Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shop Owner Paul Becomes Our New Course Director!

This past month was a very important month for The Dive Academy as the owner Paul head over to the Dominican Republic to do his Course Director Course. He was missed greatly but did the shop proud coming back as our new Course Director.

The Dive Academy is excited to announce that we are now offering Instructor Development Courses all year round and would love to hear from you. Paul will be more than happy to assist you on becoming a PADI professional and help you to leave that desk job behind and start living the dream. We offer wonderful packages just for you.

We would like to say a big congratulations to Paul on becoming a Course Director this past week. Now all we need is a few eager candidates to help Paul get back in the water. Contact The Dive Academy now to get started today!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The International School of Samui comes to The Dive Academy!

The Dive Academy was very lucky today as we had the International School of Samui come over to the shop for a visit. Ten students and two of their teachers met us at the shop this morning to explore a little bit of what goes on around here.

The original plan was to actually go over to Koh Taen today but due to some unpredictable weather we decided it would be best to hang around the shop. We had the students split up into two groups where one group would head to the pool to learn some equipment set up and get in the water with Nick and Mike while the other group stayed around the shop to learn some Emergency First Response with Oli.

Everyone took a lunch break at noon where we got to eat some fantastic food from Bandara and the students got to run around on the beach and go for a swim in the Ocean. There was also some ping pong available for anyone wanting to take the challenge.

After lunch break the two groups switched locations having those who had not been in the pool yet heading to the pool and those who had not done the Emergency First Response yet heading to the classroom. Everyone was eager to get back at it.

It was a fantastic day today having the International School of Samui coming to explore the world of PADI scuba diving. We are all crossing our fingers and toes that they come back again so we can take them out to the open water now that everyone has had lots of practice with their skills. Thanks for the lovely visit!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

My First Underwater Experience

My name is Cherise and I am currently the Office Manager here at The Dive Academy and I am a PADI Open Water Instructor. This wasn't always my story.

When I was 19 years old I went to Mexico with my family because my sister was getting married there. Mexico has always been a family favorite because it's a short flight away from Canada.

In our down time everyone was deciding what tours we would like to do. A family friend was a diver and basically gave me the idea of trying scuba diving.

The night before my Discover Scuba Diving I managed to get a whole two hours of sleep. I was extremely claustrophobic (thanks to my brother) and terrified of sharks even in our fresh water lakes in Canada.

The day started off with us meeting our Instructor and going through the briefing of what was going to happen for the day. I just wanted to get in the water and get it all over with.

Finally I was jumping into the water for my first dive. I remember putting my face in the water and having it feel very awkward. I could hear myself breathing and feel the bubbles tickling my cheeks. After I managed to do the three skills we got to explore the reef.

The color's were all so bright and beautiful with marine life swimming all around me. There seemed to be no such thing as time as our forty minute dive felt like ten. I knew I was hooked after my first dive experience.

I found myself with a new love for the Ocean and have not looked back since. It still continues to amaze me to this day. Doing the Discover Scuba Dive in Mexico eight years ago remains one of the best decisions of my life.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Getting to know Angelfishes

Angelfishes are thought of as some of the most beautiful of all the reef fishes with their flamboyant colors and beautiful patterns. These fish can hardly fail to attract the attention of any audience.

Don't be fooled by it's close resemblance to the Butterfly fish as it is a close relative. They have strong resemblances in their appearances. They share the same flat disk shape and small mouth with bristle like teeth.

You can tell them apart however because they tend to be a big larger, more brightly and flamboyantly colored. If you see a strong long spine near the pectoral fin you know it's a Angelfish because Butterfly Fish do not have these.

Angelfishes spend their daylight hours near the bottom searching for their food and at night time they retire to their crevices. Whether they live alone, in pairs or small groups they tend to be shy creatures keeping their distance from divers and snorkelers. The larger species can produce a series of loud low frequency recognizable drumming sounds that can surprise the unwary diver.

Angelfish usually have sex reversal capabilities clearly demonstrated in their harem society. If the male should disappear the largest dominant female will change her sex and take on her old partners role. That is if she defeats the attempts of the other males. Within three weeks the sex reversal is complete.

Getting to photograph beautiful Angelfish is not something they are too keen on. You have to practice a lot of patience and dedication. Learn to catch them while they are on the move from coral heads to overhangs. When you finally get one , there's nothing like their beautiful and flamboyant colors to make a wonderful photograph.