Certificate of Excellence – Winnie Wong

It is always so impressive when a staff member of Sunshine Divers is recognized for outstanding customer service and professionalism in PADI Scuba instruction, as expressed by Winnie Wong’s PADI Open water Scuba Diver Jennifer McClure – this past February 2015.

“I want to start off by saying that your organization is a wonderful well construction diving program. I dove for my first time in Koh Tao, Thailand with a company called Sunshine Divers. The little brother of Bans Diving school. The main reason why I am writing you is to shine light on one of the best instructors I could have imagined, Winnie Wong. The moment I met her she radiated comfort, happiness and determination. Throughout my whole course she maintained such tranquility that enabled getting certified effortless. Not only was Winnie a wonderful instructor, but she also inspired me along the way to become an instructor and spread the magical diving experience to others. I was so fortunate to have her as an instructor and I hope she gets all the praise possible.”  Jennifer McClure

Excellence Certificate for Winnie Wong

Excellence Certificate for Winnie Wong

Well Done Winnie…

"Winnie Wong"

“Winnie Wong”

 

 

 

NEW PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience….

Want to know how it feels to breathe, move and see underwater?

Come join in on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program

"PADI Discover Scuba Diving Brochure"

“PADI Discover Scuba Diving Brochure”with us at Sunshine Divers and receive benefits upon completion. 

You will have the opportunity to practice a few basic skills in shallow water such as, clearing a mask and breathing from a regulator. Following mastery of these skills you can then enjoy exploring one of the beautiful coral reefs that surround Koh Tao, with your diving instructor.

Once you finish the program, you will be registered with PADI and receive a DSD e-Card and have access to Section One of the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online. If you choose to continue and complete the full certification, you will receive a referral for what you have accomplished.

Additional benefits include access to the PADI ScubaEarth social media site where divers share personal diving experiences by logging their dives and sharing underwater photos. ScubaEarth highlights the multiple dive sites and worldwide destinations you can visit and explore, which is why you will also receive the PADI Diving Society 90-day membership listing the 2015 promotions offered by dive resorts and dive centres.

Duration of the DSD program is one day and cost 2000 Thai Baht.

To join in on your first experience, please contact us at info@sunshine-diveresort.com

 

 

Congrats to Christian!!!

Christian Gstrein completed his PADI Instructor Development course with us at Sunshine Divers, January 2015 with Course Director Natalie Hunt  460782.

The PADI IDC program involves academic presentations, confined and open water presentations to assess the Candidates skills and knowledge.  Christian completed his training in both English and German and is currently interning to further develop his teaching skills.

"PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor"

“PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor”

 

Improve your buoyancy

Peak performance buoyancy (PPB for short) can be taken as part of the advanced open water course or on its own as an adventure dive. But what is it and what can you expect to do during it and what will it do for you?

First of all, you need to check your weights. Hold your breath on the surface, deflate your BCD and hopefully you are floating at eye-level. If not, adjust those weights.

Next up are 3 different trim positions: Vertical, Horizontal and upside-down. All call for different breathing techniques, getting your body into an unfamiliar position and taking charge of things! Your body may want to float away or your legs hang down. All will be adjusted to help you achieve hat fish-like swimming style.

Then your instructor will give you some extra challenges such as swimming through hoops, controlled kicking styles or just some crazy games. Have a look at some of the challenges that await you..

Horizontal

Horizontal

Horizontal with leg adjustments

Horizontal with leg adjustments

Upsidedown

Upside-down

Winnie helps out with her student

Winnie helps out with her student

Swish!

Swish!

Not always so swish though…

Controlled kicking and breathing..

Controlled kicking and breathing..

..and knock those eggs off with your reg. Nice.

..and knock those eggs off with your reg. Nice.

Divemaster Kael

After 3 months of training, Sunshine Divers is proud to present you with Kael the DM!

Kael models his new T-shirt! Nancy boy!

Kael models his new T-shirt! Nancy boy!

Kael assisted on courses ranging from discover scuba diving and up to rescue diver. Along with all this, he completed some swimming tasks, drew a map of a dive site, working in the shop and did all his exams with exceptional results.

Kael now moves onto his instructor course in the next week. Good luck!

As a special bonus, he also his bringing up our local Burmese boy, Zo!

 

Kael's (semi) adopted son

Kael’s (semi) adopted son

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view of Goye, the boat boy

The Sunshine boat needs more than istructors and divemasters to run smoothly, no, it also needs “The boat boys”. But who are the boat boys and what do they do?

First, we have Goye. He can be found mainly sitting around your bags in the middle of the boat. He helps you in the water, takes away your empty tanks, moors the boat up and is the general helper. Here he is after taking some random pictures:

Goye selfie

Goye selfie

 

And this is is view most of the time:

Goye observes a course from his post

Goye observes a course from his post

Then there is Mao, the long haired lad. He can be found mainly at the back of the boat managing the air compressor and filling the tanks. Shyer than Goye but he’s a cheeky chap who will occasionally come diving with you, just for a bit of fun. Here he is:

A perfectly normal day on the boat

A perfectly normal day on the boat

So there you go. Come and meet them and maybe you can throw them into the sea too!

