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Posts by - Darren Gaspari

Posts by - Darren Gaspari

Proud owner and active PADI Gold Course Director of Aussie Divers Phuket, a professional and awarded PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Scuba Diving Centre. Member of the PADI Advisory Board for the eLearning modules 2019 and 2020.

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I want to be one of those guys…

I want to be one of those guys, is the story about the video that inspired two snorklers to become scuba divers. Jasmine and Andre embarked on a much-anticipated getaway to the Maldives, eager to escape the European winter for sunnier climes. Arriving at their opulent resort, they indulged in days of poolside relaxation, soaking up the tropical warmth to achieve the perfect tan. Feeling refreshed, they decided to explore the resort's activities and were recommended a snorkeling expedition to witness the majestic manta rays that frequented the area. With little knowledge of these creatures, Jasmine and Andre were thrilled at t [...]

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Aussie Divers Phuket Recognized for Excellence PADI Eco Center

Aussie Divers Phuket has been honored with the prestigious title of PADI Eco Center in recognition of their steadfast commitment to conservation and sustainable practices within the diving industry. Through initiatives like Adopt the Blue, they actively promote marine biodiversity and community resilience, tackling global ocean challenges through citizen science, policy advocacy, and education. In collaboration with PADI's partner, The Reef-World Foundation's Green Fins Initiative, Aussie Divers Phuket sets a high standard for environmental best practices. They have implemented significant measures to educate their staff and minimi [...]

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Aussie Divers Phuket – Awarded PADI CDC Rating

On the 5th September 2023 Aussie Divers Phuket was awarded the the prestigious PADI CDC (Career Development Centre) rating. The highest possible store rating in the PADI Scuba Diving educational system. The award is testament to the hard work of the staff and instructors over the 11 years of since Aussie Divers Phuket commenced. Aussie Divers Phuket was delighted to receive this email from PADI Headquarters. Hi Darren, It gives us great pleasure to award Aussie Divers S-23442 the esteemed distinction of PADI Career Development Centre. You have now moved into the highest level of educational professionalism in our industry. [...]

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Local Phuket Marine Protected Areas

Thailand have some of the world’s most beautiful waters and as a result she has created 26 marine protected areas. The local Phuket marine protected areas also contain popular scuba diving sites in the waters of the Andaman Sea. The most popular for the scuba diving liveaboard vessels is The Similan Islands. The group of nine islands are a continental archipelago in the Andaman Sea off the coast of, and part of, Phang Nga Province. This area is about 100km north of Phuket. It is also the maritime border between India and Thailand. This takes in some of the famous dive sites of Elephant Head Rock, Anita's reef and Boulder City. [...]

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King Cruiser Wreck, Phuket, Thailand

This blog is about the most famous scuba diving wreck in Phuket, Thailand, the King Cruiser Wreck. This is the story of the King Cruiser wreck, a dive site that has become an attraction for divers and a haven for marine life. Let’s explore the history, dive experience, and the incredible marine biodiversity surrounding this popular wreck. The story of the King Cruiser wreck begins on May 4, 1997, at the time the vessel was carrying approximately 561 passengers, including Thai locals and tourists. It was on its regular route from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands. The ship, originally named the MS Rhein, was a Japanese car ferry that [...]

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The Benefits of Oxygen for Scuba Diving Illnesses

Scuba diving is a breathtaking adventure that allows us to explore the wondrous world beneath the seas. However, as with any exhilarating activity, scuba diving comes with its own set of inherent risks and challenges. From time to time, thankfully rarely, scuba diving accidents or illnesses do occur. These can range from minor discomfort to life-threatening situations. Forunatelty one essential tool that plays a crucial role in mitigating the consequences of diving-related illnesses and that is oxygen or more specifically first aid oxygen (FAO2). In this blog, we will look at the benefits of oxygen for scuba diving illnesses. T [...]

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Women in Scuba Diving – Phuket

Scuba diving, once a male-dominated sport, has seen a significant shift in recent years. It is welcome news that thee advancement of girls and women in scuba diving has opened up new possibilities for exploration beneath the waves. With their passion, determination, and skill, female divers are making waves in the underwater world, especially so in Phuket and Thailand. In Phuket, Thailand the numbers of female scuba divers have been on the incline for a number of years now. This is now coming close to 40 % of all new scuba divers being female. This is almost 10% higher than ten years ago. Historically, scuba diving has [...]

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