Diving with ASTHMA

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ASTHMA HAS BEEN A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT for divers ever since diving began. The numerous queries DIVER receives on the subject usually centre on the question of fitness to dive with the condition and the safety of the various medications when diving.
Most divers, new and old, seem to have very little understanding of how a condition that causes them so little trouble on the surface can cause potentially life-threatening complications under water.
Asthma is characterised by inflammation of the airways causing excessive mucous production and increased sensitivity that can result in broncho-constriction (closing down of the airways). This varies from person to person, and within the same person,from day to day. Things that can aggravate the condition, including cold, emotion, exercise,( you might not think, that you are doing much exercise while diving but you are so wrong) and allergies. Mainstays of treatment for asthmatics are the BLUE reliever inhalers that open up the airways, and the BROWN (or orange) preventor steroid inhalers, treatment underwater is going to be a bit hard, would you agree??.

Here is why, you should think again.. before you blame your instructor, for not taking you diving, if you have ASTHMA!!

Under water, it is the immense changes in pressure that make the condition more severe in divers. The main objections to mixing asthma with diving are :

Closing of the airways and increased mucous production leading to gas-trapping and the potential for pneumothorax (burst lung), AGE ( arterial gas embolism).
Asthma attacks under water, leading to shortness of breath, hyper-ventilation, panic and lack of exercise tolerance.
Increased air density and decreased respiratory reserve that occurs with increasing depth and aggravates the pre-existing lung condition.

Using medication to open the airways before diving has always been regarded as unacceptable, because of the patchy distribution and penetration of the drug into the airways. Standard blue reliever ‘puffers’ can often deliver to only 20% of the lung tissue. This may help the asthmatic having an attack to feel better, but leaves large parts of the lung ‘shut down’ and at risk.

I am not trying to be horrible here, in fact  you might be able to dive if you have ASTHMA ;-) so if you have ATSHMA of any kind, and you know you want to go diving. GET THE PROPER CHECKS DONE, at home before you come here.

Happy diving :-)

This was inspired by and article i DIVER magazine and of course more student coming here with ASTHMA !!

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Vacation! It’s enough to cancel your reservation.

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Here on Koh Tao, we can empathise with Thomas Cook when receiving complaints from customers about their vacation. We have some of our own favorites, but I am sure you will find these ones amusing too.

A vacation is supposed to be your time away from the crazy. Remind me never to travel to any of the same vacation spots these people have booked. I’ll take that upgrade and trade you a bus tour of “OH MY GOD THESE PEOPLE ARE NUTS!” — THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY “THOMAS COOK VACATIONS FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS” :

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure about the vacation that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time when on vacation — this should be banned.”

3. “On my vacation to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

I’ll book it but only if I can screen my fellow travelers first.

Vacation! It’s enough to make you cancel your reservation

I’ll book it but only if I can screen my fellow travelers first.

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park during our vacation, but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price ”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax during his vacation.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “We went on vacation to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our vacation more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England . It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

Courtesy of Blogdramedy.

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Happy people… Happy days

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Happy people happy days! 3,2,1… and we are back in the room !! uuuuuh that was a good 2 month, keep the busy times coming. I have to say, I really enjoy that…. Happy people Happy days! :-) lets get you certified, why not!?
We still stick to the small groups ( max 4) per. instructor, in the water…. Happy people happy days! And more time and attention for the individual. My main objective here, is to make the best diver out of YOU that I can, and in my humble opinion, that is very difficult to do if the groups get to big.. for example, 8 or more per instructor ,even with assistants. 4 is the magic number, its good for you and the corals:-) happy people… happy days and corals :-) uuhh and by the way… once you know the basics of scuba diving, maybe its time to continue your education, by becoming an even better diver, in fact that would be even better for you and the corals…. happy people happy days.
Your advanced open water is only 1 1/2 days and after ,I promise that you will feel sooooo much more in control and enjoy your dives much more, happy people happy days…….

