Written by Ernesto Soriano III, PADI Divemaster Candidate
At Coral Grand Divers, we believe that to experience SCUBA is to experience a life less ordinary, a life that isn’t ours, and a life that should be preserved at all costs. It’s an awesome adventure that we’re lucky to live every day. Today, we’re rolling out a new vision for our brand: Live Grand.
For most of us, scuba diving is a totally and completely different way of life. It’s an escape from the everyday, but also a reminder to live a little bit differently - to remember to keep learning, to try and be present in the everyday, and to preserve and respect the underwater world even when we’re not swimming amongst it. We want everyone to Live Grand, by taking the plunge for the first time, feeding their curiosity about the underwater world, and helping us protect a life that’s not ours.
How you can be part of the Live Grand Family:
1. Take the Plunge: Many travel to Koh Tao for a relaxing island escape, but it’s impossible to ignore the culture of diving which calls Koh Tao Home. There are numerous dive sites within a few minutes of Koh Tao, and it’s the perfect place for beginners. Taking your first breath underwater is a strange, but awesome experience. Experiencing the underwater world is something we think everybody should try, and the first time you Live Grand under the sea is something we think you’ll never forget.
2. Feed your curiosity: Like everything else we do, the more we dive the better we become. There’s always more to learn, starting with our buoyancy and breath control. Once we master the skill, the feeling of weightlessness is one of the most thrilling experiences we as divers enjoy. In the Advanced Open Water course, Peak Performance Buoyancy is just one of the skills we practice and try to perfect. But there is so much more to learn, everytime we dive - everything from navigating, to managing our air at depth, to recognising and identifying problems in other divers. There are no shortage of skills to learn. And the more we learn the more we’re able to Live Grand underwater, and in our everyday lives.
3. Help protect a life that’s not ours: The underwater world is as beautiful as it is grand, and it’s important to remember that we’re there to observe and appreciate. Some coral grow less than 2 cm per year; a runaway descent or accidental fin kick can destroy decades of growth in an instant! When we dive, we take only memories and leave no trace behind. All underwater ecosystems are delicate and must be preserved at all costs. What we do when back on shore also impacts our oceans. Reducing single-use plastics and cutting down on non-sustainable food products are two easy ways we can help our oceans continue to Live Grand in their own right.
Our days are sometimes hectic and busy, and going underwater gives us the perfect escape to find zen and appreciate a different kind of lifestyle, if only for a short time. At Coral Grand Divers we are passionate about sharing our love for the sea with everyone that walks through our shop. It’s a life worth living. Live Grand.