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Big Blue Diving Resort - Koh Tao - Thailand

News 2017

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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