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Posted Apr 3rd, 2012 by Steve
I’ve just completed another fun week of diving here on Koh Tao, joined by Noelle from Canada, Sally from Korea and Natalie, Kalee and Gemma from the UK. The five girls came to Koh Tao to learn to scuba dive, working their way through the 4 day PADI Open Water course.
After getting the paperwork and theory out of the way we started out in shallow water, get familiarized with how to use a scuba unit. The confined water training delivers a lot of skills, techniques and experience in a short space of time, so from starting out being a bit nervous by the end of the session the girls were able to complete lots of complex underwater skills. We focused on things like mask clearing, regulator clearing, and breathing from alternate air sources. We reinforced what we’d learned about the buddy system during our scuba diving theory sessions and worked on using our lung volume, weight system and buoyancy control jacket (BCD) to hover motionlessly in mid water. After tidying up a few rough edges the girls were shaping up well and ready for their open water dives.
The following day we headed out to Koh Nangyuan for our first two open water dives. Koh Nangyuan is a formation of three small islands joined by a sand bar, which sits slightly north-west of the main island of Koh Tao. The island is surrounded by dive sites, ranging shallow coral reefs with sandy training areas, to deeper pinnacles and giant scattered granite boulders. There’s even an artificial reef dive site created by the Koh Tao diving community specifically for fine tuning buoyancy control. During our two dives we go to explore the dive sites down to a max depth of 12M, enjoying the colorful aquatic life. Plus we repeated a few of the skills we’d learned the day before to further increase the girl’s confidence underwater.
We rounded off the PADI Open Water course visiting the famous Twins dive site and Hin Pee Wee (Pee Wee Rock), getting right down to 18M. The Koh Tao diving conditions were at their best, with incredible visibility so we had two great dives, and the girls were certified as PADI Open Water divers.
And they enjoyed the course so much that we followed up with an extra day of diving where we made a deep adventure dive down to 30M at Green Rock. The team got their first taster of nitrogen narcosis to be able to appreciate the effects of depth, and we got to explore the maze of giant boulders that litter the dive site.
It’s been a great few days and I’d like to congratulate Noelle, Sally, Natalie, Kalee and Gemma on becoming PADI divers!
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
Malcolm M | UK
"the guys I met at Simple Life Divers were fantastic & made the scuba diving experience something I won’t forget." 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