September Full moon Party
Well it's that time of the month again, Koh Panghan's full moon party was in full swing last night, and even though the weather wasn't amazing you can guarantee all sorts of craziness occurred. Today at Big Blue we will receive some of the casualties that managed to make their way out of there, still dazed and covered in paint and day-glo shorts and singlets (that's vest in English!). But tomorrow will be busy busy busy across the whole of Koh Tao, and our instructors will be braced to teach a lot of spaced out people how to dive! We have a range of accommodation for people diving, from nice cheap dormatories, to bungalows, all the way up to air an conditioned villa. Some of the dorms are free on the days that you dive, and all the other accommodation is heavily discounted for the days you dive too. One bit of advice, book ahead.. in fact that's such a useful piece of advice i'll say it again.. BOOK AHEAD!! Just go on the big blue website, have a look around, decide on the accommodation you'd like and the type of course you'd like to do, and we'll reserve your room and be expecting you with smiles aplenty! We teach PADI, SSI, BSAC and TDI courses, and our fun diving is easily the best on Koh Tao. So have a look at our trip adviser reviews and get on over here!

“Great diving experience with great instructor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 18 September 2013- If you're heading to Koh Tao, diving is a must and Big Blue is the spot. My friends and I are really happy we went here. Your instructor can make or break your experience, and Nat made ours so awesome. We were pretty nervous about taking the open water course, but Nat made the whole experience so fun that we decided to continue on to get our advanced certification with her, as well! Best decision for sure. If you're thinking about diving, definitely go with Big Blue and request Natalie W (Nat).

Great barrier reef

Dredging the Great Barrier Reef
Pretty sad news from Australia, only 24 hours in as prime minister, Tony Abbott has allowed dredging to go ahead in order to create Australia's newest shipping highway, Abbott point, better known as the Great Barrier Reef! Completely disregarding the World Heritage Classification or UNESCO protection, dredging company Rinehart is removing 3 MILLION cubic meters of the worlds most diverse, largest living organism and ecosystem, only to build the largest coal export terminal. We are going to lose one of the worlds truly precious gems to a temporary and damaging "solution". The Great Barrier Reef will no longer exist because of Abbotts desire for CSG export income. This is something that we are seriously concerned about at Big Blue and Big Blue Conservtation. If you care about the oceans, please get the word out about it to this to show your support for saving natures gift to the world. Wake UP Australia, and spread the word.

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Certificate of Tech-cellence (See what I did there..)

If you were planning on heading down to Big Blue Tech to have a word with the boys about something or other, you may want to bring some grease, as James's head has swelled and is currently blocking the door! The reason, a fantastic email that one of his students sent to TDI as feedback from the Intro to Tech course she recently completed at Big Blue, that TDI then made into a very swish looking certificate of excellence. Asked about the certificate, James, 43, said "I barely even remember her because of all the medication i'm on, but I do remember she was very weird, but I must have done something right".. ok he didn't really say that! He actually said "It's really nice to be recognised for doing a job I love, by both my student and the training agency- TDI. Technical diving is a passion of mine, and another good thing about teaching it is that I get to meet all sorts of interesting people with different backgrounds from all over the world, so i'm very chuffed to receive the certificate". He's about as down to earth as it gets our James, his head is definitely the same misshapen mess it always was, he's not on any medication that we know of, and he's not (quite) 43! What he is, is a very experienced and accomplished TDI technical dive instructor, who will have you laughing as much as learning, in the waters around Koh Tao and Khao Sok National Park. So if you don't know what technical diving is, would like to find out more, or already know that you want to sign up for some very challenging fun, go to the tech shack and talk to James and Ian.

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“Incredible place to learn to dive”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 September 2013- Big Blue offer the perfect blend of reassuring professionalism and easy goingness that make for such a brilliant place to learn to dive with. Our wonderful instructor Chloe made us feel in safe hands the entire way whilst still gradually instilling a confidence over the course of the Open Water and Advanced courses that meant I couldn't wait to get back in the water every time we went out on the boat! I'd definitely recommend doing the Advanced course too, the night dive was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and the five extra dives with dive computer and compass just generally make you feel so much more ready to take on the underwater world!

