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Scuba Diver Stories – Master Diver

Scuba Diver Life Stories From Pattaya Thailand.
The Road To Becoming a Master

Welcome to this edition of Scuba Diver Life Stories, this month we catch up with Darren Bowskill who recently reached the pinnacle of his recreational diver training in becoming a Master Diver.

As Scuba Addicts, we all know too well the allure of the sea and its power to be spell us with its underwater wonders but each every diver has their own wonders, their own experience of this attraction. Here is Darren’s account of his love for the underwater world and his journey to getting is MSD, Master Scuba Diver Rating.

Q: Where and When did you first try/start scuba diving?

A: I first started diving back in 2005 when i booked a trip to the Maldives specifically to do my open water course.

Q1 : What made you want to become a scuba diver?

A:  I had always been snorkelling on holidays around the Caribbean  , Egypt and Maldives and have always felt drawn towards the ocean . There is such a diversity of life under the ocean and some truly amazing coral reefs which most don’t get to see or experience.

Darren Master Diver Pattaya

Q1 : How long have you been scuba diving?

A: I’ve been scuba diving since 2005

Q1 : How Many Dives Do you have?

A: Not as many as i should have as career took president and for many years which took me away from a passion i have I have always had and wanted with diving. So i have only got 65 as i  really only got back into scuba in the last 12 months and I’m trying to catch up with what i have missed for so long.

Q1 : Do you have a most memorable dive?

A:  yes I do , i was extremely fortunate when I did my open water course in the Maldives that i got to dive and see my first ever whale shark and got to run my hand down its side as it swam by. On the same course i encountered manta rays , turtles and my first ever shark . The most amazing diving and have never been as lucky since , i couldn’t believe it to be honest and my instructor and the others on the boat all said the same that i was so lucky to have seen so much on my first introduction into the dive world and wow was they so right .

Q1 : Do You have any Pattaya Dive Stories to tell?

A:  I love diving in Pattaya and especially with PDC but there are so many stories to tell as everyday out on the boat has its amazing memories and i enjoy the whole experience. But there was one  recently but its a private joke between me and a great friend and dive buddy “ Arnold Yap “  and diver buddys Frank Hamm and Eve smith.

Clear signals. Go down to 3m wait for 2 mins then surface to the boat. only they know my Pain 555

Q1 : What Speciality Courses Did you get on your way to becoming  a Master Diver?

A: Specialities i passed on my way to master diver where the ones that i thought would benefit me the most in my preferred diving environments of wreck diving. So i went with certifications in wreck diver, deep diver, enriched air diver , peak performance buoyancy all of which help with controlled dives on and in wreck penetration . But also i completed rescue diver, first responder and emergency oxygen which fulfil a passion of wanting to maintain a safe diving environment , i believe all of which help in making the Most out of  everyday on the dive boat and give reassurance to the less experienced on the boat that somebody is there to keep them safe and that’s me that gets to do that and i love it its a huge responsibility which gives me great satisfaction.

Q1 : What is your next dive certification in mind?

A: My next certification is Divemaster which i have already started studying for but will be doing in august with PDC. Then next year I’m looking forward to starting down the instructor Route.

Q1 : What’s is your favourite aquatic animal? Is there a reason why?

A: I have a couple of favourites to be honest but  do love the turtles i find them amazing and have been lucky diving in Pattaya to have spent time diving along side a few for a couple of mins but my all-time is the whale shark which i first had my most memorable on my open water course.” A true amazing spectacle of the ocean “.

Darren Master Diver with Turtle

Q1 : If you could bestow 3 tips to less experienced divers, what would they be?

A: My 3 tips would be;
1. Dive well within your parameters of experience and the conditions .
2. Always dive conservatively and put you and your dive buddy’s safety first.
3.  Always follow tips 1 & 2 then relax , breath and enjoy the moment because there is nothing  else like it when you get to enjoy the wonders of the ocean and being able to continuously return to it by diving safely.

Q1 : As Master Diver, What would say is one of the most important qualities in a dive buddy?

A: For me the most important quality in a dive buddy is there attitude . A conscientious diver is aware of his and his buddy’s surroundings and conditions . Safety is the most important thing there is and it gives you the chance to continually keep returning to the ocean and get the most out of every dive.

From myself and all the PDC dive crew, thanks for sharing your scuba diver story with us! Congratulations on your achievement of becoming a Master Diver and we cant wait for your return to get the Dive master Training underway!

If you’re reading this and are thinking, What do I need to do to Become a Master Diver? You can read all about right here. Until next time everyone, Live, Love, Dive!

