Phuket Diving Gossip - April 2011

General News

Dan, Iain, Oui and Abbie sea kayaking at Koh Tachai island

I can't think of many jobs where you get to make so many friends from all over the world as working in scuba diving. Of course, everyone that comes to visit us has at least one thing in common - the love of the being underwater. It is always such a pleasure when former guests, now friends, come for a return visit. This month the list was endless with Jon, Tukta, Steve, Ben, Stuart, Andy, Mike, Ronny, Dan, Nam, Kerrie, Brenna, Dermot, Arne, Vincent and Sarah! I'm not sure we can honestly take all the credit for their return to Phuket. The beautiful weather, excellent diving, great food and friendly locals might also have had a small bearing on their decision:).

As always the diving was awesome and we also got the chance to go on a family dive trip on a Similan Islands liveaboard, Le Mahe. As well as diving we also got the opportunity to go on beach visits, climb rocks and even some sea kayaking! With the friendly staff and wonderful crew it turned out to be so much more than just about the diving. Add to that the Songkran festival immediately afterwards and April turned out to be one fun-filled month!

Video of the Month

We are known as liking to have fun both above and below water. With the visit of a family group of 18 persons from Brisbane, Australia, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to introduce many of them to the pleasures of diving and have lots of fun at the same time. As can be seen from the video below they also quickly got the diving bug and the fun and games began!

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Ky Edwards and family

As well as the diving we also organised a day tour of Phuket for the group in air conditioned minibuses. The day started with a visit to Karon View Point for photo opportunities followed by a scrumptious fresh sea food lunch at the town of Rawai. Next stop was Chalong temple for some Thai culture before ending the day with dinner on the beach at a secret spot whilst watching the sunset over Chalong Bay. Thanks to Kym Edwards and family for your visit and we hope to see you all again next year.

Smile Of The Month

Oui, Daniel, Bethany, Joshua at Racha Yai island

Families are always fun to teach especially when there are youngsters involved. The enthusiasm of the students is uplifting and the Moss and Palmer families were no exception. In the photo to the left are Joshua, Daniel and Bethany who all completed their Open Water courses with Oui whilst visiting Phuket for a couple of weeks holiday.

The Smile of the Month winner was always going to be a difficult one to choose with all three candidates for the award. However, with his cheeky smile and half winking eye, Joshua just pipped the other guys to win. Don't forget to collect your free Sharkey merchandise, Joshua, on your next visit:).

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

Abbie and Pappa out on the prowl

April 13th every year is the day of the year when we get wetter than any other. That's quite an achievement for us dive instructors especially as it is the one day of the year when we stay land bound. However, with the arrival of the Songkran festival to celebrate Thai New Year it is impossible for anyone to stay dry unless they lock themselves away for the day!

As usual we headed off to our friends' guesthouse, Baan Suay Resort in Karon, to enjoy the festivities with guns in hand. The 100 metre walk to reach it from our office is a challenge in itself as the street is full of people more than happy to douse passersby with a nice chilled, bucket of ice cold water. WARNING: If you do happen to encounter the two persons on the right then watch out. It is time to "Be afraid, be very afraid"! Come join us for the festivities if you dare - all welcome. More info is available in our Songkran article.

Thailand liveaboard

PADI student

Whale shark

Manta ray