Master Divers Life Video Hints

 

We are very excited at the response we are getting to our 25th anniversary contest to win a PADI dive career with us right here on Koh Tao! We’ve had a number of applications already and videos are starting to filter in now too. So if you have submitted your application form already, please do submit your video as soon as you are able. In order to be short listed as one of the 10 finalists, you either need to be in the 5 selected by our judging panel, or in the top 5 by community vote on our facebook page. So…the sooner your video goes live the more time you have to get those all important votes to ensure you progress to the next stage!

 

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So…what are we looking for in your videos we hear you ask? Well, first and foremost we are looking to meet you! We don’t need pro level video or anything flashy – we will be selecting the finalists based purely on your personality and passion!

We just want to see why you think you should win, and get to know a bit about your love for the natural world, and your experiences with diving, marine life, marine or land conservation etc. We appreciate that perhaps you are not able to ditch everything and go diving any time you want to (yet!), but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a lot to offer! So here are a few questions and examples to get you started – although feel free to be creative, it’s by no means an extensive list….

Is there a story behind your love of diving? Tell us why you want to make the ocean your office!

Do you have a favourite marine creature? What do you love about it and why?

What would be your perfect dive? Tell us all about it!

Why do you want to become a PADI Instructor?

Have you taken part in some interesting community projects (either land or sea based)? Tell us how you contributed!

Maybe you have a passion for teaching/training already from another field?

Are you proactive in your efforts to be sustainable and reduce pollution and plastic etc? We’d love to hear about your passion for the environment!

Have you already been involved in any conservation activities?

Hopefully this gives you some ideas to get you started. We cant wait to see what you all come up with! Feel free to get your friends involved too – either with the filming or as part of the video. The more we know about you, the easier it will be to see how you will fit into our amazing team!

So…what are you waiting for. Get those video entries submitted today to be in with the chance to win your dream life!

GOOD LUCK! 🙂

Master Divers Team

WIN your PADI Dive Career with Master Divers!

By now we hope you’ve seen – and entered and shared! – our Master Divers Life contest. We’re incredibly excited to be offering this life changing opportunity. It will open up a whole new way of life to the lucky winner, and we don’t mid telling you we’ll all be pretty jealous of them in their swanky new gear!

So why are we doing this you may be asking? This is surely to good to be true?! Well, believe it…. it’s real!

As its our 25th anniversary we wanted to give something back by giving someone the same exciting career progression and options that all of us here have had. For most of us here at Master Divers, diving has changed our lives entirely. From where we live, the skills and knowledge we’ve developed, our amazing tropical lifestyle, our friends, our career progression, and our future dreams and goals etc, finding a passion for diving has been a real game changer in every aspect. So why not provide another lucky diver to opportunity to join our ranks and live the dream too?!

 

 

For those of you who have not dived or trained with us yet, you probably want to know a bit about us… We are a 5 star PADI IDC Centre, with a reputation for our high standards, safety and experience. We a renowned for the quality of our training, and for providing the best dive experiences on Koh Tao whilst maintaining a friendly and relaxed environment. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable and passionate staff make us a sought after destination for certified divers and students alike.

 

 

With the help of our friends at PADI and Aqua Lung, we’ve put together an amazing prize package! The winner of our Master Divers Life contest will receive training with us in all PADI courses up to and including Instructor (including all materials and fees), a Marine Conservation Package and a full set of ‘top of the range’ Aqua Lung dive gear. The prize fund exceeds US$11,000 in courses and merchandise, but the chance to live, learn and experience the Master Divers’ Life goes far beyond that! So, what exactly do you get if you win? ……

 

You’ll get to hone your dive skills on any recreational courses needed to begin your professional level training. This includes PADI Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response and Rescue Diver Courses .

 

 

All fun dives to reach the required pre-requisites for the PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor Development courses are also included. So you’ll explore all of our dive sites and see some amazing marine life too!

 

Green Turtle encounter at Twins dive site Koh Tao, Thailand Sea Snake

Divemaster Katie with a Batfish at Twins Dive site Koh Tao, Thailand Whale shark in Koh Tao waters

 

We are very passionate about our commitment to the environment, so you’ll also take part in a Marine Conservation package, where you learn more about marine life populations/coral health/sharks/clean up dive etc and attend a conservation presentation evening (including meal) linking to your dive – eg the life of coral, single use plastics, the effects of over fishing etc. This helps you to become a more educated and environmentally aware diver – something which we are very proud of offering. We also run regular land and sea clean ups, so no doubt you’ll be involved in those too, as well as any additional eco projects that are running at the time!

