Shark Guardians Talk Whalesharks
31st January 2015
Last October Big Blue Diving became a Shark Guardian Dive Centre which means that one of the wonderful Directors from Shark Guardian Brendan Sing came over to give everyone at Big Blue a lecture on the importance of sharks in our oceans and to inform people just what Shark Guardians are all about. This time around the lecture was based around Whalesharks and how to identify them using pictures between the pectoral fin and the dorsal fin. This data then goes into a database and we can locate where the individual whalesharks travel to. Very cool indeed. Thank you Brendan for coming over and joining us. www.sharkguardian.org
I don’t think there are many dive centres in the world that have family members working together but at Big Blue for 3 months only we have a brother and sister team working. Sonia has been at Big Blue for around 8 years and when her brother Graeme was introduced to diving in the ocean and not cold quarries for the first time in 2008 he was addicted to the diving in Thailand just as much as the rest of us. So now every year he comes over from the UK to dive and work, but is the first time they have worked alongside each other!
Some more instructors for you
Could have been a professional BMX rider but he wasn’t, cos he couldn’t, so he didn’t, hence the diving! Another extremely experienced Instructor having worked all over the world for the best part of the last 10 years & has worked at 10 different Dive centres & resorts & actually reckons Big Blue is the best Dive centre or Resort he’s ever come across. Crikey imagine what those other shitholes must have looked like! An SSI & PADI Instructor Tim is another Instructor who started life on Koh Tao at a different centre then defected to join us at Big Blue.
Steven (Steve-o) Taylor
Stepped into the world of Scuba Diving a little later than most of us but has taken to it like a rather large duck to water. Steve is proof that’s it’s never too late for a career change and 3 years after his life changing decision to become an SSI & PADI Scuba Instructor Steve was one of our very highest performers in 2014 certifying over 300 students in just 1 year! Steveo is one of our more popular guys all round. His students think he’s the best & his work colleagues also have high praise for him & his attitude to team work. Never says no to anything he’s asked, pulls his weight & most importantly is not shy at buying a round at the bar.
A horticulturist by trade, Phil ran his own landscaping business in the Lake District area of the UK! Gave it all up to go traveling the world and ended up here! Oddly enough was nicknamed 'Fishlad' by his mates at school way before he took up Scuba Diving as a career! They reckoned with a nose that big he looked like a sea creature. Should have called him Elephant Seal Phil! Phil started work here at Big Blue as a Divemaster & last year became a PADI and SSI Instructor as well as one of our Sidemount Instructors. He is very laid back & patient is Phil. Excellent qualities to have as a Scuba Diving Instructor and as an elephant seal.