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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











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.








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









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.









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










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.









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











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.








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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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!!!




Tanote Bay diving Koh To DJL


Learn to dive with DJL PADI CDC on Koh Tao

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Wreck dive Koh Tao with DJL

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Wreck Specs

By , 14 June, 2014, No Comment

When I did my PADI Wreck Speciality Course three years ago there were two important things I failed to tell my instructor.

 1. I was afraid of the dark and

2. I was mildly claustrophobic….

And luckily it didn’t matter in the slightest. The excitement of entering a shipwreck at 30m under the sea totally trumped my fears and it has been a course that since I became an instructor, I relish teaching. You learn so much about mapping, reeling, wrecks themselves, the importance of buoyancy, safety and planning and of the historical importance that it is not only exhilarating but fascinating too. It made me wish my degree had been in underwater archeology rather than psychology.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone and why not combine it with PADI Deep and Nitrox so you can go deeper and stay at depth for longer.


By Jo

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Rule of Separation

By , 5 June, 2014, No Comment

“What do you do if you become separated from the group on a dive?”

This is probably one of the rules that everybody should know and because of that I think it is taken for granted that people know it. In most dive training organisations we are taught that if you become separated from the dive group, you and the group should search for one minute, if you do not find each other after a minute, then surface where you should meet. Once you have regrouped on the surface, you can decide whether to continue your dive or end it.

As a PADI Instructor, I know that we teach this throughout our beginner courses right through to our professional levels. It’s also important to remind students and certified divers that dive with you about this “1 minute” rule in every briefing before taking people for a dive, just in case they forget what they have been taught in their training.

Here in Koh Tao, we are very lucky because of our calm waters, small-ish dive sites and abundance of dive boats on the water it is very hard to completely lose a diver… but it’s a lot easier to find someone that’s surfaced after a minute than someone who has swam off for 45minutes not knowing where they are going.

So remember look around for 1 minute then slowly ascend to the surface where you can then regroup and re-plan the dive.


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Enhance your diving experience with speciality courses

By , 25 May, 2014, No Comment

This week has been an great week at DJL. Some of our Divemaster trainees this week wanted to further their diving education by doing speciality courses including wreck, deep, enriched air and oxygen provider. The wreck speciality course is probably my favourite to teach and includes mapping the wreck, looking for possible entry points and potential hazards. The students also learned how to use reels to tie off on entry points and how to keep a continuous line so they never lose the line and therefore the way out. Of course we always take torches in and the visibility inside the wreck is very good but all these techniques are good practice and you never know when they may come in useful. We had several dives on and inside the wreck and everybody loved it.

The deep course is exactly as it sounds, we go deep. Now with deep dives down to 40m, we need to teach more safety procedures because we can spend less time at 40m than we can at shallower depths and we also use our air 5 times faster than if we were on the surface. This certification is a great card to have as it means divers can go deeper than most recreational divers which might mean seeing some awesome shipwrecks or some aquatic life that you might not see at shallower depths.

The enriched air speciality is possibly the most useful as it means we can change the oxygen and nitrogen levels in our tanks which means we can stay down longer at certain depths. It is a very interesting course as students learn more about the effects of gases under pressure so as well as extending their dive time divers are more aware of the effects of gases on their body and therefore much safer divers. Students also learn how to analyse their own tanks so they know exactly what gases they are breathing.

The oxygen provider course is a vital course if anybody wants to work as a Divemaster, you are required by law (in many countries) to have a licence to provide oxygen in an emergency. During this course students learn how to set up the oxygen tanks for a variety of scenarios with different face masks and flow systems for any type of unlikely emergency.

Laurence, Phil, Silvano and Jeff really enjoyed the week and in fact some were so fascinated that some have decided to continue on and do their tech courses which then opens up even more doors to cave systems, deeper wrecks and longer bottom times.

By Chris

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