Shark preservation

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More terrifying without !

100 millions of sharks are killed every year. Sharks are nevertheless an essential link of the ocean’s ecosystem.

http://www.shark.ch/Preservation/

All around the world the consequences are irreversible.

And as divers we need to notice that (if not done yet) and spread the info to open minds. We are the underwater world ambassadors, let’s act like.

First lesson, sharks are not as dangerous for humans, humans are way more dangerous to each other. Homo homini lupus  “man is a wolf to [his fellow] man.”  By the way wolves are as dangerous as sharks if we trust this scheme.

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Let’s create a soup of mosquito’s wings to heal old people, but it’s time to stop killing sharks all around the world for obscure reason. The consequences will change the world too much, that’s certain, how? We don’t know yet, but we can tell not in the best way.

If you want to know more I invite you to read that   http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/the-value-of-sharks/sharks-role-in-the-ocean/.

 

So from now, we can start to think differently about sharks, especially for those who still think sharks are like in “jaws” and attack people for no reason. Just a mind changing make lots of differences.

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Smaller groups, BIGGER fun!

Here at Sunshine Divers, our maximum group size is just 4 people. We believe that this creates for a far more productive and fun learning environment for everyone involved, including the instructor!

Student questions can be given more time to address, group discussions provoke fun and interesting debates and if you have any problems learning a particular skill, more time and dedication can be focused on you in order to help you achieve your goals underwater.

It’s also far less stressful. You don’t feel pressured to be just like the other 10 people who may have mastered the skill before it is your turn to have a go. Progression is more organic and friendly as everyone tries to help their fellow divers.

Socome and try out our ‘intimate’ style of teaching PADI courses here at SunshineDivers. Relax in the calming atmosphere of Chalok at the southern tip of Koh Tao. We promise you will never look back!

2 students and 1 instructor today

2 students and 1 instructor today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine through the eyes of DMT Cloe

There is just something about the little island of Koh Tao that keeps you coming back for more, the first time I came here was when I was 12. I was travelling with my parents and brother and we wanted to try a bit of Scuba Diving so we came to sunshine divers as we found it had a close and intimate feel. They don’t teach in classes bigger than four which was perfect for us.

DMT Cloe

I done my Jr Open Water Course in 2007, I didn’t know it yet but I was hooked since then. I came back again In January 2013 to take my Advanced Course then back again in September the same year to complete my Rescue Diver… and here I am again! The following year back to take my Divemaster, you could say there’s also something about Sunshine Divers that brings you back! I choose Sunshine partly because I’d been here before so I was comfortable knowing that once I left England I would be happy in this place for a few months, but also because they are a great dive school and teach to a high standard.

Sunshine divers have a lot to offer and give you options so you can complete the course with your needs, I always enjoy my time here as there is never a dull moment. I am looking forward to continuing my Divemaster training and can’t wait until I complete the course. Big thanks to Natalie, Kim and Chris who encourage me each time I am here.

Perfect Dives for perfect students.

This morning, people struggled a little bit to start the day, to feel really awake, might be the moon, who knows.

But as we were approaching Chumphon pinnacle everybody started to get excited, and for a reason, that was great, as expected. School of barracuda surrounded us, while a big thick school of trevallies was following us from below, trying to find a way between rocks, add to that some huge macquerels and groupers and you’ll be still far from the amazement divers felt today.

By the way, as we talking about divers, let me introduce our new certified open water, Dom and Alice, a lovely and fun english couple who gave a great and easy moment to their instructor, Jonathan and his assistant Louis, as they were perfect all the course long. Nobody could believe that they were beginners, even the other instructors; diving and theory… finger in the nose.  Congratulations to them. P1000917P1000927

Join us to have fun too, on the boat, and in the classroom on the beach !

Congrats to our new certified divers

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Congratulations to Vincent for finishing his open water course and Jamie who finished his Advance open water course with Jonathan.

Great dives with perfect conditions, 25m of visibility, turtles and barracudas made the course going even greater. Their instructor is very proud of them as they were very nice in the water.

Great divers are born.

Night Diving

Just because the sun has gone down not mean the underwater world is inaccessable to you, not by a long shot. In fact, it becomes another place entirely with all the daytime fish now sleeping or hiding from predators and all the night owls come out to party!

Armed with a trusty torch, off you go looking under all the nooks and crannys. Perhaps you’ll see a sleeping trigger fish wedged in a little crevice with its eyes and mouth open (probably drooling!). You will see many tiny eyes looking up at you, these belong to all the tiny shrimp plotting to takeover the world. Blue-spotted stingrays come out for a good feeding so when you see a patch of disturbed sand, that’ll be the stingray doing some digging.

Planning on a fish dish?

Planning on a fish dish?

