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Diving in koh Tao

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Koh Tao has been amazing. We spent 4 days doing our PADI course- the first two were theory and the second two were diving in the sea. The first pool dive was a challenge because we learnt how to set up all our own equipment, then had to dive underwater, fill our masks and clear them, practice losing our regulator and alternate air supplies, swimming with no mask and then putting it on full of water before clearing it underwater. We practised fin tipping and a few other bits too. The third day, we took our skills to the real test and did our 12 meter dives. The visibility was pretty bad the whole time we were there (around 5 metres and less) but we still saw some fish. On the first dive, we actually had a massive school of baracudas swimming around us in a giant circle. It literally looked like a wall of fish which was amazing. It wasn't all fun and games though because we still had to practice loads of stuff, including filling and clearing the mask at 12m which is horrible, especially when you have to remove it. We were all exhausted that night, but had to sit our PADI theory exam which we all passed wahoo! Then it was just food and an early night for everyone. Our final day was more fun although I did get seasick. We had two more dives and lots of skills to practice, but we saw a lot more fish including a trigger fish, angel fish, baitfish and coral too. Again visibility was not great but we covered much more ground. The entry into the water was more difficult because we had to hold a rope and slowly descend in really murky water. That seemed to go on forever because we were going down to 18m this time round. We had dinner at this Mexican place called 'El Toro' where I had the best fajitas of my life, then we had some shooters and sangrias with the group while we did a pub quiz. There were people performing with fire down on the beach who we couldn't take our eyes off! It looked like a cross between martial arts and circus tricks, where these guys were spinning fire all around them and then taking paraffin soaked chains to the sea and spinning them so that they just brushed the water. This made the whole chains drip fire and lit up all the water around it! From there we went to a ladyboy show which would put our drag queens to shame! It was hilarious and we had a laugh watching them miming and dragging guys on stage. Some of the boys actually did look like women it was so odd.
It was sad to be leaving koh Tao, but we were excited to go to Koh Phagnan which is where we are now :)n amazing. We spend 4 days doing our PADI course- the first two were theory and the second two were diving in the sea. The first pool dive was a challenge because we learnt how to set up all our own equipment, then had to dive underwater, fill our masks and clear them, practice losing our regulator and alternate air supplies, swimming with no mask and then putting it on full of water before clearing it underwater. We practised fin tipping and a few other bits too. The third day, we took our skills to the real test and did our 12 meter dives. The visibility was pretty bad the whole time we were there (around 5 metres and less) but we still saw some fish. On the first dive, we actually had a massive school of baracudas swimming around us in a giant circle. It literally looked like a wall of fish which was amazing. It wasn't all fun and games though because we still had to practice loads of stuff, including filling and clearing the mask at 12m which is horrible, especially when you have to remove it. We were all exhausted that night, but had to sit our PADI theory exam which we all passed wahoo! Then it was just food and an early night for everyone. Our final day was more fun although I did get seasick. We had two more dives and lots of skills to practice, but we saw a lot more fish including a trigger fish, angel fish, baitfish and coral too. Again visibility was not great but we covered much more ground. The entry into the water was more difficult because we had to hold a rope and slowly descend in really murky water. That seemed to go on forever because we were going down to 18m this time round. We had dinner at this Mexican place called 'El Toro' where I had the best fajitas of my life, then we had some shooters and sangrias with the group while we did a pub quiz. There were people performing with fire down on the beach who we couldn't take our eyes off! It looked like a cross between martial arts and circus tricks, where these guys were spinning fire all around them and then taking paraffin soaked chains to the sea and spinning them so that they just brushed the water. This made the whole chains drip fire and lit up all the water around it! From there we went to a ladyboy show which would put our drag queens to shame! It was hilarious and we had a laugh watching them miming and dragging guys on stage. Some of the boys actually did look like women it was so odd.
It was sad to be leaving koh Tao, but we were excited to go to Koh Phagnan which is where we are now :)

Posted by Kirstyonwroot 18:00 Archived in Thailand

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