It is with sadness that we tell you all that our friend Stoli passed away last month. It has been a very tough time for his family and the whole Discovery team. Stoli was more than just a mascot, but family. Everyone will miss his smiling face on the boat and in the shops and especially jumping off the boats to join the divers and snorkelers in the water. We are sure he is up in dog heaven now swimming all day and may he rest in peace.
Hey everyone. For today’s guest blogger we will have Eric. He is going to talk about boats and boat maintenance. Before we get to Eric, I will talk a little bit about what is going on here in Thailand and at Discovery Divers. It has really calmed down here politically and it is so normal here now that we don’t really here much of anything on the news anymore. Now they have lifted any curfews in pretty much all areas except for Bangkok so a great time to find some deals on airfare and hotels and come to Koh Samui. Remember, on the Gulf of Thailand side it is not rainy season like on the Phuket side. The weather will be great here right up until November. We may have a little system coming in on Thursday for a couple of days, but then that clears right out and the diving has been great. Here is Eric:
Hi, today I am going to talk about what might not be the most exciting topic, but a very important one. Boats and boat maintenance. Here at Discovery, we are one of only 2 companies on Koh Samui who run our own speedboats. The rest of the companies either run on the bigger, slower tourboats, or they all share space on a speedboat from a speedboat operator.
When you have your own boats it is very important to do regular maintenance. Especially when the diving spots are all 1 hour or more away from Koh Samui the last thing you want is to be on an unreliable boat. When you choose a diving company you want to make sure that you can safely make it to your destination and back. Outboard boat engines are very expensive and go through a lot with the seawater, waves and etc., so it is very important to keep them maintained. While in the water and when we are using them daily we make sure that our captains, Aon, Aong and Nan, inspect and clean the engines daily. Sometimes when you are diving you may see one of our captains in scuba gear under the boat at the dive site checking the underside of the boat. Don’t worry, he will be back on the boat to take us all back. If you hang out a little bit after your dives, you will see them doing this at the pier. We also make sure to change the engine oil, filters, and gearbox oil more frequently than normal guidelines just to be extra careful.
Also, 2 times a year we take our boats out of the water in low season to do a full inspection of the whole boat and look for anything that may need to be touched up for fixed. As we have 2 boats we can perform our bi-annual full maintenance and still keep one boat in the water to use for diving. We just got done with our Discovery boat and have that back in the water now and have just taken our our Stoli boat as you can see in the picture.
After our inspection there is not much to do on Stoli as it is only about 7 months old, but we be touching up the paint, especially on the bottom, touching up any outside paint and doing a full maintenance on the engines so everything will be in tip-top shape for high season which is just around the corner. We know it is very important to our customers to make sure that you are on a safe and reliable boat and you can be assured that we take this very seriously. You can see a little bit more info about our boats at our website http://www.discoverydivers.com. Back now to Stoli to finish up.
I hope you learned a little about the boats. If fact you can see me even doing my part and checking out the boat if you have any questions about either of our boats please feel free to ask Eric, myself or our captains. We would be happy to answer any questions.
Bark at ya later,
I want to start out talking a little bit about Thailand and the current situation here. I want to assure everyone that traveling and staying in Thailand now is very safe for humans and dogs. There has been a lot of international press and warnings, but I can assure you that especially Koh Samui is very safe and we don’t even have a curfew here, so you can enjoy our beautiful and fun island the same as it has been.
In addition, now is the best time to book and come to Koh Samui. Many of the hotels are offering incredible deals right now and airfares are dropping also. In addition, we here at Discovery are offering a 15% discount for internet bookings for the month of June. I hope this does not come out of my bone fund. You can see more information at http://www.discoverydivers.com
So, the diving has also been great this week and not very crowded, so a good time to dive also. Yesterday we were at Sail Rock which had about 15 meters visibility and the day before we were at Chumphon Pinnacle (15 meter) and shark island (15 meters).
Check out some of the pictures from the last few days and I am throwing in a bonus. For anyone who books diving in the next 48 hours, I will throw in a partially chewed tennis ball.
