Jim Donaldson

Friday, 12 October 2018 04:59

Dive Center of the Month

Couldn’t be happier than we are right now to be awarded the very prestigious Dive Center of the month for September 2018 by Rateyourdive.com a successful Divers forum and very well respected throughout the Scuba Diving Industry especially in the UK.

So expect to see us in print in the October issue of Britain’s bestselling print dive magazine: “DIVER” (get your digital October issue here: https://pocketmags.com/eu/diver-magazine)

and in the famous and free online dive magazine: “DIVE.in”.

So thank you everyone for writing in & if you haven’t already written in then please do so. If there is one way you can thank your Instructor or any of us here at Big Blue and show your appreciation for your time spent with us then do please drop us a review & mention your favorite member of staffs name. His name is Jim!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:16

FREE 7 day holiday on Koh Tao if you win

For your chance to win a free holiday on Koh Tao you really need to enter this competition. All you have to do is like & tag a friend on our Facebook Group for your chance to win a 7 night stay in one of our 3rd AC rooms overlooking the pool and a 20,000Bt Dive voucher for you & your buddy to use as you please for any diving activity we offer for the duration of your stay. We will announce the winner on Facebook Live on 1st November & the lucky winner will then have time to work out exactly when & who they will bring to Koh Tao for this awesome FREE holiday!

Enter now guys & I hope you win!

Thursday, 04 October 2018 23:00

The Best Liveaboard in the Similans

Ever been on holiday on a liveaboard boat? 4 days & nights cruising around the world famous Similan & Surin Islands! Nothing but sleeping, eating & diving! Scenery so spectacular your socks will actually fall off & your eye balls will pop out! Food so fantastic, the sides of your mouth will be drooling, & the noises from your belly will sound like music! Marine life so vast & extraordinary your friends won't believe you've seen it unless they see you in a photo alongside it! Sleep so satisfyingly deep you actually do feel beautiful when you finally wake up! Can you imagine a holiday that could possibly rival that, let alone beat it? Apart from a 4 day 4 night experience with Big Blue Diving Koh Tao of course! That goes without saying! If you are interested in a Liveaboard on your next holiday then please don't hesitate to get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 01:07

Care in the Koh Tao Community

In recent years Koh Tao has really focused on improving the medical services and facilities available here. The opening of the Koh Tao Hospital, a dedicated evacuation speedboat, the Koh Tao Rescue group & then some of our resident divers involvement in the cave rescue of those 12 boys and their coach back in July are just mention of a few of those businesses & people whose hard work and dedication has improved life for everyone here on Koh Tao. Another great introduction to Koh Tao is the Medicine In Remote Areas (MIRA) course which focuses on stabilization of the casualty, through to the skills required for prolonged field care until the arrival of the emergency services. They learn how to render definitive care. If the treatment is in their scope, they are able to administer it completely. If the patient needs to get to a hospital, the Medic can stabilize and render lifesaving aid. So in addition to being able to help the community of Koh Tao these trained Medics will also be a massive benefit to any Dive operation. So who better to send than our own Instructor & Sports physio Sonia Scott & genius pharmacist & Divemaster Claire Messenger. Great stuff girls. Enjoy the course & let’s hope you never have to use it. Ever!

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:04

The Eco Internship

“Never let school interfere with your education” read the slogan of the bar I managed for 3 years back in WI. I can’t say whether it’s financially-sound or wise to heed advice coming from a 21 year old’s Kollege Klub work shirt. But I can say that after graduating UW Madison and quitting my job to finally entertain that advice a little, I couldn’t be happier. Let me first preface that there are no better hands to be in as a rookie scuba nerd than Scott Frost or Rachel Linarts. I decided on a whim to sign up for Big Blue’s conservation internship which required me to head across the world. Admittedly, I was scared. Of Thailand, of diving, of the 10 legs and 35-40 hrs it took to get to Koh Tao... but then I found myself on an island under the Big Blue patio palm trees clanking my large (obviously) Chang to Scott’s and the rest of my group that felt like family. Once I got comfortable (took around 5 good dives cause I’m soft), Rachel, the eco-warriors, and myself began the real work (let me be clear though that diving is not work) that our planet’s oceans need today desperately, and needed 20 years ago. You truly can’t know the extent of the problem until you hover over football fields of trash in the Gulf of Thailand and see it yourself.
The ecology program is superb/eye-opening/educational and don’t get me started on Rachel (runs the program). She’s an actual mermaid fighting the war against plastic. She is calm and collected at all times both above and below water creating a sense of security that allows you to focus on and learn about the beauty surrounding you. Not to mention, your eco-missions, should you choose to accept them, challenge you and make you into an exponentially better diver than you were after your Advanced cert and give you a giant sense of accomplishment.
At the end of the day, this school and co. is responsible for helping me replace what I found to be nearly crippling fears underwater with new lifelong passions for diving and conservation. I gained an entirely new level of confidence after ~70 dives and for that I have BB, Scott (+ Sam Holt), Rachel, and my work shirt to thank.
If you’re on the fence, do it and don’t look back. I met so many great people from all over the world that I will never forget while simultaneously doing the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
Cheers,
Justin

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