Monday, January 29, 2018

To Pee or not to Pee

As divers, you may have heard of the expression "there are 2 types of diver, those who pee in their wetsuit and those who lie about it"!! So what should you do??

Drinking a lot of water before and after diving will help keep you hydrated and is also important to reduce any possible risks of DCS. On Midnight Blue, we are always offering water and drinks to customers to encourage hydration. However the downside is obviously the need to pee. When you are then in or under water there is a physiological response from the cooler temperature and increased pressure that causes your body to think it needs to pee.

Sooooo, should you pee when you're diving or snorkeling then YES! Just when you get up to the surface undo your wetsuit and let some salt water inside to sluice around or rinse off with a fresh water shower. It's nothing to be ashamed about and you definitely shouldn't hold on to it! Drinking lots of water will help to dilute the urine and reduce any smell anyway, so when you're with The Dive Academy just keep asking for more drinks and its a win situation for everyone!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Great deals on flights to Thailand

Right now is a beautiful time to come to Koh Samui, Thailand. Here on the east coast we are out of our monsoon season and into blue skies, calm seas and lots of great marine life to see. For those in Northern Europe there are some airlines who are offering special deals on flights to Thailand right now, so why not have a look and get away from the cold and dreary weather and come and divesnorkel and freedive with us or enjoy the wonders of Angthong Marine Park! Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Emirates all currently have special offers available and Emirates even have a partnership with Bangkok Airways to make your connection to Samui seamless. Come and see The Dive Academy soon!

Angthong Marine Park

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weather and diving

As is normal on a tropical island throughout the year, we can experience tropical storms and showers. Generally this doesn't affect us and a rain shower or thunderstorm is short lived. However particularly around our Monsoon season (November-December) we can experience more severe weather patterns which normally includes strong wind and consequently rough seas. This can then mean that we have to cancel a tour.

We always advise our customers that our decision to cancel any tour is based on safety as that has to be our priority. We follow various maritime websites as well as the Thai Meterological Department. If the TMD issue a weather warning, then we follow it. The same as in any other country in the world, if you ignore this warning then you are risking your customer's safety and your insurance will be invalidated. 

Often we hear comments like "what if we go to a different location to dive", "we had a dive booked with another dive centre and they have cancelled our tour - can we go with you instead", "a snorkel company went out today, so why didn't we". Sometimes, even once explanations are given we still do have customers desperately pleading with us!  

We really understand a cancelled tour can be disappointing for you but hopefully knowing your safety and enjoyment is our priority gives you some perspective. No company wants to turn down business and if we could take you diving and snorkeling we would!! We are being only honest with you and letting you know about conditions that are completely outside of anyone's control. Not being honest with you or indeed not telling you what to expect only leads to upset, frustration and lack of enjoyment. There will always be another company who wants to take the risk and is only concerned about money and not your safety - but that is not The Dive Academy, which is why we have a 100% safety record and many happy customers!