Monsoon Season in Thailand for Technical Diving
Strong wind, big waves and ripping current prove perfect training conditions for some new technical divers.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Big Blue Tech celebrate the graduation of Eric Vinik and Sebastian Froweiu from their TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures course conducted by TDI Instructor Chris Haslam and assisted by TDI Instructor Ash Dunn which was conducted over 5 days on Koh Tao Island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Typically Koh Tao has idyllic conditions, perfect visibility, flat seas with sun beating down on you turning your skin into that ever desirable golden brown. However recently the weather has changed to crap with storm clouds, wind, rain and terrible visibility. For those who dive in Europe they would feel right at home. This has put a damper on the mood of the recreational divers who are looking to see the cast and crew of “Finding Nemo” but for us technical divers who are seeking the next thrill or adrenaline in our beloved sport of diving then it’s perfect for a challenge. Our motto is “Train Hard, Dive Easy” and this course covered harsh diving conditions, well as harsh as it gets for Thailand. Both Erick and Sebastian who have a lot of recreational experience mentioned that this course gave them the challenge they had been seeking for their entire diving career. Except Erik who cried like a baby because he couldn’t kick through the current with four cylinders on, but we promised we wouldn’t mention that one. (don’t worry, he got there in the end)
The TDI Decompression Procedures course enables the diver to wear technical diving equipment and conduct dives that require staged decompression up to a depth of 45m. The course covers a variety of skills but focuses mostly on the art of scheduled stops and decompression using different mixes of gas including pure oxygen and nitrox.
Sebastian moves on to Sri Lanka for some sort of humanitarian diving role for the next few months and Erik goes back to the land of gogo bars and fast food in Koh Samui to continue his work as a recreational diving instructor, however he will be back to continue his training and get more experience in the next few weeks.