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Posted Apr 11th, 2012 by Steve
Katie Fitzpatrick, Ruth Kelly, Eric Finnell and Phetsavane Sayasy all competed their Padi Open Water here at ‘Simply the best’, Simple Life Divers.
The guys rocked-up here for their orientation on day one, watched the first couple of Padi Open Water videos to get an insight of the course and we chatted about what we’d be getting up to over the following few days.
The next morning we arranged for the team to meet up for 10:00am and spend some time going over a bit of scuba diving theory. This helped the guys gain useful knowledge of the aspects of scuba diving such as how water pressure affects the human body, the importance of good buoyancy control and the reviewing safety procedures.
That afternoon we made our way to the Japanese gardens dive site where the guys practiced setting up their scuba equipment and making sure everything was checked before heading into the water. The guys also had to do a 200 metre swim. This is where Phetsavane did a great job, not the most confident of swimmers but under our close supervision she braved the flat crystal clear waters and powered her way through the test, gaining a lot of confidence.
After a briefing we headed to a shallow area of Japanese Gardens where we had the opportunity to practice a variety of underwater skills, helping the team get used to their dive equipment and all important skilsl required to dive safely. The gang had a little trouble at first with the mask skills but with a bit of patience and perseverance they started to get into the flow of things and mastered their mask clearing.
The next day we met up in the morning to learn how to plan how to plan our max deth and bottom time of dives using a dive table. The guys turned up a little worst for wear after enjoying the Koh Tao night life (yes I mean you Katie) but were eager to learn. After asking a series of questions, some good ones and some not so good (thanks Ruth) the gang grasped of the dive table and were now really ready to go on their first proper dive.
Following lunch boarded the Simple Life dive boat and made our way to the Twin Pinnacles, where we found that visibility was a healthy 15 metres. The team really enjoyed seeing the corals and aquatic life and were full of confidence and eager to enjoy their second dive. For dive two we headed to White Rock, a little way west off Sairee Beach. Again the visibility was great, and the team were much more relaxed and confident in the water and enjoyed themselves to the full.
On the final day we headed back to Koh Nangyuan where the visibility wasn’t as clear as previously but still very enjoyable. The team performed a few skills to do at greater depth, and did really well to overcome any anxieties passing with flying colors. Our final dive was at Hin Pee Wee where we all made our way down to 18 metres. And we later got to tag on a Deep Adventure Dive where experienced the wonders of 30 metre deep diving.
Everyone here at Simple Life Divers would like to thank Eric and Phetsavane for their kind feedback. We are really glad you enjoyed the course (I did too) and appreciate all of your nice comments.
Thanks guys and hopefully see you again here at Simple Life Divers on Koh Tao in the not so distance future.
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