Blackfish Documentary

A very powerful and emotive documentary, Blackfish focuses on the captivity of the killer whale Tilikum, kept at Seaworld in the US, who was involved in the deaths of three individuals. The film scrutinises the consequences of keeping such large and intelligent animals in captivity, and begins with coverage of Tilikum's capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, showing how he was harassed by fellow captive whales and left in dark tanks for hours. Incidents that the film argues, contributed to the whale's aggression. If you are in any way passionate about the ocean, and conservation of the marine life it contains, Blackfish is a must see film. Big Blue Conservation will be showing a screening of Blackfish at the Big Blue Conservation lab (date and time to be confirmed), but be warned, you'll probably need to bring some own kleenex. It would actually be great to get the local residents of Koh Tao involved in this and have Thai subtitles for the film... something for Save Koh Tao to arrange! You can view the trailer here.

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Big Blue Freediving Review

It's always good to read about the experiences of people who visit Koh Tao, and hear what they think of this beautiful island some of us are lucky enough to call home. With the ease at which people can now publish to a wide audience via online blogs, It seems to be getting more and more common that they want to share their experiences. It's even better when the person doing the travel writing happens to visit Big Blue, go freediving with our instructors Pepe and Flavia, and have a great time! Chris quit his job in the UK, went travelling around the world seeking surfing and adventure, and found Big Blue along the way. His account of his time progressing through the SSI freediving courses is up on his blog at backpackerbanter.com, and it's really interesting and informative. Thanks for the good vibes Chris! You can read it all here.

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“Excellent experience”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 September 2013- Just finished the advanced course at big blue Koh Tao and it was perfect. We had a small group of 6 with two highly experienced instructors, Ant and Stevo. They were so nice and professional. Had a much better experience than a different club I used last year here in the island when I did my open waters. Thank you guys for a wonderful experience!

Turtles May See the World in Super Slo-Mo

Did you ever wonder why, when you try and swat a fly, nine times out of ten it evades you? Researchers at university College Dublin also wondered this recently, and concluded that it's because the fly sees you like Neo in the Matrix sees the bullets coming towards him- in slow motion! It's all because of how much information the brain takes in per second. For small insects like a fly, they process a huge amount of information per second and need to react to that information quickly to avoid being eaten. Whilst leatherback turtles primarily eat slow moving jellyfish, and also have slow metabolisms, so they don't need to invest in high-speed visual processing equipment (evolutionarily speaking- not Dixons!). We see Greenback turtles and Hawkesbill turtles all the time here on Koh Tao, with the most common dive site for seeing them being White Rock (two seen at the same time recently on a SSI Advanced Adventurer night dive!). As long as people dive responsibly and watch them from a distance, they are quite happy to carry on foraging away for food without a care in the world. Who knew that they're actually pretending to be in the matrix! 

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Picture worth a thousand words

Meet Big Blue's head divemaster Steven DeVelter. We love him dearly. Thought to be in his mid-thirties (or forties), a little bit mangy- I don't know why but he's not showing off. Also said to be distantly related to Charles bronson by blood and Burt Reynolds by marriage. Universally loved by his colleagues and his fun diver customers, he'll do anything for you; he once rang me to to tell me that "your lost wallet has been found on Sairee beach and handed in. There's no money in it but two condoms- who the hell do you think you are?"- typically bizarre of any conversation with him. He organises all five of our dive boats- Banzai, Waverunner, Ao Meung, Big Blue and Porponawa (the exclusive fun diver only boat). He decides when they go out, which divesites they go to, and how many regulators, masks, tanks, weights and weight belts will be needed. He also whips the other divemasters into shape (along with a few instructors from time to time). It may all be getting to him a little bit but decide for yourselves. Have a look at the photo below, do you think he left a fork in the knife draw or forgot to record Montel Williams? We'll put this photo up on our Big Blue facebook page, and would like you to comment on what you think he's thinking or saying. Personally, I think he was remembering that it's Charles Manson that he's related to, not Bronson!

Steven DeVelters

“Great Dive Resort Awesome Instructors (PETRA)”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 September 2013- My boyfriend and I recently completed the Open Water course at Big Blue and our only regret is that we couldn't stay for the advanced course. We had an amazing time staying at/diving with Big Blue and learning from our awesome instructor Petra. We stayed at Big Blue while we were diving - our accommodations were pretty basic, but they were free every night we dived so no complaints. The diving experience was awesome. Petra was a phenomenal instructor and we felt completely comfortable diving with her. Her pre-dive training more than prepared us for our first open water dive and we loved the experience. Great Job Big Blue and Petra!

