Sailing Club Divers was originally established as Octopus Diving Club on 22nd June 1999, making it one of the first, most successfull and longest running Dive Centers in Vietnam.
In 2002, five of the western dive staff and the current owner negotiated to buy the company from the original French owners, they dropped the word "Club" and Octopus Diving was open for business, run by young, enthusiastic divers, for divers. In November 2004 Sailing Club took 100% control and Octopus Diving became Sailing Club Divers and part of the world famous Sailing Club Vietnam.
Sailing Club Vietnam was founded in 1994 by a young and ambitious Australian, Peter Vidotto. The first Sailing Club Bar was in the form of a rustic beach-bar right in the heart of Nha Trang. Over the years, this little rustic beach-bar grew to what is known today as Sailing Club Nha Trang and embodies a truly signature ambience easily recognized by its guests. As the image and establishment grew, the company then expanded to further beaches of Vietnam, with the opening of the Mui Ne Sailing Club Resort & Day Spa (Mia Resort Mui Ne) and our signature restaurant, Sandals, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The Sailing Club family now has plans for a multitude of developments across the coast of Vietnam and on 1st September 2011 proudly announced the opening of their second luxury beach resort - Mia Resort Nha Trang. Further plans to expand include another Luxury Day Resort and Entertainment Property (Sailing Club Hoi An) located on the shores of historical Hoi An and will encompass all of the quality and services that our guest have grown accustomed to.
Along with the reputation & support of Sailing Club Vietnam, Sailing Club Divers has become one of the most successfull and well respected dive centers in Asia, winning many awards along the way. In 2009 Sailing Club Divers came 3rd in this region which also includes Thailand and Cambodia for PADI's annual New Diver Aquisitions award for increasing our entry level PADI courses. In 2010 Octopus Diving also won a regional award presented by Scuba Schools International Australasia for "Excellence in Diver Training" for our computerised classroom and commitment to SSI's online training programs. In 2012 Sailing Club Divers was named Nha Trang's Best Dive Operator by German tourist website www.diving-in-vietnam.com Most recently in May this year Sailing Club Divers received an award from PADI Asia Pacific at the Malaysia International Dive Expo in Kuala Lumpur for "Outstainding Contribution to Diver Aquisition in 2012".
Sailing Club Divers successfully completed its first PADI Instructor Development Course in September 2003 and still maintains the only 100% first time pass rate at PADI Instructor Exams in Vietnam.
Starting from offering only daily dive trips and basic PADI courses, Sailing Club Divers has since expanded into Vietnam's premier PADI Five Star Dive Centers with booking locations in and around Nha Trang at: Nha Trang Sailing Club, 72-74 Tran Phu, Mia Nha Trang Resort & Spa, Bai Dong, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resort & Spa, Ninh Van Bay and Evason Ana Mandara Resort & Spa.
Sailing Club Divers is also an active participant in local conservation and a Project A.W.A.R.E. Go ECO Operator. We participate in the Nha Trang Bay MPA's Clean Up day, Crown of Thorns removal program, Project A.W.A.R.E. Splash for Trash and Dive into Earth International Clean Up days. In the low season of 2001 our local staff also helped install mooring buoys in the newly created Hon Mun Marine Protected Area as part of the campaign to preserve the coral reefs against damage by irresponsible boat anchoring.
At Sailing Club Divers we are dedicated to customer care and safety. We keep our groups small, a maximum of two student divers per Instructor on any PADI course, PADI Discover Scuba Diving is conducted one to one and groups for certified divers only two or four divers per PADI Divemaster. Before every dive our Instructors/Divemasters will conduct a detailed dive briefing in a language you understand. You may find discounts in other dive shops in Nha Trang but we believe that we offer a service second to none, quality equipment, dedicated staff and most of all an enjoyable and safe diving trip.
Our focus in on quality, not quantity and our reputation is second to none. Come and see what you've been missing all your life.
WHO ARE WE? - WE ARE VIETNAM'S MOST QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED DIVE TEAM
GRANT MARTIN from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England - PADI Course Director, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer & PADI Tec Deep Instructor Trainer. Contact Grant for all your PADI Instructor Level & PADI Tec Rec training requirements. Grant has lived and worked in Nha Trang for over 12 years and is Nha Trang's only resident PADI Course Director and Vietnam's only PADI Tec Deep Instructor Trainer. www.idc-training-vietnam.com
NGUYEN DUY KHUONG from Cam Ranh, Vietnam - Sailing Club Divers Head Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, SSI Master Instructor, SDI Specialty Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer and Respond Right First Aid & Oxygen Provider Instructor Trainer. Khuong is a former English teacher so naturally his English is fluent. Khuong has logged over 6000 dives and certified over 1000 students in Nha Trang Bay, is able to teach various PADI, SDI & SSI Specialties including Enriched Air Diver, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Solo Diver, Full Face Mask Diver and is a DSAT Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor - Enriched Air. Khuong is probably the most qualified & experienced locally born Scuba Instructor in the country.
TRAN THIEN TANH from Nha Trang, Vietnam - PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader, Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider & Emergency First Responder.
LAM HUY VU from Nha Trang, Vietnam - PADI Divemaster, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader, Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Povider & Emergency First Responder.
NGUYEN VAN NAM from Nha Trang, Vietnam - Boat Captain, PADI Open Water Diver, Respond Right First Aid & Oxygen Provider. Nam is better known by his nickname Phinh (Fin).
PHAM MY XUYEN from Vinh Long, Vietnam - Cashier, PADI Divemaster candidate, PADI Rescue Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider & Emergency First Responder.