DJL Free Lancer

By , 30 July, 2014, No Comment

I arrived on Koh Tao in mid August, doing the rounds and looking at the multiple dive shops this island has to offer. DJL or Davy Jones Locker stood out as a superior PADI dive resort. After a chat with Russel, one of the head instructors, I signed up for my MSDT instead of my 4 day intended stay. Eight weeks after finishing said course I’m now working as a dive instructor free lancer.
DJL boasts a great staff that is friendly and out-going. The center features a pool behind the shop which doubles for confined sessions as well as a cheeky social beer after diving.
Diving Koh Tao offers many exceptional dive sights as well as a diverse aquatic life so it’s hard to choose just one favorite. Hin Wong bay provides some insane swim through caves which is my preferred activity when diving.
Phillip

 

 

 

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Discover Scuba Diving

By , 27 July, 2014, No Comment

One of the many courses that we offer here at DJL is the DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) Course. This course is aimed towards customers who aren’t sure if they will enjoy it and just want to give it a quick try. In this course you learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.

The first part of the course is conducted in a confined environment to teach you the necessary skills, after this you are offered an optional dive in open water where you can see the beauty of the sea at its best and also get a taste of what it would be like to be a fully certified PADI diver.

To sign up for this course you only need to be 10 years of age or older. I’ve taught many DSD courses and I’ve always had my students walk away wanting more and with a huge grin on their faces so give it a try and I’m sure you will too.

Nick Kelly

DSD

 

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Unicorn Wreck

By , 25 July, 2014, No Comment

 

It has always been rumored that at the time of it’s sinking in 1989 the 60 meter long Unicorn was sunk on purpose as an insurance scam. Local Koh Tao inhabitants said that the ship just pulled up off shore, around a mile north of Koh Tao and over the next couple of hours slowly sank after an explosion on the vessel. No-one was hurt in the sinking. An Insurance fraud was immediately suspected, insurance investigators were sent to investigate the cause of the sinking and to confirm the cargo which was listed as expensive Tuna Fish. Divers descended to examine the wreck, and discovered that the holds contained nothing but low-grade animal Feed (Dog-Food) un-fit for human consumption, NOT expensive Tuna fish as listed on the manifest. hence the nickname it later aquired – the “dog food” wreck.

 

Lying around 12km north and 20-30mins off Koh Tao and in 50 meters of water the vessel lies, mostly intact, on it’s port side at an angle with the top of the bow at 38meters, and the keel of the bow area several meters above the seabed, allowing divers to swim under this area of the hull. Fishing nets have been removed from the wreck allowing some moderate penetration. Big schools of jacks, batfish and barracuda patrol the area directly above the wreck with a pair of large groupers residing inside the wreck. Here at DJL we often dive the Unicorn as part of our Technical diving program, especially the Tech 45 course. Due to the depth and location it is always quiet and diver free. I dived the Unicorn for the first time in march last year, as the visibility was very good the wreck appeared to have an eerie greenish around the outline of the wreck (maybe just narcosis) and was enthralled by the always curious bat fish.

Mike S
bremen

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Tanote Bay (By Ed)

By , 14 July, 2014, No Comment

Tanote Bay

 

Tanote Bay is located on the Eastern Side of Koh Tao meaning its sheltered location makes it an ideal dive site when other dive sites of the island are affected by southwesterly winds.  Easily identified by the massive granite boulder at its centre (also popular with cliff jumpers) the palm tree lined bay in the definition of idyllic tropical beauty.  Under water the bay features some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the gulf of Thailand.  It also boasts a selection of features that make it the perfect place to go for a dive, whether working towards a qualification with Davy Jones Locker’s experienced, multilingual team of instructors, such as the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver courses, or just looking for an interesting and different fun dive.  As well as the stunning coral formations surrounding the boulder there are a few cool things to see here.  Practice your navigation skills by trying to find the wreck of a catamaran located a short swim from the rocky outcrops at the North side of the bay.  Heading back towards the main bay is a somewhat smaller wreck (an abandoned motorcycle!)  Heading back towards the mooring buoy takes you past one of the many artificial reef projects on Koh Tao.  Produced in association with local marine conservation charity, Save Koh Tao, and PADI’s project AWARE the artificial reef area consists of a series of reef balls, designed to promote the growth of coral and is a great example of divers working towards a better marine environment.  Book your next underwater adventure with DJL diving today!!!

 

Ed

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MSDT at DJL

By , 3 July, 2014, No Comment

I am so glad I decided to do the MSDT internship at DJL