September 2017 Newsletter
It’s September… and that can only mean one thing at Mermaids Dive Center. It’s International Clean Up The Reef Month. This year we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary on our annual event and we are proud to continue to work with our Partner International Schools and fellow divers to keep our ocean trash free and marine life friendly.
We’ve just completed the Inter Schools Events over two weekends and in total 255 Students, Teachers and Mermaids cleaners took to the ocean and collected over 800kg’s of trash. We were also joined by PADI’s Regional Manager, Neil Richards who provided a lot of information on the Project AWARE Organization and the importance of how we affect our environment.
Inter Schools on Saturday 9th September
Kicking off the first of three clean up events we had divers, snorkelers and beach cleaners of all ages from Bangkok Patana International School, ISB International School, and KIS International Schools. Thanks for traveling down so early from Bangkok. Representing our Pattaya local community were the Tara Pattaya International School Students.
Most of the trash collected on the day was styrofoam from the beach and the divers reported that they had found a lot more items underwater than in the previous years. Conditions were great and gave us the opportunity to spread out along the rocks to gather trash swept in by the tide. Altogether, we collected an estimated 300kg’s of trash.
Inter Schools on Saturday 16th September
Finishing off the Inter Schools Events, we were joined by St Andrews International School (71) and Garden International School from Bangkok. Again, thanks for getting up so early to travel down to Pattaya, you guys are awesome. From Pattaya we had the Regents International School and another group from the Tara Pattaya International School joining us.
This week with more hands on deck, we were able to collect about 500kg’s and would probably have been more if we hadn’t of run out of time on the day. Again styrofoam was the beach culprit with bags and bags being filled. The divers reported a lot of glass bottles underwater and were very careful not to remove any that could be someones home.
Open Day on Saturday 7th October 2017
For our final International Clean Up The Reef Days, we have our Open Day on Saturday 7th October. This day is open to any Diver, Snorkeler or Beach Cleaners to come and join us. Don’t worry if you can’t swim, our Safety Speedboat will transport you across to the beach to help collect trash. This event is great for the family to get involved in and help our local environment.
To join us on the 7th October, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We include breakfast, lunch and a special 10 year anniversary T Shirt in your dive price of 3,000 baht per person or snorkel/beach clean price of 1,300 baht per person. Get involved in your community and help us keep our islands and the reefs trash free for everyone.
PADI Instructor Examinations
Congratulations to Michael Chambers and Rehard Rubilis on becoming PADI Instructors on the 13th September. After 2 weeks spent with our Course Director Russell Martin, they flew through the examinations with flying colors. Well done to you both, time to teach now. Congrats also to Massimo on achieving his PADI IDC Staff certification with Russell.
Exciting Trips Coming Up Soon
Koh Chang Wreck Lovers Weekend is happening the 17th to 19th November. 6 dives on the amazing HTMS Chang and you still get back in time for work on Monday. A very reasonable quick getaway diving weekend for all certification levels. Everything is already organized for you from the transport to the accommodation. Please contact email@example.com for more info on how to join this trip.
The Maldives, arguably one of the best diving spots in the world is happening on 9th December. Fly out to Male with us and spend a week on a luxury liveaboard at an affordable price. 67,000 baht ex flights gets you a space on this amazing trip. We only have a few spaces left, so book now at firstname.lastname@example.org. Manta Feeding Stations, Hammerheads and Whale Sharks are waiting for you.
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