 

Become a PADI Dive Pro

Become a PADI Pro

From that very first time breathing underwater, you feel the oceans draw, the excitement. You are pulled towards the adventure of a life time, to becoming a PADI Pro!

To begin on your journey towards becoming a PADI Pro, the first professional dive rank is PADI Divemaster! Regardless of where you are now, you can begin following your dream of being a dive professional with a Diving internship program with us which caters for for all levels of diver. Or, you want to change your life, but you are not yet a diver? No problem; there is a Zero to Hero internship program just for you too!

Our Scuba diving internships are different. They are lead by our in-house PADI Platinum Award Winning Course Director, who is patient, funny and very hands on when it comes to his teaching and mentoring not to mention has a 100% Pass rate with us to date. You will interact daily will all levels of our dive team, and personally conduct many of your divemaster training sessions with either a Master Instructor or Course Director. You will also be paired with a mentor, who is an experienced instructor whom you will work one-on-one with while they teach real students! You will get real life, hands on experience, tons of feedback, and a great opportunity to refine your Pro dive skills.

Once you are a PADI Divemaster, it’s easy to take the next step, and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! This is the most sort after dive job: teaching people to blow bubbles underwater! You get to share your love for the ocean, for diving, for adventure, with like-minded people from all over the world. And when your work day is finished, you debrief at the dive bar. What could be better? Your PADI Instructor Development Course is run over 14 days. That’s more than the industry standard, to ensure you are well prepared!
You can see our PADI Dive Pro Training packages and courses by Visiting Divinginternships.com
Need advice from Our PADI Course Director No Problem, Just Contact Us!

Pattaya Dive blog -The 100

Scuba Diver Stories – The 100

Scuba Diver Life Stories From Pattaya Thailand.

All scuba divers have a bond to the sea and an affiliation with each other.  Many of us are simply hooked on scuba after those first breaths underwater and enjoy a brother/sisterhood relationship  wherever we travel for our diving. We love to meet each other and share stories of our adventures on the wrecks and reefs around the world..  Recently, here at Pattaya Dive Centre, we had the pleasure of diving with Andy Douglas. Whilst on this trip diving in Pattaya, Andy chalked out a mile stone marker on his scuba diver log book, not only an epic achievement to hear about but even better to be a part of… The 100 Dive point! Here is an interview, a glimpse into the life of a fellow diver on his road to his 100th dive.

Q: Where and When did you first try/start scuba diving?

In 1998, I did an “Introductory” dive (equivalent of a try dive Discover Scuba Diving program) off Hastings Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Au.

Q: What made you want to become a scuba diver?

Strangely enough, a fear of the sea installed ironically by my father (a lifesaver) who thought it was great to throw me in the surf as a kid !!!

Q: How long have you been scuba diving?

After my introductory dive, I left it until 2007 before I took it up seriously.

Q: What certification level are you now?

MSD (Master Scuba Diver)

Andy Douglas 100th Dive Pattaya

Q: What is your next dive certification in mind?

Thinking about DM (Dive Master) this year.

Q: What’s is your favorite aquatic animal?

Has to be the turtle without a doubt.

Diving Pattaya Sea Turtle

Q: Do you have a most memorable dive?

I have to mention two.

The first, Jan. 2010, diving The Hardeep Wreck off Samaesan with the lovely Megan Smith from Aquanauts, when we watched a very large turtle feeding on the wreck for at least five minutes from only about two metres away, totally undisturbed by our presence. Magical !!!

And the second, Nov. 2013, for obviously different reasons, was the challenge of the unresponsive diver scenarios for my Open Water Rescue Dive No.1 in Arguineguin Bay, Gran Canaria with Dive Academy. The sense achievement to become a Rescue was immense. I was 57 at the time.

Q: If you could bestow 3 tips to less experienced divers, what would they be?

  1. Make sure you listen to and understand the dive briefing. If you’re not sure about anything, ask.
  2. Your preparation and entry are so important. Try to do this in an organised and comfortable manner. Don’t be rushed. You want to feel relaxed and confident before your descent.
  3. Some dive centres are incredibly lax on pre dive buddy checks. Don’t just assume everything is OK …. make sure they are carried out.

REMEMBER, YOU DON’T HAVE TO JUSTIFY YOUR CONCERNS.

IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE.

Q:  After so many dives, what would say is one of the most important qualities in a dive buddy?

You are there to watch out for each other and you can only do that by staying close.

Q:  Some divers follow a ye old tradition of making the 100th dive naked..
Did you do anything special to mark the 100th dive?

