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Visibility Underwater – what makes it good or bad?

By , 19 August, 2016, No Comment

visibility underwater what makes it good or bad ?Davy Jones Locker instructor Dani has written a new article for the DJL Blog. In it she explains what the different factors are that can affect visibility underwater. Even on a tropical island such as Koh Tao visibility can vary. However this doesn’t prevent divers  from seeing a great deal of coral and marine life once they are underwater.

“What affects visibility underwater?

So this month has seen significant ups and downs in our underwater visibility on the island. There are still amazing dives but in both great and poor vis. For this reason I have chosen to base my blog on why visibility fluctuates so much

Here is a list of the main things that affect visibility under water.


Diving Mask & Its Importance

By , 27 July, 2016, No Comment

Diving mask & its' importanceDavy Jones Locker instructor Nik emphasises the importance of diving with a comfortable, well fitting diving mask. All pieces of dive equipment are important in their own specific way, but as your main visual aid while underwater it is well worth making sure you have a piece of equipment that you are happy to use when diving. You may consider pursuing diving as a hobby after completing the PADI Open Water course or Advanced Open Water course. In these circumstances owning your own diving mask is always beneficial while fun diving or pursuing other diving courses.

The importance of a mask when diving

When it comes to diving nothing is more personal then your dive mask. Yes computers are important but they aren’t much use if you are unable to even see them. When it comes down to what you want out of a mask the most important part of it is fit and comfort. You can buy the fanciest one with the biggest price tag and it may be completely wrong for your face. Or you might buy the most affordable bottom shelf model and nothing fits better.

Which type of diving mask do I choose?

There are lots of features to consider when making a purchase. Do you want black skirt or clear skirt. Do you prefer it t have a frame or be frameless? Will you choose a wide range of view or a very tunnel vision like view to focus more? Personally I like a black skirt, big range of view with some periferral vision as well to keep a close eye on my students. So next time you go to purchase a mask take your time. It’s not as simple as buying one and it fitting perfectly! Ask your dive pro about tips and perks for getting one which properly fits.


Deep Diving with DJL!

By , 20 July, 2016, No Comment

Deep Diving with DJL!Matt is an Instructor for Davy Jones Locker and has written an article about deep diving for the DJL blog. Matt is also an active Tech Diver with considerable understanding and experience. He explains some of the benefits of diving at depth and also weighs up the risks involved and how to counter them.


“So guys, you’ve done your 18m dive and now are starting to think about going deeper? there are many steps you can take now to get your 30mtrs, 40mtrs or even DEEPER certifications!

World records

Many people ask me ‘what is the deepest you can go in diving’? Now, this question is very general. The deepest claim for an Open Circuit SCUBA DIVE is 330m . This occurred just a few weeks after Nuno Gomes set the new deep diving record of 318.25 meters (at the moment 318,25 is still the Official Guiness World Record). However, diver Pascal Bernabeis makes a claim of diving to 330 meters on open circuit scuba in the Mediterranean Sea.

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PADI Womens’ Dive Day

By , 17 July, 2016, No Comment

PADI Womens'Dive DayT0 celebrate the PADI Womens’ Dive Day, DJLs’ very own favourite lady Dani has written an article for  the DJL blog.

PADI Womens’ Dive Day

“It was the PADI women’s dive day on the 16th July! Here at DJL we are celebrating it all month. Women are getting more and more involved in diving now which is great to see! In most places there is now almost an equal ratio of men to women, go girls! Here are some great reasons why more and more women should get involved with this fantastic sport and lifestyle.

Full-Body Workout

Working all muscles as you are pushing your way through the water is a great form of low impact exercise….without all the sweating and huffing and puffing. What can be better ladies? You are also burning calories whilst diving without even noticing. At the same time your body is getting both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. All of this whilst seeing the beauties of the underwater world, I can see no downside!


Barracuda and Diving

By , 15 July, 2016, No Comment

barracuda and divingDiving around the sites of Koh Tao gives a great opportunity to encounter 4 different species of barracuda. Davy Jones Locker diving instructor Matt gives us the lowdown on these impressive but sometimes intimidating creatures. Reassuringly they aren’t as fearsome as they look!


Barracuda and Diving“The barracuda is a ray finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. It is a saltwater fish which you can find in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide. Habitats range from the Eastern border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Caribbean sea. Divers will find them near the top of the water, near coral reefs and sea grasses.