 

 

On your professional level courses you’ll learn all the teaching techniques and tips you need to be a confident and competent dive pro. Plus your Instructor Development Course (IDC) with us will include your Emergency First Response Instructor rating, and your Oxygen Provider Instructor rating.

 

 

Plus we are throwing in a 2 week Divemaster Internship on completion of your Divemaster course, and a one month Instructor Internship once you pass your Instructor Exams!

 

Underwater photographer, Rob Kelly at Koh Tao dive site, Twins

 

While taking part in all of this diving you”ll be decked out in a full set of top of the range Aqua Lung gear! Check our our Aqua Lung page for a full list of equipment!

And of course there’s the general experience of living the dream here on Koh Tao. There’s lots of new friends to be made, fun island activities to get involved in, and of course some of the most stunning sun sets you’ll ever see!

 

 

The Master Divers Life campaign is a 3 stage contest comprising of Online Form submission, Video submission, and Blog submission. The campaign can be entered at on our webpage for Stage 1, followed by our Facebook page for stage 2 video entries. Video entries will then be voted on via the Facebook App. The top 5 voted videos, along with Master Divers’ top 5 picks will then enter Stage 3 where they will write a blog about an environmental issue close to their hearts. The winner will be selected and announced on 4th July 2018.

 

Win your Master Divers Life

 

Anyone is welcome to apply. As long as applicants are over 18, certified to Open Water level by the submission form deadline on June 1st, and are medically fit to dive, then its time to start your application!

So, what are you waiting for?! Check out the check out the full list of eligibility criteria, our competition page, and submit your entry today! Good luck and hopefully see you on Koh Tao to begin your dream life in paradise soon!

Things to Do on Koh Tao – Our Ultimate Bucket List!

Your flights are booked and ferry tickets confirmed. After what seems like ages of deliberation you have settled on the perfect place to stay. Now to the really important stuff: how are you going to make sure you hit up all the must-dos on an island with an overwhelming range of activities, beaches and viewpoints to keep you busy? If you’re struggling to decide which beach to visit, or where to watch sunset, then our handy Ultimate Koh Tao Bucket List will help you get the most out of your visit!

Dive Course
If you have never dived before and have to pick one dive activity to do, make it your PADI Open Water certification with Master Divers!

This course is designed for those new to diving and once completed, will give you an internationally recognised certification, valid for your whole lifetime that allows you to dive up to 18m depth anywhere in the world. This is a must do for anyone who is interested in our beautiful underwater world. Certified already? No problem, join us for your PADI Advanced Open Water or a Specialty Course, or even just some Fun Dives.

Insider’s tip: Save time on your holiday by completing the classroom portion before you get here with PADI Touch or eLearning. 

Fun fun fun with our range of PADI Dive Courses
Fun fun fun with our range of PADI Dive Courses

 

Day Trip
Visit the famous Koh NangYuan islands, just a 15 minute taxi boat ride from Koh Tao. You can snorkel all around the trio of islands where, at some times of year, you can even see Black Tip Reef Sharks! Don’t forget to take the walk up to the viewpoint and see for yourself why it’s one of the most photographed spots in Thailand.

Insider’s tip: Day-trippers make this little island busy during the middle of the day. Beat the crowds by arriving at 14:00 as the big tour groups start to leave. Head to the viewpoint towards the end of the day to have the views to yourself!

Koh Tao is full of postcard worthy beauty
Koh Tao is full of postcard worthy beauty

 

Sunset Cocktail
Sairee Beach enjoys sunset views the whole year round. There’s no better place to relax and watch nature’s nightly colour change, cocktail in hand, than reclining in one of Fizz Beach Lounge’s famous lime bean bags. Get there early to bag a front row seat to the action!

Insider’s tip: Lucky Lily Margaritas! Cocktails are strong so make sure you order some snacks from their extensive menu to keep you going until dinner.

