Underwater Love

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Under water.

We arrived in Koh Tao at about 4:30pm after being approached on the ferry by reps from two dive schools on the Island. There are many more. Koh Tao certificates more people than anywhere else in the world. We decided to go to Ban's Dive resort as it is the biggest and was also reccommended by our friend Emma who was here last year.

After checking in, we were almost immediately put in the classroom to watch the educational video and answer some homework quetions. This is when we met our instructor Lucy and the rest of our group. We stayed out for a few drinks as the following morning was going to be the only late start. We were amazed over how many Swedish people there were. Probably more than 50%.

The following morning, we were back in the classroom to go through our homework and make sure we understood everything we needed to.

Some of our dive group taking a break.
We then headed to the pool for our basic skills training. This involved sitting underwater for most of the afternoon getting cold and having second thoughts about the whole idea. Nevertheless, we stuck with it and were raring to go for our first proper dive the next morning.

We did two dives the first day, Twin Peaks and White Rock, both to a depth of 12m. All went well besides James having a bit of trouble equalising the pressure in his ears, we went through all of our basic skills again but mostly we were just down there to look at the fish and corals.

The next day we went back to the Twins in the morning and White Rock in the afternoon, but went slightly deeper, to 18 metres and also had better visibility. In the evening we had dinner with our group to celebrate completing our Open Water Course.

View point at Nang Yuan

We then had a day off and went for a boat trip with two of the other guys on the course, David and Thomas, both Swedish. We did some snorkeling in chrystal clear waters, Cecilia fell off some rocks and grazed her hands and feet, lunch on the other side of the island and a trip to Nang Yuan (a little island with beautiful sand banks).

On the following day we met up with our new instructor Nando, for the Advanced Open Water Course. This was a two day course, which involved a bit of time in the classroom and 5 dives; Multilevel Dive - South West Pinnacle, Navigation Dive at White Rock, Night Dive at White Rock, Deep Water at Chumphon Pinnacle and Fish ID/Photo at Twin Peaks. Things got a lot more interesting with sharks, schools of barracuda and batfish and phosphorescence (during the night dive).

We stayed on Koh Tao for another few days before heading to Koh Phangan.

 

mumsue says:
PS thanks for the card x
Posted on: Nov 30, 2007
mumsue says:
have you read your emails? The diving sounds wonderful. How lovely to meet lots of Swedish people. Please drop me a line soon. We are back from visiting Fred. The Skype is up and running but I havent got a web cam, just a microphone. Sorry we wern't able to do it today. LUL Mumsue
Posted on: Nov 30, 2007
sallywinch says:
I think i have gone off you both a bit. you are having far too much fun. bet you are missing dark chilly england!
love you both lots xxx
Posted on: Nov 29, 2007
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Under water.
Under water.
Some of our dive group taking a br…
Some of our dive group taking a b…
View point at Nang Yuan
View point at Nang Yuan
All geared up.
All geared up.
On a boat trip around the island w…
On a boat trip around the island …
Feeding fish.
Feeding fish.
The white sands of Nang Yuan.
The white sands of Nang Yuan.
Pink anemone fish.
Pink anemone fish.
Reef shark!
Reef shark!
Koh Tao
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