Ernie300x225We are very proud of our teams of Instructors & Divemasters here at Big Blue. Generally every member of staff at Big Blue has under some form or other undergone rather vigorous training whether it be in the form of alearning through a course with us, or an internship, so that with the guidance of one of our existing high performance educators they truely get to learn the ropes. The how's why's & what's of the system at Big Blue if you like. This way the candidate can truely make the decision as to whether they want to work at Big Blue or not & we can tell too as to whether the applicant is of the exceptional quality we are looking for in our staff with regards to character, professionalism, knowledge & amicability. And so it goes with pretty much all our Instructors & our Divemasters. Its extremely rare we employ from outside this framework but if we do you can bet your booties its cos we've struck gold. & with Ernie, We struck gold! 5 very happy years at Big Blue for him & us in which he won Big Blue Diving's staff awards in the form of Best Dive Staff, Best Instructor & the prestigious Instructors Choice Award for 2016. In his time with us he also recieved SSI's highest honour with the Platinum Pro 5000 Award. A true Spanish legend. So it is with great sadness we bid our amigo adios as he heads to Mexico for new adventures and from all of us at Big Blue we wish you all the best for your future & thank you for everything you have done for all us in the past 5 years. Adios Muchacho, you will be sorely missed.

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OPW 22 11 16 Sonia Reiss300x225Well the surveys complete & the results are in! The best locations throughout the world to swim & dive with Whalesharks are finally revealed. Apparently Koh Tao comes in 5 months a year as the one of the top 5 & those month are March, April, May, September & October. Bearing in mind that we have had on average this year so far an average of 1 sighting a week so far for 2017 I'd say Jan & Feb weren't too far off the top 5 either! And bearing in mind we had 30 days of Whalesharks last November then I reckon November must have just been overlooked. But anyway 6 months a year aint bad & officially it makes Koh Tao the most frequent location to swim & Dive with Whalesharks througout the year worldwide! Better book your ticket hey!

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fab300x225Just a reminder that there is only 5 days left till the draw to see who has won this amazing liveaboard trip for 2 people to the Similan & Surin Islands. $ days & 4 nights cruising the best divesites Thailand has to offer including the amazing Elephant Head (deep swim thrus), Koh Bon (Manta Ray cleaning station), Koh Tachai (Leopard Sharks) & the world famous Richeleiu Rock ( absolutely anything & everything!). Raffle tickets available at Big Blue Diving and also available online. Go to the booking page on our website & write in the comments how many tickets you wish to purchase 500Bt for 1 or 800Bt for 2 & we'll get back to you with your winning ticket number. But hurry! Only 5 more sleeps till you find out you're a winner! And remember all proceeds go to saving 3 year old Isla in her year long battle against Leukemia!

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cleanup300x225Another succesful day for the Koh Tao Eco Day which involved a whole heap of volunteers from various Diveshops around the island all getting together & heading to one part of the island to clear the place of trash both on the land & in the water. With Big Blue Conservations leadership this time we headed over to the East coast of the island to the beautiful Hin Wong Bay. Managed to collect so much rubbish that it actually took us 4 truck loads to remove all the rubbish up to the Garbage heap. I would like to add here that 90% of that rubbish has been floating in the sea for god knows how long and has over time drifted its way to Koh Tao & washed up on the beach or in the bay & originates from the mainland or the other islands in the Gulf. Of course some of that rubbish does originate from Koh Tao I'm sure, but I dont want you thinking its all us. Cos it aint!

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angel300x225Visibility is coming back and there is certainly no shortage of fish out at Sail Rock as divemaster Angel found out yesterday...

We're planning on heading back out there tomorrow the 28th January on another of our famous full day trips, come join us! For just 3800 baht you'll get 3 dives, cooked breakfast, Thai buffet lunch and Ae's amazing chocolate Brownies: what a bargain!! Sign up any time until 5pm today!

