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We’re not just about the diving in DJL

By , 19 August, 2014, No Comment

Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely love our diving, as do virtually all of our customers and students. But the salt water environment is a very harsh one for our dive equipment and to keep our favourite activity as safe as possible we need to be able to maintain our equipment and service it.


There has been a growing number of requests, over the last few months, from our students wanting to learn how to service equipment. At DJL we already run courses, at various levels, for all of the different kind of servicing that you would expect in the dive industry.

To meet this rise in demand we have now started to run the entry level courses on a monthly basis. More and more people are wanting to take personal responsibility for their , not only is the course exceptional in raising your abilities it is also at a fraction of the cost of the same courses in Europe and the States and will save you money again in the longer term when you no longer need to pay someone else to do what you have just learned to do!


Were not just about the diving in DJL








2nd Stages going under the knife in the reg servicing course.

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Ma rencontre avec le Requin Baleine

By , 12 August, 2014, No Comment

Un matin comme je les aime à Koh Tao : levée tôt pour aller plonger avec DJL sur le site “Chumphon Pinneacle”, l’un de mes sites préférés. Un peu plus au large que les autres, c’est un bloc de roche immergé, allant de 35 à une 15aine de mètres de profondeur, sur plusieurs dizaines de mètres de longueur. Riche en vie marine, on y croise presque chaque fois des bancs de petits ou moyens barracudas, des grands barracudas solitaires, des mérous géants, des murènes etc…. Ce matin là, en compagnie de deux autres plongeuses, nous faisions le tour du rocher comme d’habitude… Quand il est apparu au loin, reconnaissable entre tous avec sa mâchoire carrée… C’était bien lui : le Requin Baleine. On s’est regardées toutes les trois, on n’en croyait pas nos yeux… On a nagé vers lui… il a accepté notre présence… nous avons pu le suivre pendant quelques minutes… qui nous ont paru une éternité… juste lui et nous trois, en larmes dans nos masques tellement l’émotion était grande…
L’une des plus émouvantes expériences de ma vie… En espérant pourvoir la revivre…


whale shark meeting

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An Underwater Proposal

By , 4 August, 2014, No Comment

One great thing about being a scuba instructor is that you often make long-lasting friendships with students. I was excited when my friend Charlotte, who did her Wreck Specialty Course with me last year, told me she was making a last minute trip to Koh Tao to finish off her Master Scuba Diver rating. This time around, she was bringing along her boyfriend David and he was going to do his Open Water course.
After getting David all signed up for the course, he pulled me aside and told me he was planning on proposing to Charlotte and that he wanted to do it underwater. I was psyched because I knew this was going to be a lot of fun to plan. So, myself, David and his instructor, Hannah, immediately got to work making sure the logistics were all in place.
Charlotte was doing her Search and Recovery Specialty course, so the final dive had her planning and executing and underwater search. She supposed to find a weight belt and bring it to the surface with a lift bag. Instead, she found David who was there on one knee with a sign saying “Will you marry me?”. She nodded and gave the ‘OK’ sign with all of the other students applauding.When they surfaced (after much kissing on the safety stop), they found the boat decorated in pink heart balloons. Charlotte said that was her dream proposal. It was certainly one of my favorite moments so far as a scuba instructor and I was honored to have been a part of it.
Staff Instructor at DJL Diving



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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.





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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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