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The sun was shining, the sea was calm and we had two great dives in Koh Tao.

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Leave the 9-5 grind and escape for a new life – become a PADI Pro.


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela

For many people finding a career or even a job that fills you with passion is an elusive dream. Usually restricted by management codes of practice you don’t have a choice about what to wear to work, or when to go and certainly not where you work or how you work.

Change those ‘challenging’ work colleagues for ‘more interesting ‘challenging ones’


Your work environment can be stressful, your colleagues ‘challenging’ and there is never enough time to really indulge your passions. You never seem to get enough ‘time off’ work and each time you do escape the office the return can often be very painful.

Of course you vow that the next time will be longer but it never usually is.  Continue reading

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Open up the Possibilities, ‘be free’ and let the adventure begin – PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Now you know how to dive let the adventure begin…

As a PADI Open Water Diver  you are licensed to dive to 18m – ever wondered what’s below you? Would you like to see more, know more and delve even deeper into the adventure? Then the PADI Advanced Open Water Course or PADI Adventure Diver is just for you. This is the course that really opens up possibilities for you to discover more about the underwater environment and become a skilled diver. Continue reading

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Zero to Hero or somewhere in between – How far do you want to go?

Do you remember your first dive? Or maybe you haven’t made it yet. Either way it is one of the most exciting things that you’ve probably ever done or can hope to do! 

Credited as being the Father of scuba diving, Jacques Yves Cousteau was the pioneer who opened up the opportunity that we have to dive today. For him, diving was about conquering the unknown and releasing yourself into it.

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”

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Dangerous or the dive of your life? Taking a closer look – what do we really know about the Bull Sharks at Sail Rock?

Divemaster Deb follows up on the Bull Sharks at Sail Rock and asks if they really are dangerous? 

Image courtesy of Vladimir Radnic, Haad Yao Divers (Instructor)

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Bull Sharks at Sail Rock. At the time I had seen one small shark at a distance of approx. 20m. In the past few days I and many other divers have come within 2m of the sharks. With dive boats filled with enthusiastic divers traveling in numbers from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in search of the Bull Sharks, Sail Rock has become a busy spot and one of the ocean’s top predators is becoming more and more curious underwater. Continue reading

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‘Greening for the Queen’ – Koh Phangan local diving community comes together on the birthday of the Queen of Thailand


On Saturday August 11th 2012 the diving community of Koh Phangan came together with the local community in a government supported initiative to

‘Keep Koh Phangan Clean, Keep Koh Phangan Green’

and Haad Yao Divers staff and guests were part of the operation! Divemaster Deb shares her experience:

Eight of the Haad Yao Divers staff accompanied 16 guests in a joint diving and snorkelling clean up task. The initiative was organised by the Thai Government with the support of the local diving community. Haad Yao Divers offered guests a complimentary dive or snorkel to assist with the clean-up operation and all staff offered their time to the cause. Continue reading

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Bull Sharks at Sail Rock… ‘Sail Rock’s Running of the Bulls?’

For the first time ever the beautiful dive site of Sail Rock in the Gulf of Thailand has received a visit from bull sharks – what do we think? Our recently qualified Divemaster Deborah shares her thoughts.

For anyone who has dived at Sail Rock I don’t need to tell you about it’s beauty or charm. For those of you who haven’t, I’d suggest you do your best to make a dive there. The rock has it’s own particular Eco-system and is it’s own world –  almost like a fairytale land submerged in the middle of the ocean, just over an hour’s boat journey from Koh Phangan. I have dived this site over 30 times now and can honestly say that it has never been the same experience for me – but that’s why we dive, to go places we shouldn’t and see things that others can’t! Continue reading

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Tim and his Dive Career – with Haad Yao Divers on Koh Phangan

PADI Divemaster Training with Haad Yao Divers on Ko Pahngan, Thailand

DM Trainee Tim at Sail Rock

Tim, our new Divemaster Trainee, writes about himself, his diving life and his PADI Dive Training with us here on Koh Phangan.

Tim Siebens, Koh Phangan, 14 may 2012.

Hi, I am Tim and like a lot of people I was already for a long time bored and fed up with the stressful lifestyle in Europe and specifically in Belgium, from where I am.  Continue reading

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Camille receives sixth consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

IDC with PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens on Koh Phangan

Camille teaching IDC

Our IDC Course Director Cammille Lemmens receives sixth consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Just in the nick of time before February is over this year, Camille received for the sixth consecutive year running, the Platinum PADI Course Director rating. Continue reading

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