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When You Know That You Really Are a Scuba Diving Instructor

 
This can be your office as an instructor on phuket thailand

When You Know That You Really Are a Phuket Scuba Diving Instructor.

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Thailand DiversAfter several years of planning you have finally packed your bags and traveled 10,000 miles to the other side of the world to phuket thailand.    You have completed your instructor development course. You have passed your instructor exam, got over the hangover from the I.D.C. party and got you visa and work permit. You are now one of those people living the dream.  You are phuket scuba diving instructor. Or are you?
 
Thailand DiversWhen you think back to your days doing your Open Water Course or Advanced course and you are listening to your instructor and all the others talking to each other and all the words and phrases they are using and it sounds like another language. They are all tanned and seem to never have any issues at all on the boats, in the water even after a very late night. The food they eat and the fact they seem to know every single marine creature on the planet along with every dive site known to man.
Then one day as you finally have a day off at the end of your first high season you take a look in the mirror and you jaw drops. This is you.....

 

Thailand DiversThailand DiversYou realize its not always a dream job, though most of the time it is.
You can work 14 hours a day and may be no day off for three months.
When the water gets to 26 degrees you think its freezing.
You learn to accept stupid questions. Yes the sea is salty. You are now blonde as your hair has been bleached in the sun. Rice, fish, soup and chilli are normal breakfasts.  You now are talking in short hand. SMB, BCD, SPG, DSD and a CESA is not just a salad. "Bankok Women Really Are Fella's" has two meanings and one can save your life.  Dive instructors do have ear problems too bit they learn to adapt the dive to get round it.Thailand Divers
Thailand Divers People who are good "swimmers" may mean they have once been in the water and did not drown.You know after a snorkel test you may need a day off the next day.
People tell you that you should come back to the real world. But you point out how boring their holidays will be without people like you. How simple your life is compared to theirs.
The working week and weekends no longer exist. Everday is better than most peoples weekend.Thailand DiversNot everyday is flat sea and blue sky, well ok most are.  I can now talk under water and be understood.Sharks are friends not threats You have signed your name more times than the biggest movie star.  Thailand Divers You can live on less money a month than you did per day back home. Then here you are working everyday and you dont need to spend money.
Your life is Dive, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.
You dont have forty meters viz everyday. Sometimes it drops to twenty and your customers still love it as its better than the 2 meters they get in their gravel pit back home.Thailand DiversLiving on a boat for a month with two t-shirts and a pair of shorts does not mean you are lost at sea but living a dream as you are on a live aboard in the similan islands. You know all the girls (or guys) by name in all the bars.
Now after all of this ask yourself. Who lives in the real world?  Is there a free rehab center for people like me to to help us if we ever need to go back to a big city and wear shoes and watches again.? 
Now if you still are unaware of whats involved living in phuket thailand. Take a look at the typical office of phuket scuba diving instructor then look out of the window. Who lives in the real world?? If my world looks good then give me call.  We have plenty of office space if you want to move in.
 
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Never Fall in Love with a Phuket Scuba Diving instructor

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Never Fall in Love with a Phuket Scuba diving instructor. 
 
Thailand DiversFor many people when they Arrive in the Sunny Tropical Island of Phuket Thailand the Rest of the World ceases to exist. I guess this can be said of many truly great holiday destinations. Sun, sea, blue sky and everyone is relaxed and happy. Everyday is perfect but so far from the real lives of everyone who visit that anyone who is living the dream is almost certain not to own a pair of shoes, suit or tie and may be not even a pair of long trousers. Smart dress means cotton cargo shorts instead of board shorts and t-shirt instead of singlet or if really smart a polo shirt. 
 
However if when you are on holiday the inevitable happens this video will tell you all.
 
Now you see what you are up against. There are three options.
 
