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Blue Label Diving and Seabees Diving team up in Thailand

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Blue Label Diving has some exciting news… they are teaming up with Seabees diving – “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving.” Bringing together these two companies will widen the possibilities for technical divers by creating one of the largest technical diving centers in South East Asia.

Blue Label Diving (BLD) and Seabees Diving  (SBD) are delighted to announce this joint venture which will further expand their long-standing professional relationship,  with the aim of strengthening their combined resources to deliver the highest standard of technical diving courses, and to increase the technical diving market opportunities in Thailand and SEA.

“The joint venture will leverage the reputable award winning SBD’s German punctuality and standards for recreational diving, diving boats, Liveaboard, dive center, accommodation and pool and with BLD’s reputable teaching tech diving standards, tech equipment and highly experienced tech instructors.  We are very excited about this venture ,” said Ben Reymenants of BLD.

“Together, we offer divers a complete dive center focused approach that understands the start to end diver process, continuing education, accommodation needs, diving boat needs, teaching standards, sales, how to target a bigger market and deploy targeted marketing campaigns to reach a larger group of  technical divers,” said Holger Schwab of SBD.

“I am very excited by this joint venture with Seabees. We can finally offer our customers an all in one dive center experience. This is something I have always wanted. Together we have the experience to teach each level of diving, give high standard diver safety, have high standard diving boats and Liveaboards, offer excellent accommodation and high quality service for either diving courses or fun divers.  I am looking forward to a new challenge and fresh start,” said Simone Schuil of BLD.

The aim is to offer technical divers worldwide the opportunity to have an all-in-one dive centre in Thailand that covers each aspect of diving from fun diving to open water courses, from intro to tec to cave diving courses, and from dive master training to rebreathers, and for fun divers, day trips and liveaboards.

A center that gives divers a complete service from airport transfers, to accommodation which is right by the pier, with pool and restaurants on site and within walking distance,  their own diving boats and liveaboard, high standards of technical diving equipment and the best technical and most well-known dive instructors that you can find in SEA.

Ben Reymenants will continue being the technical diving training director but will be located in Europe and will come to Phuket to do special workshops three times per year at Seabees Tec.

Klaus Klaeden and Claus Rasmussen will continue as the excellent technical full time diving instructors to get the centre back up and running after the COVID period. The aim is also to hire more technical diving instructors to grow Seabees Tec.

Simone Schuil will continue being the sole booking agent for Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving on both websites.

Seabees Diving will get a few new website pages with Seabees Tec and the Blue Label Diving website will change its physical address and will be adding Seabees Tec logo next to its own.

Blue Label Diving will be moving into the Seabees Diving location during July 2021 at Chalong Pier Road. The start date of the joint venture is from Aug 1st 2021 and it will be called “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving”. This will remain for the next 4 years, after which it will become ‘Seabees Tec’.

To learn more about the two companies please visit: www.sea-bees.com and www.bluelabeldiving.com

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Diving with… Ana and Miguel, Siladen Resort & Spa, Indonesia

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In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Ana and Miguel

What is the name of your business?

Siladen Resort & Spa

What is your role within the business?

Co owners and General Managers

How long has the business operated for?

Almost 20 years.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

Miguel has dived since 1993 and Ana has dived since 2002. We are both Open Water Scuba Instructors.

What is your favorite type of diving?

We love all dive types, especially wall diving for the wonderful corals and looking out into the blue wondering what other animals will come up next. But as an UW photographer and videographer we both love critter hunting in the sandy slopes. We are both very fond of night dives as we always find interesting animals and different behaviour.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

We have a wonderful location in the heart of Bunaken National Park and we have an amazing team that provides the best service to each guest. We are a fun dive resort; we constantly strive to be as sustainable as possible and safety is our number one priority. If you like sea turtles and beautiful coral reefs you cannot miss this area for diving or snorkelling.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

If we have to choose one wall we would say Mandolin as it has beautiful and healthy corals with a wonderful and shallow reef top. We love to search for turtles in the overhangs, look for long nose hawkfish in the black coral bushes, admire the schooling snappers, and spend a long safety stop on the coral gardens on the top that are full of anthias. For critter hunting and night dives we both love Bolung. Here we can find frogfish, ghostpipefishes and nudibranchs, plus at night we often find decorator crabs, octopus and even stargazers on its white sandy slope.

