Diving deals on Koh Phangan with Sail Rock Divers

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Special offer

Its slowly coming to the end of the year so the team here at Sail Rock Divers have decided to put on a special offer from now until Christmas, the deal is an Open water course, an Advanced open water course including all materials and certification fees plus 4 nights accommodation in our own aircon bungalows for the great price of only 19,500 THB, this is a saving of 5000 THB. This has the added bonus of being able to dive the world famous Sail Rock a minimum of 2 separate dive trips which gives you more chance of seeing the spectacular Whaleshark.

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Whats New for High Season

High season is upon us so the whole team is gearing up for a fun packed few months, firstly we are re-opening the newly re-furbished bar at Sail Rock Divers resort. We have doubled the size of it and changed the layout to make it a more social and fun place, (if that is at all possible). Next our Speed boat is nearly ready to be put back in the water after spending over 6 months in dry dock with a full engine replacement and exterior refurbishment.
We are going to be able to teach 2 more specialty courses and 2 Tec courses, side mount and self reliant diver as well as tec 40/45/50 will be available by mid August, Sail Rock will be the only dive centre on Koh Phangan able to offer these Padi courses.
Also we would like to welcome back Kieran to the team, Kieran is fluent in French. We would also like to welcome Peter our Danish Viking and Pernilla our resident Chef to the team along with young Emma they all complete our high season team for 2013.
Finally we would like to congratulate Evgeny for completing his IDC entirely in Russian, Big thanks to Evgeny Kovban who heads up our Russian instructor team.
This is a short video of our first high season Whaleshark, filmed at Sail Rock by Russia.

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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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The dance of the Morays

Another beautiful dive at sail rock, the visibility wasn’t the best due to some heavy rainfall, however the fish were out in force, the white eyed morays and the giant morays are definitely not camera shy, Koh Phangans local dive sites are proving to be hidden gems as well with more sea horse sightings, exotic nudibranchs and lots of persian carpet flatworms. Check out the video of sail rock filmed by Evgeny, if you want to see more videos from your sail rock divers video team then go to http://www.youtube.com/SailRockDailyNews

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Diving Koh phangan at night

Another great video clip from Evgeny taken just off shore by the main jetty, lots of small critters come out to play so if you are interested in macro, sea horses, frog fish and the weird and the wonderful, book in to take a dive with Russia under the pier.

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