Fizz at Sunset
Fizz at Sunset

 

Viewpoint
For an easy viewpoint hike, we love John Suaan Viewpoint, just 15 minutes hike from the end of the main road towards Freedom Beach. Situated on a small peninsula to the South of Koh Tao, it offers a stunning view looking back with the whole of Koh Tao laid out before you.

Insider’s tip: Visit the gorgeous Freedom Beach, just below the viewpoint and re-hydrate with a fresh coconut or enjoy some relaxing snorkelling after your hike.

Glorious views guaranteed at John Saun!
Glorious views guaranteed at John Saun!

 

Beach
Hidden gem Sai Nuan is just 25 minutes’ walk from Master Divers and is well worth the walk. Here you’ll find a classic old school Thai beach feel with palm trees fringing the white sands. There is a small restaurant and even a slack line to keep you entertained.

Insider’s tip: Take a mask and snorkel with you – black tip reef sharks as well as a resident turtle can be seen just a short swim off the beach.

Its lovely and quiet here in the mornings before the sun reaches its peak
Its lovely and quiet here in the mornings before the sun reaches its peak

SCUBA Diving for Families in Koh Tao

Did you know that children as young as 8 can dive with the PADI Bubblemaker programme? And from age 10 upwards can take full scuba courses!

Scuba Diving is such a fantastic sport for the whole family! Not only is it a fun way to spend more time together, but diving also provides valuable transferable skills like communication, working with a buddy, caring for the environment, and spacial awareness… to name a few! Plus there’s the bragging rights when they get back home to their friends having seen a turtle, shark etc!

Junior Divers Open Water Course
Junior Divers Learning Hand Signals

 

However, there is lots to consider, as our customer Jacques and his wife found out when planning their trip…

“Going to Thailand on our first family scuba trip involved hours and hours of research to find the best dive operation. This was of utmost importance as our two boys 13 and 10 just qualified in their Junior Open Water course and dad wanted the first diving experience to be good as this would set the tone for their future diving experiences. ”

Many parents also worry that children will find the self study aspects of the course too difficult – especially with younger children. However in our experience this is not necessarily the case – in most instances, children are actually more eager to learn than parents are! The amazing thing about dive courses is that they provide a viable practical application to many things that are in the school curriculum back home, such as maths problems (RDP and dive planning) and basic physics (buoyancy and gas laws). Many teachers in a traditional school setting struggle to find a way to engage students on these principles, but for the scuba instructor this is no problem as their students get to see the results in real life under the water!

Jason with Jacques and his boys
Jason with Jacques and his boys

 

Diver safety can also be a common concern for parents. Will their children be safe underwater? Do they trust the Instructor/Divemaster to take adequate care of their offspring? Valid concerns for any safety conscious parent, but not a problem here at Master Divers. We take pride in being a family friendly centre with top notch safety standards and attention to detail, as Jaques and his sons found out…

“Having reasonable experience myself, with my boys obviously being very new to the world of diving I can honestly say all three of us were blown away by the experience we had. I arrived with my Rescue Diver qualifications and during my time with Master Divers I progressed through to Master Diver Level….Our boys progressed with a further 2 courses which included Peak Performance Bouyancy and Underwater Navigator. The number one thing that stood out to us about Master Divers was their detailed focus on all safety aspects without fail – the boys completed 28 dives in their time with Master Divers and dived with 7 different instructors and 4 different dive masters and every single one of them delivered detailed dive safety briefs before every dive and debriefed the boys after every dive.”

PADI Bubblemaker Course
PADI Bubblemaker Course in Progress

 

And it’s not just Jacques, many other parents feel the same way. The following quotes are taken from some of our Trip Advisor reviews from diving families we’ve hosted…

“Master Divers entertained my 9 year olds’ passion for sea creatures and fascination with dive equipment with great knowledge and humour”

“You can tell Master Divers is an operation that’s not following a “certification factory” model because you never felt like they were short cutting just to collect your money. Obviously, when it’s one of your children diving with you, this is extremely important”

“We were nervous of taking our children for their first open water dive experience – we needn’t have worried. The team here were amazing with our children and we felt completely comfortable with them taking them diving.”

Parents may also wonder about diving equipment for children. Will the tank be too heavy? Do we have dive gear in child sizes? Not a problem! Here at Master Divers we pride ourselves on having the best equipment for all of our customers. We have junior sized wetsuits, BCD’s, fins, masks, and even special junior regulators with shorter hoses so children can learn more easily without getting tangles up! We also have some 8 litre tanks, meaning kids can get in and out of scuba gear easily, and climb the ladder back onto the boat at the end of their dives without needing to struggle with unnecessary weight.

