Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
3Trip End Nov 20, 2005
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I'm now on Koh Tao and have been here for almost two weeks already. I arrived on a lovely (cough) night boat which was empty (cough) so I could lie down (cough) on the soft (cough) floor and sleep (cough) during the pleasant (cough) six to seven hour trip. Anyway, I arrived none the worse for wear and was quickly checked into a nice guesthouse and signed up to start two dive courses that day.
That was when I met Andy. Meeting Andy was like meeting a vision of the future... Andy had arrived in Koh Tao three weeks earlier, meaning to stay for a week and do his Open Water Diver course. Well, three weeks later, he was doing his Rescue Diver Course and wasn't quite sure when (or even if) he was going to leave, save that he was supposed to do a visa run in the imminent future. So I settled in, thinking I was staying a week to do the rescue course and do some fun dives, but then I finished that and started to get comfortable and meet people and start thinking about... well... staying.
So now, a week after finishing the Rescue Diver course, I've started to work on my Divemaster - the first professional diving qualification. Most of the DMTs are staying for two to three months to complete it, with some staying for six or seven depending on finances and other restrictions upon them. Basically for a small fee, you can dive an unlimited number of times to build your experience levels. Thus it came about that I went diving this afternoon on a fun dive. Very, very exciting. Everyone except Johan (my buddy) and I saw a turtle because some doofus swirled up all the silt on the ground, meaning we couldn't see it.
Apart from diving, I've not been doing much other than working on my tan - for all those who thought fair/pale skin doesn't tan... YOU'RE WRONG!!!
Food is dodgy on the island - they have even managed to westernize Paad Thai and do it with sweet and sour... It is horrendous! However, the daily fresh barbeque is brilliant and usually involves decent conversation and a few beers, so that's all nice!
Anyway, speaking of dinner and barbeques... Ciao!