Look at the Sunshine

Learning can be a difficult/stressful thing so, here at Sunshine, you can take solace in the calming surroundings of our dive school. Let’s have a look round shall we?

Study in style by the only ocean classroom on the island

Study in style by the only ocean classroom on the island

 

Studio 2. The oldest puppy on the island is using it right now though

Studio 2. The oldest puppy on the island is using it right now though

 

Studio 3 is the indoor one. DMT Abby is doing some solo work here

Studio 3 is the indoor one. DMT Abby is doing some solo work here

 

Our lobby/reception zone. Old student Anna is taking residence here today

Our lobby/reception zone. Old student Anna is taking residence here today

 

Walking towards Sunshine, you'll see our cool wall painting by ex DM Evan 'the pirate'

Walking towards Sunshine, you’ll see our cool wall painting by ex DM Evan ‘the pirate’

 

Stairway to Sunshine

Stairway to Sunshine

 

Studio one trying to hide behind the palm trees

Studio one trying to hide behind the palm trees

 

The pagoda zone

The pagoda zone

 

Finished studying or just need a break? Head to Ezay bar right next to studio 1

Finished studying or just need a break? Head to Eazy bar right next to studio 1

 

Then enjoy the view

Then enjoy the view

 

So there you have it. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, more relaxed dive school in Koh Tao. Right, time to go to Eazy bar..

 

Kael’s experience

My girlfriend and i came to this little slice of paradise to do our 
advanced open water back in 2012 as koh tao came highly recommended by a 
friend. As we walked along the beautiful beach of chalok bay we went 
into a few different dive shops but we couldn't go past the friendly 
atmosphere of sunshine divers. By the time we had finished our advanced 
open water course we felt we were treated like family everyone here at 
sunshine. We knew that we just had to come back the next year and do our 
rescue and stay a bit longer. When we arrived at sunshine the next year 
we were greeted by all the staff and welcomed back into the sunshine 
family with open arms. 
dmt kael
I am currently doing my divemaster at sunshine 
divers it has been such a journey already i have made friends for life 
along the way and have had the best guidance thanks to the experienced 
instructors. I am looking forward to doing my idc because i am confident 
the staff here will make me into the best dive professional i can be!

Let’s Learn: Titan Trigger fish

The trigger fish on Koh Tao come in two breeds, the slightly more passive yellow margin and the ‘angrier’ titan.

But why are they angry? Like most species, they are protecting their territory. Acting in a similar way to the damsel fish, they chase away what they perceive to be a threat to their zone, which is a cone shape above it, along with the odd bite if they are really angry. During mating season, they get angrier than normal. Moody sods! Some of them, however, are simply attacking because they are morons!

Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

 

lf anyone/thing becomes an annoyance, it will flick up it’s hidden trigger fin locked down in its spine. That’s your first warning. If you get a second warning, it may tilt on its side to get a better look at the problem. Most times, it will swim away but, if not, it will swim at speed to try and chase the threat away. As a diver, it will actually bite your fins if they are a bright colour as that is what they think the threat is, another fish-like looking thing. It’s the one piece of equipment where choosing a colour is actually important!

They mainly feed on coral, using their powerful jaws and teeth to break it apart, they stir up the sand which draws in smaller fish looking to feast on whatever it unearths. Often, they can be seen swimming off with a huge piece of coral in their mouths. The theives of the ocean!

But let’s not be afraid of them. The clue is in the name, it’s a FISH! A fish that looks awesome and can kick arse.

 

 

 

Alternative Diving: Recreational Sidemount.

Last week Instructor Chris, DMT’s Chloe and Abby along with AOW Diver Sam went back to the classroom to learn an Alternative Form of diving, PADI Recreational Sidemount.

So what is Sidemount Diving? Sidemount diving as the name suggests is where the scuba cylinders are mounted along the side of the divers body between the underneath of the shoulders and along the hips. The benefits of this for not only technical divers but also recreational is that it increases the flexibility, accessibility, streamlining, safety and comfort.

For all of us, coming from a recreational background the first session brought along one of the biggest challenges – equipment configuration. Moving from using one tank to two brings with it equipment considerations beyond just where the tanks are to be mounted. By the end of the first day of theory and confined pool sessions all of us had a perfect sidemount set up and were ready to hit the ocean the following day.

During the 3 training dives in the ocean we practised the skills which had been conducted in the confined Pool session. These included, Gas Management (switching between the two tanks), out of air and free flow. We were all tested on these skills throughout the three dives and were all more the comfortable by the end of the course

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