Scuba Scuba Scuba….

by Kirsty on June 16, 2010

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One of the only plans we have, that we are determined to stick to, is learning to Scuba Dive in Thailand. The plan is to learn up to dive master level and hopefully look at potential jobs or failing that just be confident enough to dive the spots that follow Thailand to their potential.

Lynn Canyon Park

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The idea first popped into our heads whilst we were on holiday in Tenerife. It was nearing the end of the week and we thought we could spend the last of our money on a day of diving.  After a bit of thought we decided that we would wait until we got home and spend the money on learning to dive rather than just a single dive session.

From pretty much the moment we got home I started to look into different dive course and whether there were any PADI registered dive shops in Lincoln. It turns out there were two that were just a couple of miles away which somehow both of us never noticed before. We decided that it would be good to get open water certified before going off on our travels. This would give us the basics which we could take further once we are somewhere with a bit more than a dumped shopping trolley to look at.

We started the open water course last August, we turned up at the pool to find one of my mates was also enrolled, he was peparing for a holiday a month or so later that hosted some rather special dive sites. The first session went great but unfortunately I wasn’t going to be able to make it back for the second. During the week whilst cycling home from work, a lovely lady decided to come running out of her house straight into the side of me. I landed on my elbow and had to go to A&E, my elbow was split wide open and I was told to avoid getting it wet for a few weeks and unfortunately water is quite important for scuba diving.

Poi in his scuba gear

Poi all kitted up for diving!

Since then Kirsty has been on a work drive in order to finish University (next week she gets her results) which meant we weren’t in the same city a lot of the time. To complete the course we needed four consecutive weekends which we still haven’t found a year on. This has meant that we have has to abandon getting open water certified for now at least.

The guys at the scuba shop said it was against their policy to give us a refund (bastards) but we managed to get them to give us the money we had paid for the course to spend in their shop. So we haven’t completely wasted the money and now we have the basics we need to get started: snorkel, mask, fins and boots, in Kirsty’s case, all in purple.

After looking into the courses we want to do in Thailand I think this has probably worked out better for us. The price difference from open water or from scratch to dive master is similar. It also means that we can go all the way with the same instructors. We’re still looking at which dive school we would like to sign up to. At the moment we are thinking about big blue or crystal dive on Koh Toa, but this has changed quite a few times in the last few months. Have any of you guys completed any diving courses in Thailand? Where would you suggest?

All that’s left now is to make sure we don’t die before we make it to Thailand……

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Ian [EagerExistence] June 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

Awesome! Just make sure its not your only adventure activity while traveling …keeps the blog posts interesting 😉

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Kirsty June 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yeah that would be very boring!! Poi loves any adventure activity so I am sure we’ll probably be doing them all!!

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Erica June 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

We’re wanting to get certified too! We’re making a special stop in Honduras to learn on the fly. 😀

I AM SO STOKED.

And a little scared since I’m slightly claustrophobic. :X
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Poi June 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Being claustrophobic will be fun when diving, be sure to do lots of wreck dives so you can scare the shit out of yourself!

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Andi June 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Scuba diving is one of the best things this world has to offer. I can only imagine the beauty you will see under the water in Thailand. BUY AN UNDERWATER CAMERA!!!
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Kirsty June 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

One step ahead, for my 21st birthday i got the olumpus muji tough 8000. shock proof from a drop of 2 metres, waterproof down to ten and dustproof. i think it is freeze proof also! I’m really bad at looking after things so it is perfect!

hopefully get some really good shots of us diving 🙂

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Michael Churm February 25, 2011 at 12:28 am

Hope it lasts better than my Lumix! It dies on me at the Great Barrier Reef of all places!! :o( I was devastated!!

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Poi February 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Ouch that’s nasty!

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ayngelina June 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I think you guys are heading to Vietnam too; if so, stop in Nha Trang, it has great diving and is super cheap.
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Kirsty June 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

We are indeed, I think we’re heading there too so we’ll definately check it out

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Caz Makepeace June 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Please don’t die before you get to Thailand. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced it. I’ve never dived- asthma issues, ear drum issues but most of all just a big scaredy cat!!
So I can’t advise you on diving but I do know that Koh Tao is beautiful and super chilled. We went snorkeling there and I snorkeled past my first reef shark and surprisingly did not freak out. i loved it. Koh Tao is super relaxed. We had friends who raved about the diving there and in fact returned to get married there under water. Enjoy for me!
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Kirsty June 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I’m very accident prone, but they tend to be just broken limbs etc. so i hold great hopes of living to see in 2011 on a nice little thai island. I’m looking forward to chilling out for a couple of months in one place. 🙂

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Steve June 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I would recommend diving off Koh Samui. That’s where I learned to dive. I had good instructors and the diving there was really good.

I see someone else mentioned Nha Trang. I dived there too. It is also a good place to go too if you want to dive. It really is cheap too.
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Poi & Kirsty June 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thanks for the advice, we’re still quite open to suggestions so we’ll check them out.
Cheers for checking out our blog!

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