2013-03-18SSI Instructor Daisy Wicheloe, also known as Harriet but doesn't actually answer to that name, will be conducting the much in demand Digital Photography specialty course this week. Freeze time with an underwater camera and you tell a story that even nondivers can understand. Not only that, but you have a record and log of your adventures – more than the memories. Reliving a dive is as simple as looking at a photograph. Whether you’re a casual holiday snapper or a consummate photo pro, the SSI Underwater Photographer course teaches you the basics as they apply to taking photos underwater, with a special emphasis on practical techniques. And with a Professional photographer & Instructor of Daisy's calibre who can take this kind of shot you're in good hands!

 “Big Blue Dive was a dream come true”-  Reviewed on Trip Advisor- March 10, 2013- Big Blue Dive Center on Koh Tao island was a dive center that exceeded my expectations. I was highly impressed with their knowledgable staff and the hip and friendly atmosphere. I was looking for a dive center that very much empowered their divers to keep learning and that is exactly how I felt after completing my Adv Open Water with Jen, she was a fantastic and knowledgable dive instructor. I worked on a underwater clean up project for both the beach and the ocean. I also purchased my first shark skin which I treasure!! I was a solo traveler and really felt comfortable and found the dive center to be helpful in all aspects of my adventure. I can't wait to return to Koh Tao for my Deep Sea and Ship Wreck courses in the near future! Best of luck to them on all of their projects they have going on with cleaning up the waters and restoring the diving areas! Always the Best, Alexandra Petrin. 

Thanks to everyone who dressed up & came to Steve Read's Charity do. Together we raised over 50000 Bt in the bar with auctions, fancy dress & of course the fin slapping competition, & the bar gave a tremendous 15000 Bt on top so all in all Steve now has a very healthy deposit to put towards his back op! Well at least he might be able to pay for half a replacement disc! A very memorable night with lots of but slapping & of course who can for get the sight of SSI Instructor Trainer Simon Garrity dancing up on stage in nothing but his mankini & a wig!  And Jess & jens tremendous wipeout from the stage landing on top of an unsuspecting couple in full pash! Great night. lets do it again! What are we all doing next Friday?



 We have a celebrity in our midst without even knowing about it. John Huntington, known worldwide for his many brands. Some of the brands John has created either by himself or with partners are, Pimp n Ho, Rubber, Summer of Love, One night stand, Levi's Mammoth Mountain Concert Series, World fighting alliance, Hart and Huntington, Huntington ink, Inked on A and E and more. He has thrown 6 of the largest 21 and over parties in the HISTORY of the US. He has sold out the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas 4 times, and the Orleans Arena twice. His shows have been featured on the TV show Wild on E! Locking down the number 3 spot on E's "Wildest Parties" edition, ranking 3rd in the world behind Mardi gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. Channel 11 news did a story on John at this time and is was quickly nominated for a prized Emmy Award. Very cool, very humble, awesome character John is handling the transition to international stardom, big breasted groupies & financial riches here at Big Blue very respectably!

“Great people, great diving, and a great time!” -5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 9, 2013 - I had an amazing time diving with big blue. It's priced really well. I got certified in open water diving and the instructors were amazing and I learned alot and feel immensely comfortable in the water now! The accommodations were fantastic and well worth the extra 200 baht a night. Couldn't recommend Big Blue Diving enough it was a fantastic time! 

The staff are all putting on their make up, spraying on their fake tans, combing their side partings & adorning their finest T-shirt & shorts clobber they have hanging in their wardrobes for this years Dive Staff photo. Jim likes us to get all dolled up at least once a year in our Dive Crew T-shirts & strike a pose whenever we have Professional photographers around & this year we are using New York Cinematic Director yet to make a name for himself but on the brink of Stardom & ex Big Blue Instructor Tim Klein at the lens! So smile everyone! Just picture that image you have of SSI Instructor SSImon Garrity dancing on the bar in his Mankini last Friday! Say Cheeses.



 Another year & another staff photo. Thanks to all our crew at Big Blue Diving who make Big Blue such a great place to work. We often hear how the atmosphere at Big Blue is so great and its true. We have an awesome location right on the beach with a bar & restaurant offering some of the best views & dining on the island. We have 4 large boats so space to spread out. We let our Fundivers choose where they want to dive so they get exactly what they want. We have dorms, private rooms, bungalows fan & Aircon: everything on the beach & we have 2 resorts to spread everyone out in so we always have a lively crowd. But the best thing we have here at Big Blue & the biggest reason for the great atmosphere is the Team. & here they are. Have you ever seen a bigger bunch of reprobates!

