It’s a Little Windy Down in Koh Tao

Posted on 07/13/09 No Comments

One of the best thngs about tech diving in Pattaya is that it has the best weather of any Thai dive area. It’s not seasonal — so dive sites don’t close — and the waves and wind are much less severe than Koh Tao / Koh Samui. It seems the wind is whipping things up […]

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DSAT Officially Acknowledges Coming Changes to Tec Rec Program

Posted on 07/08/09 1 Comment

While executives from the DSAT technical diving arm of PADI have been doing roadshows — like this recent one in Pattaya — informally describing plans to change its Tec Rec program, there have been, until now, no official word from the agency itself other than to say DSAT was considering various bits of feedback. Today, […]

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MV Trident Dives HTMS Pangan

Posted on 07/08/09 No Comments

The deep wreck explorers at Koh Tao’s MV Trident are back home after their early July expedition to the HTMS Pangan. The three-day, three-night tech liveaboard hosted tech divers from various Koh Tao schools. Rediscovered in August 2005, the Pangan is Royal Thai Navy ship bult in Japan before World War II. Carrying ammunition and […]

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Ayesha Cantrell Showcases Koh Sok for Under Water Photography Magazine

Posted on 07/07/09 2 Comments

Ayesha Cantrell, perhaps the best-known female technical dive instructor in Thailand, is giving diving in The Kingdom some more good press with a photo essay on the impressive caverns of Koh Sok National Park in the coming issue of Under Water Photography magazine. Cantrell, who worked a number of jobs in the U.K. and abroad […]

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Poseidon Recalls Besea W50 Wings Due to Drowing Hazard

Posted on 07/03/09 No Comments

Manufacturer Poseidon of Sweden and U.S. distributors Poseidon West, of West Lake Village, Calif., Poseidon Central, of Conroe, Texas, and American Divers Division, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., have announced a voluntary recall of defective Poseidon Besea W50 Diving Wings. The inner bladder located inside the diving wing can break, causing the wing to fail to […]

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MV Trident Liveaboard to HTMS Pangan July 2-5

Posted on 07/02/09 1 Comment

The wreck hunters at the MV Trident will sail again July 2 for the HTMS Pangan on a 3-day, 3-night tech liveaboard trip. Rediscovered in August 2005,  the Pangan is Royal Thai Navy ship bult in Japan before World War II. Carrying ammunition and gunpowder for disposal, she reportedy sunk in a storm in 1961. Fire damage […]

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DSAT Outlines Coming Revamp of TecRec Program at Pattaya Forum

Posted on 06/28/09 9 Comments

Heeding customer feedback and finally bowing to market pressures, PADI’s DSAT technical diving arm is preparing an overhaul of its TecRec Deep and Trimix courses that will lower the entry barriers to the course and give instructors more flexibility. Although final course outlines have not been finalized, the Tec Deep course will be broken into […]

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Closed-Circut Divers Australia & MV Trident’s Gulf of Thailand Virgin Wreck Expedition

Posted on 06/23/09 1 Comment

The following is a trip report by Lance Robb of Closed-Circuit Divers in Australia which last month chartered Koh Tao’s MV Trident for a week-long tech liveaboard. If you’ve got a great Thailand tech diving trip report, use the Contact form to let us know. The MV Trident usually operates out of Koh Tao and […]

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Using Medication While Tech Diving

Posted on 06/22/09 No Comments

With aisles full of over-the-counter medication, self-dosing a stuffy nose, burning stomach or aching back is all too common. In Thailand, and other third-world countries, where the corner phamacy will gladly sell you prescription drugs usually only available after a doctor’s examination, it’s even easier. While we all know of people who down the Actifed […]

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Reminder: DSAT TecRec Update in Pattaya Sunday

Posted on 06/17/09 No Comments

Just a reminder that PADI’s DSAT technical diving division will host a roundtable forums in Pattaya June 21 to gather suggestions and ideas on the future of the agency’s tech courses. DSAT has been doing forums around the world to map out what its instructors want for future tech-diving courses. As part of these discussions, […]

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Choosing the Right Wreck-Diving Reel

Posted on 06/15/09 1 Comment

Reels are essential equipment for technical divers, particuarly for those diving wrecks and caves. Yet, as any experienced techie will tell you, they’re a pain to use. Even the best reels will jam, foul, tangle, warp, drop, swing, trap, ratchet, keyhole, bind and bascially drive you nuts. Today’s TECHnique post attempts to make reeling in […]

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15th Century Thai Pottery Found in Ancient Vietnamese Wrecks

Posted on 06/10/09 No Comments

Southeast Asia’s oceans are full of ancient wrecks, many of which contained beutiful and rare pottery. Technical divers around Thailand, with the folks at the MV Trident in Koh Tao at the forefront, have found and explored many of these wrecks. But in Vietnam, underwater archeology is still in its infancy. In a post today […]

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Estimating Oxygen Exposure

Posted on 06/08/09 No Comments

Today marks the first post in a new section on Thailand Tech Diving called “TECHnique,” devoted to tips, tricks, education and “how to” information for the technical diver. While not Thailand specific, we think all of the knowledge can be of use to tech divers in- and outside The Kingdom. Any (good) technical-diving classes will […]

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How Heavy Is Your Dive Bag? A Guide to Airline Baggage Weight Allowances and Restrictions

Posted on 05/29/09 No Comments

How heavy is your diving gear bag? We all buy that great tec gear so we’re kitted and fitted the way we want. But traveling with it is not only a pain, it’s become frighteningly expensive. The U.S. PADI America’s Instructor News Blog today has a guide to weight allowances for major U.S. carriers, which they […]

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Koh Tao Ferry Wreck Is Down There Somewhere, But Big Blue Couldn’t Find It (Yet)

Posted on 05/25/09 No Comments

A large wooden ferry that shuttled goods between Koh Tao Island and Chumphon Pier sunk one night in late April. The crew was recovered, but the Save Koh Tao group wanted to find the wreck. So they contacted Big Blue Tech on the island to do a survey and environmental assessment. The problem is, Big […]

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