TIME high school abroad – An internship adventure

Internship thailand diving with Kon-Tiki


We are three guys from Karlstad’s international TIME program, Sweden. We have been given the opportunity to spend three weeks in Ao nang, Thailand, as interns for Kon-tiki Krabi. Karlstad’s international TIME program is an upper secondary school that educates students in Digital Medias.

So what we will be doing at Kon-tiki is helping them with web project that will help them reach out to more who wants to try out diving and experienced divers as well. And Kon-tiki has also given us the opportunity to get an Open Water certificate; we are really looking forward to this.

Our journey started at Saturday, 8/3-14, where our flight took off from Arlanda, Stockholm. We reached Ao nang around 11 o’clock on Sunday. We had been told to meet up at Kontiki’s shop with our supervisor Niclas for the first time. He showed us the way to our hotel, where we will be living for three weeks, after introducing ourselves.

At Monday we started the project with creating a new webpage. Monday morning our ride picked us up at our hotel and took us to Kon-tiki’s office. We meet Niclas and another of our colleague Martin at the office.

As I mentioned, Kon-tiki have given us the opportunity to try SCUBA diving. Therefore Niclas took us out at Wednesday for one of Kon-tiki’s Discover Scuba Diving Trips. Our ride arrived at 7.30 am that would take us down to Ao nang beach. We met the Kon-tiki crew at the beach and jumped into one of the boats that would take us to Kon-tiki’s diving boat.  This boat would take us first to the Phi Phi Island, where Niclas guided us through Phi Phi. We took the opportunity to take a short swim at the wonderful beach in Phi Phi, were the weather was great!

We went back to the boat after a short swim and now the boat would take us to the first place where we would dive. When the boat was on its way to the first dive point, we started preparing and fixing our equipment before arriving. In that way we could jump into the blue immediately when arriving to the diving point. Of course Niclas told us the safety rules and told us what we needed to think about while being under the water. When our equipment was ready we jumped into the water with Niclas. He was the one who would take us through the adventure. We had a lot of luck this day because the visibility in the water was very clear and this means we had a good chance to see a lot of marine life. Down under the surface we meet a new world. Hovering of the sea bottom without falling down was something completely new and we had all kind of fish species around us.

And above all of our expectations, we saw sharks. It was not only one shark; the total count was approximately 15 sharks and we saw them many times. The name of the sharks is Black-tip reef shark. They were very beautiful and they showed no signs of aggression at all. It’s really a pity that they have such a bad reputation.

blacktip reef shark diving maya krabi ao nang

If we let them be, they won’t mind us at all. We lost the sight of them when we moved on and after 50 minutes we were up on the surface again. Now it was time to get some food before the second dive. Meanwhile at the boat we were served free drinks from the Kon-tiki staff. Nice fresh fruits were served all the time, a good way to keep the heat down. After a well-served lunch we prepared our equipment and got ready jump into the blue again. This time we would go deeper down and follow a beautiful reef with all kind of species.

This time the diving itself went much better after some problem with keeping a constant height and we started to feel confident in the water.  In this dive we actually saw a beautiful seahorse and the reef itself was amazing.  Along the way we saw a couple morays lurking in their dark holes.  After following the beautiful reef it was time to get.

When we got up on the boat again after the last dive, it was time to put back in the equipment and get home to Ao Nang again. The start of our adventure couldn’t have been better due to our supervisor Niclas and the Kontiki-staff. Thanks to all of you on the boat and we are looking forward to further dives with you that hopefully will result into Open Water certificate.