Il Solito Tran Tran?

Ogni volta che mi immergo la mattina devo puntare la sveglia alle 6. Circa un'ora dopo mi ritrovo a cammellare borse piene di attrezzatura subacquea fino alla longtail boat. Altri trenta minuti e sto spostando bombole del peso di circa 19 kg su e giu' per la diving boat.

E i clienti? Beh... loro si godono la colazione al ristorante thai a due passi da Scuba Junction, fanno foto del placido panorama mattutino e cercano di mostrare un buon piede da marinaio quando e' il momento di imbarcarsi sulla Manta Ray.

Cheffai Davide, ti lamenti? Neanche per idea...perche' mentre mi accadono tutte queste cose,  basta un'occhiata verso l'orizzonte per realizzare, ogni giorno di piu', che sono ospite di una famiglia di emigranti subacquei fusa alla perfezione con i pacifici locals. E l'ambientazione della sitcom e' un'isola che a stento raggiunge i 20kmq, coperta per la quasi totalita' da una lussureggiante giungla di palme dove il piu' grosso pericolo per l'assonnato turista sono le noci di cocco penzolanti. In fondo quelle borse non sono cosi' pesanti, camminando in quell'acqua cristallina profonda pochi centimetri. E decisamente quelle bombole non si fanno sentire mentre sei al cospetto di un curioso squalo balena che decide di passare la sua lenta mattinata girovagando a zonzo per il Chumphon Pinnacle raggiunto prua al vento in mezz'ora di navigazione godendo di pesci volanti come apripista. 

Ah...dura vita, quella del subacqueo....

Davide Oggionni, SSI Dive Control Specialist

Paul Wilkes Blog...

Genau wie mein Mitarbeiter Joe, der höflicherweise letzte Woche für mich eingesprungen ist, weiss ich nicht genau worüber ich schreiben soll.

Anders als Joe bleibe ich aber beim Thema Tauchen. Ich lebe jetzt seit drei Monaten hier auf der Insel und habe jeden Tauchplatz mehrmals besucht.

Oftmahls fragen mich unsere Kunden ob das nicht langweilig sei. Jeden Tag die gleichen Plaetze zu betauchen und die gleichen Fische zu sehen.

Fuer mich ist das genaue Gegenteil der Fall. Immer wenn ich glaube jedes Tier unter Wasser persoenlich zu kennen, entdecke ich etwas Neues. Wie Evan in seinem

Blogeintrag schon geschrieben hat ist es eine unglaubliche und unvergleichbare Erfahrung zu beobachten, wie sich ein Oekosystem ueber einen laengeren Zeitraum hinweg veraendert.

Leider ist nicht jede dieser Wandlungen positiv. Trotz unserer besten Bemuehungen, was Muellentsorgung und Muellbeseitigung angeht, sehe ich doch taeglich wie sich

mehr und mehr Abfall im Meer ansammelt. Das Thema Umweltverschmutzung wirkt deutlich realer und bedrohlicher, wenn man die Effekte jeden Tag direkt beobachten kann.

Koh Tao ist und bleibt dennoch ein Paradies für sich und ich hoffe, dass sich das in den naechsten Jahren nicht aendert.     Beste Gruesse

Paul  Wilke, Dive Control Specialist, Scuba Junction 

 

Endangered Soup

So, here it is, I've been asked to write something for the blog, as Paul, one of our Divemasters, who has had this task for the last five days couldn’t be bothered to pull his finger out.  I was sat thinking after another awesome day diving, and was wondering what to write about, a recent course or dive?  Nah, too obvious.  I decided instead I'd write about something that's close to my heart.  I want to try and educate people about the majestic creatures that are sharks.  I'll start with a couple of shark facts.  As a species, they are over 400m million years old, they have been around since before the dinosaurs, and they are the apex predator of the sea.  They help maintain an invaluable equilibrium in the ecosystems of the oceans and without them the oceans and seas will die as we know them.

Are they dangerous?  Maybe a small portion could harm you, yes, BUT, the majority of shark attacks happen due to human error.  People decide to swim or surf in areas where there are large sharks, and usually, these attacks happen at the sharks feeding times, sunrise and sunset.  Who's to blame here?

