Big Blue Diving - Koh Tao - Thailand - Jim Donaldson

Jim Donaldson

Monday, 17 December 2018 11:42

Meet our Head Divemaster

Claire is our longest serving Divemaster at Big Blue so if it all goes wrong it’s completely her fault! Way too intelligent for this job, Claire from the West Country in England, trained hard all her life to be a Doctor, right up until that year she spent at Uni and discovered boys & Cider. It all went downhill from there as Claire missed the dizzying heights of Doctordom only to become a lowly drug runner dishing out Scrumpy, Viagra’s and Canestan cream at her high street Pharmacy! But gradually Claire worked herself out of the pit of despair and trained with us here on Koh Tao to become a diving professional when she signed up for her Divemaster course. Now a fully-fledged member of the SSI Divemaster team, Claire has put the distant memory of being a drug pushing, alcoholic country bumpkin Doctor behind her... until she reads this I guess.

Monday, 17 December 2018 11:23

Is Sail Rock Koh Tao's best Divesite?

Sail Rock. The Gulf of Thailand’s best Divesite. Max depth: 40m- A real open water site, Sail Rock can be found equidistant between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, or the equivalent of about 2 cans of beer on the return journey back. Not suitable for complete beginners or muppets, Sail Rock is considered to be one of the best sites in the Gulf of Thailand. Comprising one large granite rock pinnacle, which stands 15m above sea level and drops off to a max depth of 30m and outer lying smaller pinnacles, it thoroughly deserves the 2 dives we make at the site every Full Day trip we do. The famous feature of Sail Rock is ‘The Chimney’ - a large vertical swim through which can be accessed at 5m, 12m and 18m. Inside you will find wonderful clam and coral formations, dancing shrimp and much more. A full circuit of the whole rock takes approx. 35 - 40 minutes & enroute you will encounter mountain ranges, cascading coral gardens, vertical walls and delightful gullies. The marine life at Sail Rock abounds, with the smaller coral fish - Blue Ringed Angel Fish, Banner Fish and Butterfly Fish to name a few, found closer to the rock. The larger pelagics - Chevron Barracuda, Whale Shark and Sail Fish - can be found cruising the deep blue, just out from the rock. When conditions permit a whole dive can be made at The Secret Pinnacle which lies east of the main rock and delights with Giant Grouper, huge schools of Spanish mackerel and Big Eyed Trevally. The favorite site of all our dive team, Sail Rock deservedly maintains its position as the No 1 dive site from Koh Tao. A Full Day Trip to Sail Rock is a must so wear something sexy!

Saturday, 08 December 2018 13:19

Instructor iof the year 2018 is...

Congratulations to Gus – who has had a tough year but has put it all aside so as to show how focused he is on his job which is teaching people to dive while having a good time. Congratulations mate.

Looks a little like wolverine, well his sideburns do at least, Gus left the thrilling life of being a Safety Officer on board an Oil rig to learn how to really enjoy life by becoming a Scuba Instructor with PADI, SSI & RAID, and has pretty much managed to keep the scuba retail industry on Koh Tao alive and kicking single handedly. Gus is a big character and a good time guy and he has a genuine passion for diving & people, so can make any course highly entertaining, as verified time and time again by the people reviewing Gus on Trip Advisor with the razor sharp adamantium retractable claws held to their necks!

Saturday, 08 December 2018 08:28

Happy 2019 Buddies!

Happy New year to everyone.

Who wants a FREE T-shirt?
What better way to start the new year than with a present.

Send us a photo of you in your Big Blue T-shirt anywhere recognizable in the world & put it up as your Facebook profile for the whole month of January & we will send you a Big Blue T-shirt absolutely free.

We've stocked up on over 300 shirts to give away so we're super excited to see all your photos so get posting guys. The mailman is awaiting!

Saturday, 08 December 2018 08:18

PADI or SSI? Hmmm...

Question- What's the difference between PADI & SSI?

Answer : Very little! Each individual training agency is 100% recognised throughout the world.
The differences between these training organisations are quite small but at the end of the day,
The main differences are...
i) with PADI you have to buy the training manual whereas with SSI the online training manual is included with the course price.
ii) with PADI the skills on the Open Water Course are done in a certain order & if you have trouble with a skill you must persist with the skill untill you get it right before we can move on with other skills. With SSI we can leave the skill that is troubling you, move on with the other skills & then come back & do that skill again later on in the session.
iii) The PADI video is painful to sit through! The SSI video isn't quite as painful but it still smarts!

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