Scuba Diving for Children
Kids Can Dive Too!

 

You can read further about diving options for children on our previous blog post, and if you have any further questions or need more info please feel free to contact us directly.

Special thanks to Jacques and Anna for their fantastic feedback, you can read their reviews in full along with our many others on our Trip Advisor page.

Our PADI Tec Rec Gas Blender Course

Here at Master Divers we are incredibly proud to be running our popular Tec Rec Gas Blender course on monthly basis! With the same guaranteed ratio of 4 students to each instructor that we offer on all of our courses, we provide both student and instructor levels of training.

WHY TAKE THE TEC REC GAS BLENDER COURSE?

The popularity of technical dive courses is growing fast, and more people are diving with Enriched Air Nitrox than ever before. In fact, the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is now the most popular specialty on the market.  This means in turn that the demand for enriched air tank fills is also increasing. However, there needs to be someone qualified on hand to fill the tanks needed to meet demand. This is where the PADI Gas Blender course comes in…

TecRec Gas Blender Manual

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

The Tec Rec Gas Blender course will help you stand out on your CV, setting you apart from other Divemasters, Instructors and MSDT’s, and making yourself more employable! Having Gas Blenders on staff is important for all schools offering Enriched Air Nitrox to their customers. Aside from being a valuable asset to dive operators here on Koh Tao, it is also a required qualification for many staff working in more remote locations elsewhere, and on Live-aboard vessels too. Plus, as well as the standard PADI curriculum, we’ll teach you how to operate a compressor in terms of basic maintenance and procedures – something that all dive professionals should know something about!

Enriched AIr Nitrox (Eanx)
Enriched AIr Nitrox (Eanx)

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

The Tec Rec Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified Gas Blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to all appropriately certified consumers. You’ll learn more about the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix, the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes.

It is a very hands on course but as with all of our programmes, there is a little self-study to complete beforehand! The Tec Rec Gas Blender Manual is included in the course cost, so between this and your instructor, we will familiarize you with the all of procedures and techniques needed to get you out there as a fully qualified Gas Blender on completion of your course (certification fees are also included in the price).

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THE SPECIFICS

You must be at least 18 years of age and a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) to enrol.

The student level course costs 10,000THB, and is inclusive of all teaching materials, instruction, practice time and certification costs. If you’d like more info on becoming a Tec Rec Gas Blending Instructor, please contact us for more details.

The course runs over 2 days, and we do try to schedule it so it fits in best with the lives of working professionals. So typically the course will begin on full moon party day each month, and complete the day after, meaning you won’t need to miss out on group bookings for guiding or teaching. But as with any course, we can be a little flexible based on your requirements, so just let us know what works for you and we’ll try our very best to meet your needs!

So…what are you waiting for? Email, call or just pop in to book your Tec Rec Gas Blender course today!

Why PADI?

Why should you choose PADI over other scuba diving certifications that are available?

As you may already know, there are many scuba diving organisations in the world, each with their own education and certification systems. But how does PADI stand out from the rest? And why should you choose a PADI dive centre like us for your training?

For starters, PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. It stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, which basically says it all! The PADI system of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages, providing maximum practice and realistic practical application in the process.

In the video below Drew Richardson, PADI President and CEO, shares his passion for diving and talks about the important role of divers as underwater ambassadors and custodians of our ocean planet.

Some Statistics

No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In the Worldwide Corporate Statistics 2017, which covers 2011 – 2016, we learn that;

  • Since 1967, PADI has issued over 25,000,000 diver certifications globally
  • PADI has averaged over 900,000 diver certifications each year globally for the last 20 years
  • PADI issues diver certifications in over 200 countries and territories around the world
  • PADI has professional members in over 190 countries and territories around the world
  • PADI Retailers and Resorts operate in over 150 countries and territories around the world

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The PADI Community

It really is a community in which you can interact, and not just in the water! Literally, you can travel all over the world and find PADI endorsements in every location! Have you discovered ScubaEarth yet? This is where you can share photo’s, experiences and find buddies. With PADI members in more than 175 countries and territories there is no shortage of fellow scuba addicts to connect with! There’s also a great PADI Blog which provides you with up to date information on all aspects of diving. Plus all your social media needs are covered with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their YouTube channel, PADITV, meaning you’re never far from any information you may require! Plus PADI themselves have international service offices in nine countries, so whatever continental region you are in, you can count on their support. Current statistics quote PADI as having a 55% of the dive training market worldwide. This means that more divers like you choose PADI over all of the other agencies combined!

