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Taking the road less traveled Spending a year in five continents to embrace my "inner turtle", to live simply, and to avoid being shark bait!


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Fun dives and fun people-watching

THAILAND | Sunday, 11 Mar 2012 | Views [773]

Outside of the four courses, I also took in several fun dives, and met may other divers and travelers. Some divers were on holiday, and had previous diving experiences or were certified elsewhere; some were new divers who just took and passed the Open ... Read more >

Tags: fun dive, koh nang yuan, koh tao

Dive course #4: Diving with Nitrox

THAILAND | Saturday, 10 Mar 2012 | Views [410]

Many divers I met recommended taking the course and getting certified in Nitrox diving. Nitrox is the commonly used term for enriched air, or air that has more oxygen added so it's above 21%, and thus less nitrogen. For recreational divers, we could ... Read more >

Tags: koh tao, nitrox

Dive course #3: Rescue diver

THAILAND | Saturday, 3 Mar 2012 | Views [395]

My next class, Rescue Diver, wasn't so popular, so I was the only student. Being a rescue diver included learning to be an emergency first responder on land, so the course started with watching another DVD (a poorly made video with bad actors acting ... Read more >

Tags: koh tao, rescue dive

Thoughts on Koh Tao

THAILAND | Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | Views [2249]

Koh Tao, aka Turtle Island, is a great place to release your "inner tortoise".  No one really observes time, and days of the week don't matter (unless you want to join the pub crawl, which takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).... Read more >

Tags: koh tao, scuba diving, thai massage

Dive course #2: Advanced Open Water Diver, part 2

THAILAND | Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 | Views [968]

Having endured the embarrassment of being lost, I returned the next morning for the next two dives. The French couple in my class didn't seem annoyed that their dive was cut short when I got lost, but then again I don't know French.  The first dive ... Read more >

Tags: advanced open water, koh tao, night dive, thailand, wreck dive

Dive course #2: Advanced Open Water Diver

THAILAND | Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | Views [1737]

The advanced open water certification allows divers to dive up to 30 meters.  My class this time had three students, me and a young French couple.  First we had to choose three of the five specialties to focus (the two mandatory are Peak Performance ... Read more >

Tags: advanced open water, buoyancy world, koh tao, thailand, underwater navigation

Dive course #1: Open Water Diver, part 2

THAILAND | Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | Views [680]

The fourth and last day of the open water course were two dives in the morning.  We met at 7 AM, went through the whole routine of loading, boarding the boat, gearing up, and dived in by 8:30. The first site was Shark Island, which sadly has no sharks;... Read more >

Tags: adobe premiere, idvd, koh tao, open water diver, padi, thailand, underwater videographer

Dive course #1: Open Water Diver

THAILAND | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | Views [575] | Comments [2]

I started the PADI Open Water Diver course the day I arrived on Koh Tao. Once passed, this course gives a diver the credential to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 meters. There were three other students besides me in my class: a young guy from ... Read more >

Tags: blue-spotted stingray, koh tao, open water diver, padi, scuba diving, sea turtle, thailand

Off to Koh Tao

THAILAND | Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | Views [854]

Getting to Koh Tao from Bangkok required an overnight bus ride. After being assigned a seat on the bus, all of us passengers waited at Khao San Road for an hour before the bus arrived. Once on the bus around 9 PM, I was given a pillow and light throw.... Read more >

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