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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!

 

 

 

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Adventure into a career

By , 22 January, 2016, No Comment

“I started out at Davy Jones Locker as an open water student and continued on to my dive master program. My experience as a student and intern was one of the best experiences i’ve ever had. The education was great and the people were like a family, they made me feel at home instantly! I made all these friends that I’ll keep for a life time. Leaving to go home after my internship was a hard decision to make.

Saving up and heading back out 9 months later i get to meet the course directors Guy and Pete, who brought me in to the instructor side of the diving world. They were very thorough with they way they teach and are more than willing to spend extra time with you if you are struggling with any part of the course. Going in to the Instructor Examination I felt very confident knowing I was prepared properly.

I have done my open water, advanced open water, EFR and rescue diver, divemaster, and my instructor development course all at Davy Jones Locker and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Now as an Instructor at Davy Jones Locker working with a very welcoming and enthusiastic hard working team I’m excited everyday to see new faces and show them a new world! Whatever course you take whether it’s an open water course, internship, instructor course or even technical diving DJL is an amazing Dive Centre with a wide variety of options to fill all of your needs!!

by Nick

 

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Awesome Davy Jones Locker team!!!

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Why Go Pro?….

By , 27 May, 2015, No Comment

Why Go Pro?…

How many people can truly wake up every morning and say i love my job? i can guarantee that i think this every morning. in my opinion there isn’t much better out there than getting to take people of all different varieties diving, and helping them learn how to experience the underwater world.

There are many different reasons that led me to my career as a dive instructor with Davy Jones Locker Koh tao, but it was definitely one of the best decisions i have ever made. As a PADI professional i am lucky to be a part of the most widely recognized SCUBA training organisations on the planet. I have met many students who have come to Koh Tao for a dive course or even just some fun dives and who have got hooked instantly, and lets be honest its not a bad thing to get hooked on. As an instructor at Davy Jones’ Locker i get to work with a fantastic bunch of girls and guys from all different walks of life and we all have the wonderful opportunity of living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world (my humble opinion). Not only is the lifestyle amazing but i also get to show students and fellow divers some of the most diverse underwater life around.  so i urge you to consider taking the leap if you have a passion for the underwater world, the Divemaster and IDC programmes at Davy jones’ locker could just take you out of the real world and into our crazy underwater bubble, where your office and computer are replaced by sun sea and all the fun that goes with it.

By Dani

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Caring for your Equipment

By , 24 May, 2015, No Comment

As anyone that has got seriously into diving and bought the full gear, it is not the cheapest sport to get into. But how do you maintain it in all it’s pristine glory, without having to resort to using shop gear whilst you wait for your regs to be repaired?

There are a few tricks of the trade that you can use that will prolong the life of your equipment saving you a few precious pennies, which can be put towards your next dive holiday!

General advice

One of the first things you are taught on the Open Water course is to rinse all your gear off with fresh water after your day’s diving is done. By doing this you are removing all sand, salt and chlorine, which are corrosive and will start to destroy your kit, particularly if you won’t be using it for a while afterwards. Another good idea is to dry all kit properly before it is stored away to prevent any mold growing. Nothing is more devastating that getting your kit out of the attic (loft) only to find that it’s now covered in mold!

Regulators

By pressing the purge valve whenever you open your tank, this will extend the life of the HP seat within the first stage of the regulator. Once this wears away you will start to notice a small free flow from either of the regulators, and it is time to get it changed.

Tank

Whenever you turn a tank on, turn the valve slowly to avoid particles hitting closed valves at high speeds which can be sources of ignition (think KABOOM!) Also keep your tank out of the sun and have it visually inspected every year, as well as servicing the tank valve. Whenever you have tanks stood around avoid leaving them in direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Tank pressure will increase/decrease by 1 bar for every degree of temperature change.

 

So there you have it. By looking after your equipment it will last longer, and you won’t get into any nasty situations underwater with malfunctioning kit! At Davy Jones Locker in Koh Tao we have Shop Ops course, which will teach you more about servicing your own kit, which will save you a bit of money and also give you opportunity to earn some extra cash by doing it for others!

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Caring for your Equipment

By Chris N.

 

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The Sattakut

By , 19 May, 2015, No Comment

 

The HTMS (His Thai Majesty Ship) Sattakut has everything; history; eerie-ness; marine life in abundance; penetration points with natural daylight; penetration points with no natural daylight; depths up to 30 metres and correct punctuation from us here at Davy Jones Locker.

It was originally a landing craft infantry vessel commissioned by the US Navy in 1944, and was involved in three battles in World War II; the liberation of the Pilau Islands, the battle of Okinawa, and the battle of Iwo Jima.

In 1946 the US Navy decommissioned it, and it was purchase by the Royal Thai Navy. It lived out its service as a patrol boat, until they decommissioned it in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) purchased the ship with the intention of donating it to Koh Tao to act as an artificial reef, in order to promote tourism. The vessel was stripped of it’s engines, furniture, electric cabling and thankfully it’s ammunition! After being cleaned and sent to Koh Tao, it was sunk on the 18th June 2011.

Unfortunately because a storm came in as it was being sunk, it ended up on its side in the middle of a channel; hardly an ideal location. So in July a salvage team was brought in to right the vessel and move it to a more suitable location.

It currently sits upright in around 30 metres of water, with the bow facing roughly North. The location is perfect, as it sits around 10 metres to the South of a dive site called Hin Pee Wee. This has obviously helped to bring marine life to the wreck, which is evident today- all over it! There is currently a huge Jenkins whip ray that lives underneath the hull. There are huge spotted snapper and giant groupers sheltering from the current near the conning tower, and if you have good eyes you will be able to find some Jan’s pipefish in the rusting railings. Moray eels also like to find places to sit and watch the underwater world go by. For those that want to venture inside, apart from disturbing a number of giant groupers from their hiding places, you will see lots and lots of shrimp.

The vessel is perfect for conducting technical training dives on which we provide here at Davy Jones Locker. There are many places on the main deck to practice reeling skills and teach communication in simulated no-visibility. Plus, there are numerous places to penetrate the wreck, and they vary greatly in terms of how quickly and how badly they silt out, so practising exits in zero visibility can be made progressively more challenging. The wreck is also a great place to conduct decompression procedures training dives, as there are plenty of reference points to use when ascending to meet run times, undertaking deep stops, and gas switching.

But it’s not all about training. Let’s not forget that this wreck has an amazing history, and sometimes it’s just great to go for a long deco fun dive around it, or a penetration fun dive inside it! The ship is the closest dive site to Davy Jones Locker on Sairee beach, and we use it a lot!

Lots of Love from James

HTMS SATTAKUT!!!!

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