Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Posted Jun 4th, 2010 by alex
Working as a PADI dive instructor on Koh Tao, teaching entry level PADI diving courses (Open Water, Advanced etc) is obviously a lot of fun.
But making difficult and challenging dives, getting to go deep diving and extend our bottom time on more technical dives is also extremely exciting. For the past few days I’ve been running a combined PADI deep diver and enriched air nitrox diving course which gave us the opportunity to do just that!
Taking the PADI Enriched air and deep diving specialties, avid divers Marie and Rik (from the Netherlands) were joined by two of our long term Divemaster internship Thailand trainees – Andre [UK] and Chris [Australia]. The guys picked up lots of diving knowledge and gained valuable experience at depth with some demanding dives.
Some days in Koh Tao the ocean is completely flat, currents are slack and visibility is extraordinary. This hasn’t been one of those occasions! But that’s only added to the challenge of deep diving and has made our series of dives an even better learning experience. Due to the approach of full moon, the currents on our first, 30 meter nitrox dive were quite strong, creating a good learning environment and demonstrating how the natural flow of water can create a powerful driving force.
This was followed by a much easier dive at Laem Thien on Koh Tao’s eastern shore, where we were able to further fine tune our buoyancy making use of the Laem Thian’s rolling topography of giant granite boulders and small caves and tunnels. Great fun and good practice.
For the following day, our third dive of the PADI course became the most taxing nitrox diving Koh Tao experience – limited visibility, strong current, and 40 meters depth. Due to the skill level of these divers, what would normally seem like adverse conditions led to a further rounding of the group’s experience on how to stay together, control themselves in current, and deal with the increased nitrogen narcosis apparent at the 5 atmospheres of pressures at 40 meters depth.
All in all this was a great combined deep and nitrox dive course, with the unusual Koh Tao diving conditions enhancing our learning. Well done everyone – for sure you have some memorable experiences to take away!
Libby B | Hong Kong
"...was a really big deal for me considering the idea of it has always terrified me and I had always avoided trying it before. But Olivier was so reassuring...." Read more
Birgitte | Denmark
"fled the rainy Denmark ... talked that it would be good to get out and dive, but we had not planned that we would get through 22 great dives." Read more
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