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First time diving for our Scuba Cat marketing intern Quang

Posted on December 26th, 2012 by admin-scubacat-dw  |  Comments Off on First time diving for our Scuba Cat marketing intern Quang

Few months ago, I decided to leave Europe for my internship at Scuba Cat. As I had been told that I would have many opportunities to do diving here, I had become over excited because I could never image how the undersea lives looked like. However, I had felt very nervous at the same time.
My first dives DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) took places at Paradise Reef, a beautiful shallow site in the Patong Bay.


My instructor is Sean Porter, an incredibly optimistic English man. I heard that Sean was a very experienced dive instructor but I was still unable to hide my nerves.
I received a thorough briefing about mask, fins, pressure, breathing, etc before I jumped into the water. After putting on me a BCD and air tank, Sean did one more check to make sure that everything was well-setup. For this first dive ever, Sean would only take me down till 6 meters depth. Then now I was ready to explore the ocean.
Once being in the sea, I must breathe through the regulator. Although the air in the tank is similar to the normal air, I felt like it was the weirdest air I had ever breathe in my life. Being told to face down slowly into the water, I had feeling that my heart beat ten times faster to make it. Gosh! I felt water everywhere. I didn’t feel comfortable at all! As struggling few times with breathing and descending, I was now undersea.

Sean guided through reefs, show me fishes. He kept asking whether everything was ok with my ear, my mask and so on. He and I still remember how I was excited as I tried to catch the fishes with my hands. OMG! Fishes are everywhere surrounding me. My eyes opened as big as they can. I saw Sergeant Majorfish, Clark’s Anemone Fish, Longfin Bannerfish, Moorish Idol, Lined Butterflyish, Powder Blue Surgeonfish, Corals, Blue Sea Star, and that “ugly” Sea Cucumber and “scary” Black Diadema Urchin and many that I don’t know their names. I didn’t notice that 20 minutes had gone until Sean gave sign to go up. When we came back to the boat, Sean teased me that I could catch the fishes well but I should stop doing it next time.

The second dives would be the most unforgettable dive in my life. This time I didn’t have problem descending but struggling with breathing and water (again!). As water came into my mouth and my mask, I started feeling unsafe and wanted to go back but few seconds after that, I couldn’t resist anymore. I was shaking, trying to blow water out and somehow the regulator was out. In a second, I thought that I would end my life there but thank to Sean, he put the regulator in my mouth again, pressed the air button, the air flew into my lung and immediately I felt “alive” again. He inflated my BCD and I was already on the surface few seconds after that.
I went diving again a few days later, the feeling of being scared had disappeared and I felt more relaxed, and I guess it will feel like that more and more each time I do it.

It’s hard to believe that I just returned from a scary-but-interesting journey. In dedication to Sean, who made my first dive experience absolutely amazing. He has been doing a brilliant job as an hero undersea. How challenging it is to get over myself to see a wonderful world undersea but since that moment, I knew that I truly loved diving again.

I must agree with Dave Barry- a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author- as he said
“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”

Miss Hard Rock Cafe Phuket Thailand

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by admin-scubacat-dw  |  Comments Off on Miss Hard Rock Cafe Phuket Thailand

Life is never dull here at Scuba Cat Diving, 5 * CDC Phuket, Thailand.

The Hard Rock Cafe was celebrating its first anniversary of being open here in Phuket and came to see us to see if we would be involved…………….. Some of the instructors threatened me with Death if I dared say no………….

They were to Host “Miss Hard Rock -Phuket”!

Scuba cat Diving Phuket Thailand The Beautiful Thai Girls top 3

Miss Hard Rock Cafe Phuket 2010

and strangely enough the male instructors on the team were queuing up to take the Beautiful Thai Girls for one of their first round challenges…………..

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Beautiful Thai Girls try diving

Try Dives and a Beach Clean up in Patong.

Thai Girls clean up Patong Beach

Claus and Darren were two of the first Volunteers to take the Hot Thai Girls on their first Scuba Diving experience and Matt Butcher, Scuba Cat’s own professional videographer recorded the Dayalong with many helpers, including our Instructor Interns!

Darren and Claus working hard..............try dives for the Hot contestants of Miss Hard Rock Cafe Phuket

The Gorgeous girls all had a great day,

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Learn to Dive

……….However it was the first time we have had to clean the pool after try dives to prevent the filters being blocked by false eye lashes, earrings…………….

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Discoveer Scuba Diving

So after reapplying their makeup, and redoing their hair……… the Thai Girls went over to Patong Beach to Clean up ……………… I have never seen the trash get cleared up so quickly as it did by these skimpily dressed Thai Girls!!!!

Patong Beach Clean up Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand

Scuba Cat Diving presents our First Ever Guest Blogger Carlton Grooms

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by admin-scubacat-dw  |  Comments Off on Scuba Cat Diving presents our First Ever Guest Blogger Carlton Grooms

For more almost twenty years I coveted my Scuba certification.  Justifying a new hobby, especially one such as scuba diving, is impossible without including my wife.  Unfortunately she was uncomfortable in the water, let alone under it.  Add children to the mix and it becomes impossible right?  Not so fast.

I did gain my Open Water certification as did my wife, 11 year old daughter and 10 year old son.  Together we gained a new way to experience the beauty of life and the sea achieving it all with Scuba Cat Diving in Phuket, Thailand. I can’t say this would have come to fruition without Sarah, and the support of the entire professional staff.

