Chumphon Pinnacle 
 
     Surrounding Koh Tao is a vast amount of beautiful dive sites. Each having unique rock and coral formations as well as equally unique aquatic life that call them home. However, there are some sites that seem to stand out atop the rest. One of these sites being Chumphon Pinnacle (45min NW of Koh Tao).
  
     What gives this site the ability to stand out above so many others is due to the sheer variety it offers. Variety in terms of depth, geography, size and aquatic life. Wether you're a freshly certified Padi open water diver or have hundreds of dives under your weight belt, this place will make your jaw drop. Nicholas
 
     The site itself is quite simple to navigate. Having only 1 main pinnacle with a smaller separate one (barracuda rock) to the SW of it. Along the top of the pinnacle (around 14m deep) there are fields of anenomes as well as schools of barracuda and batfish. Dropping off to the sides, divers can reach depths of 30+mtrs and even deeper as you make your way off the site. 
 
     Diving practically every day you would think things would start to get familiar and dull. That is never the case with Chumphon Pinnacle. It always delivers no matter the day; a stunning site with equally as stunning life that live there. Come and enjoy this gem of a dive site with us at Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd.

Let Scuba into your life...Time to tick it off the bucket list
Never tried diving? Sitting on the sofa at home reading this? Let this blog open your eyes to the pure beauty of scuba diving and will have you reaching for nearest flight booking app!My name is Luchia Stone and I once was you, reading this from a laptop screen in rainy England (yes it does rain all the time) and now 3 years later I am a head instructor at Scuba Junction Diving still slightly perplexed that I am still here and with no regrets!Scuba Junction Diving is a small friendly safety conscious PADI 5 star dive center located on the idyllic beach front in Sairee, Koh Tao. We offer a range of dive courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving right through to PADI Dive Master. This blog is going to look at how to become a PADI Open diver and how you can achieve your dreams in just 3 and a half days. (yes just 3 and a half days!!)Let me first explain how the course runs and the most important things you need to know! Scuba Diving is relatively easy to learn, but do make sure you are trained by a reputable school with experienced staff. Proper training will also make you aware of the most common problems that you could encounter underwater. Scuba Junction Diving acedemics in the classroom

Make sure that you are medically and physically fit to dive as certain medical conditions are not compatible with diving. Aside from physiological factors, it also helps to be physically fit. As you will need to swim 200metes and float for 10 minutes as part of your course, the fitter you are the easier diving is! Dust of those running shoes or brave the outdoor pool! We can send you a medical form prior to booking with us.Always double check that you don't need any vaccination jabs and you have travel insurance. You will be insured for all your scuba diving with Scuba Junction Diving.So you've arrived! for your 4pm start. You will be welcomed by one of our lovely staff members for your orientation. During your orientation you will fill in all your paper work and be shown around our lovely dive center. Its then into the classroom for the first 3 PADI videos. Finishing at around 6:30pm just in time for that all important selfie as the sun sets! 

The next day starts at 8:00am with some theory, equipment set up and fitting you into our equipment. All our Scuba Pro equipment is fully serviced and maintained however you may want to purchase something of your own and your instructor will be more that happy to help you find that perfect mask. (I like mine all pink!) After a healthy lunch of local pad thai its out on to the boat to get down with the local aquatic life of Koh Tao. From taking those first underwater breaths you will realise how relaxing scuba diving is! We arrive back at the shop around 5pm to log our dives and plan the next day. At 8:00am we start the next day for some more videos, theory, diving and practicing being neutral buoyancy (feeling totally weightless whilst diving) and of course not forgetting cleaning our scuba gear after each day! 

 

Scuba Junction Diving open water students on the mantaray boatThe final day is here and its a 06:45am start (dont worry we have coffee on the boat for those that are not early birds) and we are out to make our final open water dives too. We get back at 11am to finish that all important paper work for your final certification! Not forgetting sharing our experiences on facebook, instagram and making friends at home very jealous! Take the afternoon to relax and then we can all celebrate with our certification dinner with your new buddies at one of the many restaurants on Koh Tao and drink a well earnd beer (or maybe 3!) The PADI Open Water course certifies you to 18m and lasts for life, something that needs celebrating!So whats next...Seems logical that since you flew all the way out here, why stop diving? Continue with the PADI Advanced Open Water..5 dives in 2 days? How you may ask. Simplest answer..book a flight, pack a suitcase and come and see us! Turtles, Whale sharks and our famous Trigger fish are all waiting for you! It was the best decision I ever made and my life would not of been the same with out SCUBA J! Do one thing different today and you never know where it could lead you!

