DJL's High Speed Rib
DJL’s high speed RIB returned to service on Koh Tao to offer something very different.
The DJL RIB, named ‘The Carpathia’ is a Rigid Inflatable Boat, or RIB for short. The RIB concept was originally designed by Rear Admiral Desmond Hoare of the Atlantic college, who sold the patent to the RNLI for £1. Used in the United Kingdom as inshore lifeboats for decades, due their high speed and safety, RIBs make an ideal great dive platform. RIBs consist of a rigid fibreglass hull, bonded to a multi cell inflatable tube.
The Carpathia is powered by twin Yamaha 85hp 2 stroke outboard motors, which can carry her at an exhilarating 27 knots even when laden with divers and equipment, the RIB opens up possibilities of quickly and conveniently whisking divers to the dive site of their choice. Carrying smaller groups and being faster, we are able to tailor the choice of dive site to suit you, meaning we can offer Koh Tao’s only truly ‘a la carte’ diving shuttle service. Want to go to a dive site no one else is going to? No problem! Just let us know and we can arrange it for you. Fancy a technical diving trip to one of the many deep wrecks in the region, we can accommodate you. Keep an eye on the RIB trip board to see what trips are scheduled, or here on the DJL forum for updates.
DJL will also be offering boat handling courses for those interested in learning seamanship skills, consisting of both theory and practical boat handling experience, the boat handling course teaches you how to operate a RIB for diving operations, including dropping in and picking up divers, dropping and recovering shot lines, manoeuvring skills, emergency skills including man overboard procedures, coming alongside, anchoring and collision avoidance. Working towards a career in diving? Add something a little different to you CV with a boat handling qualification.
Ed Bosworth, DJL Diving