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Posted Jan 11th, 2013 by Jo
Congratulations to Kyle and Elena from Canada who just completed their PADI Advanced Open Water Course here on Koh Tao
The PADI Advanced course involves two compulsory dives [deep dive and underwater navigation], plus three more dives of their choosing. They arrived at the Dive shop on the first day and we sat and went through the Knowledge reviews required for the 5 dives they were going to over the next 2 days.
After this we jumped on the boat and headed to Twins to complete our first dive – Peak Performance Buoyancy where both Kyle and Elena endeavored to fine tune their breathing rate and air consumption. We practiced hovering motionlessly in mid-water for over a minute, using only our lung volume and breathing control to avoid touching the floor. We also used the artificial reef at Buoyancy world to practice our skills (and a few somersaults too!)
For the second dive – Underwater Navigation we headed to Japanese Gardens. This dive went really well with the guys performing near perfect squares, reciprocal headings and having fun trying to find their way around the dive site using natural navigation. Not as easy as it sounds!
Also at Japanese gardens we did one of my favorite elective dives – Underwater Photography. We practiced taking photos of each other, the beautiful fish and corals that are all over the dive site. We learnt about how the light affects colour underwater, how best to use it in the photos, and how colours disappear the deeper you go.
The following morning we headed out on the morning boat to White rock to complete our Deep Dive. We swam off the site into the deep where we settled in the sand to compare our depth gauges and look at colour changes at depth. We then had a great dive around the site, where we saw a beautiful turtle!
Our final dive of the course was at the HTMS Sattakut Wreck, a former Thai military vessel which is sunk near to another dive site Hin Pee Wee. This close proximity of reef and ship wreck mean there is a healthy array of marine life inhabiting the steel hulled ship. With her bow and stern deck guns still in place, striking tower and purpose cut holes in the deck the guys also got some great photo opportunities.
Well done guys on completing the PADI Advanced, I hope to see you back here one day for some more underwater fun!
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
Adam | Canada
"...initially hesitant to go through the course due to a myriad of fears. I can now say I am 100% satisfied that I did." Read more