Big Blue Diving - Koh Tao - Thailand - January

January (11)

angel300x225Visibility is coming back and there is certainly no shortage of fish out at Sail Rock as divemaster Angel found out yesterday...

We're planning on heading back out there tomorrow the 28th January on another of our famous full day trips, come join us! For just 3800 baht you'll get 3 dives, cooked breakfast, Thai buffet lunch and Ae's amazing chocolate Brownies: what a bargain!! Sign up any time until 5pm today!

Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:53

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

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ssi diving courses300x225As active recreational pastimes go, scuba diving is one of the easiest to learn. While you’re gliding around enjoying the underwater sights, you’re engaged in only three basic skills: floating, kicking and breathing. Of course, there’s more to it than that — becoming proficient at using the equipment and developing knowledge of scuba concepts and safety procedures — but if you can breathe through your mouth, chances are you can learn to scuba dive.

The necessary skills are not tough for most people to master. During scuba certification class, you’re taught the effects of increased water pressure and safe diving practices. You rehearse equipment-related skills in a controlled water setting until you feel comfortable, as well as practice what to do if things don’t go as planned.

The bulky scuba gear worn by many divers may seem intimidating, but learning to use it is straightforward. If you’ve snorkeled, you’re already familiar with the mask, snorkel and fins. The scuba unit consists of an air cylinder containing compressed breathing gas, buoyancy compensator (BC) jacket to help you float on the surface and maintain your desired depth underwater, and a regulator for you to breathe through. The exposure protection keeps you warm when diving in cool-water environments.

You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or an athlete to scuba dive, but some degree of comfort in the water certainly helps. Even if you enter scuba training with less than total confidence in your water skills, by the time you receive your first certification card, your comfort level will be greatly increased.

Learning to scuba dive is mostly a matter of attitude. If you are motivated to step through the door into an exciting new world, then the experience will prove both energizing and confidence-building.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:14

Living the dream while Diving with Whalesharks.

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vdows300x225Great to be able to inform you that the biggest fish in the sea is getting spotted around Koh Tao at various dive sites. A couple of days ago we saw one at Sail Rock & yesterday there were 2 seen at the best divesite in the Gulf of Thailand Sail Rock. And heres a great shot of Big Blue Movies Videographer Zach filming one. Not a bad way to earn a living!
Amazing creatures Whalesharks. They are officially recognised as the largest fish in the ocean, biggest one ever recorded was just under 20 meters long, they eat the smallest fish in the sea Krill & Plankton. A must see on any serious divers bucketlist, Koh Tao has become one of the worlds most popuar locations in which to encounter one & of course Big Blue Diving has become the Koh Tao most popular Dive center with whom to dive with.
Big Blue Diving, crossing items off your bucketlist since 1991!

Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:51

Diving with Whalesharks at Shark Island today.

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antws300x225SO we hd a great spell of these creatures just before Christmas & the conditions on Koh Tao now are as perfect as theyre ever going to be to have these majestic beasts back again. So who better to spend your morning with than this magnificent creature? Whaleshark spotted today at Shark Island. Have you ever dived with a Whaleshark? Don't you think its about time you did? We are diving everyday, come and join us! Free Whalesharks!

Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:40

Conditions on Koh Tao after the floods

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stefan300x225Koh Tao conditions:

As people are still asking what kind of effect the heavy rain at the beginning of january had or still has on Koh Tao here's an update.

Koh Tao is made of rocks and sand. The inner part of the island is rocks and all the buildings are constructed on pillars on the rocks. On the beach area the ground is naturally sand. Because of that all buildings on the beach area are on pillars that go two meters deep into the sand.

When the heavy rain comes a lot of the sand is washed away into the ocean.

This is absolutely normal in every monsoon - some years heavier and some years weaker.

But due to this construction no resorts or other "real" builidings were affected or even "destroyed" as many people think.

A few beach bars were damaged as they are not so strong being constructed of wood. But most of them are already reconstructed, as they are cheap and quick to build.

The sand that was washed away, was already brought back after a few days by the natural high tides and by relocation of some of the sand from the beach.

Now everything on Koh Tao is absolutely back to normal and beautiful as ever.

Friday, 20 January 2017 11:17

Where the Bloody Hell are you?

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where300x225The rains have stopped
We bought you a beer
The floodings over
& we've had the dogs shampooed
we've saved you a spot on the beach
& we've got the sharks out of the pool
We've got the geckos off the walls
& your DM is getting the boat ready
your longtails waiting
& your green thai curry is about to be served
We filled up your tanks
Visibility is amazing fish are everywhere.
We've been doing this for 25 years
So come on guys,
Where the bloody hell are you?

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:32

Women in Tech Diving

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bbt300x225Women in tech diving HAHA who would think that ‘US’ women could go deeper / go longer and do all the macho stuff ‘men’ do in technical diving? Women carrying two tanks and running deco procedures.. back in the day it would have never been heard of let alone executed; so I thought I would let you ‘WOMEN’ know that tech diving isn’t a man’s world anymore and the idea of women in technical diving should be re-evaluated and considered a true threat to men thinking they have an entire industry area to themselves, lets totally remove any stigma remaining.

Of course when you go fun diving or getting qualified for your open water etc. you see a 1:1 ratio of men to women but it’s a very different situation when it comes to tech diving! Still to this day only have a handful of female tech instructors which I think is a huge shame, but rest assured the numbers are on the rise; We will soon have our own female Tech Divemasters at Big Blue.

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art reef300x225Coral nurseries are of increasing importance because Reefs around the globe are threatened by human activities. Like many parts of the world, the economy on Koh Tao is reliant upon our natural reef areas and the visitors they bring. Koh Tao currently has a number of coral nurseries using different techniques for research and restoration purposes. It is hoped that coral colonies from these nurseries can help add to the reefs around Koh Tao and provide a means of restoring damaged areas faster than would naturally occur,as well as providing additional dive sites. A number of organisations including Save Koh Tao and dive operators on Koh Tao have begun constructing small coral nurseries to test the feasibility and success of different methods. So far 3 different types of structures have been built 3 and all three have been successful.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:35

Post monsoon Beach Clean up collective

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ecoclean300x225A huge thank you to all those that participated in our latest community eco day yesterday with mountains of trash collected from the streets and the ocean. Not really a surprise to pick up quite as much garbage as we did this clean up especially bearing in mind the torrential rain storm we had at the beginning of the month. So thank you everyone for coming and good job from Rachel our Manager at Big Blue Conservation for organising the Diveshops collective in coming together to generate a bigger taskforce of garbage collectors. Act locally, think globally.

Monday, 09 January 2017 17:27

Sun of a beach!

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calm300x225And as you were! The rain has stopped & the floods have eased and very quickly we are able to restore relative normality back on Koh Tao after the dreadful downpour we’ve had over the last week. We are able to go diving again & surprise surprise its actually nowhere near as bad as we first feared. Visibility though not great aint bad with the closer to shore dive sites at les than 10meter viz but the further divesites are 10meters +. The sea is relatively flat & January is beginning to look a little more like January should! The island infra structure has taken a bit of a beating but luckily for us at Big Blue we seem to have escaped all the damage. Got to put it out there aswell to all the tourists who were here for the rough ride you were awesome. Completely understanding, no complaints & pitched in to help the local community with clean ups & sandbag filling. Thank you so much. Bet you didn’t anticipate shovelling sand into sand bags when you booked your holiday on a sunsoaked tropical island paradise did you. Thanks guys.