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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

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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.

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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

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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.

RYBY2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Discover Scuba Diving

By , 27 July, 2014, No Comment

One of the many courses that we offer here at DJL is the DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) Course. This course is aimed towards customers who aren’t sure if they will enjoy it and just want to give it a quick try. In this course you learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.

The first part of the course is conducted in a confined environment to teach you the necessary skills, after this you are offered an optional dive in open water where you can see the beauty of the sea at its best and also get a taste of what it would be like to be a fully certified PADI diver.

To sign up for this course you only need to be 10 years of age or older. I’ve taught many DSD courses and I’ve always had my students walk away wanting more and with a huge grin on their faces so give it a try and I’m sure you will too.

Nick Kelly

DSD

 

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Unicorn Wreck

By , 25 July, 2014, No Comment

 

It has always been rumored that at the time of it’s sinking in 1989 the 60 meter long Unicorn was sunk on purpose as an insurance scam. Local Koh Tao inhabitants said that the ship just pulled up off shore, around a mile north of Koh Tao and over the next couple of hours slowly sank after an explosion on the vessel. No-one was hurt in the sinking. An Insurance fraud was immediately suspected, insurance investigators were sent to investigate the cause of the sinking and to confirm the cargo which was listed as expensive Tuna Fish. Divers descended to examine the wreck, and discovered that the holds contained nothing but low-grade animal Feed (Dog-Food) un-fit for human consumption, NOT expensive Tuna fish as listed on the manifest. hence the nickname it later aquired – the “dog food” wreck.

 

Lying around 12km north and 20-30mins off Koh Tao and in 50 meters of water the vessel lies, mostly intact, on it’s port side at an angle with the top of the bow at 38meters, and the keel of the bow area several meters above the seabed, allowing divers to swim under this area of the hull. Fishing nets have been removed from the wreck allowing some moderate penetration. Big schools of jacks, batfish and barracuda patrol the area directly above the wreck with a pair of large groupers residing inside the wreck. Here at DJL we often dive the Unicorn as part of our Technical diving program, especially the Tech 45 course. Due to the depth and location it is always quiet and diver free. I dived the Unicorn for the first time in march last year, as the visibility was very good the wreck appeared to have an eerie greenish around the outline of the wreck (maybe just narcosis) and was enthralled by the always curious bat fish.

Mike S
bremen

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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!!!

 

Ed

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Tanote Bay diving Koh To DJL

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Learn to dive with DJL PADI CDC on Koh Tao

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Wreck dive Koh Tao with DJL

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3 raisons qui font de la plongée à Koh Tao une expérience formidable

By , 1 July, 2014, No Comment

Koh Tao, une des îles de Thaïlande les plus demandées, est un vrai paradis pour les plongeurs. Que vous soyez intéressé par la découverte de la plongée, débutant ou plongeur expérimenté vous trouverez la plongée à Koh Tao géniale et exaltante.

Grâce aux eaux claires, sans courant, et riches en sites de plongée, l’île offre une visibilité impeccable et une vie marine diversifiée, allant de nombreuses sortes de coraux avec tous les petits animaux vivant dedans, jusqu’aux nombreuses sortes de poissons tropicaux ainsi que tortues, raies et même requins baleines. Impossible d’oublier l’expérience d’être entouré par tant de vie sous la surface de l’océan.

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Les 3 raisons qui font que la plongée à Koh Tao est géniale

Premièrement, la température de l’eau autour de l’île ne descend jamais en dessous des 27 degrés avec une moyenne annuelle aux alentours de 30 degrés. Vous êtes donc assuré de pouvoir plonger sans combinaison épaisse et sans avoir froid. En plus de cela, une autre raison qui rend la plongée à Koh Tao unique est la visibilité qui peut aller jusqu’à 30 mètres. Vous n’avez donc pas à vous inquiéter de plonger dans des eaux troubles. La troisième raison qui rend Koh Tao spéciale est que la plongée peut s’y effectuer toute l’année, alors pas besoin de réserver votre cours ou vos plongées pendant une saison particulière. Basse ou pleine saison l’expérience reste unique !

 

Plonger avec Davy Jones Locker

L’un des avantages du club Davy Jones Locker est sa taille. Infrastructure de taille moyenne, l’école offre des cours vraiment personnalisés. Ils se font en petits groupes pour que les instructeurs et divemasters soient vraiment à l’écoute de chacun. L’autre avantage du club est son espace de vie : entre le shop, la piscine et le pool bar/restaurant, les étudiants de tous niveaux, divemasters et instructeurs se retrouvent tous les jours pour manger ou boire un coup. Ambiance familiale garantie !

 

By Robert

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