July (2)

Friday 29th July 2016whaleshark

We have had some very lucky divers this last week or so with a large number of Whaleshark sightings. Students completing their Open Water and Advanced Courses and a number of fundivers. Southwest Pinnacle and Chumphon Pinnacle have been graced with these harmless and beautiful fish. Yet the very sad truth is that over the next few years these may be some of the last time we may be seeing them.

As of march 2016 the largest fish in the ocean the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) has been declared endangered and added to the IUCN Rest List of Endangered Animals. The Whale Shark has been listed in a number of international conventions and agreements. The species is included in Annex I (Highly Migratory Species) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Bonn Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in 1999 and recently the Whale Shark was listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2002.

This has not made as bigger impact on the species as some would hope and numbers are still dropping rapidly. The IUCN states ‘Directed fisheries and significant bycatch fisheries have targeted areas where high densities of Whale Sharks occur, leading to rapid reductions in catch per unit effort (CPUE) measures. Some bias toward juvenile Whale Shark-dominated aggregations are present in trend data; in the absence of information on other life-stages, these trends are inferred to be representative of population-level declines. While a number of commercial fisheries for the species closed during the 1990–2000s, Whale Shark products remain valuable and the species is still commonly caught in some countries.’

As we are fast approaching our busiest time of the year please be sure to book online using our booking form to avoid disappointment on accommodation spaces.

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Saturday 2nd July 2016dm challenge

Well what an interesting week England has had!! Out of the EU, out of the football Euros (no real surprise there though!) England did however smash the Aussies 3-0 in Australia! On the 4th July we will be starting an SSI Instructor Crossover, to celebrate your own Independence Day, a change to increase your employment opportunities and invest in your future as a diving professional. Now that we have Simo back with us you can contact him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book, we still have a few more spaces left.

We had another round of Divemasters finish up their professional training and complete their ‘optional’ Challenge. The theme was Underwater and our guests Anouk, Weikeat, Andre, Grant and Sean came dressed in fantastic costumes. With Simo being back on the mike again we were expecting some great insults and abuse and we were not disappointed, except Weikeat who is quite possibly the nicest, most lovely man you could ever meet and he just couldn’t give him abuse, so he laid into the other 4 instead!!

We are also saying goodbye to 2 of our Instructors who have been given an amazing opportunity to work at another dive centre. Mini Ant has taken on the role as Operations Manager and Tim will be his Instructor Trainer & Head Instructor. A sad day for Big Blue but we wish them all the best and good luck for the new challenges. Not to worry though they spend their time out of work in the bar here anyway so we don’t actually get rid of them completely!

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