March 6-11, 2011: A trip of firsts
|Emil & Tommy on Tachai Beach|
For the first of hopefully many times, we welcomed back Tommy, Therese and 10-year old Emil from Sweden. The family joined the Oktavia in the spring 2010 as snorkelers and did several try dives. This time they enrolled in the Open Water Course and all had a great time. Many adults struggle with the theory, so we were all impressed that Emil passed all exams with very good results. Congratulations, we look forward to diving with you again.
Luke and Jessica were on their first holiday as husband and wife: they made the Oktavia cruise part of their honeymoon. They are a lovely couple and we wish them many happy moments together in their married life.
While Steen was fun diving, son Mikkel enrolled in the advanced course together with Eric – they both got certified, congratulations from our team. During their course they saw a huge sailfish at Turtle Rock – also a first for experienced Oktavia tour leader Bernie.
|Eric & Bengt, dive buddies from Sweden|
Everyone was happy to see an impressive eagle ray hanging out with the divers at Christmas Point and our dolphin luck continued as we headed towards Koh Bon.
|Victor on Tachai. Does he sleep with his snorkel gear on?|
4-year old Victor discovered snorkeling and enjoyed it so much that mum Lone and dad Søren had to invest in his very own snorkel set. Grandma Karen did her first live-aboard and enjoyed it thoroughly, though she leaves the water activities to the younger generations ;) Lone was well pleased to see her first shark: a beautiful white tip reef shark at Elephant Head Rock – a place we often see white- and black tips. Another first: Lone did her first night dive.
Guests, who do not wish to enroll in the Advanced Open Water Course, can easily take an adventure dive. This involves reading the corresponding chapter in the Adventures in Diving book, finalize the knowledge review and do the dive together with their instructor. The student receives a form, confirming that he/she has taken the adventure dive. After five adventure dives, including deep and navigation, the student can be certified as Advanced Open Water Diver. Oktavia guests who are Open Water certified must take the applicable adventure dives to dive at night or deeper than 18 meters.
|The group getting ready to leave Tachai Island|