About the Owners John & Bent
Siam Dive n Sail based in Phuket Thailand are experts on liveaboard scuba diving in the Andaman Sea in the eastern Indian Ocean. Our destinations include the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, and Hin Daeng on Thailand's West Coast, as well as the fascinating Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Mynamar). In addition, each season there are a few special trips to the Andaman Islands in India.
20 Years in the Thailand Liveaboard Diving Business
The owners, John Williams and Bent Posejpal have been leaders in the diving scene around southern Thailand since the late 1980s, first starting Siam Diving Center (Phuket's first PADI 5-Star IDC Center), then with the advent of the Internet, our online liveaboard diving travel service. We've seen Phuket grow from a small island where everyone knew everyone else, to Southeast Asia's premier resort. We've come a long way.
John Williams & Bent Posejpal: Experienced Professionals
John has authored or contributed to four popular dive guides on Thailand and Mergui. Bent has been a PADI Course Director since 1994 and has trained hundreds of PADI instructors. Between us, we have trained thousands of students and led thousands of dives. We were among the first to discover, explore and share with the world many of the now famous dive sites in the Andaman Sea. Both are professionals who have made Phuket their home and scuba diving their passion.
The Experience, Integrity & Dedication You Deserve
We believe that selling dive travel takes not only a special dedication but a particular knowledge. Our aim is to find you the right vessel and destination. Before making personal recommendations, we consider your diving experience, dive travel history, level of comfort expected and length of time available, all wrapped up inside a price you can afford. We have the experience to do just that.
Not Just Another Phuket Liveaboard Website
There are many scuba diving travel services out there on the Internet today, but none with the experience and the dedication we have to liveaboards in the Andaman Sea. We're not some high-volume, discount service: Our business is based on integrity and honesty. We personally answer each and every inquiry with your best interests as our highest priority. With Siam Dive n Sail, you can be confident you're dealing with the right people and organization.
Finally, since we are here in Phuket, right in the heart of the action, we know what is current and what is not. Since we know the operators, owners and divemasters personally, you can be sure you're getting the information you need first-hand.
About John Williams
John grew up in Southern California where he began diving in 1975 at the age of 15 on the coves of Laguna Beach. He has lived in Phuket and been involved in the diving industry here since the late 1980s, opening Siam Diving Center in 1987 and then Siam Dive n Sail 1996.
John has written or contributed to four diving guide books on the reefs, islands, and rocks in and around Phuket's Andaman Sea and Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. These include Lonely Planet's "Diving and Snorkeling Thailand" in the year 2000 and Periplus Action Guides (three editions since 1994).
He was among the first to dive many of the dive sites which are so famous and popular today. Click the link below for the rest of the story.
About Bent Posejpal
Bent "it's hard to admit you're bent" Posejpal grew up in Norway and learned to dive before he could walk as his father had one of the leading dive centers in southern Norway. Bent got the bug early and stayed with it.
He became a navy diver in the mid-1980s, facing down Russian war ships in the coast guard with his Viking buddies. After a couple of years of freezing his rear end off in the Arctic Circle, he got smart and moved to the tropics for what he thought would be a year of fun and frolic in Thailand's warm seas. That was almost 20 years ago.
Bent has been a PADI Course Director since 1994, is part-owner of Siam Dive n Sail and teaches PADI Instructor Development Courses full time.