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Posted Dec 7th, 2012 by Steve
Gemma from England and Kerry from South Africa just competed their Padi Open Water here at Simple Life Divers, Koh Tao.
On day 1 of the course the guys rocked up for their orientation. We watched a couple of videos to help the guys get an overview of the course and give them some idea of what we’d be getting up to underwater.
The next morning we arranged for the team to meet up at 10:00am when we finished off our diving theory. We discussed important topics including how increasing water pressure affects the human body, the meaning of good buoyancy control and become familiar with some scuba diving safety procedures.
In the afternoon we boarded the dive boat and made our way to the Japanese Gardens dive site, just off Koh Nangyuan. The guys had to practice setting up their scuba equipment and making sure everything was properly checked. Then we did a 200 metre swim and a 10 minute survival float.
After a briefing we headed to a shallow area of Japanese Gardens where worked our ay through many underwater skills to help the team get used to operating their scuba diving equipment. The duo practiced more than 20 scuba skills both underwater and at the surface. As often happens, we had a little apprehensiveness during the first attempts at clearing a mask underwater (yes I mean you Kerry 😉 ) but with a bit of patience and practice they started to get into the flow of things and become mask clearing experts.
The following day we made our first two proper open water dives and the visibility was at least 15 metres around the Koh Tao dive sites. The guys really enjoyed exploring the coral reefs and other marine life and were now full of confidence. During our second dive of the day we headed to White Rock – a shallow coral covered pinnacle west of Koh Tao and again the visibility was great. The girls were even more relaxed and we enjoyed a great dive.
On the final day of the open water course we went for two more dives and visibility was really special for this time of year. In fact, whilst diving at Hin Pee Wee we managed to peer downwards and see the wreck of the HTMS Sattakkut [former Thai military vessel] from the surface. The guys had a few skills to do at deeper depths and really did do well, showing how far they’ve progressed since the start of the course. On the fourth and final dive we all made our way down to 18 metres, the course limit, cruising around the pinnacles and corals.
That evening we all met and had some cold beers at Simple Life Resort to celebrate the completion of their Open Water Course. Well done Gemma and Kerry – new PADI Open Water 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