Sunday, May 25, 2008

Specialty Training on Koh Tao

Specialty Training on Koh Tao

Last week, I went to Koh Tao for 5 days of diving and training Instructor Specialties with Andy, who completed his IDC with Stuart, last year in October but they came independently of each other to Thailand. Hence separate Instructor Specialty Training Programs.

Andy is in the Royal Air Force and entitled to a payment schedule by the forces and he opted to take 13 Instructor level Specialties, so we had to plan and schedule accordingly. Over 5 days we completed 14 dives, keeping in mind that we can only complete 3 training dives per day. We also completed 2 non diving specialties; the brand new PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty and the Equipment Specialty.

For the diving Specialties, Andy opted for Deep, DPV, DUP (Digital Underwater Photography), Mulitlevel, AWARE Fish ID, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, Night, Boat, Search & Recovery and Dry Suit!

Above is a beautiful sunset before the start of the night dive, a nice non diving impression!

Immediately after reaching the bottom we saw this Jenkins Whip Ray. A ray I didn't spot until last month with Stuart at Chaweng Beach, we actually saw two and this month I spotted another one! Way to go!

During one of the dives, we saw this White Eyed Moray Eel, well hidden under a rock.

During one of the many ascents we had, we encountered this Jelly fish.

A fairly unusual choice for Specialties$ in Thailand is the Dry Suit Specialty. Many students, including Andy, opt for this Specialty however since they dive in colder waters back home.

Here's Andy in his dry suit, thinking he's Johnny Depp.

A well known creature around Koh Tao is the Titan Triggerfish, during our dives at amongst others Twins and White Rock we encountered a few species and even a Yellowmargin Triggerfish was spotted a few times by us. Unfortunately I haven't managed to get a good picture of this species, yet.

At South West Pinnacle we spotted this Scorpion Fish, a big one this one is.

James Bond in the making, Andy during his DPV dive at Red Rock or Shark Island.

Last but not least, a Christmas Tree worm or Spirobranchus giganteus a very intriguing little worm that is very photo genetic.

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Bill said...

Did you make it to Tuk Tuk for the Night Dives? If not, which sites did you go for those?

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Bill,

Didnt make it to the Tuk Tuk site, most people I spoke to, didn't know about it. Dived the Pottery, which is next to 3 Rocks, kind of straight out of Mae Haad harbour, at your left hand side.

Anonymous said...

Great pics! I am getting psyched for the IDC. Now I just need to convince my better half that I should stick around for specialties so I can get in another 14-20 dives :)


Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Steve,

Will be very happy to help you out!

Maybe we can come up with a letter like in the good old school days;

I can't be in class today because I was sick!

Something along those lines might help to show the missus......


Bill said...

Ok so nobody really knows about it... but here is a link to a picture of the Tuk Tuk and if you use the picasa maps function you can zoom in to where the Tuk Tuk is. I figured this is the easiest way to show you... but don't make it a common site to go!

Bill said...

This link is another one that has a picture of the tuk tuk but no location. It appears to be some kind of project of the KTDOC? So I don't know why they don't know about it...

Camille Lemmens said...

Thanks Bill,

That's directly around the corner of the Pottery and 3 Stones!

Cool, probably all thw world will dive it now after it's on my blog! ;-)