As new divers maybe you know what you SHOULD be doing, but do you know what you SHOULDN'T be doing after diving? In fact, this is not just for new divers, as some of these facts many don't know. Planning a dive requires a great deal of preparation combined with numerous safety checks that must be completed beforehand. This process is stressed and explained in great detail during open water certification. However, the safety process after diving is not as thorough and new divers may not know what should not be done after a dive. Here is a list of 4 things you should not do right after diving. 
1. Fly
Flying after scuba diving is one of the more widely known risks to divers. This issue comes up frequently in the diving world because divers want to take full advantage of diving trips and get the most amount of diving time in while they can. The main reason for this warning is not the flying itself but the pressure inside the airplane’s cabin.  Air pressure lessens when you fly. If you rode in a plane right after diving the increase in altitude would result in a drop in pressure which is comparable to a fast ascension while diving. The longer the dive and the deeper you go the more nitrogen is absorbed into your blood. Upon returning to the surface the pressure reduces and the nitrogen reverts to gas bubbles. Decompression needs to be done slowly so the nitrogen can pass back out through your lungs. If you ascend too fast the nitrogen can form bubbles in your blood which can be painful and possibly fatal (think of opening a bottle of soda).  Waiting the correct amount of time before flying will reduce the nitrogen in your blood. The general rule that seems to be widely agreed upon is that you should wait 12 hours after a single no-decompression dive, 18 hours after multiple dives or multiple days of diving and at least 24 hours after dives requiring decompression stops. As a general rule it is recommended to wait 24 hours before flying after doing any type of diving. This rule covers all types of dives and adds extra time as a safeguard for peace of mind.
2. Zip-lining
Ziplining usually occurs on a mountain or elevated area and should be avoided for 24 hours after a dive due to the altitude. With ziplining,  going to a higher altitude may trigger decompression sickness. Many ziplining companies will clearly state they will not allow people to zipline if they have been scuba diving with the past 24 hours. Sounds strange, but makes sense.
3. Heavy Drinking
I know this may be a controversial subject for many but It is no secret that many divers enjoy drinks after a day of diving. Drinking alcohol immediately after a dive is not recommended because alcohol may affect the way that our body eliminates that excess nitrogen. Dehydration is one of the main causes in decompression sickness, and drinking alcohol is one of the most efficient ways to dehydrate ourselves. Another important reason to avoid heavy drinking after a dive is because being heavily intoxicated can mask the true symptoms of decompression sickness and adequate medical care may be sought too late. To avoid any problems, drink plenty of water before and after diving to combat dehydration. Most of all try and wait a few hours before drinking alcohol to prevent any mishaps.
4. Mountain Climbing
Mountain climbing should be avoided in the first 24 hours after a dive. This again is due to the change in altitude when ascending a mountain. As with flying and ziplining,  changes in altitude can cause decompression sickness. If you are planning to also go mountain climbing along with scuba diving, do the mountain climbing first to avoid any potential dangers.  It is perfectly safe to go climbing before a dive and this may be an easy solution to do enjoy your trip while also being safe
 
The bottom line is that altitude exposure is altitude exposure. There are really no exceptions to the rules and ignoring them only increases the dangers of decompression sickness.  Rule of thumb - keep your feet planted on the ground after you dive — if only for a little while.
5. Massage
Getting a massage after a long day of diving may seem like a great way to unwind but massage should MAYBE be avoided after diving. Massage will increase blood flow and this in turn can possibly move smaller nitrogen bubbles into one large bubble, although there have been no known cases of DCS because of massage. Deep tissue massage is strongly advised against because it has the potential to cause soreness in the body which may lead to misdiagnosis of decompression sickness after a dive.
 
DAN quotes " there is no clear sense of what massage might do and this effect would likely vary depending on dive profiles and intensity of the massage. We should note that massage has not been confidently associated with any of the cases of DCS that have come to us, and we are not aware of any study done to address this question. The clearest piece of advice is that deep tissue massage should probably be avoided, so that the potential of post-dive pain and diagnostic confusion are minimized.
It's a beautiful sunny morning and you're on your way to a local dive site with two of your dive buddies. You're stoked to check out a bay you haven't dived before and can't wait to see what lies below the water. When you arrive it seems like the conditions are great for making a dive off the end of the beach close to a pier. You gear up and do your buddy check and make your way out to deeper water. After about ten minutes you get around the old stone pier and the current picks up quite a lot. You try to signal your buddies that you want to turn around and head back before the current gets too strong. However, one of the buddies is a bit ahead and seems to be caught in the current taking him further away. You try to keep up but unfortunately he suddenly seems to be lost. As prudent divers you search for him for one minute before you return to the surface as agreed in the dive briefing. After several minutes at the surface there is still no sign of him and you need to make a plan for how to deal with this emergency situation.
 
