HTMS Sattakut

Thinking about doing your open water course this year?  If you are making plans to come to Thailand to earn a scuba diving certification, on Koh Tao should be on your bucket list.  Along with the Full Moon Party on the neighboring island, yes those are still happening.  Why not continue your scuba diving on Koh Tao, for instance, complete why not do your Advanced Course after your open water course?  Then you will be able to dive the HTMS Sattakut.

The HTMS Sattakut before sinking

The HTMS Sattakut before sinking

What Is The HTMS Sattakut?

HTMS Sattakut 742 was an American WW II landing craft it was given to Thailand after the war and became a Landing Craft Infantry.  Decommissioned and sunk off Koh Tao in June 2011 to become a diver training site.  But there was a problem while it was sinking.  As a result, it had to be re-oriented and now the bow faces north, so it is very easy to navigate.  In Chumphon Marine Park there is a sister ship, the HTMS Prab 741 which can be reached by dive shops in Chumphon or Hua Hin.

The Sattakut is 48m long and 7m wide, the bridge is roughly 19m deep and the bottom is at 28m, depending on the tide.  In addition, about 10m from the bow and north is Hin Pee Wee, a group of submerged rocks, which is generally where our dive boat moors up.  This dive site can be enjoyed by those on their open water course as well as the advanced.

Thermoclines can affect visibility but the wreck has become a haven for the fish and corals are starting to grow.

Wreck diving certification card

This is the SSI Wreck Diving certification card

How To Dive Safely On A Wreck?

Find out how to safely dive on a wreck by completing the Wreck Specialty course. It costs 7,500, and you learn how to survey the outside of a wreck, and become aware of any hazards that you need to deal with.  You can go even further and complete the Advance Wreck Specialty.  You will plan your dives in great detail to deal with the hazards and potential hazards of diving inside a wreck.  As the wreck is below 18m you will need to be either an Advanced diver or Deep diver, the Nitrox specialty will also be a bonus because you will get longer to spend time at the wreck’s depth.

Snapper inside a wreck

Fish taking shelter in the wheelhouse of the HTMS Sattakut

How Do I Sign Up For Scuba Certification On Koh Tao?

Contact us 🙂 Easy.

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Front 40mm gun of the HTMS Sattakut

Front 40mm gun of the HTMS Sattakut

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