Starting our new professional divers on the right foot
There are many things that are important to the staff at Master Divers; great customer service, high PADI standards and our beloved shop animals. Up the top of the list is moulding excellent professionals at Dive Master and Instructor level, and our commitment to conservation. This month we were able to marry the two.
New DMC Niko cleaning up at Laem Thian
Throughout training our dive masters are encouraged to get involved with beach cleans, dive site clean ups, conservation events and to be ambassadors for good environmental practices. On this occasion we had our dive master interns organise a dive against debris from start to finish. They were responsible for the advertising, organising sign up and paperwork, briefing the Dive Against Debris, collecting the trash, organising other participants and collating the data.
Some serious lift bag action by Conservation Instructor Hayley
Everyone worked hard on the day, despite rain to start and rough seas on the way home, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone involved. A big shout out to our interns that worked so hard for the day to run smoothly. We collected a grand total of 146 kilos of trash!! 41kg from the beach (which Moritz bravely transported back via kayak) and 105kg from the sea. Largely made up from 2 huge tyres found in the coral.
Our team of Instructors, Dive Masters, Dive Master Interns and volunteers
Mother nature was very kind to us and we got a lovely visit from a black tip reef shark that was unusually interested in us. In fact the life we saw on the dive and snorkel was amazing! A baby Titan Triggerfish, possibly the cutest thing in the world (but camera shy), black tip sharks, scribbled filefish, and unicorn fish to name a few!
A welcome visit from a gorgeous black tip
If you would like to know more about Master Divers conservation efforts, or our professional training, please get in touch today! We are holding weekly beach cleans near the shop on Tuesday morning, monthly free of charge dive against debris, and have regular conservation presentations, films and eco related quiz nights.