They Rock Environmental Responsibility

PADI encourages all PADI Divers to take action and support Project AWARE. PADI courses embrace environmental awareness and actively teach the importance of protecting our underwater world. Without an array of beautiful dive sites and stunning destinations to visit, Scuba diving wouldn’t even exist, so PADI dive centers are encouraged to help towards a clean, healthy ocean planet.

Here at Master Divers this is something we stand behind 100% as we care deeply about our environment. We organise regular beach and ocean clean ups which consist of staff and customers. We even have our very own ‘Eco-Warrior”, Hayley, who make sure we actively stay on top and are keeping up with conservation news and issues.

Hayley Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand112kgs of rubbish and recyclable's collected by Master Divers in Koh Tao, Thailand

 Quality of Training

PADI has developed what instructors and dive centres alike believe to be the most instructionally solid system. All courses are based on a framework that accounts for all learning styles. So whether you prefer self study or a classroom environment, or whether you are a ‘watcher’ or a ‘doer’, your needs will be catered for. Plus study materials are available in a variety of media – online programs, tablet-based apps, manuals, workbooks  etc. So even before you meet your instructor you can already be learning in a way that works for you.

PADI Instructors themselves are trained and held to diving’s highest standards backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system. They work to strict educational standards which are monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. Just as scuba divers must earn PADI certifications, PADI Instructors must complete an Instructor Development Course that sets the industry standard for scuba instructor training. Each new PADI Instructor demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the PADI System and the ability to conduct PADI programs by meeting specific criteria. Before earning the PADI Instructor rating, all candidates are evaluated by a select group of PADI-employed Instructor Examiners. This ensures that the evaluation process is objective, fair and consistent worldwide. This is another way that PADI training stands above others in the dive industry. With other agencies, evaluations are often completed and signed off by the agency’s own regional managers, which brings up doubts over the objectivity of their assessments.

Do you need any further convincing? Master Divers is a 5 Star PADI IDC centre, meaning that we excel in using the PADI system of diver education to introduce people to scuba diving, and then provide the continuing education, support and mentoring that allows individuals to progress. Even if you have no intention of going as far as pro level (yet!), our 5 start status means we maintain a very high calibre of instructors to teach you your courses.

 

So what are you waiting for?

Book your ticket to Koh Tao, get that PADI certification and scuba dive with us!

What do potential new scuba diving instructors look for when choosing where to do their Instructor Development Course?

Our new instructors explain their reasons on why they picked Master Divers, Koh Tao, in order to become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor!

Doing your Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a life changing decision on it’s own and there’s a lot more to it then just saying the initial ‘YES’! Choosing somewhere to complete your dive professional training can be a daunting and confusing task; questions need to be answered such as; where in the world is the best place to complete my IDC, which dive school should i go with, where will I work afterwards, will the connections I make be the right ones to advance my career?

The best way to go about answering all of these questions is ‘do your research’! Choose a Course Director and a professional development team who are there for you and  provide support and advice from the moment you initiate contact with them to throughout your career.

This is exactly what these guys did! Kaarin, Henry and Kevin have all just completed there IDC with Master Divers, so before the celebratory beers started flowing to easily, we took the time out to quickly ask why they chose Master Divers for their IDC?

The gang all together celebrating their IDC in Koh Tao

Kaarin, has been living in Koh Tao, Thailand for 18 months now and previously worked as a Divemaster, before deciding to do her IDC. She loves to dive and felt she was ready to take that next step to instructor level. Knowing the island well, Kaarin opted on Master Divers because she knew of Course Director, Gaz, respected reputation on the island, the support structure that Gaz provides with every IDC course he teaches, plus the high level of safety standards we maintain here at Master Divers.

