Assava Divers Posts

Becky, Tom and Leigh all worked hard to achieve their recent PADI Rescue Diver certification.  PADI Instructors Kelly-Anne Nickel and Marcus Pinewald with assisting Divemaster Candidates Kelley and Trevor made the course an intense, challenging, fun and very rewarding course.  

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The PADI Rescue Diver course is a 3 day program which includes learning how to develop personal dive skills and to recognize potential problems to either prevent them from occuring or solve the situation. The course is scheduled so that there is time to absorb all the theoretical information that is shown on the PADI Rescue Diver Videos and Knowledge workbook. Of course, there is a final exam and practical assessment.  During the course we begin with a confined pool session of all the rescue skills learning how to help a tired diver, panic diver on the surface and underwater, provide rescue breaths in water resuce and final scenarios including search patterns used to help locate a missing diver.  To take this course you only need to be 12 years old, be an Advanced Diver or Adventure Diver with Navigation training and have a current EFR (Emergency First Response course) or equivalent First Aid, CPR and Secondary Care certificaiton that is valid within a 2 year period.

On completion of the PADI rescue course you will personally feel a sense of achievement in your own abilities to help others in difficult situations whilst diving and broaden your knowledge on how to evacuate divers that experience pressure related injuries or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weronika E-learning PADI Open water course

You want to learn to scuba dive but you are limited on your time spent on Koh Tao - not to worry as the PADI Open water course can also be conducted via the PADI E-learning program.

Prior to arrival you register online with PADI to take the PADI open water course and complete all the videos, knowledge reviews and quizzes online. You will also complete the Final Exam online and then you will receive a completion form.

Once you arrive to our Assava Dive Centre we would then schedule the e-learning course for the pool and open water dives. The duration of the course can be completed over 2 or 3 days and this choice is yours.

Day 1 : Quick Review/Paperwork and Confined pool session of skills

Day 2 : Open water dives 1 & 2 to 12m

Day 3 : Open water dives 3 & 4 to 18m

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By taking the E-learning option this gives you more time to enjoy and explore the island, as the course is practically only taking up 1/2 of your days.  Weronkia recently completed her PADI E-learning course with instructor Jack Van Geel. Here she had the opportunity to have fun learning the PADI open water course but also be able to explore the nearby bays for snorkelling, and hiking to the viewpoints with the free time available.

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Diving the Deeper Depths of the Ocean

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Attitude of a PADI Divemaster

Places you can go with enthusiam, passion and a good positive attitude - this pretty much sums up our most recent PADI Divemaster Kelly-Anne Nickel.

In her short time in Koh Tao, she completed her training from PADI Open water diver to the PADI Divemaster, professional level. Kelly-Anne's outgoing personality attracted guests and divers on Koh Tao and she became a well known person to all. Through her associations she was employed at the Fishbowl Beach Bar and as a front office sales person for a local tatoo establishment, and her earnings enabled Kelly to extend her stay on Koh Tao - Paradise Island.

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Learning The Ropes

Welcome to our newest PADI Divemaster Candidates Malia and Stefano on their new venture to becoming a PADI Professional. Through Sunshine Divers they have the opporutnity to explore several dive sites around Koh Tao and put their workshop experiences into real practice preparing them for the opprotunity to work internationally on completion of their PADI Divemaster Program. 

The PADI Divemaster program includes several workshops and skill sets. During our current PADI Instructor Development Course Malia and Stefano joined in to participate in the PADI Skill Circuit demonstrations and also deal with problem solving and reinforcement techniques.

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Night diving can sometimes be perceived as a scary sport when actually it is an exciting adventure into a different world. Here at Sunshine Divers our NIght dive is a very popular choice with Advanced Diver students and fun divers. Jumping in watching the suset over the bay is fantastic.  Descending whilst the light goes down means you don't realize it is even getting dark around you.  Once down the line a whole new world awaits. Fish go to sleep and out come the blue-spotted rays, barracuda, crabs, squid, cuttlefish, eels and many, many more. As an extra special treat we also get to watch all the phosphorescence turn lumious in colour like electric coming out of your fingertips.  We end the diving looking up at the stars wondering when it go so dark!  So overcome those nerves and take the plunge, there is a whole "other world" down there!

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Sunshine Divers would like to welcome Kelly Ann Nickels aboard the PADI Divemaster Internshipp program. Kelly is eager and enthusiastic to get going with her new career as a professional diver as she recently completed her PADI Open water, Advanced, EFR and Rescue Diver Program.  During this time Kelly will undertake a handful of tasks including skill circuits and various workshops, which will consist of learning how to assist, teach and supervise on certain PADI sanctioned programs.  Through personal development and demonstrating dive skills, watermanship abilities, handling different diving conditions and circumstances, will provide credibility toward her PADI Divemaster Rating. 

