July 2017 Newsletter
Happy Birthday Mermaids Dive Center. We are celebrating 25 years as an official PADI Center on the 30th July 2017. We’ve got so many great memories with everyone from the beginnings in 1990 that it’s really impossible to put them all into one place. Take a look at some highlights of what we’ve achieved over the years and our fantastic dive adventures with people of all ages. We’ve all got a story about Mermaids and we’d love to hear it from you via your favorite team member.
We Love Our Trips Away With You
Our dive trips have always been very popular and we’ve been so lucky to dive with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays in the Similans and dive the great Koh Chang Wreck on our quick weekends away. Coming up for the rest of 2017 is 6 dives on the HTMS Koh Chang from the 17th to 19th November 2017 and our latest addition to our trip calendar – The Maldives. Join us on the MV Ocean Sapphire from 9th to 16th December. This is an amazing trip offering Mantas, Sharks and more.
Celebrating Women in Diving with PADI
This annual event is for divers from every corner of the globe to come together and share their love of the ocean and their passion for diving. Mermaids supports the female dive community through this event and it’s a great way to meet new people and have a fun experience whether you’re a beginner, newly certified or a pro. 2017 had a global presence with divers from UK, USA, Vietnam, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan and more. We are proud to wear pink.
Leading Aqua Lung Partner Center
They are the Worlds Leading Scuba Brand and we are proud to be a Partner Center with outstanding contribution to the brand awarded to Mermaids. Aqua Lung have some amazing dive equipment for Men, Ladies and Juniors. Not only do they offer durable and value for money equipment, it looks great too. Mermaids were the first center in Asia to launch the new range of Aqua Lung equipment in November 2016. We also host the Aqualung Service courses.
PADI Instructor Development Courses
Go Pro with PADI at Mermaids started off with Stephen Blumenthal, the founder of Mermaids. He was an amazing Course Director and person and he will always be in our thoughts. The Instructor Development Course is for those looking to train divers and is headed up by Russell Martin, multi Platinum Course Director. Mermaids has trained thousands of PADI Dive Instructors now located around the world and is still the First and Only Career Development Center in Pattaya/Bangkok.
10 Years Of Cleaning Our Beaches and Reefs
It all started 10 years ago with our Project AWARE International Clean Up Day. Every year since then we have gathered our forces and cleaned Koh Sak, one of our local islands. We’ve picked up countless trash and it’s thanks to our divers and snorkelers. We established the Inter Schools Days in 2015 and now have over 10 schools from Pattaya and Bangkok taking part. Clean ups are 9th and 16th September and the Open Day is 7th October 2017. Another special milestone reached.
We Build Community Partnerships
Being a Community Partner with Regents International School in Pattaya is super cool. We get to teach 8 year olds how to interact responsibly with the environment and marine life, as well as getting them scuba diving with the Bubblemaker Program. We have trained and certified PADI Junior Open Water Divers from Primary, continued dive education with students from Secondary and trained the Teachers as well. Thank you Regents International School for supporting Mermaids Dive Center.
Marine Conservation And Building Reefs
August 2012 saw the start of the Artificial Reef Building Project with Bangkok Patana School. Since we headed out to Samaesan and started the project, we now have a thriving reef going with 3 amazing Gorgonian Fans and tables of Stag Horn Coral being transplanted. The dedication from the students and teachers of the Patana Marine Conservation Group is commendable and we are proud to be a part of this project as well as their dive training and clean up days.
Fun Times With Our Divers And Staff
We’ve hosted and taken part in so many events over years. We’ve met so many great people along the way and we hope you enjoy this gallery of our fun times. Thank you for choosing Mermaids for your dive adventures and for diving with us over the past 25 years. We look forward to many more adventures and travels with you.
The Mermaids Team