Monday, August 26, 2013

Tall fin batfish (Platax teira) seen at Koh Koun island on a daytrip!

The island of Koh Koun offers some of the best dive sites reachable from Sihanoukville on a daytrip. At the western side nearby the dive site Corner Bar, we often spot a large school of tall fin batfish (Platax teira).

Most of the time the animals are coming very close to divers, seeming amlost interested in what strange animal is diving around their reefs.

They are a favourite with divers because of their curious nature, individuals regularly approach divers closely even following them.

They are either solitary, in pairs or a group, sometimes seen in special friendship with a turtle.

Juveniles are often boomerang shaped and some species have elaborate markings to mimic something else.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

PADI Self-Reliant Diver

We are proud to be the first and only Divecenter in Cambodia teaching the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Distinctive Specialty course!

The PADI Self-Reliant Diver course is a new PADI distinctive specialty that aims to recognise and accept the role of the buddy system and its contributions to diver safety while identifying and developing self-reliance and independence while diving.

There are two reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diver course: To develop the skills of planning and carrying out dives without a partner when preferred or necessary and to sharpen skills of diving self-reliance, making the diver a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.