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ssi diving courses300x225As active recreational pastimes go, scuba diving is one of the easiest to learn. While you’re gliding around enjoying the underwater sights, you’re engaged in only three basic skills: floating, kicking and breathing. Of course, there’s more to it than that — becoming proficient at using the equipment and developing knowledge of scuba concepts and safety procedures — but if you can breathe through your mouth, chances are you can learn to scuba dive.

The necessary skills are not tough for most people to master. During scuba certification class, you’re taught the effects of increased water pressure and safe diving practices. You rehearse equipment-related skills in a controlled water setting until you feel comfortable, as well as practice what to do if things don’t go as planned.

The bulky scuba gear worn by many divers may seem intimidating, but learning to use it is straightforward. If you’ve snorkeled, you’re already familiar with the mask, snorkel and fins. The scuba unit consists of an air cylinder containing compressed breathing gas, buoyancy compensator (BC) jacket to help you float on the surface and maintain your desired depth underwater, and a regulator for you to breathe through. The exposure protection keeps you warm when diving in cool-water environments.

You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or an athlete to scuba dive, but some degree of comfort in the water certainly helps. Even if you enter scuba training with less than total confidence in your water skills, by the time you receive your first certification card, your comfort level will be greatly increased.

Learning to scuba dive is mostly a matter of attitude. If you are motivated to step through the door into an exciting new world, then the experience will prove both energizing and confidence-building.

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vdows300x225Great to be able to inform you that the biggest fish in the sea is getting spotted around Koh Tao at various dive sites. A couple of days ago we saw one at Sail Rock & yesterday there were 2 seen at the best divesite in the Gulf of Thailand Sail Rock. And heres a great shot of Big Blue Movies Videographer Zach filming one. Not a bad way to earn a living!
Amazing creatures Whalesharks. They are officially recognised as the largest fish in the ocean, biggest one ever recorded was just under 20 meters long, they eat the smallest fish in the sea Krill & Plankton. A must see on any serious divers bucketlist, Koh Tao has become one of the worlds most popuar locations in which to encounter one & of course Big Blue Diving has become the Koh Tao most popular Dive center with whom to dive with.
Big Blue Diving, crossing items off your bucketlist since 1991!

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antws300x225SO we hd a great spell of these creatures just before Christmas & the conditions on Koh Tao now are as perfect as theyre ever going to be to have these majestic beasts back again. So who better to spend your morning with than this magnificent creature? Whaleshark spotted today at Shark Island. Have you ever dived with a Whaleshark? Don't you think its about time you did? We are diving everyday, come and join us! Free Whalesharks!

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stefan300x225Koh Tao conditions:

As people are still asking what kind of effect the heavy rain at the beginning of january had or still has on Koh Tao here's an update.

Koh Tao is made of rocks and sand. The inner part of the island is rocks and all the buildings are constructed on pillars on the rocks. On the beach area the ground is naturally sand. Because of that all buildings on the beach area are on pillars that go two meters deep into the sand.

When the heavy rain comes a lot of the sand is washed away into the ocean.

This is absolutely normal in every monsoon - some years heavier and some years weaker.

But due to this construction no resorts or other "real" builidings were affected or even "destroyed" as many people think.

A few beach bars were damaged as they are not so strong being constructed of wood. But most of them are already reconstructed, as they are cheap and quick to build.

The sand that was washed away, was already brought back after a few days by the natural high tides and by relocation of some of the sand from the beach.

Now everything on Koh Tao is absolutely back to normal and beautiful as ever.

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where300x225The rains have stopped
We bought you a beer
The floodings over
& we've had the dogs shampooed
we've saved you a spot on the beach
& we've got the sharks out of the pool
We've got the geckos off the walls
& your DM is getting the boat ready
your longtails waiting
& your green thai curry is about to be served
We filled up your tanks
Visibility is amazing fish are everywhere.
We've been doing this for 25 years
So come on guys,
Where the bloody hell are you?

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