by oktavia-admin April 13, 2014

By the third training dive I had I was getting more and more excited about getting in the water to feel this sensation of what I can only imagine comes close to what an astronaut feel in space… We went in off the dive deck for this one and I got to put into practice again the Giant Stride Entry, I like this entry but not as much as acting like a Navy SEAL and rolling backward from the dingy!

 

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by oktavia-admin April 12, 2014

I didn’t want to leave it too long before getting into the open water and finish off my certification. We had a quiet trip coming up so just a couple of week after my skills we were on MV Oktavia and heading to The Similans.

 

The first morning I was up at 6am, was it excitement, nerves, I don’t know but I was up and raring to go. I had some toast to quell my grumbling tummy and was drinking plenty [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 11, 2014

After the day before of my bubble maker we hit the books and watched the videos…It should have been a long day but I had already stared to read the Open Water Diver manual for the second time. I watched the videos which was in five parts all around 45 minutes long and then went back through the book and completed the knowledge reviews. Clive and I went through these and he helped me understand a few things which weren’t [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 10, 2014

So yesterday finished off my reason why I have not been too keen to be on boats and I hope you all understand this. However, working for MV Oktavia my fear I am happy to say is just about all gone which is why I decided that I will have to give diving a go as it will undoubtedly give me more experience to see the trips we offer. The advice I have been giving has all be 100% accurate [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 9, 2014

So we headed to the upper deck and this was a feat to overcome as well with the boat now deciding rock in every direction possible. We made it up the first four steps to the back of the boat holding each other’s hand tightly as got bashed into the wall. Once there we held on tightly to the hand rails leading to the upper deck and just both composed ourselves for a minute or two. I sent my fiancé [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 8, 2014

So the then girlfriend at the time and I had been traveling around Thailand and Southeast Asia for quite a few months we wanted to get married. We had many friends in Koh Phangan so we decided this is where we wanted to get married. We headed back there and spoke with our Thai friends about our intention to get married on the island and they went ahead and arranged everything for us all we had to do now was [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 7, 2014

So getting back to why it has taken me so long to learn to dive in The Similans. I do have a valid reason or at least I thought I had a pretty valid reason. In actual fact I had quite a few reasons but as you’ll learn this is quite normal considering what happened…

 

The main reason I had was I wasn’t too keen on boats of any shape and size so despite MV Oktavia’s size I still didn’t feel [...]

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by oktavia-admin April 6, 2014

In this blog I am going to write about my experiences of learning to dive in Thailand and tell you why it has taken me so long. My name is Jamie and I am the Dive Center Manager (this is my third season) for the liveaboard MV Oktavia, so why on earth has it taken me so long.

 

I have lived in Khao Lak for more than four years now and probably one of the main industries here which attracts tourism [...]

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