Cam took her PADI open water course with us, because her holidays were time limited, she first learned about the theory through PADI e-learning, she then practice her skills in Ranong in the safety of a pool and could enjoy all of the dives of our “best of Thailand” cruise to the Surin islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
Elmar also took advantage of one of our 3 days/ 3 nights “Best of Thailand” cruise to improve his skills through PADI advanced course. He booked his course and boarded the MV Thai sea from Koh Payam and got his Advanced Book in German waiting for him onboard. He particularily enjoyed the Manta flying over him during his deep dive exercises!!!
Olivier is doing his dive master course over a 3 weeks period with The Smiling Seahorse, onboard our cruises and on the land he discovers the skills and knowledge to start his carrier as a dive professional.
You might have heard the news of a new tsunami coming into Thailand. An earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, around the same place than in 2004 and some were expecting a tsunami of the same dimension to touch Thailand.
We heard the news over the radio, Pong came to tell us the news and we immediately cancelled the following dives for the day and left the island side for a deeper sea.
We immediately felt quite safe, knowing a wave doesn’t break until it reaches shallower grounds but we felt quite worried about what we would find back on the land.
Our phones didn’t have much connection but just enough to reassure the family members which needed it most.
News were slow to come over the radio, in Thai and then in English. We first heard of the earthquake, followed by a rumor of a 18m wave, 30 minutes later we listened in silence the news of the wave reaching Phuket and Koh Lanta and only 20 minutes later were we reassured of minimal damage. We were waiting to see the wave pass us by but to no avail. After two hours of stress, we set the cap to Richelieu Rock and celebrated onboard the good news: No Tsunami, we are the Tsunami survivors!!!
The Mergui Archipelago has enough life to keep me excited for a few year, seahorse, spanish dancer, ghost pipe fish...
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The Smiling Seahorse has been running dive cruises from Ranong since 2012.
Our team of instructors: Elween, Julien and Simon are reporting with a short blogpost after every trip.
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