Why combine Sidemount with Nitrox?

Nitrox giant stride sidemount diving thailandFor a regular diver making an average dive on a single (12 litre) cylinder will usually be able to make an hour time underwater. This will decrease substantially when diving deeper or in a current, where you quickly will become restricted by your gas supply.

A way to accommodate for this build-up of air consumption is to increase your cylinder size. This by using a 15 litre cylinder or choosing to dive with doubles. However, finding this option on your dive travel or holiday is not always easy.

When we dive with sidemount configuration we usually dive with two cylinders. Not only will this double up your gas supply, but “normal” size cylinders are used everywhere, making it great way to make longer dives on your holiday.

However, diving longer and deeper dives on air is not always a healthy option. If you are making several dives during the day or spend great time at depth on a wreck dive, your nitrogen load might become an issue.

By switching gas in your cylinders to Nitrox or Enriched air we can almost double up the bottom time, due to the lesser nitrogen. Combine this with two cylinder sidemount, you have the perfect recipe for longer, deeper dives on your favourite spot.Nitrox surface sidemount diving thailand

The journey with Kon-Tiki, from Open Water to Scuba Instructor

Matilda Technical Diving Koh Lanta ThailandI took my first breaths underwater when I was 8, in Cyprus, hanging on to the instructor’s BCD and breathing from his alternate air source. The ocean had always fascinated me and now I got to experience it for myself and I loved it.

When I came to Kon-Tiki and Koh Lanta the first time, I was 15, and then I was finally going to do my Open Water course. Four days later, I had become a certified diver and guess if I was excited! Next year I did my Advanced course with Kon-Tiki Phuket and a couple of years later I was graduating high school, with a plan to go back to Koh Lanta and do my Divemaster course. After several holidays on the island I had gotten to know Kon-Tiki and decided that if I was going to do this course, it was going to be done here.

In the fall of 2012 I walked back through the doors of Kon-Tiki Lanta and was introduced to my new instructor, Joachim, who took great care of me throughout my course. During the process I got to know the dive centre and how things work “behind the scenes”. Joachim was (and still is!) an amazingly inspiring mentor and it didn’t take long before I realized I wanted to become an instructor.

Matilda IDC Koh Lanta Diving ThailandI stayed on Lanta for the rest of the season, working as a freelancer for Kon-Tiki. After going back home to Sweden for the summer, I came back in September this year. In mid-November, I started my IDC, blessed with the course director Isa Fayos. The IDC contained long hours in the classroom, several sessions in the pool and a couple of days in the ocean as we prepared for the examination in Phuket. The course was incredibly fun and finally the hard work paid off as I passed my examination.

As I am writing this, I am back home on Lanta, waiting for PADI to process my instructor application and put me in “teaching status”. As a 15 year old, I began my diving career with Kon-Tiki and here I am, five years later, just waiting to jump back into the water with my first open water students. I want to say a big thank you to Kon-Tiki and the amazing staff for having been so supporting during all this and I can’t wait to start the rest of the season, as OWSI #318035.

/Matilda

Sidemount diving – why fix it, if it ain’t broken?

Sidemount diving thailand ao nang krabi koh lantaThe diving community is growing and getting older and we divers are finding new ways to keep inspired. One of the latest trends is to strap two cylinders on the side, reconfigure regulators & hoses and put a small bladder on the back, all put together with black rubber bands. I’m talking about Sidemount diving, an old cave diving method now adapted to be a recreational open water option.

Was there a problem having a cylinder on the back, why this change? Is it a cry out for attention, a way to gather likes on social media, or is it to show off new shiny gear? Probably all three, as divers are very much human too.

Well, new gear, new methods and new skills, keep divers diving. So this means that the biggest reason divers change something that works already, is the challenge to develop and perfect.

The reality is, after a while, most divers will find a sense of boredom after visiting the same dive sites and seeing the same marine life over and over again. This is not likely to change, so let’s change the way of diving and we will keep on submerging ourselves as soon as there is chance to.

So, even as parrotfish and sea anemones are beautiful to look at, a lot of divers find more stimulation in perfecting technique and equipment configuration. Yes, this seems very nerdy, but think about it. When you reach perfect balance, streamlining, buoyancy and trim, you can´t help feeling a sense of achievement.