Kept it pretty low key actually …. in fact the dive leader begged me not to do it naked, despite me thinking I was in great shape for 61  hahaha.

Andy Douglas Master Diver story

Congratulations once again Andy! Keep us posted on your scuba diving travels! If you want to become a Master Scuba Diver like Andy you can! Join the Scuba Tribe, get certified Open Water Diver, Become a safer diver with Advanced or Rescue or come for a Dive trip and meet the team and we’ll Help you to add some memories to your log book along the way!

Welcome to Scuba Diving Pattaya Thailand 2017

We hope everybody had a great and happy new year, we certainly did here at Pattaya Dive Centre. We are ready for Scuba Diving Pattaya Thailand 2017 are you?! We have many things in store for our fun divers, dive students, dive interns and snorkelers!

Whats Happening at Pattaya Dive Centre
In 2017

Preparation, Planning and Adventure!

Our 2017 Diving Pattaya Preparations.

As the premier PADI 5 star IDC dive location on Pattaya Beach, each year its out with the old and in with the new! This dive season will be no different, all 3 custom dive boats are taken out of the water. Our Boats undergo a full overhaul mechanically to ensure top notch performance, whilst they are stripped and inspected structurally.  Repairs are made no matter how small, before they are totally repainted and refitted with brand new safety equipment. Safety Is one of of major priorities. We use the very latest life jackets and floatation devices.

Best Dive Boats Scuba Diving Pattaya Thailand

Brand New Mares Dive Equipment and Dive Computers

Our rental dive equipment is always well maintained.  Our owner and registered A.S.S.E.T dive equipment technician Dave,  services and inspects all compressors and scuba tanks for the years visual inspections and maintenance. Dave also personally strips down, tests and fully services our Mares, Aqualung and scubapro regulator sets. Well, he does this more or less every other month anyways but the new year routine is like clock work also.

This year we have introduced 10 brand new sets of Mares dive equipment. This include 10 new Mares BDC’s, 10 new Mares Regulators and 10 new Mares Dive computer to our rental collections.

Pattaya Dive Center Brand New Mares Dive Equipment 2017

“In 2016, our dive customers gave us fantastic feedback on how our dive boats and dive equipment was second to none, to anywhere they had taken a dive trips in Thailand! This is a honor and a trend we intend to continue into 2017 and beyond!”

Moving With the Dive Community Flow

We take our dive community seriously. It’s all too easy running a Pattaya diving business to stagnate and sit back, because thats the easy thing to do right? Let people walk in to ask  about Learning to dive and the PADI Open Water Courses and Discover Scuba Diving Try Dive days without actually doing anything… This year we will reach out more and more to make it easier than ever to find amazing special dive trips, best value dive packages and the latest dives course available in Thailand!

We LOVE teaching and introducing people to dive, but we also LOVE DIVING so we realise that the certified diver has needs also and snorkelers has different expectations compared to our professional diving internships. Although all these elements generally work together,  we decided to create a focus towards taking care of each of them exclusively. We have a dedicated team and sections to manage and look after each one and hopefully, create a better a overall experience for everyone.

Pattayadivecentre.com, our home website is centralised around all our activities.

SnorkelPattaya.com is dedicated to Snorkelling in Pattaya and Day Trip Adventures

DivingInternships.com is dedicated exclusivet to our GO Pro Section and professional Dive Master and instructor training.

DivePattaya.com which is dedicated to our Certified diver activities and advanced diving trips to Pattaya and Samae San in order to ensure our certified diver community gets lots of variation, excitement and adventure from there dive trips!

Brand New Dive Packages and Special Offers For 2017
Dive Pattaya Special Offers

DIVEPATTAYA.com, which head ups our exclusive certified diver department, focuses on Advanced level diver training as well and special and exclusive dive location trips AND special packages for scuba diving Pattaya Thailand is Offering More Dive Packages and offers Than Anyone Else in 2017.

To keep upto date with our special offers and dive trips visit Dive Pattaya and check out our Pattaya Dive Course Special Offer Packages and our Special Diving In Pattaya Packages

IDC PADI Instructor Course 100% Pass Rate 2016

SUCCESSFUL 100% PASS RATE 2016 PADI IDC INSTRUCTOR PROGRAMS!

To Celebrate Pattaya’s Best & ONLY Platinum Course Director with 100% Pass Rate in 2016 (Yes you guessed it’s our very own CD Arnold.) Diving Internships is now offering the Best Platinum Quality IDC Package which is the Best Value & Lowest Possible Price!
Check Out This Special IDC Dive Instructor Training Deal  Right Here Right Now!

