Posts by - Justin Hartrey

Posts by - Justin Hartrey

I've been enjoying the incredible marine life in our oceans for over 25 years. 13 years ago I became a PADI professional, hoping to introduce as many people as possible to the incredible beauty of the seas.

Having been fortunate enough to dive all over south east and especially Thailand, I enjoy sharing my experience and passion on this blog.

beautiful scenery in phuket to go with the july news News & Updates

Phuket News July 2022

The big Phuket news for July 2022 is the legalisation of cannabis. Laws are somewhat smokey but at the moment it's a free for all. Weed shops are popping up everywhere at such a rate they may takeover 7-11. A clarification of the law will come soon but at the moment you can spark up a fat one without the fear of being arrested as long as your not in a public space. Our dive boat is unfortunately a public space so smoking weed is not allow [...]

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a beautiful beach to visit when thailand travel restrictions are finally lifted News & Updates

Thailand Travel Restrictions Almost Finished

*Update: All restrictions and entry requirements for vaccinated travelers have been lifted as has wearing masks outdoors Thailand was one of the first countries to begin lifting travel restrictions. Since the initial opening phase back in July 2021, Thailand has somewhat dragged its feet, allowing other countries to gain a upper hand in the tourist markets. Economic pressure from within finally seems to have won through and all restriction [...]

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a padi instructor assisting a scuba diving student equalise their ears Scuba Diving Health

Will Scuba Diving Hurt My Ears?

Will scuba diving hurt my ears? is a question we frequently get asked. Anybody who's tried diving down when snorkeling will have felt the effect of pressure on their ears. So it's natural to assume it will only get worse when going deeper. That assumption would be 100% correct so that's why you're taught simple techniques to prevent pain or damage as part of the PADI Open Water Course. The techniques will quickly become habit and ear issues [...]

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how to treat jellyfish and coral stings Scuba Diving Health

How to Treat Jellyfish And Coral Stings

Jellyfish and coral stings are not a frequent occurrence in Phuket. The few cases we get are mild, only requiring some basic first aid immediately after the incident. Occasionally around the coast line, we sight box jellyfish and in low season we often have bluebottles wash up on the shore. However it's incredibly rare to see either around our main Phuket dive sites. Still, the environment we choose to spend our spare time in is not risk free [...]

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single use plastics banned in thai national parks News & Updates

Single Use Plastics Banned In Thai National Parks

From yesterday (06th April 2022) the Thai National Parks office has banned the use of single us plastics and styrofoam products in all National Parks. This includes marine parks so this may affect you on our Phi Phi day trip and Similan Island liveaboards. Although most of the plastics we find on the dive sites are not jettisoned from boats, it's still a welcome move. As a dive community, Phuket has long practised good environmental [...]

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a diver in the clear shallow water at Racha Noi News & Updates

New PADI DSD Elearning

The PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) has been added to the long list of elearning options available through the PADI App. New divers will be able to learn some basic scuba diving theory before getting in the water. It's not extensive theory, just some basic safety rules and some insight into how pressure affects us underwater. Not at all, if anything it simplifies matters. The prospective diver will be able to learn the necessary basic [...]

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enjoy beautiful locations with the thailand test and go News & Updates

Thailand Test And Go Returns!

Despite initial reservations, the Thailand Test and Go scheme was a massive boost for the Phuket diving industry. Even though the tourist arrivals were way below normal. A lack of diving options in south-east asia especially drew a large number of divers to Phuket. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines all still have heavy restrictions on international tourism. In comparison getting to Thailand and especially Phuket is relatively easy e [...]

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Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

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Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

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beautiful scenery in phuket to go with the july news News & Updates

Phuket News July 2022

The big Phuket news for July 2022 is the legalisation of cannabis. Laws are somewhat smokey but at the moment it's a free for all. Weed shops are popping up everywhere at such a rate they may takeover 7-11. A clarification of the law will come soon but at the moment you can spark up a fat one without the fear of being arrested as long as your not in a public space. Our dive boat is unfortunately a public space so smoking weed is not allow [...]

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a beautiful beach to visit when thailand travel restrictions are finally lifted News & Updates

Thailand Travel Restrictions Almost Finished

*Update: All restrictions and entry requirements for vaccinated travelers have been lifted as has wearing masks outdoors Thailand was one of the first countries to begin lifting travel restrictions. Since the initial opening phase back in July 2021, Thailand has somewhat dragged its feet, allowing other countries to gain a upper hand in the tourist markets. Economic pressure from within finally seems to have won through and all restriction [...]

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a padi instructor assisting a scuba diving student equalise their ears Scuba Diving Health

Will Scuba Diving Hurt My Ears?

Will scuba diving hurt my ears? is a question we frequently get asked. Anybody who's tried diving down when snorkeling will have felt the effect of pressure on their ears. So it's natural to assume it will only get worse when going deeper. That assumption would be 100% correct so that's why you're taught simple techniques to prevent pain or damage as part of the PADI Open Water Course. The techniques will quickly become habit and ear issues [...]

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