Welcome to our newest PADI Divemaster Candidates Malia and Stefano on their new venture to becoming a PADI Professional. Through Sunshine Divers they have the opporutnity to explore several dive sites around Koh Tao and put their workshop experiences into real practice preparing them for the opprotunity to work internationally on completion of their PADI Divemaster Program.
The PADI Divemaster program includes several workshops and skill sets. During our current PADI Instructor Development Course Malia and Stefano joined in to participate in the PADI Skill Circuit demonstrations and also deal with problem solving and reinforcement techniques. Here they conducted the 24 skills from the PADI Open water course so that they can present these skills to certified and non-certified divers during Divemaster Conducted Programs once they are certified.
The PADI Re-Activate online refresher is also another Divemaster Conducted program that is taught to refresh certified divers. The PADI Scuba Review is also the same but offline. Malia and Stefano did both programs and learned the required paperwork needed to be completed along with the required skills and techniques for the confined and or open water portions of the program.
Fortunately at Sunshine Divers we offer a variety of dive site locations for the diver training and workshops thereby DM candidates have the opportunity to experience different dive environments. Our recent Deep Diver and Search and Recovery workshops were conducted at Southwest Pinnacle and the HTMS Sattakut Wreck. Here we encountered the Whaleshark at Southwest Pinnacle on the Deep Dive workshop and spent 45 mins enjoying the interaction with this amazing creature. On the Search & Recovery the focus was on tieing knots and using a lifting device. Other workshops include Leading Diver Workshops and Boat Management procedures.
Night diving can sometimes be perceived as a scary sport when actually it is an exciting adventure into a different world. Here at Sunshine Divers our NIght dive is a very popular choice with Advanced Diver students and fun divers. Jumping in watching the suset over the bay is fantastic. Descending whilst the light goes down means you don't realize it is even getting dark around you. Once down the line a whole new world awaits. Fish go to sleep and out come the blue-spotted rays, barracuda, crabs, squid, cuttlefish, eels and many, many more. As an extra special treat we also get to watch all the phosphorescence turn lumious in colour like electric coming out of your fingertips. We end the diving looking up at the stars wondering when it go so dark! So overcome those nerves and take the plunge, there is a whole "other world" down there!
Sunshine Divers would like to welcome Kelly Ann Nickels aboard the PADI Divemaster Internshipp program. Kelly is eager and enthusiastic to get going with her new career as a professional diver as she recently completed her PADI Open water, Advanced, EFR and Rescue Diver Program. During this time Kelly will undertake a handful of tasks including skill circuits and various workshops, which will consist of learning how to assist, teach and supervise on certain PADI sanctioned programs. Through personal development and demonstrating dive skills, watermanship abilities, handling different diving conditions and circumstances, will provide credibility toward her PADI Divemaster Rating.
Other workshops include Search and Recovery, Navigation, Deep, Bouyancy and mapping projects. Kelly will also be taught how to compose boat master duties and deliver briefings to certified divers. Amongst all the fun in the swimming pool and ocean, there are some lectures for dive theory and exams to complete to keep her brain active and updated on PADI Standards for training.
Throughout she will be assisting instructors on courses to gain experience and knowledge that will prepare her for when she starts working as a professional PADI Divemaster. At the end of the program Kelly will be eligible to lead certiied divers, refresh certified divers skills and help on several PADI sanctioned courses.
Well Done Kelly!!!
Have you been out the water for a while? Feel a little rusty on your Open Water skill? Then the new PADI Re Activate programme is for you.Completed in just one day this programme includes two open water dives which allow you to get comfortable again in the water.
This is a course that you can start at your leisure. We simply email you an online link to a short theory review,so if you choose it can be completed before you arrive here in Koh Tao. You can also compete the theory when you arrive at Sunshine Divers by using one of our computers.
The practical skills are then completed in confined open water before progressing to dive in open conditions. This basically means in a very short space of time you will be back fun diving with your buddies and enjoying the sites Koh Tao has to offer.
This course can be started at any time and here at Sunshine Divers we have programmes available everyday. We guarantee you will be in a small group of no more than 4 students, sometimes smaller than that. If you wish to have personal 1 to 1 tuition this can also be arranged.
"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"
The price of the whole programme is just 3000 baht. This includes all E-learning material, dive equipment, 2 dives and a new PADI certification card that will be Re-Activated to your current level of diver training. This year is PADI’s 50th Birthday so you will receive the PADI limited edition certification card for free! So what are you waiting for, come join us for some fun!
Since June 2014, Sunshine Divers has implemented the NEW-REVISED PADI Open Water Course. Not much has changed with the course structure, yet only a few additional skills have been added to the program to ensure student divers learn further about the importance of diving within a buddy team, focus on their air consumption and breathing methods underwater, along with extra practice on buoyancy techniques on the surface and underwater.
Our PADI Open Water course schedule is conducted over a 4 day period although we are very flexible with the program times to cater to individual student needs. Our group sizes are small with a maximum of 4 student divers to instructor to ensure this is possible. The general program schedule we offer starts Daily at 4pm with an orientation where you will meet your instructor and watch the first initial videos to give you some insight on what you will be learning over the next few days. Day 2 is where you will head into a confined pool environment and practice all the skills you will need to know to go diving in the open water. Before heading to the ocean - you will still need to complete a few quizzes. Day 3 we start with your first 2 open water dives - here you have the opportunity to experience diving to a depth maximum of 12m. It's pretty cool! You are on the boat for the full morning and back in time to have some lunch after all that energy use underwater. That afternoon you will need to complete your final theory and exams. Finally Day 4 we head out again on the morning boat and complete your last 2 open water training dives to 18m. Yes and then you will be certified!
Recently certified PADI Open water divers include : John Flynn, Srihari Gowri Shankar, and Giarav Shah who enjoyed several dive sites around Koh Tao for their training dives with Instructor Kael Grant-King. The Group size was a total of 3 students with instructor and a Divemaster Candidate Matt Dempsey who was there for additional support.
Want to know how it feels to breathe, move and see underwater?
Come join in on the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program with us at Sunshine Divers and receive benefits upon completion.
You will have the opportunity to practice a few basic skills in shallow water such as, clearing a mask and breathing from a regulator. Following mastery of these skills you can then enjoy exploring one of the beautiful coral reefs that surround Koh Tao, with your diving instructor.
Once you finish the program, you will be registered with PADI and receive a DSD e-Card and have access to Section One of the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online. If you choose to continue and complete the full certification, you will receive a referral for what you have accomplished.
Duration of the DSD program is one day and cost 2000 Thai Baht.