Thailand – Australia – United Kingdom

Khao Sok – Expedition – PADI Cavern Course – Day 1

The day began with logistics, testing, packing shopping and more packing. We managed to get enough gear for the 9 divers with redundant breathing systems, torches, hotel bookings, boat tickets, taxi shuttle and food bursaries. We all decided to meet at Big Blue Diving Resort in the evening. After introductions and some beers we we’re fully loaded into the taxi and off to the night ferry that would take us to Chumphon in mainland Thailand. The night boat is typically short on comfort big on budget however this night would amaze everyone as we had a private room with air conditioning, en suite bathroom, beds with blankets and pillows and a locking door. The room slept 10 people and us being 9 was perfect. Most night boat trips are endured with a local spooning you for warmth in a room of a hundred sweaty travelers. This small touch in detail would prove to be the start of a great trip.

Christos: A greek Cypriot English man joining Big Blue Tech to do his technical diver videography course to learn how to film under the recreational limit. This would be a break from his course to do something completely different.

John: John is a computer whizz from Sweden has joined Big Blue Tech for his technical diver course, trimix course, instructor course, divermaster course and later this year his dive medic course. This is a chance for him to see real Thailand and logistics behind expeditions.

Pierre: A Lebonese Swedish chef who is a full time instructor on Koh Tao took a break from teaching 18 year old girls and developing property to see a different side to diving in Thailand.

Hampus: Like his friend Pierre he’s a full time instructor at Ban’s and is also Swedish. Hampus is quiet and soft spoken with a killer wit when he delivers.

Geoff: Pronounced “Gee-Off” is one of our Dive Master Interns who has a passion about things deeper and longer, ask the girls at lotus and they’ll tell you the same.

Claire: Claire is underwater videographer from Holland who previously worked full time on Koh Tao. Claire is never shy about speaking her mind and should be a great addition to the conversations.

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