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Wreck Diver Specialty

By , 22 December, 2013, No Comment

I’ve always had an interest in ship wrecks though I still always preferred the reef, as I enjoy the interaction with the small fish, but having just completed three wreck speciality courses it has reignited my love for them.

Good conditions allowed every dive on the HTMS Sattakut, our Ex U.S. and Thai navy ship that was scuttled on koh Tao in June 2011, to serve as an artificial reef and training wreck.

The 49m vessle served through world ward II, including terms in Iwo Jima before being sold to the Thai navy, and eventually to koh Tao.
I was just as in awe as my students when swimming out from the blue to encounter the anti aircraft gun at the bow of the ship, before tracing along the top deck past the wheel house to the second gun at the stern, looking through all the port holes along the way to catch a glimpse of engine room and all the corridors that we would soon be swimming through.

On the wreck specialty we teach you to safely penetrate a ship wreck to view all the interesting features and marine life that have made it there home, and I am yet to meet a student who didn’t love being down there swimming though the ship and not want to do it again!

HTMS Sattakut

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We can all make a difference!

By , 15 October, 2013, No Comment

It is well known across the world that coral reefs can be greatly affected by human activities, with the literature reporting an estimated 30% of global coral reefs already damaged to some extent. In Koh Tao, our reefs are important for the economy of our local community focused centrally on diving and tourism. Without our diverse range of reefs and dive sites, Koh Tao couldn’t be the worldwide diving mecca that it is today!

Whether visiting Koh Tao for one day, or one year, the easiest, and potentially the most beneficial thing we can do is simply to control our buoyancy! And it’s not only kicking and touching that can break coral, stirring up nearby sediment can cover the corals, ultimately leading to coral death, which in turn can make it increasingly difficult for corals to recolonize an area.

For these reasons, demonstrating buoyancy control is imperative at every level of PADI certification, so it makes sense to be deliberately practicing these skills on every dive.

The Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive introduces you to perfecting your buoyancy skills by providing you with a range of buoyancy skills, efficient kicking techniques, and games you can practice at any time, whether under instruction, or fun diving. Keeping your skills fresh and going onto the PADI Peak Performance Speciality will further enhance your buoyancy skills, increase your comfort in the water, and reducing your all so important air consumption, enabling you to get more from your diving experiences.
So next time you’re out diving with Davy Jones’ Locker, whether under instruction or fun diving with a Divemaster, make sure you practice your buoyancy and kicking techniques, or even better, ask for some hints and tips. Remember, they’re always happy to help, because ultimately, the entire Koh Tao coral reef ecosystem will benefit from every diver mastering these skills early with regular practice so our reefs are preserved for future generations!
Conrad
Neal Rebreather

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Better Air

By , 7 October, 2013, No Comment

At Davy Jones Locker, Koh Tao, we have recently upgraded our compressor system.  In addition to our existing Coltri Sub MCH 16 compressor we now have a new Bauer Poseidon compressor.  This increases the speed we can pump air fills to 400 liters per minute.  We also have a new Bauer B-Kool unit, this is designed to add a second stage of cooling and drying to the air we compress.  Breathing grade air is required to pass through a filter cartridge, which contains special granules to clean and dry the air.  This prevents bad tastes, smells, oil and water from entering your scuba cylinder.  With the B-Kool unit the filter performance is improved by seven times.  After filtration the air is now deliver to our new five way manifold allowing us to fill up to 5 tanks at the same time.

 Ed

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Great Diving on Koh Tao!!

By , 20 September, 2013, No Comment

Been a good couple of weeks here on Koh Tao, lots of new and experienced divers visiting the island, some here to start diving and many taking their diving to the next level.
We have also had a lot see in the water which is always great! Turtles definitely seem to be showing up more. I’ve seen 3 in the past 2weeks, all at different sites and doing different activities. Saw a small hawksbill turtle swimming towards the beach over the sand-patch at Mango Bay on an open water course, a green turtle going to bed at White Rock doing a night adventure dive and another hawksbill (maybe the same one from Mango Bay) at Red Rock on the way back to Japanese Gardens… glad to see them around, especially as we’re on Turtle Island!
It’s not just the turtles that are around, we’ve also seen sea-snakes and a couple whale sharks have been seen at Chumpon… first ones in a while!
Now all I need to do as soon as possible is head down to Koh Lipe to do some of the spectacular diving that’s on offer down there, really looking forward to it as the season gets on underway there.vlcsnap-2011-11-22-00h42m52s0

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Tech Diving at Davy Jones Locker

By , 17 July, 2013, No Comment

I recently finished my Tech 40 course at Davy Jones Locker with Instructor Schmike. This is probably one of the most rewarding and challenging courses that I have ever undertaken during my diving career. Tech 40 allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 40m and complete a maximum of 10 minutes decompression stops. I have been a Divemaster here at DJL for 4 months and I wanted to try something outside of the recreational diving spectrum. Therefore the Tech 40 course was a natural choice for me.

During the course I was introduced to a Twinset, a wing BCD and a deco tank. I was also taught had to plan decompression dives, calculate my Surface Air Consumption and specialist emergency procedures should I have any equipment problems underwater. As part of my course we practiced tonnes of skills such as mask breakage, out of air scenarios, equipment failure but most importantly, getting used to diving with 3 massive tanks!

If you’re interested in undertaking any technical courses whilst on Koh Tao check out https://www.facebook.com/DavyJonesTech and http://www.techdivingthailand.com/. They do the full range of technical courses from Tech 40, 45, 50 to Cave diving to Rebreather training to Trimix with a variety of agencies. They also run regular wreck and cave expeditions to Khao Sok and Hong Song national parks. The most recent one was a 2 week liveaboard starting at Singapore and finishing on Koh Samui where they checked out wrecks such as The Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse.

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