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CCR Cave Diving Song Hong

By , 30 March, 2016, No Comment

CCR Cave Diving Song HongBeing an open circuit cave diver and enjoying the challenge of the deep caves of Thailand I have for a long time wondered about the benefits of closed circuit rebreather technology in relation to caves. As CCR divers will tell you the units work best in a classic diving profile (max depth work shallower) and when a diving colleague Bruce Konefe took me on a course, ANDI CCR cave, I was intrigued to learn about the gas management rules for cave profiles as caves tend to follow their own profile without regard for the divers.

The cave where we were to complete our training, Song Hong, is a huge sink hole slap bang in the middle of Thailand. Song Hong is well known with local cave divers and stands out for its’ enormous size and depth with exceptionally clear water below the hydrogen sulphide layer. Part of the sink hole which allows for direct access to the surface is used by technical divers wishing to complete wishing to complete deep trimix diver training, avoiding the problems associated with currents and elevating respiration in the sea.

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Ash Dykes, an Adventurer and Explorer

By , 8 March, 2016, No Comment

Interview with a past DJL Instructor and future hero!

Ash Dykes -Adventurer and ExplorerIt is a great achievement for all our of students who come to Davy Jones Locker and become certified divers, whether it’s completing an Open Water course or progressing through the Divemaster and Instructor internships. Sometimes you meet people like Ash Dykes, an Adventurer and Explorer who takes the level of adventure beyond what what most of us would even dream of.

 

Ash Dykes Davy Jones locker InstructorWhen Ash came to Davy Jones Locker to take his diving Internship he already had a history of setting himself challenges and consistently overcoming them. After completing his Divemaster and Instructor courses he worked at here at DJL before setting his sights on crossing entire countries unaided on foot. His first success was trekking across Mongolia and recently became the first person to traverse Madagascar. We caught up with Ash and managed to get a brief Q & A with him before he sets off again on his travels…

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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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“Top Night Out”

By , 1 June, 2015, No Comment

It has been recently brought to my attention that even the most experienced, brightest and most beautiful divers in the world are still unsure regarding “Night Diving” So this months “Dicks Top Tips” shall become a “Knight” in shining Scuba gear and look into what can really make it a “Top Night Out

1) Stay close and shallow. Night dives tend to be shallow, so you’ll have plenty of bottom time to go slow and take it all in. Colours, for example, are much more vivid on a night dive than they are during the day, on a night dive, your light source is in normally in your hands, so the water doesn’t take away any of the light unlike when you are 18 metres under.

2) Secure you light. Most dive lights come with a way to attach a lanyard or wrist strap. Get one. It’s cheap insurance against dropping and losing your main source of illumination. Most dive lights will sink like a rock, if you drop one in deep water it may be gone forever.

3) Go “easy” on the light. First-time night divers tend to buy the biggest, brightest beam they can find and cling to it like a security blanket. As you gain experience diving at night and get comfortable, you’ll find smaller lights work just as well. On some night dives, lights of other divers, the boat and the moon can provide as much ambient light you will think its the middle of the day!

4) Get the right gear. You’ll need a main dive light and a backup light. The main light should be the larger and brighter of the two. How large and how bright? That’s up to you, and your choice may vary depending on how clear the water is. When shopping for a light, try out several as some have different grips and handles to suit your personal preferences. Your backup – or pocket – light should be small enough to stow easily, yet bright enough to help you find your way back home.

5) Have fun! Most important, relax and enjoy the dive. It’s natural to be a little anxious before stepping in the dark void of an unlit ocean, but it’s also exciting. When you overcome your anxieties about night diving, you will get to see a completely different side of the dive site, with 10 times as much life as you have seen before!

For help on choosing the best torch for you, or to maybe book a night dive pop into the shop at Davy Jones Locker Koh Tao and speak to one of their Awesome Instructors. Or visit www.davyjoneslocker.asia for all your dive needs!!!

Don’t Worry Dive Happy!!

And rememeber the all inportant rule number two of Scuba Diving……….

Always Look Cool!

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How I can improve my diving

By , 30 May, 2015, No Comment

As an instructor here at DJL I am always looking at how I can improve my diving, I can then transfer these skills into my teaching and hopefully make my students all round better divers.

Soon after deciding to become a professional diver, I began to think about technical diving and how it could improve my skills and provide another exciting element to my diving. After months of research into this area of diving I finally got the opportunity to partake in multiple tech courses at DJL with our very talented and knowledgeable resident tech instructor David Polley, and I loved every minute!

Here at DJL we have multiple options available for you to move into the world of technical diving; so you can go deeper, see new things and just generally improve your knowledge and skills as a diver.

So if you want to take that next step in your diving career, contact us at the shop and we can discuss all options available to you.

Next month I will talk more about the skills you will learn as a technical diver.

Matt aka ‘Trim-Master-Flash’

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