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Exiting new times for Planet Scuba, Koh Tao

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Exiting times… for Planet scuba, koh tao, to put us back on the map!!. Even though Planet scuba, koh tao, is one of the first dive schools on Koh Tao, we have been ‘sleeping’ in class. We let our selfs, get over run by many other dive schools on Koh Tao. But exiting times is coming back to Planet Scuba, Koh Tao.
We got our new beautiful guest house, for our guest that are doing, Open water or Advanced course with Planet Scuba, Koh Tao. New class rooms, signs for out side and new uniforms is all on the way. And 3 new DMTs starting ( thank you Atila), and 1 almost ready for snorkel test!! ( thank you Sacott :-) Exiting new times… for Planet scuba koh tao.
I’m getting down with my under water photos and I’m not fare of, creating a facebook page specific for Danish students that wanna learn how to dive or continue their education or just go fun diving.
Of course if you are not Danish, I’ll be happy to take you as well :-) Exiting new times for Planet Scuba, Koh Tao.

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10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean

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Photo: Sunlight streaming through water

Photograph by Sebastian Meckelmann

Save the Ocean

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

4. Help Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.

7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.

8. Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.

Taken from an article by National Geographic on 27th March 2013http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/


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Underwater photos

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Underwater photos, Im just coming right out and say this…. , man not my strong point. I have, how ever, for a while wanted to do a bit of Underwater photos, some challenge, I can tell you uuuuh!! Never really taken that many photos on land, let alone underwater photos. What better time to learn to take photos all together. You can learn to…if you are already a certified diver, wouldn’t photography be a existing new activity for you :-) we can totally sort you out on that one, here at planet scuba, koh tao. Obviosly you will not be learning from me, just yet :-)
I do know a very good photographer, she take stunning underwater photos. I usually joke about, my underwater photo, is completely identical to hers, ha ha ha this is of course not the case. Having said that, she has been taken  photos for over 10 years. good practice!! I think its fair to say, that she call her camera, her buddy . Naughty I know… but she does have this fancy thing called, spare air, just encase of equipment failure :-) my boyfriend also take very good photos, he says, when he looks at the first 1000 photos he did, they are not very good!! happy underwater photo… ing, with planet scuba, koh tao. You might wonder where is the photos that I’ve taken already.. well they are not here ok!!Taking underwater photos is a bit like, treasure hunting, you are on the look out for the cool stuff, and take the perfect underwater photo of it, that could, of cause also, turn right into a underwater photo, competition :-)   And I tell you one thing, once  I’ve got this underwater photo business under control, witch I hope, wont be 10 years ha ha ha ;-)  watch out Mini D. :-)

Anyway, this is what I want, to do for my self this year.learn to take some half decent underwater photos

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Brummies Scuba Diving Story

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Hello, Good evening and welcome to my first blog,(Brummies scuba diving story) Are you sitting comfortably… then i shall begin.

Once upon a time there was an island called Koh Tao It is a magical place where diving dreams can come true. Koh Tao is an amazing island to come and experience something new, having a small island feel .While still having access to all the little things you cant live without. The weather is hot ,the water clear and warm perfect for starting your diving adventures with Planet Scuba. If you love being in the water the fairy tale begins here, Firstly the feeling of being able to fly is still one of the coolest things you will experience diving, the whole weightless feeling is second to none its such an amazing feeling you will be hooked from the start, its almost like being in space.

The great thing about diving is you never get bored of it there is always something new to see or find ,even now after diving the sites in Koh Tao everyday for years i still find that i see something different every now and again. There are of course fish that you see all the time and here’s some of the favorites…..

Brummies scuba diving story

This Pink Anemone Fish is seen often on most dives.

Brummies scuba diving story

If you are lucky then you may see a Hawksbill Turtle .

brummies scuba diving story

Nemo the star attraction at Twins, A must see when visiting Koh Tao.

Brummies scuba diving story

Blue Spotted Sting Rays are common to see on most dives.

The best thing by a long way is of course the Whale Shark.

Brummies scuba diving story

So with our small groups and later starts you get to see more great things when the dive sites are quieter.Come and give scuba diving a try with us here at Planet Scuba and you will find the end to this story is a great one.


