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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.




SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023



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Free Octopus with every purchase of a SCUBAPRO regulator system

Just in time for the festive season, divers can save money again with the FREE OCTOPUS winter promotion! Until December 31st SCUBAPRO offers one of the two new Octopus models S270 or R105 for free with every purchase of a regulator system!

The S270 OCTOPUS is free with purchase of a MK25 EVO/D420 or MK19 EVO/D420, MK25 EVO/S620Ti or MK19 EVO/ S620Ti in INT or DIN versions. A R105 OCTOPUS is free with purchase of a MK25 EVO/S600 or MK17 EVO/S600, or MK25 EVO/G260 or MK19 EVO/G260 or MK19 EVO BT or MK25 EVO BT/ G260 CARBON BT in INT or DIN versions.

SCUBAPRO offers a 30-year first owner warranty on all regulators, with a revision period of two years or 100 dives. All SCUBAPRO regulators are of course certified according to the new European test standard EN250-2014.

Available at participating SCUBAPRO dealers. Promotion may not be available in all regions.

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More information available here: SCUBAPRO Free Octopus Promotion 2023

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Indo siren destroyed by fire



Indo Siren

Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.

Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:

During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.

All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.

We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.

We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.

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