Annual DJL Free Divemaster competition!!

By , 25 June, 2016, No Comment
Annual DJL Free Divemaster competition!!

The booking period for FREE ENTRY into our annual FREE DIVEMASTER competition is nearly here !!
To make a booking contact info@djldiving.com – if you quote “DJL Divemaster Competion” in your email we will also give a 5% discount off your divemaster course when you are entered into the draw.

I’m Back !!!!!

By , 17 June, 2016, No Comment

I'm  back !!!!!I’m Back !!!!!
Retour à Davy Jones Locker Dive Center Koh Tao après plusieurs mois d’absence…. Un vrai plaisir de retrouver cette ile et ce centre de plongée. L’ambiance est toujours garantie au Bar/Restaurant du club, oú les élèves DiveMaster se réunissent souvent pour partager sur l’aventure qu’ils sont en train de vivre…. Les élèves Open Water sont dans la piscine avec leur instructeur pour apprendre les gestes de base du plongeur, avant le grand saut dans la mer le lendemain… Et quand enfin l’heure de remonter sur le bateau arrive, mais quel plaisir de retrouver cette atmosphère ! Baptèmes, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Spécialitées Profonde ou Nitrox…. Tous les élèves sont au rendez-vous et ont l’air aussi heureux d’apprendre que leurs instructeurs de leur enseigner ! Sacrée ambiance ! Il fait un temps magnifique, l’eau est à 30 degrés… C’est sûr je suis de retour au Paradis ! Et je vous y attends 😉
Virginie.

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Samran Nets

By , 4 May, 2016, No Comment

Samran NetsSAMRAN PINNACLE, o como el ser humano ha devastado uno de los pináculos más increíbles del golfo de Thailandia.

El pasado 29 de Abril, Davy Jones Locker tuvo el placer de disfrutar de una de las inmersiones más desconocidas y pocos visitadas. Samran Pinnacle, al  sur de Sail Rock, se compone de 3 pináculos a diferentes profundidades, estando la máxima a unos 30m.

Fue un día soleado, con un mar calmado y con una visibilidad +30m. Todo el mundo estaba muy emocionado por visitar ese famoso pináculo que tantas alegrías habia dado en el pasado. De hecho era un sitio muy visitado por tiburones ballena y otros mamíferos como delfines.

Al ser un sitio muy poco visitado por buceadores, puesto que esta alejado de las islas principales Koh Tao o Koh Pangan, sabíamos que existía la posibilidad de encontrar algunas redes abandonadas, pero lo que nos encontramos allí fue mucho más que algunas. Fue un paisaje totalmente devastado por redes y cajas de pesca, algunos peces intentaban escaparse, algunos cangrejos pedían ayuda para soltarse, y como no, todos los buceadores de Davy Jones Locker contribuyeron a salvar a todas las especies que pudieron y también reflotaron algunas de las redes. Obviamente menos de las deseadas, pues la longitud y el peso de las redes superaba con creces lo permitido para realizar un ascenso seguro.

Tan triste fue la escena, que este mes quiero compartir con vosotros los efectos de las redes en los fondos marino y el gran volumen de especies afectadas.

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Looking after your ears

By , 29 April, 2016, No Comment

looking after your earsInstructor Matt has written a new article for the DJL blog explaining how to take care of your ears and avoid the problems some people may experience during a dive. Your ears are particulary sensitive when diving due to various pressures which can lead to pain and possible injury. The tips below will help you avoid any of the potential issues that can arise.

“How to avoid ear problems whilst diving:

We all know as divers our ears can be our achilles heel, an ear infection of a perforated ear can have us out of the water for days if not weeks. Luckily for us there are many ways that can help us prevent these problems from arising.

• Clean your ears after the dive- you can use a couple of different methods for cleaning your ear post dive: firstly you can use either a commercial product designed to remove water from the ear canal, Secondly (and more cheaply) you can use a mixture of half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol after a diving excursion to gently clean and dry the ear canal. This can also help to prevent swimmer’s ear.

• Avoid boat fumes- Breathe fresh, clean air before descending into the water. Since the eustachian tube connects the eardrum to the throat, and ultimately the respiratory system, avoiding irritants such as boat fumes and cigarette smoke will help divers avoid inflammation and pain.

• Stay hydrated- Drink lots of water to thin mucus so that it doesn’t clump and block the eustachian tube.

• Avoid dairy products- It is recommended to avoid dairy products for two days before a dive as it can contribute to thick mucus.

• Avoid diving with congestions- dive with congestion or a cold when there is already a buildup of fluid in the throat and eardrums. Congestion causes a shrinking in the tubes, which makes it harder to force in air and equalize pressure.

• Sinus rinses- Use a nasal rinse or oral decongestant to help thin the mucosal lining and flush out irritants that can block nasal passages. Check with your physician before taking any medication, even over the counter, before using the medication while diving

As you can see from these helpful tips, ear care prevention is better than cure. Take care of your ears guys and they will take care of you. Happy Diving!”

Matt

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Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crew

By , 22 April, 2016, No Comment

Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crewDavy Jones Locker instructor Matt is also a certified tech diver and has written a new article for the DJL Blog. The tech crew visited the Unicorn Wreck near Koh Tao for some experience diving and also to complete the training of students taking tech courses

 

 

Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crew“The DJL Tech crew have been diving the Unicorn Wreck which is located around 4 nautical miles North of Koh Tao in around 48m of water. Preparation for the the dives began the day before with the checking of equipment, mixing and analysing gasses, and dive planning. It was then a nice early start to move the equipment down to the beach, on to the longtail, which would then take the team to the bigger tech boat.

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