Eight quick ones

By , 22 August, 2014, No Comment

Q and A with a few of our Divemaster Trainees here on Davy Jones Locker.

 

Scott Skelley, 31 years old , England

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How long have you been diving?

Two months, so from zero to hero. 78 dives.

 

What lead you to pursuit your DM?

I was traveling around Thailand and came to Koh Tao to do my Open water, and after that it just escalated, loved it, and stayed here to do my DMT.

 

What made you choose DJL as your school?

A friend of mine knows the boss (Tim), and another friend knew a girl that did here IDC with you guys, (Fiona).

 

What is your most comical dive experience?

I’ve had so many funny dives, most of them with other DMT s, times where we are laughing so much our masks just filled up and we used loads of air, I consider myself and my friends very safe divers so usually go and have fun at buoyancy world.
What kind of dives are your favorite?

Wreck dives and penetrating the wreck, I like challenging myself going through the wreck. I like deep dives too where there are usually less divers. I did my Wreck speciality, deep spec and Nitrox.

 

What is your fav marine creature?

I would say it is stingray either blue spotted stingray or jenkins whip ray, there are a fair few here and i enjoy taking my torch during the day and going looking for them under rocks.

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Any personal goals you set for yourself during your DMT?

I took inspiration from many of the divers I’ve been fortunate to dive with, I just mainly wanted to improve as a diver and gain more experience.

 

Any good advice for new coming dive master trainees?

I would definitely say go for it, I’ve had a great time and met so many nice people and learned so much.

 

Marc Chauvet, 27 years old, France

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How long have you been diving?

6 months. 80 dives.

 

What lead you to pursuit your DM?

Because I want to work as a dive master. eventually I might do my instructor course.
What made you choose DJL as your school?

A friend of mine was diving here 5 years ago and recommended DJL to me.
Mark claims he has never experienced a comical episode under water, so let me rephrase the question,
What is the best dive you have done?

Once out of shark island there was a strong current, so we were drifting along the corals (good buoyancy control is key here). It is almost like flying.
What kind of dives are your favorite?

A bit deeper divesites, like Chumpon pinnacle. Im hoping to see a whale shark. depends on what you can see. usually the bigger the dive site the bigger the fish!

 

What is your fav marine creature?

Sergeant major fish, If you keep calm and don’t chase them they come close to you.

RYBY2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any personal goals you set for yourself during your DMT?

I worked on my Air consumption, In the beginning assisting it was a lot to think about, so I used a lot of air. Now I got my breathing under control and I can be more task loaded.

 

Any good advice for new coming dive master trainees?

Have fun and meet people. Do a lot of assists, to gain experience. Do Specialites as well, you learn new things and get more experience. I have done my Wreck spec (learn to penetrate wrecks), Deep spec (Can go down to 40 meters) and nitrox (Diving on a higher blend of oxygen). Next to do on the list is search and recovery.

 

Rosie Ann Grimwood, 22 years old, England
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How long have you been diving?

1 year and two months (around 60 dives)

 

What lead you to pursuit your DM?

I enjoyed my OW and AOW, and wanted to go over to the professional side of the industry. To gain a lot of experience. #Ill teach you to blow bubbles.

 

What made you choose DJL as your school?

I took my open water and advanced open water last year, I liked the school, everyone is friendly and its good instructors.
What is your most comical dive experience?

We were 7 of us doing a DMT navigational workshop with instructor Russ, and we were given the task to find nemo on Twins (located in a big circle of rocks between shallow and deep pinnacle) and all 7 of us swam right past it. We learned our lesson tho´, look around as you navigate.

 

What kind of dives are your favorite?

Wreck dives are one of my favorite, I also did my Rec spec, where we learned to penetrate wrecks. It takes 4 dives and we learned how to use a reel to maintain a reference line to find our way out again. we dived on HTMS sattakutt which is a almost 50 meter long WW1 ship that is sunken out of sairee beach.

 

What is your fav marine creature?

Angelfish, the colors on them are beautiful.

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Any personal goals you set for yourself during your DMT?

Improve my dive skills, especially my buoyancy, which I feel I master now. thru heaps of fun diving and assisting different instructors on their courses. We can fun dive as much as we want, so we usually work on our navigation skills, Getting up on the right buoy line is always a feeling of mastering and achieving a well planned dive. and I have worked on my air consumption, thru focusing on having the right breathing pattern.
Any good advice for new coming dive master trainees?

Fun dive as much as possible, pay attention when you’re assisting on courses and don’t put your snorkel upside down (haha). Have fun and be social, and you will get friends for life.