“Great people, great diving, and a great time!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 9, 2013 - I had an amazing time diving with big blue. It's priced really well. I got certified in open water diving and the instructors were amazing and I learned alot and feel immensely comfortable in the water now! The accommodations were fantastic and well worth the extra 200 baht a night. Couldn't recommend Big Blue Diving enough it was a fantastic time!

Great to see Koh Tao is back to Number One position on Lonely Planets guide for things to do in Thailand. "Scuba virgins from all over flock to Ko Tao to learn how to dive. Not only is this lush, pistachio-coloured island blessed with crystal clear water and trippy coral reefs shallow enough for beginners to explore; it’s also is one of the world’s cheapest and most popular places to get your open-water dive certification." & then if you click through to Things to do on Koh Tao Big Blue Diving still ranks as Number One! The Number One thing to do at the Number One place to go in Thailand! Nice. Thanks very much for the plug Lonely Planet!



 Big Blue's big blue boats! Closest boat to you is Aow Muang. tucked in behind her is our Techies & Freediving Boat imaginatively called Big Blue Boat. third in line is our Mothership, Banzai, & last one in line is our new boat for Full Day Trips to Sail Rock, Angthong Marine Park & Chumphon Marine Park. Four boats offerring boats specifically designed & targeted at Students, Fundivers, Techies & Free Divers. No wonder Lonely Planet refer to us as the Number 1 place to go on Koh Tao.

“Excellent staff...excellent course!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 2, 2013- 5 of us completed our 3day open water diving course last week and we loved every bit of it....was very interesting and we had such a laugh too...ask for Ian Jordan as we could not have asked for a better instructor and also Billy the videographer did a GREAT job on our dvd!! Big Blue was definately one of our best experiences of Thailand!!

John Huntington is a nightclub promoter whose credits include producing Pimp n Ho, Rubber, Summer of Love, One night stand, Levi's Mammoth Mountain Concert Series, World fighting alliance, Hart and Huntington, Huntington ink, Inked on A and E and Big Blue Divemaster. He has thrown 6 of the largest 21 and over parties in the HISTORY of the US. He has sold out the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas 4 times, and the Orleans Arena twice. His shows have been featured on the TV show Wild on E! Locking down the number 3 spot on E's "Wildest Parties" edition, ranking 3rd in the world behind Mardi gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. Channel 11 news did a story on John and it was quickly nominated for a prized Emmy Award. John will be playing at the Big Blue Bar tomorrow night. Don't miss your chance to listen to this Superstar DJ. Big Blue Beach Bar 9pm tomorrow night! Bring your dancing shoes!



The Koh Tao Shark & Ray Survey enjoyed it's first nursery success today - we were so excited to receive a call from the local fishermen we are working with early this morning telling us they had accidentally caught 3 blue spotted rays last night. We went over there to collect them and brought them back to our nursery tanks. Next, we made sure they were healthy and not damaged from the fishing nets, then we took measurements and data from the rays (2 males and one very small female!) and took photographs of the spot pattern on their upper body, which is specific to each individual ray and can be used to identify them. We can now use this data to track the ray populations, especially if they are re-sighted. A few hours after they were originally caught, they were released back into the water, where they happily swam straight under some rocks. Just when we thought the day couldn't have been better, late on during a dive at our adopted reef, we saw the small female hiding underneath our coral nursery! The rays had been caught by the fishermen and would have suffered a BBQ death if it had not been for this project and the fishermen who support it. It's great to see the project working, with locals getting involved and some happy rays as a result. Stay tuned for more updates on our Koh Tao Shark & Ray Survey efforts.

