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Congratulations to the New SSI Instructors!

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Huge congratulations again to Leroy and Scott for smashing their SSI IE with incredibly high scores! Scott is back on Koh Phi Phi now, ready to touch people and change lives with Barakuda Diving. Leroy will be starting his Instructor Internship with our very own Big Ant, soon to be a paid staff member of Big Blue Diving! Not bad, eh? It's so nice when the money finally starts to flow in the other direction, back into YOUR wallet! February ITC is now fully booked, next chance will be 2nd March, book your place now! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet the November '17 ITC Candidates!

Best. ITC. Candidates. Ever. 

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Jordan Michalchuck

A typical loud Canadian, a plaid shirt wearing, poutine eating Canuck from Grand Prairie, Alberta. Jordan's ambition is to chop down his students' fears with his imaginary teaching axe, plant new scuba saplings in their place, and then apologise profusely, just in case, like the true Forester every Canadian yearns to be.

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Gem Jones

A Lost Mackem, Pit Yakking former social worker from South Scotland. Gem's hobbies include being constantly asked to repeat herself in English, and obedience training her pet, Niall. Student's should expect deep understanding of their issues, and tough, no nonsense, Posh Geordie love, on their journey towards aquatic expertise.

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Sam Holt

If the ITC was the Spice Girls, then Sam would be Baby, a sweet natured, gentle, softly spoken delicate blossom from one of England's most beautiful garden towns, Blackpool. Koh Tao has been a journey of self development for Samantha, turning that shy, retiring, shrinking violet, into the strong, independent woman she strives to be. Keep going, Sam, we believe in you!

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Ed Greenfield

A big city lad from Midsomer Norton, England's version of The Shire, above is a photo of Ed setting off on his 'Big Adventure'. Sadly, none of Ed's companions made it, the Nazgul got them or something... Not Ed, though! Likes to be called 'Fast Eddie', and his favourite quote is, "When life throws you a Jeffery stroke the fur wall".


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Brent Sandford

As Aussie as they come, true blue, hard yakka and all that. Still upset about England's domination of world Rugby, Brent has switched his passion from 'sports that the British are better than everyone else at', to the 'down under' water world. On ya, mate! One of two ex-chefs in this month's ITC, it's clear that Brent has all the right ingredients to become one of our best!

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Niall Watson

Another Posh Geordie from Durham, Niall left Byker Grove far behind him, hosted popular British TV shows for a few years with his best mate until he finally said the magic words 'I'm a minor celbrity who would rather Scuba dive for a living, get me out of here!' and here he is! It was either football or Scuba for a man from the Tyne, good choice Niall!

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Hadyn Rich

Like an escapee from Love Island, Koh Tao's own Ricky Gervais lookalike arrived on our doorstep and now we seem to be stuck with him. Uncomplicated, genuine, irrepressibly enthusiastic, Haydn has been compared to an ebullient but well meaning bovine in a ceramic outlet. His facebook profile states, simply that 'I am a lad, simple as' but we know there is man hiding inside you just waiting to get out, and we can't wait to meet him!

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Landon Hunt

A post-liberal democrat, anti-Second Amendment Campaigner snowflake from Nebraska, Landon temporarily left his awesome wife (Tiff!) to follow his second career choice after his Lacrosse career ended prematurely when a bison invaded the pitch. Landon joins this year's ITC after a brief (failed) stint as a Fashion Blogger, good choice Landon!


SSI or PADI? The big Question!

There are many big questions we ask ourselves in life. Coke or Pepsi? Book or Kindle? Dogs or babies? Should I continue work in a job that I either loathe or barely tolerate working towards an impossible dream of security that recedes ever further into a far flung and increasingly unlikely future as the goal posts continually move and my youth slips away into a sense of disappointment and regret that I missed my chance for true happiness, or become a Scuba Diving Instructor, even just for a year or two, move to a beautiful paradise island and live my life in flip flops, wake up every morning to a stunning view of the ocean, feel the cool breeze on my face as I eat breakfast on the balcony in the company of a dog (or cat, if you're weird) who adores me,  a 5 minute drive to work on a motorbike through zero traffic, up and down gentle hills snatching glimpses of the ocean through the palm fronds, to arrive for work only to be surrounded by people happy because they're on holiday, or happy because they live and work here, too, and it's amazing, spend the day messing about on boats, swimming with the fish, have a permanent suntan, eat tasty, freshly prepared local and international food served up beachside at a reasonable price, drink an ice cold beer, glass of wine or cocktail at the beach bar after a beautiful day watching a perfect sunset, different every time, safe in the knowledge that all you have to do the next day, and the next, for as long as you want, is this.