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phuket scuba diving is awesome.
1. Take one look at what you have to compete with and give up.
2. Take up diving in Phuket. Do your Open Water and  may be Advanced courses. Then keep diving till your Holiday Ends  Go home knowing "your" instructor is still diving in Phuket  and everyday life in whatever your city you are in may as well be on another planet and in no way can mean anything to anyone when they are in Phuket Scuba diving everyday.
3. Take up Scuba diving in Phuket. Go home, sell your house, car and everything. Get the first flight back to Phuket Thailand and join the real world in Phuket Scuba diving and become an instructor. Throw away all your suits, shoes. and spend your days on the beach in shorts and flip flops too.Come and join the dream and see what you are missing at one of the best dive centers on the island paradise of Phuket.
 
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Diving During Monsoon Season in Phuket

Phuket Scuba Diving During Monsoon season.

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What can I expect on a Monsoonal day?

Thailand Divers       Scuba diving in phuket during monsoon season can be a great time of year to visit phuket thailand. Phuket is positioned about half way down the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman ocean. Thailand has a northern and southern monsoon. Phuket being central can get either northern or southern monsoon, both or neither. Phuket this time of year can have warm sunny days and mainly short sharp showers  at night. During the day can produce again heavy showers that last 20 minutes or so then dry up in 15 minutes as well. During Monsoon season the weather and winds come from the west, right across the Indian Ocean and can produce good surf all along the west coast resorts such as Patong, Karon and Kata beaches.

What is Monsoon?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversThe word monsoon literally means ‘season’ in Arabic. Traders travelling the waters off the Arabian and Indian coast noted for centuries that dry, cool, northeast winds blew for 6 months and then suddenly changed to warm, moist air from the southeast. So in a nutshell, the monsoon weather is a change in the type and direction of winds (and therefore swell) that brings moist air.

When and How Does it work?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversBetween April to September, the wind blows from the southeast as the land mass of India, the Himalayas and beyond heats up relative to the ocean. This causes moist warm air from the Indian ocean to rush into the gap as the warmer air rises. This is the moist ‘maritime’ air that brings the monsoonal rains. Between October and March, this phenomenon is reversed, as the temperature of the Indian Ocean is warmer relative to the land. This pulls dry, cool ‘continental’ winds to Phuket Thailand. This is often called the ‘dry’ or ‘high’ season.

What does it mean for phuket scuba diving?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversDuring monsoon season in Phuket is really mid May till mid October. This time of year is not bad for scuba diving in phuket. The weather is better in monsoon season than it is in many countries on a good day. As far as the ocean goes we can have flat seas on good days and up to three meter waves on the really bad days. As an average the waves are 75cms to 1 meter high. This does not really effect the dive boats here as they are mostly large sturdy boats built for diving in these conditions. The main difference is the direction of the wind, weather and swell. All the locations are useable all year round. The only exceptions are King Cruiser, Shark point and Anemone reef. Although very rare these sites can be canceled in extreme conditions as they are situated out in the middle of the ocean with no protection.
 
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Thailand DiversThailand DiversThailand DiversThe diving is fine but if the waves become too big it can become too risky getting back on the boats after a dive. Both Phi Phi and Racha Noi and Yai are good all year as they both offer sheltered bays on both the East and West side of the islands. This means calm flat water all year. The trip out and back to Phi Phi can be longer if there is strong wind or big waves as the boats run with the wind and waves on the way out and against on the way back. The trips to the racha Islands is ok too as there is protection from the waves for most of the way from Phuket and Coral island. Then from Racha Yai. However from Coral island to Racha Yai can be a bit exposed as can from Racha Yai to Noi. This however is only in the worst conditions and most days are great conditions. You can expect an odd shower at anytime during monsoon season but then again the clouds do tend to hang around the mountians on Phuket and the days on the sea tend to be nice. During this time of year the weather will change from day to day, week to week. Just ask in the office to check the conditions on the days you wish to dive and you can pick the locations depending on the weather.
 
Thailand DiversThailand DiversThe best things about Monsoon season. The best thing about scuba diving in phuket during this time of year is the cheap hotel prices and there are less people on the dive boats. The dive sites are less crowded and the fish are less spooked. The visability is normally very good too unless a big storm has just passed by. There can be a bit more wind or an odd shower and remember even if its cloudy and raining on phuket there is a good chance of sun out on the ocean. Phuket scuba diving is great all year round. In a two week holiday you can get a bit of everything. From one extreme to another. One day can be a typical monsoon day and the next a typical tropical island paradise style weather. This time of year is awesome and does create the most stunning sunsets. Truly worth a visit.
 
