Songkran open water divers

Even the Thai new year festival celebrations can’t stop our latest open water divers here at Sunshine Divers.

Jenny (The Equalizer), Ebba (Nose breather) and Anna (Erm….she likes biscuits!) enjoyed some beautiful and peaceful dives here on Koh Tao in time to become part of the new year celebrations. How? During the drive back from their final dives, everybody on the street and people in passing cars threw copious amounts of water on them so, upon arriving back at Sunshine, they were just as wet as they were at 18 metres! Excellent!

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Anna, Ebba and Jenny on their way back
Well done ladies, it was a blast!

Songkran 2014 at Koh Tao

Songkran, or Thai New Year, is a Buddhist festival and the kingdom’s most important public holiday is held on the 13th of April at Koh Tao!

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In Bangkok, Songkran is celebrated as a national holiday from April 13 to 15 this year. But as April 12 falls on a Saturday, celebrations are likely to start a day earlier.

In other parts of Thailand, especially in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Songkran is celebrated for as long as a week. On Koh Tao it is just 1 day, but it is the most funniest & beautiful day on the island.

Come and celebrate it with us! Don’t forget your drybag, swimwear and water gun ;-)!

Songkran in Bangkok

 

 

 

Lovely feedback

Dutch dive Instructor Kim received some very lovely feedback on a postcard from her Open Water divers Hanneke and Nina.ow sunshine hanneke nina

The note is in Dutch though, but the main message is that they want to thank her for the patience during the Open Water course, overcoming their fears and for the lovely time and lots of fun during the course.

So if you doubting about going scuba diving just come to Sunshine Divers and let us guide you! You gonna love it!

U/V Night Dive at Twin Peaks

Sunshine Divers recently held the U/V Night Dive at Twin Peaks – Koh Tao, Thailand. With 12 guests on board, all with the experience of having conducted a regular night dive, decided to explore the underwater with specialized equipment (u/v lights and masks).

A totally different, yet magnificent way to observe the corals and aquatic life during darkness. It was unique observing aquatic life and how their colours were exhibited differently to the day time, including those of the flounder (sole), hermit crabs, coral banded shrimp and goatfish.

Although having dived Twin Peaks several times in the past, it was interesting how important bouyancy skills needed to be perfect for this type of diving. The Black Spiny Sea Urchins are one of the creatures during the u/v night dive that you cannot see, and therefore can easily be grazed apon. Also the dive site itself looks completely different and navigating the dive site can be challenging.  This is why we have experienced dive guides for this program.

If you are interested to learn more about this program feel free to contact Ties or Shirley and visit their u/v night dive website for more interesting facts.  www.uvdivekohtao.com

Special rates applied only for Divemasters in Training.

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Enfin le printemps!!

Enfin, après quelques mois que je qualifierai de plutôt froid et venteux. Nous voila maintenant arrives dans la meilleur saison ici a Koh Tao. Les conditions sont magnifiques, la visibilité est excellente, la mer calme et les températures clémentes. C est le parfait moment pour venir s innisier a la plongée. L ile est calme en ce moment, la haute saison est derrière nous et nous pouvons profiter de ces magnifiques conditions en petit groupe. Les sites de plongées ne sont pas trop encombres, autant dire le rêve de tout plongeur. Nous vous offrons dans un environnement de rêve, a savoir directement sur la plage, un apprentissage professionnel avec un strict respect des standards. Tout en y ajoutant comme toujours a sunshine divers, une bonne dose de fun.
Alors venez nous retrouver au sud de l ile dans cette ambiance charmante qu est la baie de chalok baan kao. Comme toujours les cours commencent tous les jours a 16h.
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classroom at beach front

Project AWARE’s acknowledgement

A big thanks for our continued support to keep the marine environment clean is expressed by Project AWARE by putting Sunshine Divers on the Action Highlight zone of Project AWARE’s website.

So thanks to all Divemaster Trainees, customers and Instructors who are helping us during our monthly Beach/Underwater clean-ups and all other projects to keep our oceans clean and the local environment of Koh Tao. Special thanks to Sunshine Divemaster Emma Conchione who is putting a lot of energy in coordinating these programs.

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PUB quizz at Sunshine Beach front!

Sometimes you maybe wonder what to do after a day of scuba diving?! Well the answer to this question is: organizing a PUB quizz, but without a real Pub and with a nice Beach front Pub-a-like! And that is what we did. So we flew over a real Quizz master from Amsterdam = the one and only mr Ivar and put a PUB quizz together for all the staff and customers. In total 5 groups of 5 people each were quizzing like crazy people! hihi Questions about World History, Sports, Music, Movies and Nature & Biology were introduced by Quizmaster Ivar.

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Good fun and an awesome first prize “Bottle of Champagne” was won by Team “the Mondkey Drummers”! More PUB Quizzes coming up!

 

E.F.R. course

What’s all this then? The emergency first response course teaches you basic first aid and CPR. It is also required in order to tackle the rescue diver course as your victims have a habit of ‘dying’ during those 2 days!

You will learn how to treat different types of bleeding, splinting broken bones, CPR and shock management amongst other things that can affect divers.

Sounds complex? It’s actually surprisingly easy as a lot of it is just common sense and logic. Take a step back and think before you jump straight in there and assist someone who needs your help. Don’t panic and you’ll be fine. What’s more, the course can be completed in about 3-4 hours.

Even if you don’t want to dive, taking this course is highly recommended to anyone as the skill set it teaches you could help you save somebody’s life one day.

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See? Even the blackboard looks simple!