Swiming to locate the and orient with the beach
In 2006 after the devastating giant indian ocean tsunami, my self and other who are working at AIT Thaialnd went on a tsunami resrearch trip to south Thailsnd. Involves souther cities of thailand, Kao Lak, Phuket, Ranong etc where the worst hit areas were located. Our aim was to find the force of tsunami wave from the land and sea sediment deposits related to the Indian ocean tsunami. It was a very interesting trip where I was involved in collecting sediment samples from sea by diving in the area. it was an adventure for me, I was diving alone the vsibility of the water is nil. I can only feel the bottom when I touched the bottom, eventhough I was in full scuba gear I was only able to see something in the sea when I was out about 25km from the shore, apart from that area I did not see anything vertually nothing, but was able to do more than 10 shallow water dives to collect sediment samples.
looking at the island from far
The sea was rough and the weather was really bad we stayed in Kaolak almost for week "doing nothing" until the weather gets better. The fishermen were scared to drive their boat that we used hire so we just have to wait until they say its ok to go. Two of my collegues were throwing-out, their job is to collect and lable the sample, unfortunately they just have to sit and do the labelling process in the bumpy sea. It was really exciting and dangerous and adaventures, if you ask me to go and do the samething again I wont do it alone.