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Family Fun

Deb, Connor and Alexa

My wife, Deborah and I took our children, Alexa and Connor, out of school in the U.S. and embarked on a one year trip around the world.  Deborah is a professional portrait photographer and I a travel writer and filmmaker (  Together we set out to create a book of fine art, which we recently published called, “Portraits of Our World” (

We wanted to avoid Europe and the typical destinations, instead focusing on Southern Africa, the Middle East, India, SE Asia and Australia.  We home schooled each step of the way using our daily life as the laboratory.  The value of the scientific education our kids received while completing the course of study at Scuba Cat Diving was unparalleled for their age.

We began our research as the phase of our trip that would take us to Phuket, Thailand  drew closer.  Sitting in a hotel room in the hills of Kerala, India I suggested we consider all getting our Scuba Diving qualifications.  My wife laughed, neither of the kids knew how to swim!  Oh yes, that swim problem…

Choosing the right company to do your certification with can be daunting.  We used our slow internet connection in India and were more confused then when we started.  Undeterred we came up with a short list, deciding to visit each once in Phuket.

Our first order of business after arriving in Phuket was to find a home to rent.  This minor detail dispatched we headed into town to sign up with one of the companies on our list.  We were immediately impressed with Scuba Cat Diving.  The staff was welcoming, the facilities were clean, the instructors professional and they showed great willingness to certify the kids seeing them as a wonderful challenge, not a burden.

We were never concerned with the classroom work for the kids.  They were doing extremely well in school, which is what allowed us to take them out in the first place.  We studied with them in the evenings after a spicy Thai meal and ensured they paid attention in class.  They completed all of their exams on their own, as required, with no issues.  There was still that swimming problem…

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand  Junior Open Water

"like an elephant’s skin on a mouse"

Classroom complete and with the pool work next, Sarah gave complete focus on ensuring that the kids succeeded.  What patience and perseverance she had!  We had problems all around.  My son at 10 was no larger than most 7 year olds. With no fat on his body he would quickly become to cold to proceed.  The wetsuits were not small enough for him so we combined two at a time.  He looked like a miniature Michelin man.  Both my daughter and my wife struggled with the underwater mask clearing drill, to the point of both almost walking away.  Eventually my son did walk away, with one day to go, my hear sank.  He had no problem with the water, he was just too cold and fed up with it.  Keeping me in check, Sarah let him walk.  The next day she cajoled him into trying again, he agreed and ultimately passed the pool phase.  There was still that swimming problem…

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Scuba Diving for all the family

Will you be my buddy?

Once the pool is complete the open water work begins.  One must pass a swim test in order to enter this last phase.  Ours was to swim around the dive boat one time.  We could no longer put off that swimming problem.  Let me tell you what motivation can do for a soul.  We had the good fortune to rent a very nice home while living in Phuket, one with a large pool.  Every day after dive school, the kids would practice swimming in this pool.  When the big day came to swim around the dive boat they did with no problem.  My kids were ecstatic, my wife and I proud and Sarah relieved (that all her hard work had not been for naught).

The remainder of the dive course went without a hitch and the whole family gained their qualifications.  The kids were limited to depth for a few years thereafter due to their age but every operator we dove with honored their credentials.  I was so impressed with Scuba Cat I personally continued on to get my Advanced Open Water, Deep Diver Specialty, Wreck Diver and Enriched Air Specialty.  The only reason I did not gain more education was that my time in Phuket had come to an end.

Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand Scuba Diving for kids

Certification complete - Smiles all around

Since their training Connor and Alexa have had the great fortune to dive on The Great Barrier Reef near Herron Island.  They also got their first night dive in Kona, Hawaii watching manta rays swoop over their heads.  The ray’s mouths were bigger than the kids.  Most recently they dove near Coiba Island in Panama, which is the northern most island in the Galapagos chain.

We are quite proud of our children’s accomplishments and experiences diving.  None of which would have been possible without the professional attention of Scuba Cat and most especially Sarah.  I recommend that if you are looking to learn to dive, refresh your skills or increase your certification you do it with Scuba Cat.  All I ask is when you are done diving for the day, you lift a cold Singha and mention me in a toast.

Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand was renamed Scuba Kitten for the day !

Posted on July 11th, 2011 by admin-scubacat-dw  |  Comments Off on Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand was renamed Scuba Kitten for the day !

Yesterday the New divers on board MV Scuba Cat made all us instructors feel old!

Congratulations to our new New (Jr) Open Water Divers,

Ignatio J Moro Nieto, Spain age 13
David C Moro Nieto, Spain Age 15
Oscar Martinsson, Sweden Age 14
Patrik D Mitelski, Sweden Age 13

And not forgetting Ally O’Kearney who completed a Discover Scuba Diving with Scuba Cat for the 4th year, quite an achievement when you think she is only Age 12!

Thanks again to the instructors, Hielke , Claus and Francois for safely certifying the Next generation of divers

 Junior Open Water Course Scuba Cat Diving Phuket Thailand

Scuba Kittens

Whats New at Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand

Posted on August 10th, 2009 by admin-scubacat-dw  |  Comments Off on Whats New at Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand

Are you a Scuba Diver dreaming of your next warm water experience? Or completely new and wondering what delights await you in the unknown underwater world. Summer Season here is now in full swing and here at Scuba Cat Diving, 5 * CDC Center, Phuket, Thailand we can make those dreams a reality. We will make your first dive an experience you will never forget, if you are already a diver we can expand your diving knowledge and who knows we may change your life…

So what are you waiting for…