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Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crew

By , 22 April, 2016, No Comment

Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crewDavy Jones Locker instructor Matt is also a certified tech diver and has written a new article for the DJL Blog. The tech crew visited the Unicorn Wreck near Koh Tao for some experience diving and also to complete the training of students taking tech courses

 

 

Unicorn Wreck diving with DJL Tech crew“The DJL Tech crew have been diving the Unicorn Wreck which is located around 4 nautical miles North of Koh Tao in around 48m of water. Preparation for the the dives began the day before with the checking of equipment, mixing and analysing gasses, and dive planning. It was then a nice early start to move the equipment down to the beach, on to the longtail, which would then take the team to the bigger tech boat.

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Eco Buceo

By , 14 March, 2016, No Comment

Eco BuceoEcha un vistazo al último blog de nuestra instructora Patricia de DJL, donde nos hace un repaso a 10 cosas que no debemos hacer bajo el agua o como conservar y respetar el mundo submarino

 

 

 

“A la hora de bucear se deben de tener en cuenta una serie de reglas con el propósito de interferir lo menos posible en el medio en el que nos adentramos.
Independientemente del lugar del mundo en el que se vaya a bucear, las reglas de oro que cualquier buceador debería tener en cuenta son las siguientes:

1.El acceso al medio acuático no debe realizarse nunca caminando sobre corales vivos o plantas acuáticas. Por eso en #davyjoneslocker utilizamos dos medios de transporte para alcanzar los sitios de buceo. El primero es una barca tradicional thailandesa, comunmente llamada longtail, el segundo un de buceo recreativo adaptado a nuestras necesidades, compresor, tanque de oxígeno,…

2.Es imprescindible controlar la flotabilidad para no cansarse en exceso y no dañar el medio subacuático. Si se evita tocar el fondo o aletear cerca de él no se dañarán a los organismos que viven en el sustrato. Por eso te recomendamos practicar tu flotabilidad con el curso #PADI Advanced Open Water el cual consta de 5 inmersiones de aventura, de las que más recomendamos #flotabilidad #buceo en pecios #buceo prof. 30m #navegacion #nocturna

3.El respeto por los animales y plantas del fondo es primordial. Mantenerse a distancia de los corales y no tocar nada. Ni siquiera aquello que pueda parecer muerto.

4.No levantar piedras, y si se hace se deben dejar cuidadosamente igual que se encontraron.

5.En caso de bucear desde embarcación, procurar usar muertos para fondear, si no controlar el lugar del fondeo del ancla para no dañar los organismos del fondo.

6.No molestar, jugar o alimentar a los peces para no modificar su comportamiento ni sus hábitos alimenticios.

7.No romper por simple placer, no comprar ni llevarse ningún recuerdo como corales y conchas. Pensar que allí estará mejor que en cualquier casa. Además, las conchas vacías sirven también de refugio para otros animales.

8.Ser prudente al bucear en grutas y entornos confinados, e incluso reducir el tiempo de permanencia, ya que las burbujas y el simple contacto pueden resultar letales para muchos organismos y destruir estos frágiles ambientes.

9.Intentar no rozar las paredes cuando se bucee por sitios estrechos porque muchos organismos (algas, invertebrados, etc.) viven adheridas a ellas.

10.Mantener limpios los lugares en los que se bucee, así como los lugares de playa donde nos encontremos. No tirando desperdicios (papeles, plásticos, colillas, etc.) y recogiendo los que otros abandonen, guardándolos en una bolsa hasta que se acabe la inmersión y tirándola a una papelera o contenedor. El mejor ejemplo a seguir para muchos buzos.”

