What Drives Me During COVID
What Drives me during COVID? During 2020 I repetitively heard comments to stay positive during these COVID times. These were always done with the best of intentions of the speaker. Often doing their best to keep everyone upbeat during some pretty tough times. As there was no international tourism, the scuba diving industry in Thailand was hit hard. The inner me always found these comments a little frustrating and I didn’t know why. During COVID I had been working hard against the norm, making changes to my business and expanding the company. There have been some good results for us. Oddly though, I don’t think I was positive durin [...] Read The Story Everything Else
Things to do in Bangkok
Stuck in Thailand, bored in Bangkok and looking for new things to do? Get your PADI certification with Aussie Divers! During these times of border closures and travel restrictions there is no shame in being bored. The first few days and weeks were golden, exploring your local area, sleeping in and watching everything on Netflix. Six months in, still with no international travel in sight and your looking for new ideas to elevate boredom. Time to find some new things to do in Bangkok and around Thailand! For a limited time Aussie Divers & PADI are offering a free online introduction module, with interactive PADI eLearning. Click [...] Read The Story Everything Else
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 [...] Read The Story Everything Else
Things you cannot do straight after scuba diving
During your PADI Open Water course you learnt that there are some things you cannot do straight after scuba diving. We can all remember that we cannot fly after scuba diving however there are quite a number of other things we should avoid doing as well. All have to do with the build-up of nitrogen in our body and all heighten the risk of decompression sickness and should be avoided. As you will read, a lot have not been tested. They are however recommendations from experts in the field based on their knowledge. As we have all learnt previously we cannot fly after scuba diving. PADI recommends 12 hours after a single di [...] Read The Story Everything Else
What is the Oldest I can Scuba Dive?
Scuba Diving is a unique activity that low impact and minimal skill requirement allows it to be enjoyed by most age levels and sporting prowess. Here we explore what is the oldest you can scuba dive? However at both ends of the age level spectrum there are some precautions that need to be addressed prior to diving. With children, emotional and behavioral maturity are the major concerns. With the older generation, it is medical fitness to dive that is the major worry. If a diver passes all of the medical requirements there is no reason why they cannot safely dive. This of course require a common since approach to the dive as well. [...] Read The Story Everything Else
What I look for when Employing a Scuba Diving Instructor
Here are some tips about what I, the boss looks for when I am employing a scuba diving instructor. Being a PADI Scuba Diving instructor is one of the best jobs in the world. Given that PADI has dive centres in 186 countries around the globe, this could give a dive instructor the opportunity to travel and work. I don’t think there is a dive instructor out there that does not dream of working their way around the world and diving in exotic locations. However, with over 170,000 PADI Pros already out there and 1,000’s of new divemasters and instructors coming through each year, only the best will be able to fulfill the dream. [...] Read The Story Everything Else
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 [...] Read The Story