Leading The Way! Special Online Booking Made Easy!

Pattaya Dive Trips Online BookingOne of the most common issues divers face when booking a dive trip in Thailand, is confirming your booking online. 90% of ALL scuba diving websites in Thailand say “Book Here Now’.  Only to direct you to a contact form which begins the long and arbitrary process of 50 emails back and forth. Here at Pattaya Dive Centre, we fully embrace and keep upto date in our diving practices and knowledge, Its logical to us that our business shouldnt be any different.

You will find it is easy to find everything you need to know online, there and then, when you want it.  We’ve tried to make it easy to book and confirm with with the dive shop. Booking Your Dive Holiday with us means you can sit back, relax and focus on arranging other parts of your scuba diving vacation.

Be First And Dont Miss Out!

During 2017, Team PDC will be organising some very special dive activities and events.  These  will coincide with dedicated first refusal on special offers for our dedicated scuba divers. If you want to be first to find out about special Pattaya Dive Trips, Samae San Adventure dives, Liveaboard trips and special training events, subscribe to our newsletter and dont miss out!

We would like to give a BIG Thankyou To Everyone that made Our 2016 a Special Year. Happy New Year Everyone, Let’s Make 2017 Even Better and a Year to Be Remembered! All The Best & Dive Safe!

Team PDC

 

Pattaya Whaleshark Encounters

Whale Shark Encounters Pattaya Dive Centre

We have Encountered Another Whale Shark!

Many scuba divers jet off around the world to various dive locations in hope of encountering a Whale Shark this migration season. Scuba diving in Pattaya is not usually on the Whale Shark Hot spot list, but could this change very soon?

pattaya whaleshark encounters samae san islandsFor second time inside of 2week Pattaya Divers have reported a Whale shark encounter. The peaceful and serene popular dive spot of Samae San, regularly visited by Pattaya Dive Center on Pattaya Dive Trips, already has a reputation locally, for crystal clear waters and thriving Sea life. There is no doubt, Samae San Dive sites are the best when the Pattaya dive season allows us to visit it, especially when compared to the other Pattaya dive sites in the area.

After a Thai video emerged online last week of a baby whale shark approaching a boat near to Pattaya in Samae san, The Pattaya Dive Center Team was especially excited since we visit here on a regular basis on our Samae San Boat, Sirens Of The Deep. Every day since that video when out online our scuba divers  have submerged in hope of a Whale shark Encounter!

Yesterday We got it!  Its the perfect dive trip, when a Whale shark emerges at the side of the boat and then stays, allowing divers and snorkelers to appreciate its glory as most scuba divers only ever dream of!

MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEO ON THE WAY VERY SOON FOLKS!

 

pattaya whaleshark encounters up closeWhale Shark Facts

The Whaleshark is the largest fish in the ocean, with the largest example recorded to be 12 meters or slightly more. Whale sharks have an enormous appetite but fortunately for divers their favorite meal is plankton! They swim around and with their enormous mouths gaped open, scoop feed on tiny plants and animals, along with any small fish that happen to be around.

How to Identify a Whaleshark?

It’s easy to Identify a Whale shark. They are HUGE! They have flattened heads and a blunted snout making for a squaring head shape than you may expect from a ‘Shark”. Its back and sides are gray to brownish with clear white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes, and its belly is clearly white. Its two dorsal fins are set towards the rear of its body, which ends in a large dual-lobbed caudal fin (or tail).

pattaya whaleshark encounters diving pattayaPattaya Whale Shark Population

Over the years Whales sharks have been seen here and there diving in Pattaya. But normally this isn’t a common occurrence by any means. Although generally sighted in warm waters, whale sharks populate all tropical seas. They migrate each year to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia visiting coastal regions of Thailand on the way as they go. The coral spawning of the area’s Ningaloo Reef provides the whale shark with an abundant supply of plankton.

There seems to be more and more Whale shark sighting occurring this year whilst diving near Pattaya in Samae San. Could this be a picture of the future to come? Can we expect more encountered soon or in the future seasons? We will have to wait but the Whale shark Buzz is here for the meantime so let’s enjoy it!

Are You Feeling Lucky?

Click Here To Book Your Samae San Dive Trip Now!

Adapting to the underwater World

Adapting To The Underwater World

Adapting To The Underwater World

Whether you are a PADI Open water Diver fresh out of class and submerging below the waves for the first time since your scuba diving course or not being diving in some time and just taken a scuba refresher, adapting to the underwater world can be strange so here is some advice and things to expect underwater the ocean when you go diving.

