I’ve been planning to go diving ever since we left home, in fact I even started an open water course before we left in preparation. Unfortunately after the first pool session a woman knocked me off my bike (bitch) and I couldn’t continue, who wants to dive in England when we were about to set off to the tropics anyway?
Since setting off we’ve been doing so much that I never really got round to it, I know excuses, excuses! That is until that lovely girl I hang around with, Kirsty, decided my Christmas present would be a chance to ditch all my duties, boyfriend, blog guy, cleaner and general ‘looker afterer’ and finally get in the water.
Anyone in Thailand knows Koh Tao is the place to be for diving and despite having a few dive school recommendations; Davy Jones Locker just kept coming up. Including, a friend on twitter the other side and a random bloke I met on a tuk tuk in Laos both suggesting them… What better way to choose your dive school?
After a pretty horrendous journey between Bangkok and Koh Tao my friend and I arrived on the island about 6 hours later than expected. Luckily the first session of the PADI open water course was only a couple of videos and we were soon in bed recovering – yes together.
The next day we spent the morning going through some theory before jumping in the Davy Jones pool to go through some basic skills. We had one instructor teaching four of us and everyone breezed through the afternoon without any problems. I’m sure Kirsty would have done something about that had she been there…
Day 3 began with another theory session before taking the multiple-choice final exam just before lunch. After a short break it was time for what we had all been looking forward to, getting on the boat and in the salt water.
Dives 1 & 2 took us down to a max depth of just 10 meters. Both started with practicing some basic skills in the shallow water before swimming off to explore the dive site. My main highlight was probably the large jellyfish we passed and seeing my friend take a rather wide birth while gesturing “fuck that” or more accurately ‘out of air’ but I knew what he meant. Remind me not to just assume like that in the future…
The 7am start on day four took us to Hin Pee Wee dive site, home to a ship wreck but it was not for me to touch. 18m was as deep as we would be going on our open water course and unfortunately that was a few meters off what was needed to take a seat on the gun at the front of the ship. Still, not a bad sight at all for my third dive ever.
Dive four at White Rock was to be our last dive and despite the ‘good chance’ of seeing a turtle it was not to be. However even going that little bit deeper enabled us to see a lot more underwater life compared to the shallower dives of the day before.
And that was that, our open water course was complete. Dives done, exams passed and we were open water certified.
I enjoyed diving just as much as I had expected to and maybe even more. Koh Tao is a gorgeous island and I’m sure that helped a lot.
Everyone we dealt with at Davy Jones Locker was incredibly friendly and a very good laugh, from the shop staff to the instructors and even the guy who took us in the side car of his moped to our bungalow on the first day, apologising after every speed bump.
Now I just need to get back there and get the advanced open water course under my belt. But which dives to choose?
An open water course with Davy Jones Locker costs 9,500 baht ($300) booked online which includes all course materials, equipment, 4 nights accommodation and certification. A big thanks to the Davy Jones Locker for inviting us. As always all opinions are our own.