All those shells you saw diring the day, think nothing is inside them? Think again! Henry the Hermit crab likes to take evening strolls and drop by to see his mate Ursula the urchin for a chin-wag.

Letsgo clubbing!

Lets go clubbing!

But how about something totally different? Take a gander at this ‘beauty’! This cuttle fish was inspecting Twins recently and was in no rush to get anywhere. Must have been too early for him. Then changed colour a couple of times, just to show off!

Do the cuttle-struttle!

Do the cuttle-struttle!

See? Plenty to see so ask us about the PADI night dive here at Sunshine Divers.

 

Save Koh Tao Festival – 2014

The past few days saw the return of the Save Koh Tao festival and there was plenty going on to keep you busy!

It’s not just a dive centre thing, the entire island gets involved in the events such as the cycle Koh Tao event. For a day, the main road was taken over by cyclists who rode from Sairee, down to Chalok and then back again. For those looking for a little more of a challenge, they also rode up a steep hill to viewpoint.

During that day the cyclists also could get body refuels with the ‘One free day’ whereby many of the restaurants and shops gave away one free item per person be it water; fruit; sandwiches etc.

At the actual festival site, there were many shows put on by some of the dive shops and also the local schools here. Surrounded by stalls selling a variety of delicious food and drinks, you also could enjoy plenty of live music; a thai boxing dance show or even watch the ‘Miss Koh Tao’ competition!

Koh Tao also is now home to some more giant clams and sea turtles as they were released into our waters as part of the festival.

Sunshine and Bans had an ‘eco stand’ at the festival which chronicled our various clean-up and crown of thorns population control dives. There was also information on the various eco courses run here such as the Project Aware shark conservation course and Ban’s B.E.A.C.H. (Ban’s Ecological Action for Coastal Health) program.

"Sunshine & Bans Diving ECO Stand at the Save Koh Tao Festival 2014"

“Sunshine & Bans Diving ECO Stand at the Save Koh Tao Festival 2014″

All money raised from this 2 day event is put towards various environmental schemes on the island such as mooring line replacement as well as helping out the various schools on the island. Everyone is a winner!

 

Team France – PADI Open Water Divers

Voila une belle session Open Water qui se termine.
Notre instructeur francais, Jon est fier de presenter ses nouveaux eleves fraichement certifies Open Water : Camille, Jean-Marie, Adrian et Arnaud.

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“PADI Open Water Course”

Le cours etait vraiment tres fun et agreablement facile pour tout le monde, beaucoup de rires que ce soit dans l’eau comme en dehors.
Flo, DMT francais a beaucoup aider dans la pratique comme dans l’ambiance.
Merci pour ce bon moment, et encore felicitations.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

THE NEW REVISED PADI DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING PROGRAM:

Want to try diving but are not 100% sure or maybe you only have a day or 2 to spare? Fear not! The new PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) was made just for you.

You can start the DSD course even before you arrive here on Koh Tao by pre-registering your details on the PADI website so by the time you get here, we will already have your paperwork so you can start your PADI DSD course right away.

You will receive a small booklet that gives you all the information you will need to know for this unique experience and your instructor will also help you understand this even more. Your equipment will be set-up by your instructor so you need not worry about that and then your new adventure begins..

You will practice the skills detailed in your booklet after your instructor has demonstrated them first and then your will get to see why being 12 meters underwater is like. Loved it? Then you have the option of doing an extra supervised fun dive so you can look around some more.

"Mike Teaching DSD in the Pool and then continuing the Open Water Dives in the Ocean"

“Mike Teaching DSD in the Pool and then continuing the Open Water Dives in the Ocean”

Upon successfully completing your PADI DSD course, you will receive some unique benefits: a 90 trail to scubaearth.com where you can find new dive sites upload photos/videos and meet new diving friends; a 90 day trail to the PADI Diving Society where you can receive special offers as well as a 3 month e-book subscription to Sport Diver magazine.

Want to take the PADI DSD course to the next level of the PADI Open Water course and become a certified diver? Excellent! By completing the DSD course, you will be entitled to module 1(of 5) of the PADI Open Water course by logging into the PADI eLearning site.

The PADI DSD course, there has never been a better time to start!

 

 

Scuba diving fun!

Another fantastic Open Water course finished at Sunshine Divers! Meet Bastian and Philipp from Germany.

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Just beginning their travels around Asia and what an awesome plan to start the PADI Open Water course in the beginning! Especially when going to Malaysia, Indonesia and maybe even the Philippines, Koh Tao is the best place to start your diving adventure. Koh Tao has shallow waters and deep waters to explore, practice and improve your diving skills.

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The guys were great during the confined water dives and all 4 open water dives. Buoyancy perfectly under control and even start playing around with the professional in-house photographer John Back when he tagged along during their dives 3 and 4.

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Well done guys! And thanks for the crazy fun days!