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small groups

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I tell you what i enjoy, about diving… and working with planet scuba koh tao. the small groups we offer, getting on to the boat , sooooooo exciting , to go to ……… well any where really ,ass long ass i dont have to dive along side to many other diveres, I just think,that, small groups, have a better chance of seeing stuff and  enjoy their dive so much more . thats what i enjoy about diving, and working at planet scuba, koh tao. We go out, not to early around 9.30-10.00 am we do small groups, no really, we only take max 4 in each group, thats what i enjoy about diving, and working
at planet scuba koh tao, SMALL groups
I do of course have Favorite dive sites, that i enjoy more , and could dive all day long,Chumphon koh tao, one of the best dive sites in the gulf of Thailand. Just hanging around barracuda rock watching the cobias play , would be one of my favorites ,Dont know how old a cobia can get, but they look almost prehistoric, like they have lived for a 100 years, and now they just cruising, playing along, and here, small groups, comes in handy every body get to see them. But just being under water, will do most days to. :-) in order to enjoy your dive and get the most out of Chumphon koh tao, you really need to do the dive on nitrox!! Not a nitrox diver yet? well we can help you out with that one, a nitrox course at Planet scuba, koh tao, take you half a day… wam bam thank you mam :-) and of we go ENJOY.

ohh and for you guys, that think that the cobias at chumphon koh tao, is sharks… look at their dorselfin… just saying

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Massage After Scuba Diving: Is It Safe?


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Massage after Scuba Diving

Who doesnt love a massage especially on a beach. Massage after scuba diving, is it safe?

Everyone loves a massage, but what about a massage after scuba diving, is it safe? If you are planning an ocean side vacation, you probably have plans for lounging on the beach. You might want to take a dive or two to see the kaleidoscope colors of undersea creatures and then head to the local cabana for a night of music and Macarena. Vacations are all about the experiences. Whether you are going for the rush of exploring a wrecked vessel or your taste runs more toward a relaxing tour of the living coral seascape, you might want to get a massage after scuba diving.

Is a massage safe immediately after a dive? The short answer is yes. . .but. Here is some more information to help you make a decision about when to get your revitalizing massage after scuba diving.

  • Everyone agrees that you should avoid strenuous exercise and flying within 12 to 24 hours before and after a deep dive.
  • You should also drink lots of water to rehydrate your body. Dehydration is a major concern for divers.
  • It is not wise lie down for extended periods immediately after a dive. You should limit your massage to 45-60 minutes.
  • Some therapists insist on a wait period of 4 hours to 6 hours after a dive depending on the depth. At least 4 hours for 25 to 40 metres and 6 hours for deeper dives.
  • Avoid Rolfing; hot rocks; Thai and Swedish techniques and other aggressive deep tissue massage that will raise your body temperature. Ask your therapists to skip hot oils and towels.

Diving is a wonderful sport and a massage will feel fabulous after any dive. Use caution with the techniques you choose, but definitely go for a relaxing-muscle-soothing massage after scuba diving. Your body will thank you.

Taken from the article by Jonah Salomon on July 19, 2012


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Monsoon season?

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So I have made a promise to myself that I will spend more time writing blogs about diving and things going on around Planet Scuba Koh Tao. You would think it should be easy to find more time to do it this at this time of year as the Koh Tao is getting quieter as monsoon season is supposed to be here. What monsoon season? The problem is the water is glass like, whalesharks are being seen regularily and there is no wind or rain.

The signs of it’s impending arrival are definitely here, the change in direction of the wind, what little of it that we have and the water direction is definitely changing, but as yet it has not arrived and although the island needs the rain water, I am happy the diving conditions are so calm. The lack of movement does mean that some of the dive sights are a little bit cloudy but I am loving every dive I do with or without students as the variety of things to see at the moment is great.

What monsoon season?

So with the island getting quieter due to our monsoon season, it has given CD Bob and I the chance to take out our new Tec equipment for a shake down test. Check all the adjustments of the tanks, refresh skills and ensure everything is work as it is supposed to. I have to say other that the fact I only realised I had, much to my annoyance, forgotten my camera housing it was a perfect success, and was such a great feeling to be in a wing with twins again.

So we have a few things just around the corner and we are hoping the weather continues to hold. On Saturday (17th) we have the kids from Hong Kong Island School arriving, coming for there yearly trip to do PADI Open Water Courses, Advanced Open Water Courses or Speciality courses. Last year was a small group but great weather and great fun, this year it is a much bigger group and hopefully it will be even more fun.

So lets hope the question that started this blog continues to be the case. What Monsoon season?? Long may the flat and good weather continue!!

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