Ugliest fish in the ocean?

Here on Koh Tao, it almost goes without saying that we're really lucky in having such a huge anmount of variety in terms of marine life, right on our doorstep. The animals that inhabit the Gulf of Thailand are as varied as they are abundant. What catches your eye when diving, and what you find beautiful are obviously very subjective; I could sit and watch razor fish do their weird synchronised vertical dance for hours, but I'll not even give a second glance to Nudibranchs- the divemaster's favourite. It's probably fair to say that most people find triggerfish pretty unattractive. But in the ugly stakes, I don't think there's anything in the waters around Koh Samui, Koh panghan or Koh Tao that could compare with the blobfish (see photo below- you can't miss it!) It's been given the unofficial title of world's ugliest animal by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, recently announced at a science-themed comedy night at the science festival in the UK. It's all a bit tongue in cheek (no offence blob fish!), but it has a more serious aim, which is to highlight threatened species- even if they are aesthetically challenged, rather than the cute and cuddly species that usually draw attention such as pandas. It all falls on deaf ears to Big Blue Conservation's head honcho Lizzie though, as in her eyes everything in the ocean is beautiful!

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Spring Cleaning

In the ever changing landscape of social networks like MyFace and SpaceBook it can be quite easy to get left behind. Not us, though! Here at Big Blue we're doing some late summer, early autumn, pre-winter spring-cleaning of our online accounts so that they're are all shiny and user friendly! It's called "brand alignment" apparently. As well as emails, snail mail, and phonecalls, you can also stay in touch with us on:

  • Facebook - our biggest network, for all the latest student photos, diving videos, full day trips, and of course not forgetting the regular updates of "which style dress Simon Garrity is wearing in this photo?"
  • Twitter - Follow @BigBlueDivingKT for regular updates on diving conditions, local weather, news & features, all in 140 characters or less!
  • Google  - For those not on Facebook who still like to stay in touch, or for those fancy people on both Facebook and G , we'll be posting the latest videos, pictures, and news direct to the Big Blue page.

So get liking, following, and adding us to circles. Keep an eye out in the very near future as we'll be running some contests to get your hands on some much sought-after Big Blue merchandise!

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“Best Dive Team On Koh Tao!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 September 2013- This place is AWESOME. You have half a million options of shops to dive with on koh tao, and these guys are by far the best. Great equipment, comfy boats, cheap open water courses, cheap dives, great food, fire spinning every night, knowledgeable staff, better than anything I coulda asked for. For me what really makes a dive shop are the people who lead you. Since all the divesites will be the same no matter what company you book with, having skilled divemasters who know how to find hidden sea creatures, know the names of EVERYTHING in the sea, know the animals swimming patterns (we saw a WHALE SHARK today. TWICE. Only because our divemaster knew the way they swim, we were able to get up close to the majestic animal.), and are cheerful, fun and funny people. This place has all that in spades. Special shout out to James who knew a ton about whale sharks and steven who's a funny, practical, and smart dive guide.

More good news for sharks
Following recent news that a number of Hong Kong airlines have banned the import of shark fins, now the Hong Kong Government has joined in! They have announced a ban on shark fin soup at Government sponsored events in order to "set a good example". They have also banned Government employees from consuming shark fin soup at functions hosted outside of Government! Now considering that Hong Kong is the global hub of shark fin imports, this is a big deal! Big Blue Conservation will be watching events closely to see what else gives in the coming months. In the meantime we'll continue to educate all our fun divers, open water students, and dive professional trainees about conservation and being a responsible diver that also sets a good example.

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Whaleshark at Chumphon Pinnacle!

It's all gone a bit whaleshark crazy here at Big Blue. We haven't seen a whaleshark in a couple of weeks, and then one appeared on the Sail rock full day trip 2 days ago, and another one at Chumphon pinnacle yesterday morning, thus proving the point that whalesharks are like buses.. you wait around and nothing, then 2 come along! Lots of happy instructors, divemasters and instructors here at the moment, which is especially tormenting for the people that didn't sign up for the boat and missed it! See, sitting on the beach drinking mojitos and reading the latest Dan Brown book about how the Vikings built the ark out of lego (and therefore also invented lego) is not all it's cracked up to be.. Get out diving! You can sign up for the fun diving boat in the Big Blue office, we go out twice a day- 2 dives in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, and we go to the best dive sites in and around Koh Tao; Chumphon pinnacle, Sail rock, White rock, Samran pinnacle, Green rock, Chumphon Marine Park, the Trident and Sattakut wrecks, and please feel free to request a dive site with a day or two's notice, and we'll make it happen.