But that isn’t the real reason we are seeing such a decline in their numbers.  Over 90% of some species have been slaughtered in the last thirty years.  They're not being killed out of fear; they're being killed simply for their fins to go in soup.  They are caught, and often have their fins sliced off while still alive, then thrown back into the ocean.  And get this, a sharks fin adds no flavor to the soup!?

So, we need to start from the ground up.  If no one eats it, then no sharks need to be caught for their fins, massive amounts of sharks survive; our oceans and seas get a reprieve, simples!

If you see, hear of, or are even offered shark fin soup, don’t shout at them (well maybe a bit), but educate them.

If you want to know a bit more, watch "Shark Water" or visit www.wildaid.org

OK, rant over, I’m off for a beer.

Joe Earnshaw
PADI Instructor Scuba Junction

Sbombolando

22 febbraio 2012 22:23

Ragazzi, fermatevi un po’. Non ve ne andate, vi prego! Ho bisogno di condividere questa cosa! Ecco, così: occhi a me. Volete sapere qual’è il mio ufficio? Il mare. Banale, lo so. Il mio computer? Ha la forma di un orologio e funziona solo se bagnato. Il mio mezzo di trasporto? Design made in natura, si chiamano pinne. Il mio vicino di scrivania? Non parla, perché non può’. La mia divisa? Infradito, costume ed un sorriso.

No, dico…

Non voglio fare invidia a nessuno, sia chiaro. Prima ero uno di voi, di quelli che “eh, se solo potessi…” guardatevi, guardatevi bene. Siete proprio sicuri che non si possa?

Negli ultimi tre giorni ho visto quattro persone prendere in mano un erogatore per la prima volta, annaspare alla ricerca di una posizione orizzontale ed infine giocare con gli anelli d’aria durante la sosta di sicurezza in corrente. Credeteci o no, il mio mondo è fatto di semplice comunicazione a gesti, scambi di sguardi ed una incessante presenza di persone euforiche, soddisfatte e contente..

No dico…

Tak tak. Ups, chiedo perdono. Mi chiamano. Dicono che devo salire di qualche metro. Ah ma… oh. Ah. Mi segnalano che i pesci non parlano, nemmeno a 40 metri di profondità.

Sarà, ma noi ci siamo capiti no?

Davide Oggionni

SSI Dive Control Specialist Trainee

Diving Koh Tao February 2012

One of the pleasures of living and diving on this beautiful island is the unique chance we have to witness the life cycle of a coral reef.  Ordinarily, a dive holiday lasts just a few days, and our experience of the reef amounts to an all-too-brief snapshot in time.  But when you have weeks, if not months, to dive heavily at a particular location, you begin to see the reef as the dynamic ecosystem that it is.  Conditions change constantly, and the marine life populations at particular dive sites are always in flux.  Over the past couple of weeks, some delightful new creatures have taken up residence in Koh Tao waters.

Twins, Koh Tao’s underwater aquarium, has seen a lot of action lately.  A huge school of chevron barracuda has set up camp just South of the middle pinnacle, a crocodile fish is playing hide-and-seek with videographers near the Nemo circle and lucky advanced course divers have spotted a massive green turtle sleeping in the shallow overhang on night dives.  Japanese Garden, renown for its sweeping coral-scape, is now home to two juvenile harlequin sweetlips (cute overload!).  And, at White Rock yesterday, a group of open water students saw a rare devil scorpion fish while doing skills in the sand near the Northwest buoy line.   Sweet.

If all this sounds like great fun, that’s because it is.  And you don’t need to be a professional diver to get in on it.  The SSI Dive Control Specialist and PADI Divemaster courses offer any diver a sneak peak at what it’s like to work in the diving industry and to observe the ebb and flow of daily life on the reef.  It was one of the best experiences I had while travelling, and I can fairly say that it changed my life.  So, if you’re sitting at your desk dreaming of a diver’s life on an idyllic tropical island, ask your boss for a bit of time off and come join us.  You won’t regret it!

By Evan Creutz, Head Instructor, Scuba Junction