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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!!!




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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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By , 16 May, 2014, No Comment

Voyons pourquoi obtenir son niveau d’Advanced open water est une bonne idée.
Une fois que vous devenez Open water cela ne signifie pas que votre formation ne peut pas être complétée.
Bien qu’il ne soit pas obligatoire de continuer sur des niveaux plus avancés, les options sont là si vous aimez vraiment plonger, si vous voulez améliorer vos compétences, ou encore si vous voulez découvrir de nouvelles expériences qu’il vous ait impossible de faire avec votre premier niveau d’Open water.


Avec votre niveau d’Advanced il vous sera possible de plonger plus profond qu’avec votre niveau d’open water, ce qui veux dire que vous pourrez plonger sur des épaves ou encore plonger sur de nouveaux sites plus profond et avoir la chance de voir de plus gros poissons et peut être même croiser un requin baleine.

De plus, pendant votre formation vous gouterez aux frissons que procure la plongée de nuit…

Si vous vous sentez prêt à améliorer votre niveau de plongée, c’est le moment de rejoindre l’équipe de Davy Jones Locker pour commencer votre cours d’ Advanced.


Pendant le cours il vous sera enseigné différentes compétences vous permettant de devenir alaise dans de nouveaux environnements de plongée.
Votre formation ira au delà de ce que vous avez déjà appris lors de votre cours d’Open water ; vous découvrirai également des sites de plongée complètement différents.

Une fois le cours terminé vous pourrez descendre en toute sérénité jusqu’à 30 mètres. Vous améliorerez vos compétences en navigation avec l’utilisation avancée de votre compas ; et bien plus encore…


En nous rejoignant pour passer votre cours d’Advanced, vous réaliserez cinq aventures encadrées par un instructeur qui vous aidera a améliorer vos techniques et vos connaissances.

Vous pourrez même choisir quels types de plongées vous voulez découvrir, en addition bien sur, des habituelles plongée profonde et plongée navigation obligatoire pour l’obtention du niveau. Cela inclus plongée épaves, plongée de nuit, amélioration de la flottabilité, photographie sous-marine, etc…

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