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CCR, Rebreather – Rise of the Machine

By , 5 March, 2016, No Comment

CCR, Rebreather - Rise of the MachineSince the introduction of closed circuit rebreathers to mainstream diving in the early 90’s, the rebreather doesn’t appear to have lived up to the hype. There are a number reasons for this, the equipment is expensive and so is the training when you consider the diving hours required to become proficient on these units, there have also been issues with the reliability of cells and complex electronics when mixed with water. These are factors which have made the inevitable rise of the machine slower but you can’t stop progression and eventually more and more diving schools and facilities will offer CCR training as standard.

At Davy Jones Locker we are rebreather friendly with 2 and 3 litre tanks available for rent, booster pumps for pushing up the o2 pressures needed for deeper dives and extensive training with ANDI, IANTD and in the future PADI/DSAT certification provided for the inspiration classic/evolution vision electronics.

The main reasons for choosing these units to concentrate our training on are the cost, availability and excellent support from AP Valves. The inspiration/evolution units are the most popular units on the market and have more dives completed on them than any other unit. They are constantly evolving and have many unique trademarked features, the cost is also very competitive with a very healthy second hand market with some inspiration classic units changing hands for as little as £600.

CCR, Rebreather - Rise of the MachineWe’re not claiming that these units are the Ferraris of rebreather systems like the JJ or Megalodon which come with a hefty price tag of £7000, meaning a student wishing to train on one of these would have to find around £8000 just to be able to practice after completing the course. The Inspiration/Evolution unit sits comfortably in the VW Beetle category, reliable, low cost with a healthy second hand market enabling a student after paying around £1000 for their course can continue diving for as little as £600 for their own unit.

These units are rated to 100 m and with some modifications can increase this to 150 m so there is plenty of scope for experiencing dive exploration and becoming part of the rise of the machine.

Check out our video below to see the evolution in use.

 

HMS Repulse wreck, South China sea.

 

 

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Deptherapy at Davy Jones Locker

By , 22 February, 2016, 1 Comment

Deptherapy at Davy Jones LockerDeptherapy is a UK Charity which helps members of the UK armed forces who have suffered serious injury. It runs SCUBA diving courses which are specially adapted to cater for injuries, benefits include a release from pain while diving and also a calming effect while under the water for those suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

 

 

Deptherapys’ Charitable Status is:

“The relief of people, especially wounded, current and ex-members of the UK Armed Services and their dependants  with a life-changing physical and/or mental condition or the like, by providing opportunities for rehabilitation, motivation and life-enrichment through specially tailored professionally delivered scuba diving”

 

Davy Jones Locker welcomed Deptherapy to come and dive with us and a great time was had by everyone, in and out of the water. In the video below Chris gives his thoughts about what it’s like to dive with Deptherapy. If you would like more information about Deptherapy and the services it provides you can visit the website here.

 

 

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Sail Rock trip January 2016

By , 5 February, 2016, No Comment

Sail Rock (aka “Hin Bai”) is one of the top diving destinations in the Gulf of Thailand, it has great visibility with large groups of schooling fish, as well as some of the most spectacular underwater scenery.

 

sail rock mapAfter a leisurely 1 hour  and half cruise from Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, the Davy Jones Locker boat arrives at this truly exciting and extensive dive site. The main structure actually sticks out of the water and the rest of the features are below – Sail Rock’s exposed position makes it a focal point for all the marine life around – stopping to take a break or to visit a cleaning station.

Sail Rock is a deeper dive site and there can be some currents, but by diving in small groups with personal care and attention it’s usually safe for all.

 

sail rock dive siteColourful cup corals, giant black coral, white eyed morays and raggy scorpionfish are just some of the highlights of the non-pelagic life on the pinnacle. Outside, look out for big schools of fish, particularly jack, barracuda, snapper and batfish, plus hunting king and queenfish and more.

 

Sail Rock trip January 2016The awesome scenery as the visibility increases is something to be experienced, and there’s even a small vertical chimney for adventurous divers to swim through. You may also be lucky enough to see a whale shark as they occasionally visit the site, but they are not guaranteed!

 

 

 

7. Instructor patricia driving the boatPatricia

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