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Sadly not a reference to the 1970s/80s sitcom starring Steveo & Simo, I mean Albert & Granville! But the fact that Koh Tao seems to be very slowly winding down from busy season. It's hard to tell, and you never really know how busy it's going to be, but reliable indicators include instructors and divemasters spending even longer than normal in the bar! It's also approaching the time of year when we send all our boats off to the mainland for their annual service, so they are ship-shape and Bristol fashion for December and next year. We also get all our equipment serviced, and give everything a bit of a spruce up. We are open all year round though, and can offer all sorts of dive related wonders, such as try dives, open water, advanced and rescue courses, amazing fun diving, speciality courses such as deep, wreck and nitrox, free diving courses, videography courses, tech diving courses, dive professional training- PADI, SSI and BSAC divemaster, or SSI and BSAC instructor. We even have marine conservation courses, and eco internships available. That pretty much covers every aspect of diving except SNUBA, and who'd want to do that anyway!?

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“Diving certification (Open Water and Advanced SSI)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 22 September 2013- I was in Koh Tao in July 2013 and got certified with Big Blue - literally one of the best decisions I could've made. I had done a discovery dive on Koh Phi Phi a week before and asked some instructors where on Koh Tao I should go for certification; Big Blue was mentioned multiple times. Thus, when I arrived on Koh Tao I immediately tracked down Big Blue and inquired about an Open Water course -- the staff was able to help me find accommodation right away and I started my course that night. My instructor was Dave (or "Squeezy" as the staff call him!) and I couldn't have asked for a better guy to train me. I was paired with 3 guys seeking just a SCUBA certification and one other also pursuing Open Water. As a result, it was just Dave, myself, and one other guy for the rest of the course. As a matter of fact, I had such a good time doing my Open Water course that I actually decided to skip my scheduled flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok in order to do my Advanced Open Water course with Dave; like I said, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. Not only is Big Blue great for diving, there is also a great social atmosphere at the restaurant and bar once night rolls around. I HIGHLY recommend Big Blue for diving (and ask for Squeezy Dave if possible!).

Destruction of Coral Reefs Accelerating
The world's coral reefs are in rapid decline, which is extremely depressing, but pretty well documented. Yet a forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will state that the decline of the coral reefs is also accelerating. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who is in charge of the ocean part of the report said, "Our oceans are in an unprecedented state of decline due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The state of the reefs is very poor and it is continuing to deteriorate. This is an eco-system that has been around for tens of millions of years and we are wiping it out within a hundred. It's quite incredible." In addition to working on the IPCC report, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is leading by far the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's coral reefs, the Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS). It's initial findings demonstrate that the reefs are getting "increasingly hammered" from all sides, he said. Coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand are not yet covered by the study, but Big Blue Conservation and Save Koh Tao monitor their health regularly, and are trying out different methods to make provide artificial reefs for coral to grow on. For more information on what is being done to protect the reefs on Koh Tao, and what you can do to help, contact Lizzie at Big Blue Conservation (see contacts above)

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