Aussie Divers Phuket – Doing Things Right
As with all countries there are rules and regulations for most activities we do. These rules and regulations rules need to followed for a number of important reasons. Two of the most import reasons are 1) To abide by the laws of the country 2) And by doing so, become legally insured by abiding by the laws of the country. Unfortunately, in Phuket as with most countries in the world, there are a small fraction of those that choose not to abide these laws. These normally go undetected until when it matters most….. we there is an accident. Here are a few checks you can do to make sure that your tour agent and Aussie Divers Phuket, are doing things right.
SHA and SHA+ Businesses
We can start with the most topical requirement especially for those travelling to Phuket as a part of the Phuket Sandbox.
Thailand SHA Plus refers to the certification issued by Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration and their “Sandbox program”. Aussie Divers is a SHA Tour Agency.
Being a SHA business mean that the business is complying with the strict COVID safety standards set Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration. To be SHA+ the business has 70% of staff vaccinated. All Aussie Divers Phuket staff have been vaccinated and comply with the SHA+ conditions.
You can check if your tour agent is SHA or SHA+ on this website and they should also have a shop sticker with a letter and four number code (see below image).
Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is an organization of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Its mandate is to promote Thailand’s tourism industry, and protect the environment.
All tourism business in Thailand should be a member of the TAT. By doing this it means that the business will comply with the local tourism rules and safety laws and be covered by the TAT Tourist insurance.
Members of the Tourism Authority of Thailand will have a certificate as indicated below.
Thai Department of Labour Work Permit
All none Thai’s working in Thailand must have a valid Thai work permit. Those that do not have a Thai work permit are working illegally and not covered by insurance. Here is some more information about working in Thailand.
Further Thai work permits are not cheap or easy to obtain and only those that are serious about their employment and about complying with the laws and safety of the country.
You can make sure that your non-Thai guide is working legally in the country by checking their work permit (see below image).
Belong to a Reputable Scuba Training Organization
The world biggest and most successful scuba diving training organization is PADI. PADI have different levels of stores which include PADI Dive Centre/Resort, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre/Resort, PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre/Resort and PADI Career Development Dive Centre.
Aussie Divers Phuket is a professional and reputable PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre.
PADI is the only diver training agency supporting industry recovery and growth.
PADI is more than a training agency – we’re a symbol of responsible adventure, recognized and respected as the authority in diving by consumers globally.
Better support – PADI offers the highest levels of specialized member support. Hundreds of staff members around the world and dedicated regional teams are focused on your safety and scuba diving enjoyment.
Deeper purpose – PADI’s mission-driven ethos is leading the way toward a healthier ocean. We’re activating millions of divers to explore and protect the ocean. As a PADI Member, you’ll carry the torch in your community and will be recognized for your role in protecting our water planet
Dive only with a professional PADI Dive Centre.
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