Underwater training facility for Chanthaburi

Underwater training facility for Chanthaburi

Here's an interesting article about a potentially great underwater training facility. I hope this materializes and I will be able to keep reporting on this project and that one day I will be able to dive it!

The Culture Ministry has approved a Bt27million budget to build a diving training facility for underwater archaeology in Chanthaburi, in order to improve human resources and underwater site inspection. It is expected to be completed in 2014.

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunplome explained that such training was previously done in the sea where, if there was a mistake, it could be fatally dangerous. As a result, the ministry asked for a facility building. The diving pool would be 12 to 20 metresdeep with an observation chamber in the bottom for a coach to observe divers during training, she said.

Fine Arts Department chief Somsuda Leeyawanich said the project organisers had studied China's Shang Hai underwater archaeology centre, which was the most modern of its kind in the AsiaPacific. She said the Office of Architecture was currently designing the diving facility, which was hoped to be the Asean hub of underwater archaeology and used by Unesco to train Asean countries' underwater archaeology divers.

As published by The Nation 14th September 2011

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