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Divesites of Koh Tao: The HTMS Sattakut Wreck

HTMS Sattakut shipwreck Koh Tao
HTMS Sattakut shipwreck Koh Tao

Shipwreck the HTMS Sattakut (LCI [Landing Craft Infantry] — 742) is one of the favorites and most visited dive sites at Koh Tao island, Thailand.

Dive site located at a 20 minutes distance from Koh Tao and it’s the most popular dive site for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and PADI Wreck specialty diving course.
At 48 meters in length, this former US World War II Navy vessel was commissioned into the Royal Thai Navy in 1947 where it served until it was decommissioned in 2007.
Previously, as a US Navy ship it most famously participated in The Battle of Iwo Jima — one of the fiercest and most strategic battles between the USA and Japan during World War II.

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Few tips to help you with PADI Open Water Diver course in Koh Tao

PADI Open Water Diver course in Koh Tao
PADI Scuba Diving Skills: Fin Pivot - PADI Open Water Diver course in Koh Tao

Well, your did try scuba diving in Koh Tao
, in the most beautiful place for diving and snorkeling in Thailand, and decided to become a PADI certified diver.

You’ll be doing your course on the dive sites of the Gulf of Thailand and here are few tips from our instructors to help you get the most out of your Open Water Diver course:
— Listen to and watch your instructor. Briefing and skills' demonstration are doing for your benefits.
— Ask questions, do not be afraid to look stupid. There are no stupid questions when you are learning new things.
— Everything in your PADI diving course has a purpose (yes, the snorkel also), even if at the beginning you don’t understand what the reason is. Your instructor should explain why you are required to do this or that. He (she) is not asking you to do something for no reason.

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Choosing a mask for diving

Frameless Mask one lens
Single or Dual Lens?

When it comes to choosing your dive mask you have 2 options: single or dual lens.
Single lens masks don’t have any frame across the bridge of the nose so they normally seem more open.
Dual lens masks (also called «twin») have 2 separate lenses, which is great if you need to install prescription glasses as the lenses can be easily replaced on these models.

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How to avoid diving accidents

PADI Rescue Diver course, Koh Tao, Thailand

PADI Rescue Diver course, Koh Tao, Thailand

Stay within the limits of your training and experience

Divers must adhere to certain limits based on their certification. Sometimes you don’t understand why not to descend those few extra meters, but these limits were established for good reason. Exceeding your certification level can put you in a stressful environment that you’re not trained to handle. PADI also calculated these limits based on gas, depth, and physiological considerations. If you want to go deeper, think about advanced training

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Koh Tao underwater: Butterfly fishes (Family Chaetodontidae)

copperbanded butterfly fish

copperbanded butterfly fish

Butterfly fishes are thin, tall, and plate-like. They are opposite shape of a shark’s mouth, which issustrates how important a role predation has played in their evolution. To further avoid predation, the tail of most butterfly fish looks just like the head, and often they have a line over their eye for disguise. Together this confuse predators, who don’t know which way the fish is going to swim away.

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