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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. If you want to become a certified scuba diver by doing the PADI Open Water Diver Course then the answer is yes. In the PADI Open Water Diver Course it is specified that you have to be able to swim 200 metres with any stroke and also have to be able to tread water or float for at least 10 minutes. The reason for this is not for the fact that scuba diving requires you to swim, but rather it is for yours and your groups safety. In the unlikely event that your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) was to falter then there would be no device to keep you afloat [...] Read The Story Everything Else
Support Phuket – Thailand and the Local Scuba Diving Industry
Today more than ever, consumers are faced with many different ways of purchasing or buying the same product. Scuba Diving is no different, particularly the Similan Island scuba diving liveaboard adventures. In recent years has seen the introduction of two large online liveaboard booking agents, Liveaboard.com and PADI Travel. Both are legitimate business. Both operations European based and have huge advertising power beyond the reach of local Thai operators. Prior to that booking were made either directly by the liveaboard operators or through local agents. The local businesses then supported the local economy. Buying loca [...] Read The Story Helpful Diving Info
Travel Times in Phuket to Chalong Pier
Phuket Island is a lot larger than most new visitors believe. It is around 50km in length and about 12km in width. It takes in about 576 square kilometres of land. The island is also a lot busier than some new travelers expect. Official reports have the local population at almost 400,000 however some unofficial reports say that there could be up to 1 million people on the island at any one time. The large number of locals and visitors on the island and the long travel distances creates quite dense traffic conditions and at times can hamper travel times making them a lot longer than expected. Plan your travel time with Google Maps [...] Read The Story