Kaarin on completion of his IDC at Master Divers, Koh Tao

Henry, is from England, but completed his Divemaster here on Koh Tao in August. Henry knew straight away he wanted to progress to instructor level and worked as a Divemaster for a short period whilst he waited for the IDC to start. Henry informed us that he researched a lot for the right place to advance his career on Koh Tao and had heard a lot about Gaz and his method of teaching, so he set up a meeting to gather more information, and the rest they say is history!

Henry on completion of his IDC at Master Divers, Koh Tao

Kevin, is from Vancouver and a biologist. Again he put a lot of research into where he could do his IDC and came across Master Divers. He then went through our reviews and did more research into how Course Director, Gaz conducts the IDC and the reviews we have achieved as a dive center in it’s self.  What drew Kevin to Koh Tao and Master Divers was the amount of eco work we do here, as that, as well as a solid support network were the most important factors for him.

Kevin on completion of his IDC at Master Divers, Koh Tao

So from the above and in the words of our Course Director, Gaz Lydon, himself, the main advice would be “Don’t choose a location to complete your training, choose a support structure”… plus look into and research other factors that are important to you!

PADI Course Director Gaz Lydon in Koh Tao Thailand

Ignite your life today!

For more information about your IDC and Course Director, Gaz Lydon visit www.instructor-development.com

What are the benefits to scuba diving?

Why you should Scuba Dive…in Koh Tao, Thailand!

Did you know that scuba diving is one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world today? What does the term scuba mean? Well, it was originally the acronym SCUBA, which is short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and every year, millions of people go scuba diving, whether for a course, an introductory dive, or because they already have their diving licence.

Scuba diving is the main activity here in Koh Tao, due to the awesome dive sites, colourful coral and plenty of marine life, it’s easy to see why people flock to Koh Tao every year in order to scuba dive!

White-eyed Moray Eel at Koh Tao dive site, Twins

But why should you scuba dive, is it just an extreme sport or are there benefits in donning a heavy tank on your back and exploring the underwater world? The answer is yes, and here’s why!

Gain strength & flexibility!

Just carrying the gear can definitely help you with your strength but also as you move throughout the water during the course of a scuba dive, your muscles tend to work harder than they would if you were outside the water. This is due to the resistance of the water but also the current. The more you dive and swim, the more your muscles lengthen, build strength and develop endurance as well as flexibility.

Control your breathing!

Breathing whilst diving is slow and deep, similar to the breathing we do whilst meditating, which is essential when conserving and optimizing your air consumption.  During a scuba dive, you breathe in and tend to breathe out slower which reduces the heart rate, promoting calm.

The wreck, dive site, koh tao, Thailand

Stimulate your mind!

When exploring the marine life surrounding you on your dive, your body is flooded with excitement, wonder and awe. Seeing the sheer variety of underwater life and the amazing colour of the corals and  is enough to put anyone in a good mood. Seeing certain colours can also help to change and improve your mood

Release those endorphin’s!

Scuba diving stimulates your heart, body and mind! As mentioned before, when we breathe underwater, it should be slowly and deeply. Whether in cold or warm climates, when you’re doing what you love combined with holiday, adventure, excitement and lifetime experiences, this ‘time out’ gives your body a chance to rest and bring it back to a natural balance.

A very happy Diver

See things other’s won’t!

You will see things you’ve only ever dreamed of, amazing colours, historic wrecks, man made reefs, beautiful islands, bizarre marine life you didn’t even know existed…plus those that you did; the list goes on!

Whale ahark and cleaner fish, Koh Tao, Thailand

Dive anywhere in the world!

The World is over 70% water, which means there are more places in the world where diving is possible than those where it isn’t.  So no matter where you live, or where you travel for holiday, once you get your PADI Open Water certification, you won’t be too far from diving – even lakes and quarries offer fabulous diving…we would, however, suggest scuba diving on a tropical island called Koh Tao though!

Nang yauan island koh tao, Thailand

So what are you waiting for? Come dive with us?

PADI Womens Dive Day 2017 (July 15th)

What a great day we had this year for PADI Womens Day 2017, not only were the girls out in force but the boys put aside their masculinity and embraced the celebrations for the afternoon!

How did Master Divers celebrate? We got our dresses on and went diving of course! Amazed looks were plentiful as Divemaster, Brian, Instructors ,Tony and Josh and Photographer, Rob all walked down the beach to the boat in a variety of coloured dresses and a pink wig, which Tony pulled off beautifully! They even went diving in them. The water was that clear on the day, you could see Tony coming back to the boat by looking out for the little pink dot underwater.