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“Is that a Shark ?!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 September 2013- Well i´m home.. :( Just got back from Thailand where i spent a few weeks. One of which was really good spent on Kho Tao learning and diving with Big Blue. It was a really nice and interesting experience. All the instructors are nice and helpful (and they really appreciate it if you wave to them all the time :P). You get to chose from a variety of languages but English is the most used language and they all speak it perfectly. Petra, our instructor, really had a knack for teaching. Real funny girl that transforms into a real siren when underwater. All in all a very pleasant experience that i would repeat. I´m actually thinking of taking some months off and joining the Dive Master program over there.. If you´re wondering what with the title well.. if you are among the really lucky ones, you could get to see a big freakin´ whale shark during your training. Speaking of.. also doing the Advanced Open Water is a must. THERE you get to see and learn the really cool stuff. Safe diving.

Reduction in shark fin imports

Big news on the fight against shark finning, a number of airlines and shipping companies in Hong Kong have caved in to pressure from campaigners to ban the import of shark fins on any of their flights and ships! Emirates, Quantas and Air New Zealand have agreed to a total ban, whilst Cathay Pacific has said it will only carry shark fins from sustainable sources (sounds a little dubious). Two major shipping lines have also announced they will no longer carry shark fins. Hong Kong is a global hub for the trade, previously importing roughly half of the world's harvest of fins. The ban has already seen imports reduce by 30%! The fight continues and we'll only be satisfied until that figure is up to 100% But it's definitely progress. Big Blue Conservation will continue to work with the Thai Government, local fishermen and other organisations to reduce finning and educate the simple fact that sharks are worth way way more to their economy alive in the form of tourist dollars.

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Big Blue Youtube Channel

Did you know that Big Blue Diving has it's own youtube channel? Well now you do! It's your chance to see what our instructors, divemasters and customers see every day diving around Koh Tao. Groupers, trevally, turtles, barracuda, batfish, mantis shrimp, scorpion fish, trigger fish, crocodile fish, whalesharks, the odd pilot whale and minke whale... I could go on but it's much better to see these beautiful animals than talk about them! We work closely with Ace Marine images to film open water courses, promotional events, Big Blue Conservation projects, and big events such as the swim for sharks charity extravaganza. So every day they get great footage of the best that the Gulf of Thailand has to offer. Recently a sailfish was spotted (I also saw one a couple of months ago actually jump out of the water), and there were rumours yesterday of bull sharks being back at Sail rock- i'll believe it when we get photographic evidence! Anyway, have a look at youtube and then book your flight tickets.. we'll pick you up from the pier! http://www.youtube.com/user/BigBlueDiving (p.s. It's a clown trigger fish in the photo!)

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“Great experience with Big Blue”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- On recommendation of a friend, my boyfriend and I completed our Open Water diving course here in August 2013 and feel we hit on a real winner- Instructors: all very friendly and all either were English or spoke perfect English. They obviously cater for a number of different nationalities, allowing for people to get the best instruction possible. Neil, our instructor, was very thorough and as a result I felt very comfortable in the water. He also made the dives fun and enjoyable and clearly loved his job and diving, which bred enthusiasm in the group! - Group sizes: very small, with a maximum of 6 people per instructor. - Location: great spot on the well appointed Sairee Beach. Plenty of dining/drinking spots on the beach and in the village too, all within 5 mins walk of BB. - Rooms: reduced price when diving with the company. Very basic room, with no A/C but at £6 a night for a double room this seemed very reasonable.
- Free transfer from ferry to site upon arrival.

Mid-Ocean Recycling
How do you rid the ocean of all the plastic that has been dumped since plastic was invented? Well one possible answer seems to have come from nowhere, with clogs on! A Dutch student- Boyan Slat, has come up with the ingenious but simple idea of having a floating boom tethered to the sea bed, that would suck in any plastic that floats by, whilst allowing plankton and fish to pass harmlessely through it. The plastic would be periodically removed for recycling and the machine would even be self sufficient by harnessing energy from the Sun and waves. Pretty clever stuff eh. Marine animals die when they either get caught in plastic, or eat it. On koh Tao we have occassionally found dead turtles with plastic in their throats, which is both sad and frustrating. Big Blue Conservation organises regular beach and underwater clean ups, but it is a never ending job, so anything that could (excuse the pun) turn the tide against plastic is very welcome.

