PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui

PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui

Earlier this week I conducted a PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui. This course is in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ‘Easy Divers’. Right here on Koh Samui.

My students is Rasmus from Stockholm in Sweden. He works at the uni in Stockholm and occasionally does clean ups in Stockholm. Now he is interested how PADI approaches this topic. Hence he takes the opportunity to enroll in this course. Wife and kids are at the hotel in Chaweng, Rasmus is stuck with me for the day!

PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui
PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui

One of the bottles we are able to find in Baan Taling Ngaam. Wat Kiri Wongkaram is directly behind us.

We first tried our luck near Hin Ta and Hin Yai in Lamai. A very popular tourist attraction on the island. However, we are not here to see the land sights. In contrast, we are here to complete an underwater clean up. Consequently, we are more interested in what we can see and find underwater.

Unfortunately both did not work very well for us. There were big waves and visibility was very low. Add some surge and you get the picture. As a result, we had to abort the dive after 14 minutes.

What to do now? After a quick check in with the dive center, we decided to try again in Baan Taling Ngaam. So, off we went.

PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui
PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui

Our two bags with collected trash from the dive in Baan Taling Ngaam. 7 bottles and some plastic items. Not too bad actually, considering how clean the dive site is.

Once Taling Ngam, we find ourselves once more next to a tourist attraction. This time the much lesser visited and kind of ‘off the beaten track’ Wat Khiri Wongkaram. This is one of the two temples on Koh Samui that hosts the remains of a mummified monk.

On the other hand, once more, that’s not why we are here. Certainly to our relief, there were no waves and visibility wasn’t great, but good enough to get the job done. Most importantly, Rasmus was used to similar dive conditions. As a bonus, the water is warm!

The nest 50 minutes are spend cruising along at fairly shallow depths. Very quickly we encounter a band that stretches along the coast, with plants. This band is maybe 4 meters wide and beyond this band, sand waits. After a while cruising over the sand, we decide we will be better off finding debris in the plan area.

PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui
PADI Diving Against Debris specialty on Koh Samui

Some of the plants we found underwater. My first time at this dive site in 20 years of living on Koh Samui. I never have seen these plants in such abundance anywhere else at Samui dive sites. Certainly an interesting find.

We managed to find various kind of glass bottles and some plastic waste. For example, a plastic coffee cup and a wrapping paper.

The Diving Against Debris course materials give you 100 different options to note what you actually can find. A very precise and accurate date collection paper is at hand and filled out. We also log our dive at the Project Aware website, with a very cool and easy to use dive site measuring tool. This allows you to calculate very precise how big the area is that you covered. Including latitude and longitude details. Once we manage to transfer this information to the digital data base. we’re all good and done with the course.

If you’re interested in this PADI Specialty, please contact me. Don’t be shy! It’s great fun and you learn a few things.

Are you looking for more? You want to change your life? Become a PADI Instructor with me. Firstly, the next PADI IDC courses start 4th January 2020 on Koh Lanta in Thailand. This is in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center ‘ Blue Planet Divers’

Secondly, you can also join me on Malapascua in the Philippines. Next courses here start 6th February and 23rd March. This is in conjunction with PADI 5* IDDR Resort ‘Thresher Cove Resort’. Come and join me here and see the thresher sharks.

Thirdly, on 3rd May I have an IDC in Khao Lak. Ask for more details.

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