Scuba diving training for Koh Phra Thong boysAbout Us
Background for Blue Guru Diving program
The Blue Guru Diving Divemaster training program for local youth is part of a larger effort to develop eco-tour guides in this part of Phang Nga, Thailand. Through the education of local talent we intend to:
- Empower the local community
- Enrich the local economy
- Conserve the local environment
- 2009/10 introduced to diving through PADI Discover Scuba Diving. Joined Blue Guru on numerous national park trips to get a feel for the dive business.
- 2010/2011 PADI Open Water completed in Thai. Assisted as eco - tour guides. Started english language training.
- 2011/2012 PADI Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response & PADI Rescue Diver certified by Thai Speaking Instructor. Fully employed for entire season.
Uncertainty on Koh Phra Thong
Koh Phra Thong’s population was severely impacted by 2004’s devastating tsunami. Everyone in Pak Chok village lost their homes and many islanders lost family members. Lions Village was built to re-house survivors but the village remains under threat. The main reason is that the traditional fishing lifestyle is increasingly pressured by the commercial fleets which unceasingly harvest the ocean. In turn this has reduced the local catches to a shadow of what they were before.
Training locals in Eco-tourism
Blue Guru Team involved in training
To compensate for the low local fish stocks and to help preserve what is left, Blue Guru are keen to support locals pursuing alternative employment opportunities through eco-tourism. Therefore it was a great joy to find 2 local boys in 2009 who wished to learn how to dive. We have taken them under our wing and shown them the treasures which lie beneath the waves.
The twins learn to dive
It was always our hope that Tam & Thoom would feel the same way about as diving as the Blue Guru team and we were not disappointed. They are very keen to learn, wholly attentive to instruction and completely comfortable in the water, maintaining good position and buoyancy. By the time it came to their fourth dive in the Surin Islands both of them were able to hover above the reef and were of no threat to the coral.
It was also wonderful to hear how much they enjoyed the experience and how much they wanted to continue. So, the progression to PADI Open Water Diver training was a natural one. Blue Guru educated Tam & Thoom alongside Pina & Zak from Golden Buddha Resort as they both have advanced english language skills which allowed the translation & transference of important diving knowldege.
It was always going to be an amazing day when the twins would finally take the plunge at Richelieu Rock and we were not disappointed. The twins' Open Water Instructor, Gannon Murphy, guided them down the buoy line for the first time at Richelieu Rock and at the transformation occurred. They had two outsanding dives
The breakthrough season - 2011/2012
At the end of the 2011 season it was clear that Thoom & Tham had the desire to become dive profssionals. Blue Guru had also developed far enough as a business to be able to take them on as team members and to continue their training.
The fact that they were now coming to the shop on a daily basis made a huge difference to the speed of their training. Whereas in previous years they had work & family commitments to take care of, now they were earning a solid wage through Blue Guru and learning at the same time. Consequently, during the 2011/12 season they managed to both be involved with the running the shop and were able to complete their PADI Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response and PADI Rescue Diver Course under the supervision of our Thai speaking Instructor Louise & Operational Manager Ilona.
Blue Guru hopes for the future
Blue Guru Diving will happily resume Tam & Thoom's training & employment during 2012/13 season with a greater focus on the more technical aspects of recreational diving and a particular bias on improving their English so that they can fully engage in the November 2012 PADI Divemaster Internship program.
We are so happy that our big aspiration; to train these local boys to work as diving professionals is going according to plan. It has been a complete joy to watch them develop as young men and as divers. We are thrilled to help them earn a good wage in this part of Thailand where they were born and raised, to become guardians of local reefs and to influence fellow boat owners to avoid damaging the reefs. And maybe in time we can hope they reach further, taking on the larger issues in our struggle to protect the marine environment.
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Scuba Diving, Snorkeling & Accommodation options
Surin snorkel & dive
The Surin Islands Marine Park holds some of the most breathtaking underwater treasures of the Andaman. Blue Guru offer day & multiday tripsRead More
Phra Thong Bay Resort
New for 2011-2012! Budget beach bungalows on a secluded bay of an idyllic Thai island. Phra Thong Bay Resort is indeed a rare gem.Read More
Richelieu Rock Safari
Blue Guru's most popular scuba adventure. 6 dives in total - including 4 at Richelieu Rock and an overnight stay in the Surin Islands.Read More
Golden Buddha Resort
One of Asia's finest eco-resorts. Golden Buddha Resort receives rave Trip Advisor reviews and is rated no.1 in Phang Nga province.Read More
Blue Guru Diving is a 5* PADI Dive Resort which means we excel at diver training. Learn directly from our beach side centre in guaranteed small groups.Read More
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Keen scuba divers will love our Andaman Offshore diving - Andaman open sea sites which only we dive. Some divers prefer them to Richelieu!Read More
Phra Thong Nature
A very peaceful budget accommodation option near to Mr.Chuoi's. Phra Thong Nature Resort has larger bungalows in a landscaped garden setting.Read More
Tachai snorkel & dive
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Boon Piya Resort
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