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DJL Free Lancer

By , 30 July, 2014, No Comment

I arrived on Koh Tao in mid August, doing the rounds and looking at the multiple dive shops this island has to offer. DJL or Davy Jones Locker stood out as a superior PADI dive resort. After a chat with Russel, one of the head instructors, I signed up for my MSDT instead of my 4 day intended stay. Eight weeks after finishing said course I’m now working as a dive instructor free lancer.
DJL boasts a great staff that is friendly and out-going. The center features a pool behind the shop which doubles for confined sessions as well as a cheeky social beer after diving.
Diving Koh Tao offers many exceptional dive sights as well as a diverse aquatic life so it’s hard to choose just one favorite. Hin Wong bay provides some insane swim through caves which is my preferred activity when diving.
Phillip

 

 

 

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Discover Scuba Diving

By , 27 July, 2014, No Comment

One of the many courses that we offer here at DJL is the DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) Course. This course is aimed towards customers who aren’t sure if they will enjoy it and just want to give it a quick try. In this course you learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.

The first part of the course is conducted in a confined environment to teach you the necessary skills, after this you are offered an optional dive in open water where you can see the beauty of the sea at its best and also get a taste of what it would be like to be a fully certified PADI diver.

To sign up for this course you only need to be 10 years of age or older. I’ve taught many DSD courses and I’ve always had my students walk away wanting more and with a huge grin on their faces so give it a try and I’m sure you will too.

Nick Kelly

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Unicorn Wreck

By , 25 July, 2014, No Comment

 

It has always been rumored that at the time of it’s sinking in 1989 the 60 meter long Unicorn was sunk on purpose as an insurance scam. Local Koh Tao inhabitants said that the ship just pulled up off shore, around a mile north of Koh Tao and over the next couple of hours slowly sank after an explosion on the vessel. No-one was hurt in the sinking. An Insurance fraud was immediately suspected, insurance investigators were sent to investigate the cause of the sinking and to confirm the cargo which was listed as expensive Tuna Fish. Divers descended to examine the wreck, and discovered that the holds contained nothing but low-grade animal Feed (Dog-Food) un-fit for human consumption, NOT expensive Tuna fish as listed on the manifest. hence the nickname it later aquired – the “dog food” wreck.

 

Lying around 12km north and 20-30mins off Koh Tao and in 50 meters of water the vessel lies, mostly intact, on it’s port side at an angle with the top of the bow at 38meters, and the keel of the bow area several meters above the seabed, allowing divers to swim under this area of the hull. Fishing nets have been removed from the wreck allowing some moderate penetration. Big schools of jacks, batfish and barracuda patrol the area directly above the wreck with a pair of large groupers residing inside the wreck. Here at DJL we often dive the Unicorn as part of our Technical diving program, especially the Tech 45 course. Due to the depth and location it is always quiet and diver free. I dived the Unicorn for the first time in march last year, as the visibility was very good the wreck appeared to have an eerie greenish around the outline of the wreck (maybe just narcosis) and was enthralled by the always curious bat fish.

Mike S
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Chumpon Pinnacle

By , 25 June, 2014, No Comment

Chumpon Pinnacle has long been regarded as Koh Tao’s premium dive site, and here at Davy Jones Locker our morning boat is usually there for our first dive of the day.

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Chumpon is a large lozenge shaped granite rock located 45 minutes to the north of Koh Tao. The dive site itself starts at around 14 meters and finishes at around 37 metres, this makes the site perfect for the PADI Deep Adventure dive as part of the PADI ADvanced Open Water course and also 40 meters is easily achievable for the PADI Deep Speciality. Divers on an Open Water level should not be put off by the depth, the visibility at Chumpon is generally very good and the bottom of the rock can easily be seen once your below the surface. At around 20-22 meters there is always a large school of Yellow tail Trevally and large schools of Chevron Barracuda are a regular sight. Queenfish, Cobia, Rainbow Runners and Batfish are normally present on the site. There are several large Groupers who have made their homes in the various cracks and fissures on Chumpon, including a very large male and female just west of the center bouy line. There is also cleaning station at the bottom of the swim through where Groupers are often seen being attended to by Cleaner Wrasse. There are also plenty of Moray Eels around the pinnacle.

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Barracuda rock, just too the west of the main pinnacle also boasts Green Morays and a group of Durban Dancing Shrimp. Angel fish, Longtail Bannerfish, Butterfly fish, Titan Trigger and Anemone fish are also residents here. Bryde’s Whales and Dolphins can sometimes be seen cruising through the area. Whale Sharks are regular vistors and the main reason people dive at Chumpon, they are more frequently seen during our Monsoon period and are always a spectacular sight! My personal highlights of Chumpon were my Tec 40 and Tec 45 training dives and of course the Whalesharks.

 

Mike S

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Devenir Divemaster en 3 mois ? Fait !

By , 7 May, 2014, No Comment

Arrivée sur l’île : le 26 janvier 2014, passionnée de plongée, avec la ferme
intention d’en faire mon métier… Proposition d’emploi : le 4 mai 2014 !
Pourtant tout n’était pas gagné à l’arrivée, avec mon niveau d’anglais proche
de zéro…Mon niveau de plongée m’a permis de commencer ma formation par
le Rescue Course, en deux jours. Avec un instructeur parlant français chez
DJL.
J’ai ensuite pu commencer la formation pour devenir Divemaster : le
Divemaster Training. Plusieurs semaines en immersion totale au sein du
Centre de plongée : assister des instructeurs qui forment les futurs plongeurs
Open Water, Advanced ou Rescue, travailler la théorie dans le manuel du
Divemaster en français, passer les épreuves aquatiques, apprendre les
techniques de recherche d’un objet disparu en mer, réaliser la carte d’un site
de plongée etc etc…. Autant d’activités diverses et variées, toutes
passionnantes.
Jour après jour mon anglais s’est amélioré, le staff de Davy Jones Locker
faisant l’effort de parler lentement et de répéter autant de fois que
nécessaire…
J’ai validé la dernière épreuve le 26 mars 2014 et suis devenue Divemaster ce
jour là. J’ai plongé chaque jour ensuite, les fun dives étant gratuites et
illimitées à vie chez DJL pour toute personne y ayant fait son Divemaster…
Cinq semaines plus tard, mon niveau d’anglais était suffisant pour que je
réalise un CV et que je m’apprète à le distribuer dans les différents Centres de
plongée de l’île… Mais DJL m’a proposé un poste de Divemaster avant !
Aujourd’hui, chez Davy Jones Locker, il y a donc un instructeur français et un
Divemaster français (moi même). Les francophones qui désirent tenter
l’aventure comme je l’ai fait sont ainsi accueillis et suivis en français s’ils le
souhaitent et peuvent progresser en anglais à leur rythme au cours de la
formation.
J’ai décidé d’exercer le métier de Divemaster, mais il est possible chez DJL de
poursuivre la formation pour devenir Instructeur, en français.

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