Seeing and Hearing Underwater

Water is a lot more dense than air. Around 800 times more dense in fact, so light, sound act differently to what you are used to on land.

Seeing is believing

You may try to reach for a descent line and miss it all together! Why!? This is not because your eye sight is bad that’s for sure. Its because light travels at different speeds through water and air. The mask traps air in it so allow your eyes to focus however, when the light travels through water and then through air it changes speed and shifts direction slightly. This is called refraction and you learn all about it in your PADI Open water Diver course. Ultimately is means that in the beginning compensating for this change isn’t so easy as it causes magnification which means things appear closer than they actually are. You lean to compensate for this in time.

Underwater World color lossWhere is the multi color reefs we see on TV & Magazines?

They are right there in front of you! The reefs color, and in fact all colors are also affected by the water. Due to the density, the water absorbs light and the weaker light waves such as Red, cease to exist in deeper waters leaving your eyes only able to detect colors such and blue and green and yellow accurately. Want to see the reefs true color? Use a diving flash light to reintroduce the light required to see the true colors! The videos and Photographs use lights to bring the color back, you learn this in the Underwater Photography Course. This is especially effective on night dives, with the absence of natural light you get the full effect and see corals in full techno-color! Ask about Night Diving Specialty or the a Night Adventure dive during your PADI Advanced Open water courses!

What Does The Ocean Sound Like?

You will quickly learn that there are a lot of new sounds to process under the waves! There are so many new sounds to discover when you go diving, such as the blowing of your own bubbles, the crackling of the corals, the grunts of fish and the passing boat engines can be overwhelming in the beginning.

The largest thing to adjust to though is the direction of sound. Due to the density of the water, sound travels four times faster than in air. This results in the sounds reaching both your ear drums much faster and almost exactly at the same time, this result is sound seeming much louder and appears to come from close to above your head. As for talking, unless you use specialized communication gear you wont be saying too much underwater people can understand, so to communicate or get attention try banging a metal clip or such against your cylinder to get attention and then use hand signals once your buddy is looking at you.

Want to explore more wonders of the underwater diving world? Lean to Dive or join a Dive trip now and let go diving and find out what its all about!

Mastering Buoyancy Control

Peak performance buoyancy control separates the dive noobs from the dive pros. No matter how many dives you have under your belt, whether its a few or a thousand, in scuba diving, nothing make an impression more than perfect buoyancy control.

The secret is complete buoyancy control begins when you learn to fine-tune your weighting (knowing exactly how much lead you wear and where you place it over your equipment configuration). If you are carrying just the right amount of weight, you will have the smallest amount of BC inflation. This equals less drag and more efficient finning. Less BC inflation also means less buoyancy shift when you change depth, so you’ll make fewer adjustments during the course of your dive. There are many tips and tricks, but pinpoint buoyancy control is the fundamental skill you need to get a hold of sooner or later. Precise control of your buoyancy is what enables you to hover completely motionless and glide effortlessly as you fin through the water, at any depth, without using your hands at all.

It sounds easy when you say it, so why isn’t it?

In fact, peak performance buoyancy control requires getting more than one thing right. The factors that affect your buoyancy besides ballast weight are BC inflation, your trim, exposure suit, depth and breath control. Your weight and your trim are the only two factors that, once you’ve selected them, stay put. All the others are variable, changing during the dive along with time or depth or both. Some you can control, some you can’t.

Mastering Buoyancy Control Advice

Here is our advice for getting perfect neutral buoyancy so you can enjoy your time underwater without flapping around in vain and fiddling too much with your BC inflator hose.

Take a Peak performance Buoyancy Course. We teach PADI’s “Peak Performance Buoyancy.” course which teaches you precise buoyancy control, streamlining, weight and trim adjustment, equipment configuration options and relaxation techniques. Accelerate your learning curve, divers who have completed this course early on look like a diver with 30 or 40 more dives that you think they have because they look so much more controlled in the water afterwards.

Prepare Pre-dive. Real buoyancy control begins with pre-dive preparation. As you pack and check your equipment, double-check to make sure nothing has changed that could affect initial weighting. New wetsuit? Major factor. Nice, springy new wet suits need more weight than old compressed flatties do. A fresh suit has more inherent buoyancy at first which after a few dives, especially deep dives, simply bursts its bubbles and become less buoyant on future dives. New BC? Unlikely to have a major effect at this point, but it will in the water. New weight belt or weights at different dive centers? Take a moment to make sure the new compares well to the old. Its unlikely on the dive boat you can stick ’em on a bathroom scale; but ask the divemaster aboard for an exact weight, often there is variation between claimed and actual weight, so 5 weights can be quiet different in actual “weight”. New cylinder? Another biggie. Some cylinders are negatively buoyant when full and simply less negative when empty; others sink first and float later. Ask yourself is it a 12lt Aluminium tank or otherwise?

