Dive Master Update June!

[singlepic id=347 w=320 h=240 float=left]With so much going on at Sairee Cottage Diving with dive professional training it’s been a while since we had an update on the blog. First up we have Stefan & Anne from Germany and Ruben & Diana from Mexico who are in the final stages of finishing their SSI Dive Master [singlepic id=349 w=320 h=240

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Accommodation on Koh Tao

[singlepic id=345 w=320 h=240 float=left]With Koh Tao’s high season just around the corner I thought it was worth a mention about accommodation on Koh Tao. Over recent years Koh Tao has experienced a tourism boom becoming a standard part of the backpacker trail and holiday traveler destination. The one problem with this is Koh Tao is a lot smaller than

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It’s Never Too Late to get into diving!

[singlepic id=338 w=320 h=240 float=left]Meet Brian Baxter, 56 from Australia (aka Scuba Smurf). Brian has spent most of his working life outside of Australia, has travelled and lived a pretty adventurous life. There aren’t many people that I have met who can match what extremes Brian has done. He has climbed mountains, flies and jumps out of planes for fun.

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Not So Low Season!

[singlepic id=335 w=320 h=240 float=left]To take a term from a Tourism Australia advert “Where the bloody hell are ya?” As Koh Tao moves into May and June the pace winds down with fewer tourists on the island, the reason for this? We are not quite sure! We think it has to do with the west coasts monsoon; many people are

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Pro Development Update!

April with its clear skies, flat seas and crystal clear visibility was another fantastic month for Dive Professional training at Sairee Cottage Diving. [singlepic id=333 w=320 h=240 float=left]First of all we had Sam Rosamond and Shaun Cleary completing their SSI Dive Control Specialist course (assistant instructor) with SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor Chris Fitzgerald. During this time they were introduced

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‘Eco’ Snorkeling!

[singlepic id=328 w=320 h=240 float=left]Not a diver??? Do you care about the ocean but you don’t dive? Well you can still help clean our oceans even without going deep. During the first week of April we went on the snorkeling tour with Aqua Andy.  We had a group of 12 people, only 4 of whom have ever been diving, and

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PADI and SSI

[singlepic id=203 w=320 h=240 float=left]There are HEAPS of different diving agencies in the world that promote different types of diving – commercial, recreational, and technical diving.  Examples of these agencies include PADI, SSI, CMAS, SDI, BSAC, and NAUI.  At Sairee Cottage, we mainly teach PADI and SSI courses. One common question we receive is, “What exactly is the difference between

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New Instructors and Divemasters at Sairee Cottage Diving!

[singlepic id=315 w=320 h=240 float=left]Huge congratulations to Sanne Lammerink and Gareth Jameson and Robin Saldanha on becoming our latest SSI Open Water Instructors. All three of them began their diving with us last year and have progressed all the way to becoming polished dive professionals, with experience leading and teaching divers!  It’s a real pleasure seeing folk come and learn

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Scuba Diving and Fitness

[singlepic id=313 w=320 h=240 float=left]Scuba diving is a fun and enjoyable sport accessible to anyone in good general fitness and in healthy medical condition. By good general fitness you don’t have to be a super athlete to dive but you must be capable of moderate physical exertion without becoming tied or out of breath. You might find yourself asking why

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