Why I Love Teaching Scuba Diving 

 
My name is Natalie and I have been teaching people to Scuba Diving for over 11 years now.
 
I remember learning to dive myself – it is a very clear memory, I had many fears, struggles and problems to overcome during my Open Water Course and my Advanced Open Water too.
 
I believe that because of my fears of learning to dive, it has actually served me in teaching others to dive.
 
When I am teaching diving I get such a sense of achievement, I teach all levels of divers from beginners to professionals, my list of courses for myself to learn is endless too, if we believe we know everything that’s not true, its endless and a continual learning curve, everyday actually! Life is work in progress
 
When I see people learning to dive and continuing it fills my heart with joy, I really enjoy teaching Open Water and then to watch them grow and progress throughout the next courses. The pride and happiness each diver feels is intense, overwhelming, each course just feeding them more information and confidence, each course reminding them to take care and reminding them to be safe underwater! 
 
No question is too small, no question is stupid as we have heard them all before, I think it helps to really emphasise this, I also ask people to leave their ego and embarrassment at the door! This is necessary in any extreme sport! 
 
Because I was such a nervous and uncertain diver it helps me to really get inside my divers heads and thoughts, just by looking at someone you can really see and tell a lot of what is going on inside the mind.
 
Some people have never been in the ocean or have never even snorkelled, these are the guys I love to teach, they really get so much out of it, it’s very emotional at times, that’s what I love and that’s what makes me feel super happy about what I am doing in my life.
 
I prefer to teach in rough weather with low visibility, it really prepares the divers that the ocean needs to be well respected, it prepares them for wherever they will go next, the ocean is unpredictable, it can be rough and unforgiving, so we need to respect all the time where we are, underwater!! 
 
I just wanted to share what I love doing, what I get from teaching people to dive, when those feelings end I will hand my fins and mask up, but for now and the foreseeable future, I am excited to keep climbing the scuba ladder and to continue to learn and share all that I do with my students!
 
Scuba J all the way!
 
Natalie E Alderton. 
Partner/Instructor.
Scuba Junction.
 
Here at Scuba Junction we spend most of our time under water and that is of cause why we always wonder what makes animals in the sea so special
 
Blue Ring Angel Fish : eats other fish 
 
Rabbit Fish :               has toxic spines
 
Butterfly Fish :           can descend to 180 m
 
Long Fin Banner Fish: you can meet this fish around the world, even in Japan
 
Puffer Fish :               can move his eyes independently and change his colour
 
Shark :                      over 500 different species from 17 cm up to 12 m 
                                  they can live in depths of 2000 m and are the top of the food chain
                                100 million get fished every year that makes the shark to one of the most threatened species by human activities
 
Octopus :          has no skeleton but three hearts
                        in the Hawaiian Mythology it is believed that the Octopus is a lone survivor of an Alien Universe
 
Sea Shepherd : is a non-profit marine conversation organization
                        they use direct action tactics to protect marine life
                        seashepherd.org.au
 
                        Hope to see you next time at Scuba Junction!!
 
Niki Head Instructor.

Hot Season…

Surprisingly there is a hot season in Thailand, which runs through March, April and May. These three months are usually the hottest in the Thai calendar year, here on Koh Tao. Imagine sweating while having a cold shower!! This often happens at this time of year.
Hot season is great as it usually brings very calm surface conditions, almost like a mirror surface with very good visibility and perfect diving conditions, the best of the year for Koh Tao. During hot season there are more chances of seeing a Whale Shark as they tend to be more often seen in the hot season than any other time in the year. 
To help cool off in April it will be Thai New Year, commonly referred to as the Songkran festival, in some parts of Thailand Songkran goes on for seven to ten days but here in the south of Thailand the celebrations only last a day or two at the most. What is Songkran? It’s the biggest water fight you will ever experience in your life time and begins on April 13th here on Koh Tao.
If you’re considering traveling to Thailand for Songkran in 2016, be prepared to get soaked having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight (all in good fun). The Thai New Year always takes place in the hottest time of the year, so it’s the perfect time for water play; you’ll feel like a kid again. Everyone will have plenty of fun spraying and splashing each other. While a lot of the water will come from the usual water guns, hoses and buckets, wetting down passers-by, there are party goer’s who will drive around with 44 gallons of water, catching everyone by surprise; it’s all in good fun and a fun way to cool off.
Once the party is over and you have dried yourself off, then get wet again by going diving in some of the best possible conditions you can experience throughout the year here on Koh Tao.
 
Do you still remember your first dive? I remember mine as if it was yesterday. The excitement, the nervousness, the feeling of not knowing fully what to expect as I´d done my confined training in a pool. 
What I do remember more than anything is how my instructor, who was maybe not the best in teaching theory but had fantastic underwater teaching qualities, made me feel absolutely calm and safe. He was so attentive to details and his own passion for diving was addictive. I finished my open water course with a big smile and a newfound passion.
This was 13 years ago, but it’s still a vivid memory. Every open water course I now teach myself I go back to this memory. And I relive it as I see my own students taking their first breaths underwater and starting to explore the wonders of the underwater world. Seeing the smiles on my students makes me smile from my heart and know I’m in the right place at the right time living the life of my choice.
I wish all people of the world would have the opportunity to freely choose their path of life. I believe the basis for people to be happy and content is to freely be able to choose where to live, what to study or which career path to follow, who to love and share your life with. And I believe truly happy and content people will accept and love instead of fear and hate. We need more acceptance and love, the world needs more happy people!
Caritha Karlsson. Padi and SSI Instructor
 
 
 
Christmas and New Year.
 
It is a little strange living in Thailand over the holiday season but it is still enjoyable. There are plenty of restaurants doing Christmas dinners with all the trimmings you would find on your dinner table at home.
Walking around Koh Tao on Christmas day you will find many shops, bars restaurants and dive centres open but not Scuba Junction. We like to let all our staff and customers enjoy their Christmas every year.
 
Not sure that the Thai people fully understand why we celebrate Christmas! I asked one once and his reply was it was Santa’s birthday! Thais will celebrate anything if it means they get to have a party and have a good time.
New Year’s Eve is another massive night for Koh Tao and if you walk down the beaches every bar is celebrating the night just as much as anywhere else in the world.  There will be fireworks at midnight, the usual count downs can be heard in every bar and restaurant. 
 
With many happy revellers around you some times forget that you are actually on a tropical island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. This night is a big one both for westerner’s and Thais alike, so again we will be one of the dive centre’s to be closed on the 1st of January. So everyone can let their hair down and party hard until the early hours of the New Year.
 
From the Scuba Junction family, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Come visit soon and enjoy a party or two here on Koh Tao, the next big party will be the Thai New Year in April and this is the most fun New Year you can imagine.
Scuba J all the way.