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The smart choice made, we are then typically faced with more questions, one of them might be... SSI or PADI, or both?

In the past, the perceived wisdom, extolled confidently by any dive professional you might ask, has often been "Do your PADI IDC first and then crossover to SSI because it's much, much cheaper that way."

Well, first of all, cheaper is not always better. If you pay less, you generally get less. Secondly, it's no longer true. It may well have been in the past, but not any longer. Did PADI drop their prices? Hehe, no (sorry). SSI now offer Career Packages (amongst other things), designed to close the PADI 'backdoor' into SSI.

We are happy to announce that you can now choose to the agency you wish to train with based on quality, rather than price. No need to go to another agency first, then come back to SSI having saved some money, sure, but also having missed out on a full SSI ITC designed to prepare you to teach SSI Courses, in an SSI dive centre. 

So, how does it work?

Choose SSI at the beginning of your professional diving career, before DMT, and go all the way to Instructor, you will save at least 41505 THB (based on current Koh Tao course prices and agency fees) compared to going 'the other way'.

If you then decide to become dual certified by crossing over to PADI, you will save 5995 THB overall (based on Big Blue Diving pricing) for choosing SSI first. You will have received full training by both agencies, and you will be a well rounded, well prepared Instructor with everything you need to be successful in the industry. After that, it's mostly up to you! We will help as much as possible, with work at Big Blue, around SE Asia, the rest of the world, but you will have to work hard, be patient and resilient, and earn it.

If you choose SSI Instructor Training and you are already a Dive Master, it's even simpler. SSI Instructor will cost you 35510 THB less with us, compared to the 'other way'. Crossover to PADI and your total bill will be exactly the same amount as if you had gone 'the other way' first.

So now all you need to do is... Choose!

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Big Blue Boys and their Scuba Joys! Version 2.0

Huge congratulations to Mark Holton and Gordon Murray on passing their SSI Instructor Evaluation with flying colours.IE Mark Gordo


Especially impreSSIve when you consider that SSI evaluates to much higher standard than the other agencies requiring 90% in the 100 question multiple choice final exam, two 15 minute academic presentations, a full rescue assessment including 02 provision and CPR, a swim test, then on the spot open water and confined presentations over two and a half days. Despite this, we boast a 100% success rate for all our previous candidates and offer a guaranteed pass or the opportunity to attend a subsequent ITC for free.


After your ITC, we offer an internship program here at Big Blue where have the opportunity to teach alongside our senior instructors to gain experience and your first student certifications, followed by an upgrade to Advanced Open Water Instructor and all your Specialty Instructor ratings. After this you will have  the opportunity to work for us as a freelancer. A great start in the industry, basically. Big Blue Diving is the largest and most successful SSI Dive Centre in the whole goddam world, certifying over 10000 SSI students in 2016!


IMG 0510Should you get itchy feet, however, we can help you to find work positions at SSI dive shops around South East Asia. There are currently more positions open than there are instructors to fill them!

Once you arrive at our resort and sign up, we are happy to offer you unlimited free fundiving on any of our 5 dive boats. We have at least 2 trips go out every day with night dives on alternate evenings. Lots of opprtunities to get in the water and prepare for your course. It’s a good idea to assist on at least one Open Water Diver Course as part of your preparation as well. We can offer you assistance finding accommodation to suit your budget, and advice on visas for Thailand and transport to and from the island. If you require diving equipment we can secure a professional discount for you on any retail purchases. You will also be entitled to a 20% discount in our beachside restaurant and bar for the duration.


So what are you waiting for?!IE Boys


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