Understanding WindGuru Phuket Scuba Diving
Windguru is one of the best weather sites for getting an understanding of the conditions related to scuba diving in Phuket.
A Quick Video ON Understanding Windguru
The website windguru.com is the guide and go to website for not only all scuba diving and boating agencies in Phuket but the world wide.
Given that all of the scuba diving in Phuket is involved a lot of boat travel (anywhere from 1.5 hours for Racha Yai and three hours for Phi Phi) most scuba diving rely on it heavily for information for the safety and enjoyment of their customers.
Often divers particularly those doing beginner course such as the PADI Discover Scuba Diving or PADI Open Water Course have never been on a boat for extended periods. Given that it is their first experience at scuba diving we try to make it as enjoyable as we can.
Often we provide the website to divers to assist them in planning their dives whist in Phuket. To the untrained eye it look like a lot of lines and colours and really doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Hopefully this blog will help a little.
On the website there are two very important features regarding boat travel and they are wind speed/gust and wave height. The stronger the wind the larger the waves. The larger the waves the more uncomfortable and sometime dangerous the boat trip can be.
To a lessor extent rain is also an issue. Not that rain itself effects the diving to much but it does effect diver comfortability. As you will spend long periods on the boat, being wet for most of the day is not pleasant.
Wind and Waves
Way back in 1807 navel officer Francis Beaufort designed a wind – wave scale based on his observations at sea (and land). This scale has since become the guide to understand the correlation between the wind speed and the subsequent wave height. Basically, the stronger the wind, the bigger the waves. The bigger the waves the more uncomfortable the day scuba diving trip will be.
Beaufort Scale – Aussie Scale
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