Ahhh Ban's you have done it again! Swish would like to congratualte Marcel Van Den Berg who is the "PADI Professional Member of the Month." Marcel is a Master Instructor at Ban's Diving Resort, and the second employee in a year to be given this honor. In September 2010, Tim Hunt was also named "PADI Professional Member of the Month." Swish has done most of it's professional training with Ban's Diving so we are very proud of our instructors!
Marcel took his open water 9 years ago and has been diving ever since. he has worked at Ban's for 4 years. Recently Marcel has been doing some technical diving courses with Ban's Tech Team, including a trip to the freshwater caves of Koh Sak.
Tim has been diving for 20 years, and has been at Ban's for 10 of those years and has over 2,000 certifications. Anyone who knows Tim, knows of him simply as "The PADI Man" as he has such a great love and dedication to teaching people not just how to dive, but how to teach diving and make it into a career. Tim is currently involved in the development of Ban's Tec.
Ban's diving resort is one of the biggest dive centers in the world, and the most popular dive center in the Asia Pacific Region . They won PADI's "Outstanding Business Award" in 2009 and then did it again in 2010.
Chelsea did her IDC with Ban's in 2008 while I completed my divemaster program with them in 2009. I am currently back to complete my IDC! Through all these programs Tim has been our instructor and we know Ban's and their staff to be worthy of the recognition they have received.