Koh Tao

Trip Start Nov 23, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2007

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Koh Tao (Turtle Island)!! We've come here for a bit of a 'detox' as Koh Pangnag took it out of us! Dan and I are doing a 4 day diving course, while Josh didnt want to ( I think he's a little scared of the sea?) So he and Ross (friend from home for those of you who don't know) are doing loads of different stuff on the island.

We've got decent accomodation here and for the first time since Bangkok we havent shared beds!!! Although Dan has found another bath room door to bang his head on every morning.
Dan and I have been in the pool today, on our second day of the course, not many fish but we learned the basics of diving and learnt how to use all the equipment. Tomorrow we go out to the sea! Its a 12 metre dive, which is pretty small, but we'll still get to see loads of fish and coral. The main reason for doing the course is so that we can go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Austrailia!! Josh will have to watch from the shores :(

Sawadeecaap!! ("Hello" in Thai) I am currently writing this from Bangkok but I will fill you in on what happened in Koh Tao...

After passing our written exams, Dan and I went on our first dive. The weather was not great, in fact, a tropical storm was just finishing, so it meant our ocean debut was going to be a scary one. In our group of six we kitted up, jumped off the boat. We were instructed to hold on to a rope and guide ourselves down slowly using the rope as a reference. Under the water I could not see anything!! It was so foggy, it didnt help that my mask filled up straight away, so I had my eyes closed, slowly decending. Obviously you can't really hear anything underwater, so to say I was dissorientated would be an understatement! I decided to accent to the surface where I found my head between 2 giant boats!! Our buoy had moved under one of the boats and was stuck, our instructor eventually joined us at the surface and told us to get the hell out of there!!

Our second dive was a little clearer, we could see eachother at a distance of about 1 metre, didnt see very many fish though! We did loads of different underwater skills, taking off our mask and putting it back on, taking our air out and putting it back in. When we finished we were absolutly knackered, desperate for a hot shower! Unfortunatly it wasnt to be as like most of the accomodation in Thailand, you're lucky to get hot water! 
The next day of diving was much better, the weather was improving and we had more underwater task to do. One of which was compass navigation. Our instructor explained how to use the compass to those who didnt already know, any said to everyone 'are you sure you know how to use one'? Everyone nodded yes. When we got 10metres underwater we got into our 'buddy groups' me and Dan. We were up first, I had the job of counting Dan's leg repetitons, while making sure he didnt sink or float to the top. Colombus, I mean Dan had the compass, and we swam away into the deep blue sea, I counted 20 repetitions, while Dan had his eyes firmly fixed onto the compass needle, we turned around and headed back to our group, I counted another 20 repetitions and could see the group we were well and truly lost. We mumbled to eachother, I said something like "mmbm mmm m mmm m mmbbmm mm mm mbb" which translated means, What the f*ck where have you taken us? I though you could read a compass? Dan replied, " mmmbm mb mmmb mbbmm mbmb" I dont know where we are, I cant read a compass, I thought I did know how!" So we swam about a bit, saw a few fish and eventually decided to accent to the top, which we did pretty well. We waited at the top and eventually our instuctor found us, he wasnt too happy.


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