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Updates on PADI instructor development on Koh Samui, Thailand and other dive related topics
Crown-of-thorns starfish threaten coral reefs
Crown-of-thorns starfish threaten coral reefsThis surprising header, to me, was found in today's issue of the The Nation, a Thai nation wide English language paper made in Bangkok.As a long term diver in the Gulf of Thailand, since 9 years and various other parts of Thailand, but mostly in the Gulf, I've seen plenty of Crown of Thorns and they're mean guys.Here's a not so great picture that I made not too long ago at White Rock near Koh Tao. They demolish coral reefs and are very difficult to destroy, if you cut of a piece of them, they basically live on now as two new crowns of thorns. The only way I know to destroy them is to take them out of the water, which is a completely different story, since their stingers hurt tremendously and give you long lasting scars on top of that. The article in the Nation mentions injections, which is interesting. Anyway, without further ado, here's the full length article; Crown-of-thorns starfish are threatening coral reefs in at least three ...
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Night dive in Pattaya
A night dive in Pattaya with an unexpected creature.Besides the wreck diving an wreck dive specialties conducted in Pattaya, Marcus and me also made a Night dive for his Instructor Specialty rating.During the dive we encountered this beautiful cone shell, a first time for me to witness a cone shell on the sprawl. I was very excited about this and was very glad that Marcus brought his camera, so the cone shell in full exposure can be shown on my blog!Thanks to Marcus Han for the picture.They can be very dangerous if they inject humans, so we stayed well out of distance of the shell.It was a nice dive overall during which we saw various other fish and critters during the dive.Camille
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Some wreck dive and Pattaya pix
Here are some pix of the wrecks and Pattaya made during of our recent trip.Got all pix together at last, from both Jamie and Marcus, so thanks guys for letting me have them pix. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my underwater housing! DUH!!This is a shot of Seaduction, the shop we sued for our trips. I can only highly recommend, they're experienced and small enough to being able to cater to small groups like ours so we had two dives per day on three consecutive days on a different wreck each day! They also own their very own boat which makes it fairly easy to dictate where they want to go and who they want to take along. They're also very friendly and laid back, which makes live so much easier! This is Danny, he's the guy you have to deal with if you want to go diving with Seaduction, you have been warned!He's also very knowledgeable about the dive sites and the wrecks in particular. If you ask him nicely, he may take you on for his Advanced Wreck diving course, where you get to e...
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Wreck diving in Pattaya completed
Today we completed the Wreck diving in Pattaya .Yesterday we dived the HTMS Koot, a sister ship of the Khram and today we dived the Hardeep, a World War II wreck, located near the Thai Naval harbour of Sattahip.It's a nice wreck to dive but you need to check the tidal charts since there can be some strong currents. Steve completed his Wreck diving specialty today, congratulations!Last night Marcus and me went on a night dive in order to complete his Instructor level Specialty rating for the specialty. My next post will hopefully contain some pix of the wrecks. Stay tuned! Camille
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The Royal Thai Naval Museum in Samut Prakan.
The Royal Thai Naval Museum in Samut Prakan.Yesterday my family and myself had a day's trip in Samut Prakan, a province and city next to Bangkok, direction Pattaya.We visited a few other attractions, like the Erawan Musem and the Ancient City and on the way back to our hotel in Bangkok, we visited this Naval Museum. We were very fortunate since it was actually closed, but after a bit of taking to the guards, they decided to open up for us anyway and we had the whole place to ourselves. The day before it was Children's Day and yesterday was closed therefor.The guard went really out of his way opening all lights, shutters, windows for ventilation and even opening a couple of ground floor rooms so we could have a look.Diving wise there wasn't too much to be found, although these items above, torpedo's and mines sure made for something wrecks around the world. For a good Thai wreck web site have a look at Steve Burton's Thaiwreck website based in Pattaya or Jamie's MacLeod's Trid...
Unexpected sharks in Prachuap Khirikhan.
Unexpected sharks in Prachuap Khirikhan.On our trip to Isaan, to meet a school friend of my wife, we had our first stop over in Prachuap Khirikhan.After having checked in to a hotel, we decided for a small tour to see what was up here and we discovered ‘Ao Manao’ or Lemon Bay. Funnily enough, this bay is located smack in the middle of a Thai Air Force base, but it’s accessible for non Navy personal and has a lots of charms inside it’s premises. First of all a couple of beautiful bays but also a lot of green with some pleasant, unexpected attractions like in this case, some old and outdated planes which are on display throughout the whole base.One of them is a ‘Texan’ like the one displayed on this picture. The reason I post this in here, is the shark that’s painted on the side of the plane. The Air Base is located directly next to the ocean and that’s probably why the plane has a shark painted on to it’s fuselage. It’s a pretty cool shark in my opinion and very ...
Yesterday was a sad day since Amit passed away.Amit arrived on Koh Samui late 2002 /early 2003 to start his Open Water diver course, all the way up to Instructor! Straight out of Bombay he showed up with no previous diving experience.That was a tremendous step.He worked as a Divemaster and in June 2003 he participated in the second IDC I ever taught as a Course Director.All through to September 2007 when he participated in his IDCS course, he worked on Koh Samui, most of the time for and with Tom and Cecilia at Planet Scuba Samui, the outlet at Central (now called Centara) Beach Resort.Amit during the September 2007 IE on Koh Tao.He had to endure hard visa rules but in his own way he found ways around this and managed to smooth out his problems for once and for all, but eventually he wanted to move on and found a job in his native India, at the Nicobar islands.Last year we celebrated his 40th birthday at the Bamboo bar in Bang Rak, his favorite hang out place just around the corner ...
Specialty of the month January 2008
Specialty of the month January 2008 ; Nitrox or Enriched Air.Nitrox or enriched air is one of PADI's most popular specialties.Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an EANx Diver to get enriched air fills.It's also a prerequisite to become a DSAT Gas Blender.If you book this Specialty of the Mont h during January, you'll receive a 10% discount.Camille
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First courses in 2008; Nitrox and Gas Blending
Gideon and Simon kicked off the IDC related courses for 2008 .Yesterday they both completed the Nitrox courses, a prerequisite for the DSAT Gas Blender course, which they completed today.Gideon, currently a PADI Divemaster who's working as such on the Samui boats and waters, is using the Nitrox tanks for his work out!Gideon is participating in a Rescue Diver to Go Pro CDC package. He somehow mistook the gas analyzer as a breath analyzer! He was cleared to continue the course however. Simon, who just got signed off as a brand new PADI Divemaster, is cleaning a piece of equipment as part of the cleaning work shop for the Gas Blender course. He knows a good story or two!Simon analyzing a Nitrox tank as part of his Gas Blending course. Simon is participating in an Advanced Open Water to Go Pro CDC package.Both Gideon and Simon will be participating in the IDC starting 28th January. It looks like this will be a bigger one, with 8 confirmed candidates at this moment and both of them will...