Welcome to Our scuba diving news for April
We can’t believe its April again already. Another year has passed it now time to play Songkran again as things start to really heat up here in Thailand. The special feature this month takes a look at Scuba Pro Jet Fins and our scuba tips this month are on Buoyancy Trim.
Dive Centre Updates
We would like to congratulate Anj on an exceptional performance during her advanced Open Water course this is a picture of her with a sea cumber healing her fear of them from the first days diving 😉 Read more about advanced Openwater course here.
Check it out! A new Nudi Branch has been seen @ Pattaya Near island Koh Sak.. we are always on the look for new nudi and this month we found one.
Dive Site Review – Shark Fin Rock – Samae San Thailand
Location: Approximately 1 Km ( ½ n. mile) west of the Hardeep shipwreck lies a small rock resembling a shark fin
Conditions: During northerly winds, this site is quite suitable for novice divers. Southerly winds, however, make it suitable for more experienced divers only. Visibility ranges between 5m (16ft) and 15m (50ft). Strong currents can make the site unsuitable for novice divers, although one side or the other is normally protected.
Average depth: 15m (50ft) Maximum depth: 28m (95ft)
Although at first sight, Shark Fin looks to be a very small dive site, once in the water a large reef appears. On the north-western side of the rock the reef close to rock is shallow, large areas of stag horns brain corals, barrel sponges and anemones are abundant. The main attraction is the Southeastern side with it’s 16 m (55 ft) vertical wall almost breaking the surface. The northeastern side has a single rock formation that is vertical on the west and has a large sandbank sliding down to 25 m (80ft) on the east, this is home to some large Black Spotted Sting Rays. On a good day, this is easily the best dive site Pattaya has to offer. Marine life is plentiful and varied.
Monthly Special – Scuba Pro Jet Fins Review
These fins have a legendary reputation as being one of the best find designs ever made… why…
For starts they are heavy, stiff, and obviously made to push through water. The only part that flexes is the very end of the fin, not reinforced by a side paneling of rubber. These fins allow you to push water and therefore gives you as much thrust as your legs can provide. You will feel every movement you make with these fins.
Pros & Cons: Because the heavy stiff nature that allows you to feel every single precise movement of the fin this make specialty kicks such as frog, helicopter, back kicks exceptionally accurate and easy.
You get so much control with these sets of fins. With these fins I usually frog kick, or do a modified frog kick, because flutter kicking will tire you out in a short amount of time, compared with other fins. However having said that, I am able to keep pace with other divers who flutter kick exclusively. This is because frog kicking with these fins allows you to glide for a lot longer than with other fins, you get that much thrust out of them. When traveling distances and cruising, Jet Fins are meant to kick and glide. Constantly kicking and pushing water WILL destroy your calf’s and leave you crying in the cramp release position. The correct technique is a must if you want to get the optimum propulsion from these fins.. these fins are NOT for a diver who just want to kick around a reef with little effort or thought to efficient finning and certainly not for someone looking for a solution to cramps. But if you want maximum control, trust and long lasting durability it seems to me these old classics are very hard to beat.