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!

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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.

PADI Open Water course

PADI open water course

Taking the step in becoming a certified PADI Open water diver is often the stepping stone to greater adventures. In the end of this scuba diving course you´ll be certified and trained in how to safely plan and execute a dive with a buddy to a depth of 18 meters.

We start off with a 1-2 days on the classroom/pool to lay the foundations in dive theory and of course the more fun parts of the actual dive skills in the safety and especially comfort of a big pool. Once everything is mastered we take you out to where we really learn how to dive, the big blue. Building on what we already learned in the pool we apply these skills and knowledge to real dives.

You will feel, that what at first felt a bit weird, now feel more comfortable and natural. Going down on the descent line for your first dive, seeing fish in all different kinds of colors and sizes around you. How they pause to see what big strange creatures entered their world is absolutely an unforgettable experience. As you start swimming you start controlling yourself with your breathing, a small inhale lifts you over the big boulders and once over them a gentle exhale takes you down again – the closest we can get to feel how space feels like.

The first time you see a big moray eel swim out in the free, a giant manta ray passing above you, blocking the sun light or maybe the small western clown fish (Nemo) you experience something great. You simply create memories that no one never can take away from you, memories for life.

This is the perfect holiday activity for your family because underwater we are all equal. You´ll meet new people with different background, see new things and you will start going to places few people have ever gone!

PADI Open Water Course and beyond

 

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Last week have been packed with action, we have been teaching new PADI Open Water Divers (Entry Level) and kept taking these divers to the next level, PADI Advanced Open Water, Specialty Courses etc.

There is always the belief that you need more experience (diving), in doing a couple of fun dives on your own before taking this step. Our scuba instructors disagree… Taking the PADI Advanced Course or Specialty Courses, in conjunction with your PADI Open Water Course. Gives you extra dive time with your instructor to fine tune those diving skills you need to have. By letting the professional keeping an eye on you, and helping you realize what you can do better. And why not take this extra time to try new scuba gear and dive styles. In a couple of dives you can improve the same as if you would do trial and error for a couple of day trips.

This is of course not always true, but the majority of us needs extra training to both save our self, the environment and to become true underwater ambassadors.

Who doesn´t want to glide effortless through the water, and like with just a thought raise and sink as we please.

For more info about the different specialties relevant to your Certification level please contact info@kontiki-thailand.com

Kon-Tiki Management at PADI Business Seminar in Bangkok!

PADI Business Seminar

Kon-Tiki Management all fired up for PADI Business Seminar in Bangkok!

Today is the first day of the PADI Business Seminar. General managers and assistant managers from Kon-Tiki Phuket and Krabi is ready to learn new tips, suggestions and business ideas from the leaders of the diving world. We all hope to increase our knowledge and marketability as a PADI Professionals. Business Seminars explain the different marketing aspects in the diving industry. We will learn how to market diving equipment and the different diving courses successfully as a manager to our instructors.

We look forward to go back and show all what we have learned.

Kon-Tiki Thailand PADI 5 Star IDC receives 2012 Award

Diving Thailand PADI Award Kon-Tiki Thailand receives another award for their commitment to the diving industry. This time the award comes from PADI for Kon-Tiki´s outstanding contribution to the diving industry.

Over many years Kon-Tiki have proudly and actively promoted PADI, and it pleases everyone to see Mr. Stefan CEO of Kon-Tiki being presented and awarded the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry Award.

Congratulations Kon-Tiki PADI 5 Star IDC

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Kon-Tiki Thailand and PADI at the Similan Islands

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Kon-Tiki Thailand’s Management team caught a chance for follow up on a PADI Business seminar right at the start off the high season. Members of the Krabi, Koh Lanta & Phuket Branch joined forces to meet with the rest of Thailand’s elite to share business ideas and experiences.

The journey started in different parts of Thailand on Friday afternoon, so when the last email was send, a taxi ride to Khao Lak and we could finally meet up with our other friends from PADI. There was a great turn up from both east and west coast, so soon after greeting everyone, the volume of talking reached 100%.

After a short transfer to Khao Lak Scuba Adventures very own liveaboard Manta Queen we enjoyed a delicious dinner and got our program presented with all the members ready to learn even more.

In the night the boat started its long journey to the Similans and it was announced that we would not only be diving at the Similans, but actually going all the way to Richelieu Rock, which made the whole group extremely happy – Yeah Scuba diving at Richelieu Rock!!!! Thank you Stefan and Mr. Oh for being so generous.

Onboard there was opportunity to try twin set diving, side mount diving and Poseidon’s new Rebreather and with a lot of PADI Diving Instructors onboard wanting to try all the new toys, it is just to get in the line.

Next morning we woke up to clear blue skies and an absolutely calm Andaman Sea, what more can one ask for?! With a couple of twin tanks on our backs we started our descent into the blue blue water with excitement to what this dive would bring. All teams made their way around the site several times shooting away with go pro, video and digital cameras. This dive site is literally covered in beautiful soft corals in all the rainbows colors. You will find groups of fusiliers all over the place and many different species of parrotfish, triggerfish and clownfish hiding. With two dives at Richelieu Rock and the boat just parked above us, made it a perfect day. We finished early afternoon, having time to work on the tan between the dives and fill our stomach with the great food served onboard by the helpful Thai crew. Last dive was a Koh Tachai Pinnacle and we made it back for another snack and a sunset presentation from our favorite PADI Regional Managers Mr. Tony Andrews and Tim Hunt.

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Next morning at Hin Leuang, right by Koh Bon it was back in the water again and all the divers were waiting with excitement to see the Manta Rays, which this dive site is so famous for. It is quite a deep site and covered in yellow tube corals. We could see as far deep down to the bottom and just saw a leopard shark disappearing even deeper. During the dive a couple of curious green turtles passed us closely, so we could get our cover photo.

diving thailand rebreather similan islands

Next dive was to try out the Poseidon Rebreather. After a presentation, which PADI instructor Kevin Black from Kiwi Divers in Phuket gave, we were ready to get under water and try out the new toys! What a feeling! In the beginning there was a strange approach to the buoyancy, but after a few minutes we got the hang of it. The fish came a lot closer and just dancing in front of our cameras. After a half an hour try out, we had to let others give it a go, but definitely something worth doing again. Curious after what else was to find at this dive site, we strapped on the twins again and made our way down to the mooring line to check it out. Furthermore we got to investigate the dive sites of the north Similan Island and night diving in Donald Duck Bay.

diving thailand padi sidemount similan islands

We also got a chance to try sidemount diving. This way of configuring your cylinders keeping them on your side, gives a whole new experience of freedom. Even as this has been a standard for some cave divers for long, it has a lot of benefits for us recreational divers as well, like passing through small swim throughs!

As diving is the best part of Similans, let us not forget the powder-white beaches and the amazing boulders, which they are famous for. As the 3rd evening approached we got the experience one amazing sunset, where the skies were in all different nuances of pink!!!

With 9 dives in the log book, this concluded the PADI Business Seminar follow up 2012 for Kon-Tiki Thailand’s Management team. We would like thank PADI Asia Pacific Tony Andrews and Tim Hunt for arranging the great event, Khao Lak Scuba Adventure for making it happen, Coral Grand, Sairee Cottage, Buddha View, Bans Diving Resort, Planet Scuba, Sail Rock Divers, Sunrise Divers, Triton, Ocean Geo, Kiwi Divers and all others for making it such a successful weekend.

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Malene Jensen

General Manager, Kon-Tiki Krabi