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 Sep 15th, 2012 by Steve
Vanessa from Germany, Shamantha from Italy & Russell from a land down under have completed their PADI Advanced open water course here with us. The girls arrived here straight from the full moon party with only fun dives in mind but with a little bit of charm [from the best instructor in the world] the girls decided to do some adventures dives and gain their advanced license. Meanwhile Russell [Thomo] is working his way through a two month scuba diving internship during which he’ll train all the way through to PADI Divemaster.
The first day’s diving saw the guys head out to the excellent Chumphon Pinnacles dive site where we made the deep dive of the advanced course. We took it nice and easy to make sure the team were perfectly comfortable descending down to greater depths than they’d ever been before. Diving conditions around the pinnacle were fantastic and visibility was at least 20 meters. The guys observed red colours disappearing at greater depth, filtered out by the almost 30M of water above our heads, and they compared their depth gauages to see the variation of mechanical depth measurements at greater pressures. It was a cool dive!
Next for their second dive we took the guys to the impressive HTMS Sattakutt where the team had the challenge of navigating the wreck while noting potential hazards or dangers. Again visibility was a clear 20+ meters making for a great Koh Tao dive.
The following morning aboard the Simple Life dive boat we motored all the way around Koh Tao to Laem Thian Bay on the east coast of the island – a dive site which is seldom visited (bar by us), so we had the whole dive site to ourselves. Exploring the shallow boulders and deeper hard and whip coral gardens of Laem Thian we made the fish identification dive of the PADI advanced course. This was a nice relaxed dive where the guys got to learn common species of tropical fish life and corals which we encountered.
Our fourth dive of the PADI course was at Shark Island of the south tip off Koh Tao, where we learned about using compasses underwater. Initially the girls had a bit of difficulty but with patience and practice [and guidance from a gifted instructor 😉 ], the girls soon caught the grasp of things. The team also used nataural navigation techniques, finding a predetermined location at their first attempt.
We rounded off their advanced certification with an underwater photography dive where the guys took many photos of the underwater world, making a nice souvenir of their diving experience around Koh Tao.
I’d like to thank the guys for a fun few days, and wish good luck to Russell on the remainder of his Divemaster internship.
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