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CCR Cave Diving in Thailand

Exploring underwater caves and caverns using closed circuit rebreathers.

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Big Blue Tech returns from a 5 day scuba diving expedition to Khao Sok National Park to explore the underwater caves, caverns and limestone walls using closed circuit rebreathers. The Expedition was joined by James Thornton-Allan, Ash Dunn, Thomas Halstrom, Nick Amidy, Simone Shultz, Chris Haslam and Ben Reymenants

Khao Sok national park (Thai: เขาสก) is located in Surat Thani province in Thailand. Its land area is 739 km², and it includes the Chiao Lan reservoir dammed by the Ratchaprapha dam. The park comprises the largest area of virgin forest in Southern Thailand and is a remnant of rainforest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest. The wild mammals include, Malayan Tapir, Asian Elephant, Tiger, Sambar Deer, Bear, Guar, Banteng, Serow, Wild Boar, Pig Tailed Macaque, Langur, White handed Gibbon, Squirrel, Muntjak and Mouse Deer.

The purpose of the trip had three goals. To complete further training on a ISC Megalodoon Rebreather from Mod 1 to Mod 2 and to continue into training in overhead environments with cave ccr courses. To also complete a full cave course which continues for an additional 5 days. and finally to explore the fresh water in search of new cave systems with the capacity of the ccr for extended diving.

Big Blue Tech conduct frequent trips to Khao Sok for a variety of reasons from open circuit cavern diver courses to week long technical diving expeditions in the sunken cities.

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