 

Supheera Arthur Frederic Morel, 18 years old, Thailand

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How long have you been diving?

7 ears, 70 dives.
What lead you to pursuit your DM?

I wanted to be able lead my own dives.
What made you choose DJL as your school?

A guy called Guy (DJL) (work out he’s title), who I knew.
What is your most comical dive experience?

My Rescue course definitely! without going into details.
What kind of dives are your favorite?

Deep, calm water and perfect visibility. Chumpon on a good day with a whaleshark in the background.

 

What is your fav marine creature?

Seasnake! wich I saw today at 1,5 meters. Must say whaleshark is high on the list, same with blacktip reefsharks. Its not guarantied to spot them on every dive, which make it special.

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Any personal goals you set for yourself during your DMT?

I wanted to be able to dive with more confident, and go diving on new sights, feeling in total control. of course you are certified from open water diver, but the amount of information and tips you get throught your dm course makes you feel safe and at the same time ready to push the limit, within the limitations, of course.
Any good advice for new coming dive master trainees?

Haha, at DJL? (yes) Haha, ok. Open your heart to the nice instructors.
No, for reals. Have fun, dive a lot

 

-brought to you by the lovely instructor Anne. Stay tuned, more to come!

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We’re not just about the diving in DJL

By , 19 August, 2014, No Comment

Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely love our diving, as do virtually all of our customers and students. But the salt water environment is a very harsh one for our dive equipment and to keep our favourite activity as safe as possible we need to be able to maintain our equipment and service it.

 

There has been a growing number of requests, over the last few months, from our students wanting to learn how to service equipment. At DJL we already run courses, at various levels, for all of the different kind of servicing that you would expect in the dive industry.

To meet this rise in demand we have now started to run the entry level courses on a monthly basis. More and more people are wanting to take personal responsibility for their , not only is the course exceptional in raising your abilities it is also at a fraction of the cost of the same courses in Europe and the States and will save you money again in the longer term when you no longer need to pay someone else to do what you have just learned to do!

Damon

Were not just about the diving in DJL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Stages going under the knife in the reg servicing course.

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Ma rencontre avec le Requin Baleine

By , 12 August, 2014, No Comment

Un matin comme je les aime à Koh Tao : levée tôt pour aller plonger avec DJL sur le site “Chumphon Pinneacle”, l’un de mes sites préférés. Un peu plus au large que les autres, c’est un bloc de roche immergé, allant de 35 à une 15aine de mètres de profondeur, sur plusieurs dizaines de mètres de longueur. Riche en vie marine, on y croise presque chaque fois des bancs de petits ou moyens barracudas, des grands barracudas solitaires, des mérous géants, des murènes etc…. Ce matin là, en compagnie de deux autres plongeuses, nous faisions le tour du rocher comme d’habitude… Quand il est apparu au loin, reconnaissable entre tous avec sa mâchoire carrée… C’était bien lui : le Requin Baleine. On s’est regardées toutes les trois, on n’en croyait pas nos yeux… On a nagé vers lui… il a accepté notre présence… nous avons pu le suivre pendant quelques minutes… qui nous ont paru une éternité… juste lui et nous trois, en larmes dans nos masques tellement l’émotion était grande…
L’une des plus émouvantes expériences de ma vie… En espérant pourvoir la revivre…

Virginie.

whale shark meeting

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An Underwater Proposal

By , 4 August, 2014, No Comment

One great thing about being a scuba instructor is that you often make long-lasting friendships with students. I was excited when my friend Charlotte, who did her Wreck Specialty Course with me last year, told me she was making a last minute trip to Koh Tao to finish off her Master Scuba Diver rating. This time around, she was bringing along her boyfriend David and he was going to do his Open Water course.
After getting David all signed up for the course, he pulled me aside and told me he was planning on proposing to Charlotte and that he wanted to do it underwater. I was psyched because I knew this was going to be a lot of fun to plan. So, myself, David and his instructor, Hannah, immediately got to work making sure the logistics were all in place.
Charlotte was doing her Search and Recovery Specialty course, so the final dive had her planning and executing and underwater search. She supposed to find a weight belt and bring it to the surface with a lift bag. Instead, she found David who was there on one knee with a sign saying “Will you marry me?”. She nodded and gave the ‘OK’ sign with all of the other students applauding.When they surfaced (after much kissing on the safety stop), they found the boat decorated in pink heart balloons. Charlotte said that was her dream proposal. It was certainly one of my favorite moments so far as a scuba instructor and I was honored to have been a part of it.
-Pete
Staff Instructor at DJL Diving

 

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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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