Bark at ya later,
Sorry peeps. I have been so busy lately I have not had time to do my blog. So many things have been going on here so let me fill you in. Not only have we been crazy busy everyday running our boats to Sail Rock and Koh Tao as the conditions are still great and we are getting so many people who want to dive multiple days. We also now have opened up our new shop in the center of Chaweng and I have been working there everyday booking dives and selling lots of equipment. We also have had some guests at my Stoli guesthouse, but are not fully open there yet as we have been so busy opening the dive shop. The new shop has turned our traditionally low season into a mini high season as we are still very busy. Today though we are taking the discovery boat our for it’s regularly scheduled maintenance and full check-over to make sure everything is perfect for the upcoming high season. It will also give Captains Nan and Aong some much needed rest as they have been running the boat almost everyday for a long time. Of course I can always drive the boat in a pinch. We still have our Stoli boat in the water though so we will be running just one boat for the next few weeks as when discovery goes back in the water we will take the Stoli boat out and give Captain Aon and asst captain Pop a break. If you get down to Samui anytime soon, please come visit us at either of our shops at the Amari hotel, or the new shop in Central Chaweng near the new Central Festival Shopping Center. I will leave you with some pictures from the last week or so. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.
Bark at ya later,
OK, enough of this. I am going on strike if I cannot get out diving soon. I have been working my tail off here at the shop. And what do they pay me with? Bones! Who pays people in bones? I have been so busy that I even had to get my little brother Jagger to help with the inventory. And what does he do? He jumps in a bin of t-shirts and starts playing instead of counting. Some help he is.
It is even worse for me because the diving has been so great. Yesterday we had 2 boats again, one to Koh Tao and one to Sail Rock. Koh Tao sites are down in visibility a little to about 12-15 meters, but Sail Rock is an amazing 30 meters with tons of fish. Put me on the list please for the next opening. Today we had our Koh Tao boat visit the wreck which was a lot of fun and the Discovery boat was back at Sail Rock again.
Congratulations to NIco and Chantal on completing their open water courses. I am heading over to Tesco now to get signboards and markers for the picket line.
Enjoy the pictures of the last two days. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.
Bark at ya later,
Sorry, I haven’t wrote my blog in a few days, but we’ve still been really busy at the moment. Even my brother Jagger has had to work to keep up. So, now we got the whole family working. It’s great when we have these excellent diving conditions and our biggest problem seems to be accommodating everyone who wants to dive again and again. So, on Thursday we had one boat to Koh Tao and one to Sail Rock and the same on Friday. Both days we went to Chumphon Pinnacle and had great conditions of 25 meter visibility. Sail Rock dropped down a little to about 15 meters, which is still very very nice.
Congratulations to Charlie and Ling who completed their open water course with Mike, and to Einar who completed his advanced open water course with Nick.
Well, back to work for me. I haven’t even had a chance to get to the Boneyard this week, but got to keep the divers happy. Enjoy the pictures. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.
Bark at ya later,
Another day that I did not make it on the boat. We are very busy now, and because we limit the amount of divers on the boat, I got left off. Again. I thought I was the boss! I mean seriously, I only weigh 13 kilos. I’d be happy to sit in the icebox if I have to. Not fair at all. I think I will have to go into the computer and cancel out some people for tomorrow to make room for me. I hope no one catches me doing this.
Today we had two boats again. The Discovery boat was at Sail Rock with 25 meter viz and Stoli went to Koh Tao where we visited HIn Wong Pinnacle (20 meters), Mango Bay (18 meters) and Shark Island (20 meters). Everyone was happy, happy, happy as usual and many divers wanted to book again. I think we need to re-think our policy. It seems if they have a great time they book again and then I can’t go on the boat. I will have to fire all of our staff and get staff that is not as good so we have more space for me. I am not sure if my Dad will go for that though.
So, today Mike was with Jane and Charlie for dives 1 and 2 of the open water course, Ankita and Radhika were taking their first underwater breaths with Axel, and congratulations to Rachael on completing her open water course with Joe.
Enjoy the pictures from today. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.
Bark at ya later,