“Best decision we ever made!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 20, 2013 - The fact that we chose big blue, is the best decision we have made in a very long time. Our instructor, Simon Garrity, made us feel very comfortable, and made this course a real joy! I would recommend big blue to everyone, not only for diving, but also if you are staying in koh tao. So thank you Chris cherry, Simon Garrity and Ben Hall, for being the best instructors in the world - and thank you Big blue for an amazing experience! Love team Norway! 
 Ladies and gentlemen, may we proudly announce, on the 24th of this month (March), tomorrow, the lovely boys at Big Blue Tech will be offering an afternoon of technical try dives in the swimming pool. Currently on the list of techie stuff for you to try is: Twinsets (woooooop), Side-mount (yaaaaay), Full face masks with coms (wooaaaah). For the whole afternoon the Tech Shack staff will be available to answer any (not any, just tech diving) questions you may have about the wonderful world of technical diving! There will also be a couple of dry displays and maybe even a beer available at the end of the day, so keep your ears peeled for the location and time! Don't you worry, if you think you will miss this one, we will be running these monthly around the same date, but still, if you can, come and check it out! Be there or be square...



 So sorry to hear how cold its been in most of Europe over the last few days. Must be very depressing to wake up in the month of March & find its been snowing all night & that its colder than a polar bears undercarriage! meanwhile we 're waking up every morning to beautiful sunny days, bright blue skies, flat seas, crystal clear waters, tremendous viz, beautiful girls in bikinis & hunks in trunks. Poor you. Lucky us! :-)

“Incredible experience!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 21, - Absolutely loved doing the 3 day open water diving course. Our instructor Iain made all the difference. He was the perfect balance of patient, professional and fun, I couldn't praise him enough. 5 million stars!! The videographer Billy also did a fantastic job on our DVD, what a gem. The atmosphere in the resort is exceptional and I will definitely be returning to complete the advanced diving course and to polish off the yummy big blue menu with a few changs!! Thanks from team Ireland :) 

Its going to be an extremely busy period coming up now as we brace ourselves for the post Full Moon Party rush that descends on us from Koh Tao & then the biggest Thai party of the year Songkran! The Thai New Year where the Thai people traditionally celebrate by covering you in water & talc and everyone gets very, very... very drunk! Its an awesome time of year & as I said the island does get really really busy so if you are planning on coming over to visit in the next few weeks then please don't leave your accommodation bookings till the last minute as you'll be paying ten times what you budgeted for that is only if you are lucky enough to find a room! Book your room ahead! www.bigbluediving.com



Another SSI Instructor Training Course coming up on the 15th April, with SSI Instructor Trainers Paul 'Tosh' Tanner & SSImon Garrity, for those looking to turn that dream into reality. Sooo many jobs out there for SSI Instructors right now. We're getting emails from Dive centers with job offers in Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, the Caymans & the Middle East. SSI Instructors are in demand all over the world. Who would have thought it. Just a few years ago it was PADI everywhere. The Microsoft of the Diving Industry. Who would have thought that their nearest rival organisation SSI, would be as big as they are today. The Apple of the Diving Industry. Become an SSI Instructor & live the dream. Steve Jobs did... well apart from the diving malarky!

“Awesome diving experience (Safety always in mind!)”  Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 21- Did our research on several diving schools and emailed them. My friend and I were attracted to the friendly response we got from Big Blue and decided to do our 4 day Open Water course there. Our instructors, Petra and Thelma were awesome *insert hand gesture*. Petra, who is the mentor is very experienced. She constantly checked that we adhere to the instructions and would always advise us on what we've done wrong and how better to improve. Thelma would also be on the site and provide the fun element by introducing us to the different kinds of marine life available in various sites. She would ensure each of us managed to at least catch a glimpse of a rare marine life when we had our dives. At the same time, Thelma offered some of us chance to repractise certain skills that we were unsure of after the pool sessions. I did my mask removal skill multiple times and she corrected the minor faults as she observed. Petra and Thelma were very patient and fun instructors to have and that was one of the main reasons why my friend and I decided to move on and take up the Advance Adventurer course after the OWC. Plus most of my course mates also took it up together as well, so the atmosphere was very comfortable and family-like. I would definitely recommend others to come to Big Blue to learn scuba diving, as the waters are really clean and one might get to see a turtle underwater! And of course, the instructors (other than Petra and Thelma) were really friendly and professional in their teaching. No doubt, I'll be back to dive once again. Maybe DMT?

SSI DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY. Interested in photography? Ever wondered about how to take photos underwater? For beginners, experts and anyone keen to just have a go! This specialty course will help build your confidence, improve your buoyancy and teach you the ins and outs of underwater photography. Learn how to capture some of the awesome life you see underwater, get tips on composition, lighting and editing your photos to turn great memories in beautiful images! 2 DAYS, 4 DIVES, 6000 B (15%off for DMTs) Not including camera rental. Camera rental can be organised at Big Blue Diving.


