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Posted Oct 18th, 2011 by Steve
Ariane from France, Ethan & Angela from U.S.A and Chris from Canada have all been taking part in their PADI Advanced Course here on Koh Tao over the past few days.
The PADI Advanced course involves two compulsory dives [deep dive and underwater navigation], plus three more dives of their choosing.
First up, the underwater navigation went without a hitch with the guys a 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!].
And our deep diving adventure was a lot of fun, finding depth by swimming out from the main pinnacle at White Rock, down into the open ocean. Chris, Ethan, Ariane and Angela did a timed task at depth to test their susceptibility to nitrogen narcosis, after which we toured the dive site and made a slow ascent up to safety-stop depth.
For the three elective dives of the advanced course we had a mix! We made a Fish Identification dive exploring the corals reefs and learning to recognize and identify common tropical marine life species. This was great because we got to visit the famous Chumphon Pinnacles dive site – one of the best dive sites in the entire Gulf of Thailand where there is plenty cool marine life to check out.
During another of our elective dives – peak performance buoyancy each diver 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 (or entering an uncontrolled ascent in which Scuba Steve would have to intervene!). We also concentrated on using efficient fin kicking to help maximize our movement through the water whilst conserving our air supply. And we also played lots of games such as pretending to be in the Matrix movies and doing cool slow underwater kicking and punching actions 😉
Thanks to the recent sinking of the HTMS Sattakut as an artificial reef off Koh Tao, one of the newest (and most popular) dives of the PADI Advanced course is the wreck dive. The HTMS Sattakut – a former Thai military vessel was sunk near Koh Tao’s Hin Pee Wee dive site. This close proximity of reef and ship wreck mean there is already 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.
Our final dive of the PADI Advanced Course was the always entertaining night dive. The advanced night dive gave the team the chance to explore the wonders of the reef in complete darkness, equipped with an underwater torch to illuminate their tour. By night, many aquatic species come out to feed such as great and chevron barracudas and bottom foraging sting rays. It was a whole new journey for the guys and all they all had an exciting dive experience!
There are many other optional Adventure Dives to choose from as part of the PADI Advanced course, so everyone can enjoy an exciting program of dives tailored to their own interests and ambitions [safe in the knowledge you will be taught by the best Instructor in the world, Scuba Steve 😉 ].
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
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
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