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Thursday 21st May 2015KT rescue

Many people who come to Koh Tao may have been involved in or have witnessed a bike accident which sadly is quite a common thing here. Koh Tao does not have a hospital but we do have small clinics that work super hard. In the last year or so we have been very lucky in gaining Koh Tao Rescue Team, a purely volunteer ran team that are on call 24 hours a day and is basically our closest thing to an ambulance and EMTs. The team consists of restaurant owners, cooks, hotel staff and an ex British Army Royal Engineer, who have all been trained in emergency trauma care. When the call comes in they literally drop everything including cooking your meals to get to the scene. 90% of the call outs are to motorbike accidents whether it is local Thais or farang (tourists). Other call outs are heart attacks, heat complaints such as dehydration or heat exhaustion among others. On the 2nd May members of the Rescue Team arrived in Nepal to be part of Thailand’s advanced Rescue Team to assist with the devastation after the earthquake. The mission of search and recovery soon changed to that of a humanitarian role, ensuring rural areas received food, water and other supplies as well as any medical attention. Koh Taos Rescue team members returned to Koh Tao a few days ago and we are very proud of every single one of them who risked their own lives to help the lives of others, many of them want to return to continue with the mission in Nepal. To do our bit Big Blue Diving will be hosting our monthly Full Moon Pub Quiz and the proceeds of which plus any extra donations will be given to the Koh Tao Rescue Team. They do a thankless job on Koh Tao for everyone and receive no government funding at all, relying solely on donations. This is an organisation very close to our hearts as some of our team have been at the receiving end of the treatment and care that these remarkable people give.

Congratulations to Big Blue Diving’s SSI Instructors Erin, Liam and Erik who breezed through their instructor exam to crossover become PADI instructors. Having been taught how to be SSI Instructors at Big Blue already with our SSI Instructor Trainers and having already taught heaps of SSI courses already, this cross over was a walk in the park. Well Done guys now stops faffing about pretending to learn something you already know and get back to work!

Big Blue Dive Clubs 3 day trip to Chumphon Marine Park will be leaving on the 23rd May. With dive sites similar to Chumphon Pinnacle but shallower and more spectacular and a wreck HTMS Prab which is identical to the HTMS Sattakut but again shallower and with heaps more marine life. This trip is going to be a good one as no other divers head out to the marine park from Koh Tao so Big Blue guests will have the sites to themselves! This trip is suitable for all levels of diving so Open water divers can enjoy this trip also. If you are on Koh Tao right now and you are interested pop into the shop and ask for more details. For more information on future trips the Big Blue Dive Club have on offer visit the group page on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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