This week on Koh Phangan

What a week of diving we have had at Sail Rock, 2 Whalesharks and bags of fish everywhere. At the moment we are going through a bit of patchy weather which is unusual  for this time of year, a little bit of rain in the afternoon and choppy seas, the crystal clear diving out at sail rock has been fantastic, lots of huge schools of batfish, fusiliers, barracudas, jacks and giant groupers. The whalesharks are also making an appearance as well.

At Sail Rock divers this week we had a Project aware Finathon to raise money and awareness for the protection of sharks and the banning of shark finning. In total we raised 895AUD and had a lot of fun in the process.We would like to thank the 50 plus people that turned up to lend a hand and help us raise the money.
A special thanks goes to Mel from ConTiki tours, Seb from Shiralea Backpackers resort  and Bovey from Ocean View for your kind donations and help.

Emma and Peter also got to see there first Whaleshark at the beginning of the week and as i am writing this we have been phoned from the boat with another whaleshark at Sail Rock. Happy Days.

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IDC June 2013

Our next IDC is nearly underway, this time we have Evgeny who has flown in from Russia and Emma our GoPro starlet. The course starts on the 10th with the examinations on the 25/26TH June. Daily updates can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Sail rock divers would like to wish them both all the best for their Instructor course.

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Sail Rock Divers – Sunshine Divers DMT Exchange

Gemma and Emma were our lucky DMTs chosen to go to Sunshine Divers in Koh Tao from the 18th – 20th April.

Sail Rock representatives

Sail Rock representatives

Day 1

They arrived on the pier to a personalised collection sign and a scenic drive to Sunshine Divers. Here they received a very warm welcome from Natalie and Kim and were shown to their room. After settling in, Kim went through the schedule for the afternoon and the next couple of days.

The first afternoon the girls got to dive at Southwest Pinnacle with Olly, Kieran and Michael. Visibility was beautiful and plenty to see! In the surface interval they were briefed on the next dive by the IDC candidates Bnooz and Michael as they were going to be playing ‘bad students’ for their IDC workshop.

Learning to use the lift bag

Learning to use the lift bag

Learning about the dive sites around Koh Tao

Learning about the dive sites around Koh Tao

Gemma and Emma had a lot of fun taking part in the workshop on a dive at Hin Gnam Bay whilst also having time to practice knots and learn to use a lift bag. Natalie, Kim and Robert were also taking part in observing the skills. After the workshop had been completed they carried on with a fun dive for 30 minutes with DMTs Kieran and Olly as guides.

'Bad students' attempting knots

‘Bad students’ attempting knots

DMTs at SouthWest Pinnacle

DMTs at SouthWest Pinnacle

At the end of the dive, they surfaced to a wonderful sunset.

Sunset on Day 1

Sunset on Day 1

Day 2 

Emma and Gemma shadowed the boat masters for the morning dives of the day and got to experience how a different centre is run. Sunshine Divers were very organised regardless of how many people were on courses or fun diving! First dive was to Sattakut Wreck and White Rock but unfortunately visibility was bad. This resulted in the boat relocating to Red Rock for dive two of the morning. A lovely dive site they had the chance to visit whilst DMTs Olly and Robert were taking notes on slates for their mapping projects. They both also got to experience the horizontal swim through at Red Rock and see new marine life such as the Slingjaw Wrasse.

After returning to the centre, the girls got a chance to grab some good grub at the restaurant and then they were straight off to the pool to act as ‘bad students’ for the confined IDC candidates workshop. They helped out with performing skills such as free flow regulator, alternate air source, CESA and equipment removal and replacement at the surface. They had a really good time and a lot of laughs taking part, especially when Robert started trying to put his BCD on backwards!

Bnooz briefing the students

Bnooz briefing the students

Performing the free flow regulator skill

Performing the free flow regulator skill

After the pool session the evening was finished with Gemma’s first night dive experience at Twin Peaks and Buoyancy World. A great dive with sightings of hermit crabs, a titan triggerfish, moray eel and a scorpionfish. The boat arrived back at the centre and after  a quick shower the BBQ started for the Assistant Instructor Party. A fun night with good food and company. Also a special mention to whoever made the sauce/dressing that was served! Very tasty.

Day 3

Good morning from Sunshine Divers centre

Good morning from Sunshine Divers centre

The girls were lucky enough to see not only Southwest Pinnacle but also Chumphon Pinnacle. The first dive of the morning and absolutely brilliant. During the surface interval the boat then moved so the second dive was at Mango Bay. A much shallower site but very relaxing and lots of coral to explore. Emma and Gemma were able to have a fun 60 minute dive with the Sunshine DMTs. To finish off the morning, they participated in a fun dive at the Lighthouse. Similar to Mango Bay but the girls found that every dive site was as good as the last! Back to the centre and quick goodbyes and thanks before they caught the ferry back to Koh Phangan and returned to Sail Rock Divers thrilled with their experience.

Group shot with some of the Sunshine Divers team

Group shot with some of the Sunshine Divers team

Emma and Gemma had a wonderful experience and were well looked after by everyone at Sunshine so would like to thank them for that and hope to see them again soon!

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Is it time for a change

Waking up every morning, looking out of the window and the first thing you notice is the cleanliness of the air followed by the aromatic smell of palm trees with a hint of the sea just to top it off, and thats before you have even opened your eyes and gazed at the natural beauty that surounds us, finish that off with the sound of waves breaking and you will experience a koh phangan sense overload, pretty much a daily occurrence.
If you have ever dreamed of living and working on a paradise island then wake yourself up and make it so. The unique offer that we are having this year is the life changing GOPRO 7 month internship, This is a real opportunity to make the break and embark on an epic journey into the world of diving. We will take you from a non diver to a Master scuba diver trainer and give you at least 1 months payed work experience. Contact our GOPRO team on [email protected] and we can   arrange a personal Skype video call so we can answer all of your questions.

THIS COULD BE YOU

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PARADISE

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