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Big Blue Tech Photoshoot

What's the point in sitting in the tech shack all day servicing equipment and making it look all shiny, if you're not going to show it off once in a while? So, with that in mind, James Foleheleher- the only man I know that can fall asleep standing up, and Ian Jordan- the only man I know that could probably make me fall asleep standing up, decided to grab their fanciest twinsets and head to Chumphon pinnacle and the Sattakut wreck for a photoshoot. Filmed by divemaster Andy in his sidemount set up, and Big Blue Conservations's Lizzie filming Andy (this is getting confusing now), they set about bringing sexy back with all manner of underwater moves and poses that would put Derek Zoolander to shame. If you've never heard of technical diving, it's a form of scuba diving that allows you to go beyond the recreational depth limit of 40m, and also trains you to go into decompression. This opens up the doors to learn proper procedures for wreck diving and cave diving. Big Blue Tech teaches TDI and BSAC courses, for any kind of technical diving that you wish to pursue. You just have to put up with a pair of underwater posers that can't turn right! 

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“Big Blue- Scuba Nirvana!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- Stayed and dived with Big Blue at the end of August- i already had my PADI OW and Adventure Diver and my boyfriend wanted to complete his, the plan being to do some fun dives together once he was done. I ended up being welcomed into his group, who had all decided to stay on to do their Advanced and fulfil the remaining dives i needed to also receive my Advanced. Rich, our instructor was great- really enthusiastic and so helpful as well as generally being a lot of fun. We did some brilliant dives, including the night dive and deep dive which were some of our faves. The vibe at Big Blue is so chilled, matching that of the whole of Koh Tao- my favourite Thai island. This is my second trip here and Koh Tao will always be a place i want to return to, with Big Blue being added to that. You can really see how people get sucked in and want to stay here, much like instructor Rich...go and find out for yourself: Accommodation is brill and discounted on dive days so great for budgeting...the courses are really reasonably priced too and worth every penny. The staff are all super friendly and you'll fall in love with the Big Blue dogs who seem to love being walloped with a flip flop! And to top it all off, the sunsets here are the most beautiful, and can be enjoyed after an awesome day of diving with Big Blue x x x

Deep Oceans Are Out of This World

The Gulf of Thailand is pretty shallow as far as oceans are concerned. If you were to travel from Suratthani or Chumphon, to Koh Samui or Koh Tao, it doesn't get any deeper than 55 metres, and the average depth would be more like 25-30 metres. That's perfect for recreational diving, and the deeper bits are perfect for technical divers. Any deeper than 55m and you'd have to travel quite far East into the South China Sea, there 80 metres is possible. Now compare these depths to the deep open ocean. The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is 3,339m, the Titanic sits at 3,784m! The deepest point of the entire ocean is the Marianas Trench, lying 10,911km deep! Pretty mind blowing stuff, and definitely a little bit beyond even the craziest scuba diver. But these numbers are nothing when we start to look up into the sky. The deepest ocean in the solar system is thought to be on Jupiter's moon Europa. Are you sitting down?... good. Do you have a friend with smelling salts at the ready? ok ok- covered in a thick sheet of ice at the surface, it's thought to be 99 kilometres deep! Now considering we've only been to the deepest point in our ocean twice, i'd say there's a little bit more exploring to do out there!

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Mermaid School 
Who would have thought that holding your breath would be so popular!? Pepe and Flavia at Big Blue Freediving are rushed off their flippers at the moment, teaching SSI and AIDA freediving courses. It's actually quite incredible to think that, if you walked in off the street (or yellow brick road behind Big Blue!) and had never dived or even snorkelled before, within 2 days Pepe and Flavia will have you diving down to 20m on a single breath of air! That's what you can achieve on the SSI level 1 course. If that seems a bit much, you can do a discover freediving session, which is very similar to level 1 but without the depth. Once you've got the basics you can progress on to level 2, which focuses on relaxation (ommmmmmmmm!) and conserving oxygen in order to go even deeper, until you get to level 3; 40 blooming metres! All SSI Freediving courses include theory sessions on relaxation and breath-holding techniques, as well as advanced techniques for equalising your ears, and Pepe and Flavia are record holders in their respective countries so you are in very experienced and capable hands. Just don't bet that you can hold your breath longer than them!

