waynesws300x225Well we're getting pretty good at his now for predicting how long the whalesharks will hang around for. Dived with one for 2 days on the trot & my money s on a t least another 2-3 days more. Conditions are perfect. Great visibility, slight ocean currents & lots of plankton all make for a good pit stop for these huge ocean travelling beasts of the deep. And then of course when they do finally head off chances are we will bump into them again at one of Koh Tao's other awesome dive sites most predictably, Green Rock, then White Rock, round the corner to Shark Island, off to Sothwest Pinnacle & probably the last place we'll see them as they head off on their great adventure will be Sail Rock. Awesome creature, awesome divesites, awesome Dive center!

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auction300x225So we have counted the the cash, and recovered from a love filled week. But we would still like to mention that the Valentine charity auction was another great success. Raising a grand total of 35,000 THB that will be split between our local animal clinic and the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians.
We would like to say a special thanks to Banyan bar for hosting the event, and our very own Instructor Trainer Simon Garrity for his excellent auctioning abilities, plus all our wonderful volunteers.
Oh and our awesome Big Blue Movies photographer Billy Cloud

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rachws300x225Nothing better than diving with a Whaleshark before breakfast. Not many people in the world get to experience such an amazing event but here in Koh Tao its actually a fairly regular experience. It is beleived the Whalesharks we get that visit us in Koh Tao are on a migratory route which involves setting off from the Phillipines, then up to Thailand over to the Indian ocean for a visit to the Seychelles and Maldives then down the coast of Africa where when it reaches South Africa then is beleived to head back along the coast the way it came & back to Thailand. SOme Whalesharks have been tracked all the way over to Western Australia aswell but most of the ones we get do the Asian/ African route. Whalesharks are they the backpackers of the ocean. Typically here in Koh Tao if we see Whalesharks at Chumphon Pnnacle where this Whaleshark was seen then we can pretty much expect to see them at some point in the coming days or weeks at Shark Island, Southwest Pinnacle & Sail Rock too. So request your divesites with us & we'll take you there. Big Blue Diving, backpacking with Whalesharks since 1991!

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bbp300x2252016 was a good year for Big Blue Pro, South East Asia's largest SSI Instructor Training Center. We managed to train 30 new SSI instructors while keeping our proud 100% pass success record and we also developed 90 new awesome divemasters to impact the dive community in the coming years. 2017 is starting off even better than 2016 as we have started our first Instructor Training Course of the year with 9 candidates our largest ITC ever! And with the world the way it is becomming a Dive Instructor is actually becomming an increasingly popular career choice. And with our in House Instructor Trainers Iain Goodfellow & the legend that is SSI himself Mr SSImon Garrity Big Blue Pro continue to lead the field in SSI Instructor Training. Want to learn more? Check us out at www.bigbluepro.com for a good time!

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Andyc300x225Congratulations to Big Blue Tech for receiving yet again the award from both TDI Tech Diving International & SDI Scuba Diving International for the largest amount of Certifications issued throughout 2016 ANd special congratulations to the Manager at Big Blue Tech Andy Campbell for being awarded with the highest certifying Intructor for both TDI & SDI as well. Considering Andy only started at Big Blue Tech after Easter last year thats an enormous achievement. So a huge congratulations to you & a massive thank you to all our Techies who wer certified at Big Blue Tech last year. Great stuff & with the increased demand for Sidemount diving this year it looks like 2017 is going to be a good year too. www.bigbluetech.net Fish & Ships!

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isladiver300x225This Saturday 18th Feb we are organising a charity event to help raise money for an extremely worthy cause. 3 year old Isla is on her second round of Chemotherapy and we thought it was about time that we raised awareness and some much needed money to help this heroic little girl kick cancers arse. We would like to run a pub quiz to which EVERYBODY is invited to bring your teams of 5 max and test your knowledge. Entries will be 100 baht per person (max 5 per team) with the all money raised going to Isla. We will have drink promotions and a share of the bar profits will also be donated. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and wooden spoon T.B.A

To find out more about Isla and her plight please have a look at her Facebook page here Everybody Love Isla

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minke300x225It's got to be the most often asked question. What is the best month to go diving in Thailand? And the answer is in February. Not just here in Koh Tao but also over on the West coast if you fancy a visit to the Similan Islands. And the reason why February is so good? Well apart from the weather being reliably fantastic with clear blue skies & constant sunshine, its a great month for visibility & when it comes to marinelife encounters we got Whalesharks, large schooling pelagics, & if you're lucky we often have encounters with pilot whales, minke whales & if you're really lucky we've even had sightings of Blue Whales. On the west coast we get all of the above & mantas. Not bad eh? Which is why February is probably the best month of the year to go diving in Thailand. Check out these Minke's spotted yesterday in the Similans. Photocredit goes to Mr amazing Walter G. Schmit onboard Khao Lak Scuba's awesome liveaboard boat Manta Queen 2.

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dan300x225Can you picture yourself living and working on a beach & playing in the water every day? Teaching people something you not only love but live for? Do you long for a job that when you wake up in the morning you just can't wait to start work? Do you strive for encounters with animals that will last with you for a lifetime? Can you see yourself in this picture? If the answer to these questions is yes then take the first step. Write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & ask us how we can help you fulfill your wildest dreams.

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big blue diving day tours300x225Only one way to really get your day off to the perfect start & thats by diving with a Whaleshark. The top of the list of any divers wish list is an underwater encounter with these amazing creatures & here in Koh Tao we are lucky enough to get to dive with these guys on a very regular basis. Conditions at the moment are perfect & with the full moon at present as well we anticipate this beast hanging out with us for quite a few days. Big Blue Diving- we've been making divers dreams a reality since 1991.

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Rescue1300x225Being a Rescue Diver. It evokes mental images of you jumping from helicopters into frigid waters like Kevin Costner in The Guardian. While becoming a rescue diver won't make you a virile hunk from Hollywood, it can be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Rescue training takes you beyond the purely recreational level by expanding your knowledge and skills to assist other divers, handle problems and emergencies, and prevent those problems, leaving you with a sense of security as a diver that cannot be obtained in any other way. Rescue certification is a prerequisite for all dive professional level training.

The course makes the serious subject of accident management enjoyable and rewarding. Until now, the emphasis of your training has been you and your dive buddy; the rescue training teaches you to make diving more safe and enjoyable for others.
During this course, you'll learn how to foresee, prevent and manage potential diving accidents; from assisting a tired diver to handling possible emergency scenarios, you'll practise applying the knowledge and skills that can make the difference in the unlikely event that problems do arise.
You must be an Open Water Diver and have recognised CPR certification, such as the Emergency First Response , within the past two years. You may be asked for proof of logged dives. Big Blue provides all equipment, boat trips, etc., for the duration of the course.

 

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