Do a buoyancy check. Here’s how to make a proper buoyancy check: With your lungs half-full, you should float at eye level with an empty BC at the surface. But the fact that your average cylinder loses about 5 pounds as it empties gets you thinking about the buoyancy change in a tank and is a good reminder that it’s best to do a buoyancy check with a nearly empty cylinder before you dive. This is obviously a bit of a pain, so add about 5 pounds to your weight if you have done your buoyancy check with a full one. You can always take a moment and recheck buoyancy after a dive, just before you get out of the water. During the dive. Now for diving itself. Understand why feet-first descents have many advantages: One is that it’s easiest to completely empty your BCD in this position. Double-check that the point where the deflator hose attaches to the bladder is really the closest point to the surface as you prepare to descend. It’s often helpful to dip your opposite shoulder as you raise your LPI. Exhale, and this doesn’t just mean breath out and then in, breath out with breath control to allow yourself to sink. If you’re properly weighted, you should sink slowly. Keep your hand on the BC inflator and get ready to add controlled small bursts of air to adjust your descent rate. You’ll add more as the descent continues. If you’re making a deep dive for the first time, it can be a bit of a surprise to see just how much air you have to add as you continue. During the dive, enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Concentrate on what happens as you breathe. If you see something interesting below you, exhale and drift down for a look. Inhale and you’ll level off and start to rise. Don’t vary your breathing habits too much, though; breathing slowly deeply and continuously is of primary importance.

On Your ascents. Keep the point about BC positioning in mind while making gradual ascents too. It’s easy to trap some air in an unfamiliar BC, which will continue to expand as you ascend. On deeper dives, and given neutral buoyancy, you should only have to start swimming up a little before expanding air takes over. Make sure you’re ready to vent this off as needed and get familiar with your BCD’s dump values and air release mechanisms. Focus for your safety stop. The aim is to be neutral while doing your safety stop, so that’s when you can really fine-tune your buoyancy and practice. As you near the surface, keep an eye on your depth and stop at 5m. After three minutes, kick slowly for the surface. If you have done everything right, there should be no air in your BCD as you break the surface. You should also now be floating at eye level, rising a little as you inhale and sinking slowly as you exhale. If this is not the case, make appropriate adjustments before your next dive.

Keep Tabs in a Log After each dive, write down what exposure suit you wore, what equipment you used, how much lead you carried, how much your body weighs and whether you seemed too heavy or light at your safety stop .

neutral-buoyancy-turtle-trim-scuba-diving-skills

Improve your Buoyancy Control Summary

  • Take the peak performance buoyancy Course ( 1 day 2 dives )
  • Take Advanced Open Water Course, gain experience and ask to complete 1 peak performance buoyancy dive
  • Practice: Even when you take a fun diving trip you can practice buoyancy. Especially after your peak buoyancy class you can further practice and refine your buoyancy control techniques to become a true buoyancy master.
Facts About Sharks

Shark Facts & Myths

Shark Facts & Myths

Diving in Thailand, a lot of people mention Sharks, so I wanted to set some Shark facts straight. The subject or mention of diving with Sharks, often seems to be cause for panic since Steven Spielberg’s painted Sharks as blood thirsty mindless killing machines in the movie Jaws. It’s important to know however, exaggerated myths on the silver screen and facts about Sharks are pretty much at the opposite ends of the spectrum and sharks play a very crucial role in the wellbeing of our oceans.

Shark Facts: Baby bamboo shark diving Pattaya are now Rare

SHARKS In Thailand

Diving with sharks in Thailand is a rare a special treat. You should understand these apex predators are NOT in fact all around you every time you go diving. in fact, it’s more unlikely to see a shark diving in Thailand than it is to encounter one these days. A Pattaya Shark Fact is that evenif you see them it only likely to be a Bamboo Shark Or a Baby Black Tip Reef Shark.

SHARKS NEED SAVING

Some countries do still have many Sharks which makes the chances of diving with sharks higher. To see and observe real Sharks in the wild such as Black tips, white tips, Hammer heads or Theses to name a few, will quickly make you see that these creatures are not a major treat to you underwater. Not everyone has the opportunity to see and experience this so those that do should help educate others about the need to protect these apex predators.

1) Shark Myth: Sharks hunt and purposely eat humans

Shark Fact: Sharks actually find humans to be unpleasant to the palate. Attacks happen when a shark mistake people as their prey if they’re a similar size, such as when they’re hunting for seals or dolphins.

