Friday, 22 May 2015

22nd May 2015

Nice message from my Self Reliant student...

Hi Simon, sorry I didn't make it to the bar for a farewell drink the other night. I was a bit knackered and a bit unwell.. I'm full of cold now and dosed up with medicine. I was worried that I might not be able to do the final day of the course but thankfully it hadn't quite developed then. I really enjoyed our time together and thank you for your expertise and good humour during those 2 days. I will be back sometime for sure and would like to spend some more time on the Eco side of things. I just love looking at those beautiful corals and was impressed by how much they've come on in the last 2 years, thanks to all of you dedicated people. Be encouraged to keep up the good work. Thanks again for the tuition. Bobby

Its good to get some feedback.

Back to another Self Reliant course... this time as a favour to 2 people...



Tuesday, 19 May 2015

20th May 2015

Starting a Self Reliant course with a guy called Bob who I had met a couple of years ago, was a nice relief from the norm... so I thought.

It turned out to be one big headache... not the course itself. Bob was actually very easy to teach, listened and learned and had done all his studying before we started the course. We had 3 great dives and watched him go off on his 4th dive all by himself. Jenny came on the boat for the last 2 dives, and had a little visit of the Catamaran at Tanote Bay. Bob now heads back into the jungle on the Mainland to continue building his house. Well done Bob.

The headache actually came from the payments. The difference with this course is that all the equipment used in the course has been paid for by me and Steve, not the dive school. Who got paid what turned out to big one big argument. In the end, I handed all the money to the dive school and washed my hands of it. with not a very good impression of how the situation was handled. I am sure it will all work out, but I spent most of the day dealing with attitudes and aggression when there was no need.

Anyway, just venting... Unfortunately when you work long hours with lots of people, things can get heated sometimes, and we shall see how the next couple of days pan out...

Jenny is going strong on Eco still... with the next project of releasing the clams that have been locked into cages for the last 18 months... Its not like they are going run out screaming "Freedom!" but its about time that they get to fend for themselves without our protective cages... fingers crossed they do well and I am sure you'll see some pics within the next week...

Meanwhile... we are still swimming everyday!!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

17th May 2015

Sorry for not posting.

I haven't really had much to say....

Everyday, Jen and I are swimming... I am now up to 70 lengths... This is to replace the running, since the heat makes it impossible for me to run any kind of distance.

Its been very stormy during the night and early morning..

Add to that, our water quality at the moment is certain to give you a multitude of diseases!!

You can probably understand that I am quite looking forward to getting back. I am dreaming of turning on a tap, and the water that comes out is clear and does not smell like rotten eggs!! This is what we have to shower in !! 

Third world problems.... oh well... I'll go have another relaxing swim in the pool, sunbathe, then dive...  its not all bad I suppose!!



Saturday, 9 May 2015

9th May 2015

A busy few days for both of us.  Simon's been teaching Open Water for the first time in months.  It wasn't the best of starts at he came home the first night with a blistering temperature and sneezing continuously.  After a terrible nights sleep and taking a few tablets, he managed to get through the confined pool session  ..

I took him down his lunch and made sure he had something to eat.  By the time his 7hr pool session was over, his feet were in a lot of pain from not being used to being in the high chemical content pool water  ..poor ole thing.  Anyway, I had the day off so it was good that I could pop and see Simon to make sure he was ok.  After my swim and a little too much sun, I cycled home and prepared a shepherds pie for dinner.  The rest of Simon's course went well  ..none of them went onto do the Advanced but the odd thing was, one chap was based at the RAF in Odiham  ..small world.  Simon has now what he thinks is an ear & chest infection. Poor thing!

After my day off, I've just been taking people out for Discover Scuba Dives which has been pretty easy and not too challenging.  Today I was supposed to take a couple out, but they didn't show, so I'm at the ECO office answering mails and sorting.  I think I'll pop to the regal for a swim and then go home and look after Simon and if I have the energy, go cycling with the gang.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

2nd May 2015

Boy it's been hot!!

Simon and I have started swimming in the mornings.  Today was our tenth day in a row we're pretty pleased with ourselves.  I'm doing just 40 lengths whereas Si does 50 as he's a lot faster swimmer than I am ;-)   I have been out on the bike a few times and tonight I'm going to out with the cycling gang, probably up to the reservoir  ..the first time in months, so I know it's going to be a tough ride.

The Regal pool

The reservoir  ...there is a great view from the other end :-D

Simon as I type is preparing dinner.  Tonight we will be having a lovely salad.  We've been making our own pickled onions & beetroot but Simon has been amazing with his culinary skills.  He cooks 90% of the time, does most of the shopping and plans  ..I'm not the best.

With it being quiet, I've done quite a lot with the DMT's (Dive Master Trainee's) taking them out to Junkyard, our artificial reef to do coral transplants, a bit of cleaning,  deployed a few structures and have replace the mooring buoy line ..which is my first. 

Simon has been learning a different style of diving called Sidemount diving. This is where the tanks are on your sides and not on your back. He found it very easy since he is already a Technical diver.

Yesterday, we both went to Twins for a couple of dives, and Simon took the drone to flight test it from the boat. It was quite nerve wracking but all was good. Afterwards, we did a couple of dives transplanting coral from our rope nursery, to the newly deployed concrete blocks.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

28th April 2015

Happy Birthday Elaine!

Have a brilliant day!

Sending lots of love & hugs

Jenny & Simone


Friday, 24 April 2015

22nd April 2015 - Earth Day

Jenny had been working a lot on Earth Day,

We got up early and headed to the dive school for a Beach Cleanup... 20 or so people attended and we collected a fair amount of rubbish.

Next on the days list of activities was a arts and crafts with the kids of Koh Tao.... Apple Bobbing, Skittles, Face Painting, Tug of War etc... 

For the afternoon, it was time to explore a new artificial dive site called Ao Mao. 100's of concrete blocks were put down last month by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.. so we took the dive boat there...

For the second dive, we went to Aow Leuk for a clean up underwater. This site gets a regular flow of trash to it from other islands, so always seems to be in need of a tidy up..

Then it was time to return... and enjoy a free bbq laid on by Crystal... obviously no veggies, so I ended the night hungry!