2013-03-26Big Blue Techies had a day at the pool yesterday offering free try outs to anyone interested in Rebreathers, diving with Sidemounted tanks & diving on twin tanks. We had an overwhelming amount of interest which was great to see & with the success of it all have managed to sign up numerous adventurous individuals for all sorts of technical fun & games proving that you don't have to be a fat bloke to be a Tech Diver! For your insight into the future of diving contact our tech diving department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Perfect !”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 22, 2013 - I stayed at big blue for 7 nights in the 6 bed dorm and it was very nice ! I also did the open water and the advanced course andit was very great ! My instructors were thelma and petra and they did a pretty good job. They explained everything very good and both of them were very funny and easy going persons so i really liked the courses and if you wanna learn diving go big blue, you won't regret ! I surly will go back to koh tao to make some fundives at big blue!

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,2500,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. Thereby cleaning up the mess us humans are littering the sea with, & saving the lives of millions of sea creatures every year! Amazing. Check out  http://www.boyanslat.com/plastic5 for more info & get involved!



Introducing our newest rooms! The dorms at Big Blue Guesthouse also known as Preewa! These are without doubt our nicest option for a dorm if thats what you are looking for & they are only going to set you back 100 Bt per bed on the days you dive or 400 Bt per bed on the days you don't dive. Each room has 4 beds, TV, with BBC news, a couple of movie channels & a sports channel, a fridge, fan, hot water & Air con! An absolute bargain & will be selling like hot cakes as soon as I get a minute to put them up on line!

“Go here!”4 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 23, 2013 - Went to koh Tao with the intention of finding somewhere to complete my open water diving course and then moving on, but loved it so much I stayed for 2 weeks, in part because big blue was such a nice place. I had an instructor called rich for my open water who was excellent,very competent while still maintaining a relaxed, go at your own pace atmosphere. Upon completion of that course I decided to do my advanced open water certificate which was very enjoyable and the instructor I had, daisy, was again extremely good and made it a highly fun activity while at the safe time very safe. Accommodation was fairly decent for free, broiler leaked a little but it's Thailand so oh well! Atmosphere at the bar/restaurant area was amazing and good was fairly decent. If you are considering starting diving I would definitely recommend you do it here! 

Now I know some of you in Europe & the US are having a terrible spring & for that I truely am sorry but you got to know something. Here... its hotter than balls! Hotter than that even. Hotter than a pair of balls... in thermals... in Africa... during a heatwave! It really is. In fact its even hotter than that right now. You could fry an egg on an ice cube! Its so freaking hot I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking! What I wouldn't give to walk around the island naked right now. Coming to Koh Tao this summer? Come naked!



 So not only was Koh Tao voted as the number 1 destination to visit in Thailand on this years Lonely Planet it now emerges that  according to Trip Advisor & their Travellers Choice survey Koh Tao has also been voted as the 8th best island in their list of Top 10 Islands in the world, 1 ahead of Easter Island! Wow! Haven't we come along way! "Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills – some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles – and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging. " Nice.

“Awesome diving school!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor March 24, 2013 - I came alone to Koh Tao and decided to do my Open Water here - and can't be more glad I did. Awesome school, really professional, made me feel they're teaching me everything I need to know and I get to have great fun while learning. Donnie was a great instructor!!Coming to the Island alone this was a great place to meet new people! Made some really good friends in the course and in the bar (:**DON'T listen to the useless masks review, don't know anyone that happened to, and didn't feel like they're trying force me buying them or to get my money in sneaky ways....**In short - great place!! Go there. You will not regret it.

Ex Big Blue student & former ESPN Sports Center anchor Thai Neave has decided that his real passion is travel, adventure and storytelling so has quit the world of celebrity stardom to concentrate on being a global traveller so Thai has entered a competition called the Biggest Baddest Bucketlist & needs our help in order to win! Six Months, Six Continents all expenses Paid! His choice of destinations Oh & when he gets back he'll get a $50000 cash prize! Pretty damn cool! Help Thai win! Vote here http://www.mydestination.com/users/thaineave/bbb#.UVUFl1eDm_y