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Dive Resort in Thailand hits 150,000th PADI Certification Milestone



PADI Asia Pacific Executives were joined in Thailand last month by Drew Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of PADI Worldwide, to celebrate an incredible milestone in the diving industry.

Ban’s Diving Resort in Koh Tao, Thailand, had accomplished the milestone of reaching 150,000 PADI certifications, a truly remarkable achievement. PADI Asia Pacific Executives, Henrik Nimb (Vice President, Marketing, Education & Business Development), Danny Dwyer (Senior Director, Marketing & Business Development and Sales & Field Services), Tim Hunt (Manager, Field Services), and Giovanni Cacchione (Regional Manager, East Thailand) presented Ban’s Diving Resort with an award for ‘Achieving 150,000 PADI Certifications’.

During the event Ban’s Diving Resort were also presented with an award for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education in 2014’ which recognises the ongoing quality of diver training, initiatives and achievements. Present for the event were the owners of Ban’s Diving Resort, K. Rumleuk Assavachin and K. Wannaluk Sukphol, PADI Course Director K. Saran Kittiwannalul, Ban’s Diving Resort staff members as well as many of their loyal divers from across the world.

Since Ban’s Diving Resort began their dive operation on Koh Tao in 1993, they have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, and service. From humble beginnings in their dive shop at Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, they have continuously updated their premises and today have one of the most sophisticated and modern dive centres in the world. As well as providing facilities for PADI diver and instructor training, daily dive trips, dive equipment – their dive centre includes luxury accommodation, a beach front restaurant, spa and hair salon, 24 hour mini mart and a bar.

Ban’s Diving Resort have been the recipients of several PADI awards over the last two decades. Recent awards include recognition for “Outstanding Contribution to Diver Acquisition and Retention”, “Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development on Koh Tao”, “Outstanding Business Award” and the latest award for “Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education”.

Henrik Nimb said, “The success of Ban’s Diving Resort is unprecedented and firmly imbedded in quality diver training, consideration and respect for a healthy marine environment, state-of-the-art customer service and a fantastic team.”

Congratualtions to Ban’s Diving Resort for achieving a landmark 150,000 PADI certifications – a momentous occasion in the dive industry.



Marine Life & Conservation

Join us in supporting Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder Project



Do you have a moment to help protect our oceans?

We’re on a mission and have partnered with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to help protect our oceans for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a unique EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE initiative, reaching over 3,000 schools with their Ocean Education Programme, inspiring the next generation to protect our oceans for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

At the heart of the project is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. They will take the learning from the classroom straight to the shores of Porthkerris on a 6-day, life changing trip where they will learn to scuba dive and be taught the importance of marine conservation. They will become ‘Ocean Influencers’ for the future.


Can you join us with a gift to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

Whether it’s £5 or £50, a gift from you to the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL Crowdfunder Project will help their vision of protecting our oceans through the innovative experience designed for school children.

Will you join us and pledge to support 400 lucky teenagers learn from and EXPERIENCE the ocean like never before and give them an EDUCATION they can use to inspire others, not forgetting the memories that will last a lifetime?

For more information, you can read the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL story HERE.

Help us create the next generation of Ocean Influencers with a donation to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL and ensure our oceans (and planet) are protected for the future.


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Marine Life & Conservation

Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores



Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project asks beachgoers to share their discoveries and contribute to research

The Marine Conservation Society’s long-running wildlife sightings project focuses on two key species which arrive on UK shores: jellyfish and, as a result, turtles. Both species are vital in supporting ocean biodiversity and are indicators of climate change while being at risk from its impacts.

The charity is asking beach and seagoers to share when they spot either of these marine animals to support ongoing research.

During spring and summer, jellyfish arrive in the UK’s warming waters to feed on plankton blooms or, in fact, anything small enough to get caught. To that extent, jellyfish feed not only on plankton, but also the array of eggs and larvae of fish, crustaceans, starfish and molluscs which rely on plankton as a stage of reproduction.

With healthy fish stocks and rich biodiversity, jellyfish quickly become part of an effective food chain. Everything from tuna to turtles will feed on jellyfish of various sizes, so the population is well controlled. Supported by a rich and diverse ocean ecosystem, jellyfish link the microscopic world of plankton to larger marine animals and the ocean around them.

Jellyfish are especially appealing for marine turtles. Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species have been spotted in UK seas as a result of jellyfish blooms in spring and summer.

The largest sea turtle, and the most common in UK seas, is the leatherback which has a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status. Reporting sightings of these incredible creatures will support the Marine Conservation Society and others in understanding their movements, potential threats and how to better protect them.

Amy Pilsbury, Citizen Science Project Lead at the Marine Conservation Society, said:“For more than 17 years, beachgoers across the UK have been contributing to scientific research by sharing their wildlife sightings with us. It’s a key part of our work and plays a vital role in better understanding and protecting our ocean.”

In 2014, with partners from the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society published the first paper from the survey data, confirming key information about UK jellyfish and including the first distribution maps of the surveyed species.

Since the 2014 paper, the wildlife sightings project has recorded notable events such as massive and extensive annual blooms of barrel jellyfish and several summers of Portuguese Man o’ War mass strandings.

The charity continues to run its wildlife sightings project to see what happens to the distribution and frequency of mass jellyfish blooms over time. The data will help to explore any links jellyfish blooms have with big-picture factors such as climate change.

Jellyfish can be spotted year-round in UK seas, but larger blooms are more likely to appear in spring, lasting through until autumn. Jellyfish sighting records from 2021 suggest that compass jellyfish are the most common around UK shores, making up 36% of reported sightings.

Jellyfish species Percentage of sightings reported
Compass jellyfish 36%
Moon jellyfish 17%
Lion’s mane jellyfish 15%
Barrel jellyfish 14%
Blue jellyfish 9%
Portuguese Man o’ War 6%
Mauve stinger 2%
By the wind sailor 1%

For more information on how to identify jellyfish and turtles, and to report a sighting, please visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website.

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