January News Koh Tao
[singlepic id=51 w=320 h=240 float=left]Sairee Cottage Diving definitely started off this year with a bang! We met so many fantastic people this month. The weather even started to cooperate: the temperature is warming up, and you can see the beach in front of the restaurant in the afternoons! Ahh, life on a tropical island is wonderful!
Danny, Bear, Neil, Barry, Chris, and Laura taught so many great and enthusiastic divers! They completed loads of Open Water and Advanced courses as well as EFR/Stress & Rescue and Nitrox courses.[singlepic id=54 w=320 h=240 float=right]Our wonderful freelancers (Greg, Sarah, Nacho, and Gordon) also played a tremendous role this month and gained valuable teaching experience. Over the last two months, we ‘graduated’ 2 divemasters; Sam and Paddy. Although Sam went back to England, Paddy has decided to stay in Koh Tao. Congrats to them both! Moreover, we added 3 new team members to the shop: Stefan, an instructor, adds a new dimension as a native German speaker, and Peter, Ingrid, and Andy, are our 3 new divemasters. We are very excited to have them join our team!
We also want to wish Trevor, the dive shop owner, and Laura (or Yeah Mate, as we affectionately call her) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! – Don’t worry though, we celebrated their days of birth with the appropriate amount of Koh Tao gusto!
[singlepic id=47 w=320 h=240 float=left]Diving in Koh Tao just keeps getting better and better! The visibility is now consistently 10+ meters. The seas are flat, and the wind has died down, allowing us to visit dive sites on the other side of the island, such as Southwest Pinnacle and Hin Wong. Our divemasters are excited about the new Liver-Colored Moray Eel, which is hiding under a rock on the west side of the middle pinnacle at Twins and the Remora or Sharksucker, which is hanging out with the school of Chevron Barracuda in between the deep and middle pinnacle at Twins. Chumphon is blooming with sea life – Barracudas galore, massive schools of Fusiliers, Batfish, and giant Malabar Groupers. MOST IMPORTANTLY, Chris discovered a Moorish Idol (think Finding Nemo) on the coastline between Green Rock and Twins. Wicked!
[singlepic id=52 w=320 h=240 float=right]The Sairee Cottage Restaurant is open (yeah!), and the pizza oven is getting plenty of use! Our staff has enjoyed many an evening sitting around the dive shop and enjoying the sunset. We hope to share our little slice of heaven with y’all sometime soon. For more up-to-date information about our dives and life at Sairee Cottage Diving, please visit our Facebook page. See y’all in February!