RoarDuring your training towards becoming a rescue diver you will learn how to deal with a scenario like this and many other emergency situations divers can be exposed to. During the PADI Rescue Diver course you will learn about how to search for a missing diver and what to do if you find a diver unresponsive. You will also learn how to deal with distressed and overexerted divers both at the surface and underwater. These are just a few of the rescue exercises we will practice along with other skills and scenarios. In addition to the rescue program, you will also spend a day where we teach you basic first aid training and have you comfortable and competent in providing primary and secondary care. 
 
I try to run my rescue courses in the most realistic way as possible without taking focus away from safety. I expect my students to study and give their best to perform all parts of the program, but I also implement my own twists to make it both a fun and informative learning experience. 
 
Being a good diver isn't just about learning how to dive yourself, it also involves learning how to take care of your buddy or other fellow divers. So if you're looking for an opportunity to enhance your skills as a diver and practice a variety of rescue scenarios then the rescue program is the right choice for you! Send us an email and let us know when we can sign you up for our next PADI Rescue Diver course. 
 
Instructor Roar
We all love scuba diving and we all love animals. Except for hundreds of fish species there is more to explore when youre with Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd. Lets pick a normal day in the life. You walk down the street with the Scuba Junction Dive shop in sight. Once you come closer you notice one of our colourfull drawings on our "todays news" bill board at the entrance of our dive centre, but there is more! This "todays news" board is the favourite place to hang around for our pet Yuyu(Photo 2).
 
Yuyu is one of the street dogs that hang around at our dive centre. She is the most friendly and wisest dog of all the dogs. Once you pass by and say hello to the dog, she will roll over to her back and open up for a nice cuddle on her chest. As Yuyu is a busy dog, sometimes shes gone to manage all different kind of problems between all other dogs in this area. Any territorial problem will be fixed without fighting for she earned the right to be called the most wise dog in this area. Bart blog picture
 
Dont like dogs? No problem, once in the shop ready to sign yourself up for your dive experience youll find Number One(Photo 1). Number one is a black cat which basically sleeps 90% of the day in the middle of the counter exactly where you want to sign up for a dive. If she wakes up she asks you to fill her bowl with cat food; so she can go to sleep again well fed! Also Number One loves to be cuddled from time to time, and she likes the fan in the shop to cool herself down! Meow!
 
Once you walk over the beach towards our longtail-taxi boat you meet Sjack(Photo 3). Sjack is an old black dog that lives on the beach. We divers have one thing in common with Sjack; searching for fish! He searches in very shallow water close to Sairee reef. It is still a mystery why he stares at the corals for hours. There might be some interesting little fishies or crabs hiding!
 
If you come back from a dive and enjoy the sunset with us directly in the back of our shop your gonna notice George (Photo 4)! George is 4 years old and was found in the jungle as a pup and brought in by one of our past instructors. He is scared of everything that happens there for its hard to get close. Once you take out your camera to shoot a picture of the lovely sunset; George will jump in front to photo bomb your picture. Not a bad poser as he's a little German Sheperd that stays puppy forever!
 
Youre more than welcome to meet all our friendly pets in and around our dive centre!
 
Written by Bart Huis in 't Veld - Open Water Scuba Instructor at Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd.

Welcome to Koh Tao, the diving mecca of the world. We are famous for our clear, calm waters, beautiful marine life and the cheapest diving in the world. So you sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving, or get the adventure started with your Open Water or even keep the fun going with your Advanced Open Water. But now your course is done and you want to spend some more days on this tropical island paradise. So what else is there to do on Koh Tao other than diving? Well, first of all, we have some phenomenal beaches too shallow to dive but perfect for those looking to do some snorkeling. Find yourself a motorbike (be sure to be very careful when driving), hop in a taxi or rent a taxi boat for the day to take you and your friends to the East coast of the island where you are sure to find the perfect beach to fit any needs. Tanote Bay is a personal favourite, offering calm waters to catch a cool dip, stunning corals right off the beach filled with colourful and particularly curious fish, or a large rock in which the more adventurous can jump off from a maximum height of 12 meters! You can even rent a kayak and paddle your way over to Laem Thian to discover another beautiful bay. Lucy

On your way back into town make a pit stop at Love Koh Tao look out to enjoy a fresh shake or cold beer and snap the perfect Instagram photo of the island from over 300 meters high. Looking to spend some time out of the water? Then pop over to Hacienda to play some mini golf, watch a movie in their cinema or play lifesize pool in which you have to kick the balls into the pockets (this is one you have to see to understand). If you time it so that you arrive on a Sunday then you can gorge yourself on Sunday roast, with all the usual trimmings as good as your mom makes. The yorkshire pudding is a must have! Why not then pamper yourself with a massage? For the cost of a beer back home you get 1 hour of pure indulgence and bliss. Try the classic thai massage or give those sore muscles a warm oil treatment. Just make sure you give yourself at least 6 hours break if you have been diving that day!Once your perfect day is complete be sure to head back to Scuba Junction, share a beer with our staff at beer-o-clock at 5pm every day, and catch one of the most stunning sunsets you will ever have the pleasure to witness. Sairee beach is full of delicious restaurants offering a variety of different cuisines sure to please any palate. Just ask any of our helpful staff member and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction!

Lucy Dive Instructor.

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.