The weather on Koh Samui has been a mixed bag this month with flat seas and blue skies on some days but high winds and big waves on other days, forcing us to cancel trips! Not what we want to do but safety and enjoyment for our customers is the most important thing and as we always say "we can't control the weather unfortunately!" We've definitely seen an improvement in the weather throughout the month as well as visibility at the majority of dive sites, which is great news. Bring on February and things will be on the up and up for diving around Koh Samui.
We've had opposite ends of the age spectrum this month, with a few 10 year old's starting their diving adventure with their PADI Open Water course or Discover Scuba Diving experience (the minimum age required to begin being 10) and then Bryan at the tender age of 65 blowing his first bubbles! All of them did extremely well and found this whole diving thing pretty easy!
We also have 2 new Pro's to welcome to the club this month - Sisi & Stephanie who both finished their PADI Divemaster courses. Sisi who speaks English, Cantonese & Mandarin and Stephanie who speaks French & English will be very versatile as new Professionals and both worked extremely hard to achieve their accreditation. We look forward to working with them again in the coming months as they undertake their IDC's with The Dive Academy.
There has been a couple of Whale Shark sightings at Sail Rock so hopefully that's a sign of things to come over the next few months - fingers crossed! We have also had a few turtle sightings out at Koh Tao this month which is a good thing and hopefully there are more to come of these precious creatures too.
The team still managed to find time to support the International School of Samui in raising funds in a Finathon for Shark Guardian (Shark conservation projects) and Project Aware (PADI's Marine conservation project). We managed to raise 11,100 baht for these 2 worthy causes.
January has also seen the arrival of new BCD's and wetsuits and all of our regulators have been serviced. We've also got new signs around both the Bandara and Centara Villas highlighting all the great diving & snorkeling options available.
Finally The Dive Academy zoo grew and shrunk this month! We finally managed to catch 'Mumma' and have her spayed, so that after 4 litters in less than 2 years, she can finally have a break and we can reduce the numbers of babies around. And we managed to find homes for 2 of the 3 latest kittens which is great to know they will be able to live a better life than under the floor of the Bandara restaurant! Sadly the other ginger kitten seems to have inherited or developed a neurological disorder and so is now owned by the local vet who is going to take care of him. Ninja is still ruling the roost in the office though!