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“Great course, fantastic diving, brilliant people!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- I undertook my SSI Open Water Course with Big Blue and it really was the highlight of my time in Thailand. Our instructor G took the course at the pace we required and created a great learning environment and really made the 4 day course incredibly good fun and very interesting. The resort, restaurant and bar were a great place to relax after a days diving and the accommodation was great value. All in all, I can't recommend Big Blue enough to anyone looking to dive in Thailand!

Naked Gills!
Wrongly called sea slugs, Nudibranchs are very common within the Gulf of Thailand, and can be seen on every dive site in Koh Tao. But that doesn't mean they are by any means dull. They are some of the most colourful creatures on Earth, which dictates whether they blend in to their surroundings, or display aposematic coloration; bright and distinctive colouring to warn potential predators that they taste horrible or are poisenous! They live all over the world from Antarctica to the tropics, but are most commonly found in warm shallow reefs- in other words, everywhere in Koh Tao! Ask any divemaster on Koh Panghan, Koh Samui or Koh Tao about nudibranchs and they'll start reeling off latin names- "oh yes, they are soft bodied marine gastropod molluscs, with the name coming from the Latin nudus- meaning naked, and the Greek brankhia- meaning gills!" You may or may not fall asleep before they finish talking.... ok maybe that's just Steven DeVelter! But divemasters definitely see it as a challenge to get their eye in to find the smallest ones possible, or look for a previously unseen species. One final fact, nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, and have sex organs for both sexes, but cannot fertilise themselves- and you thought you were weird!

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Responsible Diving Practices Campaign

Big Blue Conservation's head honcho Lizzie has launched a campaign to encourage responsible diving practices, I would say accross koh Tao but it also applies to any dive site in the world! How often have you been diving and seen someone who's buoyancy is so bad that they bang into rocks or even coral, or they know perfectly well how to dive but just have a complete disregard for the damage they are doing to the marine life. This campaign is all about reminding those who should know better, and also educating those who just didn't realise how bad it is. Big Blue Conservation has been working closely with SSI, Save Koh Tao, and the Thai Government to create a number of artificial reefs around Koh Tao. These are structures that are deliberately placed underwater to allow marine life to grow on them, and can be steel bars, concrete, or even a whole ship! Over time, organisms such as coral and sponges will cover the material, which has a knock on effect; small animals will move in, followed by larger predators. Hey presto, a whole eco system! So please pass the message on that it's really not a good idea to touch anything underwater, and if you see anyone do it, please have a word with them. We need to preserve these beautiful dive sites so that they can still be enjoyed in the future.

 

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“Exceeded my high expectations”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 7 September 2013- These guys (and ladies) are simply the best. We completed our PADI Rescue course with Tim and had a terrific time. More importantly, we learned a lot-highly recommend this course to all divers. And if you must take it, Tim teaches both PADI and SSI (and his own extensive skill review) and is the best dive instructor either of us have had coming from three different backgrounds between the two of us. After class, we did four days of fun diving (including the full day trip to sail rock) with Phil and Steven-with-a-v. The diving is beautiful, but it wouldn't be the same without this team of amazing dive masters and their fantastic support team. They are fun, animated, communicate beautifully under water, have a great eye for the small stuff, and are full of bad jokes. We had the absolute best time! We also stayed at Big Blue 1 and loved it. Highly recommended (as long as you aren't high maintenance). This place has a great atmosphere. Very hard to leave!

Sairee Beach Jellyfish? Graveyard
Ever walked along Sairee beach in the morning to go out diving and wondered what those squishy jellyfish-like creatures are? They're pretty hard to miss, especially the smell by the afternoon! although people think they are jellyfish, they're actually called salps! These multicellular organisms are the fastest producing animal in the ocean. They live in deep ocean water, coming up to the surface at night to graze on plankton. Salps form large chains in the water, recycling and transporting carbon to the deep sea in their fast-sinking fecal pellets! Pushed to shore by wind and sea currents, they appear in enormous numbers with the annual plankton bloom. Next time you see these squishy creatures, blow them a carbon-loaded kiss- whilst holding your nose!

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