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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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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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HTMS Sattakut

By , 27 June, 2014, No Comment

Hey all today I’m going to be talking about one of the great wrecks we can dive to on this island, the HTMS Sattakut.

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The Sattakut was laid down at Commercial Ironworks in Portland Oregon. She was launched on February 27th, 1944 and commissioned into the US Navy as a Landing Craft Infantry large. After her long service she was commissioned into the Thai Navy as the HTMS Sattakut in 1946, and was sunk in Koh Tao on the 18th of June 2011 and to this day she is one of the most popular sites to dive especially for a PADI advanced open water course.

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She lies approximately 40m south of Hin Peewee with her bow facing Northwest, Sitting upright. The top of the wreck is around 20m and and since she lies on a slope the bottom is at about 32m. When she was sank as a part of an artificial reef project in 2011 she landed on her starboard side in a different location to where she is now, it was only after a few months that her position was corrected and she was put back upright that more and more people started to dive on her.

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By Nick

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IDC and IE June 2014

By , 22 June, 2014, No Comment

What is an IDC and IE? An IDC is the Instructor Development Course, the IE is the Instructor Exam, both have been developed by PADI over several years. The IDC teaches you all of the skills you need to become an Instructor and the IE is the acid test where you find out if you can make the grade!

You begin the course as a Dive Master and, with a bit of effort, grit and determination finish the course as an Open Water Scuba Instructor. The number of opportunities that become available to you as an OWSI are virtually unbelievable, I challenge you to find an Instructor who regrets taking their IDC or IE. Personally I know hundreds of Instructors and all of them, absolutely 100% of them, say it is the best decision they have ever made!

Now because you need the highest qualified, most elite of instructors- Course Directors- to teach people to become an Instructor only a small percentage of Dive Centres around the world can teach it. At Davy Jones Locker we teach the course three or four times a year and have been doing so with a solid, outstanding track record for years. But this month is something of a special event for us as we have just begun our largest ever IDC in the history of our company.

Twenty two Dive Masters from many countries around the world, under the watchful eye of our three Course Directors Peter Nieuwhof, Guy Corsellis and Patrick Tassin have just embarked on their journey to becoming PADI Instructors!

The course starts, as you would probably expect, with an introduction, a few ice-breakers and an overview of the course itself.

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Then it’s time to get wet; starting in the safety of the pool.

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Time for a practical, hands on experience of what is expected of you, what to look out for and how to do it right every single time.

 

Here are a couple of photos from the pool session today:

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Alternate Air Source Breathing                                                                                                                                                                                   Highly qualified DJL staff supervising

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By Damon

 

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