After every infamous Full Moon Party, herds of UV painted party animals board the ferries and make their way to Koh Tao to relax, party and explore the underwater world. We find that some people just don’t have enough time or are just a little nervous to jump straight in to the PADI Open Water course. So luckily, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme is perfect! This is one of my favourites to teach.
It may not be an actual certification course but it does give people the opportunity to get underwater and experience being a real-life mermaid.
This month has been SUPER busy and I’ve been lucky enough to meet people from all over the world and bringing them on an adventure of a lifetime by taking them beneath waves to explore the breath-taking coral reefs of Koh Tao.
The Discover Scuba Diving course starts at 10am. This is when I meet the customers and there is always mixed emotions; some may be nervous whereas others, pumped and raring to go. I aways greet them with a warm welcome and assure them that they’re going to love it! We then move to the classroom and go through the academics involved in the program. This widens their understanding of the science, equipment and procedures involved in scuba diving.
Next: the pool!
We head on down to the DJL pool and get the equipment set up and ready to go. After the safety checks and a briefing, they’re ready to take their first breaths underwater. ‘Woaaaah!’, ‘That’s so strange!’, ‘How can I do that?!’.. For most, it’s an out of this world feeling but by now, everyone is excited and can’t wait to go down again.
Once they’re ready, we finish the pool session and head out on the afternoon boat to one of the suitable dive sites (The Discover Scuba Diving program allows us to go a maximun depth of 12m) around the island. Recently, the scuba diving has been brilliant and perfect conditions for a first-time diver.
Lets go scuba diving!
We head down the buoy line and explore every nook and cranny on the dive site. Bat fish lurking in the shadows, White Eyed Moray Eels hiding in the rocks. Blue Spotted Stingrays gliding past us and huge schools of fish everywhere – and that’s just the first minute of the dive! The 30m+ visibility makes it even more glorious and its just like being in an aquarium.
After the dive, there’s smiles all round – everyone LOVED it!
‘Let’s go again!’ – The DSD comes with an optional additional dive to 12m
I love my job. It’s so rewarding seeing the reaction when someone comes up from their first ever scuba dive. Seeing how they are at the beginning of the day, compared to the end; seeing that excitment and laughter as they come back to the surface. It’s a great feeling being able to share a memory like that with someone and hopefully being the start of their underwater adventure.
I can’t wait for tomorrow.
James Webb – Davy Jones Locker MSDT instructor