 

A Typical Day in Phuket Scuba Diving

A Typical Day in Phuket Scuba Diving.

 
A typical Day in Phuket Scuba diving is quite Early starts What Some May Think, Thirty Seven AM. The dive center will pick you up from your hotel lobby in either an air conditioned mini bus or other style of car or van. Takes the Drive Around 20 - 30 minutes Through the countryside and Other Beach Resorts As You cross the Island of Phuket Thailand.
 
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A great day for diving in phuket.
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Once at the Pier You Find that at First glance it looks like Chaos As there are dozens of Boats and Dive companies, speed Boat Tours and Fishing Boats all over the Place. How Ever it is Really well Organized. As the Bus stops You are met. by the Tour Leader Who has your name and then over to your instructor Hands You Waiting for You Who is there. The Pier in Chalong Quit is a long one so they have several "Pink busses" to take You. to the End where there are Again a Dozen or so Dive Boats tied up. The instructor Waits for everyone to Get Together then Takes You to the Boat. As now we are in Thailand and ITS Rude to Wear shoes in the House they are Boxes to. Put your shoes in before stepping onto the Boat. Make sure You Put your shoes in the right box or your shoes Will Go to a different Place to You.
 
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phuket scuba diving is a comfortable day.
Thailand DiversThe Dive Boats themselves Vary in Size and Comfort. My Boats was Nice and Big with Plenty of Space Inside if Needed and a Large shaded Area upstairs with Tea, Coffee, drinking Water and Chocolate. Here we have a Boat briefing by the Tour Leader which. Takes About 5 minutes or so. The Boat has 3 toilets and showers I. AM on to rinse off at the End of the Day plus another 2 More showers to rinse off after Platform on the Dive the Dive. There are bins for Fresh Water Cameras. and another one for other equipment. There is a large sun deck on the top deck. While this is going on my instructor is setting up my equipment for me which was a very nice touch. As the briefing Ends My instructor joins our Group As Guides US round to the Front of the Boat where there is another SET of steps that take US to the Front of the cabin where the breakfast is served. By going to the Front ment we were at. the Front of the line while everyone was trying to Else Climb down the Back Stairs. The breakfast was Great. Eggs, saucages, toast, tomatoes, croissants, fried rice and a chicken rice soup, fruit and fruit juice. Better than many small hotels. Now time for a snooze to let the food go down.
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phuket scuba diving gets you to great locations.
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phuket thailand has awesome dive sites
About 30 minutes from our first dive site we are awoken by our instructor and told to get a drink before he does our dive briefing. We get a very good briefing telling us not only background to the site, what we will see, what to look out for and what to be aware of. We are given a full safety briefing and what to do if we get separated. Now another drink. Its funny but as the water we are diving in is so warm 29 - 30 degrees we still sweat underwater so we have to be careful not to get dehydrated. Now down to the dive deck to get kitted up. The divers are split into 2 groups to give everyone space when getting ready. We are in group 1. All the gear is already set up on the tanks in a numbered place on the boat. We sit down and put on the BCD at while we do this the boat crew actually help us with our fins and other bits and pieces and then buddy check. We stay seated till the boat arrives and stops. When in the correct position the Captain sounds a horn and we all get up and move to the back of the boat. When the group is all together with our instructor we get in the water. our instructor gets in first and waits at the back of the boat to make sure we are all ok as we get in. Then move away from the boat when all are ready and in a close group the instructor gives us the sign and down we go....
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phuket diving offers some great sights
Thailand Divers When diving in Phuket there are several locations that are in easy reach. Today we are diving at Phi Phi and Shark point. The first location is a small island to the south of the main islands. This is a very nice easy dive with huge shoals of yellow snappers everywhere. There is plenty of healthy soft coral, big sea fans and color everywhere. We follow a long ridge covered in coral and life.The instructor leads and points out so much as we go you can tell he dives here several times aweek and loves to dive. As we go he checks our air from time to time. By the time we get down one side of the ridge and back up the other its been around 35 minutes.
 
