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Why do a DSD

By , 29 June, 2015, No Comment

Being a dive instructor on the tropical island of Koh Tao, while being as close to perfection as it gets especially with the addition of air conditioning, you can find that after a while you are stuck in a bit of a bubble, adrift from the outside world. Therefore it is always a pleasant experience when family or friends come a visiting with news of what lies beyond. However there are a few expectations put upon a dive instructor as payment for the pleasure of their company. The main one being that no family member should be able to leave the island without having ventured under the sea. This put me in a slight predicament as this particular family member had in the last few years managed to scare themselves out of an indoor swimming pool for fear of sharks. My fear was not abated with the news that with her first expedition to the beach they quickly left the water after seeing their own shadow below them.

How then to tackle this problem. Well after a couple of hours in the pool spent mastering the basics they were persuaded to venture into open water. Along with three other discover scuba divers and under the supervision of two very capable Divemaster trainees, and of course myself, we embarked to Hin Won Bay. The sea was choppy and the visibility was far from ideal however my fear was almost immediately quashed when within minutes the same person who had managed to leave a 10m square pool due to fear of shark attacks was now posing happily for photos, being fascinated by Christmas tree worms and chasing after butterfly fish. This one discover scuba dive was followed by an additional dive and then another the following day. Time constraints being the only thing restricting them completing an open water course. They left the island with a smile, a new passion to explore and already planning a return trip.

The moral of this story boys and girls would seem to be that people can surprise themselves. The age old philosophy of ‘you never know unless you try’ is never more relevant when applied to diving. It is an activity so foreign from day to day living, unless you are a diving instructor on Koh Tao, that there is no way to truly know how you will react to an expedition under the sea unless you just give it a go, and who knows how much you will surprise yourself.

by Alex

 

Great experience during your holiday - lets try scuba diving with our awesome instructor Alex

Great experience during your holiday – lets try scuba diving with our awesome instructor Alex

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No Need To Be Scared.. Your in Good Hands!

By , 27 June, 2015, No Comment

As a Scuba Dive Instructor there are many reasons I have heard why people are reluctant to get into diving. Most of these are however psychological that have no real bearing against statistics or how people with similar feelings felt after they have given it a try. Here Are some FGRWIDWTD (Frequentky Given Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Dive) and my responses, which hopefully should help allay the fears. At Davy Jones Locker, we cater to all needs to try and make your course feel safe and fun.

 

  1. I don’t think I’ll like it!

 

You don’t have to start paying out money to try diving. Here at Davy Jones Locker if you are feeling nervous or just want to give it a go we can offer you a FREE try dive in the swimming pool. An instructor will set up all your equipment, help you into it and just see if you like the feeling of breathing underwater. This will really help alleviate those initial fears.

 

  1. I don’t like fish

 

I’m not a huge fish eater myself, but they don’t touch you underwater. They may come close, but most of them are smaller than your hand. There are over 20,000 species worldwide in all shapes colours and sizes. The ones around Koh Tao are tropical reef fish, which means they tend to be smaller and more brightly colour, leading to some of the most spectacular visuals you will ever experience. Diving is a passive sport, so we are not there to touch the fish!

 

  1. What about sharks?

 

The chances of shark attacks whilst diving are next to nill. The amount of things you do on a day to day basis that are more dangerous than scuba diving is staggering. There has been one shark attack in Asia 1820 – 2012, which equates to 0.047% of all dives made. (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/scuba/All2.htm)

The sharks that are seen around Koh Tao are Black Tip Reef Sharks which are a harmless and actually very beautiful to see, though are only seen at one or two dive sites. Please DO NOT let sharks put you off diving.

 

  1. I’m claustrophobic

 

Diving not not necessarily bring on feeling of claustrophobia. We have numerous ways in which we as instructors can help. You could try doing a PADI Discover Scuba Dive, which will give you a view into the underwater world to see if it is for you. We will stay close, in very small group sizes, and you can end the dive at any point if it isn.t for you (though I’m sure you’ll be hooked). If it is the though of getting to the surface that bothers you, then you’ll be pleased to know that all PADI recreation diving is ‘No Stop’ Diving, which means that at any point you can ascend directly to the surface without stopping.

