Sunshine Divers Project Aware Fundraiser – BBQ and Games

Thank you to all Divemasters, Instructors and Guests who participated in our Project Aware Fundraiser on June 3, 2015 where we raised approximately 6000 baht.

A fun-filled afternoon of activities with BBQ and Beverages to keep all entertained. Huge thank you to Derek and Ash for preparing the BBQ and ensuring all guests were fed well!

To keep updated please visit our sunshine My Oceans Page on

"Derek the chef"

“Derek the chef”


Certificate for Contributions to Project Aware

Certificate for Contributions to Project Aware

New PADI Revised Open Water Course 2015

Thank you to all the PADI Instructors from Sunshine Divers and Bans Diving Resort, who recently attended the Internal Staff Update conducted by Course Directors, Guillaume Fargues, Michael Richardson and Natalie Hunt on the 5th March 2015.

The recent update was conducted to inform PADI Instructors of the most recent changes to the Classic PADI Open water course – which is now referred to at the Revised PADI Open water course. New PADI materials including the PADI Videos, PADI Open water manuals both hard copy and digital and PADI Instructor Materials are now available (and in several languages) to be implemented within our dive centres.

A classroom session was conducted to bring attention to the importance of following PADI Standards to ensure student safety and dive centre credibility. With the new additional skills including weight belt drop, surface marker deployment, and the mini dive, we will find that schedules of the dive program will be adjusted to ensure student divers are able to fulfill performance requirements.

Following the classroom a short demonstration of these skills were exhibited in the confined pool environment to give instructors options on how to integrate these skills which will only benefit student divers.

As all certified PADI instructors have access to the PADI site, we strongly suggest you keep updated by completing the PADI Member Forum 2015 and Instructor Development Updates that are found on

Once again a big thank you to those instructors who attended and we look forward to the successful implementation of the New Revised Open water course within our Dive Centres, – Sunshine Divers S-6153 and Bans Diving Resort S-2645

"PADI Standards & Updates on the Revised Open Water Course"

“PADI Standards & Updates on the Revised Open Water Course”

PADI Instructors participating in the Update March 5 2015

PADI Instructors participating in the Update March 5 2015

Congrats PADI Open Water Divers – March 2015

Congratulations to Ginette & Kyle Coloumbe and Anees & Fatima Nagree on becoming PADI Open Water Divers with instructor Natalie Hunt #CD460782.

Natalie Hunt with PADI Open water divers Ginette and Kyle, Fatima & Anees and certified assistants, Molly and Moritz

Natalie Hunt with PADI Open water divers Ginette and Kyle, Fatima & Anees and certified assistants, Molly and Moritz

The New PADI Revised Open water course was taught where additional skills were implemented including the loose tank cylinder band, use of surface signalling device (SMB – surface maker buoy), weight belt drop and a mini dive. These skills were incorporated into the new revised program to provide additional safe diving practices.


"Kyle & Ginnette" with Molly - Divemaster interning"

“Kyle & Ginnette” with Molly – Divemaster interning”

On completion of the PADI open water course Kyle and Ginette continued to with their diving and progressed to the PADI Advanced Open water Course! An amazing dive was experienced on their Deep Adventure Dive where we were joined by the incredible Whale Shark!!! Such a Blast!!!

Whale Shark at Southwest Pinnacle

Whale Shark at Southwest Pinnacle

For further information about our PADI Programs please contact us on info@sunshine–

Congrats to Afia Nagree – PADI Bubblemaker

Afia Nagree, 8 years old recently completed her PADI Bubblemaker Experience with Annalise Kingsley through Sunshine Divers – Koh Tao.

Firstly Afia was introduced to watching some basic skills from the  PADI Seal Team program – here she had a visual of what to expect. Then off to Mango Bay the following morning for her first underwater experience. Annalise went through how to set up dive equipment, how the BCD and Regulator functioned and explained how to clear a regulator and mask whilst underwater.

"Afia Nagree PADI Bubblemaker with Annalise Kingsley"

“Afia Nagree PADI Bubblemaker with Annalise Kingsley”


After having reviewed important communication signals such as O.K and Let’s go up! along with how much air do i have in my tank to continue the dive,  Annalise and Afia took off to the shallows of Mango Bay, maximum depth of 2m. Here they explored the beautiful coral reefs and bumped into a quite a few parrotfish, seargent majors, butterfly and angel fish.

On completion of their 35 minute dive, Afia completed a log book detailing her experience. Annalise also gave Afia information about the Project Aware for Kids programs available so that she may learn more about preserving our aquatic environment.

Well Done Afia! Congrats on your PADI Bubblemaker!!!

If interested in further children’s programs please contact us at


Flying Trapeze “Sunshine/Bans, Coral Grand and Spicy Towers”

Thanks to Gemma Semple for hosting the Games at Flying Trapeze this past March 6th, 2015 for dive schools and resorts, Sunshine Divers, Coral Grand and Spicy Towers and for all those who attended.

The evening started off with delicious BBQ meat and veggie skewers, and a bevie of choice – have to say the Mango Delights were the best! Followed by a stage performance of Trapeze Art which gave the audience a taste of what was to happen next!

Bart and Ricardo from Sunshine Divers participated in the initial jump and then catch at the end. Followed by Vemmy’s (Sunshine) attempt to seal the deal for the final win against Mitch (Coral Grand). Although the Winner was Coral Grand.

A round of fun games in between performances took place including Egg relays, ice-cream challenges and shots.

Look forward to the next Trapeze Event!!!

"Great Catch at the Flying Trapeze - Koh Tao"

“Great Catch at the Flying Trapeze – Koh Tao”



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



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 with leg adjustments

Horizontal with leg adjustments



Winnie helps out with her student

Winnie helps out with her student



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