DMC Days
 
Back in 2015 my partner and I came to Koh Tao and signed up to do our OW with Scuba Junction Diving, we loved it so much that we continued to our AOW and after spending a lot longer on Koh Tao than we had planned (it has that effect a lot!), arrived back in the UK with 20 dives each and a massive diving bug!
 
Fast forward 2 years to another rainy, grey day in our little apartment in the UK where we sat questioning our life choices and dreaming of getting back to our ‘happy place’, we made the only sensible decision; book flights and start on our Dive Master training!
 
DMC fun divingToday, as I look back on the emotional rollercoaster that has been my DMC days, I can honestly say it has been amazing! It’s been tough in places, it has broken me down and built me back up again, it’s been fun, there have been a lot of laughs (and a few tears) but overall it has been an incredible and massively rewarding experience.
 
I’m so glad we came back to Scuba Junction Diving for my DMC as it’s the team of people there that have made this time so amazing, you really are welcomed into the family like a long lost relative and it’s so strange to think I’ve only known this wonderful group of people a few short months – Scuba J, you rock!!

 

Let's take a moment and just be completely honest here: it can be quite scary to take your first breath underwater. You've never done anything like it before. Your brain is telling you it's wrong, it's yelling at you “get to the surface you fool before you hurt yourself”. But then you relax, you center yourself, you think about something happy to calm yourself down like your adorable animal at home or that delicious meal you stuffed your face with last night, and then you realize you're safe. You find your peace, you take a breath, and, lo and behold, you're okay. You're more than okay, you're in a whole new world. Scuba Junction Diving Advanced open water night dive here we come

I know first hand how nervous or anxious you may be about starting your new scuba adventure underwater. Remember we were all there, right where you are now, at one point in our lives. I too thought there was no way I could muster the strength to breathe through this crazy contraption my instructor assured me would keep me safe. I too had to tell my brain to quiet down while it screamed at me to head back up to the surface. But then I thought about how excited I was going to be once I over came it and how much I was going to brag about it to my friends once I got home. All through this, I had the ever constant support and encouragement from my Instructor. He was always there, making eye contact with me, asking me if I was okay, reminding me to breathe, and just his presence gave me the support I needed to take my first breaths underwater. I carry this same technique in my own teaching style, making sure each and every one of my students feel supported and safe while we explore the amazing underwater world together.

As Instructors we have double duty, not only do we teach you the appropriate techniques and skills you need to be a good scuba diver, but we also serve as a sort of underwater counsellor. We use all forms of tactics to help you feel safe and calm while diving, from making sure all skills are thoroughly briefed, adding little personal stories about our own experiences, and offering corny jokes to help relieve any tension. At Scuba Junction Diving, we also have a maximum of 4 students to 1 instructor. This means you get the added attention you need to help you feel safe and comfortable during the entire length of your course. No pressure, no rushing, just a slow relaxed atmosphere conducive to all learning types.

So jump in, take the plunge and face that fear. Truly, as an Instructor, the coolest thing about my job is getting to watch the pure joy you will feel when you accomplish this incredible goal. Let me be like Disney's Aladdin, let me show you a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid. A new fantastic point of view.

Instructor Lucy

First of all you shouldn’t drink and dive but at the end of the diving day when your Koh Tao diving is completed then one or two beers while watching the sunset off Sairee beach will cause you no harm. If it is only one or two! The sunsets from the beach at Scuba Junction Diving can be quite spectacular and a just reward if you have just completed a Padi course or just finished fun diving.

Scuba Junction Diving sunset view 

 

Up and down the beach you will find many of Koh Tao divers doing the exact same thing, enjoying a cold drink on a beautiful tropical beach. There is no better way to end the diving day on Koh Tao. Most visitors to Koh Tao are here to scuba dive, as this is the diving mecca of Thailand if not the world. Koh Tao’s west coast is the place to be to enjoy these sunsets and Sairee beach is the best spot. Up and down the beach there are bars, restaurants all with sea views so you won’t miss this experience even if you are hungry or thirsty. 

Clouds and sunset scuba junction diving sairee beach