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DJL TRASH CLEAN UP

By , 15 September, 2014, No Comment

Koh Tao is a favorite travel destination in Thailand and Southeast Asia because it offers all the ingredients for a picturesque holiday; sandy beaches, warm weather, palm trees and scuba diving 365 days a year.

However one thing that you don’t include in the picture is rubbish sticking out of the sand and floating along the ocean’s surface. With the continuous flow of travelers on and off Koh Tao, it has become important that local businesses take on some of the responsibility for maintaining the natural beauty of  this diving haven.

Today Davy Jones is organizing a beach clean up to do just that. As a PADI 5 Star IDC Center, Davy Jones works in alliance with Project AWARE and Ocean Conservancy in the fight for trash free seas.

The fight against debris is an important cause, not just because rubbish on the beach LOOKS bad, but because it IS bad. Trash in our seas affects both traveling and scuba diving by compromising the health of humans, wildlife  and any other livelihoods that depend on healthy ocean.

Feel free to come join the Davy Jones team in our fight against debris this afternoon or anytime you find yourself on Koh Tao, Thailand. We will be meeting at DJL Pool Bar and carry our cause to Sariee Beach!


Hannah Harrelson

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The worlds best place to learn to dive.

By , 13 September, 2014, No Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect place to learn.

 

What is it about the Island if Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand that makes it the best place to learn to scuba dive in the world?

 

From in instructors point of view Koh Tao is a dream come true.  The dive sites around Koh Tao offer the perfect depths and conditions for each stage of the PADI program.  From Discover Scuba,  Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and through to Divemaster the island offers the perfect combination of beautiful coral and marine life alongside safe areas for conducting the required skills training.

 

From a customer’s point of view, the island’s massive number of competing dive schools provides a number of significant benefits.  For a start Koh Tao is widely considered to be the cheapest place to learn to dive in the world.  As the planets number one diver certification location, hig competition drives prices to rock bottom.   So does that mean a reduction in the teaching standards?  The reality is that competition also drives up standards as dive schools cannot afford to pick up a bad reputation!  Davy Jones Locker is a PADI 5 Star Carrier Development Centre, the highest possible grade of dive school in the entire PADI system.  Those looking to train for a career in the diving industry will find the instructor Development Course (PADI IDC)  offered by our team of platinum rated course directors is second to none in the world, a fact backed up by our 100% IE pass rate.

 

So if you are looking for any diver training, whether you are a first timer or going pro Davy Jones Locker on the island of Koh Tao is your obvious choice.  Still not sure? Go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g303910-d1963370-Reviews-DJL_Diving-Ko_Tao_Surat_Thani_Province.html to see hundreds of reviews from our satisfied customers.

 

 

 

Written by Ed Bosworth

 

I am out of the country at the moment, you can contact me directly via www.interiorharmony.co.uk or www.ihflooring.co.uk

 

 

RYBY2

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New way diving rescue diver

By , 2 September, 2014, No Comment

While I teach a lot of Open Water courses my favorite course to teach is the PADI Rescue Diver. Here at Davy Jones Locker we typically spread over 3 days with theory, confined water training followed by a session in the sea. The course is often taught in conjunction with the Emergency First Responder (primary and secondary assistance course). It runs through possible scenarios of what may go wrong before and during a dive and will teach you how to recognise them and respond to them safely. The fun part for me is being able to relate to students real stories of problems that have occurred but exaggerating them to test how the rescue students cope in different situations and getting them to start thinking safely by going over what we did and how we would do it differently next time so that we all improve our diving skills, and my teaching skills as there is always something I can do better.

It will be highly unlikely that you will ever have to use these rescue skills, but wether you are honing your dive skills as a recreational diver or taking it as a step towards the PADI Divemaster programme it will teach you to be a more safer and aware diver whilst giving you the training and confidence to deal with an emergency.

 

Mike S

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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.

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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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