Kelly-DivemasterOther workshops include Search and Recovery, Navigation, Deep, Bouyancy and mapping projects. Kelly will also be taught how to compose boat master duties and deliver briefings to certified divers. Amongst all the fun in the swimming pool and ocean, there are some lectures for dive theory and exams to complete to keep her brain active and updated on PADI Standards for training.

Throughout she will be assisting instructors on courses to gain experience and knowledge that will prepare her for when she starts working as a professional PADI Divemaster.  At the end of the program Kelly will be eligible to lead certiied divers, refresh certified divers skills and help on several PADI sanctioned courses.

Well Done Kelly!!!

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Have you been out the water for a while? Feel a little rusty on your Open Water skill? Then the new PADI Re Activate programme is for you.Completed in just one day this programme includes two open water dives which allow you to get comfortable again in the water.

This is a course that you can start at your leisure. We simply email you an online link to a short theory review,so if you choose it can be completed before you arrive here in Koh Tao. You can also compete the theory when you arrive at Sunshine Divers by using one of our computers.

The practical skills are then completed in confined open water before progressing to dive in open conditions. This basically means in a very short space of time you will be back fun diving with your buddies and enjoying the sites Koh Tao has to offer.

This course can be started at any time and here at Sunshine Divers we have programmes available everyday. We guarantee you will be in a small group of no more than 4 students, sometimes smaller than that. If you wish to have personal 1 to 1 tuition this can also be arranged.

"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"

"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"

The price of the whole programme is just 3000 baht. This includes all E-learning material, dive equipment, 2 dives and a new PADI certification card that will be Re-Activated to your current level of diver training. This year is PADI’s 50th Birthday so you will receive the PADI limited edition certification card for free!  So what are you waiting for, come join us for some fun!

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Since June 2014, Sunshine Divers has implemented the NEW-REVISED PADI Open Water Course. Not much has changed with the course structure, yet only a few additional skills have been added to the program to ensure student divers learn further about the importance of diving within a buddy team, focus on their air consumption and breathing methods underwater, along with extra practice on buoyancy techniques on the surface and underwater.

Our PADI Open Water course schedule is conducted over a 4 day period although we are very flexible with the program times to cater to individual student needs. Our group sizes are small with a maximum of 4 student divers to instructor to ensure this is possible. The general program schedule we offer starts Daily at 4pm with an orientation where you will meet your instructor and watch the first initial videos to give you some insight on what you will be learning over the next few days.  Day 2 is where you will head into a confined pool environment and practice all the skills you will need to know to go diving in the open water. Before heading to the ocean - you will still need to complete a few quizzes. Day 3 we start with your first 2 open water dives - here you have the opportunity to experience diving to a depth maximum of 12m. It's pretty cool!  You are on the boat for the full morning and back in time to have some lunch after all that energy use underwater. That afternoon you will need to complete your final theory and exams. Finally Day 4 we head out again on the morning boat and complete your last 2 open water training dives to 18m.  Yes and then you will be certified!

Recently certified PADI Open water divers include : John Flynn, Srihari Gowri Shankar, and Giarav Shah who enjoyed several dive sites around Koh Tao for their training dives with Instructor Kael Grant-King.  The Group size was a total of 3 students with instructor and a Divemaster Candidate Matt Dempsey who was there for additional support.

Congrats Guys - PADI Open water Divers 

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The trigger fish on Koh Tao come in two breeds, the slightly more passive yellow margin and the 'angrier' titan.

Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.But why are they angry? Like most species, they are protecting their territory. Acting in a similar way to the damsel fish, they chase away what they perceive to be a threat to their zone, which is a cone shape above it, along with the odd bite if they are really angry. During mating season, they get angrier than normal. Moody sods! Some of them, however, are simply attacking because they are morons!

lf anyone/thing becomes an annoyance, it will flick up it's hidden trigger fin locked down in its spine. That's your first warning. If you get a second warning, it may tilt on its side to get a better look at the problem. Most times, it will swim away but, if not, it will swim at speed to try and chase the threat away. As a diver, it will actually bite your fins if they are a bright colour as that is what they think the threat is, another fish-like looking thing. It's the one piece of equipment where choosing a colour is actually important!

They mainly feed on coral, using their powerful jaws and teeth to break it apart, they stir up the sand which draws in smaller fish looking to feast on whatever it unearths. Often, they can be seen swimming off with a huge piece of coral in their mouths. The theives of the ocean!

But let's not be afraid of them. The clue is in the name, it's a FISH! A fish that looks awesome and can kick arse.

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