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Crystal Dive > News Archive > 2015 > October 12th


Scuba Diving for Dummies
A Light Hearted Review Of Scuba Diving "Dos and Don'ts" for Newbies


Here's some advice for all your wannabe Scuba Divers, "Do's and Do Nots" for new scuba divers. If you are interested in joining the sub culture, getting your PADI, and becoming an open water diver have a little read below and get a head start.


Crystal Dive's Alternative Scuba "Do's and Don'ts"




• Say "Goggles" or "Flippers"


Referring to your mask as 'goggles' or your fins as 'flippers' will result in a beer fine from your scuba instructor! Flipper was a Dolphin, and goggles are used by swimmers who don't like water in their eyes. In the world of scuba diving we wear fins on our feet, and a mask on our face.


• Wear Speedos


There is nothing worse than seeing a grown man in tight speedos strutting around Koh Tao's beaches or pottering around the dive boat. Hair sticking out everywhere – urgh!


Boys please invest in a pair of board shorts for all our sakes! We do sometimes have kids on the boats!


• Expect To Be Looking Hot and Pick Up


Even though there may be a few good looking people you fancy in your dive group, trying to hit on them while diving can be a bad idea. After a dive, your face is likely to have lovely snot and mucus hanging out of your nose and off your chin due to the ascent.


For people with long hair, it is more likely to resemble a bird's nest than the perfectly groomed look you wear Saturday night, when you are out on the town! Best to wait until the end of your course, when we enjoy drinks and party!


• Think You'll Be Eaten By A Shark


A very common misconception is sharks are out there and are looking for scuba divers for dinner. Wrong! We are lucky enough to regularly spot several different species of this magnificent and endangered fish in the waters around Koh Tao.



The most common shark sighted when diving Koh Tao is the majestic Whaleshark. These fish, the world's largest, eat plankton and very small fish and go about their business without a care in the world.




• Take Awesome Facebook Photos


Everybody wants awesome holiday photos don't they? Well what can be cooler than getting photos of you scuba diving that can be shared on Instagram and Facebook? Not much…especially if you can get a selfie of you underwater with a turtle or a Whaleshark!


• Expect Tan Lines


We all want a great suntan to show off when we return home after our warm weather holiday. Being a scuba diver will mean you are out in the sun a lot, catching rays and becoming bronzed. But your tan will be unique to your usual beach tan - wearing a wetsuit and mask will give you tan lines in places that you would never imagine!


• Be Prepared To Give Everybody The OK Sign For Everything On Land


One of the key skills in scuba diving is underwater communication and after completing your course you will find that you transfer these new found ways of communication onto land. When a friend asks you a question you won’t answer them verbally, instead simply holding up your hand and giving an "OK" hand signal. Easy.



• Prepare To Feel Like You Are Flying


Scuba diving will open your eyes to a completely different world. Nowhere else will you experience the feeling of being weightless - well unless you are an astronaut but I hear that is quite a difficult profession to get into!



As you descend underwater and begin to swim around you will fine tune your buoyancy and enjoy the feeling that you are just flying around.


Author: Neil Davidson (PADI MSDT #294100)





..October 2015


Halloween - Horrors Of The Deep!
"As it's Halloween today , here is a countdown of some of our favourite 'Horrors of the Deep'...."
"There are 4 different species of Pufferfish found in Koh Tao. Pufferfish are medium to large-sized fish...."
Hand Signals
"There are lots and lots of different signals varying from "I am OK" up to "massive shark" and everything in between...."
Koh Tao Nightlife
"After a long day of diving, or a busy few days completing one of the PADI courses, everyone need some chill out time...."
The Whaleshark
"One of the perks of living on Koh Tao for 17 years is I've seen my fair share of Whalesharks, although I had to wait...."
The New PADI Open Water Course
"The PADI Open Water Course is the most popular and famous entry level scuba diving course in the world...."
Scuba Diving For Dummies!
"Here’s some advice for all your wannabe Scuba Divers, "Do’s and Do Nots" for new scuba divers...."
Crystal Dive on the ABC Network
"Kailash joined his dad, Nathan, as presenter on the ABC program 'Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin'...."
Junkyard - Our Own Artificial Reef
"Junkyard Reef is our very own artificial dive site. The site is situated 400 meters off shore and is approximately 10 metres deep...."
Becoming An Advanced Diver
"The idea of the PADI Advanced Open Water course is to 'advance' your scuba diving training and experience...."

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