So yes did get my PADI eventually. Nearly died on one dive the current was that strong I had cuts on my hands and legs from holding onto the rope. The dive itself was abandoned after just seven minutes thankfully. To pass the course I did two extra dives that were both great fun seen lots of fish and played rugby eighteen metres under the sea.
Having left Serkar and Cihan behind after two weeks of drink we are on the de-tox on a small beach resort in off season Ko Phangan. We have done very little but mess around in the pool, chill out reading and eating (like usual). Spent first night in nice bungalow before deciding it was too much of a good thing and downgraded to the cheapeast again. So far five days and no real drinking to talk of. Will be in a new country Malayasia when we next blog after thirteen hours travel.