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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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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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Plongée de Nuit

By , 17 May, 2015, No Comment

 

Plonger lorsque la nuit est tombée est une sensation tout à fait particulière. Le simple fait de sauter du bateau de Davy Jones locker’ en admirant le coucher de soleil et vous savez déjà que vous allez vivre quelque chose de différent… Lorsqu’arrive le moment de dégonfler le gilet et que commence la descente, chaque fois un petit pincement au creux du ventre… Et c’est parti… Ne voir que dans le faisceau de sa lampe… Le noir tout autour…. oursins, crabes, raies à points bleus, barracudas, c’est l’heure de la chasse pour tout ce petit monde sous-marin et pour notre plus grand plaisir. Le tout dans une atmosphère si différente : couleurs, sons… Tout est absolument différent la nuit. C’est vraiment une plongée à faire. En simple fun dive ou dans le cadre d’un cours Advanced Open Water, il y a toujours une bonne occasion pour plonger la nuit chez Davy Jones Locker’ 😉

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Le noir tout autour …

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Dive with Dave !

By , 15 May, 2015, No Comment

  According to a recent publication in an industry magazine over 25% of dive professionals, worldwide are called Dave, David or variations thereof. The magazine was working in collaboration with social statistics organisation Forms and the social sciences department from the University of Poole.

When narrowed down to Europe and the English speaking world 51.4% of dive professionals are called Dave! The nations with the highest occurrences of a dive pro called Dave are: USA, Australia, Ireland, England, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Norway.

  Chances are, if you’re involved with diving you know a pro called Dave and as it happens we have a couple of them with us, here in DJL; one of whom is one of the most qualified individuals on the island. If you want to dive with Dave come to DJL and you could be learning pretty much any course that the dive industry has to offer!

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By Damon

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Tec 45

By , 26 March, 2015, No Comment

I completed my training of the Padi Tec 45. It was a very informative course and a lot of fun. Firstly you go into the pool to complete some confined training, mastering buoyancy and practising skills needed when diving deep. S-drill, valve drills and all the skills we complete are all done neutrally buoyant. Then we had to plan our dives taking into consideration all of your decompression stops. We planned to dive on the Unicorn wreck, just north of Mango Bay on the north side of Koh Tao. Our dive was to 45 metres and we spent 25 mins trying to navigate our way around the wreck.

The visibility was not great the day we dived but we still managed to have a great day and completed our decompression stops successfully. It took nearly 35 mins to get back to the surface. We also switched gases at 21m to Nitrox 50%, to make our dive more conservative. I highly recommend contacting DJL tech department to do some technical training with Instructor David Polley. I had a lot of fun on this course and it will enhance your diving ability and understanding of decompression theory.

by Ollie

 

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Technical dive on the Unicorn Wreck

 

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