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topgunMonday 26th October 2015

The other night SSI Thailand came to Big Blue Diving for it annual awards ceremony. Big Blue Diving's own Simon Garrity who has strutted himself up the SSI ladder in neon pink speedos to the heady heights of International Training Director and Training and Business Development for East Thailand (ooooooh-la-la) was back on the microphone to present the awards.

There were some huge awards given out to both the instructors and the dive school itself.

Big Blue Diving was awarded the prestigious President's Club Award for our significant contribution to the diving industry.

We were awarded the Diamond Dive Centre Award for 2015 for having the highest amount of diving certiciation throughout thr whole of the SSI rschools and resorts across the world.

Not too shabby hey?

Many of our instructors have hit some milestones and have wholeheartedly earned the grandeur and acknowledgement for their achievement

Iain Goodfellow- over 200 lifetime professional certifications

Tim Morrish- Instructor Trainer rating

Nick Bufton- Platinum Pro 5000 and Master Instructor with Over 1350 Lifetime Certifications

Germaine McGuire- Platinum Pro 5000 and Master Instructor

Neil Draycott- Excellence in Snorkelling and Skin Diving

Luke White- over 1300 lifetime certs

Sonia Scott- Master Instructor

Steven Taylor- 60% Continuing Education in 2014

Plus many more instructor who have the highest certifications and the largest amount of students that go on from open water to advanced, including Ernesto, Denja, Alex and Ant.

Big Blue Diving has some of SSI's most senior and most qualified instructors. We are very proud of this fact and the proof is in the comments and reviews we receive from our students and guests on a day to day basis. The whole dive team work their hardest to guarantee you have the best time while your here and more importantly you leave here being the best and safest diver you can be. We are all a big family here working alongside each other daily, but really if you do what you love doing everyday it's not really work now is it!

The work that goes in behind the scenes to make sure the operation runs smoothly is down to the Manager Steve-o and the team of Divemasters. Even though they DMs cannot get instructor awards, we all feel that we have quite possibly the best and most hard working Divemasters on Koh Tao. Their passion and pride is quite obvious once you have had a day diving with them. So yes a big well done for the instructors and their achievements but also a very big, huge, massive well done needs to go to our Divemasters- Nick, Steph, Sunna, Steve, Angel and the Geordie Steven.

And while I'm at it, I can't leave without mentioning the boat and land staff who fill hundreds and hundreds of tanks for us, the drive us around the dive sites of Koh Tao every day, rain or shine. Always smiling and always ever vigilant to the safety of our guests and other divers in and under the water.

Having worked here for a number of years now with some of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure (and misfortune) to meet, I hand on heart have to say I couldn't wish to work for a better dive school. (And I have worked at a few!)

 

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