What types of diving are available in your location?

There are very shallow coral reefs surrounding all five islands within Bunaken National Parkpark — beyond the shallow reef, the seabed drops away very quickly, forming the beautiful walls that Bunaken is famed for. Many of these walls are vertical with huge caverns and overhangs, however some are more gentle slopes that allow more reef building corals to form. On the North Sulawesi mainland there are black sand sites that allow amazing muck diving. Close by, we also have white sand sites, which offer some beautiful coral reefs and gentle slopes. There is even a fairly intact (entirely sponge encrusted) wreck within easy access of the resort.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

Working together in a dive resort that welcomes divers and snorkellers from around the world and sharing with them our passion for diving, snorkeling and uw photography and video is a great pleasure. Besides we have the privilege to dive and snorkel at world class sites every week.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

We both love cephalopods in general for their intelligence, capacity to camouflage, change colors and patterns…. We are fortunate enough to have many encounters with cephalopods in this area, from the tiny bobtail squid to the wonderful broadclub cuttlefish, the flamboyant cuttlefish, squids and Ana even filmed reef octopus mating. We could watch cephalopods for ever. And although we see them often, Ana has a soft spot for turtles.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

The biggest problem we all face as divers and nature lovers is climate change and pollution. We need to work on these issues locally but even more importantly we need to address these issues worldwide.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Yes, we clean our beach daily and we organise very frequent island clean-ups. Not only do we clean this area, but we also separate the garbage trying to send as much as we possibly can to be recycled. We often have activities together with local school children to help bring awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution. We reduce our single plastic use as much as possible and all our vegetables and fruit peel leftovers are composted. We also protect the nests of turtles that hatch on our beach.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

We are partnering with Coral Eye Resort in Bangka Island so that guests can have the best service in the best areas of North Sulawesi. We are getting one more boat; we want to make sure our boats are never crowded, besides we keep working to maintain and improve all our facilities.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

The industry is doing well and I am happy to see that there are more and more avid snorkellers and not only scuba divers. We would like to see more ocean protection worldwide to ensure the future generations get to enjoy the beautiful reef corals and marine life around the world.

Finally, what would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

We give you a chance to explore some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world while providing you with comfortable accommodation, wonderful food and the best service. Staying in Siladen Resort & Spa you can do up to four dives or snorkelling sessions every day with very experienced guides, while staying in a safe and comfortable resort that aims to provide the best service to each guest.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Visit our website www.siladen.com, find us on Instagram and Facebook (Siladen Resort & Spa) and contact us:

reservations@siladen.com

WA +62 811 44300641

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DAN and Indonesia Ministry of Tourism advance commitment to Safe Diving

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Divers Alert Network and the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism are moving forward with their commitment to promoting dive safety in Indonesia. DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle and COO Panchabi Vaithiyanathan met with Indonesia Minister of Tourism Dr. Sandiaga Uno on September 1 to further the two organizations’ Partnership to Promote Diving Safety

The meeting took place in Jakarta amid the opening of Deep and Extreme Indonesia, Asia’s largest outdoor adventure, diving, and marine tourism show, and followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in which the organizations committed to working together to promote safe diving.

In the months ahead, DAN’s Indonesia team, led by Ronny Hertiadhi and Bayu Wardoyo, will be undertaking various initiatives including raising awareness for the new DAN Emergency Hotline in Indonesia (which is available in Bahasa Indonesia and English), training physicians through DAN’s Academies of Dive Medicine, conducting inspections and providing support for recompression chambers, training chamber operators, disseminating safety resources for divers (new and experienced), and supporting dive professionals and operators with free safety consultations, safety seminars, and risk mitigation measures.

“We are so pleased to be working with Minister Uno and his colleagues on this bold initiative,” Ziefle said. “Their enthusiasm — and the enthusiasm of the attendees at the DEEP show — was inspiring. The ministry has embraced the importance of safety in promoting Indonesia as a great place to dive, and we are excited to work alongside them to implement meaningful programs and strategies.”

While the effort is ongoing, the next major milestone in the collaboration will take place on September 13, when DAN Vice President, Risk Mitigation, Francois Burman and DAN Vice President, Medical Services, Matías Nochetto will travel to Indonesia to present a series of lectures and safety presentations to dive operators and medical professionals around the country.

Join the DAN community or learn more at DAN.org.

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