2) Shark Myth: Sharks don’t matter in the world

Shark Fact: These animals play a huge important role in marine communities to help keep the balance of life in the oceans. As apex predators, many shark species keep other marine populations in check, and without them fish would overgraze and destroy sections of the ocean.

3) Shark Myth: Sharks attack people frequently

Shark Fact: You have more chance of getting struck by lightning, be killed by a cow or die from a falling coconut than be killed by a shark. Stats show that Sharks kill around 6 people per year, where humans kill up to 100 million sharks each year — proving that we’re more of a threat to them than they are to us.

4) Shark Myth: All sharks are big with sharp teeth

Shark Fact: Sharks come in all shapes, sizes and appearances — just like people. The White spotted Bamboo Shark, which can grow to 1meter for males and 1.2 for females, looks totally different to let’s say a whale shark that can be 12 meters long. While great white sharks have about 300 teeth, which they use to grab and cut down on prey, basking sharks have tiny teeth that they don’t even use for feeding, as they feast on plankton.

5) Shark Myth: Nothing can hurt sharks

Shark Fact: Shark populations all around the world are massively impacted by Illegal and unrestricted fishing, sharks’ food sources are declining which is making Shark populations also decrease along with the demand for shark fins which is increasing. Sharks are also caught as by catch in trawl nets and long lines which doesn’t help either.

Gentle Giant Shark

Check Out this rare Whale Shark Video from Pattaya showing the gentle giant known as the whale shark. A plankton feed and the largest fish in the ocean, to see one of these to truly a stunning and amazing experience. If you are not a Diver yet, Why not take the PADI Open Water Diver Course and one day you can scuba with this precious creature for yourself!

So what can you do to help these animals that are crucial to our big, blue world? Go beyond just spreading awareness that sharks aren’t out to get us, by taking part in conservation efforts with nonprofits like Project AWARE, Shark Guardian and the Whale Shark Research Project.

Just in case you’re not convinced sharks help more than they harm, check out our new post “things deadlier than Shark, including the infamous selfie stick. coming next week.

Become A Rescue Diver

What Is a PADI Rescue Diver?

The Rescue Diver course is the third level qualification and follows the Advanced Open Water Diver qualification (AOW). In the past the Rescue diver course was treated as a separate “specialty rating” rather than a mainstream scuba diving certification in itself but most advanced training levels require a scuba diver to have previously completed the Rescue Diver certification so it effectively becomes a tier in the training.

Who Should Take the Rescue Diver Course?

The Rescue Diver Course is often described by any one already certifed Rescue Diver, as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken.  This is cecause you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a scuba diver. Knowing you can prevent many of the small problems that lead to larger issues is very reassuring and brings confidence to help and advise others if needed. By practicing problem solving skills you become a better dive buddy AND  the course is seriously fun.

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course, although most people simple complete the full Advanced open water prior to joining the course. Although Adventure divers may enter the program they must complete the advanced course anyways later on if they wish to proceed to Master Diver or Dive master level anyway.  Besides this requirement you must also have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. In fact we have a special offer combo course including both Rescue & EFR certifications PLUS your Emergency Oxygen Provider Cert all in one! See Our Special Offers ) You may also wish to add on the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time as this is covered within the rescue course as an orientation but not the full certification. Oxygen providing requires certification by law in some countries so is very useful to have.

What will you learn as a Rescue Diver?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to most importantly prevent problems as well as deal with dive emergencies which may occur. This issues range from minor and major and you will need to master a variety of techniques to do so. Through knowledge development sessions and rescue training exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills and role play both the victim and the rescuer. this is great fun but also very enlightneing to to mind set side of problem prevent and solving.

 Rescue Diver Topics include:

Review of Self Rescue

Identification and managing of stress in other divers

Emergency Situation control and equipments used

Safely Rescuing Panicked divers

Safely Rescuing Unresponsive Divers

Approach to Dealing with Post Rescue Stress and Incident reports.

Become a Safer Diver - PADI Rescue Diver Course

How can you start learning about Rescue Diving?

The fastest and easiest way to absorb and learn at your own pace is to register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option. You can really take in all five knowledge development sections better using this web-based learning at your own pace.  Once completed your PADI Instructor can really shape you into a great rescue diver as you will already have a solid base of rescue diver knowledge when you arrive for the course. We can focus on the elements which you need further explanation and give you more around the subject training and knowledge within the time of the courses training. You also have access to an online version of the Rescue Diver Manual for reference during and after the course.

