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Do I Need to Know How To Swim to Scuba Dive?

This is a question that I often get asked, and really it is not as simple as YES or NO. Here is some explanations and reasons why. If you want to become a certified scuba diver by doing the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the answer is yes. In the PADI Open Water Diver Course it is specified that you have to be able to swim continuously for 200 metres. This can be with any stroke however it does need to be continuous without stopping. There is alternate option and that is you do a 300 metre mask, fin and snorkel swim. Some do find this easier to the 200 swim. You also have to be able to tread water or float for at least 10 minut [...]

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PADI Instructor Profile – Lara Weyhausen – German

Aussie Divers Phuket introduces Lara Weyhausen, our English/German speaking PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Lara is from Niedersachsen in the north west of Germany. Her first scuba diving experience was on the small island of Koh Phangan, Thailand when she was just 12 years old. She did a PADI Discover Scuba Diving with her mother and sister and was fortunate enough to see a whale shark. Something she loves reminding her boss about as he has never seen one. Lara didn’t dive again for another nine years. She did her PADI Open Water Course in Cairns, Australia and fell in love with diving. Less than two years later she [...]

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My Most Memorable Dive

Here is a list of the staff at Aussie Divers most memorable dives. My most memorable dive was at South Tip, Racha Noi in 2009. It was a charter trip with a company I used to work for. The boat was full of either divemasters or instructor. My group was the last in the water, there were three of us. We were doing our safety stop when I noticed a huge Oceanic Manta Ray in the distance swimming towards as. The manta ray swam right up to us and started swimming circles around us. It was amazing and needless to say we start a bit longer underwater than we should have. We were pumped when we got back on the boat and would not shut [...]

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Top 10 Creatures to See Scuba Diving Around Phuket

There are a lot of very cool creatures to see scuba diving around Phuket. Here is our top 10. By far my favorite creatures to see whist scuba diving around Phuket is the Giant Manta Ray. Often compared with the Whale Shark as the most sort after underwater creature to see whilst scuba diving. I consider these majestic creatures as number one because they are more regularly sighted and interact better with scuba divers. Manta Rays often come very close to scuba divers, circling divers and can come within a metre of lucky divers. There is nothing more exhilarating than making eye contact with a massive 6-metre creature. Phuket [...]

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Why We Should Help Save All Sharks

30% of sharks today are endangered. Here is a blog that will explain why we should help save all sharks. Phuket and its surrounding areas are fortunate to have some wonderful sharks to go diving with. Black Tip Reef sharks and Leopard (above) sharks are possibly the two most common. The Phi Phi islands often provide great sightings of Black tips with Palong Wall on Phi Phi Ley being one of the best. On a good day it is possible to see up to 20 or 30 sharks, which makes for an amazing dive. One of the best features of the black tips is that they are commonly located in shallow water and can be easily seen by even the most novic [...]

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Aussie Divers Phuket – Most Wanted List

Here is the team at Aussie Divers Phuket list of the most wanted to see underwater list. With tens of thousands of different marine creatures spread out across the vast waterways of the world, it is impossible for a divers to see everything in one lifetime. Even experienced divers with 1000’s of dives find it difficult to fulfil their dreams. Here our experienced team of Aussie Divers Phuket instructors give a quick insight into what creatures that they are yet to see. Not something that is found here in Phuket. When talking to divers who have seen them and other big whales, the speak of the gracefulness and sheer pr [...]

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Simplifying your PADI IDC Choices

Aussie Divers Phuket - Instructor Development Course Simplifying your PADI Instructor Development choices with Aussie Divers Phuket. · Be a certified diver for at least 6 months · Be at least 18 years of age · Be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent from other agency · 60 logged dives to start 100 to be certified (let us know if you do not have 100 logged dives) · Experience in Navigation dives, night dives and deep dives · Have Emergency First Response Training or equivalent with CPR Training completed in the last 24 months · Have a medical certificate not older than 12 month and mu [...]

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Why does my scuba mask fog up?

Fogging scuba or snorkeling masks have been a scuba diving issue since scuba diving first started.A foggy mask can ruin a dive. Here we will try and work out why does our scuba masks fog up? The basic principle on why a mask fogs is a simple one. In the simplest term, temperature inside the mask is greater than the outside of the mask. The temperature difference occurs because our body temperature inside (skin, forehead, breathing) is around 37 degrees Celsius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit and the water on the outside of the mask is less than the water temperature. Very basically, the temperature difference causes condensation (assiste [...]

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Women in Scuba Diving – Phuket

Scuba diving, once a male-dominated sport, has seen a significant shift in recent years. It is welcome news that thee advancement of girls and women in scuba diving has opened up new possibilities for exploration beneath the waves. With their passion, determination, and skill, female divers are making waves in the underwater world, especially so in Phuket and Thailand. In Phuket, Thailand the numbers of female scuba divers have been on the incline for a number of years now. This is now coming close to 40 % of all new scuba divers being female. This is almost 10% higher than ten years ago. Historically, scuba diving has [...]

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Day Trip Diving In Phuket, Thailand

When scuba diving in Phuket you'll be embarking on what is referred to as 'Day Trip Scuba Diving', day trips will take you to one or many of the Islands around Phuket that house our outstanding reefs & wrecks. Because these Islands are typically one to two hours from Phuket mainland (Chalong Pier) by boat it works out much better if you do multiple dives while you are out there. Day trip diving in Phuket, Thailand will usually see you doing two or three dives per day, which is awesome because you get to see a multitude of different dive sites, marine life and scenery for a relatively low price, plus we get you back home in time for dinner.

Day trip diving in Phuket is suitable for divers of all levels, whether experienced, new, or total beginners, including Discover Scuba Divers, we have many options for day trip divers, including Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi & Racha Yai and the King Cruiser Wreck. Basically it is just a matter of deciding which day trip and dive sites best suit your level of diving comfort and then contact Aussie Divers to book it.

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