 

So please come into the shop or email us directly if you have any further questions, and come diving with Davy Jones Locker!

by Chris

 

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Diving is fun!!! So come to DJL and try…you will love it ;)

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Yellow Boxfish

By , 19 June, 2015, No Comment

Yellow Boxfish are cube-shaped fish with bright yellow coloration and black spots. They live in tropical and temperate marine waters at depths of 1-40 metres and inhabits coral and rocky reefs. They grow to 45cm in length.

The adult yellow boxfish possess dull yellow coloration with brown spots and are often solitary and occur on deeper coastal slopes, lagoons and areas where there are crevices and ridges for shelter.

They feed on molluscs, crustaceans, fishes, sand-dwelling polychaete worms and algae and use their mouth to blow tiny jets of water into the muddy or sandy bottom, stirring the small invertebrates to feed on them.

When stressed or injured it releases poisonous proteins from its skin called ostracitoxin from its mucous glands that may prove lethal to any fish in the surrounding waters. The bright yellow colour and black spots are also a form of warning coloration. 

Yellow boxfish are solitary animals. Breeding occurs during the spring, in small groups that consist of 1 male and 2 – 4 females.

by Sarah

 

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The adult yellow boxfish occur on deeper coastal slopes, lagoons and areas where there are crevices and ridges for shelter

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Continuing your education blog

By , 15 June, 2015, No Comment

Why i love teaching the Advanced open water course
Out of all the courses i have taught this month one of my favourite things
has been taking students all the way from open water non divers to advanced
open water divers, the dramatic improvement in all students is outstanding
and always a joy to see.
After spending 9 dives with a group you really get to know the diver as a
person in and out of the water and you build a trusting instructor/student
relationship.

At the beginning of the open water course i always make a point to mention
to the students that they can progress on to the advanced course with their
instructor and briefly explain to them what is involved in an advanced
course. An advanced course consists of five dives the most popular being;
peak performance buoyancy, navigation, night, deep and wreck.

As well as the essential core dives (navigation and deep) i also love
teaching the peak performance buoyancy dive, i find that the students always
surface with a big smile on their face after this dive, they love comparing
themselves to when they start at dive one of the open water course  to how
they are with perfect trim at the end of the buoyancy dive. This dive
reduces the divers air consumption and energy required underwater so
therefore makes future dives more comfortable and fun for the diver. Its
also a fun dive, with lots of swimming through hoops and obstacles and
focusing on buoyancy with breathing.

The night dive is also always fun, students get to feel like real
adventurers using torches to find exciting things underwater like puffer
fish and rays. Its an excellent way to view the underwater world in
different conditions.

Lastly, One of my favourite dives has to be the wreck dive, we are lucky
enough here on Koh Tao to have a WW2 wreck right on our doorstep. Watching
the students faces as the wreck comes into view during a decent is
priceless, it really is fascinating to see and normally leaves the students
awestruck. An excellent way to finish off the advanced course.

by Danielle

 

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Chez Davy Jones Locker Dive Center on plonge toute l’année !

By , 12 June, 2015, No Comment

L’un des avantages de Koh Tao, parmi tant d’autres, est sa localisation géographique. Située dans le Golfe de Thaïlande, notre petite île est un paradis pour les plongeurs. Non seulement les fonds marins qui l’entourent offrent une grande diversité en termes de faune et de flore, mais en plus on peut en profiter toute l’année !

En effet, et contrairement à la plupart des spots dans cette région du monde, quelle que soit la saison, l’activité se poursuit. Saison sèche ou humide, il y a toujours un côté de l’île qui est moins affecté lorsque les vents soufflent de l’autre côté. Alors chez Davy Jones Locker on s’adapte : la météo marine est vérifiée chaque jour pour le lendemain. Le choix du côté de l’île où les bateaux seront envoyés se fait en fonction. Si ce doit être la côte opposée, Il suffit de charger le materiel dans les pick-up. C’est la garantie d’offrir à nos visiteurs des plongées quotidiennes toute l’année.

Virginie

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