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diving in phuket can get exciting.
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 Now we are on a flat rocky area at only around 5 meters in depth. Our instructor just stops and hangs around. I am a bit confused as we all have plenty of air left. He just stays still looking all round us. Then suddenly points and there are 3 black tip sharks heading straight at us. They pass with in only a couple of meters of us. as we look there are more and more of them. We just hang around there drifting with the sharks and taking photos. What a Great Dive and What an instructor. He Knew exactly where to Find everything and He Knew the sharks Will be there and just waited for them. This Will be a Great Day.
 
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phuket scuba diving offers some unusual sights.
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Thailand DiversDiving in Phuket Thailand is Something Special. Its not just the diving but the boat seem to be competing with the food quality. The chefs on the Boat are better than Most Hotels and resturants on the Island. We had a Choice of 4 different dishes plus Soup and Veg. One being a Great SPAG bol. Lunch was in a Setting that Can not be Beaten. Most people know. it or Maya Bay As "The Beach" the Location of the Hollywood movie. This trip so far is worth three times what I paid. After lunch and a suitable time to let another great meal go down we left maya bay and 10 minutes further on we can to a locationknown as Turtle rock set under the huge cliffs if Phi Phi Ley.
 
Thailand DiversThailand DiversI do not have to Say Too much About this Dive As the name Turtle Rock says it all. Yes Turtles and More Black Tip sharks on top of so many Other Colorful Tropical Fish and Again our instructor managed to Point out so much and helped US in. . positioning ourselves to get great photos with the turtles. After another great 50 minute dive it was back to the boat for an hour and a half ride to Shark Point. Time to top up the tan on the sun deck. Again 20 minutes out a Wake up Call from the instructor for a Dice briefing. This briefing includes How to Get close to the Leopard Shark without spooking it (US spooking it? What About spooking it me?) So we Can Get photos with them. Now I Can not Say How Exciting this is As I know How Great the First. 2 Dives were and this sounds like it Will be better. However we are told this is not a Zoo Wild Nothing is so certain and like all animals Can they be unpredictable. Shark Point is a very Colorful Dive Site. So much coral, big sea fans, anemone's and life.
 
Thailand DiversThailand DiversWe got to see Tiger Tail Sea Horses as well as so much more. Rounding one rocky out crop on the sand we came face to face with the Leopard Shark. Its was resting on the sand. We stayed a good distance away then made our way to its front so he can see us so not to spook it. We sat back and watched the instructor. He can in very low to the floor directly in front of the shark, folded his arms and crept forward till he was no more than 2 foot from it and they just looked at each other. Then just back away without flapping arms or stirring up the bottom. We all moved in one at a time and waited for the other person to move off before going in. How amazing to be no more than a couple of feet away from a big shark. We stayed and watched as another group came. This time they saw the shark and all swam straight at it from all sides and above it. The shark took one look and swam away. This other group had not been briefed by the instructor so did not get the experience we did.
 
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We back on the boat we packed the equipment away and had a nice hot shower. The chef had been busy again and there were pancakes with Banana, Mango and with honey or chocolate sauce and fresh fruit. this was eaten up on the Sun Deck where we looked at each others photos (and compared Ours to the Other Group Who scared the Leopard Shark Away). Ours were so much better and that was Totally down to our Instructors in depth briefings and instructing US. How to Move to the positions and How to Best Dive with these creatures. When diving in Phuket there are many different Some are a few companies but for the sake of a Baht Cheaper $$ Couple of the Experience Will be un comparable. You are in Phuket Thailand and As I said before I had for a Holiday Experience What I paid was worth the Three times. Phuket Scuba diving is Something Special. There may be better boats or better dive sites around the world but for the whole trip I can not see how it can be improved and for such a small price. 4,200 bht for the whole day and wait till you see the photos of the sunset as we came home. Most people can only dream of seeing things like this.
 
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phuket scuba diving will get you views you will remember for life.
 
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phukethailand is a holiday to remember
 

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