So, are you a diver that is up for a rewarding challenge?

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The adventure of a Kon-Tiki intern!

Ao Nang Beach Diving Krabi ThailandHello! My name is Daniel Nilsson and I am the new intern at Kon-Tiki here in Thailand. My intern started two weeks ago and I am Daniel Nilsson Kon-Tiki Trainee Diving Krabi Ao Nang Thailandgoing to be here until the 20-12-13. During my time here I have been in the shop, copying papers, marked fins and talked to customers, cleaned the windows and helped out in any way I could. But this isn’t all I have done, I have also been on some of the boat tours, assisting the snorkel and dive guides, helped the guest to find equipment that fits them, like mask and fins. I am going to write on this blog once a week and talk about what I experience and what I am doing. I hope you will continue reading about my time here at Kon-Tiki.

Kon-Tiki launches the PADI Cavern Diver course

PADI Sidemount Cavern Diver course krabi thailand

After a few days of exploring the surrounding underwater caves of Krabi and building on the previous years experience of our Khao Sok tours, we have now launched the Cavern program in a new format.

The PADI Cavern Diver course covers the knowledge and techniques of cavern diving and describes the dangers involved with cave diving. PADI Sidemount Cavern Diver course krabi thailandThe Cavern Diver course is conducted 3 days and 4 training dives, a thorough academic presentation, an equipment modification workshop and line practice land drills. There is no manual, so no boring reading followed by reviews or exams, just very informative and relaxing discussions and practical exercises.

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PADI Advanced Open Water course

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Once you completed your PADI Open water diver course you might feel that something is missing. Maybe you want to dive a bit deeper to see what´s going on beyond the 18m limit. Then the PADI Advanced open water diver course is the perfect step for you. It´s also a highly recommended step as you instantly get a couple of more dives under your belt with an experienced scuba instructor. And who know, maybe this course opens the possibilities for different specialties such as; Deep diver and nitrox diver?

We keep building on what you already learnt in the entry level course and start focusing on how to expand your knowledge and dive skills. As a certified PADI open water diver we often look at our instructors how they move gracefully through the water as with only their mind propelling them. In the PADI Advanced open water diver course we teach you the tricks in how to get better in; Buoyancy, navigation and how to plan longer dives with the use of a dive computer or multilevel RDP. Small underwater “games” slowly advances you buoyancy. By having your PADI Instructor carefully looking on how you behave when performing certain skills and of course during the dive, he/she can the correct the problem you might have/encounter making sure you progress faster than if you would do it by simple trial and error.

A big part of the PADI Advanced open water course is also to safely conduct deeper dives, to a max of 30m. Most people who have done this dive course say that this is what pushes them to do the course. By going down with a dive instructor, who will be there during the dive planning, equipment setup and of course during the actual dive. You are ensured that your dive is made correct and of course this ensures more FUN! It’s a pretty cool feeling cruising on nearly 30m of depth and see how not only the marine life but also the environment change as you descend from the surface.

So take the challenge – do your PADI Advanced open water diver course and become a better diver!

Scuba diver course

PADI Scuba Diver Course

Have you ever been thinking about doing the PADI course but felt like you didn´t have the time? Then the PADI Scuba diver course is the right thing for you. It takes only 2 days and will then certify you to do dives to a maximum depth of 12m accompanied by a PADI Divemaster/Instructor. During this Scuba diving course we will teach you the basic theory and skills needed to safely and enjoyably do dives anywhere in the world. We will start of the first day with a few hours of classroom presentations where the Professional scuba instructors will guide you through it all. The very same day we will also head towards the pool for our first breaths underwater – it´s time to learn how to dive. We will spend the rest of that day having fun “serious fun” and learn the basics in buoyancy and safety, getting ready for day two. The first dive is one you will always remember. Taking on all of the equipment, full of excitement and a bit nervousness and later taking the plunge in the great blue is exhilarating! No one can ever explain how it feel, it simply so that you can never get the same feeling anywhere else. You will encounter a diversity of marine life like nowhere else. Swim with fish as big as your little finger and as big as you.

It´s an adventure you´ll never forget!

And if you like it – you can upgrade your PADI scuba diver certificate by doing an additional 2 days anywhere, anytime.