, rather than being herded and treated like cattle.
9Why are you called Rainbow Divers?
When we were looking for suitable premises to expand in Nha Trang in 1999 we agreed with a local beach-bar complex, The Rainbow Bar, to open there. Their condition was that we promoted their name. As a Rainbow aptly described the colourful reefs around Nha Trang, we naturally agreed: thus Rainbow Divers
10Who owns Rainbow DIvers?
We are a 100% foreign-owned Vietnamese Company founded by English PADI Course Director Jeremy Stein.
He is the Top Instructor-Trainer in Vietnam and continues to pursue perfection for diving throughout the country through his relentless drive and passion for diving. He remains in day to day control of the 5 centres and is supported by a superb International Pro-Team
11Are you a Gay Divecentre?
In the traditional sense of the word, which means fun, happy and carefree, then yes we are.
If however you’re asking about our sexual persuasion, then I would comment that we are a professional PADI divecentre and as such we are not interested in anyone’s religious, political or sexual preferences; if someone wants a safe + fun Diving experience, we can and will help.
12Do you offer FREE Internships?
The immediate answer is NO! We are a professional PADI dive centre staffed by professional PADI Instructors. We’ve all invested financially to become professionals.
An internship allows someone to get fully immersed into the workings of a dive centre and learn about the realities of the Dive Industry whilst training. You get unlimited fun diving included in your internship. Some prospective interns speak several languages and maybe have IT + Marketing skills which are a useful addition to the dive centre, so we can discuss individual packages depending on individual abilities.
We ensure that your internshp with us ensures future employment with us, or somewhere in the World.
Many new centres will offer free courses as it’s a cheap way to get staff to run their centres. Their focus is on you working, not on your training + development.
13Will you employ me after my internship?