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Big Blue Diving Resort - Koh Tao - Thailand

News 2017

So what does it take to be considered a good or even a great instructor?

r u 4 scuba300x225Patience. Some folks get it right away, others don't. You must be able to teach them all.

Organization. You must be able to organize your class in a logical manner.

Experience. You need to have watched lots of divers with a critical eye. You need to know how things should be done as well as how they often are done poorly.

Confidence. You need to know you can handle things when they head south. You also need your students to believe in you.

Desire. You have to want to teach.

Open mind. Be willing to learn from everyone. You can learn from an idiot who is a terrible diver. You may be learning rescue techniques, but you'll still be learning.

Ability to say no. No, you didn't quite nail that skill, here's what you did wrong and here's how to fix it. No, you didn't buy a card, you bought instruction.

Willingness to go the extra mile. Be interested in your students. They may need extra help, give it to them.

Knowledge. You can't teach it if you never learned it.

Ability to teach. Most instructors don't understand how to teach.

"inadequacies in instruction that generally fall back on the instructor rather than the certifying agency."

If your agency leaves out skills and/or knowledge you can't teach it because you never learned it. Some go the extra mile and learn additional material and skills which they then teach to their students - most do not. The agency is a factor. An exceptional person can overcome a background based in an agency with low standards, but these folks are indeed rare. Most instructors are a product of their agency. Some agencies produce them with a cookie cutter.

Have you checked Trip Advisors reviews on Big Blue Diving

TripAdvisor for iPad300x225Thank you to all our customers who have written in & left their unbiased opinions on their stay with us here at Big Blue Diving. We have now reached our highest ranking since Trip Advisor hit our radar about 10 years ago and we now sit comfortably at number 3 in the rankings for Things to do on Koh Tao. Of course it would be better to be number 2 or even Number One but we actually have more reviews than the first & second placed Dive shops put together, plus they’re also bloody good, so it’ll be extremely hard to reach those positions but with your help we will continue to do what we can to please you. In fact I would like to take this opportunity to quote Richard Branson, a man I highly respect for the way with which he runs his business. He once said “Customers do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees they will take care of the customers.” So to all my staff & colleagues, thank you guys. I might not say this enough but you guys do an awesome job. Thank you.

Bye Bye Wonder Woman

G300x225End of an era I’m afraid. It’s with great sadness we say goodbye to not only a Big Blue legend but also a Koh Tao Icon. ‘Mama G’ as she has become known here at Big Blue, Germaine to her mum, came to us as an already extremely experienced Dive Instructor and reinvigorated the energy the Dive center needed at that time. She was immediately made a mentor and became an integral part of the Big Blue machine as Big Blue itself was transitioning from the old Big Blue at Big Blue 1 to the new Big Blue at Big Blue 2. She not only brought with her over 10 years of experience as a Diving Instructor from all over the world she also came with the awesomeness that only G possesses, in her wonderful outfits and her fantastic Irish spirit. Koh Tao’s original & only Wonder woman life at Big Blue will definitely not be the same. So from the Divemasters in Training, the Thai staff, the Burmese Staff, the gals in admin, the Divemasters, your fellow Instructors & Mentors & from us in Management we all want to thank you for everything you have brought, your love, your unselfishness, your hard work, your sense of fun & your beauty. Best of luck Mama G. You truly are a Wonder Woman.

Ever heard of Sidemount diving? In years to come this will be what you learn your Open Water Course on.

Sidemount300x225Sidemount diving has been around for decades in the cave diving world, but was always seen as a very specialised and exclusive way of diving. This has all changed in the last few years as equipment manufacturers started to introduce much more practical methods for attaching diving cylinders to the diver. The result is that sidemount diving has really taken off, and is becoming more and more popular, for both technical diving applications and also shallow recreational fun diving.

When you first dive in sidemount you quickly realise why. It's a really comfortable way to dive. Where the BC is situated makes you want to be flat, and as the cylinders are tucked out of the way to your sides, you have a real feeling of freedom. Sidemount is an incredibly versatile way of diving and can be done using one cylinder or two. Cylinders can be easily attached when already in the water, so it's ideal for people with back problems, and perfectly suited to shore diving or boat diving. Having a redundant gas source makes your diving a little safer too as you are less reliant on your buddy in the event of an equipment failure. This redundancy makes it the perfect platform for decompression diving, not to mention the feeling of comfort on long decompression stops. Moreover, as it is easy to unclip the tanks and bring them forward, you can have a lot of fun getting through tighter spaces when penetrating wrecks, caves or swim-throughs.

TDI’s technical sidemount course is a must for anyone wanting to either do more with their rereational fun diving, or advance on to become a fuly qualified technical diver. You will learn diving techniques that are directly applicable to any type of diving, such as:

    Equipment considerations
    Dive planning
    Gas management
    DSMB deployment methods
    Propulsion techniques
    Trim and Buoyancy
    Different water entries/exits

The Sidemount Diver course is strictly non-decompression with a maximum depth limit of 40m/130ft (or within the limit of the student’s current certification, whichever is shallower). Prerequisites to enroll on the TDI technical sidemount Diver course are: Age 18 (or 15 with parental consent), SDI Open Water Diver or equivalent.

Course Fees 12,000 Thai Baht. This course can also be combined with TDI sidemount diver at a cost of 20,000 Thai Baht.

Freediving - How long you can hold your breath for and how relaxed you can be underwater i

fd1300x225As a surfer and a scuba diver I’m pretty at home in the ocean – both above and below it – but it’s still an odd situation to be in. Whether you’re breathing from a tank or trying to ride out a 2 wave hold down there’s always room to improve your confidence in the water, a confidence that can really help push your skills to the next level.

There’s been one travel bucket list item that has sat high on my to do list for a long time now but I haven’t got around to completing until recently, an item that could really boost my confidence in the water…

Surfers have long used freediving techniques to prepare for being held under in the surf. Boosting how long you can hold your breath for and how relaxed you can be underwater is the name of the game and it’s something that has intrigued me for a long while.

So when I headed back to Koh Tao in Thailand I decided to finally bite the bullet and get enrolled on a course and see how it could help me – and  Big Blug Freediving were more than happy to help answer my questions and show me the world of freediving. I knew I was in safe hands!

TripAdvisor-2015 - Big Blue Diving

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