PADI Member Forum 2011 Koh Samui and Koh Tao
Over the last couple of days it was PADI meeting
mayhem! After the recent PADI Course Director
update on Koh Tao
on Monday during the daytime, I went to the Member Forum update that same evening and yesterday I went to the same member Forum on Samui
at the Kandaburi Resort
and a third may be luring around the corner in the first week of March during my IDC
on Koh Lanta
starting this Saturday!
Welcome to the Samui Member Forum
Some 20 people showed up, much to Tony Andrew's relieve, since the updates he conducted in Phuket
, Koh Phangan
and Koh Tao
where much bigger events, Samui
gave him a quiet and relaxed evening! Attendee numbers ranged from over 100 to 60 in the other locations.
This way please!
Tony Andrews and myself at the Samui Forum
Tony Andrew is the new Regional manager for region 26 or better known to us as Thailand
. Last year during October there was a change of guard and Hans Ullrich
, the big Dutch guy, who was RM (regional manager) for the last 7 years in Thailand moved on to Queensland in Australia.
Tony, who was the previously filling the RM shoes in Indonesia came over to Thailand following up Hans' legacy and he's doing fine, considering what a big bite Thailand is compared to all other regions in Asia Pacific.
The Koh Tao
update was attended by around 100 PADI members it and was the biggest Member Forum I ever attended! It was also one of the most informal updates or Forum that I've been to and Tony had a tough job but handled it well getting the attention from everyone at the right moments. Nice side note was that Colin Melrose gave moral support!
Looking forward to 2011, the start has been a lot better than the same period in 2010!
Labels: Koh Samui, Koh Tao, PADI, PADI Seminars