If you prefer, you can choose to study with the Rescue Diver Manual and watch the Rescue Diver Video (a book and DVD package). We can offer this option also, once you enroll in the course, we will give you  your materials and get you learning. The Rescue diver course can be quite a demanding course, for this reason we would recommend you plan to collect your training materials at least one day before and read through your material before beginning.  This will make it easier and more productive during your scheduled knowledge review sessions before we progress along with your rescue diver exercises and scenarios.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. We will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career.

Next Step

Become confident and earn your next certification:

Sign up for Rescue Diver Online and start learning right away.

Check Out our PADI Rescue and EFR/o2 Combo Special Offer

Book in in a PADI Rescue Course with Pattaya Dive Centre

Check out the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Download a PADI Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf).

About Nitrox Diving Pattaya Dive Center

About Nitrox Diving – Info & Advice

What You Need To Know About Nitrox Diving

What About Nitrox Diving? Also known as EANx (Enriched Air Nitrox) is a gas blend where the oxygen content (O2) is higher than the standard 21% level like in normal ‘Air’ breathing gas.

Recreational level scuba divers from Open water diver upwards, can learn to dive Nitrox blends up to a maximum of 40% O2. Technical divers can also use higher oxygen blends up to 100% however special training and oxygen clean equipment is required for such uses.

About Nitrox Diving Equipment - Pattaya Dive CenterWhy Learn to Dive Nitrox?

The primary purpose of diving EANx is it exposes a scuba diver to less nitrogen intake during a dive.  Since we first discovered that divers could become ill upon surfacing with too much nitrogen pressure within their body tissues, we had seek ways to control and limit our exposure to nitrogen during dives. The US Navy Tables for ‘Air’ first set the limits and guidelines for how much nitrogen intake (based on time and depth) is recommended to be safe. Later down the road, ANDI (American Nitrox Diving International) coined EANx as ‘Safe Air’ referring to the fact that by increasing the oxygen in a gas blend inherently reduces the Nitrogen resulting in less exposure to Nitrogen and therefore making it ‘Safer’ in those terms.

Nitrox The Voodoo Gas…

For as long as we have been scuba diving, scuba divers has understood that the effect of breathing pressurized gas has side effects.  One of these side effects in Oxygen Toxicity. Our body can adapt to breathing higher concentrations of Oxygen but only for a short term period. If we exceed of exposure to oxygen either but breathing it higher partial pressures or by prolonged use it will in fact begin to poison us. This aspect of scuba diving is much more pronounced when using Enriched Air Nitrox  since the percentage of O2 is so much higher than on normal ‘Air’ dives. the result was fear from a lack of knowledge and some people started to refer to EANx and ‘Voodoo Gas’.

The Future Of Scuba Diving…

I don’t think that air diving will ever disappear, but in recent years and some dive locations, EANx is actually used as a primary diving gas. Some live aboard dive trips are constantly Nitrox Diving and use Enriched Air for all of their dives. A lot of regular savvy scuba divers who dive weekly also opt to dive EANx on a regular basis over the standard air most of us see and use. These dive trips and scuba divers understand that Enriched Air Nitrox has far more benefits to it that risks. Diving with EANx can actually be deemed as safer diving if used by a diver who is properly trained in its use.

About Learning to Nitrox Diving Pattaya Dive CenterLearning To Dive Nitrox (EANx) 

It’s actually very easy to learn to dive with enriched Air Nitrox.  The Nitrox Diving course can in fact be combined with either of the PADI Open Water Diver Course or The PADI Advanced Open water Diver and is well suited to take and learn alongside The Wreck diver specialty and the Deep Diver Specialty Courses. The EANx course is comprised of learning theory and then a practical example. The Class theory can actually be completed online or within a few hours of a classroom session. Before dive computers were so common, this class was quite completed in that you must learn to use the EANx dive tables and Oxygen exposure tables. Nowadays, these tables are introduced as back knowledge but to actually dive with Nitrox, you simple must learn to dive with your computer in Nitrox mode. Your learning about dive planning with EANx dive Computers is a big part of the course and the other element are the risks associated to Enriched Air Nitrox. There is an exam at the end of this course. After the theory session is complete you must show that you know how to analyze your breathing gas before a dive. A couple of actual training dives using Nitrox and following the Nitrox computer mode with an instructor can also be added optionally, but are not actually mandatory since you will learn this all in the class session anyway and if you used to diving with a computer its exactly the same except for applying your new found dive knowledge, most scuba diver will simple sign up for some dives for fun after the Enriched Air Nitrox Diving Course for Practice.