Instructors Tony and Josh with students

The lovely ladies on the boat that day were Giselle, or as we call her, Gigi. Gigi is one of our Divemasters, which is your first step to entering the professional world of scuba diving. This also allows you to work, in the scuba diving industry, anywhere in the world, but there was only one beautiful tropical island and dive center that beckoned for Gigi…Yes, you’ve guessed it, Koh Tao and Master Divers.

Divemaster Gigi, Koh Tao Scuba Diving

And then there was Hayley. Hayley, is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), with specialties in Deep, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Enriched Air Nitrox (EANX) and O2 provider. Hayley actually did her Instructor Development Course with us and our Course Director, Gaz Lydon. She loved it that much, plus we loved her, so she stayed. Hayley is now not just an instructor but also our ‘ECO Warrior Queen‘. Read her blog, ‘Introducing Me‘ to find out more.

Hayley Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

Whilst the boat was busy out diving, the rest of the team were organising for the night time activities and signing up more divers for the next day. There is a big female team at Master Divers, which became obvious that day in the office, and believe it or not this is not everyone…10 points if you can also spot the intruder!

The Ladies team at Master Divers

The celebrations rolled into the evening with food platters and cocktails for everyone at our cafe bar Coconut Monkey, and yes, the dresses stayed on…personally I think the boys secretly enjoyed it!

Men in drag

So, we celebrated in style, but why have PADI Womens Dive Day each year? Its simple really, to encourage more women to take up scuba diving, whether that be as a profession or just for fun. Scuba Diving, for a long time, has been a mainly male based activity, however this is changing. Each year the number of women who participate in scuba diving is increasing.  Cathy Evans, PADI guest blogger, and founder of Girls that Scuba, recently wrote ‘Since PADI’s first Womens Dive Day in 2014 there has been a 2.2% increase in female certifications for PADI recreational courses, from 37.2% to 39.4%’ it’s not just courses that are increasing either, we’re rocking it in other areas to. Cathy’s blog ‘The Rise and Rise of Female Scuba Divers‘ showcases some of the most influential women in diving today. Girl Power!

PADI Course Spotlight – Master Scuba Diver (The Black Belt of SCUBA Diving!)

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest non-professional level in the PADI system of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training, knowledge and experience in a variety of dive environments, and is a fantastic achievement as well as being lots of fun!

To sign off as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, you’ll need to be certified as Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, and Rescue Diver, as well as having 5 full specialty courses and a minimum of 50 logged dives. It really is the black belt of SCUBA, and says a lot about your skill level, and well as your general dedication to diving. And of course, it means you are cool as hell! 😉

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The amount of time, the number of fun dives, which Specialties and pre-requisite courses that need to be taken will vary from person to person, depending on what your current certification is, if you have any Specialties already and how many logged dives you have.  For this reason there is no suh thing as a ‘Master Scuba Diver’ package, but we are happy to work with you to build a programme that takes into account where you are in your diving right now and what best suits your needs and timescales.

We offer a full range of Specialties which can be counted towards your Master Scuba Diver rating. This link will give you more information on the Specialties available here at Master Divers. The most popular Specialties are Deep Diver, Wreck Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox, but we regularly run many more.

Photo :  @chrisalba_underwater_photogram
Photo : @chrisalba_underwater_photogram

 

As the Adventure Dives that you completed on the Advanced course are the first dives of the Specialty then you can choose to credit these dives towards the Specialty, which will save you a little time, and also a little money. Bonus! Of course, you can also choose to complete the whole Specialty, depending on how long ago it was since you completed your Advanced course.

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As you will have already completed some courses with us, your fun dives, to get you to the required 50 logged dives for the Master Scuba Diver rating. Here at Master Divers these are charged at our lowest rate of just 700THB per dive. The number of fun dives will vary from person to person, depending on how many dives they have prior to arrival and which Specialties they choose.

Fun diving at Chumphon Pinnacle
Fun diving at Chumphon Pinnacle

 

Once you reach 50 dives, finally, the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is within reach! Rescue Diver – check; 5 Specialties – check; 50 logged dives – check; MSD application form submitted – check!  Congratulations on joining this select group of divers!